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Healthy and Fun Birthday Party Ideas

One of the toughest things I’ve encountered as a parent is planning my kids’ birthday parties. Should I hire an entertainer? What should I serve? How do I keep the party healthy? Etc… With a backyard pool it doesn’t make sense for us to go anywhere for a party, so I host cooking/pool parties! Here are some of the things we make:

1. Fruit kebobs – cut up some fruit (pineapple, grapes, strawberries, bananas etc) and give each kid a stick to slide the fruit on.

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2. Veggie kebobs – cut up some veggies (onion, green, red & yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes etc) and give each kid a stick to slide the fruit on. Brush each stick with oil and grill on the BBQ.

3. Make your own mini pizza – pizza sauce, shredded cheese, various veggies, pepperoni, ham etc.. Give each kid a whole wheat greek style pita and let them create! Then pop the pizza’s in the oven long enough to melt the cheese.

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4. Make your own smoothies – yogourt, ice, fruit – let each kid decide what fruit they want and blend. If the kids are older, let them press the blender button.

5. Make your own frozen yogourt sundae (this is a great alternative to a cake). Vanilla frozen yogourt topped with strawberries, bananas, and chocolate – yum!

6. Chocolate fondue – dip fruit in melted chocolate, I find that the good Belgian chocolate from Bulk Barn w
works well. (This isn’t the healthiest option on my list, but it at least gets them to eat some fruit).

My daughters are 5 and 3 and they love these! Not only have these activities kept them and their friends entertained, but they also encouraged them to eat healthier foods. Two birthday problems solved at once!

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Fitness Tip of The Day: When running errands or shopping, be sure to pack some healthy snacks to have on-hand. Then after you work-up a big appetite, you won’t be tempted to grab something at the mall food court or the fast food restaurant on the way home. Exercise is not enough. You must also include healthy eating habits.

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Guilt Free Candy – Weight Watchers Pecan Crowns (Review)

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Recently I was sent a bag of Weight Watchers Pecan Crowns candy (by Whitmans) to review.  Knowing how tempted I am to eat all of my kids Halloween candies, I waited until my kids were digging into their bags to dig into my own bag and try them.  I also have to admit that I was a little hesitant because dude, it’s diet chocolate! Who the hell wants diet chocolate?  Gimme the real thing baby!

I was wrong – they’re awesome!  They taste a lot like Turtle’s, only not as sweet.  Each one is 1 point (53 calories, 3.3g of fat, and 3g fiber).  My mom tried them too – she’s a very picky eater (sorry mom, but you are) and she liked them too!

Halloween can be a time of indulgence for adults, just as much as it is for kids, but now with Weight Watchers Pecan Crowns it doesn’t have to be – leave the Halloween candies for your kids, and have some Weight Watchers Pecan Crowns instead, your waist and taste buds will thank you.

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Fitness Tip of The Day: When running errands or shopping, be sure to pack some healthy snacks to have on-hand. Then after you work-up a big appetite, you won’t be tempted to grab something at the mall food court or the fast food restaurant on the way home. Exercise is not enough. You must also include healthy eating habits.

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You Are What You Eat

And apparently my girls are made out of chocolate.

Sierra and Brooke will only drink chocolate milk.  I’ve tried white milk, water and a million different kinds of juices – but all they ever want is chocolate “milkies”.  Unfortunately they drink so much of it that they barely eat any food (or is refusing to eat simply a girl thing?).  I never realized how much of it they were drinking until today…

Brooke had diarrhoea this afternoon – and I swear on my life that it had the colour, consistency and smell of milk chocolate syrup.  My kid pooped pure chocolate syrup. 

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  I will NEVER eat another chocolate sundae again!

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