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  • Pump up the Health with this WOW Redskins St. Patrick’s Day Salad

    03.14.2014 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes

    By Kimberly Young, MA; Founder of Healthy Little Cooks and author of the 5-Minute Lunchbox

    St. Patrick’s day meals are often filled with artificial colorings and dyes. This year, munch on nature’s green food on this special day (spinach!) and save your green calories for dessert or your favorite Irish beer! 

    By adding fresh red strawberries and yellow pears, you’ll rock this St. Patty’s day salad in Redskins style.

    INGREDIENTS
    3 cups of fresh baby spinach
    3-4 large strawberries, diced
    ½ ripe pear
    10-12 pecan halves
    1-3 tablespoons of your favorite low-fat strawberry, raspberry or balsamic vinaigrette ... Read More

  • Healthy Banana Bread Smoothie (with a dust of chocolate)

    03.04.2014 / Blog Posts Recipes

    By Kimberly Young, MA; Founder of Healthy Little Cooks and author of the 5-Minute Lunchbox

    After being a part of the Redskins Kids Club Combine on Saturday, I felt moved to create a smoothie that both kids and parents would love, but was also super-healthy for our bodies.

    Unlike most traditional banana breads, this smoothie won’t weigh you down. It’s packed full of electrolytes and potassium. It also feeds the body magnesium, vitamin E & C. These nutrients make it an excellent post-workout snack or mini-meal. 

    Ingredients
    1 banana, very ripe
    1 cup coconut water
    1 cup ice
    1 ... Read More

  • Fruity Redskins-Style Christmas Tree Sugar Cones

    12.26.2013 / Blog Posts Recipes

    Here's a fun Christmas activity to do with your family this holiday season from the founder of Healthy Little Cooks. Enjoy!

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

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    Ingredients

    1/3 cup banana chips

    1/3 cup freeze dried strawberries

    1/4 cup cranberries

    3 tablespoons marshmallow cream

    5 sugar cones

     

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    Directions

    Spread marshmallow cream on the outside of your sugar cones. Place dried fruit around the cone in a pattern of your choice.

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  • Homemade Chunky Marinara Sauce

    12.21.2013 / Blog Posts Recipes

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


    As the head mom cook of a family of six, I often purchase store bought marinara sauce, but today I had something rare, extra time and tomatoes.  Since many store-bought sauces contain sugar, this is an excellent and healthy way to bring a touch of Italy in to your kitchen.

     Ingredients

    4 cups diced tomatoes, keeping all juice*
    1 large onion, chopped
    3 cloves of fresh garlic (or 2 teaspoons canned minced garlic)
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    2 tablespoons basil
    1 1/2 teaspoons ... Read More

  • Super Easy Turkey, Rice and Veggie Soup

    12.08.2013 / 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 Thanksgiving, my husband got a little over zealous with his turkey-cooking responsibilities and smoked an extra bird.  So, with more than enough turkey in our refrigerator, we froze it in little packs and pull one out whenever I feel moved to try a new recipe.  This turkey soup was amazing!  It came out so good that my kids asked me to pack the leftovers in their lunch.  The best part is that it only took me 8 minutes to prepare and ... Read More

  • 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!

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    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

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