Fun Fruit & Veggie Shapes for the Lunchbox

Do you search Pinterest looking for new lunchbox ideas for your children and end up overwhelmed? I sure do. Looking at picture after picture of perfectly crafted lunches in those cute little trays, brings a smile to my face, and then dread to my heart. The lunches I make look nothing like these. The picture in my head of what the lunch will look like compared to the actual lunch, is a classic example of a Pinterest FAIL! I had to take things down a notch. I learned to simply make healthy foods a bit more fun.

Mini Zucchini Bread Muffins

In the summer months, zucchini grows like a weed in my garden, they are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. There is just one small problem with having all this zucchini. I struggle getting my family to eat it. Baked, sautéed or roasted it doesn’t seem to matter.
However, I have found one way to get them to eat it – baked in muffins. That means this time of the year I am making a lot of zucchini muffins!

Double Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

Oooey gooey brownies with a good nutrient profile?! Yes, please! These double chocolate brownies are so good it’s hard to just have one. They are oil free and contain no flour. How is this possible? Black beans. Yes, black beans – and no, you can’t taste or see them! This ingredient might sound odd, but black beans are a fantastic flour replacement, making this recipe gluten free and giving it an extra boost of protein.

Summer Cookout Staples: Corn on the Cob & Baked Beans

School is out and summer is here – kids everywhere are rejoicing! When warm weather hits, I take full advantage of dining outdoors, because here in Wisconsin, summer does not last long enough. Now that the grill is out and the parties are lined up, it’s time to start planning menus. Not much goes better with a summer BBQ than the classics: corn on the cob and baked beans.

Mother’s Day Tropical Smoothie

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and there is nothing better than to bring her breakfast in bed and offer her a wholesome tropical smoothie made with pineapple, papaya, mango and clementine juice from Florida.

Jodi Danen

Share…Jodi Danen is a registered dietitian and mother of two elementary-aged budding chefs. She is the voice of Create Kids Club, a food and nutrition blog for parents who desire healthy family meals, but are short on time. Her recipes are simple to prepare, have a short ingredient list, and focus on fresh foods. With her background in school nutrition, she is passionate about getting children in the kitchen cooking at young ages & believes this is key to forming healthy habits for life.