Summer Time Snacks

May 4th, 2014 | By Marjie No Comments


With summer rapidly approaching, there are fun times to be had frolicking around outside in the hot summer sun. Amid the fun, hungry tummies are bound to occur! To combat this dilemma, it is important to make snacks both easily accessible and highly nutritious.

Athens MOVE recently stopped by Oconee Primary School to teach kindergarten, first, and second grade students about the importance of healthy snacking. To start off the class, we asked the kids their favorite snack items. While some of the kids listed healthy snack options such as bananas, apples, and grapes, the majority of kids named ice cream, chips, and candy as their favorite snacking products. We then let the students try three different types of melons: watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew. Overwhelmingly, watermelon was the favorite melon. After introducing the fruit, we then offered students cucumber and celery with hummus. Most kids had never tried hummus before, and they really liked it.

Below are the recipes we shared with the students. They can be made in advance and snacked on throughout the summer with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Enjoy!


2 C canned garbanzo beans, drained

1/4 C lemon juice (1 large lemon)

1/3 C tahini

2 cloves garlic, halved

1 t salt

1 T olive oil

1 pinch paprika

Place garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, salt and garlic in a blender or food processor.

Blend until smooth and transfer to a serving bowl.

Serve drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled paprika.

Dip with celery, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli or your favorite vegetable.

Makes 2 cups.

Honey-Yogurt Dip
2 C vanilla yogurt

1/4 C honey

1 t cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

Serve with strawberries, pineapple, melon, kiwi, apple, or berries.

Makes 8 servings.

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