5 Summer Snack Ideas

5 Summer Snack Ideas

Simple and Easy Healthy snacks
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Have you ever wanted a cool, healthy summer snack? Well, don’t worry because this week, I will be sharing 5 healthy summer snack ideas that you’ll adore. Personally, I always find myself looking for a small and healthy snack. Summer can do one of two things to my appetite. It can increase it and or destroy it. I can easily be affected by the heat of summer and when this happens, it’s hard to have a cool, healthy snack to munch on. So here are just a few ideas that I have found great for summer snacking. I’ll also include how to prepare them so you can jump right in and get to snacking.

1.)Strawberry Poppers.

2.)Banana Wafer Lasagna.

3.)Milk Ice Pops.

4.)Fruit Salad.

5.)Brownie Bite Surprise.


1.)Strawberry Poppers.

For this you will need the following: a knife, a table spoon, plate, vanilla yogurt, and strawberries.

First, you rinse off all the strawberries to remove any unwanted dirt. Next grab the knife and cut off the top of the strawberry that has the leaves on it. Then you are going to core the strawberries. You should make a tiny cup like shape in the strawberry. After the strawberry is cored, grab the vanilla yogurt and the table spoon and begin to fill the strawberry with the yogurt. Finally, chill them in the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes. After the time has passed take them out and get to snacking.

2.)Banana Wafer Lasagna.

Ingredients: Bananas, vanilla pudding (premade or boxed), and vanilla wafers.

First, make the boxed pudding within enough time before you want to make this lasagna. It will need to be made prior to. Cut up enough bananas to fill the bottom of your size lasagna pan and to make a second layer if you choose to. Place a thin layer of pudding to span the bottom of the pan. Begin to place vanilla wafers on the bottom of the pan. (If you bought remade pudding, you will just need to just simply cover the wafers and the pan with this pudding.) Place another layer of vanilla wafers. If you have chosen to add a second layer, just repeat the same process. Next place in freezer for about 10-20 minutes.

3.)Milk Ice Pops.

Things needed: Gallon of Milk, ice pop tray with sticks, and a freezer.

First, make sure you wash the ice pop tray before using it. Next pour in milk and add tops. Place in freezer. You can enjoy these yummy treats as soon as they are frozen. These are simple easy ice pops that can actually be really enjoyable.

4.)Fruit Salad.

Necessities: strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, grapes, and any other fruit you would like to include.

First, rinse and cut up all the fruit. Make sure the larger fruits are cut into bit sized bites to assure that it will be easy to eat. Next just mix it all up in a bowl. If you want extra flavor, you can add things to it such as yogurt, Nutella, or even sprinkle sugar it lightly. Once again, an easy snack that can be so delicious.

5.)Brownie Bite Surprise.

Needs: Brownie bites (premade or homemade), Oreos, and vanilla or chocolate ice-cream.

First, make brownies (if you are making them homemade). Then, crush and mash Oreos. Push a little indent into the top of the brownie bites. This is where we are going to place the mashed Oreos. Do this while brownie is warm. If you bought premade brownies just microwave them for a few seconds to make them slightly warm. After that you can use a teaspoon and scoop little scoops of ice-cream on top of the brownie bites and they’re now ready to eat.

These are easy and simple snacks that a person can enjoy while only consuming a small number of calories. I hope you all can get use out of these little flavorful snacks just as much as I do. So relax, enjoy the snacks, and beat the summer heat.

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."
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It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

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I Wasn't Always Lactose Intolerant, But Now That I Am, I Can Confirm — It Sucks

I see all of my friends eating ice cream and drinking bubble until their heart's content, but I can't say the same thing about myself.

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The thing is that I wasn't always lactose intolerant. In fact, before college, I was able to eat as much ice cream and mac and cheese as I wanted, and I was able to drink a glass of milk and have milk with cereal. But ever since coming to college, for some reason, my body decided that it was time to start rejecting dairy, and it picked the wrong time to do so.

Last semester, I went to get breakfast, and I decided to get a bowl of Fruit Loops, and I poured some milk into it. While I was eating, there was no problem, and I went about everything as I normally would, but it was when I went back to my dorm that my stomach started feeling...not so right. My stomach was hurting and I felt bloated. I was hoping that it was only because the cereal may have been old or the utensils that I was using may not have been cleaned well enough, so I stayed optimistic (for too long, in all honesty).

The following weeks, I had cereal a few more times, and I also ate some ice cream and mac and cheese, and every time, the same thing happened, and I had to convince myself that deep down, I knew what this meant. I sort of panicked because it was all so sudden. I was perfectly able to tolerate dairy right before college started, but now, I can't even handle a cup of ice cream.

I have to constantly monitor how much dairy I consume because if I consume more than my maximum amount, it's not going to end up well. Sometimes, I see my friends' iced milk tea whenever we're on the train, and I envy them because I try to avoid anything with dairy when I'm taking any sort of transportation. I think the worst part is that every time I pass by the Chatime truck, I have to fight the temptation of getting a cup of boba, especially during this time of year on the warmer days. I always walk by the crowd huddled around the cart, wishing I was them. It sounds kind of sad because it is.

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My body may not thank me, but quite frankly, I can't go forever without eating dairy because...do I even have to say it?

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