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Smarter snacking for spring and summer

(BPT) - The air turns mild and warm, people gladly shed winter coats, and the days grow longer – everything about spring is lighter and brighter. Since the warmer months bring about many occasions to enjoy the best of backyard cookouts and boardwalk fare, the season’s more indulgently delicious offerings may cause us to consider departing from our wellness goals.

It is possible, however, to eat smarter this spring and summer by finding more wholesome options – without sacrificing the robust flavors and fun of the warmer months.

Grocery alternatives

Today, many of the foods we enjoy are offered in lighter, better-for-you versions that don’t compromise flavor. When shopping, look for these healthier alternatives to tempting summer treats.

For example, “figure-friendlier” frozen yogurt is now available in an assortment of varieties beyond basic vanilla – from fruit flavors to ice cream classics like chocolate or mocha. Healthy toppings, such as fresh fruit or dry nuts, add an extra dose of variety and texture to this warm-weather dessert.

For another smart snack option, look to Baked Naturals Tortilla Chips from Pepperidge Farm. Available in Simply Tortilla and Nacho Cheese varieties, these gluten- and preservative-free chips taste great and are always baked, never fried. Made with quality ingredients like stone ground corn and 16g whole grain per serving, Baked Naturals Tortilla Chips contain 43 percent less fat than the leading tortilla chip. Log on to www.pepperidgefarm.com to learn more.

At-home food prep

Some popular food preparations – like frying – tend to add calories and fat, but baking is a great alternative for summer that still allows flavor to shine through in your best dishes. Serving up homemade oven fries seasoned to your liking is one simple way to more healthfully enjoy a traditionally calorie-laden food.

Grilling is another great cooking method for the warmer months. Marinated meats, shrimp, and even chicken wings can easily be grilled and topped with various seasonings. Opting for main dishes that are usually accompanied by vegetables can also make finding room for fresh ingredients simpler.

Lastly, for a refreshing seasonal beverage, simply add slices of lemon or lime to a pitcher of ice water for a fresh splash of citrus flavor. 

By being creative and open to new ideas, it’s possible to snack smarter this spring and summer – and find more wholesome alternatives, both at home and in the grocery store.

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