In my house, it’s all about the superheroes. From Batman to Captain Underpants and everyone in between, my 3 year old can’t get enough. So I have decided to embrace his love for all things superhero and use it to my advantage. Enter these Spiderman Beet Muffins.
A superhero on your plate can put an end to meal time battles
Do you have vegetable battles in your house? We have them here as well. Fruit is never a problem. In fact, I often have to beg my little one to eat something besides fruit. Vegetables on the other hand are another story. However, if they are incorporated into a recipe or combined with a food he already loves, then he is very willing to try them. That’s why I decided to make this toddler vegetable muffin using Spiderman as our inspiration.
If you saw my post on the Green Veggie Ninja Turtle Muffins, you can see that this veggie muffin strategy works pretty well. To make Spiderman, I had to figure out how to make him red (without using dyes). So beets were my answer! Once Joey realized the beets would give Spiderman his deep red color, he couldn’t wait to make these muffins. We combined the beets with every red food we had in the house (strawberries, raspberries, and cherries) for a delicious combination that looked almost like a red velvet cupcake. After the muffins cooled, we simply decorated them with melted chocolate (another selling point for any kid!) and we were ready to eat like a superhero.
What superhero do you think would encourage your family to try a new vegetable the most?
- 1 cup beets canned and drained
- 2 large strawberries fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup raspberries
- 4 large cherries fresh or frozen
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar or syrup
- 1 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1. In a food processor, blend together the beets, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, banana, yogurt, oil, vanilla, and egg. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Pour liquid ingredients into dry and mix to create batter. Mix in one half of dark chocolate chips. Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean).
Allow muffins to cool.
Melt remaining dark chocolate and white chocolate separately in bowls (or pastry bag). Once melted, decorate the muffins with a dark chocolate spider web and white chocolate eyes to create your Spiderman look.
Once chocolate has hardened, serve or store remaining muffins for up to 1 week in refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts Per Muffin: 112 calories, 19 g CHO, 3 g FAT, 3 g PRO, 15 mg sodium, 8 g sugar, 2 g fiber
I don’t know about you, but after a long, hot summer day I could really go for a big bowl of ice cream. The chilled, sweet refreshing taste cools me down instantly while satisfying my sweet tooth. But all of that added sugar tends to kick-start my sugar cravings. On top of that, having a pint (or gallon if I’m being honest) of ice cream on hand leads to my 3 year old constantly begging for it every time I open the freezer. I have nothing against ice cream on occasion, but if it’s going to be a summer staple, I want it to provide a bit more nutrition. That’s why I decided to create this delicious and satisfying High Fiber Greek Yogurt Ice Cream Sandwich recipe.
A healthy alternative without sacrificing the taste!
This healthy Greek yogurt ice cream sandwich recipe is incredibly fun and simple to make. Not only are these ice cream sandwiches higher in fiber and protein with less added sugar than a standard ones, but they also are less expensive than buying them premade. As a bonus, the fiber and protein in the sandwich may help to stabilize blood sugar levels, which means you will stay satisfied for a longer period of time and won’t experience those strong cravings, energy dips, or mood swings excessive sugary desserts can often trigger.
A fiber and protein rich ice cream sandwich recipe made with Greek yogurt
- 1 1 Flatout 5 Grain Flax Foldit
- 2 tbsp mini dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp mini dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup low fat vanilla Greek yogurt
Cut the Flatout Foldit as it’s most narrow part to make two even pieces and place onto a sheet of wax paper.
Place two tablespoons of the mini dark chocolate chips in a small bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals until melted.
Spread the melted chocolate evenly over each Flatout Foldit piece until the surface has been covered. Place the pieces in the refrigerator and allow chocolate to harden. Once the chocolate has hardened, remove from the refrigerator.
Spread ½ cup of vanilla Greek yogurt evenly over the top of one chocolate covered piece.
Sprinkle the remaining one teaspoon of mini chocolate chips on top of the yogurt.
Place the remaining chocolate covered Flatout Foldit on top of the yogurt, with the chocolate side facing up. Place sandwich into freezer and allow yogurt to harden.
Once yogurt has frozen, slice the sandwich in half and serve.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
Calories: 159 Carbohydrates: 22gm Fiber: 3.5gm Sugar: 12gm Protein: 9gm Fat: 6 gm Saturated Fat: 2.5gm Trans Fat: 0gm Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 197mg
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Disclosure: This recipe has been sponsored by Flatout Flatbread.
I can’t believe tomorrow is already the 4th of July! Summer seems to be flying by and it just got started. Whether you will be entertaining guests or celebrating quietly at home, adding some red, white, and blue to your plate is a must! And with this easy 4th of July recipe, you can have a healthy holiday appetizer ready in minutes.
Making a Healthy 4th of July Recipe Should Be Easy!
To me, the 4th of July is all about taking time to relax and celebrate with family. I don’t want to spend hours preparing meals for company. Sure, I could share with you beautiful, delicious recipes, but let’s be honest. If the recipe involves running out to the store to pick up ingredients you’ve never heard of or spending your precious free time slicing and dicing non-stop, you most likely aren’t going to make the recipe. Instead, using ingredients you probably already have in the house, you can whip up these red, white, and blue appetizers without missing out on any fun this holiday.
A Healthy 4th of July Recipe That Can Be Made in Minutes!
This easy 4th of July appetizer recipe includes sweet and savory flavors… berries and cheese! These Red White and Berry Cheese Bites are festive, delicious and a light hors-d’oeuvre that is perfect for any summer party. And kids as well as adults love them equally, so it’s the perfect healthy 4th of July appetizer for the whole family.
This easy 4th of July recipe is the perfect healthy appetizer for the whole family
- 2 ounces white sharp cheddar cubed
- 0.5 cup blueberries, fresh
- 0.5 cup raspberries, fresh
With a skewer, alternate placing cheese, blueberries, and raspberries for a red, white, and blue pattern.
Repeat process for each skewer.
Serve chilled and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)
46 calories, 2 g CHO, 3 g FAT, 3 g PRO, 60 mg sodium, 1 g sugar
Summer is officially here! If you are like most overly stressed out moms, you’re probably experiencing a mix of glee and dread all at the same time. The longer, less structured days allow for a bit more freedom without the craziness of running from one activity to the next. Yet at the same time, all of that lounging out by the pool means that you better have your bikini body ready.
Did you know you already have a bikini body? Yes you do!
I swear whether you put on the TV, the radio, or flip open a magazine, everyone is asking you the same question – are you ready for swimsuit season? Well I have news for you. If you have a body and you own a swimsuit, squeeze that body no matter what size it is into your swimsuit and BAM! just like that you’re ready for swimsuit season. It doesn’t matter if you are a size 2, or a size 22. Own your body, love your body, and go enjoy that pool.
I don’t think there’s a single woman (or man for that matter) in the world who can’t find something about their body in a swimsuit that they’d like to change. Maybe they feel too skinny, too big, have stretch marks they’d like to hide, wish they had more muscle…. the list can go on and on. The point is, we all have insecurities, but letting those insecurities hold you back from doing something you enjoy isn’t healthy. Focusing on body insecurities can also send the wrong message to our children.
If you want your children to love their bodies, you have to start by loving yours
Your son or daughter thinks of you, their mother, as the most wonderful and beautiful woman in the world. They want to grow up to be just like you. If you call yourself ‘fat’ or constantly focus on what you dislike about yourself, they may also start to become body focused and worry about their own physical appearance. Over time, this can even lead to lower self-esteem or disordered eating patterns. As hard as it may be, you owe it to yourself and to your children to love your body no matter what your size so that they too will love theirs.
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