Sometimes in the evenings after we’ve tucked the little ones into bed, I get a craving for something a little sweet. I don’t mind enjoying a cup of ice cream now and then, but I don’t want it to become a habit, either!
I’ve often found that pairing a piece of fruit with some protein works as a great sweet tooth fix and often fills my tummy for a good night’s rest. Apple slices and peanut butter is an old stand-by, but another favorite of mine is a combination of orange pieces, cultured dairy, crispy nuts or seeds, and cinnamon.
The ingredients are frugal and pretty standard in the whole foods kitchen. Oranges are available year-round, but we are more prone to enjoy them in the winter and early spring. The cultured dairy I use will depend on what we have at home. Right now I’ve been using milk kefir since that’s usually what I make, but whole milk yogurt is actually my favorite for this snack. We can all use more probiotics, and cultured dairy is a great source! Crispy nuts or seeds are simply those that have been soaked in a saltwater brine and dehydrated to make them easier to digest. Crispy sunflower seeds are my favorite in this recipe. Cinnamon adds a nice sweet flavor without adding any extra sugar.
Easy Orange Probiotic Snack
- 1 orange, peeled, sectioned, and torn into bite-sized pieces (save the peels to make a homemade citrus cleaner)
- 1/2 cup cultured dairy
- 2 T. crispy nuts or seeds (if using large nuts like almonds or walnut halves, coarsely chop them)
- 1 t. ground cinnamon
- Place orange pieces in a bowl. Mix in cultured dairy.
- Sprinkle nuts or seeds and cinnamon on top.
- Give a little stir and enjoy!
Couldn’t be much easier, could it? Enjoy this nutritious snack that tastes good and is so good for you, too!