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Summer body snacks

By SHAKIRA THOMAS

Monday, July 02, 2012    

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BEACH season is finally here, which means it's time to show off that body you've been working on for so long.

Eating the right foods this summer will also help you lose those extra pounds and keep you in great shape to enjoy the season. Certain foods can reduce hunger pangs, banish bloat, and keep you full for hours on end.

Here are some snacks that will fill you up on the beach or off, and keep you looking slim and trim in that bikini:

1. Nuts: Almonds and walnuts are your best bets for keeping cravings at bay, and for improving your skin. These healthy fats are great for dieters who want to balance out their diet with some nutritious snacks. Just a handful of walnuts or a quarter cup of almonds is all you need to enjoy the benefits.

2.Yogurt: You need healthy bacteria in your digestive tract, and one of the easiest ways to get this is by eating a cup of probiotic-infused yogurt. Yogurt can also be very filling; the protein and calcium are good for your bones and skin, and it's a tasty, light snack to enjoy in the summertime. Plus, it's also low in calories,

3. Fruits: From watermelon to strawberries, the high water content of these yummy fruits can banish bloat, keep you feeling full, and reduce your cravings for something sweet. Just make sure you're packing these snacks with plenty of ice if you're heading out for a day at the beach.

4. Low-fat granola bars: Packed with fibre and healthy fats, granola bars are every girl's best friend for a day at the beach. These are great to snack on in-between meals, and will lower your cravings for something sweet and crunchy. Stick with the natural or organic variety to avoid overloading your body with excess sugar.

5. High-fibre cereal: If lunch or dinner are hours away and hunger pangs strike, skip the candy bars or fast food and reach for a bowl of high-fibre cereal instead. The fibre will fill you up for hours, and if the cereal is fortified with vitamins and minerals, you'll be doing your body an extra favour. Enjoy yours with soy milk or skim milk to make it a miniature meal.

All of these foods are low in calories and make for great summertime snacks. It's also important to start your day off on the right track by eating a healthy breakfast. A bowl of oatmeal or sugar-free cereal is your best pick for a bloat-free, healthy day ahead. Just pack up a few of these when you're ready to hit the beach this season, and show off that figure you've worked so hard for!

Shakira Thomas is the director of www.caribbeanchick.com, 'The Source For Savvy Chicks'.

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