Category: Food For Thought

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Slow Cooker Turkey and Bean Chili

slow cooker chiliCold 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 chili is filled with protein and fiber, and topped with healthy fats, making it a perfect winter meal!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Easy Egg Muffins

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!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

pumpkin oatmealPumpkin 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.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Turkey Spinach Pinwheels

turkey pinwheelsDon’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!


Food for Thought: Apple Cookies

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

Guest 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 our energy levels and concentration.

In today’s article, we’re going to discuss a simple yet effective way to help you 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.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Brain Boosting Smoothie

brain boosting smoothie
It’s that time of year – it’s hot outside, the kids are home and bored, and they want to eat you out of house and home. The perfect summer solution – smoothies! They cool you off, are so versatile, are super filling and everyone loves them. My new favorite ingredient to add…avocado. I know – if you haven’t tried it you’re thinking of how wrong this all sounds. Avocados in a drink?? But I promise, the addition of avocado in this smoothie gives it the perfect texture and sneaks heart healthy fats and brain boosting powers into your little ones without them even noticing! In fact, take a look below at all of the healthy goodness packed into one smoothie. Enjoy!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

chicken and cheese quesadilla

Need a quick and easy snack/meal idea that’s healthy and your kids will be sure to love? Look no further! Quesadillas take less than 10 minutes to make and are sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Top these chicken and cheese quesadillas with guacamole for brain boosting power!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Set Up a Yogurt Sundae Bar!

leslie's granolaFor a quick, no-cook, delicious, brain-fueled breakfast or after-school snack, set up a Yogurt Sundae Bar and let your kids build their own parfaits!  The best part about it is you can adapt this to whatever dietary needs your children have! The possibilities are endless!

Here’s what you need:

Yogurt: Greek, flavored, cashew, coconut, even low-fat frozen will do the trick.

Fresh Fruit: Strawberries, blueberries, sliced bananas, raspberries and blackberries work best.

Nuts/Dried Fruit: Almond slivers, chopped pecans, walnuts, pistachios, chopped apricots, cherries, raisins.

Seeds: Chia, flax, pumpkin and hemp are healthy additions (I mix this with chocolate sprinkles to get a spoonful in every time!)