7 Dietitian-Approved Summer Snacks

By Shannon Crocker RD www.shannoncrocker.ca @shancrockerRD

Looking for some tasty, good-for-you snacks to enjoy on your picnic or by the pool this summer? The abundance of local produce in the summer months makes snacking simple and scrumptious. Here are a few of my favourite summer snacks:

  • Fresh fruit kabobs – enjoy as is or grill and eat warm. Serve with sour cream honey dip – it takes fruit to a whole new level!
  • Raspberries make a yummy snack as they are, right off the bush.  Add a squirt of Real Whip Cream to make it a treat.
  • Summer carrots have a sweet mild taste that works perfectly with a blue cheese dip. Make a healthier protein-packed version of blue cheese dip by blending cottage cheese with blue cheese, lemon juice, a bit of milk, a dash of hot sauce and pepper.
  • Remove stems from strawberries and scoop out a bit of flesh (don’t toss it – eat it!). Fill with ricotta cheese. Drizzle with a little honey and top with fresh torn mint leaves.
  • Wedges of juicy watermelon are kicked up a notch when you drizzle them with freshly squeezed lime. Put wedges on a stick for a melon-cicle – kids will love it!
  • Snap peas. If you like a snack with crunch, try snap peas. Serve with flavourful black bean dip, home made guacamole or this mango chutney dip.
  • Fresh tomato bruschetta. There’s nothing like summer tomatoes mixed with fresh garlic and basil. Serve bruschetta on thin pieces of toasted whole grain baguette. Top with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.

Happy Snacking!

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