Wishing you and your family a happy & healthy Halloween! As you celebrate today, don’t forget to have fun with your food. It’s amazing how much nutrition you can pack into your family when their food becomes artwork. And don’t worry, I have very limited artistic abilities, so if I can pull this off, you can too! All of these ‘food art’ ideas took less than five minutes to create and were a major hit. Please make sure to share your favorite ways of having fun with your food too 🙂
Banana Ghost, Cheesy Pumpkin, and Peanut Butter & Apple Witch
High Protein Ghosts with Antioxidant Packed Pumpkins
Stuffed Pepper Jack-o-Latern
Peanut Butter Ghostly Graveyard
Yes, it’s a little but of work. But it’s also a lot of fun! And just look at the reaction it gets 🙂
What food art creations do you and your family love?
Many people work hard to keep their bodies swimsuit ready all year long. But it can be difficult to keep that slim body without getting into a routine of healthy eating during summer, especially with all of the vacations and parties that include high fat and high calorie foods. Here are three summer snack recipes that won’t have you feeling guilty and will help you keep that summer body!
Cinnamon Chocolate Banana Graham Crackers
- 4 rectangle graham crackers, broken into 8 squares
- 2 tablespoons chocolate-hazelnut spread,
- 1 banana, sliced
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Spread each graham cracker piece with chocolate-hazelnut spread, top with two slices of banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Sriracha Tuna on Ak-Mak
- 1 piece Ak-mak, broken into 4 pieces
- 1 can tuna, drained
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Sriracha (Optional)
- On a plate, place Ak-mak. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine drained tuna, mustard, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Evenly divide tuna mixture on each Akmak cracker. Top with Sriracha.
Celery and Peanut Butter w/ Berries
- 4 large celery stalks, cut in thirds
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup blueberries (or your favorite berries)
- Cut the celery stalks in thirds. Spread with peanut butter. Sprinkle with fresh blueberries.
Photos & Article Credit: Kelly Sloan, Dietetic Intern
I’m sure you have heard the expression “sleep like a baby.” Well, if I was sleeping like Joey does, I would never sleep (oh wait, I don’t ever sleep since my child doesn’t sleep), but anyway- back to the point of this blog J When it comes to developing a healthy relationship with food and achieving an optimal body weight, aiming to eat like a baby can show you just how we were really meant to eat.
When feeding a baby, the parent or caretaker’s role is to provide nutritious options. It’s the child’s responsibility to determine how much he will eat. This allows your baby to understand his own internal hunger and satiety cues. Now, think about how we as adults eat. If I walk past a bowl of candy, I’m not hungry, but that certainly doesn’t stop me from grabbing a handful and chowing down. Or at dinner, if there’s a few bites left on my plate, I may just gobble them up without thinking instead of asking myself if I am still truly hunger. These are the almost unconscious behaviors that lead to us as adults consuming far more calories than we actually need.
Look at how a baby eats on the other hand. He uses all his senses to really focus on the food he is eating. He eats slowly and pushes the food away as soon as he is no longer hungry for it. As a baby eats, his only focus is the food offered to him. He’s not eating with distractions such as a TV, computer, or phone pulling his focus away from the food experience. This is what we call “mindful” eating- the practice of involving all of your senses in the eating experience with minimal distractions to allow yourself to get back in touch with your hunger and satiety cues while feeling truly satisfied from the food you are eating.
The next time you sit down to eat, try to think about eating a bit more like a baby. Now, there’s no need to eat exactly like a baby- for instance, I don’t plan to smash sweet potatoes in my hair or throw eggs across the room like Joey enjoys doing, but the goal is to just try to really focus on the food in front of you. What does it taste like, smell like, what’s the texture? The more you can slow down, involve all of your senses, and take your time with your meal, the less likely you are to overindulge.
I really enjoy mango and just found a large bag of frozen mango in the back of my freezer. Instead of making yet another smoothie or throwing it into yogurt, I was trying to think about other ways to enjoy mango. So I came up with this. It’s similar to a healthy apple crisp, but with mango instead. And since they are bite-sized, it’s perfect for the whole family!
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbs cinnamon
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup low fat milk
- ¾ cup mago, cubed
Mix together oats, sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder and grind together in food processor to create a fine flour. Add in egg and milk and mix to create a batter. Bring a lightly greased skillet over medium heat. Dip mango cubes into batter and place on skillet. Allow to brown evenly on both sides. Serve warm and enjoy!
Tip: This batter can be used with any fruit, so try out banana slices, apple slices, or even pineapples!