Oatmeal Season is Here When my son asked me how to make oatmeal last week, I was a little surprised. Surprised, and super happy to tell him my recipe. OK, measure out the oats, add the water, and add a big handful of frozen blueberries. Then, mix it up and microwave for 5-1/2 minutes at half power. Done. He added a spoonful of brown sugar to sweeten up my recipe, but I was OK with that. The blueberries – which we grow ourselves and freeze during July – were the good nutrition magnet for him. For you, it might be the banana, the cut-up apples, the raisins, or the pumpkin seeds You get it. We … [Read more...] about Oatmeal Season!
A Nutritious Grocery Cart Some careful thought before, during, and after your grocery trip is a must. Think about it -- what goes into your cart also goes into you. Right? So planning ahead, writing a list, slowing down as you walk the store, and reviewing your cart are essentials. Or, perhaps you'll just have to wait a few years for a supermarket of the future kind of experience. Filling Your Cart Aisle-by-Aisle Doing a big shopping trip is different than a milk & bread only trip. The big trip hits your wallet harder and it can ease your stress at dinnertime. So, take your time … [Read more...] about A Nutritious Grocery Cart Fill-Up!
Apples are Full of Good Nutrition! Next time you bite into a 3-inch diameter, fresh & crunchy fall apple, here's what your body will get: 90 calories; 0 fat; 0 sodium; 20-25 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams dietary fiber; 0 protein. But, that's not all. Antioxidants in apples are super good for vascular health and they can help keep your brain young & healthy along with the rest of your body. 3 Easy Ways to Eat Fall Apples! Dip them: Pick out any variety of apple, cut it into eighths, and dip it. There are many choices of dip such as hummus, peanut butter, sunflower butter, … [Read more...] about 3 Easy Ways to Eat Fall Apples!
Bring Healthy Snacks or Lunch to the Airport There's really no way around it these days - if you want to feel better, spend less, and enjoy traveling by air, then good nutrition belongs in your carry-on. Take a look at your flight times and pack up a simple breakfast/lunch/dinner or a few flexible snacks. I put a big emphasis on 'simple' because chances are a simple food bag will be a healthier food bag. 5 Tips for Carry-On Snacks or Lunch Bring a nut butter sandwich to eat on a shorter plane ride Bring a cheese sandwich for a short or longer plane ride Bring some baby carrots or … [Read more...] about Airline Food the Healthy Way!
Car Trips and Snacking My friends usually laugh at me when I pull out a 'pocket snack' while on the road. Actually, I'm one of those people who carries a snack just about everywhere I go. Yes, maybe I'm driving 4 hours or 8, or maybe I'm just headed to the other side of town. When you pack up your car for vacation, or a much shorter drive, do you include healthy snacks? Why Bring Along Healthy Car Snacks? My 3 favorite reasons to be smart with snacking in the car boil down to adding a burst of physical & mental energy, saving money, and cashing in on an opportunity to eat a fruit … [Read more...] about Healthy Car Snacks for Vacation or Not
10 Mediterranean Style Snacks Hummus with colorful vegetables makes a fun appetizer or anytime snack. Here is my easy recipe for homemade hummus. Sugar snap peas, raw out of the bag (washed, of course) are a sweet nibble. Yogurt layered with fruit is yummy for breakfast or dessert. Here is my easy recipe for a yogurt and fruit parfait. Whole grain crackers with goat cheese are full of flavor. Add a grape or slice of melon to the top for even more 'wow.' Oat granola, nuts & low fat milk, piled high with fresh berries. Sandwich pinwheels with colorful vegetables. Here is … [Read more...] about Mediterranean Style Snacks!