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Halloween Menu

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The big days is finally here, Halloween! Make sure you celebrate right, each meal is an opportunity to make spook-tacular creations for your little ghouls.

Click here to see the menu on the Puerto del Carmen.

Lunch

Spider Sandwiches

Put a nut butter between two circles of bread. Carrot slivers or pretzel sticks make great legs!

Ater School Snack

Apple Teeth

These apple teeth make fruit cool. For apricot spiders click here. For more fun fruit check out this other Green Halloween recipe page.

Dinner

Ghost Pizza

Use your favorite pizza recipe to make a big ghost, or little ghost pizzas. A good way to fill up before a long night of trick-or-treating. It will also prevent a candy-binge later on in the night.

Dessert

Black Cat Dippers

A sweet finish to a spooky day. It will put a little spring in their step for going door-to-door, Get the recipe for these sweet cookies and dip here. You can also make ghost shapes

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Eyes on the Prize

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

It’s finally October! Our favorite month here at Green Halloween®. We are so excited that you are dedicated to a healthy and sustainable Halloween that we believe you deserve a reward for your commitment. We are giving away (eco-friendly) prizes all month! All you need to do is sign up for the Veritey newsletter.

Here’s a list of the possible treats and treasures!

To be eligible to win, sign up here. For more information, check out our prize page.

You can also win by RSVPing for our Twitter Party. Leave your email and Twitter Handle in the comments section.

Good luck!

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Image from She Knows Parenting

 

 

March is Nutrition Month so let’s Eat Rainbows!

Monday, March 5th, 2012

In honor on March being Nutrition Month we are going to help you get healthy by showing you how you can eat a rainbow of fruits and veggies! Using a rainbow as a guide, you can ensure that your children benefit from a wide range of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients in their diet.

By breaking produce down into groups of fire-engine red, bright orange, sunshine yellow, emerald green, and  rich blue/purples you can make eating fruits and vegetables fun and easy for your kids!  Even at a very young age, kids can easily grasp the concept of eating a rainbow.

So how do you get your kids to actually eat a rainbow? As parents, we need to get into the habit of serving fruits and veggies at every meal and snack! Start off with ones that they like (if they don’t like any…stay tuned for my next guest post!) then you can slowly try new produce! If you do the typical 3 meals and 2 snacks per day then you have at least 6 opportunities a day to get your kids eating colorful fruits and vegetable! I encourage parents to make this fun and keep it light, no pressure, no battles. If your child starts off by eating one color a day that is a great start…you can build up to a rainbow over time. Healthy bodies are made one bite at a time so celebrate every step towards the rainbow!

Breakfast: Always provide a fruit! Bananas, Apple Slices, Seedless Grapes, Pears Slices. If you eat dairy and your kids like to dip their fruit, yogurt works well! Sometimes I’ll incorporate the fruit into the meal, such as a bowl of yogurt, granola and apple chunks. Or I’ll add a handful of Raisins to a bowl of oatmeal. Or make a yummy fruit smoothie!

Snack: Veggie Time!! Cut up Celery, Carrots, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes. Once again, a dip might help encourage your little one, try hummus, or perhaps you have a great homemade dressing, a store bought salad dressing works fine too! We like to serve this on a fun plate or in a muffin tray to make it a little more interesting!

Lunch: Sandwiches are a great place to add veggies! Sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, leafy lettuce, avocado slices all work well in a sandwich. If we’re not having sandwiches we always make sure there is a plate of veggies, based on the colors eaten at snack time, we then offer a color or two that hasn’t been eaten yet.

Snack: Fruit Time!! At this point in the day think about what colors still need to be eaten…then serve a fruit that belongs to the color group that is needed. A little bowl of frozen blueberries is a tasty treat!

Dinner: We always have a vegetable with dinner! Salads, steamed veggies, raw veggie slices all make their way onto our table! We also try to include veggies in our cooking; we add things like zucchini, carrots, tomatoes to spaghetti sauce.

Dessert: Fruit again! We think Strawberry slices and Raspberries make a great way to top off a meal sometimes we’ll have them on top of frozen yogurt! If we re-think what “dessert” is, we can see that it can actually be a fantastic time to get in another serving of fruit!

Happy Healthy Eating
Kia

Kia Robertson is a mom and the creator of the Today I Ate A Rainbow kit; a tool that helps parents establish healthy habits by setting the goal of eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day. Kia is passionate about creating tools that help parents raise healthy kids!

Playing with Food

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Ever since my daughter was little I’ve encouraged her to have fun with and play with her food. We’re not talking food flying around the kitchen playing but the kind where faces are made out of orange slices or veggies are cut into fun shapes.  I think it’s important to let kids relate to food in a fun and enjoyable way, especially when it comes to fruits and veggies who have a lot of tough competition with all the “fun” processed food that is geared towards kids.

Here is Hannah’s orange face work of art!

Happy Healthy Eating,
Kia

Kia Robertson is a mom and the creator of the Today I Ate A Rainbow kit; a tool that helps parents establish healthy habits by setting the goal of eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day. Kia is passionate about creating tools that help parents raise healthy kids!

A Healthy Holiday Treat!

Monday, December 5th, 2011

With the holiday season fast approaching we know that there will be plenty of sweet treats and homemade baking around! That means it’s the perfect time to try to balance all those goodies out with some delicious and fun healthy treats!  These lovable little ladybugs make a great treat and they’re pretty darn cute :)

Ladybugs

What you need: Adapted from Batter Up Kids: Delicious Desserts Makes 12 ladybugs

12 seedless Green or Red Grapes

12 (6- to 8-inch) wooden skewers or  toothpicks

12 whole strawberries

24 mini chocolate chips or dried black currents

 

Directions:

Step 1.  Wash your grapes and strawberries

Step 2.  Cut the ends off of the strawberries and cut the grapes in half

Step 3.  Slice off the bottom of the strawberries (this will help them to sit flat on the plate)

Step 4.  Place a grape on a toothpick or wooden skewer, sliding it all the way to the end

Step 5.  Next place the strawberry on the skewer, cut end first, and slide it down to touch the grape

Step 6.  Gently score the top of the strawberry to create the appearance of wings

Step 7.  Finally, carefully push the pointed ends of the chocolate chips (or dried currants) into the strawberry to make the ladybug’s spots.

 

Happy Healthy Eating
Kia

Kia Robertson is a mom and the creator of the Today I Ate A Rainbow kit; a tool that helps parents establish healthy habits by setting the goal of eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day. Kia is passionate about creating tools that help parents raise healthy kids!