Think Outside the Lunchbox with Healthy Meal and Snack Ideas

It’s that time of year! Summer is over and the kids are headed back to school! This year think outside the lunchbox with nutritious and tasty snack and meal ideas that your kiddos will gobble up! Check out my recent appearance on DC’s Let’s Talk Live to help kick off the school year with healthy food tips that will make the transition back to school easier and healthier!

Get Your Goodness to Go

Cereal can be a smart choice for a quick breakfast. Look for high fiber, whole grain options like Post Grape Nuts and Shredded Wheat.
But what about when you really need “grab and go”? chocog2gPost has a new breakfast shake called “Goodness to Go”. These new dairy blend beverages are an excellent source of protein and are made with natural sweeteners and flavors. Post is making it easy to have a nutritious and satisfying breakfast. Its available in three flavors, Dutch Chocolate, Tahitian Vanilla and Mocha, so there is something for everyone. Check out Post Goodness to learn more.

Power Up Your Lunch Box

About half our plate should be fruits and veggies. Besides the sandwich, the sides and snacks can be a great way to get in fruits and vegetables.
Pack Zespri kiwifruit, it packs a “punch”. Two kiwifruit have more vitamin C than an orange and as much potassium as a banana. And they’re high in fiber and cholesterol free. Kiwifruit are easy and fun to eat, but most people cut them wrong–All you do is cut it in half with a knife and spoon it out. You can send a cut kiwifruit in the lunch box and let your kids scoop out the goodness. Or you can slice it, which are great to snack on or even place on a peanut butter sandwich instead of jelly. Another option is to dice it up for a fruit salad you make at the beginning of the week and pack each day. Kiwifruit is quite versatile. You can also add kiwifruit to your kid’s yogurt for a sweet tangy taste.Zespri_Landing_Hero_Gold

Did you know Zespri kiwifruit is available in two varieties? The Zespri Green kiwifruit is probably what you’re familiar with. The SunGold variety has a sweet, refreshing Tropical flavor and it’s newly available in the U.S. And, two SunGold kiwifruit have 2.5 times the daily recommended amount of vitamin C. Don’t miss out! Zespri kiwifruit are only in season through October. You can find the Zespri brand at Safeway, Whole Foods and Wegman’s– or check with your local grocery retailer. Be sure to visit ZespriKiwi.com for more inspirational recipe ideas.

calraisinsSend the kids to school with a nutritious sandwich or wrap. I love tuna salad, egg salad, and the classic “PBJ”. The sides and snacks you send can be a great way to get fruits and vegetables.
California Raisins
are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit you can feel good about sending with your kids. The ingredient list says it all: Raisins. They have Zero fat, no cholesterol, no added sugar, California Raisins come by their sweetness naturally. Plus they have fiber, potassium and iron, too!
Convenient and portable, California Raisins are a great choice for wholesome, healthy, on-the-go snacking. Try them on their own or in one of the recipes from Love Your Raisins like the honey nut mix, crunchy cinnamon mix, peanut butter pretzel, or the cocoa peanut raisin mix. California Raisins have a great giveaway happening on their Facebook page for Back To School–if you love raisins check it out!

Choose a “Better Bar”

EnviroKidz Back to School Snacks Giveaway - prize graphicThere are lots of granola bars on the market to choose from. You want to pack a quality bar that tastes good and is good for you. EnviroKidz products come in delicious flavors that kids love like Chocolate and Berry Blast.
Parents can feel good about them because they are organic and non-GMO, which means they are not made from synthetic chemicals or Genetically Modified Ingredients. The entire EnviroKidz line is gluten-EnviroKidz Envirotrip contest graphicfree, so everyone in the family can enjoy them together. They are also whole grain, low fat, and trans-fat free. As part of their ongoing Conservation efforts, EnviroKidz is having a contest where you can win an all-expense paid family trip to Costa Rica to help save the Sea Turtles. Enter at EnviroKidz.com and learn more about their Environmental initiatives.

Hydrate Young Athletes

After school, the real fun begins with after school activities like sports. Pre-fuel those practices with high carbohydrate foods like fresh or dried fruits, or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Most kids doing sports are probably going to ask their parents about a sports drink, but not all sports drinks are equal. Body Armor_BRANDEDBODYARMOR is a healthier alternative to other sports drinks because it has no artificial ingredients. It’s made with coconut water and is high in potassium and low in sodium. Most people get enough sodium through their diet and don’t need to get it from sports drinks. BodyArmor has 2.5 times the electrolytes and more vitamins than the other sports drinks on the market. It comes in 6 great tasting flavors fruit punch, orange mango, and strawberry banana so everyone can enjoy!

I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or send a tweet to@ScritchfieldRD to share your favorite back to school tips and recipes for keeping the kiddos healthy and happy.

Disclosures: I was compensated by California Raisins, BODYARMOR, Post, Zespri Kiwifruit, and Nature’s Path for my work on the TV segment, but was not compensated to write this blog.

 

Make Your Own “Deconstructed” Grilled Guacamole

Taditional Gauc

Holey moley, grilled guacamole? Summer is coming to an end but the weather is still perfect for grilling and being social. If you’re finding yourself wanting to do something fun and flavorful for your end of the summer dinner party or cookout, you MUST try my grilled guacamole!

With a little inspiration from the brand folks at Mazola Corn Oil, I’ve created four guacamole dips with creative flavor twists that will make you look like a culinary rock star! Read on to discover how you can add a sweet, smoky and tangy twist to your guacamole.

You might be wondering how one “grills” guacamole? It’s simple! Just grill the avocados and any other veggie that you’d like to add to create a unique creamy and smoky twist to a traditional favorite. Mazola Corn Oil is a versatile all-purpose oil that is great for grilling due to its high smoke point, which is why it’s perfect for my “deconstructed” guacamole recipe below.

Avocados are loaded with 25 essential nutrients, including potassium, which helps in controlling blood pressure. And if this guac couldn’t get any healthier, it’s made with Mazola Corn Oil which is a heart healthy cooking oil! It contains more cholesterol-blocking plant sterols than other cooking oils, and can play an important role in helping to lower your cholesterol. It’s also a great source of healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, or “good for you” fats. A recent study even found corn oil was better at reducing LDL or “bad” cholesterol than extra virgin olive oil.

Grilled Guacamole

Grilled avocados add that extra special touch to fresh made guacamole.

 Yield: 12 servings 

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Grill Time: 4-8 minutes

 Ingredients

1 lime

1 tablespoon Mazola Corn Oil

1-2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1/8 teaspoon Paprika

2 avocados

1 jalapeno

3 green onions, diced

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1/4 teaspoon salt

Baked tortilla chips

Making the guacamole:

First cut lime in half, squeeze 1 tablespoon fresh juice and set aside.

Next, combine oil, lime juice, garlic powder and paprika in a small bowl.

Then cut avocados in half, remove pit but leave the peel, cut jalapeno in half and remove seeds-if you like more of a heat kick leave the seeds. Gauc 1Brush cut sides of avocados, jalapeno and remaining lime with flavored oil.

Place avocados flesh-side down on grill over high direct heat. If you have a grill pan, use that to grill the jalapenos and limes. After 4-8 minutes you should have some great grill marks or grill until avocados, jalapenos and lime are lightly browned, brushing with any remaining flavored oil.

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Remove from grill and let cool 5 minutes.

 

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Scoop out the avocados from peel and place in a bowl and mash with fork

Finely chop jalapenos and add to avocados with green onions, cilantro and salt.

Squeeze lime juice from grilled lime over guacamole

Lastly, mix well. You can serve this warm or cold with baked tortilla chips or fresh vegetables, either way is a guaranteed crowd pleaser!

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Here is how to make the deconstructed version:

First, grill the vegetables and cool as directed above.

Then scoop out avocados from peel and slice lengthwise into ¼ inch slices.

Arrange on a serving tray with chopped jalapenos, green onions, cilantro and salt.

Lastly, squeeze lime juice over all.

 

You can also try adding a flavorful twist to the traditional gauc by switching things up! Grill the green onions whole and use them in all three flavor variations below!

Sweet – add some sweet to your spice with diced up kiwifruit and grapes for a flavorful deconstructed guacamole platter

Gauc Fruit Combo

Smoky – for an even smokier, spicy flavor puree one diced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce with 1 TBSP Mazola and drizzle over avocado slicesGauc Chipolte

Tangy – add feta cheese crumbles and diced dried tart cherries to deconstructed guacamole platter

Gauc Feta Cran

Once you’ve added a twist, you’ve got the perfect fun and flavorful guac! Just be prepared, ‘cause this stuff will fly out the bowl!

I’d love to hear some of your favorite summer grilling recipes! Share your ideas in the comments below and be sure to visit Mazola on Facebook to learn more about the health benefits of Mazola Corn Oil and get other great recipes.

(Disclosure: I am currently working with Mazola as a paid spokesperson.)

Meals and Snacks to Make “Back To School” Easier

It’s time for parents to rejoice, the kiddos are headed back to school! We all know that “time crunch” of getting the kids up, dressed, fed, and off to school WITH a nutritious lunch in hand – it’s like a race. I appeared on WBAL to share food ideas to make getting back in the school grove easier and healthier. Be sure to check out the segment clips below–I’ve even got after school snacks and dinner covered too!

Power Up with Peanut Butter

Including foods like peanut butter in your “quick and easy” breakfasts helps make sure your child’s day kicks off in a nutritious way and keeps them satisfied until lunchtime. Peanuts are a “superfood” with more than 30 essential vitamins and nutrients.  Spread peanut butter on a whole wheat bagel, English muffin, or toast, stir peanut butter in a smoothie, like this Blueberry Peanut Smoothie, or top off your waffles for a quick and easy serving of protein in the morning. blueberry-smoothie-largeProtein is essential for growing children and with seven grams per ounce, peanuts have more protein than any other nut.

Peanut butter is a great vehicle for other foods too. 64 percent of children said they’d eat more fruits and vegetables when served with their favorite peanut butter dip. Try pairing with baby carrots, celery and jicama sticks or apple and pear slices.  Great ideas for breakfasts, school lunch box, or after school snacks.For more recipe ideas visit the National Peanut Board.

Make Taking Your Morning Vitamins Easy and Delicious

As parents sometimes getting the kids to eat their veggies can feel like a “food fight.” Make it easier by working Gummy Vite 190ctVF_MVPlus_HSNwith their food preferences (keep trying those veggies and fruits, it can take time) and include a daily multivitamin for kids (and your peace of mind). Say bye-bye to those hard-to-swallow pills! L’il Critters GummyVites are delicious, convenient, and easy to take, you don’t even need water. They have a flavorful taste kids love – a perfect fusion of health and enjoyment!

L’il Critters gets it color from plants, fruits, and vegetables and they have natural flavors. You’ll have the peace of mind that they provide a blend of essential vitamins and minerals to support kids growth and development. L’il Critters also comes in Immune C Plus Zinc & Echinacea to support immune health.

Parents need to be sure they’re getting all the nutrients they need, too! Vitafusion delivers nutrition in a delicious gummy form for adults, making it easy and enjoyable for them to cover their bases, as well. Visit GummyVites.com for more info on how to add a does of health and enjoyment to your day.

Pack Nutritious Snacks in the Lunchbox

Send the kids to school with a nutritious sandwich or wrap. I love tuna salad, egg salad, and the classic “PBJ”. The sides and snacks you send can be a great way to get fruits and vegetables. California Raisins are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit you can feel good about sending with your kids. The ingredient list says it all: Raisins. They have Zero fat, no cholesterol, no added sugar, California Raisins come by their sweetness naturally. Plus they have fiber, potassium and iron, too. Peanut_Butter_Pretzel_Raisin_Snack_Mix_876x328Convenient and portable, California Raisins are a great choice for wholesome, healthy, on-the-go snacking. Try them on their own or in one of the recipes from Love Your Raisins like the honey nut mix, crunchy cinnamon mix, peanut butter pretzel, or the cocoa peanut raisin mix. California Raisins have a great giveaway happening on their Facebook page for Back To School, so if you love raisins check it out!

Make Easy Dinners Delicious and Nutritious

I found an option that kids will love and parents can feel good about. It’s new Pirate’s Booty Mac & Cheese! Thpirates booty mac and cheeseis is a great choice for families looking to upgrade their mac-n-cheese because Pirate’s Booty mac-n-cheese offers quality ingredients:

  • organic wheat pasta
  • real cheese
  • and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives

This dish is a good source of calcium offering 10-percent of the daily value and protein, with 9g-10g per serving. You can get Pirate’s Booty Mac & Cheese in four varieties – my favorites are the shells with aged white cheddar and the traditional elbows with mild cheddar! I like to pair it with a simple side of roasted broccoli or any vegetables the kids will eat – and all kids love Pirates so you’ll be good. Be sure to visit Pirate Brands website and Facebook page for more creative meal and snack ideas!

caramel_biteUpgrade Your Sweets

Let’s be honest, sometimes you want “something sweet” after a meal and you crave chocolate more than fruit. I’m all for using fruit as a sweet treat, but I think it’s better to satisfy a “candy craving” with moderation rather than policing it out of your eating.

I love Rickland Orchards Greek on the go! Bites – these are Greek yogurt coated, bite-size snacks in resealable pouches, so you can take your handful portion, reseal the bag, and enjoy your snack.

This is a great way to “upgrade” those candy bars or bites with delicious sweet treats made with real Greek yogurt imported from Europe. These two new flavors, Strawberry Fruit and Caramel Bites, offer a delicious indulgence in a convenient, on-the-go snack. Visit Rickland Orchards to learn more about these delicious snack treats.

 

I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or send a tweet to@ScritchfieldRD to share your favorite back to school tips and recipes for keeping the kiddos healthy and happy.

Disclosures: I was compensated by Pirate’s Booty, L’il Critters, Rickland Orchards, California Raisins, and National Peanut Board for my work on the TV segment, but was not compensated to write this blog.

Foods and Snacks to Keep Your Cool

It’s the ‘dog days’ of summer and the heat can really take a toll on our willingness to cook hot meals. Watch my recent appearance on Let’s Talk Live DC as I show some of my favorite foods and snacks that are nice and cool and you don’t have to turn on the oven to enjoy them!

Read on for some fresh and flavorful foods and snack ideas to help keep your cool in this hot and humid summer weather.

Go Tart

Go tart – tart cherries that is! Tart cherries have been found in research to help ease muscle pain and improve sleep quality and they happen to be a great ingredient in some cold food recipes. We’ve seen tart cherry juice be effective for muscle recovery in both runners and cyclists, so no matter what your sport, this is a cool addition to your nutrition routine.  Enjoy a refreshing homemade popsicle  made with tart cherry juice and coconut milk. Not onTartCherryCoconutPopsiclesFinal-700x455ly is this an easy way to cool down for anyone in the family, but it’s a smart idea for after a workout too so you can get the benefits of easing muscle pain and inflammation associated with exercise. Chilled soups are hydrating and refreshing in this weather. Try making Tart Cherry GazpachoTart-Cherry-Soup-700x455 which is a chilled soup made with tart cherry juice and frozen tart cherries – this is a really flavorful, cool way to start off a summer brunch or dinner party. Tart cherries naturally contain melatonin which helps improve sleep quality and duration.Tart cherries are easy to include in a variety of recipes, and they add a really nice tart flavor and nutrient punch to any meal.  Visit  Choose Cherries for many more delicious recipes and research on the health benefits of cherries.

Let Someone Else Prep

The Fresh Food line at 7-Eleven makes it convenient to eat a healthy bite, especially while on-the-go. The Fresh Foods line offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, whole and fresh cut fruit and yogurt parfaits, all made fresh. 7-Eleven’s salads are available in 4 different varieties all under 500 calories – like the BLT Salad loaded with crisp romaine lettuce and shredded red cabbage, grape tomatoes, real bacon and grilled chicken and served with avocado ranch dressing. They come in easy and portable packaging, which makes them a great lunch option and really affordable at $3.99. 7-Eleven’s sandwiches are all prepared locally and delivered fresh every day. They are made with fresh ingredients including premium meats and fresh-blended spreads – like tuna salad or smart turkey sandwiches. If you’re looking for a nutritious snack for on-the-go, 7-Eleven has a fresh selection of snack options like hard boiled eggs. You can also pick up yogurt parfaits and Carrot and Celery packs with dips. You can also follow 7-11 on Facebook to learn of Fresh Food in-store promotions .

Keep Cool with Smart Snacks

Keep cool between meals with smart snacks. Snacks are a great opportunity to get nutrients if you choose wisely. SunChips® multigrain sunchipssnacks are made with 100% whole grains and are a great tasting option to have on hand at home for a quick snack or if you’re throwing a BBQ. Each 1-ounce serving of SunChips snacks contains 21 grams of whole grains, which is almost half the recommended amount of 48 grams per day.  SunChips multigrain snacks can help you “keep your cool” by pairing with a protein-packed dip such as Savory Edamame Puree made with edamame, peas and ricotta cheese or with my Healthy Tuna Salad recipe made with tuna, hummus, spinach and other veggies. Visit Fritolay for more recipe inspiration and be sure to “Like” them on Facebook.

A Healthier Frozen Dessert

Ice cream and frozen yogurts can’t be beat in the summertime. This is one you can do at home, even if you don’t have an ice cream maker. My Banana Nut Crunch “ice cream” has two simple ingredients – frozen banana just pureed in a blender layered with KIND Healthy Grains Banana Nut Clusters. banananut_417x417The clusters are like a better kind of granola packed with super grains! Made with a unique blend of Five 100% Whole Grains: Gluten Free Oats, Millet, Quinoa, Amaranth and Buckwheat. They are gluten free and available in 8 flavors like Peanut Butter Whole Grain Clusters, Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seed and Maple Quinoa Clusters with Chia Seeds. You can also enjoy them with yogurt, milk, and on their own as a snack. Visit KIND Snacks for more

What are your favorite foods to keep your cool?

I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or send a tweet to@ScritchfieldRD to share your favorite summer time tips and recipes for keeping cool.

Disclaimer: I was compensated by KIND Snacks, Fritolay, Cherry Marketing Institute, and 7-11 to do the tv segment, but was not compensated to write this blog.

Easy Weeknight Marinades Done Right

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I recently partnered up with the brand folks at Mazola Corn Oil to create this fun recipe for marinated grilled Tilapia with kiwifruit served over coleslaw. Mazola Corn Oil has more cholesterol-blocking plant sterols than other cooking oils, and can play an important role in lowering your cholesterol. It is a great source of healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. Its mild flavor and high smoke point also make it a fantastic all-purpose oil great for general cooking, baking, grilling, sautéing and stir-frying, and can be used as a butter substitute in certain recipes. It’s also the perfect oil to use in your coleslaw and marinades.

Why marinades? Because they help transform the taste of the foods without adding lots of fat, sugar, and salt to your meal. I love using fruit-based marinades because they add a delicious sweet, tangy flavor while making your dish even healthier. Plus, fruity marinades are perfect for the grill! You can make the marinade in advance to save time during the week – just throw in your favorite protein and you’re well on your way to a flavorful, wholesome meal. My basic marinade calls for just a few simple ingredients you probably already have on hand, which makes it quick and easy.

I chose to use tilapia in this fish-based recipe because it is economical and widely available. For a healthy diet, the American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least two times per week. Fish is a low-fat, high-quality protein filled with heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Fish is also a great source of vitamins and minerals.

Below are the recipes for the marinade, tilapia, and coleslaw for a tasty and easy weeknight meal.

MAZOLA and Kiwifruit Marinated Grilled Tilapia with Crunchy Slaw

by: Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, ACSM HFS

Serves 6

Simple 3-Step MarinadeMarinade1

½ cup of Mazola corn oil

3 kiwifruits peeled and chopped

4 minced garlic cloves

¼ cup of fresh chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons of lime juice

1 teaspoon of black pepper

2 tablespoons of salt

Add all ingredients into a shallow bowl, mix with a wooden spoon until well blended and place in a gallon size zip-lock bag. Add the tilapia, and let it marinate for 30 – 60 minutes in the refrigerator.fishinmarinade

Note: You may also make this marinade ahead of time keep for up to 1 day refrigerated.

Tilapia

2 lbs of tilapia

Preheat grill.  When grill is ready, remove marinated fish from storage container and place on hot grill.  Cook for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat. Turn once and grill other side for about 4-5 minutes until cooked through.  Serve over coleslaw with additional kiwifruit and lime to garnish.

Coleslaw

Grilled Tilapia31/4 cup white vinegar

2 T sugar

2 T Mazola corn oil

16 ounces or 1 half head of cabbage, shredded

1 cup shredded carrots

1 tsp salt

salt and pepper to taste

Mix vinegar and sugar. Add oil. Add cabbage to dressing and season with salt and pepper. Toss with tongs or fingers to combine. Adjust seasoning to taste. Let stand 20 minutes. Re-toss and serve.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

Calories: 256

Protein: 32g

Carbohydrates: 10g

Fat: 11g

Saturated Fat: 2g

Cholesterol: 76mg

Sodium: 783mg

Fiber: 2g

Sugar: 8g

Share Your Favorite Grilling Recipes

What are your favorite marinades? Have you ever tried using fruit in your own marinades? Share your ideas in the comments below. Be sure to visit Mazola on Facebook to learn more health benefits and great recipes.

(Disclosure: I am currently working with Mazola as a paid spokesperson.)

 

What to Eat to Beat the Heat

August can be a real scorcher and the heat can really take a toll on our willingness to cook hot meals. If you’re looking for ways to eat well without having to turn on the oven watch my recent segment “Eat to Beat the Heat” on WBAL or read on for some fresh and flavorful foods and recipes ideas to help keep your cool this summer.

Stay Hydrated 

In the dog days of summer dehydration can be a real concern, especially for people working physical jobs or exercising outdoors – like I like to do. Most of the time, water is the best beverage for hydration. For athletes, active adults and youth in sports, sports drinks may be a more optimal beverage for staying hydrated, but not all sports drinks are equal. BODYARMOR is a healthier alternative to other sports drinks because it has no artificial ingredients. Body Armor_BRANDEDIt’s made with hydrating coconut water and is high in potassium and low in sodium which can help prevent muscle cramping. Most people get enough sodium through their diet and don’t need to get it from sports drinks. BodyArmor has 2.5 times the electrolytes and more vitamins than the other sports drinks on the market. BodyArmor comes in 6 great tasting flavors like fruit punch, orange mango, and strawberry banana. Be sure to give them a “Like” on Facebook!

Drink Your Breakfast 

grapenutsmoothieFor breakfast we’re usually starting the day crunched for time – and new research suggest that those of us with kids find it harder to get the child ready for the day than ourselves. 63% of dads and 51% of moms feel this way. An idea that is both quick and cool is this Grape Nuts Tropical Refresher. It’s breakfast from your blender made with Greek yogurt, coconut water, frozen mango, Grape Nuts cereal and mint. Adding fiber-rich Grape-Nuts to your smoothie is a great way to sneak some extra whole grains into your diet.  Make a batch for the family in a matter of minutes and everyone can take theirs to-go. You can find many more delicious recipes by visiting Grape Nuts website or their Facebook page.

Mix It Up with Grapes from California California-Grapes-various-e1371487430670

Mix fresh California grapes into your meals to add color, crunch and taste. Grapes of all colors – red, black and green are a natural source of beneficial antioxidants and other polyphenols that may help promote heart health. Try grapes in salads, side dishes, entrees and desserts, like this  Grape Tabbouleh Salad. It is a delicious cold salad that you can make ahead, enjoy as a meal or serve as part of your meal. Simply pour boiled water over the bulgur wheat and let it sit for 30 minutes to cook.  Add veggies – spinach, romaine, cucumber, onion and fruit – the grapes provide a refreshing sweetness. Then dress lightly with mint, parsley, lemon juice and olive oil. grapegrainsalad

Frozen grapes are a staple in my household. They are a good option when you are craving that “something sweet” between or after meals. One ¾ cup serving of grapes contains just 90 calories, no fat, no cholesterol and virtually no 
sodium. For a creamy cool treat just freeze rinsed grapes whole in small snack packs and enjoy! You can find many other nutritious recipes by visiting Grapes From California or dropping by their Facebook page.

Keep Cool with Smart Snacks 

Keep cool between meals with smart snacks. Snacks are a great opportunity to get nutrients if you choose wisely. SunChips® multigrain snacks are made with100% whole grains and are a great tasting option to have on hand at home for a quick snack or if you’re throwing a BBQ. sunchipsEach 1-ounce serving of SunChips snacks contains 21 grams of whole grains, which is almost half the recommended amount of 48 grams per day. SunChips multigrain snacks can help you “keep your cool” by pairing with a protein-packed dip such as Savory Edamame Puree made with edamame, peas and ricotta cheese or my Healthy  Tuna Salad recipe made with tuna, hummus, spinach and other veggies. Visit Fritolay for more recipe inspiration and be sure to “Like” them on Facebook.

What are your favorite eats to beat the heat?

I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or send a tweet to@ScritchfieldRD to share your favorite summer time tips and recipes for keeping cool.

Disclaimer: I was compensated by BodyArmor, Fritolay, Post Cereal, and Grapes from California to do the tv segment, but was not compensated to write this blog.

Pack Zespri, It Packs a Punch

Team Zespri

Team Zespri

I recently participated the #PackZespri kiwifruit event in NYC that showcased kiwifruit as part of our vibrant food culture. This year I am the official spokesperson for Zespri Kiwifruit North America. For those of you who are new to Zespri Kiwifruit, they are the company which exports the world’s premium kiwifruit grown by more the 2,400 kiwifruit growers, who collectively produce more than 86 million trays of fruit each year!

The night was full of kiwifruit inspired food and cocktails and showcased the new kiwifruit variety, the SunGold.

Throughout the evening I inspired guests with my favorite ways to pack a punch of nutrition with kiwifruit as part of a healthy diet. Kiwifruits are loaded with nutritional benefits and the versatility of this fruit is endless.

Enjoying a Kiwi Mojito with Team Zespri

Tip: Pack a food bag for a busy work week.

Pack a Punch With Kiwifruit

  • Kiwifruits have more vitamin C than an orange, which helps with immunity and maintaining collagen for healthy looking skin.
  • They have just as much potassium as a banana, helping muscle contraction and maintaining healthy blood pressure.
  • Zespri kiwifruit helps promote digestion. Kiwifruit contains a digestive enzyme, known as actinidin that aids in the digestion and absorption of protein.
Enjoying a SunGold Kiwifruit on my Amtrak ride to the event. Just cut, scoop and enjoy!

Just cut, scoop and enjoy–even on an Amtrak!

Add Kiwifruit Anytime For a Boost of Flavor and Nutrition

  • Add kiwifruit as your “pop” of color and fruit serving to your lunch.
  • Just cut, scoop and enjoy. It’s a great choice on its own for a snack.
  • Cool off with a homemade kiwifruit popsicles. Puree kiwifruit with lemonade, and freeze in small cups for a popsicle treat. Or, freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker for a simple sorbet.
  • Kiwifruit Mojito

    Kiwifruit puree for cocktails and mocktails

    Put kiwifruit in a healthy wrap or pita with your favorite protein and other fresh vegetable fillings or include kiwifruit in your favorite salad, like this Roasted Corn and Zesty Kiwifruit Salad.

What are your favorite ways to pack a punch with kiwifruit? I’d love to hear your ideas! Please share your ideas and comments below. For more delicious recipes and information about the health benefits of kiwifruit visit Zespri Kiwifruit. You can also follow Team Zespri on Twitter @ZESPRIKiwifruit  and don’t forget to visit their Facebook page .

 

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