Summer is a great time to regroup and get healthy after a stressful few semesters. A major part of getting healthy is choosing the right foods. For me, snacking is the hardest part—so I have put together a list of easy-to-make, tasty summer treats for snacking between meals. Whether you’re into sweet or salty, I’ve got the treat for you.
I know the say you have to have dessert AFTER dinner but is there any rule against having dessert FOR breakfast? These delicious fruit and yogurt popsicles from Country Living are easy to make, take 5 minutes, and guaranteed to make you the coolest babysitter on the block.
All you’ll need is:
- Yogurt (Fat free vanilla is one option, but the choices are endless)
- Thin sliced kiwi and strawberries
Of course, you can substitute any yogurt flavor or any of your favorite fruits in these tasty treats. Add a little yogurt to mold, slide fruit slices down the sides if you want them to show and look pretty. Add more yogurt and them more fruit until mold is full. You can serve this treat with granola.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is yet another yummy snack. It is even tastier than the store bought hummus and also gluten free! It doesn’t take too long to make but does require a food processor to be handy!
What you’ll need:
- 1 can garbanzo beans, cooked
- 1 red pepper, large (or 2 small)
- 3 tablespoons tahini
- ½ lemon (~ 3 tablespoons lemon juice)
- 2 tablespoons EVOO
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- Pinch of paprika
- Sea salt, to taste
To make Fit Foodie Finds ten minute-tasty treat, preheat oven to 450ºF and then place a whole red pepper on a tin foil-lined baking sheet. Roast the pepper for 15 minutes of each side, or until you see black spots all over the pepper. Once the pepper has become blackened, place it in a zip lock bag and seal for 15 more minutes. The steam from the bag will make it easier to peel and then remove and seeds from the insides and slide into large chunks. Next, place it the red pepper chunks and the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Serve with any typical foods for hummus. I especially love raw veggies or pita chips!
We’ve covered healthy breakfast treats but sometimes a quick lunch can be even more difficult to make. Let’s get creative with a tuna stuffed pepper treat! Dr Janet‘s lunch option is quick to make and also a low cholesterol choice.
- 2 Bell peppers
- 1 can of light tuna (or salmon) in water, drained
- 2 celery stalk, chopped
- 1/4 red onion, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. of 0% plain Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp. of red wine vinegar
- ¼ tsp. of cracked black pepper
- 1 tsp. of dried dill (or fresh)
To make this summer lunch special, either cut the top off a bell pepper. In a medium bowl, mix the rest of ingredients to form the tuna salad. Stuff the pepper or pepper halves with the tuna stuffing. I personally eat the tuna cold but you can also it heat in the oven at 350 ºF for 10-15 minutes.
Looking for the perfect treat to bring to a summer barbecue? Or a healthy snack to munch on while binge watching Netflix? This summer corn, black bean and avocado salad may be JUST the thing.
What you’ll need:
- 1 3/4 cup thawed frozen or fresh sweet corn
- 40 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 15 oz. can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 avocados, diced
- 1 red onion, finely diced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (use the stems too!)
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 lemon, juiced (or 2 limes)
- 1-2 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
This is not like any other salad; its flavor will leave you wanting more. A Produce on parade recipe, it’s so simple to make, simply combine all of these ingredients into a large serving bowl and toss well to mix the ingredients around. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the dressing ingredients and pour over the veggies. Toss the combination to mix ingredients and let sit for five or ten minutes before serving. This is great because it can be stored in the fridge and served with chips (I love it with Tostito’s scoops) or you can put it in a pita!
So whether you’re making these treats with friends or simply sharing recipes, these healthy summer snacks are certain to bring some excitement to the table. For more articles on how to stay healthy with friends or for more recipes, visit some of these articles written by Smart Girls like you: