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Ninja Turtle Green Veggie Muffins

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ninja turtle green muffin recipe for toddlers and picky eaters

Green vegetable muffin recipe for picky eaters

Are veggies a struggle in your house? They can be at times in mine. Of course I want my 3 year old to eat his vegetables, but at the same time I try to avoid food battles as much as possible. Begging your child to ‘just take one bite’ or ‘finish all of your vegetables before dessert’ has been shown to increase mealtime stress and increase picky eating behaviors. It also basically tells your child something is wrong with vegetables if you have to beg them to eat them, reinforcing the dislike for anything green.

 

So what’s the solution? Honestly there isn’t a perfect solution. I wish there was. But what works in our house is a 3-part strategy. First, I get my son involved in everything from purchasing the vegetable, to washing it, to cooking it. Then, we make veggies fun (adding them into fun recipes, cutting them into fun shapes, calling them fun names- whatever works!), and finally we make them part of dessert. That’s right! Dessert isn’t a reward in our house. If you want some chocolate, some ice cream, or a sweet of any kind, it just is part of the meal. It’s pretty common to see my son follow up eating a chocolate chip with a bite of broccoli (as strange as that sounds).

 

For us this strategy makes vegetables and dessert equals. Instead of glorifying dessert as a reward you earn after eating the less desirable food, the vegetables are viewed as equally tasty. Sure, sometimes they aren’t touched at all and he eats a handful of chocolate chips instead. But other days, he asks for seconds of vegetables and doesn’t even touch the sweets. To me, that’s a win.

 

If you are looking to add some fun to the vegetables in your house, give our Ninja Turtle Spinach Muffins a try. These sweet treats are packed full of protein, fiber, vegetables – and yes a little chocolate (because what’s a muffin without chocolate) and so good your little one will be coming back for seconds and thirds!

A healthy toddler lunch box meal including a green vegetable muffin

A healthy toddler lunch box meal including a green vegetable muffin

 

These green muffins make the perfect toddler muffin recipe.

 

A spiderman toddler vegetable muffin recipe
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Spiderman Beet Muffins – Toddler Vegetable Muffin Recipe
Servings: 16 muffins
Calories: 112 kcal
Ingredients
For muffins:
  • 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
Instructions
  1. 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).

  2. Allow muffins to cool. 

  3. 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. 

  4. Once chocolate has hardened, serve or store remaining muffins for up to 1 week in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts Per Muffin: 112 calories, 19 g CHO, 3 g FAT, 3 g PRO, 15 mg sodium, 8 g sugar, 2 g fiber

 

High Fiber Pizza Bites Are a Healthy Snack The Whole Family Will Love!

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Disclosure: I have partnered with Flatout® Flatbread to bring this recipe and post to you. Although I have been compensated for my time, all opinions are my own.

 

In my house, if I ask the question “what would you like for dinner tonight?” I am bound to get the same answer from my husband over and over – pizza! The man could live on pizza and pizza alone. It’s not just pizza as a meal he loves; he’d prefer it as his go-to snack choice as well. Before I started dating him, I had never even tried those bite-sized frozen pizza bites you can find in the grocery store. Once I tried them, I agreed they are pretty tasty, but the nutritional content leaves a lot to be desired. With sodium, refined carbohydrates, and saturated fats – they are not a snack choice I can get behind on a regular basis.

If you have a husband like mine or if you’re a Weight Watchers® member, you know that going the frozen pizza snack route may not always be the smartest choice. Homemade pizza has gone over very well in our house, and it allows me to add in whole grains along with veggies as a topping for a more balanced meal.

However, when I told my husband I was going to make him a more nutritious replacement for his beloved frozen pizza bites, I knew he was skeptical. That was until he saw and tasted these guys! By swapping the standard dough for Flatout Light flatbread, I was able to create a delicious option with whole grains, fiber, and protein that you truly can snack on every day.

If you don’t know about Flatout Flatbread Flatout Flatbread yet, you are missing out. This line is big on flavor with no added sugar while being an excellent source of fiber and protein. It has honestly been one of my all-time favorite food brands to recommend to my clients for as long as I can remember. And it’s not just me who loves them. Flatout Flatbread is now endorsed by Weight Watchers! You can enjoy Flatout Flatbreads for 2 to 4 SmartPoints® value each. The Weight Watchers Beyond the Scale program empowers Weight Watchers members to eat the foods they love with the help of the SmartPoints food plan and live life to the fullest on the journey to good health. If you want to enjoy a favorite food like pizza while you’re on your weight loss journey, you will love this Flatout High Fiber Pizza Bite Recipe. It makes a great snack or even healthier appetizer for your next get-together.

 

High Fiber Pizza Bites

(makes 2 servings)

 

Ingredients

2 Flatout Light Flatbreads

¼ cup part-skim mozzarella cheese

¼ cup marinara sauce

1 pinch garlic powder

1 teaspoon olive oil

 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Using a pizza cutter, slice your flatbread horizontally into two even pieces.
  • Place small scoops of tomato sauce an inch apart over the right side of flatbread piece (you want to be able to fold each piece in half, so the sauce should not be centered). When you are placing the scoops of tomato sauce, less is more! You don’t want the sauce to leak out when you go to create the actual pizza bites.
  • Next, place a small pinch of cheese on top of each scoop of sauce.
  • Fold the flatbread over onto itself so the sauce and cheese are ‘sandwiched’ inside. Using a fork, press down on the edges of the flatbread to seal it closed.
  • Using a pizza cutter (or knife) slice the folded flatbread to create individual bite-sized pieces. Once cut, use the fork to seal the remaining edge closed.
  • Place pizza bites on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Using a basting brush, lightly brush olive oil on top of each bite. Sprinkle with a pinch of garlic powder and place into the over.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until the flatbread has browned nicely.
  • Serve warm with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.

 

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Makes 2 servings

 

Calories: 164

Fat: 7gm

Saturated Fat: 2gm

Carbohydrates: 17gm

Fiber: 9gm

Sugar: 2gm

Protein: 13gm

Sodium: 482mg

Cholesterol: 10mg

 

Weight Watcher SmartPoints value (per serving): 4

 

Weight Watchers for services and SmartPoints are the registered trademarks of Weight Watchers International, Inc. Trademarks are used with permission.

 

 

Tex-Mex Salad Goes Whole-Grain With Flatout® Flatbread Bowl!

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Delicious Healthy Twist Only 10 Weight Watchers® SmartPoints® value per serving

Tex-Mex Salad Bowl Recipe

 

It may not seem like it on the outside, but sometimes I just dread family dinners. Don’t get me wrong, I love sitting down and eating together as a family. Gathering around the table to talk (or listen to the baby babble away) is one of the highlights of my whole day. But constantly thinking up creative, nutritious options that are not only good for my family, but that my family will actually eat can be exhausting. Sometimes I will see a recipe I just love, but discover it would be too time consuming to prepare and have to scrap the idea entirely.

Let’s be honest, I’m juggling a full time job, a baby and an active toddler, a husband with a crazy work schedule, and trying to fit in some ‘me time’ to exercise each day. As much as I would love to spend hours creating a beautiful, healthy meal, it’s just not going to happen. So instead, I have made it my mission to create meals that are packed full of nutrients, look great, taste great, but require only a few minutes of prep time and essentially cook themselves. Sound too good to be true? It’s not!

My latest creation, the incredibly fun to eat Vegetarian Tex-Mex Salad Bowl, is exactly this. With the help of Flatout Flatbread, you can make each member of your family their very own edible salad bowl containing protein and fiber. Simply fill it with a few easy toppings and you have a meal that took less than 10 minutes to make, but looks like you spent hours in the kitchen.

If you don’t already have Flatout Flatbread in your kitchen, you need to get some. I’m serious! The line of flatbreads from Flatout are so incredibly versatile you can use them to make everything from snacks, to meals, and even dessert! With no added sugar, an excellent source of fiber and a good source of protein, adding Flatout to any recipe can enhance the nutritional value instantly.

I have been recommending Flatout to my clients struggling to lose weight and manage diabetes for years and it seems that I am not the only one who loves them. Flatout Flatbread was recently endorsed by Weight Watchers with each flatbread providing between 2 to 4 SmartPoints value. They are available nationwide and you can find out exactly which stores nearest you carry Flatout by using the Flatout Finder.

If you are looking for a plant-based protein and fiber packed meal that your whole family will love, get ready to whip up one of the easiest dinners you could ever make!

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Tex-Mex Salad Bowl
Servings: 5
Ingredients
  • 5 each Flatout ProteinUp CarbDown Flatbreads
  • 5 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup black beans canned, drained
  • 1 cup kidney beans canned, drained
  • 1 cup cannellini beans canned, drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh salsa
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 small jalapeno diced
  • 1 tbsp chili seasoning
  • 1 medium red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 each California avocado diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  2. Place your flatbreads into an upside down muffin pan. Press down on the flatbread to create a ‘bowl’ shape.

  3. Bake for 10 minutes or until the flatbread has become lightly browned and crispy in texture.

  4. While the flatbread is baking, place a large pan over medium heat with olive oil.

  5. Add in beans, corn, jalapeno, salsa, and chili seasoning. Bring to a rolling bowl then lower heat and cover for 5 minutes.

  6. Remove bowls from the oven and place 1 cup of lettuce into each bowl. Top lettuce with 1/5 of chili mixture.

  7. Sprinkle bell peppers, carrots, avocado, and cheese evenly over each bowl.

  8. Serve with a side of salsa or sour cream and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Time saving notes:

The chili can be made in advance (you can even place all ingredients in a slow cooker on low heat for 4 hours and allow it to cook itself) to cut down on preparation time or to make it in larger batches for quick leftovers.

To save time on the vegetable prep, place the peppers and carrots in a food processor to quickly dice and shred. You can even purchase these pre-washed and chopped as an extra time saver. I will usually chop & prep veggies one time per week in advance. Then, I use the chopped vegetables throughout the week in salad, wraps, recipes, and even in my eggs in the morning. Spending just one time per week to meal prep can help to save so much time the rest of the week!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Makes 5 servings

Calories: 369

Fat: 9gm

Saturated Fat: 2gm

Carbohydrates: 54gm

Fiber: 22gm

Sugar: 6gm

Protein: 26gm

Cholesterol: 5mg

Sodium: 638mg

 

 

Weight Watcher SmartPoints value (per serving): 10

 

Weight Watchers for services and SmartPoints are the registered trademarks of Weight Watchers International, Inc. Trademarks are used with permission.

 

How to Make an Easy Cauliflower Pizza

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Easy Cauliflower Pizza

 

I admit it, I love pizza! And I know I am not alone. Depending on the pizza you choose, it can be a healthy option. But let’s be realistic, even if you pile your pie with veggies, it’s still not going to be as healthy as a pizza made entirely from vegetables. I have been wanting to make an easy cauliflower pizza recipe for a while, but all of the recipes I have found were very labor intensive and time consuming. Sure they looked good, but I don’t have time for recipes that require hours of prep and I know you don’t either. That’s why I worked hard to create this easy cauliflower pizza recipe that is delicious and so simple even your kids can do it. 

One of the biggest issues I find when it’s ‘pizza night’ is typically the lack of vegetables. So making a pizza out of vegetables certainly solves that. I will tell you, this recipe very similar to a crispy, flatbread pizza. I wasn’t able to replicate a softer crust, but I’ll keep working on it. However, I measure success by it’s appeal to my family. Last night, Joey gobbled this up with no hesitation, which to me indicates it tastes pretty similar to the real thing. My husband, a self-proclaimed expert in all things pizza, gave it his seal of approval as well- so you know this cauliflower pizza recipe is good!  With only 68 calories and 2 grams of carbs per slice, what’s a momma not to love?!

So give it a try and let me know what you think:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Minced garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper to taste.

 

DIRECTIONS

  • Pulse cauliflower in a food processor until it looks like small grains of rice. Microwave in a large bowl for about five minutes to steam. Allow to cool and add in seasonings, eggs, and one half cheese.

 

  • Divide mixture into two servings and spread out evenly onto lightly greased baking sheets (or parchment paper).

 

  • Bake at 450 F for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and firm.

 

  • Top with remaining cheese (add sauce if desired) and bake for 3-5 minutes until sauce melts. Serve warm and enjoy!

 

MAKES 16 SERVINGS

NUTRITION FACTS (per serving)

Calories: 68 Carbs: 2gm Fiber 1gm Protein 6gm Fat 4gm

 

After you try it, come back and tell me if you are an easy cauliflower pizza recipe convert now too!

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