Summer sips and snacks with recipes!

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Nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH is the author of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, The One One One Diet. She and Jenny checked out some perfect summer sips and snacks!

Summer Sips, Snacks, and Meal Ideas

Pistachio Power

Pistachios are one of the highest protein nuts- each serving contains 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber + heart healthy fats. Wonderful Pistachios is a great plant-protein choice compared to meat because pistachios are naturally cholesterol-free and add fiber to your day.

Wonderful Pistachios can be used as an alternative to croutons on a salad, and make for a great snack if you are hiking. Pair them with dried fruit for a sweet/salty combination.

They have both In-shell and No Shells in the Roasted and Salted flavors.

I love Wonderful Pistachios Salt & Pepper and Sweet Chili. The perfect summertime snack, and such a great alternative to chips. Pistachios give you 49 nuts per ounce, compared to just 15 potato chips. (And who eats just 15 potato chips?)

Fresh Express

Looking for great way to add convenience and flavor to your next summer cookout or picnic, Look no further than Fresh Express Salad Kits, like this Spinach & Bacon Salad Kit.

Pair this delicious salad kit with your favorite protein, like grilled chicken or steak, you’ve got a well-rounded, nutritious meal, featuring premium ingredients like red cabbage and carrots, and a Sweet Onion Dijon dressing. It’s that easy to create a meal that can be ready in under 30 minutes.

You can find Fresh Express Salad Kits in the refrigerated produce section at your local Safeway.

Gingery POM Wonderful Mojito Mocktail

If you are looking for a refreshing, non-alcoholic and delicious drink, then this Gingery POM Wonderful Mojito Mocktail will really hit the spot.

I love using POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice as it has four times the anti-oxidants as green tea, on average. The pomegranate juice provides a really nice sweet-tartness and rich color. Ginger creates zing. It’s kind of invigorating!

Every 16-oz bottle of POM Wonderful 100-percent pomegranate juice has the juice of four whole-pressed pomegranates and nothing else – no fillers, and never any added sugar. This is really impressive and it’s all nutrient rich.

INGREDIENTS

2 cup POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice

1 tbsp teaspoons fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

10 fresh mint leaves

3/4 cup sparkling/soda water, chilled

INSTRUCTIONS

Add the pomegranate juice, lime juice, ginger, and mint leaves to a shaker container or 1 1/2- to 2-cup capacity jar. Shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds.

Pour into two 2-cup capacity jars or tall glasses filled with ice, add the sparkling/soda water, and serve.

Makes: 2 servings

Each 7- ounce cocktail comes in at around 70 calories.

Summer Pasta Salad

Who doesn’t love a delicious pasta salad?! Today, I prepared this Pesto Pasta with Mindful Chik’n from Sweet Earth. I can’t tell you how easy it was to prepare and it cooks just like chicken. Each serving contains 19 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber which is really impressive for a vegan protein source. It’s so convenient- ready for recipes to just heat and add to any dish- and it really delivers the taste and texture consumers know and love!

Without the cruelty, hormones, antibiotics, or fats found in traditional poultry products, Mindful Chik’n delivers an authentic chicken experience.

INGREDIENTS:

· 4 cups of cooked rotini pasta

· 1 container of the Sweet Earth Mindful Chik’n

· ½ cup of ripe heirloom tomatoes (halved)

· 2 cups baby spinach

· 3 tbsp. of pesto

· 3 tbsp. sundried tomato

· 1 tbsp. avocado oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare Pasta as recommended on packaging.

Remove Mindful Chik’n strips from the tray. Pre-heat a slightly oiled pan over medium heat. Stir fry for about 7 minutes.

Combine all ingredients. This pasta is delicious served warm or cold.

SERVES: 4

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