Snowmen Bagels

As much as I am awaiting Spring and hope to see no more snow this Winter, here is a great idea for a snowy day! I recently made this at a daycare with children and they were a hit!

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat mini bagel (snowman body)
  • shredded carrots (nose)
  • low fat cream cheese (white for snowman)
  • dried fruit- I used cranberries (mouth and buttons)
  • blueberries (eyes)
  • pretzel sticks (arms)

Picture below is done by a crafty 5 year old!

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Feeling Like a Unicorn!

I discovered Unicorn Bread a few weeks ago and I thought it was absolutely amazing! Colorful foods always make me happy. To know that I could use an all natural food coloring made it that much better! McCormick makes a no artificial dye food coloring made from nature. It comes in powder forms in the package and is simple to use! This one is a great way to start your day– especially when you need some color in your life! Make your own kind of designs with all different colors!

I used a low-fat cream cheese for my spread to mix the food coloring with! Here’s some pictures of what I was able to make with it:

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Heart Shaped Fruits

I couldn’t get enough of my heart shaped cookie cutter for heart health month in February! Did you know you can use a small shaped cookie cutter on a strawberry to make it into a perfect heart shape? This worked so well to add a special touch to fruit skewers for Valentine’s Day! I picked up my heart shaped cookie cutters from Walmart for only $0.99! I love finding great finds at a great price!

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Simply take your cookie cutter, push it through the strawberry, cut the heart-shape in half to make two heart shaped strawberries! You can also use these on other fruits, like melons, I just thought the strawberries were perfect for a heart!!

I got a little carried away and made all of my heart-shaped strawberries into a big heart!

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*Picture taken by Danielle Colombo, RD*

Greek Yogurt Heart Bites

These Strawberry and Yogurt bites were a perfect recipe that I made for a lot of valentine treats this past February! Not only do adults and teens love them, but the kids do too! This is also a simple recipe that the kids can be involved in too. This recipe was provided from Produce For Kids (http://produceforkids.com/) They have amazing recipes for kids to make on here!!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (if you want them sweeter, use vanilla)
  • 2 tbsp. honey

Directions:

  • Mix together and spread into a heart shaped ice cube tray
  • Freeze for 2 or more hours

For the exact recipe: http://www.produceforkids.com/meal-planning/strawberry-yogurt-bites

 

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*Picture taken by Danielle Colombo, RD*

Homemade Almond Butter

Do you know how easy making your own nut butter can be? I LOVE making my own nut butters because they are so easy to make and you only need one ingredient… your favorite nut! Some suggestions are peanuts, almonds, cashews, etc. The list goes on! All you need is a food processor to blend the nut together for several minutes. They will become hot in the food processor and if the consistency remains thick, you can add a little vegetable oil to it (you don’t need a lot!) What better way to add some nut butter to your sandwich or to enjoy as a dip and you can create your very own jar?

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*Picture taken by Danielle Colombo, RD*

Pomegranate Guacamole

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*Picture taken by Danielle Colombo, RD*

Have you ever tried pomegranate in your guacamole? This adds a little sweetness into your dip and tastes excellent!

Here’s what I used:

  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

You can either throw all the ingredients in a food processor or mash them together in a bowl. If you like a finer consistency, a food processor might be a better option!

Happy 4th!

This weekend is known for parties which could also mean that some of us may overeat on some of our favorite barbecue treats! Today, I have a healthy snack that you can bring with you to your next party. Not only is it very fast, but it’s also very simple to make! Bring it to a party for not only you, but your families, friends, coworkers, etc. Why not make something sweet and enjoyable for everyone to enjoy, even children! This is a sweet treat to make made from nature’s very own candy.. fruit! In the following recipe you will need toothpicks, raspberries, blueberries, and mini marshmallows. You can always substitute for other red fruits. Instead of using marshmallows you can also try to use bananas, however they might brown very quickly after slicing them.

The great thing about these little snacks is that you can enjoy them on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any other patriotic holiday to celebrate the USA! Happy 4th everybody! Enjoy the day and be safe!

*Pictures were taken by Danielle Colombo, RD*

 

Fruit Lady Bugs

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This is a great one for the kids! Looking for something creative for your kids to make? Why not make a lady bug? This recipe is easy for anyone to make! All you need is chocolate frosting, a blueberry, and a strawberry! In order to draw in the legs, I used a white paper plate for the background in order to see them clearly. These make excellent snacks and the kids can get involved in making them too!

Yogurt Banana Split

Ice cream doesn’t always have to be the answer when it comes to looking for something cold to eat on a hot summer day! Why not replace ice cream with yogurt? Greek yogurt especially has a higher protein content than regular yogurt and if you choose a plain flavor, you’re skipping all of the added sugars that yogurt can contain! With all of the other flavors on this delicious banana split coming from natural fruits, you won’t need a flavored yogurt!

Here’s what I used:

  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt (any brand)
  • 1/4 cup of raspberries
  • 1/4 cup blackberries
  • Sprinkle of granola (I used Bear Naked, cinnamon flavor)
  • 1 banana, split in half

YUM!

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Watermelon Fun!

Today is the first day of July and the summer time is here! What better way to celebrate the first day of July with a fun watermelon drink? Watermelon is a good source of vitamin C,  has plenty of antioxidants (watermelon gets it reddish-pink shades primarily from lycopene!), and has a rich supply of an amino acid called citrulline.

A fully ripened watermelon will feel heavy for its size. Heaviness in a watermelon is a good thing because the water content of a watermelon will typically increase along with ripening, and a fully ripened watermelon will be over 90% water in terms of weight! A fully ripened watermelon will also often have a ground spot that has turned creamy yellow in color.

Looking for ideas on what to do with watermelon? Make it into a fun drink. I used plain seltzer water mixed with watermelon for a light spritzer drink to enjoy on a hot day. About 1 liter of seltzer mixed with the inside of the watermelon makes a fantastic drink! I scooped the inside of the watermelon out with an icecream scoop and blended it in a blender with the seltzer water. You can add a hint of lime juice to the drink if needed. I picked up a handy watermelon kit at my local ShopRite that came with stands to hold the watermelon balanced, and a spout to pour the drink out of the watermelon– very easy to use!!

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I also made a delicious watermelon and feta salad last month! It was DELICIOUS! Did you ever think of mixing watermelon with cheese? The next time you are thinking of making a salad and you are a watermelon lover, this is definitely the choice for you!

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The possibilities with watermelon are endless! What better way to enjoy the summer than with a refreshing watermelon recipe?