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Gourmet Snack & Appetizer Recipes with Sargento String Cheese

Our goal for 2013 is to eat better. We avoid junk food and soft drinks in general but we wanted to take it a step further and eat healthier.  Both my husband and I work from home and we are always on the go, running errands, picking up kids and attending meetings and when we realize how hungry we are we end up stopping somewhere and eating something that we regret afterwards.  Other times we find ourselves at home working late on the computer and raid the fridge without stopping to think of what it is we are eating or if it’s good for us.

Finding healthy and great tasting snacks that are easy to grab on the go has been our greatest challenge.  The key to snacking healthy lies in removing all the unhealthy snacks from your fridge and your pantry and replacing them with healthy foods that you like (no use in replacing them with healthy raw broccoli if you are never going to eat that).

I had not realized that the answer to our healthy snack dilemma was right under our noses: Sargento all natural cheese sticks and string cheese!  We buy them for the kids and I have been knows to steal one once in a while, but had not realized they are the perfect adult snack. With only 90 calories or less and 4 grams of protein per stick this is an easy snack that we can just grab on the go or combine with fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean meats, etc. to create so many different snacking options.

Combine Sargento cheese sticks and string cheese with fresh fruits for a sweet and fresh snack.

Combine Sargento cheese sticks and string cheese with fresh fruits for a sweet and fresh snack.

I visited the Sargento website and was thrilled to find out all of their products are real cheese, made with natural ingredients and with no artificial colors or flavors.  I love that they are a family owned company and you can just see their commitment to offer good quality products that are good for YOU!

The website had a lot of helpful information and tools to support our goal of eating healthier. Their Build a Smart Snack tool lets you combine different snacks in your plate and gives you the complete nutritional information (perfect for my husband who counts calories every day).  They have a Healthy Living section of recipes, which is perfect because every single recipe is healthy, so there is no temptation.

I got some ideas from the Sargento website and from Pinterest and created a healthy snack board with great healthy ideas that included cheese.  Then my husband and I went to our neighborhood Walmart together so we could both pick what we like.  I usually go to the supermarket with the kids but going as a family turned out to be a lot of fun and my guys even got me some flowers.  You can check our whole shopping adventure on my Google+ album HERE.

Sargento string cheese and cheese sticks are truly a super snack. They are healthy and natural and can be combined in so many ways with so many ingredients to create an infinite amount of deliciously healthy snacking options for every taste.

Combine Sargento cheese sticks and string cheese with lean deli meats and other ingredients like artichokes, sweet peppers, olives and sun dried tomato for a flavorful snack.

Combine Sargento cheese sticks and string cheese with lean deli meats and other ingredients like artichokes, sweet peppers, olives and sun dried tomato for a flavorful snack.

On Friday night my husband and I have a date night, in the past I would spend a couple of hours in the kitchen trying to make something special for date night but now that I am starting my own business I can never find the time for it.  I realized that I can make great tasting, gourmet snacks and appetizers in no time for our date nights using Sargento cheese sticks. All of these took under 5 minutes to make, most of the ingredients where things we usually have in the refrigerator and all of these are healthy.  The best part is that they looked and tasted delicious. With Sargento you can have gourmet and healthy snacks and appetizers every day.

Roast Beef and Cheese Rolls

Makes 2 servings Preparation time: 3 minutes

These can be done in no time and can be made to look really nice just by placing them in a nice platter and using the basil leaves as garnish.

Roast beef and cheese rolls.

Roast beef and cheese rolls.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of extra lean Roast Beef
  • 2 sticks of Sargento Colby-Jack Reduced Sodium Cheese
  • 2 sticks of Sargeto Light Mozarella String Cheese
  • 6 small basil leaves

Instructions

Wrap each Sargento cheese stick in a slice of extra Roast Beef.  Place on a nice platter and decorate with small basil leaves and voilá you have a beautiful looking snack or appetizer that is high in protein and low in calories.  Of course this was one of my husbands favorites!

The prosciutto version of this snack. Delicious and beautiful.

The prosciutto version of this snack. Delicious and beautiful.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 2 roll Calories: 210 Fat: 11.5g Saturated fat: 10g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 0 g  Sugars: 0g Sodium 16% Fiber: 0% Protein: 22g Cholesterol: 35mg

Note: We also tried this with prosciutto and it was delicious!

Antipasto

Makes 1 serving Preparation time: 5 minutes

In our house we love olives and sun dried tomatoes, combined with the Sargento Light String Cheese for a snack that is low in calories but is bursting with flavor.

A quick and easy way to make antipasto.

A quick and easy way to make antipasto.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick Sargento Light String Cheese
  • 2 Spanish Olives w/pimento
  • 2  Black Kalamata Olives
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Basil
  • 1/4 slice of prosciutto (can be replaced by 2 slices of turkey pepperoni)
  • 3 Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh
  • 1 piece of Sun Dried Tomato
  • 5 Toothpicks
The olives and prosciutto give this snack lots of flavor.

The olives and prosciutto give this snack lots of flavor.

Instructions

Cut the Sargento Light String Cheese into 6 pieces. Cut 2 cherry tomatoes and the sun dried tomato in half, leave one cherry tomato whole. On the first toothpick place one kalamata olive, one small piece of prosciutto about (1/8th of a slice), one piece of cheese and half of a sun dried tomato.  Make another one just like this. On the next toothpick place one pimiento stuffed olive, one half of a cherry tomato, one piece of cheese and the other half of the cherry tomato. Make two of these. For the last toothpick start with a piece of cheese, add a whole cherry tomato and end with another piece of cheese.  You can make these anyway you want and have fun with them. Place them in a dish drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle dried basil.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 5 mini kabobs

Calories: 255 Fat: 19.7g Saturated fat: 5g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 5.5 g  Sugars 1.5g Sodium: 2750mg  Fiber: 1.4g Protein: 16g Cholesterol: 17mg

Mini Fruit Kabobs

Makes 2 servings Preparation time: 5 minutes

For these you can pick whatever fruit you have in the house and combine with cheese.  I used blackberries and grapes, both of which didn’t need cutting so I made this in a couple of minutes.

Mini fruit and cheese kabobs accompanied by yogurt for dipping.

Mini fruit and cheese kabobs accompanied by yogurt for dipping.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks Sargento Light String Cheese
  • 1/2 cup grapes (green, red or both)
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • toothpicks

Instructions

Place one blackberry, one piece of cheese and one grape on each toothpick. You can eat these alone or dip into fat free yogurt or light cream cheese fruit dip.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 7 mini kabobs Calories: 91 Fat: 83g Saturated fat: 0g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 18 g  Sugars: 13g Sodium:163mg Fiber: 3.8g Protein:11g Cholesterol: 5mg

For more information on Sargento cheese sticks and string cheese you can visit the Sargento website. Follow Sargento on twitter to receive news and updates of their products as well as great recipes and snack ideas.  You can also check out their Pinterest boards and follow them for more great snacking ideas, that not only taste good but look like you spent hours making them.

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About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages.

Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting .

When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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  1. Dan

    The appetizers look delicious, especially the antipasto.
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thanks Dan! Love your blog and your recipes.
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  2. Coolchillmom

    Great looking food and presentations! Love that you got flowers for a regular mommy chore!

    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thanks! The flowers where such a great treat, I have to bring my husband along more often. My little guy was so excited about coming up with this great idea that made mommy so happy (hope my husband learns from my 5 year old). 😉
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  3. Joanne

    That antipasto looks delicious!!!
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thanks Joane. The best part was how easy it was to make.
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  4. Teri

    The antipasto looks mouthwatering. Oh my….
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thanks Teri. It took me just a couple of minutes to make it, you really should try it, you’ll love it. 🙂
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  5. Ashley S

    OH yum! Those apps look delicious. We love Sargento in this household 🙂
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thanks Ashley. We do to but I had not realized what a great and healthy snack it is for adults too!
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  6. Alisha Kostiuk

    These looking yummy, my kids would love the fruit kabobs.

    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Yes my kids loved those, what is it about kids and food on a stick? My kids will eat stuff they usually don’t eat if it’s on a stick (like shrimp!). LOL!

  7. Mayra - Estilo Familiar

    I love la presentación y las fotos. El antipasto se ve riquísimo. Gracias por esas buenas alternativas que nos presentas. A veces hay que ser ingeniosos para atraer a los niños a comer bien.
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Gracias Mayra, hasta yo estoy sorprendida con las fotos. Creo que finalmente estoy aprendiendo a utilizar mi cámara. 🙂
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  8. Melissa C

    It’s 10am here, and now I am wanting lunch after seeing all this! lol. Great ideas, who knew these little cheese packages could offer such great ideas!
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thanks Melissa, it’s funny how you come up with great ideas when you are faced with a challenge. We usually just had cheese sticks for the kids and hadn’t realized how they are great combined with so many things to make healthy adult snacks too!
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  9. Mary W.

    Those look delicious. You are very creative. I love string cheese and like to make a pasta salad with them.
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thanks Mary, it’s amazing how you come up with great ideas once you are challenged to do so. I had never before realized how versatile string cheese really is now we are having it every day!

  10. Liberty Boblett

    My mouth is watering right now! I wish I had some Sargento cheese… 🙂 Great article, and I will be trying out the Antipasto for sure!!!
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thanks Liberty, it’s so easy to make you should really ought to give it a try.

  11. maria @ close to home

    wow those are great photos and now I have to go get lunch I am so hungry.
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thanks Maria, I think I am finally learning to use my camera! 😉

  12. Motherhood on the Rocks

    Wow! They all look amazing! And so healthy!
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thank you. They only took minutes to make, that might be the best part. 🙂

  13. Julie Jones

    I’m a cheese freak. Love it! Thanks for sharing these awesome ways to fancy it up. Great ideas for parties! I’ve pinned this post!
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thanks Julie, really appreciate it! Give all of these a try, they are so easy and healthy too.

  14. sam dock

    If I made those I wouldnt be able to stay out of them 🙂

    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      That’s ok because they are all healthy and low calorie snacks! You should try them. 🙂

  15. Chelsea

    Love these ideas! They look really good 🙂
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  16. Jenn

    What cute aps! I’m having a party soon, I’m going to whip some of those up!

  17. Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá

    Yum! I would love to make the one with prosciutto since we are not fans of roast beef. The Antipasto looks delish too!
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  18. Sabrina Dix

    This looks so simple…I will definitely try this.
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  19. Alaina Bullock

    Yum! Those look so good! I love cheese, but am usually not very creative with it! LOL! Thanks for some great ideas!
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  20. Pilar

    El roastbeef con queso me hizo agua la boca! me encantan estos quesitos con pasas.
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  21. Cristina

    Delicioso todo! Great ideas to enjoy cheese!
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  22. Kathleen Kennedy-Leon

    we love string cheese-so this was a great post who knew there were so many ways to use them!
    thanks for sharing and all the great pix!
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  23. Karina ~ consaboraKaFe

    Wow, everything looks so delicious and yummy. I love cheese. Like you, I’m always on the go and sometime time don’t have the time to eat healthy. Thanks for sharing!
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  24. Alejandra Ramirez

    Todo se ve delicioso! I will copy this receipe! Thanks!
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  25. Yadira Ambert

    Love these combinations.
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  26. Joy

    I’m so hungry now!
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  27. Natalia

    Me encantan todas las opciones!
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  28. Carla - Notas de Mamá

    Te quedaron maravillosos! Y muy simples de preparar! Gracias estoy segura que los prepararé en casa la próxima vez que tenga visita. Gracias.

    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Gracias Carla por visitar y por tu comentario. Estoy segura que quedarás muy bien prepareando cualquiera de estos y son tan fáciles.
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  29. monica young

    MMM they look so yummy and easy to prepare. Just perfect for my snacks to take to work

    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Yes these would be great for taking to work, they are a great mid afternoon snack to keep you going until the end of the day.
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  30. Sofia - Living La Vida Blogging

    wow! this post is party planner ready. I love cheese and te convenience of string cheese if awesome. More if they are individually packed. You can take them anywhere and even though you can eat them with meats and fruit they are delis solo as well.
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  31. stacy

    Very hungry now. Thanks for the great post!
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  32. Reesa L

    Yum! Nothing better than any sort of antipasta to me! My kids love those cheese sticks!

  33. Kallay

    I love the little antipasto skewers!! So cute! Plus, I love olives, so those are a total WIN.
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  34. Jessica Snow

    I absolutely love this idea and what a great way to eat healthy. I know what I will be picking up to give a try. Thanks for sharing these yummy treats! =)

  35. Uchi

    que rico! amo el queso! muy lindas tus fotos 🙂
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  36. Widyaning Ambarwati

    Look yummy, my mouth is watering right now!

  37. Bobby Tarumi

    The mini fruit kabobs look awesome. Never thought to use blackberries in kabobs before.

  38. Susan Alban

    Oh my goodness! What delicious little appetizer snacks! Thank you!
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  39. Myra R

    i love this post! i love that you can take something as simple as a cheese stick and turn it into something so delicious! i am sitting here thinking “why didnt i think of that” lol usually you think cheese stick and you think of children’s lunches… i have a whole knew out look on those little sticks!

    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      I only used cheese sticks as a kiddie snack, it’s incredible what you come up with when you are motivated to try something new and look at things from a different perspective. When I was asked to think of them as adult snacks the ideas just started flowing. 🙂
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