Baked Radish Chips

Yes.  I said radish.  After my experience with the zucchini chips, I decided to try it with another veggie.  Radishes sounded absurd enough, that I thought I need to test this out for myself. 

The recipe and directions are the same as the zucchini chips.  You can find all that HERE.

So…..confession here.  I have never bought radishes.  It really never made my list as a food to add for my eating pleasure.  In fact, I really don’t know much about them so I researched the new way….I googled them.

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Did you know….

Radishes are rich in ascorbic acid, folic acid, and potassium. They are a good source of vitamin B6, riboflavin, magnesium, copper, and calcium. One cup of sliced red radish bulbs provides approximately 20 calories, largely from carbohydrates.

Slice and arrange on baking sheet

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Enjoy! They actually taste good!  I put sea salt on mine, but I am sure you could get more creative.

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Do you eat radishes?  Have you ever bought them?

Happy eating!

Claire

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Baked Zucchini Chips

One of my healthy home goals this year is to eat more veggies. 

Then I found out potato chips do not count.  Booo…..

So to satisfy my need desire for a salty crunch, I tried something new.  Baking veggies in my own oven.  I know right?!  Who knew..apparently I do not have to buy the processed junk at the store.  I can make my own and eat fresh and healthy.   Double Bonus!

Today, I baked zucchini into little delightful chips seasoned with sea salt.  YUM!

Here is the super easy recipe….

Baked Zucchini Chips

1 (or 5) zucchini

olive oil cooking spray

sea salt (or other desired seasoning)

Yep.  That’s it!

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1.   Preheat your oven to 225 degrees.

2.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.

3.  Spray lightly with cooking spray

4.  Slice your zucchini into thin slices (about the size of a quarter)

5.  Arrange on baking sheet

6.  Spray lightly with cooking spray

7.  Sprinkle with sea salt.

8.  Bake 45 minutes, then rotate sheet and bake another 40 – 50 min. until desired crispness.

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Keep in mind they are going to shrivel and shrink after baking in the oven so you may want to cut up several zucchinis.

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These are fabulous!  Totally satisfies my salty crunch crave.  Try them and let me know how you like them.

Happy eating,

Claire

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Baked Oatmeal with Personal Toppings

I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to try it today.

You can find the recipe and directions over at sugarfreemom.com

I really like her site!  One of my boys gets tummy aches from too much gluten so I have been looking for more ideas.  Her site is full of great, healthy ideas.

Here are my baked oatmeal cups….

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t they look yummy? I am always looking for healthy snack ideas for my growing boys. Plus these could be frozen for quick on-the-go breakfasts.

You can choose the add-ins that your family likes.  I used craisons and blueberries this time. 

They turned out good for my first batch!  The boys liked them so it’s a keeper for us.  I learned a few things for the next time I make them.

1.  Mix in craisons.  I put mine on the top to bake and they did not stick.  It would work better if I had mixed it in like I did the blueberries.

2.  My boys would like them a bit sweeter so I will double the amount of stevia.

3.  The ideas for toppings and mix-ins are endless.  Chocolate chips, coconut, brown sugar, nuts, raisons,etc.

Are you on Pinterest?

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You can find me on Pinterest here.

Have you ever made a recipe you found on pinterest?

Happy Baking!

Claire

3 Ways to Add Nutrition to My Kids Meals

I have 3 boys ages, 15, 13 & 8.  I am constantly looking for ways to add nutrition to their diet.

This are some good tips from Laura Evans, 

Senior Vice President, Sales and Field Development with Shaklee.

fruits & veggies

I have three children, ages 8 to 17 years old.  They are not only highly active, but they also have varying

tastes in food and varying appetites.  Because they are young, growing fast, and learning from my influence,

I feel it’s especially important that I help them create healthful eating habits now.  For me, it begins with creating

nutritious meal options for them.  In general, I keep a supply of Shaklee Cinch® Snack Bars on hand for when my children

need a low-calorie, high-protein snack.  Of course, each of my children favors a different flavor, so we keep a Snack Bar Assortment

Pack in our pantry at home.

My go-to strategies for creating nutritious meals for my children:

1. Use soy protein whenever possible

We always bake with Shaklee Instant Soy Protein. As a rule of thumb, we substitute about 1/3 soy protein for every cup of 

flour that a recipe calls for.  For example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup of flour, we’ll change it to 2/3 cup of unbleached or wheat

flour plus 1/3 cup of soy protein.  And a favorite kitchen activity we can all do together is to make Shaklee protein snacks. 

Add a cup of soy protein to 1/3 cup peanut butter and ¼ cup of honey.  Mix the ingredients together like dough and then roll

into balls or snakes. Any shape will do.  Cover with coconut or nuts and refrigerate until hard.  My kids love these for dessert

or as an afternoon snack!

2. Sneak veggies in everywhere.

Either celery with peanut butter or baby carrots make a great snack.  Soups are another great meal to pile with veggies,

such as carrots, spinach, broccoli, or celery.  For example, I like to cook carrots or celery in a stock pot and then puree in a food processor. 

This not only thickens the soup base, but my kids never even know the veggies are in there!

3. The more fresh fruit, the healthier. 

At home, we call fruit “nature’s candy.”  Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, bananas, and apples are always on hand in our

kitchen.  The berries are easy to grab by the handful, and we often bag a variety of berries and other cut-up fruit to take on the go. 

Another specialty in the Evans household is to replace sugary jams or jellies in a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fresh fruit. 

We put berries or even bananas in the sandwich and smush them into the peanut butter.

Probably the most important thing is getting my children involved in deciding what to eat and being creative with meals. 

The more they are involved, the more likely they are to make healthier food choices when I’m not around—and that makes me a happy parent!

 

My favorite is that she calls fruit ‘nature’s candy’.  Love that!

Do you have your own strategies for creating nutritious meals with your children?

Please share in the comments section below!

Looking forward to your next visit,

Claire

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