This Week's 7

This Week’s 7 – Summertime Snacks

Each Monday on the Pure Purpose blog, I feature This Week’s 7, a simple list about an everyday topic, giving you ideas and encouragement. This week’s list gives you ideas for scrumptious summertime snacks. Add your favorites to the list, and we’ll all refresh our recipes this summer!

Farmers’ Market Salsa

2 ears fresh, sweet corn, cut off the cob

1/2 medium red onion, diced

2 green onions, white and green parts, chopped

1 1/2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved

1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and chopped in chunks

1 jalapeno, sliced

1/4 bunch fresh cilantro, leaves chopped

1 lemon, juiced

1 lime, juiced

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, tossing to coat. Put the salsa in a sealable plastic container.

Mixed Berry Dessert

2 tablespoons low-fat yogurt (key-lime or lemon)

Juice of 1/2 lime (about 1 tablespoon)

1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, torn

1 cup cubed cantaloupe

4 medium strawberries, stemmed and quartered

1/4 cup raspberries

1/4 cup blueberries

Whisk the yogurt, lime juice, and mint together in a medium bowl. Add the fruit and toss to combine. Serve.

Watermelon Cookies

Watermelon

Vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt (or cream cheese or other icing substitute)

Sprinkles (optional)

Slice melon into 1-inch-thick slabs, then use cookie cutters to make shapes. Frost your treats with vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt (spoon the yogurt into a squeeze bottle to make decorating really fun and easy) and top them with
sprinkles if you like.

Twisted Shake

1/2 cup milk

2 scoops chocolate ice cream

3 tablespoons chocolate syrup

1/8 teaspoon peppermint or orange extract

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Mix on high for about 8 seconds or until the ingredients are evenly combined, then pour into a tall glass.

Fruity Fruit Punch

2 cups cranberry juice

1 cup pineapple juice

1 cup orange juice

1/4 cup grenadine syrup

1/4 cup lime juice

1 lemon, cut into thin slices

1 lime, cut into thin slices

3 1/2 cups club soda, chilled

Mix the juices and syrup in a large pitcher. Chill for at least an hour to let the flavors to blend. Right before serving, add the lemon and lime slices and the club soda, then pour over ice.

Pudding Pops

1 small package of instant chocolate pudding (3.4 ounces)

2 cups milk

1/2 cup sugar

With a wire whisk, blend together 1 package of instant chocolate pudding, 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup cream, and 1/2 cup sugar. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds. Or, pour it into small plastic cups, cover each with aluminum foil, and insert a craft stick through the foil. Freeze and eat.

Chocolate-Dipped Trail Mix

3 cups nuts (peanuts, almonds, and pecans)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1 cup raisins

1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries

1 cup chocolate chips

Mix together the nuts, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, raisins, and dried cranberries or cherries. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave. Pour the chocolate over the baking
sheet in ribbons. Stir to coat everything. Let the chocolate cool, then break the mix into pieces and pack it in individual containers.

What’s one of your summertime favorites?