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Healthy Snacks for National Nutrition Month 2014

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Enjoy the taste of eating right.” It’s been really cold out – and when it’s cold, we definitely snack more than we usually do.  BUT snacking can be good if they’re eaten with purpose and thought.

We asked you – our patrons – to send us your favorite healthy snack recipes. Here they are below!

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BAKED APPLE CHIPS
Recipe by Kathryn Braisted for National Nutrition Month, March 2014

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 apples of your choice (though a firmer variety like Gala works better than McIntosh)
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, or other spices
Directions:
Preheat oven to 250 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice apples very thin, with either a sharp knife or mandolin. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon on one side. Bake for 45-55 minutes, flipping once after about 35 minutes. Finished chips should be crisp.

 

CILANTRO PEACH PASSION GREEN SMOOTHIE
Recipe submitted by Penny Glover

Cilantro is the hero of this green smoothie, thanks to it’s awesome cleansing powers. Peaches lend a lovely summer flavor that combines well with the coconut water to replenish and restore your body.

Ingredients:

  • 11/2 cups fresh kale
  • ¾ cup coconut water
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro (coriander)
  • 2 cups peaches, frozen
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds

Directions:

1. Blend kale and coconut water together until smooth.
2. Add remaining ingredients and blend again.
3. You can either blend in chia seeds or sprinkle on top— whichever you prefer.

 

KALE CHIPS
Recipe by Becky Wilcher

Ingredients:

  • Handful of kale
  • 1 Tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non-insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. With a knife or kitchen shears, carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
  3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.
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Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day – by Kristen Worch

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For those of you who don’t know, March is National Nutrition Month which is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Their slogan this year is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”. I am not a nutritionist or registered dietitian. I am simply a local mom on a mission whose intention is to spread the word of healthy and nutritious eating & lifestyle choices. My goal is to educate and support those intending on living their optimal life right now while enhancing their well-being, focus, and self-confidence; at the heart of my goal is kids.

Eating proper and real food is so essential to a person’s well-being – mind and body. We are a society so focused on fad diets and crazy workout regimens that if we just started focusing more on the type of foods we put into our body (and our children’s bodies) weight wouldn’t be such an issue anymore. Real Food – from farm raised beef, eggs and chickens, to fruits & vegetables pulled right out of the garden – is so essential for our nutrition. These products contain the dense minerals and nutrients our bodies need to thrive and believe it or not, they actually taste great! There is nothing better than strolling your local farmers market on a Spring day exploring all of the local produce that your town has to offer. I highly recommend you take your kids with you – get them involved – because they’re more likely to eat what you put in front of them if they’re part of the deciding factor. Putting these real foods into your body will improve your mind, energy level, sleep patterns, and overall well-being. You don’t need to overhaul your routine completely, but if you swap out a few low-nutrient food choices for some fresh ones I guarantee you’ll see (and feel) a difference.

One thing I cannot stress enough to people I talk to is to drink more water. There is nothing else your body thrives off more than water. Water alone hydrates and cleanses your body each day. If you can switch out some of your daily beverages for a glass or two of water then you’re headed in the right direction. Focus on you, you can’t change the world in a day. But by taking one step at a time, you certainly can Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day. I believe in you!

This blog post was written by Kristen Worch, otherwise known as Nutrition Mama.  Kristen is a proud mother of three, and a Nutrition & Wellness Advocate.  Check out her personal blog, Choices: Nutrition. Life. Love.

Want to write a guest blog post for us about what “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” means to you?  Email Jessica for more information.