Having been off gluten for a dozen years, I’m always looking at healthy options to get a pizza “fix.” This one was very easy, not to mention healthy and low-calorie. It also helps use up the surplus from your summer garden. Simply slice a firm zucchini into 1/4″ rounds (no thicker) and lay on a sprayed baking sheet. Top each round with a very light dusting of salt and pepper, and small amount of marinara and shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese. Bake about ten minutes at 350F, then top each with a shred of fresh basil. They are delicious and make a great appetizer, lunch, snack, or side dish.
My Grandma always said that when you’re really hungry, just about anything tastes good. Take advantage of this when your kids get home from school, cranky and starving. Use the opportunity to serve them a couple of the recommended nine daily servings of vegetables and fruit, and initiate the process of training them to enjoy healthy food.
Here are some of the snacks I prepare for my kids. Yes, this does take a bit of planning, but it’s not terribly time-consuming; often, I’ll get this all ready to go in the morning while the kids are eating breakfast, so it’s ready to pull out or heat up at 4pm. If your kids need a bigger “sell,” try putting the veggies and fruits on skewers (a huge hit), using fun plates, or other gimmicks. As I’ve noted elsewhere, skip the “sell”: kids do not respond well to healthy food messaging! [Read more…]