Halloween Fun: Broomstick Snacks

Savory Broomsticks, for the kid in all of us.  Get creative with a healthy snack for this holiday.  Mozzarella string cheese (least processed version you can find), carrot sticks or pretzels and a little celery strings. Check it out!

Cut each string cheese in half. Carefully slice 1 end of each piece into thin strips like broom stick bristles. On the top of the uncut half, use the tip of a knife to make a small indentation. Twist the pretzel stick or carrot into the indentation to create the broom stick. Finis off each broom with a length of chive tied into a knot near the top of the cheese piece. Tada, your own mini broom. Eat and enjoy.

Have your kids help put this easy, fun snack together. it will bring out their creativity. Not looking for perfection, just fun!

7,000 Calories!

What? Yes, this is the average amount of calories in candy a single child will collect on Halloween.
It will take 44 hours of walking for a 100lb child to use up that calorie load. Just sayin’!

Before your child dives into the stash, ask them when they are going to fit in 44 hours of walking this week.

What to do?  Everything in moderation is the good way to approach the holidays. Pick out his/her favorite treat, one per day, and have it along with a small healthy snack.  That way they get a bit of the goodies, but also have other foods in their system to counterbalance the sugar rush in their blood stream.

Change is starting, but don’t be fooled by Vitaminwater.

If you have taken my “What’s the Scoop on Sugar” Seminar, then you are familiar with how much sugar is in this labeled “healthy” drink.  Finally going forward, it’s label will be a little less misleading (see article below).  Eight tsps of sugar in one drink is over the recommended limit for a day.  All of it in only one drink.

Best way to avoid these pitfalls is be a savvy consumer and read labels!

“Vitaminwater Agrees to Avoid Certain Health Claims and Add ‘With Sweeteners’ to Label

Coca-Cola Brand Resolves Lawsuit Over Healthy-Sounding Buzzwords

By E.J. Schultz. Published on September 30, 2015.
Coca-Cola-owned Vitaminwater has agreed to make certain labeling changes as part of a legal settlement with a health group that has criticized the brand’s marketing practices.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, or CSPI, filed a lawsuit against the company in 2009, alleging that Vitaminwater made deceptive claims by using healthy-sounding buzzwords such as “focus” and “endurance.” The settlement agreement, which has been filed in a federal court in New York, lays out ten statements that Vitaminwater cannot use in its marketing or labeling.

The banned statements include “vitamins + water = what’s in your hand,” “this combination of zinc and fortifying vitamins can . . . keep you healthy as a horse” and “specially formulated to support optimal metabolic function with antioxidants that may reduce the risk of chronic diseases and vitamins necessary for the generation and utilization of energy from food.”
A CSPI spokesman said Coca-Cola began removing many of the statements at issue after the group filed its lawsuit, but that the deal ensures those changes will be permanent.
A Coca-Cola spokeswoman said the company was pleased to reach a resolution. “Although we remain confident in our legal position, it simply made no sense to continue this costly legal battle,” she said.
The settlement also forces the brand to add the words “with sweeteners” on two parts of the label near the brand’s name. According to CSPI, Vitaminwater has 32 grams of sugar, equaling about eight teaspoons.
Of late, Vitaminwater has used the tagline “Hydrate the Hustle.” A TV spot running nationally last year featured comedian Kevin Hart, who touted the brand as providing “hard-working hydration.” The brand’s website, meanwhile, includes playful messages describing the brand’s multiple flavor varieties. For instance, the red-colored “power-c dragonfruit” flavor carries the message “doesn’t ‘power-c’ sound way cooler than ‘vitamin c’? we thought so, too.” The “xxx acai-blueberry-pomegranate” variety is described as “the kind of xxx you can consume in front of your mother.”

Boring Breakfast Solution #5: Banana Nut Muffins (nope not pumpkin!)

Breakfast does not have to be boring or time consuming anymore!  A little preparation and you have a perfectly balanced morning meal for the week for everyone.

Protein Banana Nut Muffins

4 bananas, mashed with a fork (the more ripe, the better)
4 eggs
1/2 cup almond butter
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
sprinkle of mini chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cups. In a large bowl, add bananas, eggs, almond butter, coconut oil, and vanilla. Using a hand blender, blend to combine.
Add in the coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Blend into the wet mixture, scraping down the sides with a spatula. Distribute the batter evenly into the lined muffin tins, filling each about two-thirds of the way full.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm or store in the refrigerator in a resealable bag.  For the kids, I added a little sprinkle of mini chocolate chips to the top when I reheated them (20 sec in microwave).
Servings: 12 muffins