AFTERNOON SNACK ATTACK: Mini Stuffed Peppers

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Ever feel that slight bit of hunger between lunch and dismissal or while your heading home from school? At the end of a jam-packed day, those potato chips and candy taunting you in the vending machine become oh so tempting. Sadly, school's make salty and sugary snacks too convenient, but according to livestrong.com, consuming too much salt and sugar may put you at risk for health complications like heart disease and diabetes. Beating hunger with the right nutrients will suppress that pesky afternoon snack attack for processed foods. Try mini stuffed peppers to crush your cravings! Prep this snack the night before to stop the afternoon munchies right in their tracks! It’s so easy, healthy, and delicious!
 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

6 ounces of canned pink salmon or tuna fish (remove bones and skin if necessary)
3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
½ tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup shredded carrot
1 ½ tablespoons scallions, coarsely chopped
½ teaspoon of salt and pepper
12 mini tri-colored peppers
           

WHAT TO DO

1. Add the salmon or tuna, mayonnaise, shredded carrot, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to a medium sized mixing bowl and mix all ingredients until well blended.
2. De-stem the peppers and half them (the long way). Remove any seeds.
3. Spoon the salmon or tuna into each pepper half and garnish with the chopped scallions.
4. Add any salt or pepper to taste.
 
It’s that simple!
 
On the Go: Grab a half of a dozen of these stuffed peppers and store in a zip baggie or small airtight container to nosh on at school when the munchies get the best of you!
 

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