Top 10 Skinny Chocolate Lovers Recipes

February 11th, 2015 - Food News, Inspiration

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Skinny Super Bowl Recipe Round Up

January 29th, 2015 - Food News, Inspiration

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25 Healthy Christmas Treats

December 11th, 2014 - Announcements, Food News

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Whether you are looking for a healthier holiday treat to bring to a party, or you want something delicious and healthy to enjoy with your family, here are 25 of my favorite Christmas treats that are just as good for you as they taste!

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Clean Eating Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas!

November 28th, 2014 - Food News

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Add Leftover Turkey and Veggies to any of these Dishes. Simply Swap Out Shredded Chicken for Turkey!

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How to Teach Your Kids to Pack a Healthy Lunch

October 9th, 2014 - Food News, Inspiration, Kids/Family

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This year, I tried a new “strategy” to tackle school lunches. It’s worked so well I thought I’d share it with you. My son is in second grade, so I felt like he was ready to start taking over his own lunch packing. I knew though that in order for it to be a positive and joyful experience for both of us, I needed to have a plan that we could stick to. I wanted it to be easy, quick, fun and healthy. Not only was this a chance to hand over an age appropriate responsibility, but also an opportunity to begin teaching him early how important it is to make food choices that nourish and fuel his body well – train up a child in the way he should go and he will not depart from it!

Here are a few tips that I find help make this successful:

1. Designate a place in the pantry and refrigerator just lunch items. I’ve found that this eliminates any need for me to “monitor” his choices, makes it easy for him, and helps the prepared lunch choices to last longer since no one else is using it for grab n’ go.

2. Prepare and stock up ahead of time! I need to restock the lunch choices every two weeks or so. Some foods last longer than others, but for the most part about an hour of work in preparation lasts nearly two weeks.

3. Buy in bulk and split into small portions. I purchase many of our lunch items from Costco in large quantities, and then on food prep day, I split them into snack size portions, and freeze additional items for the following month.

4. Freeze! The freezer is such an asset to help prevent wasted food and to cut down on prep time. You can freeze so many things! One of the things I do that has been super helpful is to make a couple dozen nut butter and jelly/or honey sandwiches, portioned into sandwich bags and kept frozen. They freeze beautifully and by lunch time it’s perfect for eating. I also do this with muffins, homemade granola bars, and most any of Katie’s baked goods.

5. The rules? Because I’ve pre-prepared a selection of healthy choices, I can really be hands-off and he loves that! I’ve found that he really enjoys the freedom to choose what he wants to eat each day and totally loves that responsibility! The only rule is that he has to include one vegetable selection, the rest is up to him!

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Here are a few ideas of the foods I’ve offered to help get you started:

  • Hummus with crackers or veggies
  • Tortilla chips and guacamole
  • Trail mix
  • Yogurt and granola (homemade recipe here http://dashingdish.com/recipe/pecan-pie-granola/)
  • Apples and nut butter (peanut, almond, sunflower)
  • Grilled chicken strips with BBQ sauce
  • Navitas Naturals Energy Snacks (I buy mine from Amazon) or any of Katie’s protein bars
  • Applesauce pouches
  • Go Picnic boxes (for a Friday treat)
  • Not pictured I also have sandwiches frozen and a basket of “desserts” he can choose from (one per lunch) that includes Lara Bars, Mott’s tots or Tasty brand organic fruit snacks, and fruit leathers.

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Dashing Dish’s Healthy Tailgating Special on Fox 2 News!

September 9th, 2014 - Announcements, Food News

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Top 20 Healthy Tailgating Recipes!

September 9th, 2014 - Announcements, Food News, Recipe Round-Ups

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Football season is officially upon us- which means it is also officially time for Game Day Recipes! Here are some of my healthy alternatives that are sure to impress the crowd at your next tailgate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

August 29th, 2014 - Food News, Inspiration

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Main DishSide DishHealthy Treat
Mini Mexican PizzasBaked Sweet Potato WedgesS'Mores Granola
Easy Cheesy BurritosEasy Cheesy Broccoli SoupChocolate Chunk Muffins
Ham & Cheese QuesadillaMini Cauliflower Pizza BitesBanana Bread Muffins
Bacon Chicken SaladCreamy Tomato SoupAlmond Joy Granola
Turkey Apple QuesadillaSkinny Easy MacSkinny Puppy Chow
Parmesan Chicken WrapHoney Parmesan ChickpeasChocolate Fruit Dip
Black Bean & Corn QuesadillaZucchini ChipsHealthy Rice Crispy Treats
Mini Deep Dish PizzasGreen Bean FriesGrain Free Donuts
Honey Parmesan Chicken PoppersBaked Pita SnackersOatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Store Bought Meals:
-PB&J on Whole Grain Bread
-Hard Boil Eggs
-Turkey Hummus Wrap
-Pita Pocket
-Soup with Chicken
-Grilled Chicken Strips
Store Bought Sides:
-Fresh Fruit & Veggies
-String Cheese or Cheese Shapes
-Yogurt
-Almonds
-Baby Carrots w/Hummus
Store Bought Treats:
-Fruit Leathers
-Veggie Straws
-Pirates Booty/Popcorn
-No Sugar Added Granola Bars
-Homemade Trail Mix

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20 Back to School Breakfast Recipes

August 19th, 2014 - Food News, Inspiration, Recipe Round-Ups

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If you are gearing up to get your kids back into a back-to-school routine, then chances are you have thought about quick and easy ways to get them fed on those busy mornings! If that sounds familiar, I have just the recipes for you! All of these recipes are quick, easy to make, and healthy. I categorized them into “Make Ahead” and “5-10 Minute Prep” so you can choose if you want to plan ahead so you can grab and go, or make a warm fresh breakfast in just 5-10 minutes on the day of. Enjoy!

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Overnight French Toast Bake

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Peanut Butter Cookie Overnight Oatmeal

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Breakfast Burrito

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Overnight Blueberry Parfait 

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Overnight Breakfast Bake

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Overnight Brownie Oatmeal

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Cheesy Mini Egg Muffins

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Grain Free Peanut Butter Muffins

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Giant Egg & Veggie Bake

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Grain Free Maple Donuts

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Peanut Butter Cookie Granola

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Strawberry Shortcake Muffins

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5-10 Minute Morning Prep:

French Toast Protein Shake

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Strawberry Pancake Roll-Ups

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Banana Bread Oatmeal

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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Egg White & Cheese Wrap

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Light & Fluffy Pancakes 

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I hope this helps you and your family prepare a healthy breakfast, even on the busiest of mornings!

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Eating Healthy on a Budget

August 7th, 2014 - Articles, Food News, Inspiration

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Eating healthy does not have to mean expensive grocery bills. Here are some of my favorite tips for eating healthy on a budget!

1. Plan Ahead- Make a grocery list and stick to it. The best way to avoid impulse buying is to plan what you need before you get to the store. That way you are not tempted to buy things that you don’t need.

2. Be Prepared- Pack your lunches, snacks, and eat before you go out. When you pack your own food you prevent yourself from over eating, you always know what is in your food, and you save time and money!

3. Buy in Bulk- There are times when it is smart to buy in bulk. One example is discounted meat. If you look for discounts on meat and buy it in big batches, you can store it in your freezer until you are ready to use it. It is also smart to buy products in bulk that you use a lot. For example, if you use a lot of lettuce, look for one large bag, and compare the price to two smaller bags. Chances are, buying more of something that you will use will save you money in the long run.

4. Buy Frozen- If you think you won’t be able to use something up before it spoils such as fruit or vegetables, buy them frozen. Not only will this save you money, but it will prevent you from throwing money away on spoiled groceries.

5. Buy In-Season Produce- Food grown in season is not only more affordable, but it also tastes better. Look for root vegetables in the winter, apples, potatoes, and squash in the fall, and broccoli and berries in the summer. Farmers markets may also have a better deal on produce than grocery stores.

6. Buy Generic- Name brands often have increased prices due to the packaging and advertising costs.

7. Clip Coupons- Sign up for newsletters about sales and deals at the stores you frequently shop at. Investing a few minutes clipping and/or printing coupons each week can save you a lot of money on groceries.

8. Get the Customer Card- Many grocery stores hold sales and specials for customer card holders only. Signing up for these costumer cards are often free and only take a few moments.

9. Buy a Reusable Water Bottle- Don’t spend money on soft drinks, juices, or bottled water. Instead invest in a few nice water bottles and refill them. Not only will this save you money, but it will save you tons of sugar and calories!

10. Get Creative with Leftovers- If you happen to have leftovers of some of your ingredients, don’t throw them away. Instead, put them to good use and get creative by putting them into a different recipe, or freeze them if possible.

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