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Fun Summer Snacks!

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Fun Summer Snacks!

Summer is here, which means it’s the best time to take advantage of seasonal fruit and vegetables. I love fresh, bright snacks that are fast and easy to make.

 

Frozen Yogurt Treats

 

I love ice cream, but not the calorie count. I got the idea of making frozen fruit yogurt cups from tablespoon.com, which combines the creamy texture of yogurt with fresh fruit for a refreshing summer snack. This is a versatile recipe that easily mixes and matches fruit and yogurt flavors.

I like to use Greek yogurt that’s high in protein and low in sugar. My favorite flavor combos are vanilla yogurt topped with mandarin oranges, lemon yogurt with blueberries, and mangos with vanilla. This yummy treat satisfies my ice cream fix with bright summer flavors.

You will need a muffin pan, muffin cups, measuring spoons

Ingredient List: Yogurt flavor of your choice and fruit of your choice

Place muffin cups into the muffin pan.

If you are using a mini muffin pan scoop one tablespoon of yogurt into the muffin cup and one tablespoon fruit.

If you are using a regular size muffin pan, place 2-3 tablespoons yogurt in the muffin cup, followed by 2-3 tablespoons fruit.

Freeze for about 2 hours and remove yogurt treats from muffin cups when ready to eat.

 

Apple Cookies

Cookies are my favorite dessert, a bite sized treat that always satisfies my sweet tooth. But they aren’t always healthy, and it usually means turning on the oven, which is never fun during a heat wave. Then I was introduced to the easy to make Apple Cookie from the Rachel Schultz blogand fell in love with the sweet and savory flavors.

 

You will need apple corer, paring knife, cutting board, nut chopper

Ingredient list:

1 apple

¼ cup peanut butter

¼ cup almonds, sliced

¼ cup walnuts, chopped

¼ cup chocolate chips

Core apple and slice apple into thin rings.

Spread peanut butter over one side of ring. Top with almonds, walnuts, and chocolate chips.

 

If you don’t like those toppings or you are allergic, swap them out for other toppings, for example – dried fruit, seeds, coconut.

 

One of the iconic treats of summer is the popsicle. The frozen treat was invented in 1905 by a young boy named Frank Epperson and started commercially selling the treat in 1923. It is beloved summertime staple with dozens of different flavor combinations. This two ingredient popsicle from the Loves Bakes Good Cakes blog is a perfect summertime dessert that is also healthy!

You will need a strawberry huller, measuring cup, mixing bowland popsicle mold

Ingredient list:

1 lb. fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled

2 cups vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt

Makes 10-12 popsicles

  1. Place the strawberries in the bowl of a food processor, cover and pulse a few times – or mash strawberries with a potato masher until strawberries are mashed.
  2. Place the yogurt in a large mixing bowl. Pour the strawberries over the top and gently fold the strawberries into the yogurt. Carefully spoon the mixture into a popsicle mold.
  3. Freeze overnight.

TIP: To easily unmold the popsicles, dip the bottom of the popsicle mold into hot water for a few seconds.

If you don’t feel like strawberries, try switching up the flavor with blueberries, raspberries, or mangos!

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