Chicken, Mushroom, and Barley Soup

Homemade mushroom soup with millet and vegetables in white plate(Serves 8)

Ahhh, soup! This one is flavorful, hearty, and nutritious, and should get you in the mood for fall right around the corner. Each one-cup serving is only 130 calories with just 12 g of carbs, 3 g fat, 260 mg of sodium, and 4 g of sugar, with good sources of both protein (15 g) and potassium (520 mg). Pick up pre-cooked rotisserie chicken in the grocery store as a time-saver, if you’re short on time to cook the chicken yourself, or if you don’t already have leftover chicken. Preparation is fast, whether you make it the night before or for same-day servings. It travels well for kids’ lunches, too!  Continue reading

Oat-Banana Breakfast Cookies

Home made cookies made of cereal and fruits(Serves 14)

Dessert for breakfast? Not really! Yet these cookies can certainly do double-duty in the morning as a healthier grab-and-go breakfast choice, paired up with a cup of fruit, or as an after-school (or after-dinner!) snack. Just 112 calories each, with zero cholesterol, just 6 g of fat, and 84 g sodium, these potassium-rich (147 mg) nibbles also boast 2 g each of fiber and protein.  Continue reading

Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Dip

Fresh-fruit kebab, shallow depth(Serves 4)

Kid-friendly, but satisfying for any crowd, these refreshing fruit “kebabs” are a welcome addition to the breakfast, brunch, or picnic table. Pretty on a platter, use as an “anytime” fruit starter or light dessert because this recipe can easily multiply. And with each serving of two fruit skewers with 1 ½ tablespoons of dip adding up to just 71 calories, plus zero cholesterol and fat, you can indulge a bit! Low in carbs (18 g) and sodium too (10 mg), you also get 2 g of fiber, 1 g of protein, and 174 mgs of potassium. Continue reading

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflowern Chou-Fleur Rôtie au Four(Serves 6)

From cauliflower “rice” to cauliflower pizza crust, this versatile veggie is a good-for-you choice, even in its simplest form, whether raw, grilled, steamed, or roasted! This option is easy, and the cooking time (just 15 to 20 minutes in the oven) makes this a go-to side for any gathering, at only 75 calories, and just 5 g total fat. It’s a good source of potassium, too (420 mg).   Continue reading

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Healthy Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap with Carrots

(Serves 6)

Talk about a time saver! Grilling season is in full swing, and if chicken is a fave of family and friends, you may have leftovers on hand. This recipe includes some savory Asian influences, like peanut sauce and scallions, but putting this together couldn’t be easier or faster. It’ll just look like you spent more time on it! Check out the “light” factor, too, coming in at just 65 calories, with 2.5 g of total fat. (Using lean, white meat instead of dark cuts the fat as well.) Carbohydrates come in at 2 g, cholesterol is 25 mg, and sugar just 1 g, with 9 g of protein.
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Simple Grilled Vegetables

Vegan cuisine: Grilled mixed vegetables on a wooden cutting board(Serves 6)

Nothing says summer like grilled veggies! The beauty part of this recipe: You can throw these onto the grill outside to join the picnic, or cook them right in the oven. This one only calls for garlic and vegetable oil, but you can also jazz things up by sprinkling in some favorite fresh or dried herbs. At just 149 calories, 5 g fat, and 49 mg sodium (plus an added boost of 45 mg calcium and 459 mg potassium), these are a light side dish to any meal, indoors or out!

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Apple Pistachio Crisp

Autumn apple oat crumble cake with cinnamon.(Serves 4)

Chock full of crunch as well as taste, this summery crisp brightens any table all year long. It’s also a delicious way to increase the amount of fruits on your plate, and savor something a little sweet without a lot of sugar (just 25 g). This 330 calorie dessert contains 60 mg of sodium, and 60 g carbs. It’s another good source of calcium (47 mg), potassium (416 mg), and some protein, too (5 g).

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Onion, Shallot, and Herb Frittata

Asparagus, mushrooms and goat cheese frittata with fresh herbs(Serves 6)

Here’s one of those easy, skillet-to-oven recipes that’s perfect for a savory but light breakfast or brunch (just 110 calories per serving). You get 6 g of protein, 70 mg of cholesterol, just 2.5 g of total fat, and only 75 mg of sodium. You can always add in some other favorite veggies, too (like mushrooms), so get creative. Put the coffee on, then add in some whole grain toast and maybe some sliced melon as sides!* Continue reading

The “Yuck” Factor: Getting Kids to Try (and Like) Healthy, New Foods

Focused loving father is using the blender to make smoothie while his son is holding ears while smiling in a bright kitchen. (Focused loving father is using the blender to make smoothie while his son is holding ears while smiling in a bright kitchen.,If you’re a parent, you may find yourself in a tug of war with your kids about food. That includes what you’d like them to try, and what they’ll actually eat. This battle of wills can be frustrating, especially when you’ve exhausted all methods of persuasion.

Bribing picky eaters with dessert isn’t the way to go, either. Treats are okay once in a while, but the idea is to get them used to eating healthier food overall. Having them try healthier choices (many made in a way that they’ve never had before, and might like) is the goal.

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