National Nutrition Month

By: Alison Puzia, Guest Contributor

salsaMarch is National Nutrition Month, a great opportunity to introduce healthy new recipes into your family’s diet. This March, spice up snack-time with some of these healthy alternatives and teach your children to make healthy choices.

1. Homemade Salsa

Many store bought salsas are full of preservatives. Go natural- make your own from fresh vegetables. You’ll never taste the difference and your body will thank you!

http://www.rd.com/slideshows/stop-the-craving-24-healthy-snack-ideas/#slideshow=slide5

2. Nutella & Bananas on Crackers

Any choco-holic or Nutella-lover will go bananas for this snack! This simple recipe requires five minutes of prep time and three ingredients, yet covers multiple cravings and food groups. What could be better?

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/quick-easy/healthy-snack-ideas-00100000085108/#4

3. Slow Cooker Tacos

Make Mexican healthier by skipping the cheese and sour cream. Your kids will love this meal, and the best part is you can cook the meat in the crock pot and let it cook while you work!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/slow-cooker-pork-tacos-recipe.html

4. Chicken Tagine with Olives

Give your boring chicken dinner a Mediterranean twist. This flavorful meal covers a variety of food groups and will be perfect for the whole family.

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipe/chicken/chicken-tagine-with-olives/

5. Smoked Salmon Potato Bites

This different snack is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and is a great source of protein. Try it tonight!

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/smoked-salmon-potato-bites-00100000110559/index.html

6. Spicy Chicken Pizza

When your kids beg to order a pizza, pull out this recipe. This healthy take on pizza will leave them begging for seconds!

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipe/chicken/spicy-chicken-pizza/

7. Cheesy Kale Chips

Craving something salty? Don’t reach for the potato chips (even the baked ones). Instead, try this easy recipe, minimal prep required.

http://www.rd.com/slideshows/stop-the-craving-24-healthy-snack-ideas/#slideshow=slide2

8. Eggplant & Feta Dip

This yummy snack can also be served as an appetizer. This simple take on baba ghanoush will leave your family and friends begging for the recipe!

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/eggplant-feta-dip-00100000110555/index.html

9. Penne Pasta with Spinach & Bacon

Who doesn’t love bacon? Incorporating a little of it into your pasta will make the taste go a long way without overdoing it on the calories.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Penne-Pasta-with-Spinach-and-Bacon/?prop24=hn_slide1_Penne-Pasta-with-Spinach-and-Bacon&evt19=1

10. Roman-Style Chicken

This delicious meal is only 266 calories. Prep time is only 20 minutes, so it’s perfect for a busy weeknight.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/roman-style-chicken-recipe.html

 

What’s your family’s favorite healthy meal or snack? We’d love to see your recipes!


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