School's Out - Summer Snackin'

Stay hydrated without the sugar. Try flavored sparkling water on your picnics instead of juice or pop, both high in sugar. Add an ice cube of juice to the cup for cool flavour.  Tap water available in your fridge makes for easy grab and go.


Poke a pickle with a piece of cheese, or have a cheese stick.

Leave small cups of rinsed berries in the fridge for individual servings. Askew’s has strawberries, blueberries and cherries.

Make half cup fruit smoothies with almond milk.

Spread a pinch of cream cheese or mashed tuna into halved mini peppers for colour and crisp taste.

Tasty with celery too.

High protein hard boiled eggs travel well in reusable containers.

Add toppings to popcorn: Parmesan cheese, nutritional yeast, taco spices

Watermelon! Delicious, hydrating, easy and nutritious.  Says summer in every slice.  Other melons  help hydrate too.

Banana “Ice Cream”

2 sliced and frozen bananas
2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
2 Tbsp.  mini choc chips
Pinch sea salt
Place frozen banana slices in  food processor  until crumb like consistency.
Add peanut butter, choc chips, and salt. Whiz again until like soft-serve ice cream.

 Treats like pop, chips, sweets (and chocolate!) or ice cream needn’t be outlawed.

Simply consider the frequency, the quantity and the percentage of caloric intake from “empty foods” or high sugar content.

Whether it’s a crunch from a carrot or a chip, slow down and enjoy.

Annah Kassen