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Summertime Snacking

During those long, lazy summer days, it can be tempting to snack on some of your favorite treats in between meals. This summer, instead of reaching for the chips, try some of these easy, healthy summer snacks to curb the afternoon cravings. You can also visit Livestrong for more ideas.

 

Mini Caprese Salad

In-season tomatoes provide tons of flavor in addition to vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants.

Ingredients

  • 1 heirloom tomato
  • 1 ounce fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Mini Caprese Salad

Recipe Info
Serves: 1
Calories per serving: 150

Here’s How to Make It

  • Slice tomato and layer with quarter-inch slices of mozzarella and basil leaves.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Top with salt and pepper and enjoy.

 

Greek Yogurt Powered with Plums

Non-fat plain Greek yogurt has about 24 grams of protein — that’s as much protein as six medium eggs! Plus, plain Greek yogurt doesn’t have any added sugars. To add a little sweetness of your own, not to mention a little fiber, add some dried fruit. We’re using plums in this recipe, but other good choices include blueberries and figs. Try it as a dessert, too!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup prunes
Yogurt & Prunes

Recipe Info
Serves: 1
Calories per serving: 230


Here's How to Make It

  • Mix yogurt and prunes and enjoy! For additional sweetness, add a dash of honey.
Homemade Kale Chips

Still missing the crunch of a potato chip? Try replicating it with kale chips. It’s hard to find a fruit or vegetable that’s as good for you as kale — it’s filled with protein, potassium and vitamins C and K.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, pepper and other seasonings to taste
Kale Chips

Recipe Info
Serves: 4
Calories per serving: 50 calories per 1.5 cups



 

Here's How to Make It

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Rinse and dry kale. Remove and discard stems and tear leaves into pieces.
  • Spread leaves on a cookie sheet and spray with olive oil mister. If desired, season with salt, pepper and any other spices that appeal.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until chips are crisp but not browned.