September 2010 Archives

Oat Bran

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Dear Missy,

When your recipes say to use oat bran, what oat bran should I buy?  Is it Oat Bran cereal?  If not, where is oat bran usually located in the grocery store?  Thank You. Karen

Dear Karen,

Oat bran is available at your health food store if you can't find it in your local market. Alternatively, you can put rolled oats in your food processor or blender. Just don't run it too long or you'll end up with oat flour!

Enjoy in good health,

Missy

School Systems

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Dear Missy,

Have you thought of partnering up with public and private schools.  It would be great if they could start incorporating these foods and meal plans to the kids of this nation.  We are struggling more and more with children becoming obese. Not only is it important for kids to eat better at home but at school as well. The spend 8 hrs or more a day there.  Sometimes eating 3 meals there. –Gloria A.

Dear Gloria,

I certainly have! Many of my recipes are easily scalable for use in large institutions. In fact, we're currently working with the Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian where Sneaky Chef recipes are served to patients and in the staff cafeteria. 

I haven't proactively contacted any school systems about the idea, but I would welcome their inquiries and would love to work with them to introduce these healthy recipes onto their menus.

Thanks for writing!

With healthiest regards,

Missy

Tell kids they're having "ice cream" for breakfast and watch them literally jump out of bed to get to the table those first few days of school! Fortified with low fat yogurt--one of my favorite power tools of health--my soft serve has probiotics to boost kids immune system and protect our kids for those first weeks back at school.  

Kids absolutely love the chocolate, fresh banana and strawberry flavors. You'll love them because they're super healthy and take 2 minutes to make. 

Enjoy in good health, 

Missy

Breakfast Ice Creams

Nutrition Highlights: Fruit, calcium, and probiotics

The name alone makes kids giggle and school mornings go a bit smoother. Your kids will think you’re the best when you call them into the kitchen for their morning “ ice cream” ! These two-minute recipes are fun enough to entice even the grumpiest kids. 

Your food processor is the only way to puree the frozen fruit without having to add a lot of liquid — and for these small quantities, a three-cup mini food processor works best. These recipes can be quickly converted to a thinner smoothie by adding an extra ½ cup of milk to all the variations below and then mixing them in the blender:

Each variation below serves 2 children

Extra Sneaky Strawberry Breakfast Ice Cream

Rich in vitamins C and K, potassium, folate, calcium, fiber and protein.
1/4 ripe avocado
1/2 cup frozen strawberries, without syrup or added sweeteners
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey or sugar

Banana Breakfast Ice Cream

Rich in vitamins B6, C, potassium, fiber, calcium, and protein
1 frozen banana, cut in pieces (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey or sugar

Chocolate Banana Breakfast Ice Cream

Rich in vitamins B6, C, potassium, fiber, calcium, protein, and antioxidants
1 frozen banana, cut in pieces (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey or sugar
1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Note: If you prefer to use sweetened yogurt (the vanilla flavored yogurt works well with all of the above), you probably won’t need the extra sugar or honey.

For each of the above Breakfast Ice Creams, put all ingredients in food processor and puree on high —  hold on tight, the first few seconds are a bit rough until the mixture smoothes out. Each makes about 1 1/2 cups of ice cream. 

Another sneaky hint: Make popsicles out of these ice creams by pouring them into ice pop molds and freezing the night before. It’s double the fun to eat it this way in the morning!

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