Family Friendly Foods for Fall

Fall may be dwindling, but that doesn’t mean your family meals are any less important. Tis the season for warm roasts, tasty treats, pumpkin-spiced everything, and time spent with family. What better way to enjoy great food and family bonding than that perfect family meal? Let fall go out with a bang with these great family friendly foods to enjoy together.

Herb-Roasted Chickens

 

If you’re looking for a filling and tasty family meal, roasted chicken is a great option. You can season it with whatever herbs you want, preparation is minimal, and you can easily adjust to one or two chickens depending on how many mouths you’re feeding. This simple dish also allows leeway for multiple side-dishes—and it could even be an option for Thanksgiving dinner.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese 

 

Mac and cheese really can be a true comfort on a gloomy day. And with healthy updates you can take advantage of extra-sharp cheddar balanced with creamy low-fat cheese and a layer of spinach tucked in the middle (which makes it easier for picky eaters to down their vegetables).  Add some whole wheat pasta and you have extra fiber and a more robust flavor.

Cincinnati Chili

 

Cincinnati likes its chili, and this fall you can take that same warm tradition into your own home. Embrace this unique spin by serving your chili over spaghetti. Add some beans for fiber and nutrients, and serve it with sliced cucumber and red onion with lemon juice and olive oil.

Healthy Pepperoni Pizza

 

Pizza normally isn’t the healthiest food option. But whole-wheat pizza can be a healthy and tasty option for the whole family. Add some fall pizazz by topping the pizza with a sauce that has a little extra beta carotene and fiber with the addition of pumpkin puree. You can even switch out the traditional pepperoni slices with low-fat turkey pepperoni or your favorite sliced vegetables.

Dill Chicken Noodle Soup 

 

You can’t go wrong with the classic chicken noodle soup dish. Take everyone’s favorite childhood meal and spice it up with dill for that extra flavor. Simply stir in dill and lemon juice to your own soup recipe.   Your kids are sure to like this tasty variation.

Turkey Fingers

 

Popular with both children and adults, turkey fingers with maple-mustard sauce are a crispy, low-fat version of a fall favorite treat. For a fruity alternative you can even substitute apricot jam for the maple syrup in the sauce.

For some other great family-friendly food options, check out our ‘Healthy Eats, Happy Kids’ board on Pinterest!

Prep Your Kids for Winter with These 10 Tips

We already know how important it is to stay active and healthy—both mind and body. With winter right around the corner, it’s even more important to be prepared. Alongside snow angels, winter wonderlands, and gingerbread houses comes inclement weather, outdoor risks, and flu season. Be prepared and prep your kids for winter with these 10 tips!

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  1. Wash your hands. Germ season is here. To lessen your child’s chance of getting sick or spreading disease, teach them to frequently and regularly wash their hands.
  2. Keep warm in winter chill. Make sure your children are dressed appropriately for the colder weather. Pick outfits that are wind and water proof, and keep in mind that wool clothing is more protective than cotton.
  3. Eat well and often. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, making sure your children get well-balanced meals is important. Give your family the vitamins and minerals they need to keep their minds and bodies healthy.
  4. Safety kit at the ready. The unexpected can happen at any moment, and so can inclement weather. Be prepared by always having a back-up safety kit at the ready both in your car and at home. Keep a first aid kit, flashlights and batteries, and blankets handy.
  5. Winter sports. Your children—like most—probably engage in outdoor winter fun, like sledding, skiing, or snowboarding. But before fun can be had, precautions must be taken. Scope out the hill for any hidden dangers, make sure helmets are worn properly, and always be on hand in case the unexpected happens. If a brisk winter walk is your outdoor activity of choice, then be sure to take your iBitz fitness trackers along to see how far your stroll takes you.
  6. Practice safe skating. Skating is fun, but before you begin make sure everyone is on the same page. Skates should fit comfortably and provide ankle support. When skating, always check for cracks, holes, and debris, and only skate in designated safe areas.
  7. Wear sunscreen. Even though it’s winter, the sun can still cause damage. Use sunscreen to protect your kids from the harmful rays that reflect off the snow.
  8. Extra preparedness. Jackets, gloves, and hats are winter must-haves to protect your kids against the elements and keep their bodies in tip top shape. Don’t let your kids leave the house without them.
  9. Heat your home safely. Heating your home safely is key. Talk to your kids about fire safety and keep space heaters out of reach.
  10. Sleep. Sleep is one of the most important things we can do to give our body a leg up against sickness. Everyone should get at least 7-8 hours of restful sleep each night.

What’s your favorite winter pastime? Tweet @GeoPalz on Twitter and let us know! 

Healthy Halloween Snacks That Your Kids Will Love

Halloween is a holiday typically packed with ghosts, goblins, and an endless amount of sugary sweets. If you love celebrating this fun holiday but hate all of the unhealthy choices that come along with it, why not consider swapping out some of that candy for healthy Halloween snacks that your kids will love? Try one of the following treats that are festive, nutritious, and kid-friendly. 

Orange Pumpkin Treats 

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These super simple Halloween-themed snacks are adorable and healthy! Just peel a small orange or clementine, stick a thin slice of celery into the top, and voila – you’ve made yourself a mini pumpkin treat!

Goblin Grins

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With just a pea pod, a red bell pepper, and some slivered almonds you can create an intimidating goblin grin that your kids will love to make. Have them help construct these tiny monster-pieces by layering together the ingredients in three simple steps.

Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail

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This candy corn snack makes for a delicious and healthy Halloween. Grab a clear glass and layer in cut pineapple, mandarin oranges, whipped cream, and a few pieces of candy corn. Your kids will think it’s a gourmet treat!

Spider Cracker Snacks

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Look at these creepy crawly and cute spider snacks! Just layer together two crackers with cream cheese or peanut butter, add a few pretzels for legs, some raisins for eyes and you’re done! These adorable treats are perfect for a Halloween-themed party.

“Boo”-nana Pops

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These cute ghost-shaped frozen white chocolate banana snacks are a real treat. Just dip frozen bananas into melted white chocolate, add two small chocolate chips for eyes and freeze! What kid doesn’t like a delicious chocolate banana treat?

Looking for more fun and healthy snacks for kids? Check out our ‘Playing With Your Food’ board on Pinterest!

Celebrate National Apple Month with Healthy Recipes

For most families the fall season means an annual trip to the pumpkin patch, lots of apple picking, and delicious homemade seasonal treats. If your family loves everything apple, then you’re in luck because October is National Apple Month! In order to properly celebrate fall’s favorite fruit we have compiled a short list of delicious and nutritious apple recipes that are packed with vitamins to help your kiddos grow. Let us know which one is your favorite!

Hot Apple Cider. Nothing screams fall quite like a warm mug of hot apple cider. What’s great about this healthy recipe is that it’s packed with superfood power that will help to increase your family’s overall health.

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Fresh Apple Salsa. Small cubes of apple make a great addition to your favorite salsa! Serve this crisp condiment up alongside cheese quesadillas or roasted chicken and your kids will be begging for more!

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Apple, Goat Cheese, and Pecan Pizza. This healthy pizza is nothing short of delicious. By pairing the sweetness of a thinly sliced Fuji apple with warm, toasted pecans and crisp arugula you can create a culinary style pizza that the whole family will love.

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Overnight Apple Butter. If you have never tried apple butter then now is the time! Use those perfectly ripe apples fresh from the orchard to make this sweet treat. Spread it on whole-wheat toast or an English muffin and you’ve got the perfect breakfast!

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Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips. These little treats are the perfect after-school or between-meal snack for your kids! Not only are they a healthy alternative to regular chips, they are absolutely delicious and easy to make. Plus, your kids will love them.

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Looking for more healthy recipes? Check out the ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ section of our blog, it has tons of fun foods to choose from!