By Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
Summer is officially here. Like a lot of people, I will be outdoors more than usual. And since I'm a parent, my kids will be with me much of the time. That means more time at the pool, trips to the beach and afternoon picnics.
We usually have something to eat mid morning and in the afternoon a few hours before dinner. During the summer, I look for snacks that are refreshing, nutritious and tasty. Below are 5 of my favorites that hit the spot on a hot day.
Smoothies: I love to make smoothies when relaxing at home in the afternoon. My favorite right now is a peanut butter smoothie. It contains 2 Tbsp. peanut butter, half of a pear or apple, 2 Tbsp flaxseed meal, 1/3 cup blueberries, a small banana, 1 cup of spinach, 1 cup low fat milk and a handful of ice (this is not needed if the banana is frozen). Put all the ingredie