8 Healthy Summer Snack Ideas

 

Now that kids are out of school for the summer, engage them in snack and meal preparation.

Listed below are some simple recipes your children will enjoy.

Happy Summer!

  1. Fruit Kebobs:  Use 3 wooden skewers to thread 1 cup grapes, 12 cut strawberries & 1 cup cubed melon of choice to a fruit kebob! You can get creative with fruit choices (cubed pineapple, mango, apples). Eat plain or dip in low-fat vanilla yogurt.
  2. Fruity Frozen Treats:  Place 1-8 oz container of nonfat lemon yogurt and 2 cups cubed watermelon,1 pint strawberries (with tops removed) and 1 medium banana (peeled and sliced) in a blender. Cover tightly and blend until smooth. Line 12-cup muffin tin with paper baking cups and pour mix into each cup. Freeze for about 2-3 hours and let thaw a few minutes before enjoying with a spoon.
  3. Mini English Muffin Pizza:  Toast a whole grain English muffin. Top with tomato sauce or salsa and sprinkle low-fat mozzarella cheese on top, dried oregano and garlic powder.  Add cut-up vegetables to pizza (onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, spinach). Place under low broiler until cheese is melted.
  4. Avocado Dip:  Peel and chop 2 medium ripe avocados & toss with 1 tbsp lemon juice in a small bowl. Add 1/4 cup salsa & 1/8 tsp salt and mash with a fork. Cover & store in refrigerator. Enjoy with cut celery, carrots or whole grain crackers!
  5. Crunch Mix:  Mix together ½ cup dried cherries, 2 cups rice chex,1/2 cup roasted unsalted pistachios & 3 cups Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal and separate into snack-sized bags for a grab ‘n go snack.
  6. Green Smoothie Recipe:  Blend 1 cup fresh berries, 1 cup kale, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup water & 5 cups ice in a blender and enjoy!
  7. Whole grain baked tortilla chips & Salsa:  Take a 8″ whole wheat tortilla, cut into wedges, spray w/olive oil spray and sprinkle lightly with salt & pepper. Bake for 8-10 minutes @ 400°.  Dip in your choice of salsa.
  8. Fruit & nuts mix:  Mix nuts of choice (pecans, almonds),dried cranberries, dried mango and a few chocolate chips.  Separate into snack-sized bags for a grab ‘n go snack.

Presented by:  Hallmark Health System’s Nutrition Services Department.   To schedule a visit with one of their registered dietitians, please call Jill Pollock, Clinical Nutrition Manager at 781-979-3615.

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