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St. Patrick's Day Recipe Tips by Coco Peate

Happy St. Patricks' Day!

St. Patrick's Day FoodsI love that you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, that’s for sure! It’s a great holiday for fun and games.  It's one of those days that everyone can enjoy and be a little green!

I've been thinking about healthy snack and recipe ideas for celebrating this holiday with your family, check them out below.

Tip 1: Start with Green-Colored Ingredients

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber
  • Green Apples
  • Green Beans
  • Green Chiles
  • Green Grapes
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwis
  • Peas
  • Spinach Pasta
  • Spinach Tortillas
  • Zucchini

Tip 2:  Plan a green meal. Just add a dab of green food coloring to some your favorite soft-textured foods.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Alfredo Sauce
  • Cake Frosting (white/light colored)
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Cream Cheese
  • Deviled Eggs (add green dye to yolk mixture)
  • Low Fat Vanilla Pudding
  • Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt
  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
  • Mac & Cheese (with a white cheddar sauce)
  • Milk
  • Vanilla or Banana Milkshakes
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Pasta Salad
  • Pesto Sauce
  • Potato Salad
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Sour Cream (for garnishes)
  • White Gravy
  • Whipped Cream (low fat)

Green SmoothieTip 3:  Serve Green-Colored Recipes/Foods

  • Guacamole
  • Leafy Salads
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  • Spinach Ravioli (with a cheese sauce)
  • Spinach Dip (with green veggies)
  • Spinach Soup
  • Spinach Tortillas (as wraps)
  • Green Fruit Pops
  • Green Colored Smoothies or Shakes. This site has some great ideas.
  • Whip up a batch of sugar cookies, adding a couple of drops of green food coloring to the dough.  Try substituting 1/2 of the white flour with wheat flour.
  • For a healthier alternative to corned beef and cabbage, try these two recipes at Healthyrecipeoftheweek.com and www.dailyspark.com.

Thanksgiving Card

Are you thinking about consuming too much of all the delicious food on Thanksgiving? Are you trying to watch your calorie intake or just trying to be healthy? Can you stay on track with your health goals this Thanksgiving?

Yes, by following s few simple tips you can enjoy all the wonderful foods and still be good to your health.

Healthy Tips:

Try some of these suggestions:

  1. Don't arrive hungry: We are more likely to overeat and indulge at our Thanksgiving meal if we arrive hungry.  Have a healthy snack before you leave and start your morning off right with a nutritious breakfast.
  2. Smart appetizers: Use a fruit platter or a veggie platter with a low-calorie dip.  How about a shrimp platter with a low-calorie cocktail sauce?   Offer to bring a healthy appetizer dish that you can enjoy.
  3. Good sides: Breads and other biscuits are plentiful on Thanksgiving, but try picking up a whole grain alternative.   Whole grain bread products contain fiber that helps lower bad cholesterol and helps prevent gastrointestinal diseases.   Pick vegetables that are deep in color and high in nutrients, like broccoli or green beans instead of mashed potatoes or creamed corn.  You can sample all the different foods, just remember to go for smaller portions.  Limit those sides that are high in fat too.  While it's not super important to count the calories, just remember that moderation is key.
  4. Red wine versus white wine? The darker the color, the more antioxidants.
  5. Check out your plate: Follow the power plate rule:  1/2 of your plate should be fruits or veggies, 1/4 should be whole grains or starch and 1/4 should be your lean protein - gotta love that good for you turkey! Eat slowly too.
  6. Drink lots of water! Alcohol and coffee can dehydrate you, so drink lots of water to stay hydrated and full.
  7. And let’s not forget dessert! Make a dessert that includes lots of fruit.  Check out our delicious suggestions.   We love the Very Berry Parfait and Kristine Lopez's Great Pumpkin Cookies. If you are going for pie, stick to your lower calorie options like pumpkin or fruit pie and skip pecan and chocolate pies.
  8. Leftovers!  Try making turkey soup with leftovers instead of high calorie sandwiches.

Host tips:

If you are hosting this wonderful get together, follow some of these tips to give your guests some healthy options at your meal.

    • Have lots of veggies and fruit as part of your appetizers.
    • Make healthy substitutions in your meals.   Try adding chicken broth, garlic and herbs into your mashed potatoes instead of butter.  For dips use greek yogurt instead of sour cream because it has less fat and has a very similar consistency.
    • Use low fat ingredients.
    • Start with a large salad as your entree.
    • Serve whole grain breads.
    • Serve a fruit based dessert.

Last Minute Recipes - healthy and tasty!

Still planning out your meal?  No problem, we've done the leg work for you!  The following websites have posted a wide selection of recipes that are waist friendly and good too.

Whether you are hosting the big meal at your home or traveling across town or across the country, we hope that you have a wonderful time with your family & friends!

How do you pack your child's lunch? One of my favorite back to school must haves are containers from Kids Konserve.  Check back soon for a full review on this awesome line and how you can win in our giveaway! In the meantime, consider how our daily food intake in this country impacts our environment! Kids Konserve is helping my family produce less waste when we eat and my kids are encouraged to pack their own healthy lunches too!

Lunch Waste

 

FACTS

On average, a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of lunch waste per school year (18,760 pounds of lunch waste per elementary school).

A waste-free lunch saves on average $216 per child per year (versus a disposable lunch).

The North Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest of the five gyres, is twice the size of Texas and contains about 3.5 million tons of trash

Packaging accounts for nearly 32 percent of all household waste in the U.S. Americans discard 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.

40 billion plastic utensils are used every year in the U.S. Americans use 500 million plastic straws every day. Placed end to end, the number of disposable straws used in the U.S. in the past 4 days could reach the moon.

About 23 billion coated paper or Styrofoam coffee cups end up in landfills every year. Placed end to end, they could circle the earth 68 times.

Every year Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags. The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year, that's more than 4 bags a day.


Think about this for a minute...consider using a great alternative like Kids Konserve! Stay tuned for a review and giveaway!

 

Kids Conserve

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, all opinions expressed are my own

I am so happy to be tell you about "¡Piensa seguro, viaja seguro, mantente seguro!", a Spanish-language public service program with an interactive website at www.chuggington.com/seguridad.   It is an awesome program that is brought to you by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Ludorum, the producers of the Chuggington™ television series. The link is for the Spanish website, but there is an English version here. ¡Piensa seguro, viaja seguro, mantente seguro!” or 'Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe!' in English provides families with young children tools they need to help their child walk and ride more safely.

Can I share a secret with you? I was terrified to learn to drive. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t until I was in college that I took and passed my driving exam. Why did I wait so long? Well, when I was young I lost one a close family member in a car accident. I slowly overcame my fear of the open road, but then I became a parent and my fear of being in a car accident with my children was very real. Car crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for children ages two through six.

Kids eating ice creamThese 5 often very people are my loves. I worry about them in so many ways, but especially when I drive. I have never been a wreckless driver, but I certainly feel like I drive more cautiously when they are in my vehicle. I think all of us want to keep our children safe from car crashes. And, of course, I worry about them when they ride their bikes and go for walks. With so many small children, it’s nearly impossible for me to hover over them and protect them every moment. The best thing that I can do for them acknowledge that accidents happen and expose them to teaching them practical tips could save them from serious injury or death.

That’s why I love the new "¡Piensa seguro, viaja seguro, mantente seguro!” It’s a great resource fo bike, school bus, car and walking tips for the whole family.  My kids enjoyed it the interactive destination allows kids to learn while playing with their favorite Chuggington characters.

The traffic safety campaign is geared to kids preschool-aged to 1st grade and focus on four main areas: pedestrian, bus, bike and car seat safety. The interactive format is great because my kids learn best when they are engaged…and they rather learn about safety from interactive lessons are hosted by the ‘trainees’ of Chuggington, Wilson, Koko and Brewster.

Here are my kiddos working on a few of the print outs from the website...


On a final note, I am so pleased that this joint initiative between The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the producers of the Chuggington™ is in Spanish. It has been my experience that there are alack of resources geared towards the Spanish speaking community.   The website is a great resource the community and for all families with young children!

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