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  • Healthy Little Cooks: Homemade Pretzel Hot Dogs

    11.26.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes

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    Kimberly Young, MA
    Founder of Healthy Little Cooks and author of 5-Minute Lunchbox 
    www.HealthyLittleCooks.com


    Two of my family’s favorite treats are hot dogs and fresh baked pretzels, so combing them makes me a superhero.  Before we had 4 kids, I’d go to the nearby Amish market to buy them, but at $4 a pretzel my habit became too expensive.  So I searched for a healthier and cheaper way to keep my superhero status. Using Alton Brown’s Homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe as a base, I perfected the winning recipe.  Enjoy!

    Ingredients
    8-10 hot dogs ... Read More

  • Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes

    11.18.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes

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    Kimberly Young, MA
    Founder of Healthy Little Cooks and author of 5-Minute Lunchbox 
    www.HealthyLittleCooks.com 

    This week, I had an incurable craving for something salty, sweet and creamy.  With Thanksgiving coming up, there will be a lot of opportunities to indulge.  So I’ve been working hard to stay on the healthy eating track.  These Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes did the trick.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I did. 

    Ingredients
    12 Cocktail tomatoes
    ½ Cucumber
    ¼ Onion
    ¼ Cup Feta cheese
    10 Kalamata olives (or black olives)

    Directions
    1. Wash tomatoes.  Slice off tops just enough to create a ... Read More

  • Farfalle Pasta & Maple Caramelized Onions

    11.13.2013 / Blog Posts Recipes

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    Kimberly Young, MA
    Founder of Healthy Little Cooks and author of 5-Minute Lunchbox 
    www.HealthyLittleCooks.com

    This healthy pasta dish makes it easy to have dinner on the table in 15 minutes.  Make it simple and stress-free by swaping out my pea and carrot mix for whatever vegetables you have in the freezer.  Be sure to purchase a high-protien pasta to give your muscles a reason to smile.  Or top it with a protein of your choice.  Enjoy ladies!

    Ingredients

    1 14 oz box farfalle pasta
    3 medium white onions
    2 tablespoons maple syrup
    3 tablespoons olive oil ... Read More

  • 8 Yummy Ways to Recycle Your Leftover Pumpkin

    10.30.2013 / Blog Posts Recipes

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    Kimberly Young, Founder Healthy Little Cooks and author of 5-Minute Lunchbox www.HealthyLittleCooks.com 

    Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A, beta-carotene and potassium.  Beta-carotene, which can help reduce cancer risk, is thought to provide anti-aging benefits.  Studies also suggest that chemical compounds in pumpkin can regenerate damaged pancreatic cells, possibly increasing insulin production and helping diabetics.  So, this season after you’ve carved the face on your favorite pumpkin, opt out of throwing away the inside and make one of these recycled treats.  Your body and skin will thank you!

    sugar

    1. Create a moisturizing DIY Pumpkin ... Read More

  • Healthy Tips: Low-Fat S’more Smoothie

    09.27.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes

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    Kimberly Young, Founder Healthy Little Cooks
    www.HealthyLittleCooks.com

    Like many women, I run through life wearing a superwoman cape. Balancing time between my four kids, husband, business, myself and girls night outs -- I frequently crave junk food!

    But in my superwoman world, sweets are kryptonite.  So, if I ate the junky-funky food, my body would crash and nothing would get finished. If this sounds like you, or if you are just looking for a healthier desert to try at home, this Low-Fat S’more Smoothie was blended especially for you...

    Ingredients
    1 cup dark chocolate almond milk ... Read More

  • Fresh Friday: Cucumber Mint Mango Boats

    09.20.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes

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    Kimberly Young, Founder Healthy Little Cooks
    www.HealthyLittleCooks.com

    With a family of 6, I rarely have leftover fruit, but today I magically found a lonely ripe mango sitting on my counter.  Instead of throwing it in a smoothie (my most favorite thing to do), I decided to experiment with its sweet flavor and create a cucumber mint salad.  The mint creates a refreshing smack that you typically wouldn’t associate with mango, but the cucumber, lime and strawberry pull it together perfectly! 

    INGREDIENTS
    1 very large cucumber
    1 cup fresh strawberries
    1 ripe mango
    ½ lime ... Read More

  • Buffalo Wonder Bites: A Healthy Buffalo-Wing Alternative for your next Football Party!

    09.13.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes

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    Kimberly Young, Founder Healthy Little Cooks
    www.HealthyLittleCooks.com

    Sports and buffalo wings go together like pants and zippers.  The only problem is that too many wings can often cause an expanded waistline and a zipper malfunction. 

    If this is a danger in your house, tryout our healthy Buffalo wing makeover recipe.  Yes, you’ll miss out on a little grease, but at least your zipper will have a smoother ride up to meet your button!

    INGREDIENTS
    3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
    1 cup Italian dressing
    4 tablespoons hot sauce
    1 tablespoon ... Read More

  • 5 Healthy Junk Food Makeovers for your next Redskins Football Party

    09.09.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes

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    By Kimberly Young; Found of Healthy Little Cooks
    HealthyLittleCooks.com 

    Swap out Blueberry Cheesecake for Blueberry Bites.
    If you’re tired of spending an extra hour at the gym just to work off the calories you inhaled at your last football party, then move over big-girl jeans, this makeover’s for you!  To make Blueberry bites, break up honey graham crackers into quarters, spread with whipped cream cheese and top with blueberries.  Yummy couldn’t be any simpler!

    Substitute plain Greek yogurt for sour cream or butter.
    Sour cream adds a rich creamy flavor that’s ... Read More

  • Recipes with Kids: Family-Friendly Apple Watermelon Slushie

    08.30.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes

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    By Kimberly Young
    HealthyLittleCooks.com 

    If you’ve ever searched for a pre-game drink that is delicious, healthy and kid-friendly look no further!   Our Redskin’s do-it-yourself slushie is packed full of juicy watermelon and gives you the icy chill of a sweet slurpee.  The best part is that it’s so healthy you’ll probably start making them just for the fun of it!  Loaded with only 100 calories per serving and packed full of vitamins A and C, it will be hard to sabotage your healthy eating routine with these!  

    Ingredients
    - 2 cups of ... Read More

  • Redskins-Giants Tailgating Recipe: Grilled Rosemary, Garlic & Lemon Chicken

    12.03.2012 / Blog Posts Recipes

    Samantha Malone McCormack, Dinner Matters

    We at Dinner Matters hope you had a fun and flavorful Thanksgiving! It's always hard during the holidays to watch everything you eat, and it's especially hard on Thanksgiving Day. If you're like us, you probably enjoyed a bit too much turkey, a bit too much stuffing, and more than a bit too much pumpkin pie. 

    Getting back to healthy eating doesn't have to mean a letdown in taste though. Our Grilled Rosemary, Garlic & Lemon Chicken is a delicious dish that is simple to make and won't add inches to ... Read More

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