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Healthy Foods To Fill You Up

We’re constantly struggling with finding the right snacks that will also keep us from continuously munching.  We found this article from Everyday Health featuring the 10 most filling healthy foods and wanted to share these with you!

  1. Sweet prunes – this high fiber food is a favorite or ours!
  2. Nuts – we love almonds and nuts of all kinds, but be sure to keep your intake to a minimum.
  3. Vegetables – you know we LOVE veggies.  They’re low in calories and super filling.
  4. Oatmeal – this is one of our favorite ways to start our day.
  5. Soup – eating soup before your entree, typically means you’ll eat less of your huge meal.
  6. Dips – eat a low cal dip like hummus with your veggies when snacking.
  7. Lean proteins – eating lean proteins will not only give you energy, but will keep you full longer.
  8. Beans and legumes – this high protein food is terrific for snacking and meals, alike.
  9. Potato skins – we absolutely love the high-fiber ‘tater skins! Plus they give our bakers an extra crunch.
  10. Fresh fruit – a bowl of berries or a whole peach, is a terrific healthy and rejuvenating snack.

What are your favorite healthy snacks? Tell us about it on our Facebook wall.

Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

Happy Peanut Butter Lover’s Day!! We just love this classic kid favorite and love adding special touches to PB&Js even more!

How delicious does this French Toast Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich from myrecipes.com look??

Or this Strawberry-Banana Nutella & PBJ Panini from I Love. Therefore, I Cook.?

Finally, we can’t wait to try this Peanut Butter, Jam & Banana Breakfast Pizza from Oh She Glows!

Happy eating!

Five Healthy Dessert Alternatives

We’ve been cooking up a storm, and we’ve been making it sweet! The trouble with desserts, as you know, is that they’re typically full of unwanted calories. We’re firm believers in indulging, but believe that sweets should be eaten in moderation.

Here are five healthier alternatives to some of our favorite treats:
1. Instead of brownies try SMORES. Make them using the lower calorie version graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate!
2. Instead of a McDonald’s McFlurry, try making your own small SUNDAE with sorbert, a banana and fruit toppings!
3. Instead of regular ol’ chocolate cake, make CHOCOLATE MOUSSE using Sugar Free or Lite Cool Whip and raspberries for the topping!
4. Instead of loading up on Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, make CHOCOLATE DIPPED FRUIT using whatever fruit you love most (bananas, raspberries, apples, strawberries, etc.)!
5. Instead of sugary cupcakes, make MARSHMALLOW POPS using a popsicle stick, a marshmallow that you’ve covered in chocolate and drizzle it with nuts!

Let us know if you try any of these alternatives! Enjoy!

A Healthy Halloween Treat

Halloween is coming up and candy is about to be EVERYWHERE.  Go ahead and mix up this healthy Halloween inspired snack!

Black-and-orange, sweet-and-salty Halloween trail mix

 

1. Mix together:

  • Dried apricots
  • Black raisins
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Salted peanuts
  • Mini pretzel sticks
2. Put in 1/4 cup servings small sandwich bags and tie with black and orange twisty-ties or ribbon!

3. Dig in!

 

Our Latest Craving

This weekend at the San Diego Gourmet Expo, we were surrounded by cupcake and cookie samples galore. This was heavenly, until we realized we had not eaten lunch at 3 pm. Hungry and short on time, we stumbled on the RISE BAR booth. They were nice enough to give us our own bar to try even though we were skeptical of energy bars that are often loaded with sugar and sometimes taste a little odd.

With RISE BAR, this was not the case. We LOVED these bars and got the protein boost we needed to finish the day. Sweetened with honey, agave, and fruit, and packed with nuts and seeds for protein and energy, RISE BARs are a great snack for moms to keep in their cars for hungry kids, keeping blood sugar levels in check between meals. And guess what, at the expo, a kid who was following us around tried one and loved it!

Check out RISE BAR’s website for ingredients, nutrition info, and more.

Healthy Snacking: Vending Machines Wise Up

If you’ve been following the blog, then you’ve probably noticed that we take healthy eating and cooking pretty seriously. We fully believe that it’s nearly impossible to raise children who love healthy food if they aren’t given the option. When we saw this, we just had to share it with all of you.

That’s right, there’s a new vending machine sheriff in town, Fresh Healthy Vending. The company is trying to outfit office buildings and schools with vending machines that contain nothing but healthy, 100% natural snacks. They’re trying to include organic, preservative free, choices wherever they can as well.

We just love knowing that there are convenient and healthy options for parents and their children, alike. Read more here.