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Protein for growing and grown kids

Protein for growing and grown kids

Most parents think of red meat as a protein source, and that’s fine, but you should also consider other sources. Try scrambled eggs with cheese, hummus dip with carrots, veggie burgers, and quesadillas or burritos with beans. Keep in mind that your kids should eat plant sources of protein too. Simply pair different proteins such as grains and legumes at meal time.

Roast the Seeds

Roast the Seeds

You’ve never had roasted pumpkin seeds like this! After the pumpkin has been carved, try this simple trick to get rid of the slimy goo and guarantee a truly tasty treat.

What you need...

  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Seasonings to taste

What you do...

  • Scrape the seeds out of the pumpkin.
  • Rinse the seeds to remove the pumpkin particles and any strings.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Bring to boil about 2 cups of water to 1/2 cup of seeds.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt per cup of water and boil for 10 minutes.
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Benefits of whole grains?

Benefits of whole grains?

Well, we are happy to share a few benefits of this High Fiber, Gluten-free Ancient Grain called Sorghum. Its health benefits include more antioxidants relative to other grains and fruits; and medical evidence shows that whole grains reduce risks of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and more. Go to www.wholegrainscouncil.org for more information.

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Make it a Chef Night

Make it a Chef Night

It’s not always easy to get the whole family together to enjoy a meal – we get that! However we may be able to help you out with a few tips to inspire your family to gather around the dinner table this month and beyond.

Pick a new head chef for each family chef night (maybe once or twice a month.) Let them choose the meal and you can help with groceries. Maybe start with the oldest sibling. A 10 to 12 year old should be able to jump right in. However, adult supervision is necessary. Make sure they can follow kitchen rules: using knives safely; protecting hands with appropriate potholders, preparing oven or microwave temperatures and settings. Have them find simple recipes on Pinterest. Go Chef!

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1200 Calories

1200 Calories

We all know that to lose weight we have to consume fewer calories than we burn. But be careful. Consuming too few calories can actually make you gain weight. Sure, you’ll lose weight at first, but you’ll gain it all and more back because it will slow down your metabolism. A safer, more effective way is to find out the total calories you should eat each day to maintain your current weight and adjust from there. Reduce the number of calories and increase the amount of activity to create a negative balance. But, don’t go less than 1200 calories - no matter how much you currently weigh. Try using a weight loss app to help keep you on track. And make sure you eat foods that are good for you. Go for healthy, not just skinny.

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