Yesterday on the Inspirations for Wellness Facebook page, I posted a list of ingredients for guessing. Something for fun but also for enlightenment. The game is over. No one guessed the correct answer, by the way but I'll share here. It was Welch's fruit snacks. You can see an image of the front of the package below. Of course, I have a few things to say about what you see on the front of the package versus in the ingredients list. Actually that's precisely why you are reading this as a blog post instead of a Facebook post. So I could say a little more in a more organized format. :)
This story involves the challenges in feeding kids. It also involves bean dip.
Let me be very up front. This story may mean much more to me than to you.
However, it could resonate with you if you are a parent, especially if you are a parent who tries to feed your child nutritious food. And if you are one of those parents, you know that it isn't as simple as providing nutritious food for them. That generally works quite well when they are younger - say 2 to 3 years old. Then something happens. I don't recall the exact age but my daughter, one day decided if a food was green then she shouldn't eat it. Just like that. She had been observing me eating "green" food often so her logic was, "You eat green food. I don't." I could tell a few stories around all of that....
Thankfully we have gotten past that stage - or so I thought. It came back yesterday. So here's the story about lunch....
Wow! I can't believe it has been a month since I last posted. Lots going on here that has kept me busy. I'll share more on that soon. ;)
I found this recipe on Pinterest and later modified it. I tried it as is but we found it too sweet. I'll include notes so you can make it either way - tastes for sweets can vary. One version involves agave and the other dates. I have really learned to appreciate using dates to sweeten all sorts of things. It's a whole food sweetener so you get the fiber and other nutrients which is awesome. If you are fan of Lara Bars then you are accustomed to consuming dates. You should be able to find them at your local grocery store without any issues. At my store, they are located in the produce area - on a separate kiosk with dried nuts, dried fruits, seeds, etc. Be sure to check to see if you are getting pitted or un-pitted. If you are new to using dates and/or want the quickest option - go for pitted.
I like these for a little taste of sweetness. With the nuts and oatmeal (you barely notice the oats) they are very satisfying. A well rounded little snack or treat I think. (No pun was intended (well-rounded) but I like it. ;) )
Here's the recipe:
Have you tried making ice cream using frozen bananas yet? As long as you keep a few frozen bananas in your freezer, you can have ice cream in a few minutes. Great for a sudden ice cream craving. ;)
You'll need a blender for this. A Vitamix is perfect but other blenders will do the job as well. Just break your banana into quarter size pieces or smaller before freezing. The smaller the pieces, the less work for your blender.
This is one of my favorites.
When the weather gets warmer, this is a drink we tend to crave. There's something about a carbonated beverage when it's really hot out that seems to quench your thirst.
I first learned how to make it when I was going through training to become a LEAN coach (a program by Dr. William Sears). It's simple - frozen juice concentrate and seltzer water, a.k.a. "fizzy water" in our house. Dr. Sears calls it "Celebration Soda". We call it "Pink Soda". The juice concentrate we started out using made a drink that was pink. We had to switch to a different concentrate so now our "Pink Soda" is technically red. Those aren't the details you really need though. ;)
Here's how I make it:
What's better than chocolate cookies (that are actually pretty nutritious)? Cookies you don't have to bake! Less time before you get to eat them. ;) This is a healthier version of a favorite cookie of mine growing up. I've learned that some people call them "Cow patties". They aren't the prettiest of cookies. I actually called them "the ugly cookies" for awhile.
For me these serve as a sweet treat, an in between meal snack and even breakfast. They have oatmeal which is definitely a healthy thing to eat. Oat fiber is awesome. Milk, maple syrup and peanut butter are all things I have associated with breakfast one way another. ;)
At any rate, they are yummy and easy to make. Recipe follows. It is courtesy of Karen Campbell, from Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health.*
This is such a fun idea! I love it. It's one of those times where you say, "Wow. I wish I had thought of this myself!" I saw it on another blog called"Gluesticksblog". In her post she explains how she did this as a lunch surprise for her kids and then another time even packed easter eggs filled with food for her son's lunch.
This as another great way to make it fun for kids to eat nutritious foods. I did this for my daughter and a friend as an afternoon snack activity. I filled and hid the eggs then the kids found them. After they snacked on the contents, they took turns hiding and finding the eggs for awhile.
I believe the food art plates are easier - at least for me - but this is a fun seasonal food activity.
Keep reading for the foods I used and a list of other nutritious options. Have fun! :)
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