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?
Nicotine is in tobacco products, like cigarettes, but it’s also in e-liquid, the main substance that’s inserted into e-cigarettes for vaping. It’s what gets breathed in as the e-liquid turns into a mist or vapor. Vaping has (unfortunately) become a growing trend, not only among adults, but kids, too. While studies are ongoing, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has sounded the alarm, saying there’s already enough evidence to prevent vaping device use by youths and young adults.
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.*
Who doesn’t love meatballs? And who says they only need to top off spaghetti? (Not us!) These turkey meatballs hit new heights as a main meal, or as a fun appetizer. Partnered with veggies, and easily portable on bamboo skewers, you’re looking at savory and satisfying at just 200 calories per two-kebab serving.
Going gluten free doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste, or spend a lot of time preparing (prep time here only takes 20 minutes)! And even if you aren’t sensitive to gluten, you’ll still enjoy this yummy combo of chocolate and banana in a muffin fit for that favorite cup o’ Joe or tea.
What’s yummy to bring for an easy appetizer (or just have as a snack)? We’ve got you covered, with this simple and satisfying combo that offers crunch along with the blending of cheeses, dried fruit, nuts, and yogurt.