So this past week has been a pretty good relaxation from school. We had a nice Fall break filled with:
- Sleeping in
Last night all of us siblings carved our pumpkins, watched scary movies, and made pizza! Court and I decided to share a pumpkin this year, and made a cute Tinker Bell One. 🙂 Speaking of Halloween, here are Tips on a healthier holiday without sacrificing fun and flavor from nutrition expert and healthy lifestyle consultant, Melissa Hooper:
Halloween can be a scary time nutritionally, so Voskos Greek Yogurt offers ways to make this and every holiday a bit healthier without sacrificing fun and flavor for the entire family.
There are ways to reduce calories, sugar and fat while avoiding all the frightful shrills and squeals! For parties as well as passing out treats, caramel apples make a healthier treat since caramel is low-fat. Plus, it’s a great way to sneak in a fruit. Rice crispy marshmallow treats also make a healthier alternative by using low-fat marshmallow and cereal, with the latter offering B-vitamins. Additionally, the marshmallow treats can be molded into fun shapes and characters such as ghosts and pumpkins. Children love getting hands-on and moms can help them make these types of easy and creative treats.
In addition to making nutritious tweaks to some of the traditional ways Halloween is celebrated (with candies and high-sugary foods), it’s important to remember that good nutrition is dependent on good dental care. So, while we may allow our kids to have a few more sugary treats than normal during this time, we have to also instill good dental habits such as brushing teeth after eating sugary foods. In fact, why not hand out travel-size toothbrushes and toothpaste on Halloween? Voskos Greek Yogurt recommends handing out some other fun treats along with the toothbrush and toothpaste, or you may find yourself the target of a trick! A few more hand-out ideas on non-edible items are match-box cars, pencils, mini-note pads, stickers, bubbles and small party favors.
According to Melissa Hooper, registered dietician of Bite-Size Nutrition, “Good nutrition begins with good dental care. Especially for children while they are still growing and developing, it is essential they get enough calcium to support strong healthy teeth during these formative years.” One of the best ways to get calcium is by eating Voskos Greek Yogurt. Voskos Greek Yogurt is a good source of calcium, has two times the protein, higher in probiotics and less lactose, all in addition to the delicious taste kids love. An 8 ounce serving of Voskos Plain Original Greek Yogurt has 30% calcium. Top this off with fresh fruit and nuts to start children off on a healthy track. “Some fun ideas for serving Greek yogurt are to make smoothies or as frosting on top of cupcakes and cookies. Kids, goblins and witches of all ages will eat it up!,” adds Hooper.
Visit http://www.voskos.com/fresh/ for healthy living tips and ideas on increasing calcium intake. For more healthy recipe ideas, check out the recipe section on http://www.voskos.com/recipes/. Coupons may be downloaded at www.voskos.com and/or at www.facebook.com/voskos.greek.yogurt.
Here’s to a Healthy, Happy Halloween!
Onto the Eats:
Maple Coffee Oats W/ a Gingerbread Struesal Muffin crumbled on top
humus Turkey & Spinach Wrap
Apple sauce Mess
Veggie Salad W/ a Turkey burger crumbled in, and Sweet potato Fries
Gingerbread Struesal Muffins from this lovely girl
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Pumpkin Cookie W/ Ovaltine
Strawberry Banana & White Chocolate Oats
Eggs, sausage, and avocado toast
Apple Cinnamon Oats W/ a pumpkin cookie crumbled in
Fruity Filled Cheerios
1 slice of whole wheat toast (Put in the toaster)
Spread humus on the toast
mash 1/4 of an avocado, and then spread on toast over hummus
then place red onion sliced on top
Sprinkle Sea salt, Garlic powder, and spike over the top.
We pulled out another loaf of Manna Bread out of the freezer
The simplicity of the ingredients is awesome!
Spread with a lil’ almond butter and cinnamon on top, and it taste better than Banana nut Bread 🙂 Yum! 10/10
Now to the Baby Shower…
Here are the cute Chocolate Covered Oreo’s Court and I spent one whole day making. Trust us, they are not easy to make! Especially if you are doing all the details.
And chocolate pretzel rods 🙂
Our mom went crazy and ordered the Personalised M&M’s that said “It’s a boy,” and “Tyler.”
Here We are 😉
These are our twin cousins Lexi and Logan!
Our brother Travis, Erica, and their friend Eric
The Grandpa’s, that is Grandpa from work aka Jay, (he’s a customer and a good friend to the family…lol), and our real Grandpa on the right.
The little girl that loved me, and sat by my side the whole baby shower
Ashley and her “Friend” Carlo
Travis and Erica opening gifts
And then he got cake smashed in his face by the boys!
It was a nice break, and now there are another 3 weeks till Thanksgiving break, which means our birthday and Christmas are fastly approaching, Yikes! Is anyone else starting to worry about gift shopping?
Since this week has allowed some time for shopping, Court and I spent a pretty penny at Ulta. And we have a product to rave about. TRESemme’s new Fresh Start Line. This whole line is awesome! We love how soft and frizz-free it makes our hair look. If you have never tried dry shampoo, you must 🙂 Your hair will thank you for the hydration without using all that water which gets rid of all the natural oils.
Have a Happy Safe Halloween!
XOXO-Court & Whit