Saturday, June 30, 2012

summer snacks

I've been getting asked a lot lately for some good summer snack recipes. For me, I always carry a snack in my purse - usually an apple or a banana. But, if you're looking for something a little more interesting, here are a few of my new favorites...

peachy fruit salad:
1 chopped peach
1 sliced banana
1/2 cup blueberries
sprinkle of goji berries
drizzle with honey

Nothing says "summertime" like a juicy, ripe peach. Eat them while they are in season and fresh. Yum!

hummus and carrots:
1/8 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sesame tahini
1/4 cup soaked sesame seeds
1 chopped zucchini
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp. cumin
3/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne 
4 small garlic cloves
sea salt to taste
Blend  all ingredients in your food processor or Vitamix, adding the sesame seeds and tahini last. 

This no-bean hummus is an adaptation Dara Dubinet's recipe. Beans contain both a starch and a protein, making them harder to digest. Beans can also leave you feeling bloated. This raw, bean-free hummus is light and filling, and will satisfy your cravings for some creamy hummus. 

summertime spinach dip:
1 cup spinach
1.5 cup chopped zucchini
1 slice of red onion
3 tbsp. hemp seeds
1.5 tbsp dill
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp. thyme

Blend all ingredients until smooth. I like to eat this with bell peppers - so refreshing and summery!

papaya smoothie:
1/2 fresh or frozen papaya
1 fresh or frozen banana
juice from 1 orange
1 tbsp. chia seeds
handful of ice cubes

Blend all ingredients until smooth. This summer smoothie recipe is filling, refreshing, and creamy! 

What are some of your favorite snacks? 

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