Saturday, February 18, 2017

GO B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

EASY BANANA BREAD RECIPE
(makes one loaf)
4 bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cups flour  (try mixing half whole wheat or almond flour too!)
1/4 cup butter or nut butter
1/4 cup applesauce
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten or 1 egg & 2 egg whites
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine bananas, applesauce and softened butter. Add eggs, vanilla and mix. Add sugar and baking soda. Add flour and mix well. Pour mixture into a greased loaf pan and bake for an hour or until toothpick comes clean.

10 WAYS TO USE RIPE BANANAS 


Banana bread, banana muffins, banana chips, banana with cereal, frozen banana pop, banana smoothie, chocolate covered banana, banana milkshake, banana with cereal, peanut butter & banana sandwich


GET READY FOR MARCH - NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH!

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In addition, National Nutrition Month® promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, also celebrated in March, increases awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDNs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.

2017 NNM Theme

"Put Your Best Fork Forward" is the theme for NNM 2017 which serves as a reminder that each one of us holds the tool to make healthier food choices. Making small changes during National Nutrition Month® and over time, helps improve health now and into the future. As nutrition experts, Academy members can help guide the public on gradually shifting toward healthier eating styles by promoting NNM activities and messages during March. Be sure to visit the Academy's National Nutrition Month® website during the upcoming months for new and updated resources to help make the NNM 2017 celebration an infinite success! For more information on NNM and promotional resources, visit www.eatright.org.

 · Create a "nutrition question of the day" contest. Suggested prizes: NNM pens, pencils, magnets, buttons or cooking items from the NNM catalog.
· Vote for your favorite fruits and vegetables: Offer a selection of fruits and vegetables cut into bite-size pieces. Ask participants to vote for their favorite vegetable and fruit. Post a tally board to record votes.
· Spend some time reading labels and comparing information in the Nutrition Facts panels.

· Start a school vegetable garden by planting seeds indoors or in the ground.
· Take a field trip to a farmers market or a local farm.
· Develop a lesson plan that explains the science behind ingredients needed for baking.
· Assign a school group project that involves each group researching one of the food groups, allowing each                child to explain a food from that food group and what nutrition it provides.
· Develop a school project that involves kids drawing and creating a meal based on MyPlate, using the Choose MyPlate Coloring Page.
· Organize a sports nutrition education session after school or during gym class.
· Highlight ethnic and cultural food traditions by having an international event with NNM posters or banners, table tents and balloons.
FOR MORE IDEAS, VISIT www.eatright.org.    Courtesy of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Monday, January 16, 2017

Don't Let Your Heart Beat You!

A "heart healthy" diet means lowering dietary intake of unhealthy fats such as saturated and
trans fats while increasing healthy fats such as monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and omega 3 fats according to the American Heart Association.

Saturated fat is typically found in animal foods such as butter, high fat dairy products (whole milk, creams, cheeses), and meats (especially beef, prime rib, poultry skin, sausages, bacon). Trans fats are the same as hydrogenated fats and may be found in almost any prepared food so it is important to read food labels (crackers, chips, ice cream, cookies, cakes, frozen foods, bread crumbs).

“Healthy” Unsaturated fats such as monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and omega 3 fats are usually found in plant foods and fish. Some examples of unsaturated fats include, nuts, all natural peanut butter, vegetable oils such as olive oil and canola oil, avocadoes, and omega 3 fish such as salmon, mackerel, trout, tuna or sardines.

Parents can help their children now by consistently serving them vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods, nuts, seeds, avocado, omega 3 fish. Also, parents can be role models by engaging kids in physical activity. Weight control and regular exercise are associated with an overall reduced risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses. For more information on keeping you heart healthy, visit www.heart.org.






Sunday, January 15, 2017

BROWNIES...THE HEALTHIER WAY!



BLACK BEAN BROWNIES
Get your chocolate fix the healthier way! Don't tell your family or friends what is in them until after they taste how good they are!








In a food processor, blend the following ingredients well.
· 15 oz can Black Beans, rinsed and drained well
· 2 TBSP Cocoa
· 1/2 cup Quick Oats
· 1/4 tsp Salt
· 1/3 cup Pure Maple Syrup or Honey
· 2 TBSP Sugar
· 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
· 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
· 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Pour into greased 8 X 8 pan. Add few chocolate chips on top (optional). Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. Cool for ten minutes. To make firmer, place in fridge overnight.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

HOLIDAY TREAT

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

Put ¼ cup popcorn kernels in a brown bag and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Melt one full size Hershey’s dark chocolate bar in microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute and then stir. Repeat until melted. Drizzle over popcorn and top with ¼ cup crushed candy cane. Enjoy!


Serving size 1 cup - 80 kcal, 2.4g fat, 1.6g sat fat