Author:Jennifer

DIY Edible Arrangement

Have you ever had an Edible Arrangement, that beautiful bouquet of fresh, sweet fruit? If you’re like me, you love the way they look and, especially, the way they taste! For a health-conscious eater, they’re such a great alternative to a sugar-filled bag of candy or traditional box of chocolates. However, what you may not like so much is the price. The smallest fresh fruit arrangement will cost you at least $35; you could buy A LOT of fruit for that money!

So, one way to get a lovely fruit bouquet and save yourself the money is to make a DIY Edible Arrangement. It’s really quite simple.

Here’s what you need to make your own DIY Edible Arrangement:

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How To: Pick Healthy Meals At Restaurants

You may have discovered that it’s easier to stick to your health goals, like choosing yellow and green light foods, when you eat at home. When you’re in control of the ingredients you choose and how the meal is prepared, you can be more sure of what you’re actually getting (as in, not too many red lights!) But, let’s face it, eating out at restaurants is part of everyday life. Plus, it’s fun to do once in a while, right?

So, how do you pick healthy meals at restaurants, so you don’t get too off track? Here are a few tips to picking healthy meals for your next restaurant order:

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15 Minute Stir-Fries

I love stir-fries. They’re easy, delicious and one of the fastest all-green and yellow meals you can make! You can easily whip up a stir-fry in as little as 15 minutes. To prepare a nutritious 15-minutes stir-fry, just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Pick a yellow-light base, like rice (preferable brown rice) or quinoa
  2. Pick a yellow-light protein, like chicken or lean beef
  3. Pick a variety of your favorite green lights, like onions, green beans and broccoli
  4. Pick green or yellow-light seasonings, like soy sauce and spices

Here are two 15-minute stir-fry recipes you can use to get your started:

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How To: Sunday Night Meal Prep

You’ve downloaded the Kurbo app and have committed to eating healthier.  You’re excited to start eating more fruit and vegetables and reducing the number red lights you consume through premade meals and snacks.  Then your week begins, and life gets hectic.  School, homework, games, practices, family life, and all of a sudden, eating healthy seems really difficult.  There doesn’t seem to be time in your day to prepare a healthy, well-balanced meal.

What’s the #1 tip for success?  Meal prep!

Being busy doesn’t mean sacrificing your health goals.  When you meal prep, you save yourself the time, stress and frustration of eating a healthy meal when you want something fast and easy.  Popping a frozen dinner in the microwave doesn’t have to be your solution!  By doing some meal prepping on Sunday night, you set yourself up for success for the rest of the week.

Check out these tips on how to Sunday night meal prep:

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Two Spring Salad Recipes You’ll Love

Spring is officially here!  Flowers are blooming, colors are brighter and the sun shines longer. This means that you already have, or will soon be, ditching the heavy jackets, scarves and winter boots for cotton shirts, shorts and clothing that just feels lighter.  The same goes for your food choices.  As the weather gets warmer, seasonal food that is cold and lighter is more appealing.  And there’s nothing lighter and healthier than a good Spring salad!

Here are 2 of my favorite colorful Spring salad recipes that are full of delicious green lights:

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5 HEALTHY WAYS TO CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate, whether you’re Irish or not!  It’s a day filled with images of happy leprechauns, pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, lucky shamrocks and everything green.  And, what better way for Kurbo kids to incorporate the color green than by increasing their green lights?  Here are 5 healthy ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with a focus on our favorite green light foods:

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3-Day Meal Plan

A healthy 3-day meal plan is the easiest way to get on track with your health goals. You don’t have to think about anything other than the shopping because we’ve made sure that all the meals are balanced, nutritious, and tasty. The truth is, taking a few minutes to make a meal plan saves you time and stress.  When hunger strikes, and you have all of your meals and items on hand ready to go, you will really appreciate it!

Keep your meal plan balanced with plenty of green and yellow lights with some red lights that are within your red light budget goals.  Include easy-to-pack snacks and after-school snacks you can quickly and easily make at home. Here is an example of a well balanced 3-day meal plan:

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Tips to Make Healthier Choices in the School Cafeteria

Getting food in the school cafeteria can be a very easy, convenient way to get your lunch every day.  It can also be a very cost-effective way for many families, depending on your situation and school district. And while it’s so important to get your midday fuel to keep you energized and focused for the rest of the school day, many of the options available in the cafeteria can be unhealthy and void of key nutrients that you need.

So, how do you stay on track with your Kurbo goals when you get your lunch at school?  Here are a few tips to help you make healthier choices in the school cafeteria:

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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Without Candy

It feels like the holidays were only yesterday, and we are just now getting past all the celebrating, food and treats.  Maybe you have taken the new year as an opportunity to make a fresh start to your health and fitness goals.  And, just like that, another candy and sugar-filled holiday is upon us – Valentine’s Day!  Another day that tempts us with heart-shaped candies that we get with every Valentine at school and chocolate, cookies and cupcakes that we get from our family and friends.

And, while it’s hard to tell from everything we see in the stores and on TV, Valentine’s Day is not really about candy and sugar.  It’s about showing love to the special people in our lives.  This can be done in many, many ways that don’t involve added sugar at all!  Consider these ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day without candy:

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