Wednesday is Split Day! (Banana, that is)

I know Wednesday is better known as “hump day”, but because it splits the week in half we’ve unofficially named it “Split Day” in our house.  Of course, this special day comes with a special snack:  Banana Splits!  These may not be exactly what comes to mind when you think of banana splits, but they are delicious, healthy, easy to make, and easy to eat!  Perfect for a hungry after school crew!banana split

 

Just cut a strip out of the top of the banana, fill with peanut butter and top with chopped strawberries, and mini chocolate chips -or any toppings you like!  If you want to make these ahead of time just brush some canned pineapple juice on the banana to keep it from browning.  I like pineapple juice better than lemon because it doesn’t affect the taste as much.  You can also fill a small spray bottle with the juice and just spritz the banana.

Enjoy!

 

Pavlova for your lov-a this Valentine’s Day!

This is the recipe that finally changed me from a chocolate-only dessert lover.  Before I was introduced to this recipe if I made a dessert with -gasp! – sugar,  it’s a pretty good bet that it would be made with chocolate.  Why risk disappointment when we so rarely have something sweet? That all changed when a friend from New Zealand introduced me to this authentic New Zealand recipe.  In fact, I love it so much that I made it for Christmas this year and my husband’s birthday.  And my chocolate loving kids even chose this over a chocolate cake at our holiday party, asking for the “cake with the cucumbers on top.”  Fortunately, there are no cucumbers, but there are kiwi and strawberries – a little healthy fruit to go with all the sugar. :)

Although the recipe isn’t hard, you do need to use superfine sugar (find it at gourmet food markets, kitchen stores, and online at amazon.com), and be sure to bake it low and slow (around 225 degrees for 90 minutes).  Somehow it magically bakes into a “cake” with a crisp outer layer and a soft, gooey inside.

If you’re looking for a change from the traditional chocolate this year this sweet treat is sure to impress your Valentine!  Enjoy!

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Easy (healthy!) Halloween Treat Idea!

It seems like Halloween is the official kick off for “school party season”.  I’m always trying to think of party food I can bring in to my kids’ classes that’s not junk food, but also not so “healthy” that they’re embarrassed that their mom is the “apple and raisin mom”.   I made these this weekend and think they’re the perfect solution!  A quick, easy and healthy Halloween treat idea – perfect for a school party.

Just spread natural peanut butter on the end of a pretzel rod and roll in a topping.  I used raisins and mini chocolate chips, but I think unsweetened coconut and chopped nuts would also be good.  Stick a plastic “witch finger” on the end of the rod and slip the pretzel into a plastic pretzel bag.  I found these witch finger tips at Michaels craft store, but I think they sell them everywhere.

Enjoy!

witches fingers

Water your kids drinking?

Looking for some healthy drink options for your kids?  Just like with food, the best stuff is the real stuff.

water with mint sprigs and lime slices

water with mint sprigs and lime slices

But with drinks, it’s so easy for healthy choices to quickly turn into a ton of daily sugar.  We all know not to give our kids sugary sodas, energy drinks and fruit drinks, but even 100% orange juice contains a whopping 22 grams of sugar and whole milk has 11 grams.  The best drink?  Plain old water.  BUT, it doesn’t have to be “plain”! Continue reading

Flaky Crust and Apple Turnovers – comfort food with truly comforting ingredients!

Every year around this time I start adding more “comfort” foods into our menu.  When the weather gets cooler I  just start craving things like apple pie and bubbly warm casseroles.  It recently occurred to me that a lot of these fall recipes call for Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, and if you’ve taken a look at the ingredients in these you’ve realized the list is definitely not comforting! Continue reading