healthy snack

Pumpkin Seeds at Home

After Halloween we’re left with pumpkins of all sizes here and there. Here’s a simple pumpkin seed recipe. Everyone at home loves this pumpkin seeds recipe.

Ingredients:

– Pumpkin seeds

– 1 tsp of butter

– 1 pinch of salt

Directions:

– Heat up oven at 345 F.

– Take the pumpkin seeds out of a pumpkin. Wash them throughly and place on a round baking pan or big plate where you can spread them out well. Let them air dry for about 4-6 hours or overnight.

Heat the butter until it melts and add the salt. Mix well. Add the seeds to the butter mixture. Cover a baking pan with a baking sheet. Place the seeds on the pan making sure they are well spread appart.

– Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until seeds are brown.

– Enjoy! 🙂

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Jump Rope for Heart Event

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Click Here! Watch me Jump and do some cool tricks! I invite you to give today.

Kids supporting kids with heart disease is what’s at the ‘heart’ of the “Be a Hero Campaign.” I decided to join in a local school’s goal ending on February 28, 2014.  Kids are jumping for heart early in the morning to give for this cause. Across the world Moms and Dads make countless efforts to keep kids on healthy eating habits and routine exercise. Yet, a heart can stop working for many medical reasons and this is why the “Be a Hero Campaign” is there. This campaign gives kids a chance to continue on one day at a time.

I invite you to click on the above link under the image and go to the cartoon video and message. I have also temporarily added a menu item at the top of my blog page. The image and video link will be waiting, hoping you find it in your heart to make a difference. Be a hero and give today.

Note: If the cartoon video does not open on a new tab, you may use the back arrow on your browser to return to my blog. Thank you.

Enjoy the holidays without the extra pounds?

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Every time Christmas comes around, worries about the extra pounds threaten the joy of the season. Some tips follow..

1. Entertaining at home. Shop wisely. Keep nuts, veggies and fruit snacks (carrots, celery, grapes, strawberries, etc) handy.  

2. Eating out. Eat a healthy snack before leaving home. Once there, look for healthy menu options. Most restaurants include calories and nutrition information or light options in the menu. (Chefs all over the country are working hard to make those light meals taste delicious anyway, so why not?)

3. Plan your event or outing ahead of time. Once on the road, avoid fast food stops. Pack containers with healthy snacks for kids and adults.

4. Catching up over coffee. Avoid whip cream additions; Choose non-fat milk and smallest size servings. Try to go for healthy snacks and avoid pastry options.

5. Taking the kids out for a treat. Choose frozen yogurt over ice cream. The frozen yogurt toppings bar will win any argument.  

6. Exercise. If your daily exercise routine is threatened, take 5 minutes out of your busy schedule to do some jumping jacks at home before heading out to greet friends and family.

IMG_4824Look forward to that unique and special [diet-breaking worthy] treat we only have this time of year! 

 

Healthy Snacks (Part 3 of 3)

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Nuts and dried fruits.

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Low fat yogurt topped with granola, nuts and raisins.

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Low fat yogurt topped with granola, nuts, raisins and fresh kiwi.

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Celery with peanut butter.

Combine nuts, dried fruits, veggies, [low-fat] dairy several ways. Indeed, a clean, easy, low-cost way to go when it comes to healthy snacks. This is not breaking news; rather a reminder. Healthy options abound in local and [even] convenience stores everywhere. Yet, sometimes what matters most are the choices we make.