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Monday, March 31, 2014

Healthy Spring Treats!

With spring, comes more activity and a healthier appetite. When shopping or thinking about what to plant in your garden keep your taste buds in mind. 

Snack Ideas:

Cucumbers - cut up and eat like chips throughout the day. 8 calories for every 1/2 cup. Similar to celery, cucumbers are mostly water, so they fill you up and don't cost you carbs. These are super easy to grow here in Idaho. Plus they don't have that waxy coating when grown fresh.

Celery - add some peanut butter to increase your protein, or better yet, try almond butter or another type of protein heavy spread.

Hard boiled eggs - It is Easter time, so make it fun! Dye some eggs and take them as a mid morning snack or as your breakfast. with 6 grams of protein in each egg, and only 78 calories you can't go wrong with this as a food choice.

Asparagus - Readily available this time of year, and often less expensive at the grocery store, this vegetable is wonderful steamed or sauteed in olive oil. BBQ it for a fresh new taste. 3 spears is only 9 calories and carries a whopping 1 gram of protein. Try it as a snack on the go, or for breakfast. Find it fresh by canals around town.

Dinner and Dessert:

Ahi Tuna - Don't like fish? It's ok. This treat is more like steak, and whatever you saute or BBQ it in, the flavor will mask the tuna taste. 180 calories for a 6oz. serving, but 0 carbs, and 40 grams of protein!!!

Strawberry Shortcake - Three ingredients: Angel Food Cake, Strawberries, and Cool Whip Light or Reddi-whip. With everything you have an amazingly tasty treat and totals less than 150 calories 19 carbs, and 2.3 grams of protein, and 18mg of Potassium. That can't be beat! Again, another super easy thing to grow.

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