Recipes

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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Green + Yellow Light Cookie Makeover

We have cookies around us in grocery stores, events for baking cookies, and even special seasonal cookies to go along with each holiday. It can be hard to find any cookies that match up with your Kurbo goals, so here’s the catch: not many cookies out there are free of red lights. Here are some simple recipes to save the day by using wholesome ingredients. Some of them don’t even require an oven! So the next time your inner cookie monster wants to take charge, you can have a blast making green and yellow light cookies instead!

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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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Healthy Plant-Filled Dessert Ideas

Sweets and treats can be something we look forward to on birthdays, at social events, or even after a long day. More often than not, these desserts are red lights filled with sugar, and they tend to lack the nutrients that keep us healthy and energized. The good news is there are many desserts that can be just as yummy, but are filled with things that will not affect our red light goal! Here are some plant-filled desserts that are low in red lights and high in flavor!

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Grain Bowls

Grains are hot. Grains in a bowl tossed with a bunch of yummy, crunchy, flavorful and nutritious ingredients is even hotter. All you need to do is pick a base, like brown rice, quinoa, millet, or oats, then decide if you’re going sweet or savory. For sweet bowls, you top the grain with a variety of fruit, spices, yogurt, and almonds. If you’re feeling savory, you add chopped veggies, protein, and a light sauce.
Grain bowls provide a balanced meal in one spot. Whole grains are packed with fiber, helping you feel fuller longer and keep everything moving through your system with ease. When consumed with the vitamins and minerals of fruit or veggies, your body is charged up for a healthy, energized, and wonderful day.

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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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Your Mom Was Right, Breakfast Is Important!

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” – Moms Everywhere

Yes, mom was right. Breakfast is an important way to start the day, for kids and adults alike. Skipping breakfast can lead to erratic eating patterns throughout the day, indulgence in more junk food and ultimately, weight gain.  

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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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Recipe for a Balanced School Lunch

Packing a lunch for school can sometimes feel like more of a chore than a fun task. By planning ahead, organizing a grocery list, and working together, your school lunch can go from dull to delicious! We often think a packed lunch has to automatically be a PB&J sandwich, or a hot lunch from the school cafeteria. Here are some incredibly easy additions to prepare for your lunch away from home!

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