Kid-Friendly Individual Pizza

Ingredients 1 whole wheat pita round 1 ½ tablespoon low-sodium tomato sauce ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning ¼ cup low-fat shredded cheese, divided variety of veggie, fruit and/or meat toppings Directions Place the whole wheat pita on a cookie sheet. Spread tomato sauce evenly over pita. Sprinkle seasoning over sauce. Top with ½ of the cheese. … Read More


Healthier fast food taste at home

Two of my favorite things to eat growing up were chicken nuggets and French fries from a well-known fast food restaurant. I didn’t eat very much fast food growing up so it was a real treat when I did. I can still remember the warmness and the crunch of the first bite of a chicken … Read More


Easy Lasagna

Ingredients 1/2 pound lean or extra-lean ground beef or ground turkey 8 ounces egg noodles, uncooked (try whole grain) 12 ounces fat-free cottage cheese 2 cups reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded 1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted, diced tomatoes, not drained 1 cup water 1/2 teaspoon parsley 1/2 teaspoon oregano 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning Non-stick cooking spray Directions … Read More


Have Your Cake and Eat It Too?

So we all know that nutrition, fitness, and all that is in between is become a nation wide hot topic.  Whether you are committed to being fit or just getting started, our health is on our minds, splashed across magazine articles, and on our conscience.  I always try to tell myself that one healthy meal … Read More



Easy On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas

We keep hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but many people still have trouble finding time in their busy mornings to eat a nutritious breakfast. Here are some quick grab and go ideas: Whole fruit, like bananas, apples and oranges. (For an even faster option, keep peeled oranges in the … Read More


Easy salads

Keep chopped vegetables like carrots, cucumber, broccoli, and peppers in the fridge to top a quick and easy salad. If you pack a salad for lunch the night before or in the morning, layer it in a jar or plastic container with the salad dressing on the bottom with toppings like beans, carrots or bell … Read More


Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients: 1 sweet potato, unpeeled and washed 1 teaspoon oil optional spices (see below) Optional Spices: For additional seasoning and variety, you could add cinnamon and sugar garlic powder paprika curry powder cayenne pepper Italian seasoning your favorite non-salt seasoning Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 2. Cut potato into fry-like strips: First cut … Read More


Mini Pizzas

For a fun after school snack, top half of a whole wheat English muffin with salsa or tomato sauce, and low fat cheese. Microwave on high until cheese is melted. Try also adding other toppings:green bell pepperfresh tomatoonionsmushroomsleft over cooked chicken or ground beef1 pepperoni cut into quarters … Read More


Easy Oatmeal

Basic Oatmeal Recipe: *For an on-the-go version, cook oats directly in a microwave-safe tupperware container, or glass mason jar. Keep small plastic zip bags mixed with chopped dried fruit, brown sugar, nuts and spices to grab on the way out the door. Ingredients: 1 cup old fashioned oats 2 cups water (or milk) Directions: 1. … Read More


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