Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Use Greek Yogurt Instead of Mayo!

Seasoned with garlic salt, dill and pepper.

We love the creamy and tangy taste of mayo just as much as the next guy -  it's fantastic with salads, sandwiches and wraps, but it quickly turns a meal from healthy to unhealthy.  One of our favorite healthy substitutions is Greek yogurt for mayo!  It packs in the protein without losing any of the taste or texture. The trick is to season the yogurt with herbs, salt and pepper.  Why Greek yogurt as apposed to regular yogurt?  Its thick consistency mimics the texture of mayo and your kids won't know the difference, seriously.

Try our super yummy, healthy Greek yogurt chicken salad.

Try our Greek yogurt dip.

Yummy Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt

1 Shredded rotisserie chicken (hello Costco!)
2 Tbsp capers
1/4 cucumber, peeled and chopped*
1 large roasted red pepper, chopped
1 apple, peeled and diced
2/3 cup Greek yogurt seasoned with:
    Garlic powder
    Salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and serve by itself or with whole wheat toast.

Fun Tip- have your kids create a fun face or shape with the components! A little food play will make them more likely to try new ingredients.

*Cucumbers will leach water over time. To prevent this, add to individual portions before serving.

Friday, January 25, 2013

5 Tips to Get Your Kids to Drink More Water

Want to encourage your kids to drink more water? Here are our top 5 tips on how to do just that:

1.  Cut back on the other unhealthy options such as juice and soda.

2.  Have them pick out a special water bottle that will be used only for water.  It doesn't have to be pricey, just something they are really excited about using.

3.  Try garnishing with fresh citrus to add flavor- such as lime, lemon, orange and add ice!

4.  Make sure that water is easily accessible.

5.  Set a good example and drink plenty of water yourself.

If you have tips to share, we'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Chia Seeds For Kids? Yep!

We all remember the commercials for chia pets in the '80s, well chia seeds, (consumed by the Aztecs for their nutrients), are making their way in mainstream supermarkets as the new superfood and we're here to tell you what all the fuss is about.  Richer in omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, chia seeds are filled with antioxidants, protein, calcium and fiber.  One tablespoon packs a big nutritional punch and we are always on the look out for that!

So what do chia seeds taste like and will kids eat them?  Think flavorless poppyseed, which is pretty awesome because they add a fantastic texture without altering the flavor.  When wet, and soaked for some time the seed takes on a gelatinous texture, reminisant of tapioca. And yes, totally kid approved! They were a big hit when tossed into a smoothie or mixed into yogurt.  In the smoothie it becomes untraceable, but in the yogurt it brings a divine texture!  Try it with your kids and let us know what they think.  So far, big thumbs up over here.