COOKING FOR KEEPS

MINI CAPRESE SKEWERS

Eat two–or ten–of this bite-size summer treat. All you need is halved cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and low-cal mozzarella. (It’s super filling, according to studies.) Drizzle a teeny, tiny bit of balsamic vinegar for added flavor.

WATERMELON CUPS

This seriously light snack–filled with cucumber and feta and drizzled with red wine vinegar–isn’t just easy on the waistline. Watermelon is actually loaded with amino acids that can help you burn fat, according to studies. 

GUACAMOLE

Sure, it’s easy to be leery of this summer picnic favorite, but as long as you’re dipping veggies (not chips), this avocado dip–rich in monounsaturated fats–can actually help with weight loss, in particular belly fat.

OLIVE TAPENADE

If you still need a little something salty, serve this spread next to your guacamole–it’s another snack that comes fully loaded with monounsaturated fat. 

HEIRLOOM TOMATO BRUSCHETTA

This satisfying snack of tomato-loaded toast clocks in at roughly 200 calories a piece. Ricotta included.

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