Posted on by Teri Cochrane
Here are three snacks to start summer off right and keep you energized all day!
Whether you’re hanging poolside, feeding little ones, or keeping pace with a busy career, snacks are a universal essential during hot days, and can even serve as a light meal.
Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella
It’s a summertime classic that makes the perfect antipasto for an elegant meal, or a lunchbox snack. Layer slices of thick-cut buffalo mozzarella with medallions of organic tomato and basil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper and olive oil. For on-the-go lifestyles, an airtight glass or stainless steel container is the way to go.
- Mozzarella – healthy fats for brain power.
- Tomato – lycopene for heart health.
- Basil – antimicrobials for immune support.
- Salt - emulsification and mineralization.
Avocado & Hummus Wrap
A fan favorite from my book, The Wildatarian Diet, this wrap is ideal for travel and makes a great post-workout recovery meal. Start with a whole-grain or brown rice wrap, then spread with organic hummus, layer with slices of organic tomato and slivers of fresh avocado. For spice lovers, a dab of Dijon mustard won’t go amiss!
- Wrap – carbs for easy energy support.
- Hummus – molybdenum and fiber from chickpeas manages histamine in the gut.
- Tomato – acid aids with digestion and has antiviral properties.
- Avocado – omega-3s support skin, hair, gut and hormonal balance, plus act as a slow-burning energy source.
Summer Squash & Sausage Bites
Chop 1-inch slices of summer squash (I love paddy pan) and simmer in a shallow pan for 2-3 minutes, or until they are on the cusp of tenderness. Remove and drain, add salt and pepper to taste. In the same pan, heat a quarter-sized amount of olive or coconut oil. Chop 1-2 wild game sausages (wild boar, elk or duck is great!) and sauté on each side about 3 minutes each, until browned and cooked through. Allow to cool. Using a toothpick, spear 1 cube of squash with 1 slice of sausage.
- Squash – full of insoluble fiber, excellent for supporting hormonal balance and gut health.
- Wild game sausage – perfect combo of complete protein and healthy fats.
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