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5 Healthy and Tasty Summer Snacks

Posted: June 23rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Healthy Snacks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Have you noticed yourself aimlessly eating as you prepare your dinner? Maybe a few bites of something as you gather your ingredients from the fridge. A little piece of cheese… A spoonful of peanut butter… A few tears of the loaf of bread that you have to eat with your meal which turns into eating half the loaf?

Although I prefer to eat three square meals, I find that a small afternoon snack often helps reduce my tendency to munch before dinner. And I don’t even think about those ‘100-calorie snack packs’ which leave me hungry and craving the real thing- my snacks are real food that pack in nutrition rather than the calories.

Here are my current five favorite summer snacks.

1. Oatmeal parfait – In a small container, layer 1/2 cup raw rolled oats, with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup blueberries, and 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt. For a hint of added sweetness, add a tablespoon of real maple syrup. You can make this in the morning and take it to work with you for the afternoon – it tastes better if the yogurt has time to soften the oats.

2. Vegetable and Hummus Bento – Chop up celery, carrots, red pepper, zucchini sticks, or any vegetable you have on hand, and place in a small tuperware or lock ‘n lock. In a small muffin tin place a quarter cup hummus, nestle it in between the vegetables, and dip! (You might notice in the photo above, I added up a crumbled up Wasa cracker and a small piece of dark chocolate to add a little variety. Tasty!)

3. Mint Melon Agua Fresca – In a blender, place 1/2 a melon (honeydew or cantaloupe) cubed, a few fresh mint leaves, the juice of 1/2 a lime, 1 teaspoon of sugar (optional), and some ice. Blend, pour into a cup, and become instantly refreshed!

4. Pita Pizza – top a small whole wheat pita with a thin layer (about a tablespoon) of marinara sauce (or salsa, or barbecue sauce) and top with one ounce of grated pepper jack cheese. Bake in the oven at 450 degrees until the cheese is just melted and pita is crisp. (This also works well on an english muffin.)

5. Chopped Cucumber and Yogurt – top 1 cup of chopped cucumber with 1/2 cup thick greek yogurt, and season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Squeeze on the juice of half a lemon, a drizzle with a teaspoon of good olive oil, and if desired, add a few tablespoons of freshly chopped dill. (Also works well with cottage cheese.)

What are your favorite summer snacks???

For more healthy snack ideas, check out these great posts:

My Post on Healthy Snacking via Healthylunchidea.com
Spicy Cruncy Chickpea Snack – via JustHungry.com
Chile Lime Tequila Popcorn – via 101cookbooks.com
Crunchy Granola Bars – via Apartment Therapy
Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars – via KathEats.com

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Late Night Cheese Fix

Posted: February 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: snack | Tags: | No Comments »

One thing I need to work on is avoiding the late-night snacking. But I didn’t eat anything after this afternoon’s pizza, and finally the hunger caught up to me. I ate the last of my little cheese roll from cheesebread, with about 1.5 ounces of melted un-identified cheese from the Cheeseboard discount cheese basket.

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I’ve been sitting quietly hydrating, and watching the lackluster coverage of the Olympics, and I’m headed to bed. It’s a late night (1 AM!) but fortunately I don’t have to be at work tomorrow until noon, so I can sleep in.

Happy Early Valentines Day!

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Sticky: We Love Lunch!

Posted: August 6th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

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