Top 3 Foods That Flunk Your Age

 

When it comes to aging, you really are what you eat!  It’s summertime and many of us are using sunscreen to protect ourselves from UVA and UVB rays that not only damage our skin, but can also age our skin.  But, did you know that there are foods that can age your body just as much as too much sun exposure?

 Take my 30 Day Anti-Aging Challenge below after you read about aging foods vs. anti-aging foods.

The Top 3 Foods that Flunk Your Age and get an F- grade are: Fast Foods, Fake Foods and Fried Foods.

Whopper hamburger1.  Fast foods: ex. Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish, Quarter Pounder, French Fries, Icy Coke, Thick Shakes, Sundaes, and Apple Pie.  Most all fast food contains excess t rans fats that make skin look stiff and inflexible, and ultimately, wrinkled.  Trans fats also age you on the inside.  They increase your risk of heart disease and stroke and are linked to higher risks of developing Type 2 diabetes.  The Institute of Medicine determined that there is NO safe consumption of trans fatty acids.

 

Hot Dogs in packages2.  Fake foods: ex. Hot Dogs and Deli Cold Cuts….”Don’t make it your way!” at Subway:  Sulfites that preserve processed and fake meats are pro-inflammatory and can cause rosacea and make skin look pasty and jaundiced colored.  Processed meats are usually high in saturated fats and have nitrates in them.  Both of those can lead to inflammation.  *Remember, we always want to nourish our bodies with ANTI-inflammatory foods, not pro-inflammatory foods.

MarshmallowsOther Fake foods that age our bodies:  Bottled lemonade and sugary beverages like soda, processed foods in boxes, cans and freezer bags, corn dogs, cotton candy, candy apples, cheese puffs, and marshmallows for smores.  Many of these items contain high amounts of sugar or sugar substitutes.  Sugar, which is linked to inflammation, aids in wrinkle production, but it also affects your overall health because it is tied to heart disease and diabetes.

Fried chicken3.  Fried foods: ex. Fried Chicken, Potato Chips and French Fries.  These foods contain trans fats that clog and stiffen the arteries and small blood vessels and make skin look old.  Anything that’s deep-fried in oil can add to inflammation throughout your body.  Trans fats raise LDL “bad” cholesterol and lower HDL “good” cholesterol.  When reading food labels, avoid products that include “partially hydrogenated oils” and “vegetable shortening.”

French Fries from McD'sThese foods do not “pass” when it comes to nourishing our bodies.  They “fail” our bodies and age us faster, and they are abundant during the summertime at cookouts, barbecues, camp outs, pool parties and at the beach.  This season, you’ll find lots of food trucks and food vendors serving many of these “F-“ foods, too.

The GOOD NEWS is that there are some incredible A+ Anti-Aging foods that are anti-inflammatory, that keep us looking younger and help to slow the aging process.

1.  Hydrating water:  Clean, filtered water.  How much easier can it be?  I love adding citrus (lemons, limes and oranges) and fresh herbs (mint, basil) and even cucumbers in my filtered water for a naturally sweet and beautifully flavored hydration drink.  I feel like I am at the spa when I drink this water!  Water detoxifies and hydrates your skin.  It helps your liver clean out impurities in your body and therefore, cleans out your skin.  Be sure to drink 1/2 of your body weight in ounces of water every day.  Get creative here!  I’ve even added berries to my water, and the flavor is amazing!

My favorite water purifier is Shaklee’s Get Clean Water System because it reduces 56 contaminants, including lead, for great tasting clean water.

Wildtree Organic Coconut Oil2.  Coconut Oil:

  • Rich in medium chain fatty acids which are smaller and easily digested. It is immediately converted to energy instead of being stored as fat. Stimulates our metabolisms and aids in the right kind of weight loss.
  • Contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties at help skin heal, plus it is rich in antioxidants and vitamins that make our skin healthier and more supple.
  • It’s a natural moisturizer to prevent dryness that is often caused by vitamin deficiencies (or too much sugar).
  • The emollient in coconut oil reduces wrinkling and makes skin softer.
  • Can eliminate free radicals that age skin. Great for hair and nails, too by adding moisture and antioxidants/vitamins that they are lacking.  
  • Is a natural antiseptic that prevents bacteria from damaging your skin and causing wrinkles.  
  • Removes dead skin cells and helps with elasticity of skin.

WildTree just came out with an Organic Coconut Oil that retails around $9 per container, and my friend Jenny Paquette can answer any questions you have about it: mywildtree.com/eatwild

NeriumAD_Day-and-Night-Cream-706x1024NeriumAD Age-Defying Treatment Creams: A friend of mine, Liz Panepinto, recently introduced me to this skincare line that is rooted in nature, science and high-impact ingredients. The day and night creams have powerful antioxidant properties that help reduce signs of aging. I like this line because it is a plant-based cream and is gluten free and paraben free. I love finding skin care products that are more pure than many of the skin care products that promise to keep you looking younger, but contain harmful ingredients.

Another interesting face is that NeriumAD was originally developed as a natural cure for skin cancer, but was then recognized for fixing wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores, brown spots and sun damage. You can find out more about Nerium AD here: www.lpanepinto.nerium.com.  Contact Liz with any questions: fwm.elizabeth@gmail.com.

3.  Superfoods, Resveratrol and Black Tea/Green Tea:

superfoodsBy now, most all of you have heard about Superfoods.  I have my top 10 favorite superfoods, but there are at least 50 available to us.  Superfoods are foods with purpose that nourish our bodies.  They are nutrient dense, hard-working foods that are full of antioxidants and support our organs and immune systems.  This makes them anti-aging, plus you will feel younger eating them!

For ex. Blueberries not only have flavonoids that are excellent for memory, but they also have a high water content that makes them hydrating to your skin and to your cells. Plus, they are anti-inflammatory.

Here are my top 10 favorite superfoods:
Blueberries
Goji Berries
Flaxseeds
Beans
Avocados
Spinach
Pistachios
Bell Peppers
Dark Chocolate
Pumpkin

 
Vivix bottleWhat is Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is polyphenol that has antioxidant properties which protect the body against the kind of damage that is linked to increased risk for conditions such as cancer and heart disease.  Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes and in red wine, but other sources include peanuts and berries.  It helps reduce inflammation.

One really great source of resveratrol is Vivix from Shaklee.  Only Vivix contains both resveratrol and a proprietary phytonutrient blend.  This patented phytonutrient blend harnesses the powerful antioxidant properties of rare muscadine grapes and has been shown to be 10X more powerful than resveratrol alone in slowing a key mechanism of cellular aging.

Check out this video that explains how Vivix works: http://content.shaklee.com/shaklee/video/player.php?video=Vivix

Numi Organic Tea Emperor blendBlack tea and green tea
Black and green teas contain polyphenols that are plant-based nutrients with antioxidant benefits to help protect against cellular aging.  I have to tell you about my favorite Black Tea!  It’s called Numi Organic Tea.  Not only is it Non-GMO, but the taste is unbelievable.  I usually steep my Numi Emperors Puera tea and then add a little almond milk and a few drops of vanilla stevia.  This tea is so comforting!

 
Take my 30 Day Anti-Aging Challenge!
I challenge you today to do a self-motivated, anti-aging challenge for 30 days by swapping out the foods I mentioned above. All you need is a camera phone and a journal. Start whenever you are ready. Use the information in this blog to choose healthy, anti-aging food choices. Journal how your skin, hair and nails look and how much energy you have. Take a “selfie” each time you journal so you can capture how you are progressing. Share this with those you love and encourage them to try this challenge. SHARE your progress with me on my Facebook page (360yourlife), in the comments below, or email me at brooke@360yourlife.com.

I can’t wait to hear from you and to see your progress!

Other great resources to learn from:
Understanding Cellular Aging
How Fast Are You Aging?
Slow Your Aging

Healthy Hands Cooking Classes for Kids

This year, I became a Healthy Hands Cooking Certified Instructor because I love to see children learn how to cook in the kitchen with their families and learn how and why to choose healthy foods. These classes are not only impacting the kids, but the parents also love seeing how their children’s nutritional educations grow! [Read more...]

Unjunk After Sports Snacks

If you have kids that play sports, then you are probably faced with bringing snacks to the game for your little ones or taking turns for the entire group.  I want to make you aware of some harmful ingredients that you may not realize are having an adverse effect on our children instead of FUELING them pre-game or post-game.  This truly hits home for me because I have two daughters that are 6 and 9 that play sports, and we’re faced with these typical snacks on a weekly basis.  [Read more...]

Healthier Super Bowl Party Appetizers

Healthier Super Bowl Party Appetizers  

(As Seen on Charlotte Today) 

 Healthy Super Bowl Appetizers NBC Charlotte Today 1/30/2013

My husband and even my girls LOVE football, so there is no doubt that we will be glued to the TV this coming up Sunday! Instead of the typical chips and cheesy dip, deep-fried wings coated in a sugar laden sauce, or pizza I wanted to create some appetizers that were tasty and healthy. I also didn’t want to forget about the kids! My girls were even eating my Kid Kabobs as I was trying to prep for this blog, so I know they will be eating them on game day! Despite whether or not your favorite team wins, just know that at least you’ll be WINNING when it comes to nutrition and your health on Sunday if you stick to healthy snacks instead of the usual heavy food that drags you down!

Kani Salad Appetizer
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cucumbers
  2. 4 kani sticks (imitation crab meat)
  3. 1/2 cup white vinegar
  4. 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  5. 1 pinch of Himalayan salt
  6. 1 tsp soy sauce (or we like Braggs Aminos)
Instructions
  1. Core the seeds from the cucumbers. Leave the peel on them. Grate the cucumbers in long strips. Put the strips of cucumber on a cutting board and sprinkle salt on top of them. Leave for 30 minutes or until cucumber is soft, it basically dehydrates. Carefully wash off the cucumber stripes and place in bowl.
  2. While the cucumber is dehydrating, mix in a small pan the vinegar, maple syrup, a pinch of salt and soy sauce, let it boil, take off the heat and let it cool.
  3. Mix shredded kani sticks and the dressing to the bowl.
  4. Cut 2-3 ripe avocados in half and brush with a touch of vinegar, so they won’t brown (oxidize) and use the avocado halves as “bowls” for your Kani Salad!
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Healthy Chicken Wings
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Ingredients
  1. Hormone Free, Anti-biotic Free Chicken Wings
  2. Hot Sauce (We use Cholula chili garlic flavor)
  3. Honey
  4. Organic Raw Salted Butter
Instructions
  1. In a sauce pan on medium low heat, add the hot sauce, honey, and butter until butter is mixed and all is well combined. Bake at 350 for 45 to 60 min or grill on medium heat for approximately 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Toss the sauce on the wings after they are cooked.
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Simple Hummus
Healthy dip for Blue Chips or Veggies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Can Organic Chickpeas, drained & rinsed (or 1 1/2 Cup cooked Chickpeas)
  2. 1 Tbs. Lime
  3. 1/2 Tsp. Cumin
  4. 1/2 Tsp. Dried Oregano
  5. 1 Garlic Clove
  6. Sea Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  7. 2 -3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. If you like a thinner dip, add a little water. Serve in a pita with tons of veggies or as a dip with vegetables. Enjoy!
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Kid Kabobs
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Ingredients
  1. Sandwich on a Stick (turkey, cheese, cucumber, tomato and romaine lettuce)
  2. Fruit on a Stick (pineapple, watermelon, and strawberry with plain yogurt dip)
  3. Veggies on a Stick (various bell peppers, cucumbers and cheese)
Instructions
  1. Cut turkey, cheese, cucumber, tomato and lettuce into small squares and assemble onto small sticks. Cut fruit and veggies into round or square shapes and assemble. Place yogurt in dip container.
Notes
  1. Kid Fit Tip: Plain, organic yogurt is best. Add sweetness with different fruits. This meal is packed with fruits and veggies to provide important vitamins and with cheese and yogurt to add necessary fats and proteins to fuel our kids throughout the day.
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Super Bowl Bites Power Balls
Yields 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Shaklee Instant Protein Soy Mix
  2. *(Sometimes I use 1/2 cup of the Instant and 1/2 cup of the Shaklee Cinch)
  3. 1 ¼ cup oats
  4. ½ cup of flax meal
  5. 1 cup Raw Honey**
  6. 1 tsp Pure Vanilla
  7. 1 cup Peanut Butter or Almond Butter***
Add-Ins (Add some or a small portion of all)
  1. 1 cup slivered almonds
  2. 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  3. 1 cup Organic Chocolate
  4. 1 cup of Coconut
  5. 1 cup Gluten Free Brown Rice Crispies
Instructions
  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  In sauce pan, bring honey to a boil then immediately remove from heat and add Peanut or Almond Butter and Vanilla. Stir until combined.  Pour Almond/Peanut Butter mixture into bowl of dry ingredients and stir till combined. You may need to use your hands.  Press down into ungreased 9 x 13 in. glass dish. Cool in the refrigerator.  Cut into squares.  You also can roll the mix into balls if you prefer and then cool them.
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360YourHolidayBreakfast

Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Your Holiday Guests

See Brooke Thomas on NBC Charlotte Today making Healthy Donuts!

 

During the Christmas holiday, my out-of-town family tends to settle in at my house. I couldn’t be happier about having them all there, but I struggle at finding an easy, healthy breakfast to feed all of them. After stumbling across a donut pan at Hobby Lobby, I knew where I was going to start…donuts! Kids love donuts, so I wanted to make a healthier version. “Healthy donuts”, sounds like an oxymoron, right? This year, I took it upon myself to revamp these breakfast staples that are usually not considered a healthy option, along with a couple others. If you know me, you know that I’m no Betty Crocker, so these are definitely simple and doable for all!

Charming Chocolate Gluten-Free Donuts with Coconut Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Whip Cream Frosting
For the donut recipes, I used a Wilton’s donut pan. You can find them at Hobby Lobby or Target, or use the link to Amazon.
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Cook Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup coconut flour
  2. 3 tablespoon Shaklee protein
  3. ¼ cup cacao powder
  4. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  5. ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. ½ cup organic dark chocolate chips
  7. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  8. ½ cup xylitol
  9. 1 large free-range egg
  10. ½ cup buttermilk alternative
  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients, except the xylitol, in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Using a hand mixer, cream the butter and xylitol.
  4. Add the egg, buttermilk alternative, and vanilla to the mixture and combine well.
  5. Add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredient mixture and mix well.
  6. Grease with coconut oil or spray your donut pan, then add the mixture using a spoon to each donut form.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes or until tops have risen.
  8. Take the donuts out of the pan and let cool before adding the frosting.
Notes
  1. Gluten Free, Dairy Free
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Caramel Apple Donuts
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Donut Ingredients
  1. 3 pitted dates, finely chopped*
  2. ¼ cup coconut flour
  3. 2 tablespoons Shaklee protein
  4. 3 apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped*
  5. 5 free-range eggs
  6. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  8. ½ teaspoon vanilla
  9. ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  10. ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  11. ¼ cup creamy almond butter
Glaze Ingredients
  1. 1 (13.5) ounce can of coconut milk
  2. ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  3. 4 tablespoons raw, unsalted butter
  4. 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 2 tablespoons raw honey
  7. ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8. ¼ cup xylitol
  9. *I used a hand chopped to chop the dates and the apples. It is a lifesaver!
Donut Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add donut ingredients and mix until well blended. The batter will be chunky due to the apples. Fill your greased donut pan and cook for 7 minutes or until donuts have risen. (You may have batter leftover, but you can always make another pan).
  3. Take the donuts out of the pan and let cool before adding glaze.
Glaze Directions
  1. Add all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil for 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low and let cook, stirring often, until sauce has darkened and thickened (about 30 minutes).
  2. Dip the donuts, face-up, into the glaze.
  3. Place on a pan, plate, or cooling rack and refrigerate.
  4. These are delicious cold or warmed up!
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Brooke's Banana Bread
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Ingredients
  1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  2. 4 ripe bananas, peeled
  3. 2 large, free-range eggs
  4. ½ cup coconut milk
  5. ½ cup gluten-free oats
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. ½ cup organic brown sugar
  8. 6 tablespoons raw, unsalted butter, melted
  9. 1 cup Shaklee Instant Protein
  10. 1 tsp flaxseed meal
  11. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  12. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  13. ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  14. ½ cup pecans
  15. Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Use EVOO to coat a 7x11 baking dish.
  2. Place 2 bananas, the eggs, coconut milk, oats, vanilla, organic brown sugar, and butter in a blender (I recommend Blendtec) and mix until well pureed.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then, slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Add in the pecans and mix.
  4. Pour the batter into a baking dish. Slice the remaining 2 bananas, however you want to slice them, to put on top of the batter. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the banana slices and batter, then bake for 40-45 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!
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Ideas for Healthy Thanksgiving Leftovers

After Thanksgiving, we always end up with heaps of food, even after we make plates for each relative to take home with them. As much as we love turkey around our home, there are only so many turkey sandwiches we can stomach before it gets old! This year, I’ve come up with four different ways to use our leftovers…even the side dishes! Trust me, your kids will appreciate these recipes more than the leftover turkey sandwich that you had planned to include in their lunchbox for the week after Thanksgiving.

All of these recipes were featured on NBC’s Charlotte Today show.

Next Day Turkey Soup

This soup is meant to be an “everything-but-the-kitchen-sink” type soup.  Use what you have, but make it fit your taste buds.Ingredients:Use whatever section of the turkey you have left: wing, leg, breast bone-in and make soup.Freshly sliced ginger, to tasteWhole-wheat pastaLeftover Veggies

1-2 tbsp sea salt

Seasoning of Choice (I use Wildtree Garlic and Herb Blend)

Place turkey (if it has a bone, leave it in until the end) into a pot (slow cooker) of water and cook on low for 1-2 hours.

Add sliced ginger and seasonings to taste. Let cook until the meat falls off the bone (then remove the bones and skin). Leave the bone and skin in the pot as long as possible because it provides the soup with a flavorful broth. Add the chopped veggies and pasta and let cook for 20 minutes.

You can freeze extra servings for future meals.

 

Sweet Potato Mash Spread

Use on Turkey wraps or whole-grain sandwiches as a spread instead of mayo. It adds a sweet flavor!

You can use your leftover turkey to make a healthy wrap using this spread and any other “fillers” you have in your refrigerator.

 

You can also take your leftover sweet potato mash and separate it into small portions about 1-2oz each.  Put it in little baggies and freeze them.  Take only one bag down and use it as a sandwich spread.

Pumpkin Hummus
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  2. 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
  3. 1/4 cup raw almond butter, or nut butter of choice
  4. 2 tbsp Wildtree Grapeseed Oil
  5. 3 tbsp honey
  6. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  7. 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  9. 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  10. 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  11. 1/8 tsp cloves
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor.
  2. Serve with whole-grain pita chips or apple slices.
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Apple Butter
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Ingredients
  1. 2 apples, peeled or unpeeled
  2. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  3. 1 tbsp honey
  4. 1 tbsp organic apple cider
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a sauce pan over low heat.
  2. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, covered or until apples are soft and tender. Smash apples with a potato masher or back of a spoon.
  3. Cool and serve on Ezekiel Toast.
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These recipes are meant to be easily thrown together with whatever ingredients you have in your home after Thanksgiving. I love using Wildtree spices and oils in my recipes because they have officially become “organic” and are delicious. Their Garlic and Herb Blend is great in the Turkey Soup, as well as on chicken or roasted vegetables. I also use the Grapeseed Oil in many of my recipes because the benefits of grapeseed oil are incredible. It is an anti-inflammatory, helps fight signs of aging, and is great for our dry, itchy skin during the colder months. You can order Wildtree products from my great friend Jenny Paquette using her website at http://www.mywildtree.com/eatwild/. 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a blessed holiday weekend!

Creative & Healthy Lunchbox Ideas (Your Kids Will Actually Eat)

It’s mid-October and I know all of you moms out there are tired and bored with packing the same lunches for your kids. Well, I’m sure your kids would love a change-up from the same lunch routine. What kid doesn’t want to show off a cool lunch? Below I’ve created 5 lunches that are not only “cool,” but also HEALTHY! You can also see me make these on NBC’s Charlotte Today Show.  Making lunches fun and attractive is just one way to get kids to actually eat healthy food. Lunch is a great place to start! Also, a great way to get kids eating healthier is to let them pick out the lunches they’d like to have that week. It will make it easier on you! That’s what we all need, don’t we?

All of these recipes, plus 15 more can be found in my LunchBox Recipe Book. Also, to make it even more convenient, you can purchase the recipe book, lunchbox cube, spill proof dip container, and cookies cutter all-in-one in my LunchBox Kit. [Read more...]

Healthy After School Snacks for “On-the-Go” and At Home

 

If your kids are like mine, they’re ready to start snacking as soon as the school bell rings each afternoon. With sports, clubs, and all the other after-school activities, we’re always in a time crunch to get from one place to the other. While it would be convenient to drive through a drive-thru or stop at a gas station, I don’t want to fuel my kids from the same place I fuel my vehicle! I’m sure you don’t either, so I’ve put together 5 healthy and nutritious snacks that can be made to carry with you in the car or to serve at home while the kids are winding down after school. [Read more...]

Brooke’s Healthy Frozen Bites

We all crave a frozen treat when it’s HOT outside! Instead of ice cream and popsicles, reach for a frozen bite of healthy yogurt.

The protein in the yogurt will keep you satisfied. When you deep-freeze your snacks, it takes longer to eat. This is a great way to get in a healthy treat for your kids and keep them satisfied!

These are easy as 1..2..3!

Frozen Yogurt Bites
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Ingredients
  1. Greek yogurt
Instructions
  1. Spoon Greek yogurt into a plastic bag.
  2. If you are sensitive to dairy, try a nut cream or coconut yogurt found in your organic section!)
  3. Snip the corner of the bag
, squeeze yogurt drops onto baking sheet.
  4. You can also use a stainless tip with a pastry bag for fancy shapes, too!
  5. Freeze for 2 hours
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Simple Hummus

This is a great go-to recipe to have in your fridge! There are so many variations of this basic hummus that it won’t ever go out of style.  It’s gluten-free, sugar-free, full of healthy fat, and tastes amazing!!

Simple Hummus
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Can Organic Chickpeas, drained & rinsed (or 1 1/2 Cup cooked Chickpeas)
  2. 1 Tbs. Lime
  3. 1/2 Tsp. Cumin
  4. 1/2 Tsp. Dried Oregano
  5. 1 Garlic Clove
  6. Sea Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  7. 2 -3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. If you like a thinner dip, add a little water.
  4. Serve in a pita with tons of veggies or as a dip with vegetables. Enjoy!
Add-ins
  1. Roasted Red Pepper
  2. Red Pepper Flakes for spice
  3. Pesto for an Italian twist
  4. Roasted Garlic
  5. gluten free, sugar free, heart healthy
  6. Tahini for a more Mediterranean flare
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Kani Salad Appetizer

We have received a lot of requests for this great, healthy recipe for your next gathering or football game day! To make it a touch healthier we used some new ingredients which differ from the traditional recipes out there.

Enjoy the Asian flavors and let us know how it turns out for you!

Kani Salad Appetizer
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cucumbers
  2. 4 kani sticks (imitation crab meat)
  3. 1/2 cup white vinegar
  4. 2 tbsp 100% pure Maple Syrup
  5. 1 pinch of Himalayan salt
  6. 1 tsp soy sauce (or we like Braggs Aminos)
Instructions
  1. Core the seeds from the cucumbers. Leave the peel on them. Grate the cucumbers in long strips. Put the strips of cucumber on a cutting board and sprinkle salt on top of them. Leave for 30 minutes or until cucumber is soft, it basically dehydrates. Carefully wash off the cucumber stripes and place in bowl.
  2. While the cucumber is dehydrating, mix in a small pan the vinegar, honey, a pinch of salt and soy sauce, let it boil, take off the heat and let it cool.
  3. Mix shredded kani sticks and the dressing to the bowl.
  4. Cut 2-3 ripe avocados in half and brush with a touch of vinegar, so they won't brown (oxidize) and use the avocado halves as "bowls" for your Kani Salad!
  5. ENJOY!!
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Brooke’s Gluten Free Brownie Pops

I am always looking for something to make with my girls that is fun and tasty, but also healthy! Try these next time with your kids or even as a grown-up dessert.  My girls LOVED them, and I’m sure your family will too!from the black beans! Did you know that black beans have more antioxidants than blueberries?  Not to mention all the protein they have! And speaking of protein, I like to replace flour in my recipes with the amazing Shaklee Protein, it works every time, and I love knowing my girls are getting the 9 amino acids they need for their healthy, growing bodies!

Shopping tips:  The pan and pop sticks can be found at Sur La Table and the other ingredients at Healthy Home Market! I love shopping at Healthy Home Market, but you can find these ingredients at your local health store as well. Enjoy!

 

Brooke’s Gluten Free Brownie Pops
As seen on Charlotte Today 2/24/2011
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can black beans, drained
  2. 1/2 c. cocoa
  3. 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin coconut oil
  4. 1/2 c. xylitol
  5. 2 level tsp. stevia powder
  6. 1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
  7. 3 large free range eggs
  8. 1/2 c. Shaklee’s Instant Protein Mix
  9. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  10. 1/4 c. water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven for 350 degrees.
  2. Blend all ingredients together.
  3. Add chocolate chips if desired for more chewy chocolate flavor
  4. Grease brownie pop pan with coconut oil and pour ingredients into pan and bake for 35-40 min.
  5. Remove and add pop sticks.
  6. Roll in honey and add sprinkles if desired!
Notes
  1. Gluten Free
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