Smoothies & Appetizers

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When you buy “fruit popsicles” at the store, do you ever see the skin from the fruit? Rarely. Do you ever see an ingredient list without added sugars? No. That’s why, if you can, it’s a good idea to make your own popsicles every once in a while. Just buy some popsicle molds (sold everywhere these days!), or use ice molds.

** Keep in mind some companies do make very delicious popsicles with whole fruit and lots of vitamin C, so healthier popsicles do exist! **

The other day I made a smoothie with strawberries, organic frozen blueberries, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla unsweetened almond breeze and V8 light.Smoothie-sicles 1

You see all those flecks of skin, packed with phytonutrients (aka plant nutrients)??Smoothie-sicles 2

This smoothie turned into the most amazing popsicles. Unlike store varieties these were free of added sugars, packed with plant nutrients and only contained 20 calories.Smoothie-sicles 3

What more can you ask for when you’re in need of some healthier late night eats?

QUESTION: What do you like to eat late at night when you aren’t hungry, but you just want to eat something while in “relaxation mode”?

What about snacks to bring to work?Smoothie-sicles 4

Lately I’ve been snacking on dessert hummus (picture above), sweet potato chips and highly addictive (and unfortunately slightly high in sodium, at 230 mg per serving) dry roasted almonds. These snacks are so perfect for that mid-afternoon salt and/or sugar craving because they are packed with brain-stimulating protein, plus fiber, and in therms of the sweet potato chips, they are loaded with immune-stimulating vitamin A (it’s always a good idea to eat foods that will boost your immunity, even during the summer).

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