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It’s summertime and that means long days and even longer nights, leaving plenty of time for outside activities like riding bikes, slurping down colorful frozen treats or grabbing a cold slice of watermelon or a strawberry fresh from the patch.

During the season of easy living and rising temperatures, it’s easy to lose sight of the importance of well-rounded, nutritious meals when frozen goodies or a handful of chips is close at hand. Never fear, Best Food Facts is making summer nutrition easy with small snacks that can fill in the holes so you can still partake in fun summer food without the guilt.

Don’t forget that healthy snacking can also fill in the gap between meals, just look for a balance of fruits and vegetables, protein and whole grains. We’re thinking that this qualifies as a great excuse to plant a summer garden or a spontaneous visit to the Farmers Market.

Get the 101 on growing carrots from Jen Haugen, registered dietitian and try out her three-ingredient recipe for Rooibos Tea Sautéed Carrots.

Summer-worthy Snacks:

  • String cheese, grapes or strawberries and a few whole grain crackers
  • Whole grain bread with peanut butter or deli turkey and sliced apples
  • Baby carrots, chickpea hummus dip and whole grain pita bread half
  • Lentil salad with veggies, seeds and nuts
  • Greek yogurt with nuts and fruit
  • Celery with peanut butter and raisins
  • Bagged salad with deli meat and nuts

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