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    Thanksgiving Muffins- So Good You’ll Want to Gobble Them Up!

Thanksgiving Muffins- So Good You’ll Want to Gobble Them Up!

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Now for the important things!

There’s nothing better than a well-executed holiday-themed snack. But sometimes we make sacrifices where health is concerned in order to do that. But lucky for you, we have just the solution.

Are you looking for the perfect snack to make for the class Thanksgiving party or family celebration? You know the snack that features just the right balance between creativity, health, and taste? We’ve got the snack for you!

A few weeks ago, we shared our delicious Autumn Crunch Muffins with you. This week we’re tweaking that recipe a little, whipping up a delicious pumpkin frosting, and showing you how to decorate them like the mascot of Thanksgiving- the turkey!

Gobble gobble.

These are sure to be a hit with everyone, especially the little ones (and their parents!)

Let’s take a second first to talk about this icing. One word- YUM! Okay, two words. YUM and EASY. And also good for you! Did you know that just 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree has 300% of the Vitamin A we need in a day?! Vitamin A is good for all kinds of stuff- it promotes good vision, healthy hair, skin, and nails, and boosts the immune system (Vitamin C isn’t the only super hero around here.) Vitamin A deficiencies are actually the leading cause of night blindness.

If you do the math, you can get all of the Vitamin A you need in a day from less than 1/4 cup of pumpkin. (Have you headed to go get your PSL from Starbucks yet?) (I’m kidding, PSLs don’t even have real [...]

Honey Gone Green Muffins

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, there’s a GREAT excuse for all of your food to be green- and it’s a good way to get some yummy greens in your little one’s diet. Celebrate the day with tons of green food, and see if you can introduce some new flavors and favorites for your kids.

To help out with that, we’re bringing you another green recipe this week. Last week we made Spinach Pizza Crust! This week, there was so much spinach left over that I decided to use it for Honey Gone Green Muffins! Don’t let the fact that the secret ingredient in these is spinach make you think that they’re not absolutely delicious. It’s similar to a green smoothie, in the fact that the spinach flavor is completely masked. You get all of the health ¬†benefits of the spinach, with no compromise on the taste.

Spinach is a great source of Vitamins A, C, K, and E, magnesium, folate, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, and zinc, among others. And being so low in calories (7 calories per cup), makes it very nutrient dense. Aside from all of the vitamins and minerals in this leafy green, it has notable phytonutrient content- phytonutrients are antioxidants that protect against yucky free radicals in the environment, and act as anti-inflammatories and cancer fighting agents.

Long story short (kind of)- it has numerous health benefits, can brighten up a smoothie (or muffin!), makes a beautiful salad, and it’s flavor can easily be masked by other ingredients.¬†If you’re trying to find a new food to experiment with- make it spinach. And try out these Honey Gone Green Muffins while you’re at it!

Recipe for Honey Gone Green Muffins:

Yields 2 dozen mini muffins [...]

Valentine’s Day Snack: Cupid’s Arrows

Valentine’s Day has to be one of the easiest holidays to incorporate theme-appropriate fresh food! It seems like people get more and more creative each year. Food shaped like a heart, a dessert turned pink or red, and¬†aphrodisiacs¬†make it¬†fun to cook for this holiday!

Maybe you’re looking for a fun-but still healthy snack to bring to your child’s class Valentine’s Day party. (Is that this week?!) Or maybe an appetizer or dessert to serve at your own Valentine’s Day get together. Even if you’re just searching for a creative snack to make with your little ones, Valentine’s Day Cupid’s Berrows (arrows, made with berries…see what I did there?) are the perfect way to celebrate the day.

All you need:

wooden skewers
honeydew melon or cantaloupe .

**(This recipe can also be made using veggies of your choice, like cherry tomatoes with cheese.)

Wash and sort your berries, then cut a wedge out of the top of your strawberries so that it makes a heart shape (like you see in the picture). You can also buy a small heart cookie cutter if you want the really easy way!

Spear the blueberries(about 5 or 6) in a line down the skewer.

Place a strawberry onto the end of each skewer.

Slice your melon into V-shaped pieces for the end (or is it the top?) of the arrow.

Alternate blueberries and melon pieces until you get 2-3 melon pieces onto your arrow.

And there you have it, a simple, fresh, and delicious Valentine’s Day treat for little people and adults alike. ūüôā



Apples and Almond Butter with a Spooky Halloween Twist

With Halloween just around the corner, all of the candy is starting to make its appearance. Although overwhelming, staying healthy even in the middle of the candy chaos this month is doable with a little creativity and resourcefulness! This week at Indulge In Nutrition we wanted to share a new twist on an old favorite- apple slices and almond butter turned into a spooky halloween treat! Your kiddos will love these Goblin Grins and they are a snack you can feel good about treating them to this Halloween. (They can even help out with this one!)


Almond butter (can sub your favorite nut butter)
Jam of your choice
Slivered almonds
Mini marshmallows
Tooth picks


1. Slice your apple into strips (about 1/2-1 cm thick).

2. Spread the almond butter on one side of a few of the apple slices

3. Push the slivered almonds into the almond butter to where the ends stick into the apple slice just a bit. This will help anchor the two slices together later.

4. Take one of your toothpicks and use it as a small tool to drip jam through the “teeth” (almond slivers).

5. Take the second apple slice (it’s easier if it has almond butter on it as well) and press it into the almond slivers.

6. Now take two more toothpicks and put one marshmallow on one end and then press the toothpicks all the way through both apple slices.

It’s alive!! Enjoy these cute little Goblin Grins with your cuties as an after school snack or as a special treat when the candy is too much.

Happy Halloween from Indulge In Nutrition


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    Childhood Obesity Awareness Month + Easy Carrot & Oat Cookies

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month + Easy Carrot & Oat Cookies

If you’ve gotten a chance to read our September newsletter (subscribe here), you know that September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

Studies and statistics tell us that over 17% of the nation’s children and teenagers were considered obese in 2012- a figure that is increasing every year. These kids have an increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes, heart diseases, several types of cancers, joint problems, sleep apnea, asthma, and high blood pressure. They are also likely to experience a lowered self-esteem and social discomfort.

Those numbers and facts are frightening, to say the least. So what can you as a parent do to help fight childhood obesity in your own home?¬†If your child is overweight or obese, it is important¬†to¬†scale back¬†their calories (mostly from added fats and sugars) but to also allow them enough calories for normal growth and development.¬† Find ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and nuts and legumes into your daily menu. Kids aren’t¬†famous¬†for their vegetable intake, but there are ways to sneak it into their food without them knowing.

My mom is notorious among our friends and family for her Vegetable Cakes.¬†She uses box cake mix, eggs, water, and tons of grated vegetables like squash, zucchini, carrots, and cabbage.¬†¬†People LOVE¬†them! The trick is that she doesn’t tell them what kind of cake it is until after they try it (and love it).

Today I want to share a similar recipe for a cookie chock-full of veggies with no sugar (besides that from natural ingredients).

I’m not sure if more of this dough went in my mouth or in the oven, but they taste great either way. This is one cookie you DON’T have to feel guilty about ūüôā
Natural Carrot & Oat Cookies

Salty & Sweet Eats – Banana Pops

If you asked me what my favorite food is,¬†chocolate or peanut butter would most likely be my reply. I try to have one (or both) at least once a day…sometimes more. (Hey, I could think of worse things to indulge in- the key here is moderation!)

Today I was digging through the pantry and fridge, trying to come up with something different from my usual concoction of oatmeal mixed with peanut butter and cocoa powder. I came across all of the ingredients I would need to make chocolate covered peanut butter and banana fudgies!

This treat is easy to prep, and you probably have most of the ingredients lying around your house, too!

The most important ingredients are:

2 medium ripe bananas
1/4 creamy peanut butter + 1 Tbsp
2 squares of unsweetened baking chocolate + 2 squares of semi-sweet baking chocolate
24 pretzel sticks

Additionally, you might enjoy:

Small handful of chopped almonds, pistachios, or shredded coconuts
1 small Ziploc bag


Slice your bananas into slices about 1/2″ thick, like in the picture above. Then scoop your peanut butter into a Ziploc bag and snip the corner off (this way it is much¬†easier to spread on the bananas.) Mine got a little messy!

Next, squeeze the Ziploc to squirt the peanut butter on half of the banana slices



Top each slice with the other half of your slices.


I would recommend popping these in the freezer for about 30 minutes to make them easier to dip in the chocolate (mine fell apart because I didn’t.) In my second batch, per request of my dad, I let them freeze the recommended amount of time, and it worked great!

In the mean time, we’ll make the chocolate dipping sauce!

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Independence Day Yogurt Bombs

I hope you’re getting ready for a fun-filled, safe, happy Independence Day weekend full of family, laughter, and celebrating your¬†freedom!
If you plan on celebrating outdoors, you might be looking for something sweet, fresh, and juicy to help cool off the little ones (and the grown-ups too!!) as they run around, splash in the water, or watch fireworks this holiday.
This recipe is sure to do the trick! Sweet, succulent strawberries and fresh, juicy blueberries are the stars in this simple, affordable recipe!
All you need is:
– 1 lb. of strawberries
– 1/2 pint of blueberries
Р2 cups of yogurt (I used Yoplait GreekVanilla Yogurt-                                                                                                                                             it is lower in sugar and calories than any other vanilla yogurt I have found)
-A handful of walnut pieces

First, chop off the tops of the strawberries. Go ahead and cut off the ends of the strawberries too, because you will want these bombs to stand up so your yogurt doesn’t spill out. Only cut off a tip a little larger than a pencil eraser, though.
Next take a small knife and hollow out the strawberries, but make sure there is still some skin left on the bottom to hold the yogurt.

Once that is done, scoop your yogurt into a small ziploc baggy. Seal it, and [...]

Wrapping Up Our January Series

January has come and gone! How crazy is that? So far, we have given you 8 tips to help you keep your 2014 New Year’s Resolutions. I hope you all are still working hard at developing a healthy lifestyle, and have hung in there even when it got hard. You are probably feeling more comfortable after hitting that three-week mark, along with seeing small changes in your body, health, and even your mind! Way to go!

So we learned that maybe it’s not so easy to start a new habit! But now that we have developed these new, healthy habits, how are we supposed to keep it going? This week we are sharing tips about maintaining your resolutions so that you don’t lose your month of hard work!

Tip #9: Don’t lose sight of your end-goal

In the beginning of this journey we talked a lot about how visualizing your goal is beneficial. As the year goes on and you continue to see more results or consistently meet your goals, it can become very easy to slack off. Before you know it, you’re right back where you started!

To help yourself stay on track, make sure you continue to visualize and keep your end-goal in mind. I know that for myself, it is very easy to get discouraged about school or to not try as hard when I don’t keep my end-goal (graduation, a dietetic internship, and becoming a Registered Dietitian) in mind. The same is true of your New Year’s Resolutions.

This is my “motivation board.” I keep quotes, pictures, and goals on it to see when I’m working at my desk.

In week one of this series we asked you to make measurable or quantifiable goals‚ÄĒthis is where [...]

Healthy Popsicles

Sound like an oxymoron to you? Well, not if you make them yourself.  Sound difficult?  I hope not because it is really, really easy.

Since it has been so hot outside, I went looking for some healthy popsicles at the grocery store to help cool my toddler down after playing outside. ¬†Long story short, I came home empty handed and decided to purchase some popsicle molds. ¬†When they came in, my son was so excited just about the box. ¬†(You have to love toddlers excitement over boxes!) He repeatedly asked, “Help please,” because he wanted me to open it for him. ¬†When I took out the popsicle molds, he thought it was a new toy for him, and it kept him entertained for quite a while. ¬†They are very colorful!

When he grew tired of playing with the molds, I let him pick which fruit he wanted to use for the popsicles.  He choose watermelon.  One of his many favorite fruits!  I put about a cup of watermelon in the blender, and then poured it into the molds.  No extra sugar added, no preservatives, and no food coloring.  Yay!

I think the directions said it would take about 4 hours to freeze, but we had friends coming to play the next day so we patiently waited.  That it is, nothing more to it.  Just fruit in the blender and voila!  It only took about two minutes, plus the freezing time of course.

It was his first time to eat a popsicle! ¬†He loved it, and I loved it knowing that my son was eating a healthy snack! ¬†It would also be a healthy dessert for your kid as well! ¬†I’m super excited about trying different kinds of healthy [...]