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Shan
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With an emphasis on fruits and vegetables for junior high teens in a 40 minute class, please!

Here's what I have so far:

Fruit smoothies
Salad toss (in a ziplock baggie)
Ants on a log (experimenting with sugar-free PB, Jiffy, and almond butter)
Fruit parfaits (w/yogurt, granola, and fruit options)
Vegie salad
Fruit salad

I want to offer a hands-on activity once a week.

We also do activities around world hunger, creating a nutrition scrapbook, making nutrition-theme cartoons, playing fruit basket upset, nutrition scavenger hunts, veggie critter creations and spud buddy creations, and exploring younger sibling activities (since they all have sibs or babysit.)

We have already made colored and herb or spice scented playdo and then created models of colorful fruits and vegetables.

So -- any ideas would be delightful!

[Smile]

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steven
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Guacamole

chestnuts

*mumbles something about raw bone marrow*

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Shan
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Guacamole . . . ooohhh! And salsa with chips. That they make . . . great idea!

*scampers off to find recipe*

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porcelain girl
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I love apple slices with sunflower seed butter.

Mediterranean plate with pita slices, hummus, cucumers, tomatoes, olives, and feta. Or pita pocket sandwiches with similar ingredients, or any good veggie combo.

Chocolate soymilk. Gold in a glass, my friend. Gold in a glass. Makes for some good smoothies, too, with bananas and the like.

Ever tried the Rosemary/Olive Oil Triscuits? They are amazing. They can definitely be used for something.

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I really can't say I care for guacamole.

But I love making it, it's fun! Avacados are expensive these days though.

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Well, within the limitations given I don't have much, but here are a couple of things I do.

Yogurt Salad - instead of salad dressing pour on your favorite fruit flavored yogurt. It makes a great salad. You get fruit, vegetables, and yogurt. Reasonably high in calories, but very low in sugar and fat.

I don't know if you are allowed to cook in this class, but another favorite of mine is...

Yogurt and pancakes - Instead of putting syrup and butter on my pancakes, I put on a cup of fruit flavored yogurt. Again, a reasonably hearty meal with low fat and sugar.

When I do this in a breakfast restaurant, it always turns heads, people see it and think it looks yummy, and it is.

This next idea may not be appropriate for this class, but it is a great snack idea for hot summer days. I buy frozen mixed fruit. Not frozen as in fruit swimming in sugar syrup, but plain fresh frozen fruit. You can by two or three bags of preferred fruit and mix your own. I buy mixed sliced peaches, strawberries, melon, and grapes.

When you need a snack in the summer, take the fruit out of the freeze, put it in a bowl, and eat if frozen. The best part is one small bowl makes for a very satisfying filling snack, so overall you eat less. Low sugar, no fat, cooling, and tastes great.

Just a couple of thoughts.

Steve/BlueWizard

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Shan
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Nifty ideas! Keep 'em coming!
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Kale Chips!

1. Wash kale and cut into pieces.
2. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
3. Bake in oven at 350 for 10- 20 minutes or until crunchy like chips.

Incredible, but true. Kale turns into a crunchy potato chip-like snack.

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1. Buy a box of satsumas.
2. Eat them.

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quote:
Originally posted by porcelain girl:
I love apple slices with sunflower seed butter.

Mediterranean plate with pita slices, hummus, cucumers, tomatoes, olives, and feta. Or pita pocket sandwiches with similar ingredients, or any good veggie combo.

Chocolate soymilk. Gold in a glass, my friend. Gold in a glass. Makes for some good smoothies, too, with bananas and the like.

Ever tried the Rosemary/Olive Oil Triscuits? They are amazing. They can definitely be used for something.

Are you...are you my arch-nemesis?
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quote:
Originally posted by Tante Shvester:
Kale Chips!

1. Wash kale and cut into pieces.
2. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
3. Bake in oven at 350 for 10- 20 minutes or until crunchy like chips.

Incredible, but true. Kale turns into a crunchy potato chip-like snack.

What an amazing idea! Thanks, Tante!
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Bagel chips (slice bagels into rounds-- it helps to do it on a bias to make them larger. Brush or spray with oil if desired. Bake on a sheet, pieces not touching, until crispy.) Serve with dip (a really easy one is home-made or store-bought salsa, poured over a brick of room-temperature low- or non-fat cream cheese. Spinach dip is also excellent.)
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quote:
Originally posted by erosomniac:
Are you...are you my arch-nemesis?

I certainly hope so.
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Oh, also, sweet potato "fries"? Take a little long but are yummy... (Cut sweet potatoes into sticks. Spread on sheet pan coated with cooking spray. Season to taste-- suggestions, salt, pepper, cinnamon, seasoned salt... Bake at 375 25 minutes or until crispy. Serve with, you know, ketchup. Or whatever else you like.)
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1. Buy a box of satsumas.
2. Eat them.


Eat your way through a satsuma field. I have done this. [Razz]

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(I'm looking at this month's Family circle and got some good ideas.)

-Sliced or halved pear spread with or dipped in non-fat ricotta cheese.
-Edamame-- really great for crunching on with just about anything, hummus, cheese, whatever stuff you like.
-traditional dips, like onion soup mix dip, can be made with a substitute for fatty sour cream. You can actually drain cottage cheese (non-fat works fine), put it in the blender, and it becomes a great substitute for sour cream. Then serve with carrot sticks, baby carrots, or celery sticks instead of chips.

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quote:
Originally posted by steven:
1. Buy a box of satsumas.
2. Eat them.


Eat your way through a satsuma field. I have done this. [Razz]

Wouldn't that be an orchard? [Big Grin]
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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
I really can't say I care for guacamole.

But I love making it, it's fun! Avacados are expensive these days though.

I'd say get rivka to send you some when her parents' tree bears but they honestly don't ship well.
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Wouldn't that be an orchard? [Big Grin]

I suppose. [Razz] It's really just a couple or three medium length rows at a small fruit "farm" in Fallbrook. They have white sapote (enormous white sapote trees), Fuerte avocadoes that ripen on the tree, cherimoyas, a few papaya, the satsumas, and a smattering of other trees. The satsuma trees are so small that I hardly think of them as "trees".

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quote:
Originally posted by ketchupqueen:
quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
I really can't say I care for guacamole.

But I love making it, it's fun! Avacados are expensive these days though.

I'd say get rivka to send you some when her parents' tree bears but they honestly don't ship well.
Also, while the tree is producing all right (we've have quite a few already), it is not doing so in the ridiculously excessive manner of last year. [Wink]

Pureed tofu works well as a substitute for sour cream in onion dip and the like too.

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Why are we so anti-fat? Eating fat doesn't make you fat, with the exception of goat dairy, and, in the case of coconut oil, actually causes weight loss. Low-carb diets wouldn't help people lose excess weight if fat made people fat, particularly good fats. Consumer Reports did a study of the major dietary fads that claimed weight loss results. The low-carb diet beat the rest by quite a bit. I've been eating low-carb/high-fat for quite a while now, and I feel great.

Sorry, I was going to let the anti-fat comments go. Forgive me.

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Who said we're anti-fat? I'm not anti-fat, I'm just anti-high fat when I'm not eating low enough carb to compensate. [Smile] I'm pregnant right now so I try to concentrate on making sure my fats are healthy fats, coming more from fish, vegetables, and the like rather than meat, milk, or other animal sources (except, like I said, the fish.)
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One of my favourite for this time of year is Golden Harvest Bars.

Golden Harvest Bars:
2 eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
1/2 cup of cooked squash or pumpkin (mashed)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp each of salt, cinnamon & nutmeg
2 tsp grated orange peel
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Icing sugar (optional)

In medium bowl, beat eggs. Add sugar, squash or pumpkin, oil and vanilla; beat well.
In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel. Add to egg mixture, along with raisins and nuts stirring to mix evenly.
Spread into greased 9" square baking pan.
Bake in preheated 350F oven 25 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched.
Cool on rack
If you wish sift icing sugar over top.


A strange, but good brownie recipe:
Bean Brownies:
1 cup cooked/canned Romano Beans
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped.

Put all ingredients in bowl in given order. Beat on low speed until very smooth. Grease 13"x9"x2" pan and turn in batter. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Cool in pan and ice with frosting if desired.

Strawberry Almond Smoothie:
10 frozen whole strawberries
1 cup almond milk*
1/2 cup silken tofu
2 tablespoons sugar

In a blender combine all ingredients until frothy and smooth.
*Almond milk is made from almonds and is non-dairy. If you can't find almond milk you can use 1% milk, but then it's not almond flavoured [Wink]

I've been known to sprinkle Parmesan cheese with a bit of oregano onto a pita and put it in the toaster oven until the Parmesan cheese was melted.

A quick other one I sometimes do is take half of an English muffin, put a slice of luncheon meat (turkey or chicken would be on the low fat end and salami on the high fat end) on it, a slice of tomato and sometimes a slice of cheese and put it into the toaster oven until melted.

Or Triscits and a slice of cheddar cheese put into the toaster oven until melted.

Other suggestions: Bruschetta, hummus, homemade unsweetened applesauce, apple crisp, homemade trail mix (use items with less salt), plain popcorn (you could sprinkle with some different spice combos)... I could go on and on [Smile]

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Awesome, list, Jaiden. All of those sounded awesome!
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Apple slices with peanut butter! (Although I usually end up eating straight peanut butter... [Wink] )
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No-Cook sweet (but mostly healthy) treats a.k.a. Musketballs

1 c Peanut Butter
1 c Rice Krispies
1 c raisins
1 c honey
1 1/2 c nonfat dry milk (to remove the sticky)

Mix together in bowl, roll into walnut sized balls, refrigerate and eat.

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You can put sunflower seeds in those for extra crunch, too. Or roll them in them after they're in balls, but before refrigerating.

And they're also good with sweetened dried cranberries, dried cherries, or chopped dried pineapple or apricots subbed for the raisins.

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Introduce them to the wonders of edemame (soybeans), one of the easiest foods in the world to prepare.

Roasting pumpking seeds is great, but we're past October now, and I imagine they're hard to find.

Gazpacho?

English cucumber tea sandwiches with chutney? (Okay, stretching.)

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Cool non-cook recipe, AJ! Do they have to be refridgerated, or can they be eaten right away?

I have a slight handicap in that I am in a room with a tiny sink and no oven. (Pre-empted by the Mexican cooking class . . . sigh)

And eight very active teens!

Although they did center and get very quiet with their scrapbooking activity, today.

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