Easy Citrus Probiotic Snack


orange snack

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
  1. Place orange pieces in a bowl. Mix in cultured dairy.
  2. Sprinkle nuts or seeds and cinnamon on top.
  3. 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!

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    1. Any suggestions for those of us who can’t have dairy? I’m supposing that coconut-based yogurt wouldn’t have enough protein, would that be correct? Otherwise, this sounds yummy! Thanks!

      1. Hi Carina! I don’t have any personal experience with coconut yogurt, but I would totally try it if dairy isn’t an option. If you want more protein, you could just add some extra nuts or seeds. I’d love to hear how it goes for you if you try it!