Healthy Summer Snacks

Every year, I tell myself I am going to get in shape for bikini season and then before I blink summer is already here. Knowing that I’ll be in a bathing suit for most of the summer, I try eating healthier. One of my favorite things about summer is all of the fresh produce that is available. I usually stick to all organic produce (no preservatives), nuts and lean meats. With the right motivation I mostly stay on track with the occasional binge of salt and vinegar chips. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite snacks that I hope you’ll love!

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Sea Salt Kale Chips

What you’ll need:

1 bag or bunch of Kale

3 tsp avocado oil

sea salt

1) Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit

2) Clean and dry kale with cold water & dry

3) Put Kale in a bowl + toss 3 tsp avocado oil (you can use olive oil). You don’t want to drench the kale with oil because this will make the chips soggy. I’ve been using avocado oil lately due to health and beauty benefits including weight loss, skin enhancements and hair growth.

3) Toss the kale on baking sheet and sprinkle the sea salt on top

4) Bake for 10 minutes. Flip the pan, and turn the pieces that are starting to look crispy. You can bake for another 5 minutes to get that crisp, but keep an eye on the goods so they don’t burn.

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Fruit Roll-ups

What you’ll need:

3 cups of fruit (I used strawberries, but you can use whatever fruit you like! Keep in mind if you use blueberries that you need to use a strainer unless you like the skin, which providesmore antioxidents!)

1) Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit

2) De-flower your strawberries, throw them into a food processor to puree

3) Over line your cookie sheet with plasticwrap + stick in the oven for 5-7 hours (takes a long time to dry the fruit puree out)

4) Flip over parchment paper

5) Wait till they cool, then cut into strips and roll

 

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Hummus

What you’ll need:

1 can chickpeas

2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

dash of extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 water

handful of fresh parsley

1) Add chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and parsley to a food processor, and blend until smooth. Add water and continue to blend until your desired consistency

2) Garnish how you like + serve (You can garnish with parsley, paprika, basil or red roasted peppers)

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Granola

I love granola because it’s a great snack on the go + fills you up

What you’ll need

4 cups of old fashioned oats

½ cup cranberries

1 cup of almonds

1 cup of dark chocolate chips

¼ cup honey

1/3 cup melted coconut oil

1/3 cup of brown sugar

1)            Pre-heat the oven to 325 Degrees Farenheit

2)            Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside

3)            In a large mixing bowl combine oats, cranberries, almonds and brown sugar

4)            Pour the honey and coconut oil into the mixing bowl and combine until everything is coated

5)            Spread the mixture out evenly on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.

6)            Bake for 20-25 minutes. Make sure you flip the granola pieces half way through so they cook evenly. The granola should harden a bit more as it cools.

7)            If you are adding raisins or chocolate chips, you can combine them with the granola now.

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Fruit Toast

What you’ll need

Bread

Peanut butter (you can substitute with almond butter)

Apples

1)    Spread almond butter on slice of toasted whole-grain bread

2)    Top with ½ sliced apples

I have also tried peaches + bananas which are really tasty!

 

 

{All images from pinterest.com}

Taylor Long

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