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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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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 [...]

Frankentoast- a scary delicious Halloween treat!

Looking for a yummy, healthy Halloween breakfast or snack for the little ones (and you?) Well we have the perfect thing- Frankentoast!

First of all, Frankentoast’s big star is avocado.

Avocado is so silky and smooth, and so delicious! It can be added to a lot of meals (even smoothies and cake!) since it takes on the flavor of whatever you put it with. I love avocado, egg, and Mexican Quinoa toast for breakfast!

It also has SO many health benefits. It has “good” fat (these are monounsaturated fats) that is associated with cardiovascular health. It also is thought to help with blood sugar control, inflammation, and satiety. Satiety has benefits on weight control because you’re fuller for longer, and may consume less calories later in the day. (But remember- it IS high in fat content, so intake should still be controlled.)

Besides avocado, the other ingredients are whole grain bread, black beans (both good sources of fiber!) and American cheese slices (a great source of calcium to build strong bones.) The fat and fiber content will work to keep you and your kiddo full, while also providing them with a great flavor!

Ingredients:

1/2 avocado, sliced
1/4 cup black beans
American cheese
Whole grain toast

Directions:

1. Toast your bread and smear the avocado slices onto the toast.

2.Mash your black beans with a spoon until they look like this! This was really hard for me, but I bet it will be a lot easier for you, since you’ll probably warm the beans up first. 😉

3. Cut your cheese into 1 inch wide circles for the whites of the eyes.

4. Now place some of the black beans onto the top of the toast, long-ways, to create Frankentoast’s “hair.” (It always grosses me out [...]

Makin’ Banana Pancakes

Sometimes busy week day (and lazy weekend) mornings call for a quick, hassle-free breakfast. And sometimes it can still be really delicious and nutritious. Bonus points if it makes your kitchen smell like culinary heaven.

This week at Indulge In Nutrition, we’re bringing you an easy, healthy pancake recipe for a breakfast your family is sure to enjoy- you can even include the little ones to help you make sure the batter is stirred just right. 🙂

Our favorite part of making these healthy pancakes was the fact that we didn’t even have to go to the store to buy and special ingredients. They were all things we had laying around the house (and you are sure to have them, too!)

These healthy pancakes are also FREEZER FRIENDLY! You can whip them up on any day of the week (breakfast for dinner on a Monday night here), let them cool, and then freeze them individually to be popped in the toaster or microwave on a rushed morning.

Ingredients for ~12 Freezer Friendly Healthy Pancakes:

2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon honey

Directions for Freezer Friendly Healthy Pancakes:

Heat a griddle or pan to medium heat.
Measure out all of the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt) into a large mixing bowl. Thoroughly mix the ingredients. This is a good step for the little ones, as it’s not too messy!
Add the milk, honey, eggs, and melted butter to the dry ingredients.

4. Add the mashed bananas in a little at a time and slowly fold them into the rest of the batter.

Incredible Hulk Juice (or a Clean Green Smoothie for Mom)

If you are subscribed to our INDULGE in Nutrition monthly newsletter you got to read all about National Nutrition Month(NNM) which has been going on throughout the month of March. The theme for NNM this year is “Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle,” and that is exactly what we have been trying to give you the resources to do! There have been a lot of green things in this kitchen this month- we hope you are loving it. And more importantly, we hope you are teaching your kids to love it!

Before we move on to Easter fun on this blog, we wanted to share one more green recipe! Green smoothies are quick and very easy to personalize. They are also packed full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients (all in one drink)! Here are some of the benefits of the ingredients in this particular smoothie:

Dark, leafy greens: Baby spinach, romaine lettuce, and kale- These all promote good blood clotting, healthy vision, immune function, and skin and bone health. The fiber content improves digestive function (hello roughage)! They have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes, improve muscle strength, lower the risk of certain types of cancer, detoxify the body, and act as anti-inflammatory agents. They are also good for women hoping to get pregnant (thanks to the folate content).
Green apples: Can lower your risk of chronic diseases, promote weight loss, and regulate blood sugar. It also is very good for your heart!
Celery stalks: Thanks to it antioxidant content, celery can help us have healthy cells, blood vessels, and organs. It reduces inflammation, can be soothing to our nervous system, regulates pH in the body (no one wants to be acidic), and lowers blood pressure and LDL(“bad” cholesterol. And [...]

Go Green With Your Pizza this St. Patrick’s Day

You know what I love? Pizza. A big, gooey, cheesy, greasy pizza! Dipped in ranch dressing. But pizza isn’t a food you can eat every day. I mean, you can. But what’s that saying about everything being permissible, but not everything being beneficial? Yeah, I think that applies here.

Except, PLOT TWIST:

Spinach Crust Pizza! (Yes, pizza can be healthy!) Similar to cauliflower crust pizza, I give this pizza my official stamp of approval. The crust only has 3 ingredients, and you can personalize the toppings to meet your taste. Another fun idea could be to incorporate a weekly pizza night into your family’s routine. One night a week you bake a couple of healthy crusts, and have a “pizza bar” set up in your kitchen where the little ones can help create, everyone gets to personalize their pizza, and maybe you’ll even discover some new taste preferences in the process.

Your healthy, tasty pizza bar can include anything- different kinds of cheeses, healthy sauces, bell peppers, onions, different cuts of meat, mushrooms, spinach (too much spinach isn’t a thing), avocado, black beans, broccoli- the list goes on and on! Get creative and get cooking!

Spinach crust:

Ingredients:

2 cups of spinach
1 egg
1 8 oz. bag of mixed Italian cheese
Salt, pepper, garlic, and herbs of choice

Directions:

1. In a food processor or good blender, pulse the spinach until it is a smooth paste. I HIGHLY recommend a food processor. The blender takes a little while (trust me), but it can be done. Pulse, pulse, pulse until the spinach is nice, moist, and paste-y.
 
2. Add the egg and seasonings of your choice in- I used salt, pepper, Pizza Seasoning and Herbs de Provence. Pulse some more. Add in [...]

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
blueberries
strawberries
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. 🙂

XOXO

 

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

 

 

 

Don’t forget your fresh vegetables when you go to the store to do your Christmas dinner grocery shopping! In the midst of all the cans (cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, cream of celery- it never ends!), bread, and sweet foods we buy to stock up for Christmas Day, a fresh vegetable tray can be a good change of pace. And this is a veggie tray your little chef will love to help out with! (Just make sure to keep an eye on the tooth picks!)
what you’ll need:

– 3-4 heads of broccoli for the base of your tree

– a handful of cherry tomatoes

– squash or bell peppers, diced

– styrofoam cone, or blocks of styrofoam

– 1 long wooden skewer

– toothpicks

1. If using styrofoam blocks, cut them into the shape of a pyramid.

2. Stick a wooden skewer down the middle to hold everything in place.

3. Trim the heads of broccoli and stick a toothpick in the center of individual florets, as shown, and stick them into the Styrofoam. I found it was easiest to start form the bottom.

 

 

4. After the “tree is done” stick toothpicks into the tree where you want your big “ornaments”(tomatoes) to go. 5. The stick the tomatoes onto the toothpick.

6. Do the same with the squash.

7. I thought it would be a nice touch to add a vegetable star on the top of the tree. (Much easier said than done!) I managed to get a decent looking one with a little trimming.

This can be set in the refrigerator until ready for serving and set with some carrots and cheese cubes for a complete appetizer tray!

Merry Christmas,

Indulge In Nutrition!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!)

Ingredients:

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

Assembly:

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

 

What’s up Dog?

With warm weather FINALLY here (for good I hope!), and school soon to be out for the summer, I’ve had campfires and cookouts on the brain! Because what’s more fun than roasting hot dogs over an open fire? Not much- except maybe s’mores….but we’ll save that for another time. 🙂

Have you looked at the ingredient list on packaged hot dogs recently? If you research it like I did, you’ll find that they contain very little real meat (most of it is leftover pork trimmings), and are packed full of water, salt, and nasty preservatives to bulk the dog and hold it together. Can you say G-R-O-S-S? When I occasionally enjoy a hot dog, I buy National Hebrew. They are kosher and don’t have artificial by-product, coloring, or flavoring. Still not great, but better than other brands.

 

If you are attending lots of cookouts this summer and have met your quota of traditional all American hot dogs, then you will want to keep this recipe in mind! We just totally remade the hot dog into a nutritious banana dog that everyone is going to love!

I present to you- the Banana Dog!

This is a perfect way to still let your kids feel included in the campfire, while ensuring a nutritious meal. Or something to give them to do on a rainy day when they’re stuck inside like today.

Things you’ll need:

Bananas
Long clean sticks or wire coat hangers (if you’re roasting them- they are good plain too!)
Hot dog buns
Peanut butter
Plastic ziploc bags
Jelly, jam, or preserves
Yogurt
Apples

I didn’t have a campfire handy today, but all you would need to do for a “roasted” banana, is slide the banana onto your stick and roast it [...]

Tigers, and Lions, & Bears…Oh My!

Happy summer, everyone! I personally couldn’t be more excited. I have a month of no school, and a kitchen full of neat gadgets and gizmos at my disposal all summer.

I’m still recovering from my last round of finals (it was rough y’all!), so I’ve been catching up on sleep. This morning as I awoke at the crack of 10:00, I was looking for a fun, quick, cute (what can I say, I love cute food), healthy, filling breakfast. That’s a lot of criteria for a breakfast dish to meet, but I found the perfect one, featuring a few of my favorite things. Great, now that song will be stuck in my head all day! Peanut butter, blueberries, and banana slices….these are a few of my favorite things. (And they tell me I’m not the funny one in my family.)

And this breakfast makes little bears. I don’t care who ya are, that’s stinkin’ cute. And it’s so simple that your little ones can join right in on the fun!

To make one little bear (oh my!), you need:

1 slice of bread
1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter (or almond butter, sunflower butter, whatever you fancy)
1 banana
3 blueberries

First you’ll need to toast the bread!

While the bread is toasting, slice your banana until you have three slices. What to do with the rest of the banana? I put mine into a ziploc bag to go into the freezer. We’ll have to find a fun smoothie recipe to use that for later!

Then spread the peanut butter on the bread so that it makes kind of a heart shape. Don’t spread it over the whole piece of toast! No, no no. Our bear needs to have a chin, after [...]