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5 Fun poolside snacks

Naomi de la Torre is freelance writer and stay-at-home-mom with two delightful boys, ages three and six. Naomi has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, is a self-proclaimed salsa diva, and can make a killer octopus ...

Healthy summer snack sensations

Summer’s here and we’re all watching our waistlines so we can look our best by the pool. Looking for a few tasty summer snacks that won’t make your muffin top rear its pudgy little head? We’ve got you covered.

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Rainbow fruit kebabs

Put a rainbow of fresh, delicious fruit on your poolside plate with our irresistible recipe for rainbow fruit kabobs. Simply cut up big, juicy wedges of grapes, watermelon, strawberries, mango, pineapple, honeydew melon, kiwi and blueberries. Thread those bad boys onto wooden skewers and create a unique display by poking them into an uncut watermelon. Instant rainbow magic!

Skinny Cow ice cream treats

Nothing says summer like ice cream. When you hear the tinkling music of the ice cream truck rolling down the street, it’s hard to resist. Now, thanks to Skinny Cow, you can still have all your favorite ice cream indulgences without the guilt. Whether you are jonesing for ice cream sandwiches, cones or shakes, these mouthwatering flavors are sure to please. And at just 150 calories a pop, you won’t even come close to ruining your diet.

Dark chocolate banana pops

Keep everyone cool by the pool with this tasty summer snack. This treat is a cinch to make, but it needs to be prepared ahead of time so it can chill in the freezer. Begin by placing a piece of parchment paper on a large baking tray. Undress your bananas, cut them in half, stick a popsicle stick in each one and let them rest for a moment while you melt a bag of dark chocolate chips in the microwave. When the chocolate is good and melty, dip each banana into the bowl to coat evenly. Now the fun begins. You can leave the chocolate bananas plain, or you can roll them in crushed almonds, pecans, coconut, granola or other tasty tidbits. Let chill for four hours in the freezer and serve frozen. Mmm…

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Groovy smoothies

Stay hydrated while you tank up on the grooviest smoothies around. The perfect poolside treat, you can bring your blender outside onto the patio and whirl up everyone’s favorites. If you're looking for a quick fix, many grocery stores sell easy smoothie kits for home. Or prepare a yummy smoothie bar with bowls of fresh fruits, veggies, yogurt, ice cream, nut butters and more. You can put out recipe cards with groovy smoothie suggestions or let everyone’s imaginations run free as they create their own unique smoothie masterpieces.

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Veggies and dip

Colorful veggies taste great on a sunny day and will give you a big boost of energy. Looking for a fun way to serve them by the pool? Cut the tops off of red, green, orange and yellow peppers and fill with an assortment of veggie wedges like broccoli, celery, cauliflower, carrots and cucumber. They look adorable and are easy to munch on while you sun yourself at the water’s edge. Add some ramekins of salsa, ranch sauce, queso and other dipping favorites and you’ve got the best snack in town.

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