Balsamic Cannellini Dip
You can’t go wrong with and chips and dips for a backyard snack. This Balsamic Cannellini Dip is a great alternative to store bought, leaving out any preservatives and made with real ingredients that most people already have in the house. Cannellini beans (white kidney beans) are a highly nutrient dense source of protein and fiber without the fat. With a mild but slightly nutty flavor, this dip is a sure hit. Puree one can of drained cannellini beans with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar in a food processor until smooth; season with salt and pepper and transfer to a bowl. Drizzle puree with a little more vinegar and top with chopped sundried tomatoes. Leave the chips out and up the nutrients by serving with an assortment of crudité.
Perfect Grilled Shrimp
is easy to make and even easier to eat. That’s not all. Shrimp are low in calorie and high in protein making for a great snack. Warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add shrimp and sauté 3 minutes or so until shrimp turn pink, remove from skillet. Add 5 cloves of sliced garlic and sauté 30 seconds. Add 1Ž2 cup white dry wine and cook stirring constantly for another 2 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper. Whisk in remaining olive or butter 1 tablespoon at a time and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add shrimp and chopped flat leaf parsley. Serve on a platter with tooth picks and it’s ready to serve.
Pistachio Chewy Bites
are on the top of my list for a convenient and filling snack. Containing pistachios and cranberries, they are the perfect antioxidant and fiber-loaded snack that is just sweet enough to satisfy any craving. I keep them stocked in my pantry all season long for any last minute visitors. Just toss them in a bowl and your guests can help themselves to a healthy treat.
Herbed Goat Cheese Bites
I usually stay away from dairy, however when hosting a backyard party, I allow for indulgences. Goat cheese is my favorite cheese. Why? It’s the lowest in calories, cholesterol and easiest on the digestive system with less lactose than cow’s milk. First, finely chop 1 tablespoon each of flat leaf thyme, parsley and mint. Next, take an 8oz log of goat cheese and roll over the herb mixture so it is entirely covered. Sprinkle with sea salt and cover in plastic and let chill in fridge for 2 hours. Slice the cheese thin and place on top of a rice cracker to give it the perfect crunch. Drizzle olive oil and salt and serve!
Steamed Edamame with Sea Salt
Available fresh late in the summer, this protein packed bean is found all year round frozen. Fill a large pot with an inch or so of water and place a steaming basket inside. Place the edamame in the basket and bring the water to a boil. Steam the pods for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and run through cold water and drain. Sprinkle with coarse salt and fresh pepper. Choose Himalayan pink salt for added minerals and elements are body needs rather than the refined white table salt which are striped from these health benefits.
About Pistachio Chewy Bites
With two main ingredients, Pistachio Chewy Bites provide healthy snack lovers the amazing benefits of pistachios and cranberries in a delicious and nutritious bite-size bar. Pistachio Chewy Bites are heart-healthy, 100% all natural, gluten and dairy free, low in sodium, GMO free, vegan and a great on-the-go protein snack. They also have no cholesterol, zero trans-fat and are a good source of dietary fiber. These nutrient-rich snack bars provide a great balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat for sustainable energy. With 7 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and healthy fat, the individually wrapped bars are the perfect one stop shop. http://www.pistachiochewybites.com
About Sara Siskind
Certified Nutritional Health Counselor, Sara Siskind is the founder of Hands On Healthy, cooking classes for adults, families and teens based in New York. Sara has dedicated her career to educating clients on how food and lifestyle choices affect health, and how to make the right choices to look and feel your best each day. Sara translates the complexity of integrated nutrition into usable tools with easy-to-cook recipes that appeal to the entire family. Sara counsels privately to offer highly customized health and nutrition plans for her clients. She also works with parents on shopping and cooking smarter to create healthier homes. In addition, she teaches beginner to gourmet cooking classes with her signature “toss it in” approach. In addition, Sara regularly works with corporations and non-profit organizations to lead workshops and lectures on healthy eating.