Tag: holidays

Holiday Treats–Brownies!

Holiday Treats–Brownies!

I came across this little trick to make brownies just a bit healthier about four years ago for my daughter’s first birthday.  Of course I didn’t tell anyone what I put in the brownies because they would freak! Now, people are very suspicious of my…

Survival Guide for the Holiday!

Survival Guide for the Holiday!

As I get older, I think I am becoming more realistic with my dietitian suggestions, ha!   I think we all know what not to do to gain 10 pounds over the holidays. I feel like it is one day and just enjoy the day! But…

I WANT A CUPCAKE!!

I WANT A CUPCAKE!!

Especially around the holidays – do you ever hear your child shout this?  Of course, everything in moderation but sometimes after the third or fourth cupcake/cookie for the day it needs to stop!  Here are some other foods I found my two-year-old to enjoy instead of all the junk.

  • dried mixed berries (cranberries, blueberries and cherries)
  • fresh fruit (grapes were a hit)
  • mashed potatoes
  • pretzels (without the Rollo and M&M)
  • turkey
  • rice
  • corn
  • broccoli (fun to dip!  Ok, broccoli does need some fat in order to absorb the nutrients)

Here are some others to not forget about:

  • whole-grain cereals (to off set the M&M I will throw a few M&Ms into a bowl of whole-grain cereal)
  • popcorn (great source of fiber)
  • freeze dried fruits and veggies
  • frozen fruits – grapes, bananas are wonderful!
  • use 100% whole wheat breads and pastas
  • cut sandwiches into shapes (triangles – ask “how many triangles are there?)

Saw this on the Rachael Ray Show – a Banana “Ice Cream” Fakeout (I have done something similar but I have used 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup frozen bananas, 1/2 cup 100% juice)

Watch the video too

//www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/banana-ice-cream-fakeout/

      Ingredients
      • 3 bananas, peeled and cut into chunks, frozen
      • 1/4 cup milk
      • Yields: 2 servings

        Preparation

        In the bowl of a food processor, purée the frozen bananas (adding the milk in small increments as needed to loosen the mixture up) until whipped, about 2 minutes.

        Serve the “ice cream” immediately with your favorite toppings.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

The day where you unbuckle your pants after dinner– ahh! Or if you like me glad you are finally wearing maternity pants that are elastic.  Enjoy the day with friends and family – just remember that is what it is all about.