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Snack Attack: How to Recharge to Right Way

Hi MySuperFoods Blog Followers,

I’d like to introduce myself as a new blog member to the MySuperFoods Team. My name is Lauren and I’m interning here this summer! I’m so grateful to be a part of such an amazing company and to be able to gain the experiences I have thus far.

Today we’re talking snacks. And no, not chips and candy types of snacks, more along the lines of healthy, recharging our energy types of snacks.

I always feel better when I eat healthy. Whether it be waking up ten minutes early to whip up some egg whites or sticking to actually eating my salad that I brought with me to work- there’s no doubt that what I consume throughout the day has an effect on my work ethic and my mood as well.

But, where I really need to reign myself in is through my snacking habits. Walking into the kitchen looking for a mid-day or sometimes even mid-night snack can be dangerous, and we all know it! For me, it’s all about learning that there is always a healthier option out there.

A recent article taken from EatRight.org gives us plenty of easy, yet nutritious quick-fixes for snack ideas. Not only are these ideas perfect for kids as an after-school snack, but ideal for adults too!

1. Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed cereal and freeze.

2. Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese. ants on a logTop with raisins. Enjoy your “ants on a log.”

3. Stuff a whole grain pita pocket with ricotta cheese and Granny Smith apple slices. Add a dash of cinnamon.

4. Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit and nuts in a sandwich bag for an on-the-go snack.

5. Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham crackers and add sliced banana to make a yummy sandwich.

6. Top low-fat vanilla yogurt with crunchy granola and sprinkle with blueberries. yogurt parfait

7. Microwave a small baked potato. Top with reduced-fat cheddar cheese and salsa.

8. Make snack kabobs. Put cubes of low-fat cheese and grapes on pretzel sticks.

9. Toast a whole grain waffle and top it with low-fat yogurt and sliced peaches.

10. Spread peanut butter on apple slices.

11. Blend low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana for thirty seconds for a delicious smoothie.

12. Make a mini-sandwich with tuna or egg salad on a dinner roll.

13. Sprinkle grated Monterey Jack cheese over a corn tortilla; fold in half and microwave for twenty seconds. Top with salsa.

14. Toss dried cranberries and chopped walnuts in instant oatmeal.

15. Mix together peanut butter and cornflakes in a bowl. Shape into balls and roll in crushed graham crackers.

16. Microwave a cup of tomato or vegetable soup and enjoy with whole grain crackers.

17. Fill a waffle cone with cut-up fruit and top with low-fat vanilla yogurt.

18. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on hot popcorn.

19. Banana Split: Top a banana with low-fat vanilla and strawberry frozen yogurt. Sprinkle with your favorite whole-grain cereal.

20. Sandwich Cut-Outs: Make a sandwich on whole grain bread. Cut out your favorite shape using a big cookie cutter. Eat the fun shape and the edges, too!

21. Spread mustard on a flour tortilla. Top with a slice of turkey or ham, low-fat cheese and lettuce. Then roll it up.

22. Mini Pizza: Toast an English muffin, drizzle with pizza sauce and sprinkle with low-fat mozzarella cheese. english muffin pizzas

23. Rocky Road: Break graham cracker into bite-size pieces. Add to low-fat chocolate pudding along with a few miniature marshmallows.

24. Inside-Out Sandwich: Spread mustard on a slice of deli turkey. Wrap around a sesame breadstick.

25. Parfait: Layer vanilla yogurt and mandarin oranges or blueberries in a tall glass. Top with a sprinkle of granola.

Snack Ideas taken from AmericanDieteticAssociation.org

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**GUEST BLOGGER** Innovative Dinner Party Decor Ideas (With Kids)

We’re happy to welcome Rudri Bhatt Patel from Modernize.com to share some fun ideas for dinner party plans for moms while keeping the kids in mind. 

Throwing a dinner party is a fun way to entertain family and friends. For those evenings including kids, you want decor to reflect a festive, but child-friendly vibe. Try these decor ideas the next time you entertain adults and kids at your dinner party.

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Create a Kid-Friendly Centerpiece

Make a statement with a centerpiece on your table. It will serve as a focal point
for your guests. Try a vase with a fresh-cut roses, lilies or flowers which complement a particular theme. Add some ivy to accentuate the flowers you choose. If your goal is to entertain the kids while the adults engage in conversation, place an art-themed centerpiece in the middle of your table with Guest Blog 2crayons, markers and sheets of plain paper or coloring pages. While the kids are making their masterpieces, adults have the option to mingle and talk with others.

Experiment With Table Settings

Guest Blog 3Place butcher paper and chalk as the base of your table. Kids will love drawing or playing tic-tac-toe with these two items, while adults will feel tempted to return to their childhood by also doodling too. If you opt for a more adult centric table setting, provide placements with puzzles on the front – kids love to play crossword puzzles and other games as they wait for dinner. To include kids and adults in the mix, why not teach an etiquette lesson to help them learn which fork and spoon to use during a meal containing several courses.

Use Martini Glasses to Accentuate Your Table

Martini glasses are a great way to display trinkets around the table. Depending on the theme of your party, fortune cookies, sand, candy or beads will take your table to the next level. If older kids are joining the Guest Blog 4party, place a single floating candle in the martini glass to illuminate your dinner party into a magical night experience. If you want to create an interactive tone to your dinner party, provide paint and let adults and kids paint their martini glass – at the end of the night, it is a fun party favor to take home.

Build Party Around a Specific Theme

Theme parties are a fun way to liven up a dinner party. Decide whether the theme will border on serious, festive or somewhere in the middle. With a preplanned theme, all of your decor will work toward highlighting your table in a special way. If it is a Hawaiian-themed dinner party, add Guest Blog 5leis for dinner guests to wear, use a floral table cloth and decorate the table with miniature palm trees and coconuts. For a more kid centric theme, like candyland, use a colorful table cloth, sprinkle candies across the dining space and use the game Candyland as the centerpiece.

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Use Name Cards With an Accessory 

Name cards are practical and decorative. For a more formal party, use
heavier paper and pen the name of your guests on the cards. Looking for a more festive tilt? Pair your name cards with an accessory, like bubbles, candles or even a deck of cards.

Creating a tablescape with adult, but kid-friendly decor isn’t out of your reach. Brainstorm on various themes to find the right fit for your next dinner party!

For more design ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com.

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Happy 4th Birthday To Us!

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(You sang along in your head, didn’t  you?  It’s okay.  We loved it)

Impossible to believe, but MySuperFoods is 4 years old today.  We feel like celebrating.

Today we celebrate moving forward.  Feeling scared and doing it anyway.  Feeling proud and complimenting each other.  Feeling unsure and asking for help.  Falling down and getting back up.

Today we celebrate learning.  Constant learning and change and steps backward to take leaps forward.  Constant questions and puzzle solving.  Constant breathing.  (That one’s really important.  Falling over hurts.)

Today we celebrate our team.  Part-timers and full timers and interns.  Family and friends, investors and customers.  Buyers and distributors and in-store demo teams.  Bloggers and editors and social media fans.  Our team is bigger than we know but we KNOW what it’s doing for us.

Today we celebrate our kids.  That afternoon play date just over 4 years ago when we had a fun chat about food.  About the kind of food we wished we saw on the shelves of stores.  Watching the (4) 18-month-olds who played on the floor, not knowing that we were being pushed to do more, to dream big and act on the passion inside.

Today we celebrate that text that Silvia sent Katie later that night…”do you want to do this with me?” And for Katie ignoring the question she next asked Mike, “do what???”

We are so thankful.  This is a dream.

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