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HEALTHY SNACKS: It’s time to put down the chips

Summer is a wonderful time to get creative with healthy snacks and appetizers. Unhealthy chips and dip are passé, because there are such wonderful options in the garden and in the produce section of your local stores.

The three main ingredients in these recipes are edamame, cucumbers and chickpeas. Edamame is a soybean typically used in stir-fry dishes. It has a long growing season and needs a wider growing space. It is a great option for vegans and vegetarians due to its abundance of protein. It is also high in vitamin K, folate, iron and magnesium.