Super Foods Salad

Super Salad

This is a sponsored post for Weight Watchers Cheese, but all opinions are my own.

My kids are constantly asking me to purchase snack cheese, and these Weight Watchers Natural Reduced Fat Colby Jack Cheese Sticks have become their favorite. These are so convenient and a healthy on-the-go snack that we can grab on the way to dance, baseball or put in in their lunches for school. They are also perfect for mid morning or afternoon summer snacks after we come in from the pool. I made this Super Foods Salad for lunch with kale, arugula, berries, and of course, cheese. This also makes a great main dish salad topped with grilled chicken, shrimp or steak.

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These cheese sticks from Weight Watchers are full of flavor and fun to peel, this colorful blend of reduced-fat Colby and Monterey Jack cheese are only 60 calories per stick. They are an excellent source of calcium and protein and are 2 PointsPlus® value per serving. They make the perfect healthy snack! What’s your favorite healthy on-the-go snack?

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11 Ways to Use  Weight Watcher’s Snack Cheeses

Use with crackers

Skewer with fruit

Skewer with turkey and tomatoes for gluten free sandwiches

Serve over soups

Put inside omelets

Serve with apples and nuts

Serve on pita chips with a slice of apple

Skewer with strawberries and pineapple

Make your own lunchables

Serve with olives and salamis

Serve with cooked edamame beans or fava beans

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Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie

Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie

Have you tried cucumber in your juicing or smoothie recipes? I made this Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie, and my 3 kids loved it! Cucumbers are healthy and so low in calories. Here are a few health benefits of cucumbers:

1. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins.

2. Cucumbers are a valuable source of conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese.

3. Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins.

4.  Cucumbers aid in digestion due to their fiber and water content.

Blueberry Yogurt Parfait: Gluten Free

I get a lot of requests for gluten-free breakfast recipes, so how about this Blueberry Yogurt Parfait? Serve this gluten-free and high protein recipe for breakfast or an afternoon snack.  It also makes a wonderful, light dessert that my three kids like too. With only 3 ingredients, how can you possibly go wrong? Blueberries are so good for you. Here’s just a few of the wonderful health benefits of eating blueberries and adding them to your diet:

1. Blueberries are full of  Vitamin C-In just one serving, you can get 14 mg of Vitamin C which is almost 25 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin C aids in the formation of collagen, helps maintain healthy gums and capillaries, and promotes a healthy immune system.

2. Blueberries are full of fiber-A handful of blueberries meets your daily fiber instate which is terrific for heart health and lower cholesterol levels.

3. Blueberries are high in antioxidants-Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals linked to the development of cancer and Alzheimer’s. Blueberries contain polyphenols which have high antioxidant properties.

4. Blueberries can help protect against urinary track infections-Blueberries, like cranberries, contain flavonoides. Flavonoids can help protect bacteria that causes urinary tract infections from binding to the lining of the bladder.

Cherry-Coconut and Kale Smoothie: Budget Friendly and Packed with Antioxidants

I am so honored and excited to announce my partnership with the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association & Easyhomemeals.com. As a busy mom of three very active children, it is fabulous to be a part of the new food panel for Easy Home Meals. To kick off the new year, Cherry-Coconut and Kale Smoothie is healthy, filled with antioxidants and tastes great. We absolutely love kale smoothies for breakfast or afternoon snacks, and this new kale smoothie uses frozen cherries, Birds Eye frozen coconut and Dole frozen pineapple. I also love to use Yoplait frozen Greek yogurt in my smoothies to boost protein in my diet as well as the kids. Using frozen foods are a lifesaver. They are budget friendly, healthy and convenient. People often ask is frozen fruit as healthy as fresh? With shipping and storage, fresh fruit can sit around for as long as two weeks before it gets to your local supermarket. In contrast, frozen fruits are often picked and frozen at the peak of freshness. It’s great to use frozen fruits in smoothies because the fruits are already cold, and there won’t be a need to add any ice. I hope you’ll like this recipe as much as we do and stay tuned for more recipes this coming your with NFRA and Easy Home Meals.

Rhubarb-Carrot Juice

Rhubarb looks a bit like red celery, but it’s actually a member of the fruit family. Juicing is a great way to take in valuable nutrients without having your body word hard to break down the fibers. It’s high in many vitamins such as calcium, vitamin K and Lutein, a natural antioxidant that’s great for healthy eyes and skin. When you “juice” fruits and vegetables, the food value is readily available to your body in larger quantities than when you eat the fruit whole.  The benefits of consuming juiced fruits and veggies include keeping your heart, liver and kidneys strong and healthy.

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Vegetarian Healthy Favorite: Cuban Black Beans and Rice

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For all of those vegetarian friends and fans, here’s one for you. Cuban Black Beans and Rice is perfect as a main dish or even side dish. Black beans are extremely healthy, as they are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. They are also rich in antioxidants and may help to protect against cancer. This recipe is really easy to prepare and very filling. Feel free to substitute quinoa for the rice, if desired.