Healthy snacking is a breeze in summer, thanks to the sheer abundance of sweet, in-season fruits -- berries, melons, peaches and plums in all their magnificent varieties.

If you're having fruit as your mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack, be sure to eat it with a bit of a protein-rich food. Snacks that contain both carbohydrates (i.e., the fruits' sugars) and protein can help stave off hunger and also give you more energy.

Here are some protein-rich companions for your summer fruits:

  • Vanilla or lemon low-fat yogurt
  • Vanilla yogurt-and-honey dip
  • Small chunk of hard cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Peanut butter on a slice of whole-wheat toast