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Snacks for Tweens, Teens and Adults

A couple  of years ago I noticed that my then 10 year old grandson was constantly hungry and in the pantry. He loves junk food just like my granddaughter and most Americans. Parents get upset with children wanting junk. They’re hungry for some top nutrition!

The thought of a child, especially my grandchild being hungry is ridiculous to me. Yes, I get upset over child food hunger in general.

So what did I do? I pan sautéed my grandson 6 large shrimp in butter. I gave him the cocktail sauce he requested but he didn’t use it. He wasn’t back in the kitchen until dinner time. Good protein and good fat!

Here are some of my tips:

-most grocery stores have pre cut veggies and fruits. If you don’t have time to cut them up use those.

-use small tapas bowls and plates. Make it fun-let them use toothpicks to spear food if they’re old enough.

-shrimp cooked in butter.

-mini bison burgers made into squares using a brownie type baking pan as a mold.

-apple wedges with nut butter.

-use a cocktail spear with 1/2 cherry tomato and a small piece of cut protein. Use a tapas bowl for a dipping sauce.

-make melon balls versus slices or wedges.

-almond butter between 2 small crackers with a few mini chocolate chips.

-small turkey meatballs. I make a recipe and freeze them. I can defrost and cook them in the microwave. Serve with a small tapas bowl of mustard for dipping.

-I do make traditional nutritious cookies where I substitute almond butter for peanut butter. Everyone loves them and no one has a clue. Sometimes I add unsweetened coconut flakes.DSC_0068


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ADHD and Diet-the Gut-Brain Connection

We all know someone that has the signs and symptoms or has been diagnosed with ADHD-attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It covers quite a range from difficulty sustaining attention, easily distracted, and loses things to fidgets, repetitive motor movements, difficulty awaiting turn or difficulty organizing tasks. Common patient complaints include chronic constipation and fecal incontinence. That’s rough… Continue Reading

Sugar- cut it out!

Sugar is a big problem most people are aware of. It’s everywhere and one reason I rarely go out to eat. I’ve tasted it in a tomato type topping on a Cajun chicken dish, it’s in most barbecue sauces and in most processed foods. I’ve been surprised reading labels. It’s in Jamaican jerk seasoning as… Continue Reading

Size Matters-Food Psychology

I cherish and enjoy old things: jewelry, silverware, glasses and linens. Friday I drove two hours northwest of home to visit areas near where my family is from. Some of the towns I hadn’t been to in years. One place caught my eye at an intersection and I suddenly realized that was where I had… Continue Reading

Rock Shrimp Rock!

As a poor college student my fresh seafood options were shark, tile fish & rock shrimp. They were all inexpensive and I cooked them often. I used to boil rock shrimp. They’ve been called the poor man’s lobster. They have hard shells and Continue Reading

Skewer it!

I am always amazed at how much people like protein on a stick. I think you could put just about anything on a skewer, grill it, and people will eat it-especially guys and children in my experience. I’m going to share some ideas and tips! Tips: -soak wooden skewers according to package directions. Depending on the… Continue Reading

Paleo changed my life!

I did it! After failing to obtain a normal body weight, I did it! I failed for decades but have now succeeded. It’s been 5 years today since I started my journey. I tried to lose weight & get fit many times over the last 30 years or so. Weight Watchers worked but at the… Continue Reading

Two things I eliminated going Paleo

As my 5 year anniversary of a Paleo lifestyle & CrossFit is rapidly approaching I have reflected on how much my diet has changed. I recall my early struggles with substitutions. I’ll admit it was a challenge at first. I remember telling my daughter that some of the subs she suggested were “whacko”. Haha that’s… Continue Reading