Would it be such a hardship to end the practice of snack sign-up in favor of everyone bringing their own snack? That way, parents who love Kool-Aid and cookies are free to stuff their kids with garbage. Telling my kids to decline snack at the end of practice is always an option, but I don't feel like my kids should have to be put in that position.
I've always loved kettle corn: popcorn with the perfect combination of salty and sweet! Popcorn, after all, is a whole grain -- and though it gets a bad reputation at the movie theaters, homemade popcorn can be a light, healthy and delicious snack that satisfies those munchies. I decided to add a holiday twist to this batch of kettle corn by sprinkling it with a combination of spices that give it a nice warm gingerbread taste. You can also add other ingredients like a drizzle of chocolate, dried fruit, and shredded coconut.
A traditional Pumpkin Scone from Starbucks has 480 calories, 17 g fat, 78 g of carbs, 43 g of sugar and 6 g protein. Sigh...that's like having a couple of chocolate bars. So, I wanted to create a scone that I'd eat too...and guess what...we like it even better than the original. I tested them side by side.
The first long weekend of the summer season is almost here, and with that comes the start of the great pilgrimage up north to cottages, campsites, and the great outdoors. While you may not be able to avoid the stop and go of bumper to bumper traffic, you can avoid the need to stop for greasy service centre fare with some healthy snacks that pack up fast and travel well.
After years of serving hummus and veggies, and a cheese platter that boast the same triple cream brie year after year, it can be challenging to come up with new ideas that are easy to put together and don't break the bank when it comes to the entertaining budget. Here are a few ideas designed to bring new life to your entertaining menu this season:
Going into a health food store is daunting -- even for me. There is just so much stuff, so many labels, so many claims. Multiply that by a hundred and that is what the annual Canadian Health Food Association's Trade Show is like. Out of the loads of products I taste tested, reps that I chatted with, and packaging I scrutinized, a few products stood out.
Facing the what-to-pack-for-lunch-or-snack dilemma is back. It's important to make sure the food they eat will give them the fuel they need to succeed at school. Keep their tummies full and their minds alert with these three back-to-school snacks and lunches that'll offer everyone a nice change of pace from the good old tried-and-true BP&J sandwich.
We are a sugar and carb addicted society. Starches such as desserts, white flour products and candy raise our blood sugar and over time this can lead to diabetes type 2, obesity and heart disease. We have to reduce the amount of sugar intake to reduce these spikes in blood sugar -- easier said than done. But good news! You don't have to give up all the foods you love. There are techniques that will actually block sugar absorption.
Even if you're only going out for an hour or two, packing a snack for your hike is always a great idea. Whether you get lost, take some breaks, or just take longer than you thought, you'll need food to keep you active and alert. But not every type of food is fit to be packed. Consider the following before heading out on your next hike.