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It’s summertime and that means the snacking should be easy!

The last thing you want to do is turn up the heat in the kitchen on a hot and humid day. That’s why we’ve put together a collection of healthy summer snacks that will have both the kids and the adults gobbling down these naturally sweet, low calorie snacks. And asking for seconds!

Stay cool with these 7 healthy summer snack ideas…

 

1. Creamy Stuffed Celery

You can hardly go wrong with a recipe like this one! Not only is it super easy to whip up on the fly—it ensures a daily dose of veggies and even sneaks in some good fats and low fat protein too. Just wash and cut 1 bunch of celery, the combine low fat cream cheese with chopped green olives with pimento and add paprika and pepper to taste. I even pack them in my lunchbox!

2. Creamy Fruit Salad

Perfect after school snack hits the spot with only natural sweetness! I mix pineapple chunks, sliced peaches, mandarin orange wedges, and apple slices, with a splash of frozen orange juice concentrate, a package of fat free instant vanilla pudding mix and light sour cream or fat free plain yogurt. It’s the healthiest sundae you’ll ever eat.

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3. Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Fruit salsas are easy to make and great to have on hand for snacking with these fresh cinnamon tortilla chips. Plus, you can jar your fresh fruit preserve and use it as a topping for fish or chicken, salad, or even oatmeal.

4. Fruit and Yogurt Muffins

Combining the goodness of fresh fruit and yogurt gives these good-for-you muffins a moist, creamy flavor—without the excess fat of butter, oil, or margarine.  I like to swap the fruit each time I make them…this time mixed berries, next time peaches and plums.

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5. Fruit Kebobs

Snacking was never as simple as it is in stick from. These fresh fruit kebobs are not only easy to make, you can enlist the kids to make their own from an assortment of sliced fruits—such as grapes, berries, apple slices, melon chunks, and orange sections. And, you can even add a healthy yogurt based dipping sauce.

6. Creamy Quinoa

Fans of rich rice pudding will love this low fat, high protein substitute. You can’t even really tell the difference. Quinoa (the highest protein grain) mixes beautifully with your favorite dried fruit (the recipe calls for dried apricots but you can use dried mango, cranberries, cherries, raisins, dates, etc.). Add a touch of honey, skim milk, and cardamom and you have a warm, nourishing mid-morning snack.

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7. Organic Gelato

Chocolate, strawberry, banana, lime—oh my! Gelato is a healthier option compared to ice cream since it’s made with milk rather than heavy cream, which also means less sugar and cooler, more refreshing flavor for the ideal summer nosh.

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Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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