Best After School Snacks!

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The sound of the last bell at school means home time and after a day of thinking, doing, concentrating and activity, some serious refueling is needed.

With kids typically so hungry after school, there might be more opportunity to offer healthy treats with less resistance. If you are still offering milk and cookies, opt for fruit, vegetable sticks or crackers with hummus or guacamole before diving into the sweets.

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For The Love Of Chocolate

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Chocolate.

Say it out loud.

Chocolate.

What does it bring to mind for you?

Sweet. Luxurious. Sexy. Decadent.

Or that you crave it and it’s your afternoon saviour and pick-me-up?

Feels different, doesn’t it?!

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Better Snacks: Try Seeds

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Allergies to nuts, more than just peanuts, is more and more common. The list of most common allergic foods continues to expand from peanuts, tree nuts*, fish, eggs, and milk to include sesame seeds, seafood—crustaceans and shellfish—soy, wheat and sulphites (a food additive). It’s getting harder to know what’s safe to send with your kids to school, dance or hockey practice.

Have you received a note from school detailing what can and can’t be taken? At my daughters’ school, egg and fish has been added to the list of last year’s nuts. A tough situation for the parents of such allergic kids and now for the rest of the school as egg and tuna sandwiches are off the menu.

You’ve seen the no-nut butters next to peanut butter at the supermarket, but what about trying some specific seed butters instead? They are a sneaky way to get some good ‘brainy’ fats into your kids. Seeds like pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, flax, chia and hemp are often forgotten about or not on your radar as safe alternatives to nuts. Double check about sesame seeds with your school before sending.

Seeds are little powerhouses of vitamins, minerals, protein and essential fats that help to speed up metabolism and healing time, reduce inflammation that cause eczema, asthma, arthritis and pain, and in some cases are classed as superfoods.

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Hot New Foods to Try This Year! Breakfast Television Segment Feb 7

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It looks like 2017 is well under way. If the date being February has you just as amazed as I, you’ll understand why I’m writing about the foods that I think you should try out this year.

Here’s a rundown of what I shared with the gang of Breakfast Television in Toronto. Give at least one a go. Who knows what your new favourite will be this year, month or just for today!

Vegetarian comfort foods.

Eating more vegetables can be a challenge. Eating more vegetarian meals makes eating closer to 10 a day a breeze! Try swapping traditional white flour pizza bases with a cauliflower base. Swap your steak with barbecued or baked portobello mushrooms with dressed with herbs, garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Move over kale.

We’ve been over kale-d. It’s time to use some of the other great greens that are on offer. Beet greens, chard, collard, spinach and carrot tops. Sauté all of them together, add to salads, juice or add to pot while making broth. Use collard greens instead of a flour based wrap for a nutritious change. As Dina said on BT – BEAT IT KALE!

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