"Snack" doesn't have to be a bad word!

"Snack" doesn't have to be a bad word!

The word “snacking” has developed a bad reputation – many of us immediately think of high-calorie chips, processed foods, and cookies. But actually, “snacking” means eating between meals, whether the food is healthy or not. Studies have shown that the main motivation for in-between-meal eating is hunger, but other factors like stress, location, and social environment can play a big role too. Before you reach for that snack (good or bad), take a moment and think: Am I really hungry right now? Or is something else going on?

But, let’s be real; there WILL be times when you will reach for that snack. Plan ahead so that reaching for a healthy snack will be just as easy as reaching out for that processed package of chips or cookies.

Get Your CRUNCH ON!

  • Pears and apples

  • Carrot sticks, celery sticks, broccoli and cauliflower florets

  • Zucchini or cucumbers (slice into long wedges or circles for variety)

  • Popcorn (it’s the only snack that is 100% unprocessed whole grain!)

  • Nuts (those good fats are GOOD for you!)

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Broccoli, Mushroom and Cheese Breakfast Strata

Broccoli, Mushroom and Cheese Breakfast Strata

Ingredients:

•    4 teaspoons olive oil
•    1 large onion, diced (about 2 cups)
•    3 garlic cloves, minced
•    3 cups (8 ounces) sliced mushrooms
•    Nonstick cooking spray
•    1 whole wheat baguette, crusts removed, cubed (about 5 cups)
•    8 eggs and 8 egg whites
•    2 cups lowfat milk
•    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
•    10 ounces broccoli, steamed, cooled and chopped (or frozen, thawed)
•    1-ounce (1/3 cup) grated Parmesan
•    4-ounce (1 cup) part-skim mozzarella cheese

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Sweet Potato Toast with Avocado and Sprouts

Sweet Potato Toast with Avocado and Sprouts

Ingredients:

 

•    2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound total)
•    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
•    Kosher salt
•    1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
•    4 radishes, thinly sliced
•    2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
•    2 ounces Cotija cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)  
•    Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
•    1/4 cup alfafa sprouts
•    Juice of 1 small lime

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Caprese Salad Skewers

Caprese Salad Skewers

An Elegant Salad Option!

 

To make 12 skewers, you will need:

  • 24 cherry tomatoes 
  • 12 balls or squares of fresh mozzarella (also known as boccancini)
  • 12 large fresh basil leaves
  • Balsamic glaze (store bought works just fine!)

Thread a cherry tomato onto one end of the skewer. Fold the basil leaf in accordion style and thread it onto the skewer, followed by a square/ball of mozzarella and the second cherry tomato (see picture above for any clarification needed).    (Click "Read More" to continue)

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