Now that it is summer I have so many more healthy snack ideas because of all the fresh produce available! I am obsessed with fresh produce this time of year.
1. Nectarines and Yogurt: Think peaches and cream. If you like things like peach milkshakes (ahem–from Chick-fil-a perhaps) or peach ice cream this is the healthy snack alternative for you. Mix 1 cup of light activia vanilla yogurt (or vanilla Greek yogurt) and 1 nectarine cut up.
Nutrition Facts: 175 calories, 0.5g fat, 33g carb, 2g fiber, 8g protein (with light yogurt;Greek yogurt=18g protein). Good source of calcium, vitamin A, riboflavin.
2. Frozen Fruit Bar: make your own with your favorite 100% juice, and fresh fruit you have left over that may be about to go bad (works best since it has more sweetness as it has had longer time to ripen). Use a popsicle tray, or small cups. Fill with juice and fruit (you can blend the fruit and juice together first if you prefer). Then, stick a popsicle stick in the middle, or cut straws in half if you don’t have popsicle sticks. You can always add things like yogurt, or protein powders to add protein to this snack.
One idea for the pop molds to the left
Approx. Nutrition Facts: (1 Pop, 8oz.) 90 calories, 0.7g fat, 21g carb, 2g fiber, 1g protein. Good source of vitamin C.
3. Fresh Tomatoes (or Sun-Dried), Low Fat Cheese, and Whole Grain Crackers: Laughing cow cheese came out with a new light mozzarella, sun-dried tomato, basil flavor. Each wedge is only 35 calories. Just spread some on a whole grain cracker or pita as pictured below!
Light Vegetable Dip Recipe:
Take a 16 oz. container of light sour cream, and mix in 1/2 C. blue cheese, 2 tsp. white vinegar, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. If you want a Mediterranean/Greek flavor, mix in feta cheese, and dill! You can basically mix in whatever seasonings are your favorite!
Make this ahead of time too so it is ready for snacking.