This post was sponsored by Walmart as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Who’s ready for summertime? I love how life in the summer slows down a bit. We pause more and take in the weather and savor every day of sunshine (especially after having the longest winter ever). There’s nothing I love more than sitting lazily by a pool to soak in the sun, making a splash at the beach with my kiddos and relaxing by a bonfire. Basically, summertime is a collection of all my favorite things.
All the fun get togethers, BBQ’s and festive parties, means lots of food! When it comes to parties, it’s all about the food for me. Bring out platters of yummy food and everyone comes running with big ol’ smiles on their faces. I always try to have a good mix of snacks options available ranging from sweet to savory and I strive to keep some healthier options available too.
Below are a few of my favorites quick, easy and healthier snacks options that I usually pick up on my Walmart grocery run that keep guests coming back for more!
Veggie, Cracker & Hummus Platter
I love the simplicity and freshness of a veggie, cracker and hummus platter. When it comes to hummus, Sabra has the best Roasted Red Pepper Hummus! The flavor is amazing and it’s perfect with just about everything (veggies, chicken wings, chips, zucchini fries, crackers all taste great when dipped in it). I load my veggie platter up with lots of bright veggies, add some Blue Diamond Original Nut-Thins and a large tub of Sabra Hummus and you’re all set. I always pick up a big family sized container at Walmart to have when hosting (and to snack on throughout the week for a healthier, snack option).
Blue Diamond Gourmet Almonds
The Gourmet Garlic, Herb, and Olive Oil Almonds from Blue Diamond are seriously good and addicting! These hand-crafted, flawlessly seasoned Nonpareil almonds kick it up a notch and are the perfect simple, yet premium snack for entertaining with friends and family. I always put a big bowl of these savory almonds out for guests to enjoy and love the convenience factor of not having to prepare anything.
This recipe for Zucchini fries is one of my favorites!! They are super simple to make and the crunchy crispy coating makes them irresistible! We are always swimming with zucchinis from our garden so I’m always on the search for ways to use them up. These can easily be made in the oven or air fryer (my preferred method as they get super crispy).
For these fries, I used Blue Diamond Almond Nut-Thin Original variety and it gave them such a great rich, savory nutty flavor and the perfect crunch! I picked these crackers up on a whim, and they are addictively good. While I love them for coating these zucchini fries (amongst other things), they are perfect for snacking on. These wheat and gluten free crackers are made with Real Blue Diamond Almonds and have the best crispy, crunchy flavor (plus, they have no artificial flavors either).
Crispy Cracker & Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Fries
- 4-5 small zucchini ends trimmed
- 1 cup Blue Diamond Almond Nut-Thins Original finely crushed
- 2/3 cup parmesan cheese grated
- 1/2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp garlic seasoning
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 eggs beaten
- cooking spray
- Spray pan/grate in air fryer. Cut the ends off of zucchini and cut into quarters length-wise. Place on plate and spray with cooking spray.
- Combine Nut-Thins, parmesan cheese, and seasonings in a large shallow bowl and mix well.
- Whisk eggs in another shallow dish.
- Place flour in third shallow dish.
- Coat zucchini sticks in flour, then dip in eggs then roll in crumb mixture. Press firmly and coat zucchini as heavily as possible.
- Place fries on grate in air fryer. Cook in air fryer for 6 to 8 minutes until golden brown.
Add these to alongside a veggie, cracker & Sabra hummus platter and Blue Diamond almonds for a summertime inspired snacking trio thats sure to wow everyone! You can pick up all these great snacks and all of your summertime essentials at Walmart!
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Do you have any fun parties or get togethers coming up?
What a great little feast! The zucchini fries sound fantastic, I would love to give them a try. And everything else too – the gourmet almonds, hummus, etc all come together to make a really nice bunch of foods. Perfect for when you have so many zucchini from the garden, too!
First of all let me tell you…wow great pics! These zucchini fries look amazing. Will try a vegan recipe x
Fabulous healthy options! That hummus is one of my faves, and the zucchini sticks are definitely something I want to try!
Oh my goodness I want to run to the store so I can make these right now! They look so delicious and they are healthy. Win win!
I am obsessed with French fries but my waist line doesn’t like this obsession so I really need to try your zucchini fries. I love the parmesan twist!