Summer Snackage

When the seasons change, so does my appetite and eating style.  When Summer makes itsway to the Midwest, my appetite turns into that of a “grazing throughout the day” style as opposed to 3 meals a day.  When it’s in the upper 90s and it’s hot and humid, a heavy meal is the last thing on my mind.

Now that I’m about 7 1/2 months along into my pregnancy, cooking during the week is also less appealing to me, so I can say that hubs is responsible for most of our week night meals which are all prepared on the grill.  Last night’s meal consisted of grass-fed cheeseburgers on the grill, cut up watermelon, and some chips.

The  only thing I cooked up last night was kale chips.  I’ve attempted to buy them twice at Whole Foods and both times I’ve been really disappointed.  Both times it’s been a taste issue.  So instead of buying them, I decided to give it one more go and make my own. Best. Decision. Ever.  I picked up a bag of kale at the Madison Farmer’s Market this past weekend for under $4 along with some sunflower oil.  I washed the kale, tore the leaves off the stem, placed them on a cookie sheet and brushed sunflower oil on them.  Then, I sprinkled sea salt and Mrs. Dash Garlic seasonings.  I baked them at about 200 degrees for about 20 minutes.  They turned out wonderfully, and I will definitely be making these again when I pick up some more kale at the market this weekend.

Here’s a rundown of some of this week’s favorite summer snacks: 

1) Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss BarsBesides being soy free & dairy free, these tasty bars definitely satisfy my ice cream craving and are a much better alternative than a trip to DQ or Culver’s. 2)Lucy’s Gluten-Free cookiesallergen free, vegan, made in a dedicated bakery, & all natural.  Lucy’s cookies are a great snack to have on hand when you don’t have time to whip up your own batch of cookies.  I’ve tried the sugar and the chocolate chip as well as the oatmeal and all have been very good. 3) What’s a summer without some watermelon in your life?  Besides it being a summer tasty treat, I recently learned that it has awesome benefits for pregnant women.  If you want, you can read about that *here*. 4) Food Should Taste Good-Olive Chips and roasted red pepper feta cheese dip.  This lovely snack comes from Outpost and is a great alternative to the traditional chips and dip.  This feta cheese medley would probably rock my socks off if it was mixed with hummus…

Do your eating habits change with the seasons? What’s your favorite summer time snack? 


One thought on “Summer Snackage

  1. Lindsey June 14, 2012 / 6:32 am

    Mine certainly do, I like light meals and lots of salads! Favorite snacks are trail mix and fruit!


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