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September can be a stressful month. Between classes, after-school activities, and maintaining a hectic work schedule, getting into back-to-school mode can be difficult for everyone. To make this time a bit more manageable, we came up with some tips to start the school year off on the right foot, because growing healthy kids starts in the kitchen!
- Have the Right Tools
Kids learn with their senses so having fun and interactive lunch containers are an easy way to get them excited about lunchtime. Japanese inspired Bento Boxes have small compartments for different food, making them fun for kids to use. The different sizes and shapes of the containers promote food variety, meaning more nutrients, and portion control. We recommend Bentgo Kids Lunchbox , it’s leak-proof, colorful, and easy to clean. (on sale $27.99)
- Have Little Helpers
Getting kids involved in the kitchen can help prevent obesity through guiding children to make healthier food choices. Positive exposure and involvement in the cooking process will create a healthy mindset, leading to a better relationship with food. It is also a great way to bond with your kids, teaching them essential skills, and learning more about their likes and dislikes. Have fun in the kitchen together, and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!
- Utilize Leftovers
Have extra chicken breast or veggies from the night before? Reuse them! Leftovers are an easy way to meal prep while saving time and money. Add new spices and turn Tuesday night’s chicken and rice dinner to Wednesday’s chipotle chicken tacos for lunch.
- Prep In Bulk
Save yourself time during the week by cooking whole-grains in bulk. High in fiber and protein, this ingredient is more filling than others. They are also affordable and easy to repurpose. Make your favorite grain early in the week and pair it with whatever protein, fruit, and veggies you want. Don’t forget to make lunch for yourself too!
- Make it Fun but Doable
Be creative but realistic. You don’t have to use crazy ingredients or spend hours cutting them into little shapes for lunch to be fun for you and your kids. Utilize colorful spices like turmeric, a natural anti-inflammatory that is great for liver health, and it also turns food yellow! We firmly believe that healthy doesn’t mean bland or boring, experiment with different spices, fruits, and veggies for a colorful plate.
- Use A Formula
We all want our kids to be healthy, a great way to do that is maintaining proper portion sizes and getting variety in your food groups. We recommend always having a protein, grain, fruit, and veggie on the plate, what they are is up to you! We love to pair Greek yogurt, our Vintage granola and raspberries with a side of carrot sticks.
February is heart-health month, and nope, this post has absolutely nothing to do with roses or Valentine’s Day. We’re talking about your ticker, that vital organ that pumps blood to your entire body. By now you may have heard that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; as a cardiac transplant dietitian I’m here to share some diet and lifestyle tips you can do today to help improve your heart-health. Your heart will thank you down the road.
1. Hold the salt: Excess salt or sodium contributes to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease. Salt lurks in loads of processed foods like canned soups and sauces, frozen dinners, packaged ramen noodles, cheeses, sausage, bacon, and deli meats (just to name a few). Read nutrition labels carefully to become a sodium sleuth, and try capping you daily intake to no more than 2,300 milligrams. Some good news? Oat My Goodness has no added salt, and each flavor has less than 10 milligrams of sodium per serving!
2. RELAX: It’s no surprise that stress can have a detrimental affect on your heart and overall health. Find ways to cope with your daily pressures -- whether it’s by meditating, exercising, or taking an extra ten minutes to enjoy your Oat My Goodness breakfast.
3. Get the 411 on fats: To sum up the most recent research, aim to limit foods high in saturated fats (like whole milk and red meat) and avoid trans fats (found in stick margarine and some packaged pastries). In their place, focus on eating beneficial unsaturated fatty acids that play a role in lowering your cholesterol levels and reducing risk of heart disease. Foods like fish, nuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and olive oil can help you get your daily dose.
4. Fill up on fiber: Found in fruits, vegetables, oats and whole grains, fiber binds to cholesterol and takes it out of your body before it is absorbed. It also helps you feel full and maintain a healthy weight. Looking for a fiber-rich breakfast? Try pairing your Oat My Goodness granola with plain Greek yogurt, berries, and chia seeds.
5. Stand up for your health: Literally, stand up. Many studies suggest that more time sitting is linked to increased risk for heart disease. Find ways to stay on your feet during the day like standing while talking on the phone, waiting for the subway, or sending work emails.
6. Schedule a checkup: Head to your doctor and ask about your blood pressure and cholesterol. Optimal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm/Hg and total cholesterol should ideally be less than 200 mg/dL. Don’t forget to talk to a Registered Dietitian for more specifics on how your diet affects your overall health.
By Rebecca Forman MS, RD
Your metabolism is like a furnace—you need to fuel it to start the fire.
That’s why it’s important to fuel your body with breakfast in the morning. But not just any breakfast – we’re talking about real, wholesome foods that feed your body with complex carbohydrates, protein, and high-quality fats. Having this synergistic group of macronutrients sets you up for a successful day ahead. And here’s the amazing news, Oat My Goodness Granola contains all three --- providing long-lasting energy, and enhancing your memory and attention. Sounds like a pretty good deal!
Here are three nutritious and oat-so delicious breakfast ideas that will keep you feeling full, focused, and ready to take on the day.
1) Power-House Parfait
Start with a big dollop of non-fat Greek yogurt, add Oat My Goodness Starshine and top with chia and pomegranate seeds. The nutty granola and chia seeds are loaded with heart-healthy fats and fiber, and the yogurt provides an extra boost of protein.
2) Nutty-Nana Smoothie Bowl
Blend together almond milk, half a frozen banana, your favorite frozen berries, and a spoonful of any nut butter. (Feel free to sneak in some spinach, too!) Pour into a big bowl and top with a generous handful of Oat My Goodness Vintage Granola for a little extra sweetness and crunch. This protein and fiber-filled meal with hold you over until lunch rolls around. Grab a spoon and dig in.
3) Apple-Nola Mini Pizzas
That’s right, you read that correctly. These mini “pizzas” are a snap to make and are the perfect on-the-go breakfast. De-core an apple and slice into 1/4 inch-thick slices. Top with nut butter and/or non-fat Greek yogurt and a big sprinkle of Oat My Goodness Bad Monkey. Add any other “pizza toppings” you like: shredded coconuts, raisins, or finely chopped strawberries, the skies the limit!
-Guest Post by Nutritionist Becky Jay, MS
We’d like to formally introduce and give some background on our newest OMG flavor, Starshine. Starshine has been around for quite a while. It was conceived and developed along with Sunrise, when we first began developing our lineup of flavors. It quickly became our family’s behind the scenes favorite. I wish I could say it really took some head scratching, but honestly it came to us naturally. The flavors are ones that are familiar and comforting to us, given our background.
We grew up eating a lot of Persian sweets. Flavors of orange blossom water and cardamom come together pretty regularly. Or at least in my mind, somehow those two things go hand in hand. Pistachios and sour cherries also lend well to those flavors and find themselves often in traditional sweets as well as the cuisine across the board. After some tinkering with how much of this and how much of that, the flavor came together. We have been patiently waiting to roll it out. From our home to your bowl, we hope you enjoy Starshine! It embodies some of our favorite flavors, ones that are linked to our heritage.
Sometimes, change can be scary, even when you know you’re doing it for the right reasons. Recently, our family made a decision to change one of our favorite recipes, Sunrise, and we’ll be the first to admit that it was a little intimidating. We know some of you love Sunrise just how it is now, and while we hate to change even the smallest part of that, we know it’s the right thing to do.
So what are we changing?
We’re removing mango from the recipe. In order to keep the mango bits from drying out too much, the mango we sourced was sulfured mango. This preserved the color and texture of the mango and made it possible to use the dried fruit without risk of it getting too hard or sharp.
Since we first started making Sunrise, we’ve been searching for a non-sulfured option that would meet our high standards for both taste and texture, and frankly, none of our options were up to that standard. We want to be true to the handcrafted, quality vision we started with, and we are exceedingly aware of how important the quality of even a small ingredient like mango is. That’s why we made the decision to remove it.
What does this change mean for the flavor?
Hopefully, you will hardly notice the change, other than a slight shift in texture. None of our other ingredients are changing, so the predominant ingredients (orange, coffee and macadamia) will continue to energize and shine, while our oats will still deliver the satisfying texture you love.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us, leave a comment here, or find us on Facebook or Instagram. We are excited to make a change for the better, and can’t wait for you to enjoy our improved Sunrise craft granola.