Now that summer’s nearly over and the kids are heading back to school, it’s easy to feel a bit intimidated by how you’re going to approach keeping their food on the healthy side, especially since many schools offer lunch programs with a lot left to be desired. No need to feel you’ll have to default to buying junky, processed foods because there’s a cartoon on the box or you don’t have time to cook. Why would you want your kids to put corn syrup, hydrogenated oils or artificial anything in their little bodies?
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Seems as if it was just yesterday that we were bundling up to protect ourselves from those winter winds and storms. Now we’re rolling out the red carpet to greet summer’s sunny days. The challenge for cooks: What to make when it’s hot outside. It’s so tempting to head to the fast food drive-through for something easy and quick – but you know better than that! So what to do? We’re glad you asked. Here are our favorite tips for warm weather menus:
For any other meal, you can easily make small changes (such as swapping whole-grain bread for white rolls) to try to get your family to eat healthier. But at Thanksgiving dinner, they’re going to notice—and they’re probably not going to be very happy.
Luckily, there are some clever ways you can adjust traditional Thanksgiving recipes to cut down on calories, fat and sugar—without anyone even knowing. While writing out your shopping list for next week’s feast, keep these tips in mind:
1. Use fat-free/low-sodium broth for basting turkey
2. Replace butter and salt in mashed potatoes with olive oil and garlic/herbs
3. Top sweet potato casseroles with chopped pecans instead of marshmallows
4. Use yogurt or fat-free sour cream for dips and creamy dishes
5. Make mushroom gravy instead of meat-based gravy
6. Use whole wheat bread, and go heavy on veggies, for stuffing
7. Make salad dressing with flaxseed or hemp oil
8. Skip canned cranberry—make a simple sauce from crushed berries, apple cider and sugar (you’ll find many basic recipes online)
9. Replace one whole egg with two egg whites, or use apple sauce instead of oil, in dessert recipes
10. Replace sugar with stevia or another natural sweetener (widely available in granule form) in dessert recipes
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