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8 Healthy BBQ Recipes

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They’re fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

One of my favorite parts of summer is having family & friends over to enjoy good food and each other’s company. I’m a true entertainer at heart! I love to serve up delicious eats and spend time with the ones I love. There is no better time of the year to do this than summer – the weather is beautiful, the food is fresh, the kids are out of school, and everything is just better. Agreed?

We like to use our outdoor kitchen as much as possible during the summer, so having a ton of recipes to make on the grill is important. We always grill fresh zucchini and skewers, but I wanted to get some more ideas when it came to healthy BBQ recipes so my guests will really be impressed.

All of these recipes will help you enjoy all of the flavors and recipes you love about BBQ parties, but lightened up! Yes, you can still enjoy delicious BBQ food and still be healthy. These recipes are full of fresh vegetables, clean protein, and lots of flavor.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Let us know which of these healthy BBQ recipes you get to make this summer! What’s your favorite BBQ party dish to serve or bring?

1. Perfect Grilled Skewers & Kabobs

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

2. Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

3. BLT Pasta Salad from Life in the Lofthouse

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

4. Vegan & Gluten-free Sweet Potato Sliders from Emilie Eats

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

5. Skinny Mexican Grilled Corn from The Cookie Rookie

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

6. BBQ Banana S’Mores from The Typical Mom

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

7. Pineapple Salsa from The Gunny Sack

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

8. Grilled Salmon Skewers with Garlic and Dijon from Natasha’s Kitchen

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

2 10 Healthy Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick’s Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

One of my favorite things about St. Patrick’s Day, besides getting to spend a fun day with my kids, is having an excuse to make even more green foods. We all know how healthy green veggies are for us and our families, and this holiday, I go all out with the (naturally) green foods!

Normally, I like to get some veggies into my kids’ diets with hidden spinach in their smoothies or recipes like these broccoli nuggets or these spinach & bacon mini quiches. Any veggie counts!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

But for St. Patrick’s Day, I like to get a little more creative! We still usually have green smoothies because you can sweeten them with delicious fruit and completely hide the veggie taste, but these healthy green recipes for St. Patrick’s Day are so creative! Pancakes, noodles, muffins…the possibilities are endless!

I hope you get to make some of these healthy green recipes with your kids on St. Patrick’s Day. These are also great any day of the year to get some extra veggies in!

1. Healthy Shamrock Green Smoothie for Kids

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

2. Gluten-Free Spinach Muffins from Emilie Eats

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

3. Healthy Green Popsicles

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

4. Mint Oreos (gluten-free & vegan) from Petite Allergy Treats

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

5. Broccoli Nuggets

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

6. Avocado Hummus from Cooking Classy

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

7. Pineapple Green Smoothie

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

8. Creamy Avocado-Spinach Pesto Zoodles from The Iron You

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

9. Banana Mango Avocado Green Smoothie from Emilie Eats

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

10. Spinach Pancakes from Spabettie

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.


 

Did you like these recipes? Pin for later so you can make them for St. Patrick’s Day (or any other day)!

Use this holiday to get kids excited about eating vegetables. These healthy green recipes for St. Patrick's Day are festive and so delicious! Kid-approved.

These 8 no candy Halloween treats are perfect alternatives for candy if your child's school doesn't allow candy, or if you're trying to avoid a sugar rush!

8 No Candy Halloween Treats

Kids love Halloween. They get to dress up in fun costumes, run around with their friends, and, just for one night, eat all the candy they possibly can. But some parents want to provide their kids with other types of fun besides candy! A few pieces are fine, especially since it’s just one night, but have you seen how much candy your kids get on Halloween?? Talk about a sugar rush!

Here at MOMables, we want to help you not only during weekday meal times, but during snack times, holidays, and everything in between. If you still need help planning your weekly meals, check out our free sample meal plan!

We wanted to give you some ideas for no candy Halloween treats in case you want to provide your kids with other options that night or if their school won’t allow candy (or any other food). It’s a mix of healthy no candy Halloween foods and other cute Halloween favors! We know you’ll enjoy them and so will your kids.

These 8 no candy Halloween treats are perfect alternatives for candy if your child's school doesn't allow candy, or if you're trying to avoid a sugar rush!

1. Clementine Pumpkins from Spaceships and Laser Beams

These 8 no candy Halloween treats are perfect alternatives for candy if your child's school doesn't allow candy, or if you're trying to avoid a sugar rush!

Who knew something so simple could make such a perfect Halloween snack? Simply peel a clementine and use a piece of celery as the pumpkin stem. It’s easy and healthy, plus it’s sweet, so your kids will forget about candy!

2. Playdough Treat Bags from One Krieger Chick

These 8 no candy Halloween treats are perfect alternatives for candy if your child's school doesn't allow candy, or if you're trying to avoid a sugar rush!

Every kids loves playing with playdough. Make your own Halloween-themed playdough as treats for your kid’s friends or classmates! Everyone will have fun with this fun treat.

3. Witch’s Broom Snacks from Raining Hot Coupons

These 8 no candy Halloween treats are perfect alternatives for candy if your child's school doesn't allow candy, or if you're trying to avoid a sugar rush!

Another simple snack idea, these witch’s broom just require pretzel sticks, cheese sticks, and chives! It only takes a few extra minutes of preparation to turn an ordinary snack into one that will get your kids excited.

4. Halloween Beads and String from Seeking Shade

These 8 no candy Halloween treats are perfect alternatives for candy if your child's school doesn't allow candy, or if you're trying to avoid a sugar rush!

These bead and string packs are perfect for crafty kids to make with all their friends. Use Halloween-colored beads to get your kids into the spooky spirit.

5. Healthy Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail from Family Fresh Meals

These 8 no candy Halloween treats are perfect alternatives for candy if your child's school doesn't allow candy, or if you're trying to avoid a sugar rush!

This candy corn treat is a perfect way to get some more fruit in your kid’s diet! Just some fruit and a little whipped cream come together to make these delicious candy corn fruit cocktails. They’re perfect for serving at Halloween parties!

6. Monster Pencils from The 36th Avenue

These 8 no candy Halloween treats are perfect alternatives for candy if your child's school doesn't allow candy, or if you're trying to avoid a sugar rush!

The great thing about giving kids no candy treats is knowing that they’ll actually get some use out of them! These pencils are a fun way to turn something ordinary into something different and exciting. I bet your kids will love to do homework with these pencils!

7. Veggie Skeleton from Feeding Frenzy

These 8 no candy Halloween treats are perfect alternatives for candy if your child's school doesn't allow candy, or if you're trying to avoid a sugar rush!

If you ever need help getting your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, just put them in cute shapes! This veggie skeleton is fun to serve at parties with your favorite dip. Your kids will be reaching for the veggies all day!

8. Booo-bbles from Tatertots and Jello

These 8 no candy Halloween treats are perfect alternatives for candy if your child's school doesn't allow candy, or if you're trying to avoid a sugar rush!

Bubbles are something fun that everyone can enjoy. Make the bottles cuter with these custom tags! It’s an easy favor that all kids will enjoy on Halloween.

We hope that you love these no candy Halloween ideas and that they’ll be useful to those of you who are looking for candy alternatives. Happy Halloween from MOMables!

1 These 5 healthy desserts are easy and more nutritious than store-bought treats! Your kids will love the sweet treat and you'll love the secret nutrition.

5 Healthy Desserts for School Lunches

We all need a sweet treat now and then. Mine is always chocolate–I can’t get enough! I know my kids like to have a little dessert in their school lunches, and I like to know what I’m giving them.

Have you looked at the ingredients in some of the packaged desserts? I prefer to give my kids healthier treats most of the time, saving store-bought desserts for special times. Plus, some of us have to watch out for certain ingredients because of our children’s allergies.

That’s why we do what we do here at MOMables! We want to give you easy, nutritious meals suited for the whole family. Get a free week of lunch and dinner recipes here

Even we love dessert, too! Here’s 5 healthy desserts for your kids’ school lunches that you’ll feel good about packing!

These 5 healthy desserts are easy and more nutritious than store-bought treats! Your kids will love the sweet treat and you'll love the secret nutrition.

1. Chocolate Avocado Pudding

These 5 healthy desserts are easy and more nutritious than store-bought treats! Your kids will love the sweet treat and you'll love the secret nutrition.

This should really be called superfood pudding! Avocados add tons of nutrition, and cocoa powder is full of good-for-you antioxidants. This only requires a blender and 4 ingredients. Simply pack it in individual containers, and your kids won’t even guess how healthy this chocolate pudding is! This dessert is perfect for any child with food allergies, too.

2. Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait

These 5 healthy desserts are easy and more nutritious than store-bought treats! Your kids will love the sweet treat and you'll love the secret nutrition.

Cheesecake is always a favorite dessert, and this treat has all the delicious cheesecake flavors in a convenient yogurt parfait! This is even better than store-bought fruit yogurt, since those can usually pack way more sugar than you think. Buying plain vanilla Greek yogurt allows you control of exactly what you put into it, making it the perfect base for all the delicious cheesecake flavors!

3. Apple Pie Cookies

These 5 healthy desserts are easy and more nutritious than store-bought treats! Your kids will love the sweet treat and you'll love the secret nutrition.

These delightfully sweet treats are like a classic apple pie in cookie form! These also have a gluten-free option if you’re packing for a child with an allergy. These are so good that you’ll even pack one or two for your own lunch, too!

4. Chocolate Dipped Oranges

These 5 healthy desserts are easy and more nutritious than store-bought treats! Your kids will love the sweet treat and you'll love the secret nutrition.

Put a fun twist on fruit by dipping them in a little chocolate (since that makes everything better, right?). You’ll feel good knowing your kid is getting in a serving of fruit. These simple dipped oranges slices can be made ahead of time for an easy dessert that’s ready to go in the morning!

5. Cookie Dough Yogurt Parfait

These 5 healthy desserts are easy and more nutritious than store-bought treats! Your kids will love the sweet treat and you'll love the secret nutrition.

Enjoy all the delicious flavors of cookie dough without worrying about the raw egg! This version is full of protein, too, from the yogurt, so it makes this a healthier way to enjoy a favorite treat. Minimal ingredients and prep time will have you coming back to this dessert recipe for all your kids’ school lunches.

Pack these easy, delicious, healthy desserts in your kids’ lunches and they won’t even know they’re nutritious!

Keep checking back here at MOMables to make mealtime a little easier.

 

10 Health Benefits of Essential Oils {Podcast}

Have you been looking for natural forms of medicine?  Are you not sure where to start?  This podcast is filled with all the health benefits of essential oils.   You don’t want to miss it!
This podcast is filled with health benefits of Essential Oils - it's a must listen! | MOMables.com

Download “Health Benefits of Essential Oils” at iTunes & Stitcher.

I have friends who use them regularly to relieve all sorts of pains and aches and for the overall well being of their families.   Just recently, I took my middle son (the one with a gluten sensitivity) to a natural medicine physician and he was prescribed an herbal supplement and essential oil 8 week protocol.  I’m excited to discuss essential oils further today because quite frankly, I don’t know that much about them and I realize this is something I need to learn more about to help my son.

Today our guest is, Stefanie Bridges. She has been in the health and fitness industry for over 23 years and has a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and Athletic Training.  Stefanie is a personal trainer and holds 3 different certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, and Dot FIT.

As a personal trainer her sessions combine nutrition strategy with physical fitness training. Stefanie’s goal is to not only motivate her clients but also to educate them in all aspects of health and wellness. She uses doTERRA’s essential oils to compliment her trainings.  Stefanie lives in Wesley Chapel with her husband and two children. She enjoys training for her annual half marathon, travels with her family, and loves outdoor activities. Her personal training sessions and educational classes are a reflection of her enthusiasm for life!

Stefanie is also a MOMables community member and I’m delighted to have her here today to teach us more about Aroma therapy.

Helpful links of items discussed in the show:

doTERRA Oils:

  • Baking soda + 2 drops Oregano Oil – Form a paste and clean grout.
  • Family Physician Kit
  • Purify Blend – add a couple of drops to the wash
  • Lavender Oil – calming effects, as “first aid” on bee stings, bug bites, scrapes and burns, relief of anxiety and stress.
  • Lemon Oil – mood lifter, degreaser, cold sore relief, neutralize odors, cooking, cleaner, furniture polish.
  • Pepper Oil – digestive issues (gas, colic, heartburn, indigestion), allergies, open sinuses and airways, cool down body temperature (fevers), motion sickness, nausea, vomiting, mouthwash.
  • Melaleuca Oil – cuts, rashes, sunburns, skin conditions, acne, athlete’s foot, bronchitis, scalp issues, dandruff, earaches.
  • Frankincense Oil – focus energy, minimize distractions, and improve concentration.
  • Breathe Blend – respiratory support, combat airborne bacteria and viruses, stop snoring, asthma symptoms. High altitude airplane pressure and nasty germs in recirculated air.
  • OnGuard Blend – Natural immune defense, helps kill bacteria, mold, and viruses. For daily use.
  • Introductory Kit: Lavender + Lemon + Peppermint Oils

For more information about the oils you visit Stefanie’s doTERRA page. Stephanie will extend a 10% MOMables Member discount to your aroma therapy order.

Did you enjoy the show? Please leave a review on iTunes! Email me at podcast@momables.com to tell me what you thought of this week’s show and to offer suggestions for future episodes.

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