The unofficial start of summer is here, and with it often come outdoor gatherings with friends and family. If you’re on a weight-loss journey or if you’ve had bariatric surgery, you know that these events can sometimes be challenging to align with your nutrition goals.
Luckily, we’ve got your back and have put together some healthy and delicious snack ideas that are perfect for any summer party.
Healthy Memorial Day Snacks
Greek Yogurt Dip with Veggies
This delicious dip is a perfect way for you to add more fresh veggies like carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, or zucchini to your diet. To make the dip, simply mix plain Greek yogurt with a ranch seasoning packet (or any herbs or spices you desire) and lemon juice. This snack is a great way to eat more protein and fiber while enjoying the taste of fresh summer vegetables.
If you love sweet and savory, look no further and try this watermelon salad. The combination of sweet watermelon and tangy feta cheese unleashes the perfect summer flavor. Simply toss cubes of watermelon with crumbled feta cheese, chopped mint, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for a refreshing and flavorful salad that is sure to impress your fellow party-goers. You can even use a hollowed-out watermelon half as your serving dish! This snack is low in calories and high in hydration, making it the perfect addition for any gathering or hot summer day.
This classic party snack is always a hit, and it’s perfect for those looking to eat healthy since it’s high in protein and low in carbohydrates. A great way to add even more protein to this recipe is to use Greek yogurt. To make these eggs, fill hard-boiled eggs with a mixture of Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, and herbs (or diced pickles!).
Grilled Shrimp Skewers
If you’re a seafood lover, try grilled shrimp skewers. Simply thread marinated shrimp (use any low-fat, low-sugar marinade or dressing like lemon pepper) onto skewers and grill until cooked through. Serve with avocado or mango salsa for a delicious and healthy snack. If you’ve had bariatric surgery, remember to take very small bites and chew well, since shrimp is a denser protein and can be harder to digest.
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Looking for a high-protein, low-carb snack? Look no further than these delicious chicken lettuce wraps! Simply fill bib lettuce leaves with grilled chicken, diced veggies (like carrots, celery, scallions, thinly sliced cucumbers, etc.), and a drizzle of peanut sauce for a tasty and healthy finger food. This snack is a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your day, plus they’re easy to make and perfect for bringing to any summer gathering. Also, diced vegetables tend to be well tolerated for anyone who’s had bariatric surgery.
Social events do not need to be avoided while you’re trying to eat healthy. These snack ideas are not only delicious and easy to prepare but also packed with nutrients to keep you feeling satisfied and energized. Which one are you going to bring to your gathering?