10 Healthy, Low-Calorie Summer Snacks

1. Salad Stick Recipe

(makes 12 skewers)

1 pkg white whole mushrooms

1 medium red onion

1 green bell pepper

2 zucchini

1 pint cherry tomatoes

12 skewers

Wet a paper towel and clean mushroom caps. Remove stems from mushrooms. Cut onion in half and then cut 4 pieces of each half. Clean and cut bell pepper into 1/2 inch pieces.

Peel zucchini and slice into 1 inch pieces. Place ingredients onto skewers. Heat grill and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes per side until vegetables are your desired doneness. Enjoy!

These can be made ahead and reheated on the grill or in the oven.

16 calories, 0.2 g fat, 3.5 g carbohydrates, 0.8 g protein, 1.0 g fiber, 5 mg sodium

2. Cucumber Orange Water Recipe

1 orange

1/2 cucumber

6 cups water

Cut orange in half then thinly slice into half circles. Thinly slice 1/2 cucumber. Add cucumber and orange to a pitcher. Add 6 cups water to pitcher. Chill in refrigerator and drink within 2 days.

0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g carbohydrates, 0 g protein, 0 g fiber, 0 mg sodium

3. Bacon-Cantaloupe Bites Recipe

(serves 1)

1 slice bacon

1/4 cantaloupe


Cook bacon in pan or microwave (using paper towels). Cut bacon and cantaloupe into 10 small pieces. Spear bacon and cantaloupe with toothpick.

115 calories, 8.0 g fat, 3.1 g carbohydrates, 7.3 g protein, 0 g fiber, 444 mg sodium

4. Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe

(serves 2)

2 cups watermelon diced

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

1 tablespoon chopped dill (optional)

Mix feta, watermelon, and dill in a small bowl. Eat immediately or else the watermelon becomes soggy.

For one serving: 95 calories, 4.2 g fat, 12.2 g carbohydrates, 3.6 g protein, 0.6 g fiber, 211 mg sodium

5. Caprese Salad

1/2 tomato

1 ounce fresh mozzarella

5 basil leaves

1 teaspoon olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Slice tomato with a serrated knife into thin slices. Slice mozzarella into thin slices. Alternate tomato, mozzarella, and basil onto plate. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

132 calories, 10.3 g fat, 2.4 g carbohydrates, 7.7 g protein, 0 g fiber, 151 mg sodium

6. Chile Lime Corn Recipe

(serves 4)

4 ears corn

1 lime

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon chile powder

Put a large pot of water on to boil. Shuck corn. When water is boiling add corn and cook for 4 minutes. Remove and place on plate Slice lime into 4 quarters and mix salt and chile powder in a small bowl. Dip lime into chile-salt mixture. Squeeze lime onto cooked corn and enjoy!

63 calories, 0.9 g fat, 13.9 g carbohydrates, 2.4 g protein, 2.0 g fiber, 592mg sodium

7. Banana Split Makeover Recipe

(serves 1)

1 cup fresh strawberries

1 banana

8 tablespoons sweetened whipped cream

Slice strawberries and banana. Put in a bowl and top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

207 calories, 4.8 g fat, 38 g carbohydrates, 2.2 g protein, 5.9 g fiber, 3 mg sodium

8. Green Smoothie Recipe

(1 serving)

1 cup fresh mixed berries

1 cup kale

1/2 banana

1/2 cup water

5 ice cubes

Tear kale leaves off of stems and tear into small shapes. Pulse ice in blender until crushed. Put berries, kale, 1/2 banana, and water into a blender and blend until smooth.

132 calories, 1.1 g fat, 31.2 g carbohydrates, 3.8 g protein, 5.8 g fiber, 31 mg sodium

9. Grilled Dessert Recipe

(makes 7 sticks)

1 20-ounce can Pineapple Chunks in Pineapple Juice

3 bananas

1 lemon

7 skewers

cinnamon (optional)

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.

For one skewer: 85 calories, 0.2 g fat, 22.2 g carbohydrates, 0.6 g protein, 2.0 g fiber, 7 mg sodium

10. Snap Peas and Warm Goat Cheese Recipe

10 snap peas

1 ounce goat cheese

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!

94 calories, 6 g fat, 3.6 g carbohydrates, 6 g protein, 0.9 g fiber, 45 mg sodium

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