Summertime Nutrition on the Go

July_Summertime Nutrition on the GoWith summer sports in full swing, it’s easy to grab snacks and drinks that aren’t very tooth-friendly. Healthy, nutritious snacks can be just as convenient with a little planning.

One easy change to make is to replace soda. Instead of sipping soda while watching soccer or softball, infuse water with fruit or vegetables (try cucumbers!). Infused water provides great, natural flavor and a lot less sugar. Do the same for your children by helping them rehydrate after a game with water or milk instead of juice or carbonated beverages.

Chips, crackers and cookies are also full of starch, which your body converts to glucose. A fun and tasty alternative would be to bring peanuts1 (don’t crack the shells with your teeth!) or some unbuttered popcorn (you just might want to bring some floss.) If you’re snacking at a sports game, you can probably even buy both options at the concession stand.

Making healthy changes in your life can be as easy as switching out snacks for better options. It’s simple, great tasting and great for you!

We have a great summer treat to try — Frozen Blueberry Bites.

Blueberry Bites

Ingredients:

1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon sugar substitute
1 pint blueberries

Directions:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the yogurt and sugar substitute together in a bowl, and then gently fold the blueberries in to coat them with the yogurt mixture. Scoop the coated blueberries up with a fork, tapping to remove the excess yogurt. Place them on the baking sheet and try not to let them touch. Put the baking sheet in the freezer for about an hour. Then, remove the frozen berries and store in an airtight container.

1 http://www.self.com/food/2013/03/ballpark-food-dos-and-donts-slideshow/2

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