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

Mussel Maine-ia

Although the weather’s quickly turning cooler, we managed to sneak in a few more days on the island.  And even if it is cooler,  it’s always sunny when you have the right accessory! sunny Continue reading

Mexican Coke and a Sweet Idea

Last weekend we stopped into a Mexican restaurant for lunch that had this big sign displayed next to the counter.Untitled

I was totally confused by this until another customer asked what it meant and was told Mexican Coke is Coca-Cola made with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.   Let me just say this was much better than the mental image I had of “Mexican Coke” – which really had nothing to do with beverages!  But, it also surprised me that this difference was so important to people that the restaurant would have a big sign about it.  Do people steer clear of drinking Coke, but make an exception when they learn it’s loaded with sugar instead of hfcs? I live my life consciously avoiding anything with high fructose corn syrup because if it’s on an ingredient label it’s a red flag that the product is highly processed.  But, what happens when the manufacturers switch out the hfcs for sugar?  Does it make it better, or less processed?  Not really, it’s just another ingredient label trick to be aware of. Continue reading

Shark Birthday Party!

The twins’ much anticipated shark themed birthday party finally happened this weekend! … Anticipated mostly by them, while I was  mostly apprehensive about pulling it all together. I’ve been worrying for weeks about how to create a birthday party that didn’t include the usual party “crashers”  like soda, processed pizza, candy, artificial colors, preservatives, and loads of sugar.  Now that they’re in kindergarten and on the “party circuit” there’s a certain level of expectation to be met, and I could tell they were a little worried about whether their friends would end up with carrot sticks in their goody bags. mask

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