Cooking with Lynn: Summer snacks and drinks you can make at home
SALISBURY, Md. – 47 ABC is bringing you some more tips, tricks, and fun recipes you can use in your kitchen, thanks to Lynn Matava, a nutrition educator with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension’s Snap Ed Program.
Staying hydrated during the summer months is important, and Lynn showed us how you can make water a little bit more exciting by adding fruit. Some examples include cucumbers and lemons, or if you want a more fruity flavor, you can add strawberries and mint to your water.
Lynn also showed us how to make fruity fizzy water, using fruit juice and plain seltzer water.
“It’s got a nice little fizz to it and it kinda mimics that feeling we get from drinking soda, but it’s a way to stay hydrated instead of having all that extra sugar.”
Next, Lynn showed us how to make some healthy snacks.
Seed salad is a quick and easy snack that you can make to take on walks or just enjoy at home during a family movie or game night. It consists of popcorn, a scoop or two of sunflower seeds, pepitas (the insides of pumpkin seeds), some craisins or dried cranberries, and a sprinkle of salt.
If you want just some plain popcorn, Lynn says there’s an easy way to make air-popped popcorn without any special equipment – all you need are some popcorn kernels and a brown paper bag.
“If you just put it in the microwave on the popcorn setting, it’ll pop without any added fat or salt or anything like that.”