Healthy summer snacks

Healthy summer snacks


by CharlotteToday

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 12:38 PM

Berry Good Smoothies
Makes 1 smoothie

1 cup my essentials frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or strawberries)
1 banana, sliced
1/4 cup Food Lion orange juice
1/4 cup my essentials nonfat vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup my essentials milk
1 tablespoon Food Lion honey (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and frothy. Serve immediately.
Breakfast Parfaits
Serves 4

2 cups mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries), washed and sliced if large
4 (6-ounce) containers my essentials vanilla yogurt
½ cup homemade granola (recipe follows)
Special Equipment: 4 small glasses or small bowls, preferably clear so that you can see the layers

Before assembling the parfaits, have all of your ingredients ready to go.  To assemble a parfait, spoon half a container of yogurt into a glass or small bowl.  Sprinkle with ¼ cup of berries.  Spoon the remaining yogurt over the berries and top with another ¼ cup of berries.  Sprinkle two tablespoons of granola on top of the berries.  Repeat with the remaining glasses or small bowls.  Serve and enjoy! 

Note:  Top your parfait with my essentials whipped cream for a delicious dessert!
Homemade Granola
Makes about 2 cups

1 1/4 cups my essentials rolled oats
1/4 cup Food Lion slivered almonds
1/2 cup roughly chopped  Food Lion pecans
1/2 teaspoon Food Lion ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon my essentials salt
2 tablespoons Food Lion maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup
2 tablespoons Food Lion canola oil
1/3 cup chopped dried fruit (optional)

•    Skewers
•    Strawberries
•    Orange chunks
•    Pineapple chunks
•    Kiwi chunks
•    Grapes
*Please feel free to swap fruits in and out as you see fit. I’ve made these with blueberries, raspberries, green grapes, and bananas before. I always leave the strawberry because it just looks so pretty on the end.
1.    Wash and prepare all of your fruit by cutting the oranges, pineapple, and kiwi into chunks.
2.    Take a skewer and begin adding one piece of fruit at a time. Start with a strawberry, then add an orange, pineapple, kiwi, and finally grapes.


•    My essentials whole wheat tortillas
•    my essentials grated cheddar cheese
•    Apple, peeled and thinly sliced
Place 1 whole-wheat tortilla on a plate, and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Cover cheese with apple slices. Sprinkle apple with a bit more cheese. Microwave for 30 seconds, or until cheese melts. Roll, and cut into slices.