Month: March 2013

Pizza Cracker Bites–Super Kids Snacks

Pizza Cracker Bites–Super Kids Snacks

Okay, I know these are nothing fancy but they sure satisfy any craving for pizza and that’s how these little bites were discovered.  I was really craving some pizza and the only thing I could find were some Wheat Thin®crackers.  I thought I would share […]

Asian Sesame Salad

Asian Sesame Salad

Ahhh . . .I don’t think I can get tired of this recipe! So fresh and light, I just love it!  Why, you may ask?  Well, I would have to say it satisfies all three part to a perfect salad: crunchy, sweet and savory!   […]

After-School Power Snacks – PB Chocolate Bites

After-School Power Snacks – PB Chocolate Bites

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Well, today I am in the mood to make kid-friendly snacks but they are also perfect for any adult that loves chocolate and peanut butter.  So . . . I guess these little bites are perfect for everyone but easy enough for your child to make after school!  Woohoo, I don’t think there can ever be enough of these type of snacks, right parents?

 

I started off with chunky peanut butter but you can also use smooth, too.  For some reason after dinner when I crave something sweet I have been turning to a spoonful of chunky pb, yum!  It totally hits the spot!  Anywhoo, I melted the peanut butter in the microwave for 1 minute.

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Add a scoop of peanut butter chocolate whey protein.  If you don’t want to buy this entire one pound bag you may substitute coco powder and some instant nonfat dry milk instead.

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Add some quick oats!

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A little drizzle of honey helps make this recipe a bit stickier for the bites to stay together.

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I added some milled golden flaxseed.  I have started using the golden flaxseed because it can be hidden so easily – pancakes, muffins, meatloaf, etc.!

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Now just mix everything together and roll into little balls and keep in the frig or freezer.

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After-School Power Snacks – PB Chocolate Bites (Makes 20 balls; 2 Servings)

Ingredients

1/4 cup chunky peanut butter

1 scoop peanut butter chocolate whey protein

2 tbsp quick oats

2 tbsp milled flaxseed

2 tbsp honey

Preparation

Place peanut butter in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute.  Stir in whey protein, oats, flaxseed and honey.  Shape into 20 balls.  Store little bites in refrigerator or freezer.

Nutrition Facts: 262 calories; 12 g fat; 17 g protein; 5 g fiber; 26 g carbohydrates; 18 g sugar; 76 mg sodium

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Yum, every time I open the freezer I tend to sneak another little bite, which is why I keep them in the freezer instead of the frig because I don’t open up the freezer as often as the frig, heehehe Smile.

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‘Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day’ – Celebrating National Nutrition Month! + New Ways to Eat your Veggies!

‘Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day’ – Celebrating National Nutrition Month! + New Ways to Eat your Veggies!

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?  Yeah, totally cool, huh?  Well, this year’s theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”   I really like that saying and this theme has so many different meanings.   For me this means to eat whole foods […]

Granola Yogurt Bites

Granola Yogurt Bites

It’s snack time or even breakfast time!  Anything that you can make in a cupcake pan is always cute, right? Plus these little bites are super easy to make! I started off by using a box of granola.  You may also use homemade granola.  Let […]

Banana Mini Muffins

Banana Mini Muffins

Off to a new week and happy spring break to those of you on break.  My daughter has the entire week off from school and I hope it will be a good week even though we will be off schedule.  I have play dates scheduled in advance and thinking about making our first trip to Whole Foods (finally one in our area), we will see how adventurous I am later in the day with three kids, hmm . . . just thinking about shopping makes me exhausted but I really want to check out the new store!

I would like to ask all the moms out there, “Do you ever get tired of your kids eating junk?”  These last couple of weeks I feel like my kids eat poor at meal time and later  then head for the snacks such as crackers, light fudge bars, popcorn, and yes those darn Cadbury mini eggs.  I try to keep the snacks somewhat healthy but I will be happy when I do not see those mini Cadbury eggs in the store anymore – they are vicious!  Well, this week I decided to finally use up those old bananas in the freezer and make some muffins.

 

I have been playing around with this recipe for awhile and I think I got it right this time.  The muffins are light, fluffy and pretty darn good for you!  I put them to test on my kids.

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Instead of using butter or margarine, I used coconut oil.  Coconut oil is a saturated fat but can be easily broken down in the body like an unsaturated fat.  If you do not have this you may use butter but whatever you do, DO NOT use stick margarine.  Margarine in the stick-form is plain ole’ hydrogenated fat that can raise your LDL, lousy, cholesterol and lower your HDL, healthy, cholesterol.

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I blended brown sugar with coconut oil for a couple of minutes until completely combined. Next add bananas and egg and blend well.  I keep my left over bananas in the freezer and then defrost them, that is why they look a bit different.

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Now for the dry ingredients: baking soda, baking powder, flour and ground flaxseed.

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If you do not have or do not like flaxseed you may substitute with whole wheat flour or you may use chia flour. Flaxseed is loaded with omega-3’s and fiber.

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I added 1/2 cup of milk to form it into a batter.

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I love making them into mini muffins because they are perfect portion size for kids (adults too), which means we do not waste any at my house! They eat the entire muffin and sometimes want more!

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Bake at 350 for 12 to 14 minutes.  I used to do 10 minutes but that sometimes leave the middle a little gooey.

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Make a bunch and then freeze for later!

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Great for breakfast or snack! Satisfying and very yummy!

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Banana Mini Muffins (Serving size: 1 mini muffin. Makes 36 muffins.)

Ingredients

1/2 cup enriched flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup ground or milled flaxseed

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

 

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup brown sugar

2  to 3 bananas

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

 

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together flour, flaxseed, sugar, baking powder baking soda and salt in a bowl.  In a mixing bowl, beat together coconut oil and brown sugar.  Add bananas and eggs and mix until well-combined.  Add dry ingredients. Moisten batter by adding milk, vanilla and cinnamon  Pour batter into a greased (or use paper liners) mini cupcake pan. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 48 calories, 1 g protein, 3 g fat, 7 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 50 mg sodium

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And I would say we have a winner!  I tend to call them cupcakes to my kids so they will really eat them, ha!

 

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Let’s Celebrate Registered Dietitian Day!

Let’s Celebrate Registered Dietitian Day!

I told my husband last night that today is Registered Dietitian Day, yay!  He asked if that meant he has to get me flowers?  Of course I said naahh but come to think about I will take some help with some improvements on this blog […]