Making Snacks Fun!

It’s a great week to get the kids in the kitchen.  Having kids make these nutritious snacks helps instill great habits for kids in the long run.   Adding fun items to festive treats always makes healthy treats more exciting. Try a any of these springalicious smoothies with some added decorations for fun!

For Decorations all you’ll need:

  • Plastic cups
  • Glue (we used hot glue because it’s faster and sticks very well)
  • A sharpie marker
  • Googly Eyes
  • Pom poms
  • And pipe cleaners

Pink Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 cup milk (almond milk or soy milk works as well)
  • 2 cup frozen strawberries

Green Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Orange Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 frozen banana

Yellow Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups frozen mango chunks

Purple smoothie

  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups frozen blackberries

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Recipe sourced from: http://www.superhealthykids.com/springalicious-easter-smoothies/

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

Easy Snack for Easter Break!

Try this simple and nutritious snack while home with the kids this week!  Have the kids help make them and they will love them even more.

Fruit and Yogurt Pops

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup yogurt (plain or vanilla)
  • 1 cup either fresh or frozen Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, Blackberries
  • Paper cups or Yogurt Containers
  • Popsicle sticks

Directions:

  1. Layer fruit and yogurt in cup.
  2. Place stick in middle of cup.
  3. Freeze for several hours or until popsicles are frozen through.
  4. Remove cup around yogurt.
  5. Serve and enjoy.

Yogurt Popsicles

Recipe sourced from: http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/healthy-party-food-for-kids/#SYZx73xSwe2iHyAf.97

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

 

Easter Morning Breakfast!

Making breakfast extra special on holiday’s is a tradition many families do.   Try this cute easy recipe for your kids on Easter Morning!

All you’ll need:

  • Whole Wheat Pancake mix
  • Bananas
  • A few chocolate chips
  • Dab of Cool Whip
  • Strawberries or any berries for the side

Easter Bunny Pancake

Serve this cute recipe with a side of milk, your kids will have a balanced breakfast and so will you!

We hope everyone enjoys their Easter break! Next week we’ll be posting some fun holiday recipes to try! You’re kids will love it

Recipe sourced from: http://www.lovemaegan.com/2015/03/the-cutest-bunny-pancakes-for-easter-or-everyday.html

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

Easter Morning Breakfast!

Making breakfast extra special on holiday’s is a tradition many families do.   Try this cute easy recipe for your kids on Easter Morning!

All you’ll need:

  • Whole Wheat Pancake mix
  • Bananas
  • A few chocolate chips
  • Dab of Cool Whip
  • Strawberries or any berries for the side

Easter Bunny Pancake

Serve this cute recipe with a side of milk, your kids will have a balanced breakfast and so will you!

We hope everyone enjoys their Easter break! Next week we’ll be posting some fun holiday recipes to try! You’re kids will love it

Recipe sourced from: http://www.lovemaegan.com/2015/03/the-cutest-bunny-pancakes-for-easter-or-everyday.html

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

Easter Party Platter!

Try this neat Easter platter at your KES Club or at home over the Easter Holiday’s! Here’s how it’s made:

What you’ll need:

  • Strawberries
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Yellow Peppers
  • Red Onions
  • Tortilla wrap

Directions:

1. Send all ingredients through food processor separately.                                                                                                                                                                                       2. Spread each tortilla with 1 tablespoon of cream cheese, and a layer of each fruit or vegetable. Then, tightly wrapped it up.
3. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap.  Then let it sit in the fridge for several hours to firm up, so it’s easier to cut.
4. Then, just before serving, you can cut it up. After your tortilla rolls have sufficiently chilled, slice each one about 1 inch thick.  Use a serrated knife so you don’t crush your rolls. You want them to stay round, or oval.

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 Recipe sourced from: http://www.superhealthykids.com/spring-rolls-easter-platter/

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Have these neat snacks today at home with your kids or tomorrow at your KES Breakfast Club.  Try and find the lucky pot of gold at the end of this healthy rainbow!  Including festive themes fruits and veggies at home or at your KES Club is a great way to get kids to try new foods!

All you’ll need:

  • Green, red, orange and yellow peppers
  • Cauliflower
  • Guacamole

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Recipe sourced from: http://www.greenkidcrafts.com/st-patricks-day-food-kids/

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

Celebrating Nutrition Month!

March is Nutrition Month and all month long we are spreading the word of Nutrition! Check out Dietitians of Canada’s Week 3 tips on Prioritizing Portion Size!

Set your table for portion-size success with these tips:

  • Use smaller, lunch-sized plates and bowls for meals. You will eat less but still feel satisfied.
  • Serve food, or have family members serve themselves, from the counter or the stove.
  • Keep serving dishes of vegetables on the table. If you’re still hungry, eat second portions of veggies.
  • Put large glasses of water on the table. You might even drink more water.

For more great resources check out www.dietitians.ca/

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Information sourced from: http://www.dietitians.ca/Your-Health/Nutrition-A-Z/Nutrition-Month/NM2016-Factsheets.aspx

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

7th Annual Rooting for Health

Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador in partnership with Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture, Agriculture in the Classroom Program, the School Milk Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Egg Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador is holding its 7th Annual Rooting for Health in five schools throughout our province today and tomorrow!  The purpose of this initiative is to help school aged children recognize the relationship between farming, food and health.  Farmers will provide details on their local trade.  Breakfast will be prepared by a chef using local ingredients including eggs, milk and berries.

We have a ton of special guests lined up for our events all throughout the Province and hope to have some special animal guests as well!!

Stay tuned to our Social Media Networks on Facebook and Twitter tomorrow AM @KidsEatSmartNL for lots of great pictures of our Rooting for Health events!

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Celebrating Nutrition Month!

Today marks the first day of National Nutrition Month!  This year’s slogan from Dietitians of Canada is “Take a 100 meal journey. Make small changes one meal at a time.” The goal of the campaign is to provide information and guidance to make it a little easier for Canadians to improve diet quality and decrease quantity. Think about it: Canadians eat about 100 meals each month.  Making small changes to these 100 meals will support healthier meals overall.

Here are some small changes you can make at your KES Club and at home:

  • Take the challenge to make positive changes to your meals this month!
  • Serve fruit and vegetables with every meal
  • Serve milk with every meal
  • Choose balanced portions at each meal
  • Try something new this month – add a new item to your KES Club menu!

Check out Dietitians of Canada’s website for a ton of great resources: http://www.dietitians.ca/Your-Health/Nutrition-Month/Campaign-Materials.aspx

Stay tuned to our Social Media Networks @KidsEatSmartNL for more tips and tricks to making small changes one meal at a time!

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Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.