It’s that time of year again (Halloween) when all the candy and not so healthy treats are in abundance, oooooh scary! I thought it might be nice to share some fun healthy alternatives for all those school parties! My favorite is the carrot fingers!
Halloween Sweet Potato Fries
Mummy Mini Pizzas
Carrot Fingers in Hummus
No recipe needed, all you’ll need is stick pretzels, string cheese, and uncut chives to create these yummy sweepers.
Banana Ghosts and Cutie Pumpkins
Again no recipe needed – For the ghost all you need is bananas and chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth. For the pumpkins cuties and celery for the stems.
I love cooking with fresh herbs; they make my dishes go from good to great! Some of my favorites, which all grow in my garden are: sweet basil, thyme, rosemary and parsley. Here is a colorful chart of popular herbs and their uses. Also a handy link from Epicurious.com A Visual Guide to Fresh Herbs
Storage – To store most fresh herbs, just trim the stems and place the herbs in a jar of water; cover the tops with a plastic bag or wrap, and refrigerate. Herbs will keep for at least a week, often longer.
Cooking – Add fresh herbs at the end of cooking for maximum flavor.
Cost – The cost of fresh herbs at the market can add up; growing your own can help cut down on food costs as well as waste.
Three of my favorite things – summer, fruits and vegetables! Check out this handy guide for summers’s best produce.
With summer right around the corner it is important for you and the kids to stay hydrated. While water is the best option for staying hydrated, summer offers delicious refreshing fruits and vegetables that can help you stay hydrated. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Lettuce is 96 percent water!
2. Cucumbers are 95 percent water.
3. Watermelon is made up of about 91 percent water.
4. Strawberries are 91 percent water.
5. Spinach is about 91 percent water.
6. Cantaloupe is about 90 percent water.
7. Broccoli is a whopping 89 percent water.
8. Raspberries and blueberries are both around 85 percent water.
Hurray strawberries are in season! Choose brightly colored, dry, firm, shiny, plump berries that still have fresh-looking green caps attached. Strawberries should smell like strawberries, so take a whiff before you buy. You could also grow your own!
In your attempt to cut out sugar, avoid cutting out fruit. This article from July 2013, posted on well.blogs.nytimes.com “Making the Case for Eating Fruit” speaks to the issue of not cutting fruit out of your diet as a means to cut back on sugar.
Here are 10 good reasons why you and yours should eat more fruits and vegetables. Also, check out the fun fruit snack ideas!
10 Reasons to Eat More Fruits & Vegetable
- Taste Great! Fruits and vegetables are delicious.
- Fun to Eat! Some crunch, some squirt, some you peel.
- Quick, Natural Snack. Fruits and veggies are fast food you want your kids to eat!
- Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants, which help to eliminate harmful free radicals.
- Fruits and veggies are available in an almost infinite variety…there’s always something new to try.
- Nutritious fresh or frozen so they’re ready when you are!
- Perfect anytime! Have some for breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner!
- Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up and keeps your digestive system happy.
- Eating plenty of fruits and veggies may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
- Eating more locally grown fruits and vegetables helps to support your local economy and your local farmers. It addition, it is good for the environment, because less energy is used to get these products to the local market than those grown elsewhere.
Here are some fun fruit snack ideas for kids!
Fruit Sandwiches – Use slices of apples or pears and low-fat cheese or peanut butter.
Fruit & Yogurt Dip – Fresh fruit dipped in your kid’s favorite low-fat yogurt.
Smoothies. Kids won’t pass up tasty fruit smoothies.
Fruit Cups – Make your own fruit cups by cutting up your kid’s favorite fruits and adding them to their lunches.
Fun Fruit Salad – Serve fresh fruit that can be dipped of topped with salad dressings such as poppy seed or balsamic vinegar.
Fruit Chunks – Frozen fruit chunks such as grapes, bananaslices,blueberries or watermelonare perfect when you’re in a rush.
Adapted from www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org
Here are 9 leafy greens along with 9 reasons why you should be eating your greens!
I love these winning combinations for good health!
Daily Dose – Eat your fruit and veggies!