Fruit Lady Bugs

lady bugs

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!

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

dark chocolatePerfect for the holiday season: This delicious recipe is not only simple, but delicious and filled with antioxidants! If you are a chocolate and mint lover, this combination is fantastic.

Makes 16 servings

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz. dark chocolate chopped or 1 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 4 candy canes, crushed

Directions:

  1. Melt chocolate in the microwave or over a double broiler
  2. Once the chocolate is melted, mix until the chocolate is smooth
  3. Pour the chocolate onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper. Spread into a thin layer
  4. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top of the chocolate and press in lightly
  5. Refrigerate the bark for 20-30 minutes to let harden
  6. Break the bark into 15-20 uneven pieces. Keep refrigerated before ready to serve

 

Turn Your Halloween Candy Into A Nutritious Treat!

The average American eats 24.7 pounds of candy each year. Most candy contains high quantities of sugar with nothing but calories and no nutritional value. Here’s a quick little breakdown of Halloween candy calorie content that might make you rethink opening that wrapper this year …

Starbursts: 8 pieces = 160 calories — instead you could be eating one medium apple with 1 tbsp. of peanut butter!

York Peppermint Patties: 3 miniatures = 150 calories — instead you could be eating 3 cups of air-popped popcorn with 1 tbsp. of Parmesan cheese

Brach’s Candy Corn: 19 pieces = 140 calories — instead have a 6 oz. low fat yogurt with half a cup of blueberries and you will still be saving 20 calories.

Reese’s King Size Peanut Butter Pumpkins: 2 cups = 350 calories — instead try eating a nutritious meal of 6 oz. of grilled chicken, 1 cup of green beans, 2 tsp. of butter, 1 small tossed salad with 2 tbsp. of low-fat dressing,

Caramel Apples: 1 apple = 250-350 calories — instead you could be eating a whole meal of 2 oz. of tuna fish with 2 tsp. of light mayonnaise, with one 4 inch pita with 1/2 cup of spinach. This all could be served with an apple and 1 oz. of baked tortilla chips!

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate: 3 snack size bars = 190 calories — Instead you could be eating 10 baby carrots and 2 tbsp. of hummus and save yourself 20 calories.

Tootsie Rolls: 6 pieces = 140 calories –instead reach for a whole grain English muffin with 1 tablespoon of fruit spread and you will still be saving yourself 10 calories!

Skittles: 1 regular pack = 250 calories — instead you can eat an entire meal of 1 egg, 1 slice of whole wheat toast with 1 tsp. of butter, and 1 cup of strawberries.

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This Halloween..

  • Stock up at the last minute on candy. The longer the candy is in your house, the more likely it is that everyone will sample it before the big day.
  • Buy candy you don’t like. This way you’re not tempted to eat it before or after Halloween
  • When kids return home from trick-or-treating, have them set up the candy into 2 piles of what they like and what they don’t like to make sure the don’t like pile gets out of the house. This reminds your children that when they do indulge in sweet treats, they will actually enjoy it and not mindlessly eat all of their candy.
  • Consider a candy buyback http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com
  • Send sweets to troops.  Ship Halloween candy to military personnel overseas. http://www.operationgratitude.com
  • Give away prizes or small toys instead of candy!

For more information: http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-halloween-20121027,0,563140.story By Dana Sullivan Kilroy

Downsizing Candy Bars, But Will We Eat Less?

Mars candy bars will soon stop selling chocolate bars in portions larger than 250 calories, but will this stop the amount the public is consuming?

On Tuesday, February 14th, Mars Inc. made a promise to “fix” it’s chocolate products so no portion is more than 250 calories by the end of the year 2013. In other words, this means that chocolate bars will get smaller and some bars will be divided into 2 servings in one package to make it more known to the public that there is more than one serving of chocolate in one package. Studies have shown that eating from smaller packages increases awareness of portion size.

In my opinion, I believe that this a very good idea. I believe that we need to be more aware of the portion sizes we are eating. Chocolate is okay to eat in moderation, as long as we can limit our portion sizes. I think this will open people’s eyes up to what they are consuming while on the other hand, I’m sure people will still eat more than their supposed to be eating without looking at the nutrition facts or even the package.

What are your thoughts? Ideas? Comments? Will this make you consume less chocolate? Or will it make you buy double to equal what your used to eating?