Schools are looking for creative ways to celebrate special occasions that emphasize healthier options and make the celebration less about food. As the holiday season gets underway, I have some ideas to share with you that are all about fun and excitement with creative activities and “better-for-you” food options. (Many of these suggestions also help with allergies are some are gluten free and dairy free, all are nut free.)
We’ve all been there. It’s the night before your kid’s classroom V-Day party and you forgot you “volunteered” to bring in a treat for the class. It’s now 8 pm and you’re tired, but the grocery store is open until 9, so if you hurry you can put together something cute and healthy for the little cherubs to enjoy tomorrow. Here are two easy, tasty and Valentine-appropriate snacks that any kid would be proud to bring to the school soiree and a few completely store-bought ideas if you have NO time to prep anything—no guilt necessary!
Advertising certainly does its job this time of year when it comes to selling chocolate. It’s okay to hold out for a more nutritious treat–instead of munching on candy, satisfy your chocolate cravings as part of a more balance eating plan. Here are just a few Guiding Stars-earning suggestions to bring more chocolate to your day.
I know what you’re thinking…what about the holidays isn’t kid friendly? Or possibly, what about the holidays is at all adult friendly? I mean, while we run about in chaos, our kids simply get to celebrate all month long with cookies and juice at ballet class and tree-shaped pancakes in Pre-k.
If only the holidays were actually like the way they look in movies. You know the ideal scene with just the right amount of snow, perfect decorations, beautifully prepared food and relaxed friends and family connecting to enjoy the season. In reality, the snow starts to fall just when you were heading out to shop, the decorations barely make it up, the food doesn’t look like the picture in the cookbook and in spite of all your best intentions to connect, you and your friends are all just too busy.
What’s the holiday season without a party, right? Navigating a buffet table laden with enough food to feed the neighborhood is no easy task, but we’ve got some helpful strategies that will let you enjoy the party without derailing your healthy eating habits.
Thanksgiving is a time to slow down and think about all that we are thankful and grateful for and to reflect on the many good things in our life. It is a time to share a delicious meal with loved ones and dear friends…and if we aren’t careful, it can be the meal that keeps on giving as we work our way through days of leftovers.
Today is the first day of Diwali, the Indian festival of lights celebrated by millions around the world. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, this simple, flavorful snack is a great way to enjoy a healthy, traditional Indian snack .