Category: Food For Thought

Peanut Butter Bars

Food for thought….

The holidays are fast approaching and that means things are about to get busy!! From shopping for friends and family, to holiday programs and parties, everyone is on the go during the holidays. That’s why I love these no bake peanut butter bars that kids (and adults) can grab on their way out door. They are super easy to make, are a great alternative to processed bars and kids love them. Feel free to add in a little ground flaxseed, try them with different nut butter, or top them with a little drizzle of chocolate for an extra special treat!

Brain Boosting: Eat a Healthy Breakfast!

Brain Boosting: Eat a Healthy Breakfast!Guest post by Susan Weiner

The beginning of the school year is exciting and hectic. Morning minutes skip by as outfits are chosen and book bags are re-checked for daily supplies. Does your child complain that they aren’t hungry in the morning or don’t have time to eat?  Breakfast must be a part of your son or daughter’s morning routine. 

Homemade Snack Mix

Food for thought…

Just about everyone has had the store bought snack mix, but truthfully the homemade version is so much better, and better for you! We’ve lightened up the original recipe by using coconut oil and have reduced the amount of salt – but definitely not the flavor. This is a great snack mix to pack for school or sports and the mix in options are endless.

Quick and Easy Protein Pancakes with Fruit

Food for thought…

I love these pancakes because they pack a protein punch without using any protein powder and are so simple to make. Top them with raspberries, strawberries and/or blueberries and a small drizzle of pure maple syrup and you have a healthy and filling breakfast!

Pizza Rolls with Veggie Power

Food for thought…

Kids love pizza and I am certainly not above sneaking tons of veggies into it! These pizza rolls are healthy, filling and kids love them. They are perfect for school lunches, as an afterschool snack and freeze well too.

Summertime Pasta Salad for Kids

Food for thought…

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

Food for thought…

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

Food for thought….

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

Food for thought…

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

Food for thought…

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!