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Smart Summer Snacking

Smart Summer SnackingSummer is in full swing and backyard BBQ parties are about to hit hard!

For summer snacking party prep, I spent some time in Sacramento (110 degrees F – ouch!) last week sharing some of my favorite smarter snacking tips on the Sac & Co show (full segment here).

Now you know snacking is on the upswing – but apparently people want healthier choices. One recent survey found that 33% of respondents said they are looking for healthier snacking options.

So as you shift your summer into high gear, check out a few of my favorite summer snacks:

California Avocados

California Avocados: All Day for 7 Days

We are in peak California Avocado season (June is actually California avocado month). There’s no better way to sass up your snacks than by including this nutrient dense superfruit. Avocados are nutrient dense because they contain substantial amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients for relatively few calories.

My favorite avocado snack are these super easy California Avocado Cucumber Cups that I created for the California Avocado Commission.

You slice cucumbers, hollow them out with a melon baller, mix up some avocado and use a zip top bag snipped at the corner to pipe the mixture into your cucumber cups. They’re easy, delicious and 6 cucumber cups has just 100 calories.

You can get this and other great recipes using California avocados at

Tessemae’s Salad Dressing

Snacks don’t have to be super hard. I like it to keep it simple for summer and make smaller versions of my favorite meals into mini meal snacks. And there’s no meal I love more than a big old salad; but a salad is only as good as the dressing you put on it!

That’s why I love Tessemae’s – a line of 25 organic salad dressings, marinades and condiments. They contain no added sugar, fillers or additives like you sometimes find in other commercial dressings.

All of the Tesseemae’s products are USDA certified organic and made with real, whole food sourced ingredients. They go great on your salad, to marinade meats or veggies for grilling out, or just to dip your favorite veggie stick in for a smart snack on the go.


Hydration is essential to beat the summer heat. But as an active person on the go, you don’t need the sodium and artificial ingredients you sometimes find in other sports drinks.

That’s why I love Bodyarmor – a premium sports drink with natural flavors and sweeteners. Bodyarmor also has potassium-packed electrolytes, coconut water and vitamins. It comes in 8 great tasting flavors, so there’s something for every flavor profile!

Heavenly Organics Chocolate Honey Patties

Overly restrictive diets are not conducive to my summer lifestyle! I challenge you to stop taking all of the fun out of food, and instead indulge your sweet tooth a bit. My secret weapon for my sweet tooth this summer is a steady stash of Heavenly Organics Chocolate Honey Patties.

These decadent bite-size treats have a dark chocolate shell made with 100% cocoa; inside they’re filled with 100% organic raw white honey blended with other natural flavors like peanut, pomegranate and mint.

All of the Heavenly Organics Chocolate Honey Patties are made with 4 ingredients or less and they contain less than 60 calories per patty. To top it off, all of their flavors are Non-GMO project verified, plus they’re gluten, dairy and soy free so they work with all sorts of dietary patterns.

For more about my favorite summer snacking tips, check out my segment on Sac & Co.

Disclosure: I have a financial relationship with the products mentioned in this post; I was not paid to write this post but I was paid for the product mentions in the TV segment appearing in the post.

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