The Best Healthy Snack for Hot Days

062612-cottage1.jpg The summer has been a hot one for many folks and my day job keeps me busy and running around at a pretty fast pace. Although eating is a necessity, I never really feel like doing so and sometimes I quickly regret it when I do, since I'm so hot and toasty. To keep my body fueled and my stomach from churning I've been turning to one simple combination. I spend my days working for a fast-paced landscaping and floral design shop in Chicago and when we do grab a moment to eat, it's literally that, just a moment. No one wants to wolf down a burger and even a salad or sandwich can be too much at times, so I've been eating one very simple set up: cottage cheese and tomatoes.

One provides me with freshness, the other with protein. It keeps the carbs low, which although can help fuel a busy lifestyle, aren't enough to leave me with that 3pm slump after having eaten. Plus, it's tomato season y'all, and I just can't get enough.

Although I might change that up with pico and black beans at home, my rule for eating has been simple: if the craving isn't so overwhelming it's taking over my brain, I resort to one of those foods instead.

Not only has it kept my grocery bill down since I've only been purchasing specific items to make meals I've been dreaming about, but it also has kept my waistline down since I'm not just grabbing whatever is at hand so I've eaten.

What is your fall-back food? Do you have one? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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