Category: Foods For Thought – Page 2

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!

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.

Brain Boosting Smoothie

brain boosting smoothieFood for thought…

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!

Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas


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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!

Set Up a Yogurt Sundae Bar!

leslie's granolaFood for thought…

For 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!)

Breakfast Cookie In a Mug

breakfast cookie in a mug

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For a quick, delicious, brain-fueled breakfast on the go or after-school snack, you can mix this up the night before and just pop it in the microwave when ready.