Tasty Summer Treat Ideas

Are you looking to keep the weight off, but yet enjoy summer snacks during the heat? Here are some healthy options to choose from..

 

  • Smoothie: Aim for adding fresh fruit, ice, and non-fat yogurt if needed. Some places use ice cream or full-fat yogurt or add whole milk and high-sugar fruit juice, so make sure to ask or simply, make your own!
  • Iced coffee: While the coffee itself isn’t high in calories, everything added to it can quickly turn into a high calorie beverage! Save calories by opting for low-fat milk, skipping the whip cream and choosing the smallest size.
  • Frozen Yogurt: The new trendy, frozen yogurt places opening up can quickly add up to a high calorie treat! In order to keep it healthy– aim for low-fat yogurts and stick with healthier toppings like a variety of fruits or nuts.
  • Frozen fruit bars: You can buy these in a grocery store. They are a quick, already portioned, frozen treat that are about 70 calories each and aren’t too high in sugar!
  • Frozen grapes: If you haven’t tried freezing your grapes before, I suggest you give it a try! This is definitely a refreshing, healthy snack on a hot day!
  • Frozen banana bites dipped in chocolate: Craving chocolate and you like bananas? This is a perfect summer snack for everyone! Just be sure to watch your portions.
  • Grilled Pineapple: An easy recipe with only 4 ingredients: 1 20-oz can of Pineapple chunks in pineapple juice, 3 bananas, 1 lemon, and 7 skewers you can make 7 servings of a delicious treat! Instructions: Drain pineapple and slice bananas into small pieces (the same size as the pineapple). Stick pieces onto skewers and place on a plate. Squeeze lemon juice over the sticks, cover, and store in refrigerator until ready to grill. Grill at medium heat, turning every 2 minutes until slightly charred (5-7 minutes). Dust with cinnamon and enjoy! Can be served hot or room temperature.
  • Snap Peas and Warm Goat CheeseAn easy snack with only 2 ingredients: 10 snap peas and 1 oz. of goat cheese. Instructions: Melt goat cheese in microwave for 10 seconds. Be careful not to overheat because the cheese will separate. Dip snap peas in goat cheese one at a time and enjoy! You can also use this warm dip with celery, carrots, and pretty much any veggie imaginable!
  • Mango Parfait: Top plain Greek yogurt with chunks of fresh mango and a couple of tablespoons of granola.
  • Strawberry Cheesecake BitesCut out the leaves and stems of 20 strawberries and fill each berry with the cream cheese mixture. Then, roll the tops of the berries in Graham cracker crumbs.

 

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What are some of your favorite summer time treats?

Know When To Toss Your Food

We all wonder how long we can go after opening a food product or how far you can stretch after the expiration date. Here are some tips on some popular foods by Jessica Girdwain

  1. Frozen Chicken:  Store it in a freezer bag and keep it in a single layer so it gets rock-hard quickly. Make sure to squeeze out as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn, and use it all within a month or two.
  2. Raw Chicken: It generally keeps 1 to 2 days in the fridge, but follow the expiration date listed on the package and if you know you won’t be eating it within the one to two days, FREEZE IT!
  3. Deli Meat: You can keep deli meat up to a week, but it’s recommended to eat within 3 days
  4. Leftovers: A week is still safe, though at that time, ingredients may start to separate. Ideally, you want to eat them within 2 to 4 days.
  5. Frozen bread/bagels: You can store them for a few months in the freezer, but bread may dry out and accumulate freezer odors in about 2 to 3 weeks
  6. Coffee: Buy a week or two’s supply of coffee (versus a whole giant can) at a time and store in an airtight container in a cool dark place
  7. Chicken/Beef broth: If the broth was canned, pour it into another container, refrigerate, and use it up in a few days.
  8. Eggs: You’ve got some wiggle room after the sell-by date by about 2 to 3 weeks. Five weeks is your max!
  9. Canned tomatoes: canned tomatoes can stick around in your fridge for a few days. Just don’t store them in the can after opening them–transfer them to another airtight container.
  10. Snack foods: When they hit their expiration date–or a month after opening (whichever comes first)–throw the bag away.

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For more information: http://todayhealth.today.com/_news/2013/03/24/17420450-can-you-still-eat-that-or-should-you-throw-it-out?lite