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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Summer Time Healthy Snacks

Schools out for summer!!! This is something that our grand-kids have looked forward to for a while. One issue that often occurs is the snack attack. Yes, you heard me right, summer time is full of snack attacks. If not prepared this can lead to snacks that are not good.

To prepare for snack attacks skip the store bought snacks and grab a whole food or a homemade snack instead.Avoiding those store bought snacks is the issue. Grabbing  a whole food or homemade snack is the kiey. Here are some tips to do just that.

  • At our house we have a drawer for snacks that can be placed on the shelf, a tub in the fridge and a space in the freezer for in between snacks. Good and healthy snacks are easier to select and grab when they are easy to reach. Some ideas include: dry cereal, cheese pieces, fruit, healthy baked goods, crackers, raisins, homemade popsicles .....
  • Fresh fruit will normally be found at our house. The kids and I love fruit and if it is not found in the fridge then look on the table. 
  • Make up some homemade goldfish crackers

1 cup Flour
4 Tbls Butter , cut into small pieces
8 ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese , grated
3/4 tsp Salt
2 Tbls cold water

Pulse flour, butter, cheese, and salt together in the food processor until it resembles coarse sand.
Pulse in water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Remove, wrap in plastic, and chill for 20 minute.
Roll out dough, and cut into desired shape. You can use a toothpick to make the eyes and smile if desired. Place on lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until crispy.
Recipe from In Katrina's Kitchen

  • Another good snack is tortilla chips and salsa. 

1.5 pounds of roma tomatoes
1 small onion
1 small green pepper
3 teaspoons chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/3 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Chop your tomatoes up into small pieces. Put your tomatoes in your food processor and pulse 8 times. Depending on the size of your food processor you might have to do this in 2 batches. Transfer to a bowl once processed. Chop up your green pepper and onion with knife. Add your green pepper, onion and all seasonings to the tomatoes in bowl. Stir so all ingredients are combined evenly.
This makes 32 ounces of salsa. (recipe source here)

  • When its hot outside something cold often taste great. Frozen bite size pieces of fruit when placed on a toothpick are a treat that will please. Some of the best fruits to use include grapes, bananas and oranges. 

I would love for you to share your favorite summer time snack in comments. Have any thoughts on what I shared, I would love to hear that as well.

Happy Snacking

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