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  Feb 10, 2017   Healthy Snacks, Recipes

What are Chia Seeds and How Do you Use Them?

What are Chia Seeds and How do you Use Them? What are chia seeds and how do you use them? Chia seeds have big health benefits.  They are grown in South America and come from a plant called salvia hispanica. Traditionally they were used by cultures in South America for fuel and strength. They have caught on big time in the US because they are such an easy to use and affordable source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and many other nutrients. Chia seeds are tasteless and odorless. Because they are so absorbent, they can be used to thicken soups, smoothies, beverages and even make fruit jam, and because they expand in liquid, they can help keep you full. We love to use chia seeds to make: Chia pudding Chia lemonade Smoothies Yogurt Thicken overnight oats/oatmeal As a vegan egg substitute As a thickener for soups Try this chia pudding as a quick breakfast or snack: Maple Vanilla Chia Pudding 2 servings, 3/4 cup each (or divide into 4 smaller servings to serve...

How To Do A Sugar Cleanse And Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

How to Do a Sugar Cleanse and Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe I'm engaging in a sugar cleanse to hit the reset button on my eating in the new year.  After a delicious but not-so-healthful holiday, it's time for me to get back to eating mindfully.  A year ago, I created a sugar cleanse challenge Surviving a Sugar Detox: Anyone Want to Join Me?  and started a Facebook group to have a month-long sugar cleanse.  It was so popular and successful, that our group continues to support each other.  We have found so many positive benefits, including (but not limited to) weight loss and increased energy.  Please join our Facebook group for this January's sugar cleanse and healthy eating challenge to get your sugar addiction and sugar cravings under control by eliminating added sugar for 7 – 30 days. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite recipes to start your day or power your afternoon or evening with healthy, filling, no sugar added creamy smoothies. Watch the...

Coco-Nutty Granola (Low Sugar High Protein Granola Recipe)

When I was 10 years old, I used to bake granola and sell it door-to-door to raise money for the Leukemia Society. Since then, I got into the habit of buying granola to sprinkle on my morning yogurt. I don’t know why, since it’s so easy to make at home.  Recently, friend Allison Soffer gave me some of her delicious homemade granola and it inspired me to get back to my granola roots. My 18 year-old son, Solomon, and I collaborated on this granola recipe. It’s low in added sugar, high in protein and fiber, and we think it’s the most wonderful granola we’ve tasted yet.

Note: Because we use less sugar than many granola recipes, you won’t get the clumps that you do in the more dessert-y granolas, which can have as much sugar and as many calories as a can of soda. So think of this as a nourishing indulgence that you can enjoy daily. We prefer it without dried fruit but it’s also wonderful with dried cherries or cranberries.

Coco-Nutty Granola (Low Sugar High...
  Nov 15, 2016   gluten-free, Healthy Snacks, vegetarian

How to make perfect popcorn on the stove and 15 popcorn topping ideas

How to make perfect popcorn on the stove and 15 popcorn topping ideas Don’t eat that gross microwave popcorn—it’s bad for you and too salty and fake tasting. I’m going to show you how easy it is to make perfect popcorn on the stove in minutes and share some creative popcorn seasoning ideas. You’ll never go back to microwave popcorn again! Don’t worry about the oil and butter on the popcorn you make at home—for most of us, it’s the processed, chemically fake yellow stuff that we need to worry about more. Ever heard of popcorn lung? It’s a thing—look it up. Basic popcorn recipe 8 servings (about 1 1/2 cups each) 1/2 cup popcorn kernels 2 - 3 Tbsp. canola, vegetable or coconut oil for popping 2 – 3 Tbsp. melted butter, coconut oil or olive oil to toss with popcorn 1/2 - 3/4 tsp. popcorn salt, to taste 1.    Heat a heavy pot over medium-high heat, add the oil and the popcorn kernels and shake the kernels around to coat. 2.  ...

This Year Will Be Different: 8 New School Year Resolutions for Parents Who Are Tired Of Doing It All

8 New School Year Resolutions for Parents Who Are Tired Of Doing It All Moms and Dads, are you TIRED of making the kids breakfast, packing lunches, making dinner AND doing the dishes?  Basically, are you tired of doing it all?? Most of us realize that our kids can do more, whether it’s making their own breakfast, taking out the trash, doing the dishes or folding the laundry. But too often we hesitate to delegate, either because we don’t know the right age for the children to start, we get tired of nagging and decide it’s just easier to do it ourselves, or we have trouble relinquishing control of the way things are done. But, at the same time, we’re often frustrated and exhausted from trying to do it all, and we realize it would be better for all of us if our children took on more responsibility. Here's Aviva’s advice in the Washington Post for how to delegate more and get changes to stick. Please read and share your new school year resolution for...

8 Ways Cooking Can Keep Your Kids’ Minds Sharp Over the Summer

8 Ways Cooking Can Keep Your Kids’ Minds Sharp Over the Summer

No matter your situation when school lets out in June, whether you are happy to get a break from supervising homework and packing lunches, or you’re stressed because you’re scrambling to fill hours usually reserved for school, you probably wonder how to keep your kids’ minds sharp and their bodies occupied productively for 10 weeks during summer “vacation.”

You may wonder:

• How will I prevent my children’s brains from atrophying when they aren’t in class for 6 hours a day?

• How will we keep them off of YouTube, tablets and the TV when those digital babysitters are not only easy temptations, but can also feel like the only way we can get a little break?

• And how can I make sure they don’t forget their hard-learned math, reasoning and reading skills when school is on hiatus for so long? (Those summer “math packets” don’t really cut it when our kids forget about them until the week...

Healthy Dessert or Energy Snack: Fudgy Figgy Balls

I’ve been on the prowl for more healthy dessert recipes that can satisfy my sweet tooth and my need for something portable and chewy but doesn’t have added sugar like packaged energy bars do. I received some lovely black mission and golden figs from California Figs (which represents California fig growers) and transformed them into these sweet and chewy balls that you can enjoy for a healthy dessert or high energy snack.  By the way, figs are as nutritious as they are delicious--they are high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants. Figs have many uses; I’ve found they are also a lovely addition to a cheese plate for entertaining guests, and I’ve also been tossing them in pasta with a savory cheese and toasted nuts. Fudgy Figgy Balls Prep (no cook) = 15 minutes Makes about 16 balls 1 cup dried black mission figs (about 14 figs), stemmed if necessary (just pull or cut the hard stem off if they have one) 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. water 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. almond butter 1/2...
  Mar 7, 2016   Healthy Snacks, Picky Eaters 2

Happy National Nutrition Month! These Videos Will Get your Kids to Want to Eat Healthier

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? It’s a great reminder to make healthy food choices for ourselves and our family every day, like making home cooked Six O’Clock Scramble dinners, limiting highly processed foods, packing our kids lunches (or having them pack their own), eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds, and keeping added sugar in our diets to a minimum. Most parents want to offer healthy food options for their children, but many find themselves bombarded by their children’s relentless pleas for sweets or junk food.  If you are a parent, do you find that you conflict with your kids too often over their food choices? If so, I recommend watching these videos with your children, especially if they are in grades K - 6. My friend Carmen Johnson of Healthy Kids Revolution has worked with thousands of school-aged kids and has figured out that once...

Easy appetizer: Queso Dip and Homemade Tortilla Chips

At the grocery store, my son Solomon asked if we could buy some cheese dip for tortilla chips. I took one look at the ingredients (ewww!) and told him that it would probably be fun (not to mention healthier) to make our own snack or easy appetizer. It makes me so happy when my kids realize that we can easily make something ourselves with a few simple ingredients rather than buying more processed, and often expensive, versions at the store. Here’s the creation that we made that day.  With only three ingredients, it’s such an easy and rewarding recipe for kids to make. If you have a little more time, you can make your own tortilla chips, too. Queso Dip 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1/4 cup milk, any variety 1 Tbsp. salsa (optional) Heat the Cheddar cheese and the milk in a microwave-safe bowl, loosely covered, at full power for 1 - 1 ½ minutes (depending on your microwave's power), stirring at 30 second...

Healthy and Figure-Friendly Party Food: How to Avoid Overeating at Holiday Parties and Buffets

The other night I went to a lovely cocktail party. I had just finished doing a bunch of TV and radio interviews for the American Diabetes Association about how to eat well during the holidays, so I had healthy eating on my mind even more than I usually do. I realized that when we go to parties, which are more frequent during the holiday season, it’s good to have not only some strategies for how to avoid overeating at holiday parties, but also ideas for what foods we should gravitate toward if we are trying not to gain weight or raise our blood pressure or cholesterol levels during the holidays. Here are some party foods that are generally healthier and lower-calorie choices: •    Steamed shrimp with or without cocktail sauce •    Grilled or raw vegetables  - spoon a little of the dressing on your plate to avoid overdoing it •    Grilled chicken skewers, such as chicken satay  - go light on the sauce •    Olives and marinated...