October 2011

Quinoa Cookies. Really.

by Sally on October 30, 2011

I’ve already said my piece about healthwashing cookies. I think cookies should be cookies, no matter how “healthy” they may be.

That being said, I’ve wanted to make these Peanut Butter Chocolate Quinoa Cookies ever since I saw them on Kids Eat Right. Grain-of-the-moment quinoa in cookies? For real?

Turns out, these are rather delicious. Will making them with my kids convince them to eat quinoa on their dinner plates? I don’t know, but it’s worth a shot.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Quinoa Cookies
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (I put the oats through my mini food processor to get a finer texture)
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (or more to taste)

Instructions
  1. Combine quinoa, peanut butter, and honey in large bowl.
  2. Mix in oats, flaxseed, and salt.
  3. Add chocolate chips and stir.
  4. Drop by tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet lined with parchment or a non-stick baking mat.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.
  6. After you remove them from the oven, use the bottom of a glass to press down the tops of the cookies so they’re flat.

Go here for more Kids Eat Right recipes and here for more recipes from dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner.

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Project 40: Slow and Steady Finishes the Race

by Sally on October 23, 2011

You don’t realize how slow you are until you’re in a crowd of 4,000 runners–and about 3,000 of them pass you. Including grandpas and small children.

But no matter. I ran a 5K for Donna this morning in the brilliant sunshine. I ran the whole thing without stopping, which was my goal. And I only felt like throwing up a little bit, toward the end. I consider this a major success.

Though the run benefited breast cancer research, I also raised money for Donna’s Good Things, a non-profit established by friends whose 4-year-old daughter Donna died of brain cancer two years ago.

If you would like to contribute to my 5K fund for Donna’s Good Things, I’m collecting donations for one more week. Email me at realmomnutrition@gmail.com and I’ll send you the specifics. To those of you who have already donated, thank you so much! The image of Donna’s beautiful little face–and the thought of your generosity–kept me moving today.

 

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Giveaway! Fabulous Fruit & Veggie Cleaning Cloth

October 19, 2011

Remember my raging insecurities about Organic Mom? Well, she may buy all of her produce at Whole Paycheck, but I don’t have that kind of coin. So I pick and choose and do the best I can. By now, we all know that certain fruits and veggies–like apples, celery, and peaches–tend to harbor more pesticide residues […]

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Project 40: A Good Thing

October 13, 2011

Next Sunday, October 23rd, I’m taking a trip far outside my comfort zone and running in a race. It’s only a 5K, which I know is a warm-up to my badass marathoner friends. But it’s a big deal for me. I thought I’d never have the desire (or endurance) to run again after I gave […]

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The Truth About Family Dinner

October 12, 2011

I wrote this post as a participant in the Eat Better, Eat Together Balancing Act blog carnival hosted by MealsMatter and Dairy Council of California to share ways families everywhere can make time for family meals that include foods from all the food groups. A list of other registered dietitians and moms who are participating […]

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All I Really Need To Know I Learned From This Half-Eaten Piece of Peanut Butter Toast

October 6, 2011

Look familiar? Does your child leave behind these little bits of meals and snacks: PBJ remnants, tiny piles of pasta, half-nibbled apples? If he does, he’s doing his job right. And if we say ”There are only two bites left, can’t you finish it?”, we’re not. At the dinner table growing up, I heard “Only eat […]

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Project 40: October Diet & Fitness Goals

October 5, 2011

It’s tempting to kick off Project 40 with an insanely inspirational game plan (Train for a Marathon! Stop Eating Sugar!). But I’d last about six days. And I’ve got six months ahead of me. Instead, I’m doing what I’ve always recommended to clients: Setting a few small, doable goals each month. So here’s what I’m […]

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