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Banana Ice Cream

Written by Sheila Emery Murphy on .

 

It is amazing how freezing a banana transforms this humble, ordinary fruit into something spectacular! It becomes a delicious “ice cream” dessert kids will love and moms are happy to scoop into a bowl. Banana ice cream is my summertime secret weapon. Here’s how to make it in two simple steps...

Step 1: Peel & slice a banana and place in freezer-friendly container. Freeze for 6+ hours.

Step 2: Place frozen banana in food processor and blend. It will transition from a crumbly texture to smooth. Variation pictured below is with an added spoonful of peanut butter and a few chocolate chips – a favorite at my house! Feel free to add other fun flavors to the basic banana ice cream recipe.  

  

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Kebabs

Written by Sheila Emery Murphy on .

You’ll have extra luck getting your kids to eat their colors when they come in a rainbow! Easy to make and delicious to eat, these treats were a big hit in my daughter’s classroom for their St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Simply use 6” drink stirrers – just the right size for small hands – and add your favorite fruits in the color of a rainbow. Or, provide all the ingredients and let the kids create their own rainbows! The pot of gold at the end of this rainbow is a happy, healthy kid.  

“Super Snacks” for School Valentine’s Party

Written by Sheila Emery Murphy on .


Teachers and parents made a big difference this year at my daughter’s school for their Valentine’s Day Party. Parents were asked to contribute “healthy red snacks” for the kindergarten classes. Guess what? They did! And… the kids ate them! A list of ideas for the snacks was sent to the parent community and nearly every single item was provided, plus a few other items from inspired moms & dads. A big hit was a parent who cut red bell peppers in the shape of hearts!

Kids eat with their eyes as much as their tummies. So keeping the snacks colorful and creative made the party a success. Another inspired contribution was a “Veggie Valentine Cup” (pictured above). Simply using colorful muffin liners and arranging a few carrot sticks, a grape tomato, a radish slice, a piece of cheddar and topped with a raspberry was a fun little sampler for the kids to enjoy.

 "Healthy Red Snack" List

Strawberries (organic, if possible)

Red apples (organic, if possible)

Red grapes

Watermelon

Grapefruit

Red beet chips

Raspberries

Grape tomatoes

Pomegranate arils

Water 

Bravo to the teachers for their commitment to bring good food into their classroom. Bravo to the parents who embraced the request. And, kudos to the kindergarteners who tried something new and enjoyed a real food sweet treat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gladly Grateful

Written by Sheila Emery Murphy on .

I have a piece of paper on my refrigerator. Some days I am so preoccupied with what I am taking in & out of the refrig I don’t even notice it. This is ironic, since I put it on my refrig – at eye level – so I would see it every day. The piece of paper simply says “Be Thankful” followed by a list of reasons.

Today is one of those days I really “see” the message and it gives me pause as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. It reminds me of all the beauty and joy in my life and, in many cases, it is simply a matter of positive attitude and perspective. The words on this paper, by an unknown author, are my “gift” to you.  Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times, you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be grateful for the good things.

A life rich in fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

 ~Author Unknown (but very wise!)

 

 

Unjunk Your Halloween

Written by Sheila Emery Murphy on .

There is still time to "unjunk" your Halloween and give your little ghouls & goblins a festively fun treat!  Stickers, glow sticks, small skeleton toys and other Halloween party favors found at places like Party City make great choices for trick-or-treaters.  If you prefer to give candy, that is fine just be sure it is made with real ingredients.  Candy companies like "Unreal" and "Yummy Earth" (both available at major grocery chains like Whole Foods) make delicious candy treats with ingredients that read like a recipe, not a scary science project.  Wishing you a happy & healthy Halloween!

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