Snacking just got easier with two recipes that allow you to get vital nutrients, while taking very little time to make! These are perfect for the Spring and the Summer.
We hit the Athleisure Kitchen with Chef Rosalie from Williams Sonoma and began thinking about how we can get fruits and vegetables into our meals. These treats are perfect now as well as when we head into the summer. When you master these recipes, you can add your own twists to them and both can be done rather quickly!
We love a good ice pop as it's cool and refreshing. A few seasons ago we learned about Zoku which easily makes and freezes your pops of choice. A huge trend is being able to include slices of fruit, adding yogurt creation and when you have really mastered it, a boozy option that is perfect for day or night! We created a POM-pop, Pear Pop and a Passion Fruit Pop.
- Your drink of choice (we had three different pops so we used Ceres Pear, Ceres Passion Fruit and POM Wonderful - no sugar free juices)
- Sliced assorted fruit
- Zoku machine
- Make sure to slice your chosen fruits into thin slices. We used plums, kiwi and strawberries
- Pour your beverage of choice into the Zoku maker
- Place your sliced fruits into each slot with the beverage
- Place the spill guard sticks in the Zoku
NOTE: You must place the Zoku in the freezer before using it to make your pops. The Zoku will freeze your treats within 12 minutes! Once it is frozen, you can make 3 servings of 3 (9 pops total) before you have to freeze it again.
Hummus is such a great snack that takes chickpeas to another level. The easiest way to make it is in the Vitamix. We have taken the classic recipe and added a few twists that give it an elevated taste while also being really quick and easy to make!
- 2 15oz cans of chickpeas (garbanzos), one drained , one with liquid
- 1/4 cup (35g) raw sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove peeled
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Salt and crushed red pepper
- Place all ingredients, except salt, into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid
- Select Frozen Desserts program
- Press start
- Allow machine to complete programmed cycle, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades
NOTE: It takes 5 minutes to prepare this recipe and it makes 3 3/4 cups which is great for a solo nibble or for a small gathering. As we're hummus fans, we always like to shake it up. In this version, once we made it, we added a little more olive oil, pine nuts, sliced red peppers and crushed red pepper. This added a bit of a zest to our recipe - but there are a number of items that work well with this recipe. In addition, it can be served with crackers, mini pitas (shown here) and so much more.
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