Thanksgiving Fun!

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Besides eating a delicious meal, what else do you like to do on Thanksgiving?

While you’re waiting for the food to be ready, here are five fun activities you could do with your family/friends:

(1) Play football or flag football.activity_17

(2) Take a walk or hike.

(3) Run in a Turkey Trot. Go to this website to find a race near you:  Active.com

 

(4) Create a relay race in your backyard or at a nearby park.

(5) Ride your bike or scooter.

 

Whatever you do, be safe and have fun!

Happy and Healthy Holidays!

Are you getting excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas? The holidays are a great time to have fun with the family and eat delicious food. Take the poll below!

Food is a big part of the holiday season! Give your body the nutrition it needs while still enjoying some of your favorite holiday foods. Check the image below for tips on how to make your holidays extra nutritious and delicious!

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Pumpkin Season Forever!

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Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean that pumpkin season is over! Some may argue that you can’t have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. If you’re a pumpkin lover, check out the image below to discover more ways to cook/bake with pumpkin!

Get the recipes at this link: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/seasonal-fall 

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Let’s Talk Trash

flat-1298035_640ChooseMyPlate.gov is a website that teaches people how to eat a balanced diet. The website also has important information about avoiding food waste. Check out the infographic below to learn about food waste and how you can prevent it!

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Healthy Halloween!

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Has everyone carved their pumpkins and picked out their costumes? Halloween is just around the corner which comes with lots of festivities. One of my favorite parts of Halloween is getting creative with snacks to bring to Halloween parties. I’ve put together 5 healthy and tasty snacks that you will love!

 
1. Cinnamon Apple Popcorn

 

 

For this recipe, I tossed 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1 cup diced dried apples, and 1/2 cup pecans with 5 cups of popped popcorn. Optional: vanilla

2. Pumpkin Carrot Chips

 

 

All you need for these chips are a few large carrots.

 

 

First, peel the carrots and cut two triangles on the end of the carrot

 

 

Take the knife and cut the wedge down the side of the carrot.

 

 

 

Last, take your knife and slice the chips.

 

 

 

3. Witches Brooms

 

 

For this snack, you need stick pretzels and your favorite type of string cheese

 

First cut the cheese in half

 

 

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Second, press the pretzel into the end of the cheese

 

 

 

 

Last, take your food scissors or tear the end of your brooms

 

 

 

4. Candy Corn Parfait

 

 

This sweet treat is a fun spin on your classic candy corn. You will need pineapple chunks, tangerines, and vanilla yogurt. Depending on the glass you start with either the yogurt or the pineapple, but always use the tangerines segments as the center.

 

 

 

5. Pumpkin & Spider Deviled Eggs

For this last one, you will need 6 or 7 boiled eggs, mustard, mayo, paprika, green onion, and olives.

 

 

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First peel and cut the eggs lengthwise

Second, scoop out the yolks into a bowl and add in a small spoonful of mayo and mustard. You can also add in things like minced bell pepper, or garlic to give the mixture more flavor.

 

Third, scoop a small spoonful of the mixture back into the egg whites.

For spiders: slice a olives in half (lengthwise) and put in the center of the egg mixture. Then cut an olive into 8 pieces (lengthwise) and use to make legs of the spider

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For pumpkins: sprinkle paprika over the mixture. Slice up a green onion and place it at the top of each egg mixture to make a pumpkin

 

With that, the party snacks are done! Perhaps make some apple cider for a drink and you are set to have a great party!

Happy Halloween, and Happy Creating!

Garlic Parmesan Pumpkin Seeds

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It is pumpkin carving season! Have you carved a pumpkin yet this year? Pumpkins are a fun halloween decoration and an excellent source of nutrition!

When carving a pumpkin, make sure you save all those slimy seeds! Pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein and fiber. They might not look very good when you first pull them out of the pumpkin but after a little wash and some seasonings, you got a tasty snack!

Follow the directions below to make your own Garlic Parmesan Pumpkin Seeds:

Place 1 cup of washed pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet and let them dry for a couple hours or overnight. 20181020_090512.jpg

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. For the seasonings you’ll need:

2 tbsp. butter melted

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tbsp grated Parmesan

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Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl then place back on the baking sheet.

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Roast the pumpkins for 10-15 minutes. Flip seeds over halfway through roasting. Let the seeds cool for a minute and then you’re finished!

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Enjoy!

 

 

Peach Crisp Delight

Need a snack that will also satisfy a sweet tooth? Try this recipe! You can put it together in a few minutes and then its ready to enjoy – no baking or cooking necessary. 😃

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Enjoy!

Make Your Snacks Awesome!

Take your snacks to the next level by making simple switches. Look at the image below for an example of how to do this:

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Foods with less sodium and saturated fat are better for your heart. When your heart feels awesome, you do too!

Learn more about making smart snack switches by watching the video below.

Remember, all foods can fit into a healthy diet but getting into the habit of eating snacks that are both nutritious and delicious can improve health in the long-run!

Information for this post came from: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/make-small-changes-snacks

 

Radish Bites

Not sure if you like radishes? This is the recipe for you! You may just find that you love radishes.

Remember the fun blog post about radishes from a few months ago? If not, click here to check it out!

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Enjoy!

Fun Snacks!

Need some more snack ideas?

Below are some snacks that include all your favorite fruits and vegetables! Fruits and vegetables are important sources of nutrients that your body needs and loves. Not only are these snacks nutritious but they’re also FUN to make.

Get creative with your snacks and let us know how it goes!

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