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Summer Snack Ideas

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HOME MADE POPSICLES 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/3 cup diced kiwi
  • 1/3 cup raspberries
  • 1/3 cup diced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice or orange juice, or coconut water (100% Juice)

Directions: 

Combine fruit in a bowl and fill either 5 oz. disposable cups or reusable popsicle molds with fruit. Add juice to mold and insert popsicle sticks into each. Place in the freezer a few hours until firm. To remove the pops from the cups, run the outside under warm water a few seconds.

Compare this list of ingredients to the following that is taken from a store bought popsicle. Go healthy and try making your own!

GORP

Gorp provides quickly available energy from the carbohydrates in the dried fruit and is also a great source of potassium, magnesium, fiber, and vitamins E and C.

Try this nut-free Gorp: 

  • Combine chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, pepitas, cranberries, and banana chips 
Visit a bulk food store and be inventive with your Gorp recipe!
 

BAKED CHICKPEAS

Whether you like sweet or spicy, Baked Chickpeas are packed full of nutrients and are a simple, cheap and easy snack to bring to the soccer field!

Here are recipes for both spicy and sweet baked chickpeas: 

Spicy Baked Chickpeas 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
Directions 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Spread them out onto prepared baking sheet and pat very, very dry. The drier the chickpeas, the crunchier they will be.

Combine the oil, paprika cumin, cayenne and salt in a large bowl. Add chickpeas and toss to coat evenly. Transfer the chickpeas to a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread them out in a single layer. Bake until golden and crispy, 25 to 35 minutes, shaking the tray to toss after 15 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer the chickpeas to a serving bowl.

Store in airtight container.

Sweet Baked Chickpeas

Ingredients:

  • 2 (15-ounce) can chick peas (garbanzos)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 Tablespoons brown sugar (honey or maple syrup)
  • 2 Teaspoons ground cinnamon

Follow directions above

FRUIT 

For our fourth and final Summer Snack Idea we are going to keep it simple and focus on fruit! Fruit is a fantastic snack – satisfying to kids because it’s sweet, and convenient for parents as most fruit takes very little time, if any, to prepare. The fiber in fruits helps keep you full and is really good for the digestive system and there are so many varieties to try which will keep snack time exciting! Fruits are jam packed with vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized. It is important to limit juice intake in our diets, so instead of reaching for the juice box, reach for a fresh piece of fruit!

For a great snack idea, make your own fruit salad! There are thousands of combinations to play with.

For a simple but fantastic combination try:

  • Segmented orange, squeeze remainder of orange juice into bowl
  • Blackberries
  • Pomegranate seeds  

Simple and delicious!