Food Network Kitchens presents 100-calorie versions of favorite snacks.
Expert Katie Lee shares three snacks to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Iâ€™ve talked about adding spinach into your kidsâ€™ smoothies and having them be none the wiser, but there are other ways to sneak healthy foods into your kidsâ€™ meals, too.
The Sneaky Chefâ€™s Brawny BrowniesÂ has spinach, blueberries, wheat germ, and oat bran. The brownies arenâ€™t exactly health food, but if your kids love brownies and you need to make some for one reason or another, why not sneak in some extra antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals?
TLCÂ suggests something that should probably be a no-brainer, but it had never occurred to me. My daughter is way too familiar with the way her favorite cereals look, and sheâ€™d probably reject any mix of other cereals on the days we were pressed for time.
However, I do think that Iâ€™ll start mixing in healthier cereals with the sugary ones she begs for and sometimes gets. Less of a sugar rush for her, less guilt for meâ€¦everybody wins.
Eating WellÂ suggests mixing finely chopped mushrooms in the place of some (not all) of the ground beef when youâ€™re making Sloppy Joes or spaghetti sauce. I can see this one working very well, and I could probably even stomach it (I really donâ€™t like mushrooms). If you have a vegetable spiralizer, you may be able to sneak in some zucchini and squash â€œnoodlesâ€ with the spaghetti, too.
What are your favorite ways to add vegetables into your familyâ€™s foods without the kids (and maybe even your husband) knowing? Iâ€™ve used some of the tips above, baked with canned pumpkin or applesauce instead of oil, and juiced carrots and beets along with apples, but nothing too creative yet.
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My husband loves yogurt. He particularly loves Greek yogurt. In truth, the whole family is battling a bit of a yogurt addiction. Weâ€™re always on the look out for the next best tasting yogurt at our house.
The girls like Chobani champions and I personally love Oikos, especially toasted coconut.
My husband likes Oikos but heâ€™s always looking to find the best yogurt. I think he wants his own yogurt so thereâ€™s no mix up or confusion. Well, his yogurt prayers may be getting answered. Read more…
I’ve become a smoothie fanatic because they’re quick, easy, nutritious, and my daughter will actually drink them without putting up too much of an argument. She thinks they’re a treat.
I think they’re way easier than eating a plate or bowl full of food while walking or driving around. They’re good for snacks or meals, depending on what you put in there, so they’re one of the most versatile things you can make. Read more…
If you’re looking for a good on-the-go snack or a way to sneak greens into your preschooler, a green smoothie could be the answer.
My favorite involves three kiwi, a few handfuls of spinach, frozen mixed berries, vanilla protein powder, Amazing Grass SuperFood Powder, unsweetened vanilla coconut or almond milk, half of a banana, water (plain or coconut water would work well), and a little kale, though you may want to hold the kale if you’re making it for your kid or if you’re new to green smoothies because it can change the texture a bit. Read more…
Gummi Bears and fruit snacks are pretty popular around here. It wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t too long ago that my husband went to the store and decided to bless one of my children (who shall forever remain anonymous in this story) with a five pound bag of Gummi Bears.
Would you be shocked if I said that they were gone within a couple of hours? Well, they were. Read more…
There is nothing better in our house than homemade granola bars. We adore them. They are healthy, they taste phenomenal and the girls and I enjoy making them together.
This is a recipe that a girlfriend shared with me. It is one of the easiest recipes IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever made and you will wow your children with the taste of these homemade granola bars. Read more…
Here’s something that is embarrassing to admit: there’s more than a couple of days during the week when 5 o’clock rolls around and I realize that I haven’t eaten all day. I get busy taking care of the kids, cleaning, writing, and doing the hundred other things moms do throughout the day and I don’t take care of myself!
One of the worst things that moms do is that we go too long without eating. Why? Because when we finally sit down to eat, we do the wrong thing – we end up overeating since we feel like we are starving and binge on unhealthy foods full of sugar and empty calories.
The easiest way to avoid the pig-outs is by trying to eat something every two to four hours. If you select snacks with about 150 calories or less per serving you can be sure to feel satisfied without adding inches to your waistline. But doing this can be easier said than done, right? Read more…