Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Eating Clean Week 3: Healthy Treats

Making Healthy Habits for Ourselves and for Our Kids!

When it comes to snacks this doesn't mean Treats. Make sure you step up and explain to your kids that Treats are not snacks. We all love Treats sometimes, so let's look at some healthier ones to choose from.

I am a Mom of two boys. I know my kids are smart. If I give them knowledge on what is a good snack, treat or what is just plain garbage, they can make a choice and feel good about it. I bet your kids are smart too. I think as parents we either don't know any better, because it is how we were raised, or we do know and just don't make the time to teach our children about healthy food choices. I think even sometimes we fall into the time trap of teaching our kids about good choices and then continue to be examples of eating poorly. Which do you think is more powerful? They will do as you do for sure!

So what are some healthier treats you can enjoy making and eating with your kids?
1. Oatmeal Cookies:
2 2/3 cups unsalted Olivina Margarine
2 cups packed brown sugar
3 large Omega-3 eggs
3 tbsp honey
1 tbsp best quality vanilla
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
8 cups old fashioned rolled oats
4 cups Unbleached all-purpose flour
Optional: 8 oz raisins and 8 oz chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Cream the Margarine, sugar and eggs together, beat in honey, vanilla, sea salt till creamy. Use large wood spoon to work in flour and Oats till well blended. Make into 3 inch balls and bake 15 min or till brown on cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack. makes about 24 very big cookies.
380 calories, 4 g protein, 21 g fat, 47 g carbs per cookie.
( From the Eat Clean Diet book- by Tosca Reno)

My home love Shakeology Popsicles:
I make them with 1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology, 1 cup of soy milk, 1 tbsp of peanut butter! Blend and pour into Popsicle holder and freeze! Yummy! Change milk amount depending on taste.

Sorbe is a good choice too, We love Strawberry and Raspberry!

Want candy? How about Newman's Own chocolate covered peanut butter cups. Or Dark chocolate covered sunflower seeds. I also find dairy free, gluten free, nut free and soy free chocolate bars at Fruitful yields made by Enjoy life. I love to find allergy friendly choices too.

Another way to use Shakeology is with NO-Bake Cookies:
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup quick oatmeal
1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
1 cup Chocolate Shakeology powder
First, remove rings and wash hands really well. Then combine ingredients in medium bowl. Mix well. Roll into balls ( about a heaping teaspoon each).
Optional: roll in crushed nuts, oatmeal mixed with cinnamon, whole grain graham cracker crumbs, or unsweetened coconut flakes.

There are so many more options out there. I would love to hear from you on something that you have tried and your home loves.
It really is about us as parents making the time for ourselves to be healthy and being the example to our kids! Teach them how to make it easy and not stressful! This is important! Being the example shows your family that caring for yourself is a good thing, it helps us be more fully engaged in the lives of those we love and helps us set good habits that our kids will learn and that will help them be used to it, so when they get older they will have it down already. :)

If you need some ideas on what to eat or how to plan our your meals each day, please see some of the other posts in this challenge from week 1 and 2. Also the Eating Clean Tab above has some ideas too.

Love Life, Eat Clean, Stay Fit!
Danielle Laux

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