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Healthy Back-to-School Snack Recipes

Back-to-School time is the perfect time to start thinking about healthy eating. I have found that eating fresh smoothies help to curb my appetite while the kids are in school. Try swapping out that diet coke and bag of chips for one of these healthy back-to-school snack recipes.

Peach Nectarine Orange Juice

Peach Nectarine Orange Juice

Instead of a calorie-laden caffeinated beverage in the morning, add a cup of Peach Nectarine Sparkling ICE (www.sparklingice.com) to your Orange Juice for some added fizz, vitamins and antioxidants, without the extra calories. You’ll wake up your taste buds, without giving your body a caffeine shock.

Very Berry Juice

Very Berry Juice

Ingredients:
2 cups of strawberries
2 cups of blueberries
1.5 cups of raspberries

Directions: Wash all fruit. Press through an Omega VRT350 juicer, stir to mix the flavors, serve, and enjoy for breakfast or lunch.

Juicing is a great way to up your daily intake of fruits and veggies and helps you get through the afternoon slump. By using a masticating style juicer like Omega’ s VRT350, you can preserve your juice for up to 72 hours, perfect for juicing before work because it will keep until the afternoon (or even next day).

Homemade Apple Chips

Homemade Apple Chips

Directions: Wash and core the apples. Cut the apple into ¼” to 3/8” slices or rings; discard any bruised portions. Using the Excalibur Dehydrator, dry at 135◦F/57◦C. Approximately 7-9 hours. (Humidity of location will determine time for dehydrating.) For a sweeter flavor, sprinkle the slices with sugar and cinnamon prior to drying. NOTE: Dehydrated apples lend themselves particularly well for use in a variety of baked goods such as pies, tea breads, and cookies.

Always running to the office vending machine to grab a candy bar or a bag or chips? Americans consume a third of their daily calories from snacking. By dehydrating your own fruits, (www.excaliburdehydrator.com) nuts and vegetables, you can swap out those pre-packed snacks for a healthy alternative.

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

· 1 Banana, thickly sliced, frozen
· 2 cups of chopped kale or spinach
· ¼ cup of lowfat or skim milk
· 1/3 cup of apple juice

Directions:

Place the banana, kale or spinach into a BL390S Omega blender, pour in the milk and apple juice. Cover, puree until smooth and serve immediately.

Need a quick end of day booster before hitting the gym or heading to happy hour? This Green Smoothie will help curb your hunger so you’re not ravenous when you finally get to eat dinner after a long day of work

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