Celery Carrot Dip

24 Apr

It’s National Celery Month!  This creamy dip recipe is easy to prepare and easy to send for school snacks and lunches.

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Celery Carrot Dip

Servings:
1 Protein
1 Vegetable
1 Nutrient

Ingredients:
1 Chicken Bouillon Nutritional Supplement
1/2 cup Celery, raw
1/4 cup Carrots, diced
1 serving Cottage Cheese
Garlic Powder, to taste
1 Scallion, finely minced

Preparation:
Puree all ingredients together in a blender until creamy. Serve with celery, broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots. Make sure you count the vegetable servings that you dip with as extra vegetable servings.

 

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Every Kid Healthy™ Week

22 Apr

Childhood obesity is on the rise.  Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning – because healthy kids are better prepared to learn! Anyone can get involved and be a part of the celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools with a school health event. Schools are invited to host an event during Every Kid Healthy Week or anytime in April.

What are you doing to improve your child’s health and wellness?

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For more information, visit:  http://everykidhealthyweek.org/

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

20 Apr

It’s National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day!

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Servings:
0.5 Protein
1 Fruit
1 Nutrient
1 Supplement

Ingredients:
1 Oatmeal Nutrient (Dry)
1 Vanilla Pudding Shake Supplement (Dry)
1 Egg
1 tsp. Sweetener
1 serving Pineapple, sliced into rings

Preparation:
Mix together the oatmeal and vanilla pudding shake. Add sweetener and egg. Add water if needed in small increments to batter. (Thick consistency desired). Spray baking dish with Pam. Place the pineapple rings on the bottom. Spread batter on top of pineapple. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until batter is completely cooked.

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5 Easy Perennial Vegetables & Herbs to Grow

14 Apr

Most of our favorite vegetables such as peppers or tomatoes (technically fruits!) – are annuals.  They complete their life cycles in a single growing season so we have to plant them year after year.  While there aren’t many true perennial vegetables, there are some that behave that way and can return each year.

 

  • Asparagus. Once planted, a good asparagus bed can last for decades, with weeds being their only real enemy.  Keep your bed weed-free by adding a layer of compost on top each year.   Asparagus “crowns” can take about three years to fully mature so be patient, as they are well worth the wait for a bountiful spring harvest.
  • Chives. The slender leaves can grow up to a foot long and are very popular throughout the world.  They are easy to grow and can form clumps fairly rapidly.
  • Garlic. Break the head of garlic apart into individual cloves and plant them in a sunny, well drained bed with the root side down.  The soil should cover them so that the cloves barely stick up above the ground. When it’s time to harvest, leave some of the smaller plants to die – they will come up again the following year and will provide a new crop.
  • Peppers. Although they are planted as annuals, pepper plants can be brought inside and cared for over the winter, and returned to the garden in the spring.
  • Wild Leeks. Relative of the onion, Wild Leeks are also known as “Ramps”. These plants are tender early in the spring and produce edible bulbs in the fall, winter and spring.
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Chicken Fruit Salad with Yogurt Curry Dressing

9 Apr

National Celery Month is here!  Celery adds a delicious crunch, can boost your fiber intake and aid in digestion and weight loss. This Chicken Fruit Salad recipe is perfect for a light lunch or brunch!

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Chicken Fruit Salad with Yogurt Curry Dressing
**Freedom Plans 5-7 ONLY**

Servings:
1 Protein
1.5 Vegetables
1 Fruit
1 Dairy

Ingredients:
1 serving Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
6 oz. Plain Low Fat Yogurt
1 Tbs. Light Mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. Curry Powder
1/2 small Apple (chopped, unpeeled)
1/3 cup fresh Pineapple
1/2 cup Celery (diced)
1/4 medium Red Onion (minced)
2 cups of Endive
1 MWLC Chicken Bouillon Fiber Fulfill
1 cup Water

Preparation:

Directions for dressing: In a small bowl mix together the yogurt, light mayonnaise and curry powder with a whisk and set aside.

Directions for salad: In a sauce pan over low heat add MWLC chicken bouillon packet, water and chicken breast and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let chicken sit in bouillon for 20 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle. Take chicken out of pan and sit on cutting board for 5-10 minutes. Once cooled cut chicken into ¼ inch cubes. In a large bowl mix together the apple, pineapple, celery, red onion and dressing toss to coat evenly. Add the endive and chicken toss again to mix all ingredients together.

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Chocolate Caramel Nut Cake

5 Apr

Are you a Caramel lover?  It’s National Caramel Day so satisfy your sweet tooth with our Chocolate Caramel Nut Cake recipe!

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Chocolate Caramel Nut Cake

Servings:
5 Nutrients
2 Snacks

Ingredients:
3 MWLC Pancake Nutrient
2 MWLC Proticcino Nutrient
2 MWLC Brownie Snack Bar
1 MWLC Sweet and Salty Snack Bar

Preparation:

Cake: Create pancake mixture per the packet instructions, add a couple drops of vanilla extract, then microwave both halves separately.

Frosting: Microwave the snack bar for 1 minute in water and then blend the melted bar with the cappucino nutrient. Grind up 1 sweet and salty snack bar and coat the cake. Enjoy!

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Walking Tips: Do’s and Don’ts

4 Apr

Set a goal, make a time commitment and keep track of your progress!

Do…See a doctor.  Talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise program and get a full physical. Let the doctor choose an exercise program that is right for you.

Do…Drink water. Extremely important on hot and humid days, drink before, during and after your walk.

Do…Eat well.  Eating a healthy and balanced diet will help you get the maximum benefits from walking.

Do…Choose a smooth level surface. This will result in less fatigue and fewer injuries.

Don’t…Walk right after or before meals. Walking 2 hours after a meal and waiting 20 minutes after your walk to eat should be sufficient.

Don’t…Walk on ice or walk during a lightning storm.  Try walking inside the mall on days with bad weather.

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