Category: Food For Thought

Summertime Pasta Salad for Kids

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Pasta salad is always a kid pleaser and it’s great for hot days when you just don’t want to do much cooking. This kid friendly recipe is full of fiber, protein and healthy fats and is perfect for lunch, dinner or even as a snack. It can also be altered to your child’s tastes and dietary needs. Definitely keep this one on the rotation for summertime!

Brain Boosting Chocolate Pudding

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We all know our kiddos love chocolate pudding. Heck, what adult doesn’t? But all that sugar?? Not the best for a healthy brain. Try my version made with my secret weapon…AVOCADOS! Avocados are one of the best brain foods around and it makes such a smooth and delicious pudding that no one will realize all the sugar is missing!  This is seriously so good!

Kid-Friendly Sloppy Joes

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These kid-friendly sloppy joes are one of my favorite meals because they are filled with lean protein and veggies, are made in just one pan, and come together in under 15 minutes.  Plus they are delicious!  Kids love to help make and assemble them, too.  They can help chop the veggies (love this veggie chopper for kids), measure the ingredients and assemble them just how they like them. Enjoy!

No-Bake Energy Bites

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No-Bake Energy Bites are the perfect brain boosting snack, breakfast or even dessert! Packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats, they also are perfect for grab n’ go.  Using just a handful of ingredients, they are quick and easy to make and freeze really well. The add-in options are endless; from cranberries and dark chocolate chips, to shredded coconut and almonds there are options to please even the pickiest eaters. My secret ingredient when I make them? Dates! Love the little bit of sweetness they add!

Slow Cooker Turkey and Bean Chili

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Cold weather and chili are a match made in heaven. The best part is that you can throw all of this in the slow cooker and have a healthy and hearty dinner ready and waiting for you. This turkey and bean chili is filled with protein and fiber, and topped with healthy fats, making it a perfect winter meal!

Easy Egg Muffins with Veggies

egg muffins

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These Egg Muffin Cups are the perfect solution to your busy mornings. They can be made ahead of time, frozen and are a healthy way to start your day. December is busy enough with the parties, traveling and the holidays, so make things easy on yourself and give these a try!

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

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Pumpkin season is in full swing!  And in the spirit of National Diabetes Month, we are savoring this diabetic-friendly Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal. It will fill you up, hit the spot and get you moving and focused on a crisp Fall morning. The Truvia blend makes this version a bit lighter without sacrificing any of the sweet pumpkin flavors.

Turkey Spinach Pinwheels

turkey pinwheels

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Don’t go another school year with the same old boring lunches! It’s time to replace the basic PB&J and turkey sandwiches with fun and tasty brain boosting versions. Kids will love having something different, will have more energy, be more attentive in school and retain more information when they have a healthy, balanced lunch. Sounds like a win – win to me!

Apple Cookies

Food for Thought: Apple Cookies

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If your kids are anything like mine, they are starving when they get home from school. Lunch has burned off and the afternoon crash is about to strike. Avoid it with this energy and brain boosting after school snack! Apples contain antioxidants and fiber, peanut butter (or nut butter) is packed with protein, and walnuts deliver healthy omega 3 fatty acids. You’ll love that these are such a healthy, delicious and easy combo to throw together for the kids after school. Serving it up in rings, or “cookies” and varying the toppings makes this a super fun snack the kids will love too.

Essential Energy Foods To Power You Through Your Day

energy foodsGuest post by Caroline @ eHealthInformer

The student lifestyle can be draining. With so much work to do both in and out of the classroom, a boost of energy is often needed. Unfortunately, a lot of students’ focus is taken up with work and leisure activities, leaving little time for nutrition. This is a real shame since the foods we eat go a long way towards determining energy levels and concentration.

In today’s article, we’ll discuss a simple,  effective way to harness your inner energy, improve concentration and become more productive. Specifically, we’re going to look at some great foods to add to your diet, either at breakfast, lunch or dinner, that will help you perform at your absolute best.