Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Score your own Super Bowl Touchdowns with kid friendly healthy party snacks

Football party food is rarely considered the healthiest fare. This year score a touchdown with your team by serving these 7 easy and healthy options:

1. Guacamole- mash up a few ripe avocados, squeeze a half a lemon and add salt and pepper to taste. Dip your favorite chopped vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, red peppers, cauliflower. 

2. Skewered thinly cut chicken strips with cherry tomatoes and onion. Marinate the chicken overnight in balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper

3. Salad on a stick: Layer chopped romaine lettuce, quartered tomatoes, carrot slices or coins, red pepper slices and cucumbers. Dip in oil and vinegar. 

4. Grilled portabello mushrooms with goat cheese. 

5. Grilled stuffed peppers. Stuff with black beans, cheese and cooked rice or cooked quinoa and garbanzo beans. 

6. Broccoli and Cauliflower field with Greek yogurt dip. 
7. Fresh fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe) cut into football shapes using a cookie cutter.

No matter who loses at the Superbowl this year, your family will score a huge win with all of the healthy options!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tea...Drink to your health!

This year for my New Year Resolutions I wanted to relax more and try to relieve stress more often. My first step was to switch from coffee to tea. Throughout my life tea seems to have a calming effect on me and now the research is backing up what my body already knew. I have tried all types of teas, iced or hot, and always come back to the soothing and health benefits of tea. 

Did you know that tea contains flavenoids which may be linked to decreasing certain cancer risks? Flavenoids are phytonutrients that work at a molecular level to, put simply, clean up the bad cells in the body.  I love the fact that drinking something may actually make me healthier and tea is on top of the list of healthy drinks. Just like eating blueberries or kale, teas are rich in antioxidants which work to rid the body of free radicals, which are also simply, the bad cells in the body. Tea is lower in caffeine than coffee and some studies have shown that tea may increase mental alertness and promote weight loss.   

Green, white, black and oolong teas have the most concentrated amounts of antioxidants. So these teas should take precedence when choosing a tea that has the best nutritional bang for the bag!

As a side note, not all teas are created equal and one should avoid bottled teas with added sugars and flavors, instant teas,  "dieters tea" and those teas that promise to kill pain or treat cancer or any other disease.

After trying many different kinds of teas I have to recommend #The RepublicofTea for their great tasting teas and awesome assortment of flavors. They have every tea you can imagine and I have yet to be disappointed. To order their teas click here. 

One last item I would like to include this week in my rave about tea is a tea smoothie! Smoothies are a great way to jam pack in a lot of nutrients from healthy fruits and vegetables. Tea provides that extra boost of antioxidants to help the body even more. Enjoy!

Pom-Berry Green Tea Smoothie

1/2 cup Pom Seeds
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen blackberries
1 banana
2 cups milk (soy, low fat dairy or almond)
1/2 cup brewed green tea
Optional: sweetener of choice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 
Makes 2 - 2 cup servings.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Do you Drop? A new scale and app from Apple that makes cooking a cinch!

I have never been a perfectionist, but I love to cook. Recipes sometimes seemed too binding and having an innate desire to make foods healthier, that is the Dietitian in me, I often end up substituting ingredients. Making precise measurements always seemed a little bit too much for me and I prefer to wing it at times. If you are like me, or if you have young kids who are learning how to cook, you are going to LOVE this new creation by Apple called Drop Kitchen

How do you get started? 
First you purchase the scale, which costs about $100. Then you download the "Get Drop" app to your iPad. Once the app is downloaded it will sync with the scale. Then you are able to browse the recipes, which are amazing. The layout is similar to Pinterest which entices you with beautiful pictures of the food you can create. Once you have chosen the recipe, you gather the ingredients then get started. 

Who can use it?
Our five year old daughter was able to use it and loved it. I loved it because I no longer needed measuring cups or spoons, which always add to the dish washing load. 

Cooking gadgets are always pure joy to me and my husband did an awesome job when he surprised me by purchasing Drop for my Christmas present. I see cooking almost like therapy. I recommend this app and scale, especially when baking with kids. Enjoy!

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Breakfast...should you eat it everyday?

There has been some speculation over the past year concerning the importance of breakfast. Researchers have found support on both sides of the debate and each having valid points. The important thing to remember is that eating breakfast is a great way to start off the day because its a great way to incorporate lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Starting the day off with a balanced breakfast will set the tone for the entire day allowing for stability and satiety. If you are looking for balanced breakfast ideas check out Take Out Recipes Meal Planning Boxes. In the boxes you will find 8 different breakfast ideas including: Sporty, Quickie, Hearty, Continental, Energy, Business, Quick thinking and Southwest Breakfast. Order your box today! 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Gotta have cookies for Santa sprinkled with love and maybe even a little health

We make cookies every year for Santa. This year I found some very interesting and healthy alternatives. 

For the Santa looking to pack in some extra fiber and beta-carotene :  Chewy Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato cookies  

For the Santa looking to fuel up on protein: Peanut butter Quinoa cookies 

For the nutty-kin Santa: Nutty pumpkin chocolate cookie 
For the Oat-a-lishious Santa: Oatmeal Toffee Cookies 

Have a great Ho-ho- Holiday and enjoy those cookies! 
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Are you planning on a healthy new year? Menu planning boxes are here!

Do you feel overwhelmed when deemed with the task of meal planning? Many of my clients did and quite honestly so do I at times. That is the reason I created "Take Out Recipes". I wanted an easy system that would help me plan, shop and prepare quick and healthy meals for my family and  my clients families. 

Here is how it works:
1. Pick 7 dinner cards to display in the clip magnets. 
2. Post the magnets on a magnetic board or refrigerator. 
3. Take the cards with you when shopping. 
4. Use the recipe cards, front and back to help prepare the quick meals. 

Encourage the family to help pick out new recipes. Some cards include: Eating out, steak night, pizza night and favorite family recipe night in order to make the cards more personalized. There are 7 breakfast ideas and 7 lunch box ideas to include in the system for a total for 30 cards!

Here is what you get: 7 clip magnets, 30 recipe cards, 1 display pocket magnet, a coupon for your next order and a Take Out Recipes, recipe box holder. 

Take Out Recipes have been around for over 10 years. This new design modernizes the recipe system as well as adds a colorful and easy display for the entire family to enjoy. 

Order yours today for only $35 + $5 shipping. More recipe cards will be out in February for an additional $20 per 30 cards. 

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Favorite Holiday snacks that have class, health and fun!

This year I wanted to do a "Frozen" theme for my daughters Kindergarten Holiday party. I did not want to go over the top Disney on them but wanted to hint a little bit here and there as Frozen is her absolute favorite movie! 
I also wanted to make the classroom party fun, but also healthy. 
Here are 8 healthy snack ideas that I came up with, some with a little influence from Pinterest, whose projects always seem to come out more perfect than mine but I still have fun being creative. 

1. Orange snowman ( We live in Florida and I can guarantee that the majority of kids have never built there own snowman but now they can with the states favorite fruit...the orange! )
2. Don't forget about the penguin fruit masks. Wrap up whole pears (my seasonal favorite) apples and oranges. To download the free link click here
3. Bananas with a message. The possibilities are endless when it comes to message writing on a banana. 

4. Frozen "cocoa" or really just frozen low fat chocolate milk.
5. Cheese sticks (the original ones that I saw had snowmen drawn on them and they were wrapped with a little scarf). Mine were not photo worthy, but you get the point. 
6. Popcorn "snow" . Draw a snowman face on a clear cup and presto you have a snowman. 

7. Frozen lemonade pops (Olaf loves summer right?)

8. "Do you want to build a snowman?" Trail mix. Give each child a bag of marshmallows, pretzel sticks, nuts, fruit rope cut in 3 pieces, chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds. Let them build there own and then munch on a healthy snack. 

Have a great holiday! May it be Healthy and Bright! 

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