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Allergy-Friendly Recipes

Allergy-Friendly Recipes

It’s Food Allergy Action Month. These healthy allergy-friendly recipes can help you protect your kids, their friends, and all your loved ones.

First up are these no-bake snacks, Healthy Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars, safe for the kids.

Healthy Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars
Image and Recipe via Happy Kitchen

 

These Gluten-Free and Vegan Goldfish are also lighter than the grocery store staple.

Whip up Gluten-Free Monster Cookies that are also nut-free for the next class event your kids have.

Gluten-Free Monster Cookies
Image and Recipe via The Pretty Bee

 

Need a kid-friendly breakfast for the next sleepover? Try Life-Saving Pancakes that are gluten-free and egg-free.

Life Saving Pancakes
Image and Recipe via Petite Allergy Treats

 

These Allergy-Friendly Brookies are the perfect combo of cookie and brownie, without the allergies.

Allergy-Friendly Brookies
Image and Recipe via nutritionicity

 

Skip the drive thru with these Allergy-Friendly Chicken Nuggets.

Allergy-Friendly Chicken Nuggets
Image and Recipe via Instructables

 

This beautiful Raspberry, Lime, and Coconut Cheesecake is perfect for an allergy-friendly dessert for guests.

Heart-Healthy Recipes

Heart-Healthy Recipes

For American Heart Month, these heart-healthy recipes will help you lighten up your diet at any age.

Skip the drive-thru with flavorful Egg White, Spinach, and Feta Breakfast Sandwiches.

Egg White, Spinach, and Feta Breakfast Sandwiches
Image and Recipe via From Playdates to Parties

 

Skip the appetizer with this Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken for dinner.

This Blackberry Glazed Salmon is so beautiful that no one will guess you’re trying to eat healthy.

Lighten up the classic with this Creamy Avocado Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad for lunch.

Do snacking with a sweet tooth right with these Apple Cinnamon Cookie Energy Bites.

Skip the temptation of chips and margaritas and make these Baked Chicken Chimichangas at home instead.

Baked Chicken Chimichangas
Image and Recipe via The Girl Who Ate Everything

 

Curl up on the couch on cold nights with this Heart-Healthy Turkey Chili.

Hot Breakfast All Month

National Hot Breakfast Month

It’s National Hot Breakfast Month! Fight the winter blues with these meals to warm your soul.

First up are Frozen Healthy Breakfast Burritos, perfect for busy Monday mornings.

Frozen Healthy Breakfast Burritos
Image and Recipe via Tone and Tighten

 

Make Brown Rice Porridge with Figs and Blueberries for a hearty start to the day.

Brown Rice Porridge with Figs, Blueberries, and Pistachios
Image and Recipe via Kitchen Sanctuary

 

Do hot breakfast right with these Southwest Baked Eggs in Sweet Potato Nests.

Southwest Baked Eggs in Sweet Potato Nests
Image and Recipe via Recipe Runner

 

Go gluten-free for your family with Banana Coconut Flour Waffles.

Banana Coconut Flour Waffles
Image and Recipe via PALEOHACKS

 

Whip up Egg Breakfast Pitas with Feta and Spinach and skip the morning drive-thru trip.

Egg Breakfast Pitas with Feta and Spinach
Image and Recipe via Alissa Rumsey

 

Do brunch for the whole family with Banana, Quinoa, Oats ‘n More Breakfast Bake.

Banana, Quinoa, Oats ‘n More Breakfast Bake
Image and Recipe via The Fit Fork

 

Whip up this Veggie-Loaded Breakfast Casserole for a guilt-free weekend breakfast.

Veggie-Loaded Breakfast Casserole
Image and Recipe via Little Spice Jar
Drive Thru Choices

Smart Eating in the Drive Thru

Fast food can be easy, quick, and affordable. And there’s going to be times, like running around after school and work, but before your kid’s big game, that you just don’t have time to go home and cook. But, you should be careful to eat smart when you’re running through the drive thru.

From 2007 to 2010, American adults got 11.3% of their total daily calories from fast food. And when many fast food meals pack a high-calorie punch, it’s important to make the smartest choices possible.

Tips for the Drive Thru

Don’t Add Salt

Fast food places are already adding plenty of salt to their food, so don’t add extra from the shaker to your fries.

Pick Smart Toppings

Ketchup can have quite a bit of sugar, but sauces like honey mustard and BBQ have even more, and mayo is high in fat. Mustard is the perfect low-fat condiment. And pick veggies like onion, tomatoes, pickles, and lettuce instead of cheese or bacon.

Pay Attention to Names and Menu Descriptions

Things that are labeled deep-fried, panfried, basted, batter-dipped, breaded, creamy, crispy, Alfredo, or in cream sauce are going to be high in calories, fat, and salt.

Don’t Assume It’s Healthy Because It Sounds Like a Health Food

Some fast food salads, like those with crispy chicken, lots of cheese, and heavy dressings, like ranch, can have more than a 1,000 calories! Some burgers have as few as 250 calories. Pay attention to what’s on each item.

Skip the Soda

Drink water, tea, or even coffee instead. Even diet soda is not helping your health.

Look at ALL of the Menu

Some places serve breakfast all day that can have healthier options. Kids’ menus can give you smaller, lower calorie portions. And you can always ask to remove or substitute certain ingredients.

Use Technology

More and more menus are listing calories, but it can be hard to read that in the drive thru while you’re also trying to choose and order. But technology makes it easy to check calorie-counts and nutrition info online. Some places, like Starbucks, even have nutrition info on their app. Take a minute before you go or while you’re waiting in a long line to check what your healthiest options are.

Stop Your Cravings

If you’re hitting up the drive thru because of a craving, not because you’re short on time, learn how to make healthier, cheaper, and delicious versions of your favorite takeout at home. Our Pinterest can help you learn how.

Fitness Magazine also has some great recommendations for what you should order at some of your favorite fast food stops.