HEALTHY Creamy Mango Popsicles Your Kids Will DEVOUR!

Dessert is my kids favorite meal of the day! During summer, the request for ice cream or a fruity popsicle is constant. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and make these tropical, out of control delicious popsicles that are creamy and healthy.  I even enlisted my daughter to help me make them.

I purchased these BPA free popsicle molds from Amazon and the quest for the best popsicle was on!

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Here is the recipe for my famous Mango Popsicles. I serve it to my kids’ friends too and they love it! It’s creamy, healthy, dairy free without any added sugar. So enjoy one too!

Ingredients:

16 oz frozen mango (thawed)

1 overripe banana

1 can reduced or full-fat coconut milk

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Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in food processor or blender until smooth
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze
  3. Once frozen run popsicle mold under warm water for a few seconds and then gently twist offIMG_0150
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*Note: For creamier consistency use full-fat coconut milk

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Healthy Nut-Free School Lunch Ideas

Food allergies in the U.S. are on the rise and as a result more and more schools are becoming nut free zones.

Imagine being a parent to a child who has a food allergy to nuts. You have to make sure they carry an EpiPen (injector medication administered if a person is in anaphylaxis), you hope that no child accidentally brings something with nuts that can be exposed to your child, or needing to eat alone to avoid coming in contact with certain foods.

That’s why I did the research for you and came up with a FULL MONTH of but free HEALTHY lunches for school!

Enjoy!

Step 1 – Pick a main dish.

  1. lunchmeat and cheese roll-ups
  2. oatmeal to-go bars
  3. homemade strawberry cream cheese sandwiches
  4. pancake sandwiches with cream cheese and fruit
  5. hard-boiled eggs
  6. pasta salad
  7. “faux kid sushi” sandwich rolls with guacamole and turkey
  8. quesadillas
  9. sunbutter and banana sandwich
  10. soup (in a thermos)
  11. meatballs
  12. hand-pies or empanadas
  13. lettuce or tortilla wrap
  14. egg cups/egg muffins/mini omelette
  15. macaroni and cheese
  16. bean or chickpea salad
  17. cold noodle salad
  18. shrimp and cocktail sauce (or other dipping sauce)kidssushi1

Step 2-Pick two sides.

    1. popcorn
    2. carrots
    3. kale chips
    4. roasted chick peas (done 4 ways)
    5. cheese cubes/cheese stick/Babybel cheese
    6. nut-free crackers (wheat or rice)
    7. cucumbers
    8. sliced bell peppers
    9. “frushi” (fruit, rice and chia seed sushi)
    10. caprese salad – tomatoes and mozzarella cubes
    11. guacamole or yummy dips for veggies
    12. edamame
    13. ants-on-a-log (celery, sunbutter and raisins)
    14. pretzels
    15. snow peas or snap peas
    16. olives

Hope this helps your kids school lunch planning a little easier.

Stay Dainty,

Sandra Thomasian, MD


How To Plant Your Own Herb Garden.

Who doesn’t love fresh herbs? There are uses for them in almost any recipe and now that spring is here there’s no better time than to go to your local nursery and build your own herb garden. They’re aromatic and oh-so delicious.  Here are a few tips on growing your own herbs.

Tip #1: 

When you buy herbs try to purchase 2-3 plants of each type at different stages of growth. That way they mature at different rates and you can prolong the longevity of that herb. I also recommend purchasing herbs that are marked organic.

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Tip #2:

Repot the herbs ASAP.  Leaving them in the original pot won’t allow the roots to spread and they will suffocate and die. Repot in plants 2-3 times larger than the original pot.

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Tip #3: 

Repot in organic soil especially formulated for vegetables. Water well once you pot and don’t water them again for another few days. Store them in partial shade the first day or two.

Now you have the task to decide which herbs to grow here are a few happy combinations!

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Parsley + Basil

Both of these fragrant and familiar herbs enjoy more water than other herbs.  Chives, hot peppers and cherry tomatoes also make great container mates for these guys.

Rosemary + Sage

These are perfect examples of what we’re talking about when we refer to “woody herbs.” They prefer more sun and drier soil than the leafier varieties, which is why it’s a better idea to plant them together than, say, with a basil plant, which will need a lot more water.

Oregano + Thyme

These semi-woody varieties keep good company with their sun-loving cousins, rosemary and sage. So, if you’re at a loss for space, go ahead and house them together.

Mint + Mint

Yes, you read that correctly. All types of mint tend to take over a pot. You’re best off growing them separately from other herb types.

 

Now that you’re ready to plant your garden, tomorrow we’ll discuss how to maintain it!

 

 

 

 


Healthy Fats For Healthy Skin

When I started my medical education I was so overwhelmed with studying I let myself go and stopped eating nutritiously. The very thing I was learning about and I wasn’t practicing any of it. I stopped exercising, I started eating out a lot, and I quit taking supplements.

My body took a hit. My face looked sallow, my hair looked dead and dry, and most of all I was in a constant state of fatigue. It took two years for me to get my act together and start a change. The first journey to healthier living was food. I began to cook my own meals again and eat whole, minimally processed foods.

I started taking my supplements again. I don’t consume a lot of fish so I added fish oil capsules to my regimen to get that extra boost of omega fats. I began consuming more nuts and eggs as well. Wow what a change!!! My hair began to look shiny, my skin looked dewy and I felt more focused. I also noticed I wasn’t hungry as often.

In my experience of testing many different fish oils I happen to LOVE the one New Chapter produces. They’re organic and made out of wild caught fish! I consume 3 capsules per day and purchase mine from Amazon or you can also find it at Whole Foods.

Don’t expect a change in a few days it took a few months for me to notice a difference but I stuck with it because I knew it worked!

Note: I have no affiliation with the New Chapter company and all my opinions are my own.


Dr. Thomasian’s Guide To Trader Joe’s

I looove shopping at Trader Joe’s. My sister claims I live there cause I’m there so often but I can’t help it! I love all their unique fun products (hello Harvest salad) and their price point is spot on!

Being a physician and mom I’m always striving to provide my family with nutrient rich and minimally processed foods. It’s so important to teach them good eating habits early on. My 2 year old now asks for salads because she sees my husband and I eat them so often! I can’t imagine a better gift to your child than the ability to discern wholesome food amongst all the junk!

So here are my Trader Joe’s favorites from your fellow physician mommy (aka Dainty Hostess)!

Fruits: I buy a TON of fruits for my children! They’re obsessed with their berries and they’re packed with antioxidants. I also love their frozen fruits since their picked at the peak of ripeness! I just thaw them in the microwave for 30 seconds and WOW.  The frozen dried bananas are a nice snack to pack in your bag during long outings.

Veggies: The Persian cucumbers at Trader Joe’s are my daughters’  favorites. They eat them as a snack and as a side dish with their dinner. I also love the convenience of the pre-washed lettuce. It makes it easy to make a salad when you’re on the go. My daughters also obsessed their jarred olives and hearts of palm. They frequently ask me to make them the “Julesy salad.” Which is basically cucumbers, olives and hearts of palm!

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Pre made salads: The harvest salad is mine and my husband’s all time favorite. We pack it to work daily. I like to add my own dressing but otherwise it’s the perfect combo of ingredients and the perfect portion. These salads are really a convenient and healthy way to prevent you from eating take out food while at work.

Dairy and other milk: My daughters eat this yogurt with fresh fruit every day for breakfast. It’s rich and creamy without added sugar. I also purchase different cheeses for them to snack on. And of course mama needs her almond milk with her coffee!

Whole Grains: My youngest daughter and I eat oatmeal everyday. I add the frozen berries and voila you have a fulfilling breakfast.                                                           These multigrain waffles are a healthy option for the kiddos when you’re running late dropping them off to school. They’re easy to prepare and taste good enough without requiring any added maple syrup.                                                                             I also recommend their various nut butters with multigrain bread. My kids eat this as a lunchtime meal or a midday snack a few hours before dinner.

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Weeknight meal hack: The lentil pasta is so incredibly delicious and made only with red lentils. Add their famous tomato basil marinara and you’ve got a quick healthy dinner for the kids!

 

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Protein: Aside from the usual chicken breast purchases these are some of my favorites! For breakfast on Saturdays the kids love oven roasted turkey bacon! I also like grilling their sausages along with grilled veggies for a quick weeknight dinner that is balanced and nutritious.

Snacks: These snacks are a big hit in my household but they’re also filled with fiber, protein and minimal sugar if at all. My particular favorite is the Bamba which I recently learned about from a fellow mommy. At just 99 cents a bag these peanut puffs are nutritious, low in calorie and no sugar added.

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And finally don’t forget to pick up the gorgeous seasonal florals while you’re there! I hope this list will help provide a nutrient rich household!