Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Fun With Blue Diamond Almonds

Summer begins on Saturday. Hot summer days means we'll be dining outside and using the BBQ more. One of my favorite simple pleasures of summer is sit outside with friends and family, enjoy a nice conversation and some healthy and delicious snacks. Like these that take advantage of the delicious summer fruits available...

Grilled Pineapple Skewers with Toasted Coconut Almond Greek Yogurt Dip are the perfect light and refreshing dessert after a BBQ. Peel and cube a fresh pineapple or cheat (I won't tell) most grocery stores sell fresh pineapple cubes in the produce section. Thread 5 or 6 cubes onto metal skewers and place them on the BBQ grill. Cook about 4 minutes, till you get some golden grill marks, flip and do the same on the other side. Grilled pineapple smells amazing and you just may have a few neighbors come over to see what's cooking so make a few extra. Serve grilled pineapple skewers with this refreshing, protein packed dip.

Blue Diamond Toasted Coconut Almond Greek Yogurt Dip

6 oz. Greek Yogurt (Vanilla, Honey or Plain w/ 2 Tablespoons sweetener of your choice)
dash of Cinnamon
1 oz. Blue Diamond Toasted Coconut Almonds, chopped

In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, sweetener if using plain yogurt (honey, agave, sugar free syrup) and dash of cinnamon. Stir well. Top with chopped Toasted Coconut Almonds. Great dip fresh or grilled fruit or eat it on it's own.

Another summertime favorite at my house is my Fruit Salad with a Twist. Chop up your favorite summer fruits and add two unexpectedly delicious twists: a splash of Coconut Rum to taste and handful of Toasted Coconut Almonds or one of Blue Diamonds great fruit flavored almonds: Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry or a combination of flavors.

This big beautiful fruit salad is a staple at any breakfast or brunch I host because it can be made the night before, one less thing to worry about and leaves more time to spend time with guests. It is a delicious accompaniment to my Cinnamon Churro Ricotta Pancakes.

This post is in partnership with Blue Diamond Almonds. For the purposes of this post and recipe development Blue Diamond Almonds provided me with products used. Thanks for the yummy nuts. Want to learn more about Blue Diamond Almonds great products LIKE their Facebook page and tell them The World According to Eggface told you to stop by. Hope you give one of these summer fun recipes a try.

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Tammi Goff said...

I eat a lot of fruit during the hot summer months and definitely want to give these two recipes a try. I adore pineapple & coconut, so will be making the grilled pineapple tomorrow! Thanks for all the great recipes & motivation to stay on track, post-wls!

Denise H. said...

Thanks for the recipes! I love adding almonds to dishes for extra protein. I had no idea Blue Diamond had flavored almonds! Yum. I'm going to look for these!

Denise H. said...

My goodness! I just visited the Blue Diamond facebook page. They have coffee flavored almonds. What bliss!