Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
October Recipe ReDux is “Nutty Nut Day." October 22nd happens to be National Nut Day, which is right around the time we post our recipes, so we were challenged to develop and “share a healthy nut-filled recipe”. Being that it is still VERY warm here in Los Angeles, and no Fall weather is in sight, a smoothie sure sounded good to me! But I still wanted to go with an Autumn theme in spirit, so I combined the simple flavors of pecans, pumpkin, dates, pumpkin pie spice, and used a banana/almond milk base to make this smoothie. This drink is reminiscent of pumpkin and pecan pie but it still refreshing at the same time! I hope you will give it a try and also check out all the other nutty themed recipes from the great Recipe ReDux crew.
½ large frozen banana, cut into chunks
1 large mejool date (pitted and preferably previously soaked for 15-30 minutes in warm water to soften)
½ cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk which works great)
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree (fresh or canned, and not pumpkin pie filling)
1 tablespoon chopped pecans
1-2 dashes of pumpkin pie spice
Blend all of the above ingredients for 30 sec-1 minute on high speed until a smooth mixture is formed. Pour and serve.
Makes 1 smoothie, one serving
Serving size: 1 smoothie Calories 180 Protein 2 g Carb 32 g Fiber 4 g Sugars 21g Fat 7 g Saturated fat 0.5 g Sodium 90 mg
Saturday, October 17, 2015
So what is the go to fruit of kids ages 2 and up....APPLES! A new study published in the journal Pediatrics reports just that. Researchers looked at the fruit consumption of over 3000 children and apple consumption accounted for the greatest proportion, being 20 % overall. Kids ages 6-11 were more likely to eat whole fruit apples vs. kids 2-5 drank more apple juice.
" 'These findings provide some insight into what fruits children are eating and socioeconomic factors that may influence what fruit children want to eat and are being provided to eat,' according to a AAP press release that accompanied the study." as published in a summary of the research in TIME Magazine.
Apples are a great choice for kids and adults alike And now that it is fall they are in season too!
Enjoy them in my Apple Cinnamon Pancake and Applesauce Recipes!
Posted by Marie at 7:55 AM
Friday, October 9, 2015
It was early in the afternoon on Super Bowl Sunday 2015 and we decided to play it low key and enjoy the occasion with just our family at home that day. We have been to many Super Bowl parties throughout the years, which have been fun and offered a delicious array of great foods so Gabby has gotten accustomed to the concept of it being a food centered event. Daddy did not disappoint and ordered a special smoked turkey to enjoy and I managed to cook up a couple of fun sides. But with a few hours til kick off, Gabby and I also decided to come up with a couple of easy and festive snacks that she and I could make for the game. These three mini sandwiches were the result and turned out to be great finger foods for parties, snack time or even lunchboxes. They were quite a SCORE for sure!
seaweed snack sheets
cooked rice (brown or white) or quinoa
mandarin orange segments
low sodium soy sauce (use gluten free brand such as San J if on a GF diet)
teriyaki sauce (use gluten free brand such as San J if on a GF diet)
Place seaweed sheets on a clean surface, such as a large plate or cutting board. Add about 1/2 tablespoon of rice to one side of the seaweed, along with a cucumber, avocado, carrot or orange slice. Drizzle with a little soy and teriyaki sauce, fold over and eat!
Serving size 1 sushi fold w/cucumber/orange/carrot Calories 10 Protein 1g Carb 2 g Fiber 0 g Sugars 0 g Fat 1 g Saturated fat 0 g Sodium 25 mg
Serving size 1 sushi fold w/avocado Calories 25 Protein 0g Carb 2 g Fiber 1 g Sugars 0 g Fat 1.5 g Saturated fat 0 g Sodium 25 mg
Pretzel Mini Bites
flat style pretzels, such as thins or waffle squares (use gluten-free brand, such as Glutino if on a gluten-free diet)
nut butter (almond butter or peanut butter)
thin apple slices into 1 inch squares
low fat cheese slices cut into 1 inch squares
turkey slices cut into 1 inch squares
Place the pretzels on a clean surface, such as a large plate or cutting board. Add one square of cheese to one of the pretzels. Spread 1/8 teaspoon mustard onto the cheese. Then top with the turkey and the second pretzel and eat!
Add one square of apple to one of the pretzels. Spread ¼ teaspoon of nut butter on the apple. Sprinkle with cinnamon, top with the second pretzel and eat!
Serving size 1 mini sandwich w/apples + nut butter Calories 35 Protein 1g Carb 6 g Fiber 0 g Sugars 1 g Fat 1 g Saturated fat 0 g Sodium 130 mg
Serving size 1 mini sandwich w/ cheese + turkey Calories 45 Protein 2 g Carb 5 g Fiber 0 g Sugars 1 g Fat 1.5 g Saturated fat 1 g Sodium 200mg
light cream cheese
olives, pitted and halved
cherry tomato slices
Place the cucumber slices on a clean surface, such as a large plate or cutting board. Spread ½ teaspoon hummus or cream cheese onto the one cucumber slice. Then put on one olive halve and tomato slice, top with the second cucumber and eat!.
Serving size 1 mini sandwich w/ hummus Calories 10 Protein 0 g Carb 1 g Fiber 0 g Sugars 1 g Fat 0.5 g Saturated fat 0 g Sodium 35 mg
Serving size 1 mini sandwich w/ cream cheese Calories 15 Protein 0 g Carb 1 g Fiber 0 g Sugars 1 g Fat 1 g Saturated fat 0 g Sodium 30mg