Weight Watchers: Top 5 Summer Snacks 

Snacking has an undeserved bad rep!  Contrary to popular belief, snacking doesn’t make you fat.  Snacking can keep you satisfied between meals enabling you to eat smaller portions at mealtime.  And when you are a savvy snacker and know what to chose for snacks you get a big burst of flavor, a lot of important nutrients, and not many calories.  Jackie Conn, from Weight Watchers shares her favorite summer snacks with us!Jackie’s Top 5 Summer Snack Choices1. Frozen grapes2. Cucumber slices 3. Melon Chunks4. Berry Salad 5. Grilled Peaches Berry SaladCombining blueberries, blackberries and raspberries creates a mix that is sublime: blueberries bring a spicy earthiness, blackberries offer a juicy burst, and raspberries sweeten the pot. Use them in more or less equal volume amounts (this will lead to about twice as many blueberries as blackberries and slightly fewer raspberries). For an extra bit of sass, toss in a chiffonade of basil. To chiffonade basil: Lay leaves in a stack, roll up lengthwise and slice into thin strips crosswise. You will end up with fine, intensely aromatic shavings. If your berries aren’t as perfectly flavorful as they looked at the market, try fixing them with a sprinkle of mint-infused simple syrup. To make an infused simple syrup: Bring 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil. Add cup fresh mint (or your preferred herb) leaves torn into pieces. Let sit until cool. Strain and use (store, covered and chilled, up to one month). Grilled PeachesBrush a clean grill with a neutral-flavored oil like grapeseed or canola. Heat grill to a medium-high fire (you can hold your hand an inch above the grill for about 3 seconds). Place halved or quartered peaches (nectarines and plums work too!) on the grill. Cover and cook until grill marks form and fruit is heated through, 5 to 10 minutes. Serve topped or topped with a reduced calorie whipped topping as soon as possible.