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Snack Ideas for Kids in the Hot Summer Months

Snack Ideas for Kids in the Hot Summer Months!

Remember that feeling of summer time as a kid? Playing outside, getting dark late, swimming, chasing the ice cream truck…..oh, the deliciousness of those carefree, homework-free months!  Our kids today have all the same opportunities to enjoy summer but it seems a little less easy-going with the ubiquitous health crises we are in. Consequently, snack ideas for kids during the summer need to elicit the playfulness of summer and still be healthy for their growing bodies.

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Frozen Fruit Treats To Kick Off Summer!

It is easy to rely on high sugar popsicles to keep cool during the summer but now is your chance to gain some healthier habits! One of my favorite ways to stay cool AND increase green lights is to replace popsicles with these tasty treats made with frozen fruit. Frozen fruit is naturally sweet, cold and healthy, and gives us so many different ways to replace store-bought high-sugar snacks with healthier alternatives. Plus, these treats are super easy, so you won’t have any trouble making them yourself!

Check out some of these frozen fruit treats and give one a try this summer!

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How To: Make Your Own Salad Dressing

Have you ever made a salad full of fresh green light veggies, only to add on a red light salad dressing? I have, and sometimes it can detract from the benefits of eating a healthy salad.

WARNING: Many salad dressings contain a lot of added sugar and fat!

Make your own dressing and avoid making your healthy salad unhealthy. It’s super easy.

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Green and Yellow Light Tikka Masala

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup crushed tomatoes
1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk 1 Tbsp. cumin

1 Tbsp. garam masala
1 tsp. Turmeric
1 tsp. Coriander
1/2 tsp. Cardamom
1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces 4 oz. fat free or low-fat plain Greek yogurt

1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
4 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions

Combine the ginger, garlic, tomatoes, coconut milk, spices, and chicken in your slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours. Uncover and let cool ten minutes.

Stir together the yogurt and cornstarch in a small bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes to activate the thickeners. Stir few spoonfuls of the warm Tikka Masala sauce into the yogurt to bring the temperature up and prevent curdling. Pour the yogurt mixture into the slow cooker, stir, then let thicken for 15 minutes. Taste and add salt as needed.

Serve over basmati rice with a sprinkling of cilantro leaves.

*Adapted from Wanderlust Kitchen

Green Light Tacos

It’s true that tacos are traditionally served in fried corn tortillas, It may not be traditional, but foregoing the red light taco shell for a green light, is not only going to spare you on red lights, it tastes delicious, too! Here are some fresh ideas for taco night in your house that will leave your belly happy and will surely add to your green lights for the day.

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Three Fun Zoodle Recipes

A couple years ago my brother bought me a spiralizer for Christmas, and it’s been completely life-changing! Zoodles (or zucchini noodles) have become a staple in my diet since then. Why? It’s an easy way to add in green light veggies to your diet while still being able to enjoy your favorite types of meals.

If you don’t own a spiralizer, lots of grocery stores now sell zoodles already cut and ready to cook. These fun zoodle recipes are great for a busy weeknight when you’re looking to have a healthy, green-light filled recipe and don’t want to spend tons of time cooking.

Here are some of my fun zoodle recipe recommendations – I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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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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