In an attempt to provide healthy alternatives, our office has exchanged our cookies with healthy alternatives such as Chia Bars, Kind Bars, fruit leather strips, and Goldfish. We will still place cookies out on occasion but so far our healthy alternatives have been a hit!

 

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With August being one of the hottest months of the year in this region, try some of these refreshing healthy snacks to help cool off!

Homemade popsicles are always a great opportunity to experiment with different juices, purees, and fruit pieces, to create the ultimate homemade popsicles. Here are a few of our favorites!

Frozen Fruit Pops 

Found On http://www.skinnytaste.com/ 
Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 pop • Old Points: 0 pt • Points Plus: 1 pts
Calories: 32.1 • Fat: 0.2 g • Carb: 7.8 g • Fiber: 1.1 g • Protein: 0.4 g • Sugar: 5 g
Sodium: 1.4 mg 

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup diced kiwi
  • 1/3 cup diced watermelon
  • 1/3 cup diced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice or orange juice

Directions:

Instructions: Combine diced fruit in a bowl and fill each 5 oz cup with fruit. Add 1 tbsp of juice and insert craft sticks into each cup. They easily stay in place because of all the fruit. Place in the freezer a few hours until firm. To remove the pops from the cups, run under warm water a few seconds. Enjoy!

 

If you like creamier popsicles experiment with Greek Yogurt!

 

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STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE GREEK YOGURT POPSICLES {WITH CHOBANI!}                                                                       Found On: http://www.thekitchenpaper.com

 

 

Recipe: by Mary

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Chobani Non-Fat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp ground vanilla beans
  • ⅓ cup strawberries, chopped
  • ⅓ cup shortcake, crumbled

 

Instructions: Mix the yogurt, milk, and ground vanilla beans together until completely smooth. Gently mix in the strawberries and shortcake. Divide among popsicle molds, and place in the freezer. After 1 hour, insert popsicle sticks.

Let freeze completely, 3-4 hours.

 

 

If you are more of a veggie person try this Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad or experiment with different cheeses and meats if you don’t love veggies.

Found on: http://www.abountifulkitchen.com/

Ingredients:

  • 6 ears corn
  • 3 large fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 large onion or about 1 cup chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • two to three sprigs fresh oregano (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • coarse sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper

 

Instructions: Boil corn in large pot of water for about 7 minutes. Drain and plunge corn into cool water. Cut corn off cob and set aside to cool completely. Chunk tomatoes and onion. Coarsely chop basil and strip the oregano off stems. Place cooled corn, chopped vegetable and herbs into large bowl. Toss with vinegar and olive oil. Season to taste. Serve chilled or room temperature

 

You can always go with the simple veggies and hummus, there are many varieties of hummus including roasted red pepper, roasted garlic, basil pesto, roasted pine nut, etc. You can also pair this with many different veggies like bell peppers, carrots, cucumber, cherry tomatoes or celery. You could also try pita or crackers if you don’t love veggies.

If you have any healthy recipes you love please share them with the office (tmadeira@athomeapartments.com), we would love to try them!