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Snack Cups

18 Jun

A word of warning  This is catagorized under recipes and weight watchers.  Only some of the dips fall under WW.  You will know the ones that don’t because they sound the best!!!

The girls and I were headed to a movie the other night so we stopped by Harmons to get some treats to take with us.  I know , the sign on the theater says no outside food or drink.  Well if they would sell something that is not lathered in butter or 99% sugar (not that I have anything against either of those), I would purchase my food there.  We did buy our expensive diet coke there.  Could have bought an entire case for the price of a large drink but that is another topic for another time.  Well anyways (NACHO LIBRE!!) we went through the “healthy” checkout line and they had these great snack cups with fruits, vegetables, yogurt, humus etc.  We bought some for the movie and they were great. 

Well the old wheels started turning and yes you guessed it, I said “I can make those”.  So I went to Costco and purchased a case of plastic cups and lids ( I think I had to buy about 1000 lids).  Then I got the small cups at Harmons by the paper plates etc.

We went to work and made our own snack cups.  These are so handy to grab on the go for work or just when you need a little snack. I am surprised how much more fruits and vegetables I eat this way when I don’t have to stop and cut them up. You can put anything you want in them and combine them with different dips. 

Here are a few that we have tried:

Celery with peanut butter  ( love the Harmons fresh ground.  It is a little grainier than the regular PB but really good.  You can also use almond butter–Kallie’s favorite.

Celery and carrots with humus

Carrots, celery, cucumbers or snap peas with ranch dressing  ( I used my weight watcher’s ranch dressing only about 1 point for the little cup)

Broccoli and cauliflower with ranch dressing

Yogurt with fruit and granola

Peeled and sliced oranges and grapefruit

I made one with oranges, grapes and sliced bananas.  The orange juice kept the bananas from turning brown.

Apples with fruit dip ( fat free cream cheese and splenda brown sugar to taste and vanilla) HINT  use the sliced apples from Sam’s club.  They are already sliced and do not turn brown.  I have been so pleased at how good and crisp they are. 

Apples with peanut butter

Watermelon and cantaloupe  ( can use orange fruit sauce–will add the recipe as soon as I find it)

The list is endless.

I have been making me some toast (Nacho Libre again) and taking one of these in the mornings when I am in a hurry for work.  Tastes good and so good for you.

 

Here are a few other ideas for the fruit dip:

Basic Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

 1 8-ounce package cream cheese,softened
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup sour cream or Mascarpone
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy.

Options:

Almond Fruit Dip:

 Add 3 tablespoons finely chopped almonds and 1 1/2 teaspoons almond liqueur to the basic recipe. Garnish with 1 tablespoon finely chopped almonds, if desired.

Raspberry Fruit Dip:

Puree 1 cup sweetened raspberries (aprox. 1 10-ounce package). Spoon half the basic recipe into a serving dish and smooth. Top with half the raspberry puree and smooth. Repeat.

 Lemon Fruit Dip:

Add zest of 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 extra tablespoon sugar to the basic cream cheese fruit dip recipe.

Marshmallow Fruit Dip:

 Add 1/2 cup marshmallow creme to the basic recipe.

 

Caramel Apple Dip

Ingredients

  • 16 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
 

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, or in the microwave, melt caramels with water, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl, cream together cream cheese and sugar. Fold in caramel mixture. Serve immediately.

This is also good dipped in nuts. I really like peanuts with the apples and caramel.  You could add another small cup of chopped nuts and be really fancy.

APPLE CARAMEL DIP  
1/2 c. butter, melted
2 c. dark brown sugar
1 c. light corn syrup
2 tbsp. water
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
10 apples, seeded & cut into 8 wedges each
Cook butter, sugar, water and milk until all the sugar is dissolved over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Cut unpeeled apples into wedges, and then in half again. Dip into salted water for about 1 minute to prevent them from turning brown
 
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Recipes, Weight Watchers

 

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