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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Healthy Back to School Meals & Fitness Ideas For Kids ♥

So I was approached once again by Parade magazine and Sverve to write about healthy meals for back to school. I asked my stepniece Lucia and here are some supercute healthy recipes we came up with! ♥

Why not try these healthy diy lunchables 

Diy Veggie Lunchable

Diy Lunchables Ham n' Cheese Pinwheels 

Ingredients ♥

2 - packages (8 oz) light cream cheese, softened

1 - packet (.04 oz) Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
6 - (12 inch) burrito size flour tortillas, room temperature
1 - package (12 ounces) thin deli sliced ham
10 - slices Swiss cheese
1 - cup shredded cheddar cheese or Colby jack
1 - 2.25 oz can chopped black olives

Directions ♥
Mix cream cheese and dry salad dressing together. Spread mixture on each tortilla. 

Drain the sliced olives and set aside.

Place two slices of ham on top of the cream cheese mixture. 

Add sliced Swiss cheese and sprinkle on shredded cheddar cheese and olives. 

Roll up tortillas tightly. Just like you would for cinnamon rolls and wrap in plastic wrap. 

Chill at least 2 hours or overnight. Remove wrapping and cut rolls into 1 inch slices. Makes 3 - 4 dozen pinwheels

Sugar Free Peanut Butter n' Jelly Sushi Rolls

Ingredients ♥
(makes 8 pieces)

2 tablespoons JIF® Creamy Peanut Butter

 2 tablespoons Sugar Free SMUCKER'S® Strawberry Jelly, Jam, or Preserves (pick your favorite)
2 slices bread

Directions ♥

Remove crusts from bread. With a rolling pin or large soup can, completely flatten bread.
Spread 1 tablespoon of Jif peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of Smucker's fruit spread on each slice of bread.
Roll each slice into a tight spiral. Cut each spiral into 4 pieces.

Or try these for an after school snack homemade ( freezer Friendly) skinny mini pizzas perfect freezer friendly for after school meals on the go!

Ingredients ♥

Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Biscuits
Pizza Sauce or just tomato sauce

Oregano or Italian Seasoning

Mozzarella Cheese Light 
Pepperoni (Turkey) 
What other toppings you like black olives, basil, mushrooms.

Directions ♥

1.) Preheat oven according to instructions on biscuit package. Mine said 375 degree F
2.) Open the can of refrigerated biscuits. Using clean hands, stretch out the biscuits to make them flatter – about 6-inches across. If you had the time and patience – have the kids help! Work on a surface away from the preheating oven and have them help make their own. 
3.) Spread out onto cookie sheet. I could fit six to a cookie sheet
4.) Put about one spoonful of pizza sauce on each crust. Spread around. Sprinkle with italian seasoning (some sauces come pre-seasoned).
5.) Add cheese and other toppings
6.) Pop in the oven and check after 8-10 minutes. Bake until golden brown and cheese is melted!

Don't forget after school activities are the best to keep fit or kids during the school year. There are so many to choose from for boy's football,soccer, basketball, baseball. For girls cheerleading, dance, swimming, softball. 

Experts speculate that exercise may boost academic performance in various ways, including: burning off pent-up energy and allowing kids to pay attention better and focus on their work; boosting self-esteem and mood; and increasing blood flow to the brain, helping with memory and concentration.

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