Practicing good dental hygiene is important all year long, but when Halloween rolls around, the holiday can present some challenges for parents. Knowing that kids are anxious to dive into that bucket of candy loot, or over-do it at the neighborhood monster bash, those handing out the goodies at the door (as well as those throwing the party) can make some healthy choices ahead of time, to help keep the cavity goblins away.
Veggie sliders! Who knew? This tasty and nutritious alternative to beef or chicken will still wow the crowd gathered to watch the Big Game. (Your crew may even feel light enough for some backyard touch football by halftime!) Serve them up on a platter, and let ‘em choose their toppings, from avocado tomato, and barbeque sauce, to red onion, and more.
These frittata “muffins” are a quick, low-carb way to kick off your morning, and the best part is that they’re a grab-and-go meal. They also pack well for picnics, tailgating, or a friend’s brunch! This recipe uses green peppers and onions, but you can fill these with any of your veggie favorites, from asparagus to spinach.
This budget-friendly, easy dish serves up a savory-yet-light supper. Pair it up with a kale salad, or maybe a brown rice and veggie combo, but it also satisfies all by itself, at only 240 calories per serving, with 27 g of protein, and 65 mg of cholesterol. It’s also low in fat (9 g), carbs (12 g), and sugar (4 g), with a nice boost of potassium at 480 mg.
A CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) sampling of five to 17 year-olds showed that almost 60 percent of children that were overweight had at least one risk factor for heart disease, and 25 percent had two or more risk factors.
Here’s a cool, refreshing way to build more veggies into your diet as a side dish to a sandwich, or as a snack! Each serving of this cold “soup” is just 85 calories, is low in carbs (19 g), has zero cholesterol, has only 0.5 g total fat, is low in sodium (110 mg) and sugar (11 g), with 4 g of protein. This one’s a good source of potassium, too (880 mg). Consider adding a dash or two of hot sauce to taste. Viva gazpacho!
This sandwich might remind you of daintier “finger” versions used for high tea. But this take on turkey with cucumber is both savory and satisfying, coming in at 245 calories as prepared, with only 2 g of fat and 21 g of protein. You’ll get nice boosts of calcium (239 mg) and potassium (203 mg), too. Use regular turkey breast, or shave off the salt by using fat-free, low-sodium deli turkey (317 mg sodium). Increase your whole-grain intake by going all whole grain, the whole way, if you choose. And why not enjoy a cup of tea as well?
If you thought that healthy snacks are important energy boosters in between meals, you thought right. As much as portable, healthy snacks have hit their stride when it comes to the grab-and-go for the commute, or having something at the ready when “parking it” at your desk, they’re really on a roll when it comes to fueling bike rides.
Remember this cool and classic fruit-filled dessert? This luscious blast from the past breaks the mold with an updated mix of low-fat yogurt (a good source of calcium). It finishes off a meal nicely (or serves as a sweet snack!) at just 139 calories, 2 mg cholesterol, 2 g fat, 3 g protein, and 27 mg sodium, along with 26 g sugar.
Guilt-free pizza? That’s a yes! Crispy flour tortillas hold lots of veggies, so pile them on. A little goes a long way with cheese, but you’re using fat-free and reduced-fat versions, so you can live a little. This meal inspires creativity, too — especially if you set up a pizza-making station to have your kids choose their own toppings! Use the suggested veggies here, or swap in your favorites.*