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Kid Friendly Neutral

Neutral After School Snacks

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There’s nothing like a quick and easy snack that contains no starches, no proteins and is essentially a “neutral” snack. Neutral foods are made up of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and/or soy.

Apples with Cheese: top apple slices with thin slices of non-dairy cheese.

Apple Peanut Butter Sandwiches: slices of apple topped with peanut butter.

Baked Tofu: slice baked tofu into sticks.

Banana Peanut Butter Bites: slices of banana topped with peanut butter.

Coconut Milk Yogurt: eat as is, use as a fruit dip or freeze in popsicle molds.

Frozen Grapes: freeze grapes. Eat directly from the freezer.

Roasted Endamame: pour one layer of shelled soybeans into a pie plate. Spray or drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and garlic or chili powder if you like. Roast at 450 degrees until lightly browned, about 10 to fifteen minutes. These are more delish than you can imagine!

Soy Yogurt: eat as is, use as a fruit dip or freeze in popsicle molds.

Veggie Sticks: dip radishes, celery, carrot, jicama, cucumber, bell pepper … into your favorite lo-cal dressing or stir lemon juice, salt, cayenne pepper and a little garlic into lo-fat yogurt.

 

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Healthy and Easy Fruit Dessert Recipe

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Desserts can often be a tricky area when living a healthy lifestyle.  Luckily, there are many desserts that call for natural ingredients that can actually provide health benefits to your diet and can work with your plan on how to lose weight fast through nutrition.  One of my favorite desserts involves using papaya, mango, pineapple, a little coconut milk and some pistachios.  Because of its ingredients, this dessert is not only a healthy option but is also gluten free and can be eaten by people who suffer from diabetes (depending on their current blood sugar levels). This dessert tastes delicious and is high in vitamin C, fiber and beta-carotene.  Plus, it is quick and easy to make.

The first thing to do is slice up a ripe pineapple, mango or papaya.  You can mix up a combination of the fruit or choose just one.  Place the slices into a bowl or on a serving platter.

Next, you will drizzle coconut milk (or lite coconut milk) on top of the fruit.  For about every 16 slices of fruit, you should use approximately 4 teaspoons of coconut milk.

Lastly, add about 2 tablespoons of pistachios.  Most people like when the pistachios are chopped up into smaller pieces, but chopping or not chopping is up to your personal preference.  If you are short on time, the dessert can be eaten immediately.  However, if it is a hot day it is usually better to pop it back into the fridge for 10-15 minutes to make it cooler before eating.

This is also a good recipe to serve to kids on a hot day instead of popsicles.  Just prepare the fruit and coconut milk and stick it into the freezer for about 2 hours.  You can add the pistachios when your kids are ready to eat or leave them off for your picky eater.  If you are adding the pistachios, I have found that slightly mashing the fruit up inside of a bowl makes it easier for the kids to eat the fruit and pistachios at the same time.  For more health and fitness tips, visit Know My Body.

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Low Calorie & Sugar Free Jello Gelatin Dessert Recipes

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Cool, clean, sometimes creamy and rich, sometimes bursting with fresh Fruit, gelatin desserts make my mouth water just thinking about them! And the beautiful thing is that I can have a rich and creamy dessert that is low calorie, high protein, low carb, low fat, Atkins compliant, in The Zone, Somersized … name your diet plan and jello will most likely be acceptable.

I prefer not to use sugar-free gelatin because it’s sweetened with aspartame. Aspartame has a strange effect on many people, completely halting weight loss. Don’t worry, it’s not permanent. It usually only lasts for the day that you’ve eaten aspartame. But since I don’t like to sabotouge a day of dieting, I prefer to use plain gelatin and flavor it with various items. If however, you don’t want to bother, you can always substitute sugar-free fruit flavored gelatin in the recipes below.

Note: If you use agar-agar or a soy based gelatin instead of gelatin then these recipes will be Neutral or vegan instead of  high protein recipes.

Basic Fruit Jello

If you’re having trouble getting your children (or DH) to eat fruit, this is an easy way to sneak it in.

Puree in blender

5 cups Fruit, fresh or frozen so that you end up with 3 cups puree
1/4 cup honey, agave nectar or unrefined sugar such as Sucanat or Rapadura

Dissolve 1 packet unflavored gelatin by sprinkling it over 1 tablespoon cold water in the same container that you’ll be serving from or storing your jello in. Then stir in 3 tablespoons boiling water. When the gelatin is dissolved stir in fruit puree. Cover and refrigerate until firm.

Insanely Low Calorie Fruit Flavored Jello

Dissolve 1 packet unflavored gelatin by sprinkling it over 1 tablespoon cold water in the same container that you’ll be serving from or storing your jello in. Then stir in 3 tablespoons boiling water. When the gelatin is dissolved stir in 3 cups water and enough of your favorite sugar free drink powder to flavor 3 cups of water. Cover and refrigerate until firm.

Basic Creamy Jello

Dissolve 1 packet unflavored gelatin by sprinkling it over 1 tablespoon cold water in the same container that you’ll be serving from or storing your jello in. Then stir in 3 tablespoons boiling water. When the gelatin is dissolved stir in:

3 cups non fat yogurt, pureed tofu, light cream cheese or light sour cream

1/4 cup honey or agave nectar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Flavor with any of the following:

  • maple syrup instead of honey and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • juice from one lemon, lime, or half an orange – use in place of the water and to replace an equal amount of yogurt
  • 1 cup strong decaf coffee in place of 1 cup of the yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup pureed fruit to replace 1 cup yogurt

Dripless Popsicles

This is such a brilliant way to enjoy a cold treat on a hot day without the mess of sticky juice running down your hand. Make up a batch of Basic Jello or Basic Creamy Jello according to the directions above. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.

Banana Cream Jello

Mash 1 to 2 bananas and stir into the Basic Jello or Basic Creamy Jello recipe, adjusting the liquid so that the total amount of jello is 3 cups.

Creamy Orange Gelatin

Puree in blender:

3 ounces tofu
1 cup nonfat yogurt or lowfat cream cheese
1/4 cup unrefined sugar
1 teaspoon orange oil or orange extract

Pour puree into a saucepan. Sprinkle 1 envelope unflavored gelatin over the puree. Stir over medium heat until gelatin is dissolved, 2-4 minutes. Pour into dishes. Chill until set.

Jello Torte

Make up 1 batch of Basic Jello. Pour 1/2 of it into a serving container and refrigerate. Set aside the other 1/2 of the recipe on the kitchen counter, do not refrigerate it. When the refrigerated jello is semi-firm, stir in 1 cup of your choice of fruit. Place back in refrigerator while making up 1 batch Creamy Jello.

Pour 1/2 the Creamy Jello into the serving container. Refrigerate until this layer is semi-firm.

Pour remaining 1/2 of the Basic Jello over the Creamy Jello. If the Basic Jello is not liquid enough to pour, gently reheat it in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds or over a double boiler. When this layer is semi-firm pour the remaining half of the Creamy Jello over it. Refrigerate until firm.

Toppings for Jello:

  • UnDiet Whipped Cream: Whip heavy cream flavored with vanilla extract and sweetened with honey, agave nectar or unrefined sugar until stiff peaks form.
  • Creamy Dip:: Whip 1 cup creme fraiche or heavy cream that’s been whipped into soft peaks together with 1 teaspoon grated orange peel, 1 teaspoon fresh orange juice and 1/2 cup date or maple sugar.
  • sliced almonds
  • chopped nuts
  • well-drained mandarin orange slices
  • sliced strawberries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • boysenberries
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Individual Apple Pies

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place sliced apples in a (well buttered) pie tin.

Sprinkle with a handful of unrefined sugar or any UnDiet-approved sweetener and (cinnamon, apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice …).

Bake for 20-30 minutes until apples are soft. Roughly mash with a potato masher or fork right in the pie tin.

Scoop out the middle of one or more whole wheat bagels. Toast and butter. Or use thick slices of whole grain bread, or English muffins. You could also use whole wheat pitas or whole wheat tortillas. Heat and butter the inside of the pitas before stuffing with the cooked apples. Heat and butter the tortilla before rolling up around the cooked apples.

Pile the apple mixture on top of your bread of choice.

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Quick Fudge

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Next time you’re hankering for a quick fix of chocolately deliciousness, this microwave fudge will have you in rapturous ecstasy.

Melt in microwave or over double-boiler:

  • 12-oz bag grain-sweetened chocolate chips
  • 8 oz grain-sweetened peanut butter chips (or additional chocolate chips)
  • 1 can SF sweetened condensed milk or ?cups from recipe

Stir in:

  • 2 cups or 4 handfuls toasted nuts
  • 1 cup or 2 handfuls raisins or other dried fruit (optional)

Press into lined pan and place in fridge until semi-hardened. Cut into squares and allow to fully harden.

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Cocoa Milk

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Use a blender to mix nondairy milk with cocoa or carob powder. I’ve tried both stirring with a spoon and using a wire whip but a blender or battery operated whisk works best to eliminate lumps and give the milk a nice froth. I sometimes blend up a big batch and pour it into a pitcher that I keep in the fridge. This way it’s ready for a quick drink, or to heat up for a nice hot cocoa in the morning.

Taste and if needed sweeten with one of the following sweeteners:

  • agave nectar
  • honey
  • Stevia
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Starch After-School Snacks

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Serve up these after-school snacks and your kids will be running home from school to snap them up!

Hummus

Serve any of the following as dippers:

  • bagel
  • whole wheat pita bread
  • pita chips
  • whole wheat tortilla chips
  • corn tortilla chips

Pudding Cake

In the morning line the bottom of a square cake pan with graham crackers. Cover with any flavor sugar-free pudding, then a layer of graham crackers, then pudding until the pan is filled, ending with a layer of pudding. By the time the kids come home you’ll have a delicious cake for them to snack on. And it doesn’t need to be frosted!

Bagels or English Muffins

Topped with:

  • soy cream cheese
  • peanut butter
  • jam, sugar free
  • cooked pureed Fruit
  • mashed bananas mixed with an UnDiet sweetener
  • butter
  • butter and/or honey, sprinkled with cinnamon
  • honey
  • hummus

Individual Apple Pies

Grilled Cheese  Sandwiches

The quickest way to make this sandwich is to melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Place bread slice(s) in pan, top with nondairy cheese, then second bread slice. Add more butter if necessary when turning to brown other side.

Add one of the following between the bread slices:

  • sliced apple
  • sliced pear
  • sliced tomato
  • frozen, thawed & squeezed dry spinach
  • steamed cauliflower, chopped

Pigs in a Blanket

Wrap whole wheat dough* around soy “hot dogs”. Bake according to dough instructions. You could also place some nondairy cheese between the biscuit and dog before rolling.
* Trader Joes and many other markets carry whole wheat pizza and bread dough that work nicely for this recipe.

Ready To Eat

  • popcorn
  • dry breakfast cereal
  • whole grain, sugar free breakfast cereal dry or with nondairy milk
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Protein After-School Snacks

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When you’re stumped for a healthy Protein-based after-school snack that your kids will actually eat, try one of the suggestion below.  They’ve all been tested on kids and friends of kids, nephews and nieces and passed. By “passed” I mean that they ask for more. That’s the kid version of a “thumbs up”.

Scrambled Eggs

Serve plain or mix eggs with any of the following:

  • shredded cheese
  • cream cheese
  • try sneaking in some shredded or diced veggies or Fruit, just stir them into the eggs after removing from heat

Apple Sandwiches

Slices of apple topped with slices of any of the following:
cheese
nut butter
cream cheese sweetened with maple syrup, honey or agave nectar

Veggie Sticks

Serve any of the following as a dip:

  • any creamy Protein dressing
  • creme fraiche, sour cream or yogurt with a little of their favorite mulit-seasoning stirred in

Fruity Yogurt

Maple Pudding

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Maple Pudding

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This is a can’t-fail, mix and dump recipe. Throw everything in the food processor, dump it in a bowl, toss it in the fridge. That’s it – it’s done!

To cut down on dairy I like to use 1/2 soy cream cheese and 1/2 real cream cheese but it does affect the taste. Use low fat cream cheese if you want but not non-fat, it tastes terrible.

In a large bowl, beat 8 ounces cream cheese until fluffy.

Gradually beat in until smooth 3/4 cup cream, or nondairy milk, or a mix of both.

Stir in 1 cup maple syrup and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour into bowl or individual dishes. Chill 3 hours or until set.

Tofu Maple Pudding

Substitute silken tofu for the cream cheese and nondairy milk for the cream.

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Thick & Fruity Yogurt

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For a thick and rich Fruity Yogurt, drain sugar-free yogurt overnight and up to several days, in the refrigerator. You can do this by placing the yogurt in a filter-lined coffee basket set over a bowl, or a cheesecloth lined sieve or colander. This step isn’t necessary, it just gives you a yogurt more similar in texture to commercial yogurts, without all the sugars and thickeners.

Some Fruits have more water content than others and will therefore produce a much thinner yogurt. There are several ways to make these Fruity Yogurts thicker:

  • freeze the finished yogurt for several hours, stirring and scraping every half hour until thick
  • before adding the Fruit puree to the yogurt, place it in a sieve set over a bowl (the reserved juice can be used in a Fruit smoothie)
  • stir in a tablespoon or two of finely ground flax seed or nuts and let sit overnight to thicken
  • stir in roughly ground or finely chopped dried Fruit and let sit overnight to thicken

Puree the Fruit of your choice. Stir Fruit into yogurt. Do not beat or use a blender as the yogurt will become very thin. Taste and add any of the following to taste:

  • unrefined sweetener
  • sugar substitute
  • vanilla extract or any other flavoring extract
  • fresh lemon or orange juice
  • dash of sea salt (brings out the flavors)
  • ground ginger

Fruits to try:

  • berries
  • bananas
  • peaches
  • apples (add cinnamon to the yogurt)
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon