Slow Cooker Light Chicken Pot Pie

We have a wonderful British pie shop in our town in a dangerous location since it’s on the road where I pick up my son from school. In the afternoons when they bake their pies, you can smell them all the way down the street. And they smell so good.

Occasionally on a Friday night when I don’t want to cook, I’ll walk to the shop and order a chicken tikka or chicken pot pie. I just love the way they use great quality chicken and a wonderful blend of spices.

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Simple Ways To Boost Your Immunity And Fight Germs This Fall

picstitch-1Sniff, sniff! With pre-school and 2nd grade germs flying around our house, I’ve started to feel a bit under the weather too. It’s so hard to be sick with little ones running around. I’m all about natural remedies to help me feel better so, here’s what I’m doing to make sure I don’t feel any worse and to boost my immunity for the rest of the autumn season.

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5 Easy Ways to Transition Into Fall

5 ways to transition into fall with Anneka Street

In the Northeast right now, we’re experiencing some crisper mornings, shorter days, orange leaves on trees…fall is right around the corner. It’s my favorite season of the year. The temperatures are so much more comfortable for me (I’m an English Rose suffering in the NYC summer heat!) and I love to get out on my bike, take a run in the local park or go hiking in the local mountains. I love the colors, the food, the chance to drink more tea, make soup and cosy up with a good book.

At this point in the year, I think it’s important to take a little step back and reflect on our health.

As they say, September is the new January and with kids back at school and a renewed energy in our workplaces it’s time to set some new health and wellness goals for the fall.

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Breakfast of Mini Champions

Is breakfast time always a little bit crazy in your house? It is here. On an average school morning, you’ll find me cajoling my 6 year old into getting out of bed on time to get dressed and eat a bit of breakfast before running out the door to school. It can be stressful for everyone. As a nutrition and health coach, I know that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and a time when we can pack in some healthy food and set up good habits for the rest of the day for our kids. So over the past year, I’ve tried something new. I’ve made breakfast a priority and have tried to prep as much in advance for the big occasion. Our mornings have transitioned from cereal and milk to smoothies, egg muffins or sprouted grain bread and almond butter and I can see the difference it makes in my kids’ energy levels and mood. Even though we don’t have much time in the morning to sit down and eat breakfast before dashing out the door, I try to make sure that they have some good quality protein and nutrients in them before they start their busy days.

Here are some ideas to keep breakfasts healthy everyday:

Scrambled egg & veggie muffins

Scrambled egg & veggie muffins

Scrambled Egg & Veggie Breakfast Muffins

These scrambled egg muffins make the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack and are a great way to add extra veggies into your kids’ diet. The vegetables in the recipe are just a suggestion. You could also add cherry tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms and kale.
½ medium onion, chopped
½ medium bell pepper (green or red), chopped
2 handfuls spinach, washed
12 organic eggs, beaten
2 oz grated cheese (gruyere or cheddar)
pinch of sea salt and pepper
olive or coconut oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Saute onions, peppers and spinach in olive or coconut oil until soft.
  3. Combine onion, bell peppers, spinach, cheese and eggs in a bowl, mixing well. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray or line with muffin liners. Fill each muffin cup approximately ⅔ of the way full. Bake for 20 minutes or until set and golden on top.
Superhero Smoothie

Superhero Smoothie

Superhero Smoothies

I’ve become know as the Smoothie Queen in our neighborhood! We just love smoothies in our house. I mix high quality protein powder with an assortment of veggies and fruit for breakfast to set up the day properly. These smoothies are low glycemic and will give your little ones lots of energy for the whole day.

1 cup almond or coconut milk
1/2 frozen banana
handful blueberries (fresh or frozen)
handful spinach
1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder

Blend and enjoy. Top with extra blueberries for decoration.

Sprouted grain bread or gluten free bread with almond or sesame nut butter.

We love the sprouted Ezekiel breads or Rudy’s gluten free. My kids have been raised on these breads and love the taste. Make sure you buy sugar free raw nut butters too.

Hopefully these have given you some different ideas for breakfast for your family. What’s your favorite healthy breakfast?

Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

Back to School Lunch

Back to School Lunch

Well, hello September and back to school season!

We all know that it’s important to give our kids the best nutrition for the best start in life and school. However, when it comes down to it, many of us are faced with a stressful household in the morning – trying to get everyone ready and out the door on time. Under pressure and not having any other ideas, many of us resort to making a quick peanut butter and jelly sandwich and throwing in a few snacks and a juice box into the lunchbox.

Here are some different ideas beyond the PB&J sandwich for healthy lunch boxes that will help you get the best nutrition for your kids. Children need a healthy balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates as well as key vitamins and minerals in their lunch in order to sustain their energy and blood sugar levels for several hours. Try putting combinations of these meals in your kids’ lunches. They are all simple, easy to prepare and many of them can be made ahead or in larger quantities to last over several days. The lunch kebabs are my favorite!

  • Lunch kebabs: add grapes, cooked turkey or chicken cubes, cheese, cherry tomatoes, melon, apple or red pepper onto a short kebab stick. You can even make different shapes if you have the time. Mix up different flavors every day. You can even add in a little bread to make a “sandwich on a stick”!
  • Kale chips: you’d be surprised by how much kids love the crunchiness!
  • Veggies sticks and hummus try red pepper, carrot, cucumber, celery
  • Wraps: kids love to eat turkey, cheese, hummus or nut butter wraps. Add in sticks of cucumber or red pepper for extra crunch and nutrients. After you roll it up, cut up the wrap on an angle into 2 inch long pieces.
  • Pasta salad: whole grain pasta (try a fun shape) with tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. You can also add in some tuna, pesto or cooked chicken into the pasta
  • Muffin frittatas with vegetables and cheese
  • Whole grain bread with different nut butters such as almond or sunflower nut butters. If you have the time, you can be creative with different shapes such as butterflies or dinosaurs
  • Rice lunch bowl: brown rice topped with cooked chicken and veggies such as peas, peppers, tomatoes
  • Fruit cup: mix up seasonal fruit such as grapes, blueberries, kiwi, melon, strawberries, apples, bananas, peaches and plums together
  • Greek yogurt with a teaspoon of honey and fresh fruit
  • Soup (stored in a thermos) such as chicken, lentil, bean or vegetable soup
  • Hard boiled eggs

Tip: Remember to keep your child’s lunchbox clean. Don’t forget to wash all fruits and vegetables before serving. If your child doesn’t have access to a fridge at school, pack the lunch in an insulated lunch bag and use freezable gel packs to keep food cool until lunch time.

What are your kids’ favorite lunches? Do you make anything unusual or interesting for your kids?