Summer always make me smile. Sometimes, it’s the end of a boisterous laugh kind of smile, as I am splashed by my kids in the pool. Other times, it’s a cool self-satisfied smile, like when I am on my patio under the twinkling lights with all five kids tucked into their bed. One of my favorite things to smile about during summer is the food. As a Nutrition Coach, I am always so excited to see summer produce on the shelves, and summer staples in my kitchen. You see, I love to eat during the summer, but not a traditional kind of meal. I like to keep things light so I have energy to beat the heat, and keep up with my crazy life. So, in the spirit of summer smiles I thought I’d share the simple recipes I look forward to making the second the weather begins to warm.
- 2 Cups Greek Yogurt
- 1 Lemon zest and juiced
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
- 1 Tablespoons Vanilla extract
- 2 Cups Berries I love raspberries, blueberries or strawberries.
Whisk all the ingredients except the berries in a bowl.
Place the berries sliced or separated into the popsicle molds.
Pour yogurt mixture over the berries and arrange the popsicle sticks. Simple and done.
Freeze for 8 hours or overnight.
Nutrition Facts Servings: 12 Amount per serving Calories 78 % Daily Value* Total Fat 2.2g 3% Saturated Fat 0.5g 3% Cholesterol 4mg 1% Sodium 20mg 1% Total Carbohydrate 9.5g 3% Dietary Fiber 3g 11% Total Sugars 5.7g Protein 5.2g
I always pair these snacks with vegetables on the go, like mini persian cucumbers, baby carrots, or baby bell peppers. Together you create a perfectly balanced package, with energy, satiety, and satisfaction.
- 3 Cups Quick Cook Oats
- 1/3 Cup Cacao Powder
- 1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
- 1/8 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt
- 1/2 Cup Honey
- 1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seed
- 1/2 Cup 60% Cacao Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts
- 1/3 Cup Chia Seeds
Mix well the wet and dry ingredients.
Fold in chopped nuts and chips, a little at a time.
Roll into balls using damp fingers. Place the balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Freeze on a baking sheet until firm, and then move into a container. Store for up to 6 months.
Nutrition Facts Serving Size 39 g Amount Per Serving, Calories 167, Total Fat 8.2g, Total Carbohydrates 21.2g, Dietary Fiber 3.9g, Sugars 9.4g, Protein 5.2g