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How To Treat Yourself to a Healthy Halloween

EAT, holidays By October 30, 2011 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Halloween can be a tricky holiday. The omnipresent candy, the festive parties, and the excited enthusiasm of costumed kids can make us go overboard on treating ourselves – especially since we can rationalize that the holiday comes but once a year.

Truly, Halloween is a good time to treat yourself and your kids – not just with a little extra candy, but also with family activities. Bob for apples, tell spooky stories, or have a mini pumpkin hunt!

Halloween definitely doesn’t have to be scary for your health. This list of tips and recipes will help you moderate the treats and avoid the tricks.

Candy

The trickiest part of Halloween is keeping yourself and your kids from going nuts over all that candy. It’s in the grocery, the drugstore, and practically pouring from every nook and cranny, all shiny in neat individual wrappers. One piece seems so small, almost harmless.

Of course, it comes in a bag with 50 or 100 other tiny “harmless” pieces. Take heart, though – we have a few ways to tackle the Halloween-candy blues while still allowing a little festive indulgence.

Handing Out Candy Without Diving Into the Bowl

1. Buy a candy brand that you don’t particularly like to eat for handing out to the trick-or-treaters. Candy corn if you’re a chocolate lover, or Milky Ways if Bit O Honey is your downfall. You’ll be more likely to leave some for the trick-or-treaters.

2. Handing out apples might lead to an egged house, nor is it PC anymore, but non-edible options like stickers or yo-yos can be good for treat bags, too. Maybe include an organic lollipop or even a mini larabar for good measure.

3. Go small. If you hand out something in really small portions like Hershey’s Kisses, not only will you be giving less sugar to the kids, but you can also enjoy a few chocolate morsels yourself without much guilt.

4. Buy better candy for yourself and your family. Have a small stash of quality chocolate, and you’ll be less likely to break into the cheaper not so satisfying stuff. For extra benefit, choose dark chocolate – it’s delicious and loaded with health promoting flavonoids. Try Nibmor, Cocoa Camino, Endangered Species, Denman Island or Green and Blacks.

Keeping Your Kids Safe from Sugar Shock

1. Eat a scrumptious, filling meal before you and your kids hit the pavement. Both of you will be less tempted to munch on candy while you go door-to-door.

2. Upon arriving home after trick-or-treating, let your kids pick out 5 or 6 pieces of candy to enjoy that night. Then pop their bag in a hidden spot. They won’t be able to eat it as fast. Younger kids may also forget about their stash altogether – out of sight, out of mind.

2. After Halloween, ration out the candy as you see fit, OR…

3. Buy the remainder candy off them. Your kids might be happy to trade their hard-earned candy for cold cash, a new toy, or a promise of a trip to the zoo!

Fall Foods

Rich in fall flavors, these recipes are sure to keep you and your guests in the Halloween spirit:

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
Fall Quinoa

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Article by Alyssa Schottland-Bauman, Nourished.ca

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Kid’s Potato Latkes

EAT, holidays, snacks By September 26, 2011 Tags: , , , , No Comments

A traditional Hanukkah treat, potato latkes needn’t be reserved for the holidays.  A fantastic source of protein, they can be served with apple sauce or sour cream and are a perfect size for tiny toddler hands.  To reduce fat and calories, the latkes can also be baked in a 400 degree oven.

Ingredients:

8 to 10 medium russet potatoes
1 large brown onion
2 rounded tablespoons jarred minced garlic
4 eggs
1 cup matzo meal
1/2 cup canola oil
coarse kosher salt

Peel and quarter the potatoes and onions.  Pulse in 2 batches in a food processor until the potatoes and onions are finely minced. Add 1 rounded tablespoon of minced garlic and 2 eggs and pulse again. Add half the matzo meal and pulse once more. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and start a second batch using the same steps. Heat 1 inch of oil in a large skillet. When oil is hot ladle 1/3 cup sized portions (or smaller for tiny hands!) into the oil and cook until golden brown on the bottom. Once the bottom side is brown use a fork to gently flip over the latke.  When both sides are golden brown, lift the latkes from the pan with a slotted spatula and place on a paper towel to drain. Repeat the process with the remaining batter. Add more oil if necessary. When ready to eat, sprinkle the top of each latke with coarse kosher salt (to taste) and serve with a dollop of apple sauce. Makes 12 to 15 latkes.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments

EAT, holidays, snacks By December 11, 2010 Tags: , , , No Comments

When I was a student, I felt quite strongly about having a grown-up household on a low budget – especially for the holidays.  In decorating my Christmas tree, I discovered gingerbread ornaments and white bows.  Combined with tiny white lights, it was the most beautiful tree I had ever seen.  (and the anatomically correct gingerbread people made great conversation at parties).  Because we at UrbanMommies love the environment, and also feel that you can be stylish too – you might want to bake these with your kids.  I kept mine for over 10 years.  (Two tips: a)  they don’t taste great after a few years.  b) don’t let your dog eat them.)

Jill Amery

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Turkey Leftover turkey ideas for kids

Leftover turkey ideas for kids

EAT, family meals, holidays By October 5, 2010 Tags: , , , No Comments

Wondering what to do with all that wonderful leftover turkey from your last holiday? Here’s a healthy and delicious way to use that leftover turkey that your kids will love!

2 English muffins or Whole-wheat bun
2 leaves romaine lettuce
2 cups chopped skinless leftover turkey (white meat)
1/4 cup Hellmann’s® ½ the Fat mayonnaise-type dressing
1 /2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp. grated parmesan
Pinch of parsley
cracked pepper

Mix turkey, Hellmann’s®, parsley, lemon juice and parmesan. Add lettuce and stuff between two slices of bread. Makes 2 portions.

Chuck’s Sandwich-Making Tips

  • Have fun with leftovers. Sandwiches are a great way to transform leftovers into a delicious snack or meal. Try unusual fillings to make the most out of leftover food.
  • Plan ahead. Gourmet-inspired ingredients such as caramelized onions, seasoned mayonnaise, and roasted red peppers can take a sandwich from ho-hum to amazing. Prepare ingredients that require a little extra effort ahead of time or on the weekends when you’re less busy and keep them in the fridge to use all week.

– Chuck Hughes loves to create fab healthy sandwiches.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Oru’s Blueberry Blitz

EAT, holidays By July 28, 2010 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Mocktail1 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
6 Blueberries
6 Lime Leaves

Muddle Blueberries and mint with lime juice and simple syrup.  Shake over ice.  Top with soda or sprite if you want it sweeter.  Garnish with extra blueberries.

Recipe created for UrbanMommies by Oru Restaurant at the Fairmont Pacific Rim.

Photo: Bopomo Pictures.

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Kwanzaa

EAT, holidays By December 29, 2009 Tags: No Comments

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held mostly in the United States honoring universal African heritage and culture.  It is observed from December 26 to January 1 each year.  The principles of Kwanzaa should be shared and circulated throughout all cultures, as these philosophies promote peace, community-building and self-growth. Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration, featuring activities such as candle-lighting and libations, and culminating in a feast and gift giving. Each day, one of the seven philosophies is contemplated. 

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stone soup recipe

Stone Soup Recipe

books, EAT, GEAR, holidays By October 8, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Once upon a time, somewhere in post-war Eastern Europe, there was a great famine in which people jealously hoarded whatever food they could find, hiding it even from their friends and neighbors. One day a wandering soldier came into a village and began asking questions as if he planned to stay for the night.  “There’s not a bite to eat in the whole province,” he was told. “Better keep moving on.”

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