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Halloween snacks

Five Tips for a Happy, Healthy Halloween

Believe it or not, you can enjoy Halloween with your family and still make healthy choices. I’m not saying that the temptation isn’t real. There will be candy everywhere you turn for the next week or more! But with a few #FNPholidaytips, your family can celebrate Halloween without all the added sugar. Continue reading

Eat Smart, Eat Crustless Pumpkin Pie

We are only 1 week from Thanksgiving! Is anyone else as excited as I am? I love the holidays, spending time with family and enjoying the different foods that we only fix this time of year. My family is definitely in the “Traditional” meal category- we have the same things every year. Sure, we have added a few healthier options over the years, as some people in my family have developed diabetes and I studied nutrition. But all the favorites are still there, too. So instead of telling you to skip one of the most traditional Thanksgiving treats, I’m giving you an updated version of pumpkin pie that might make it’s way into your family’s holiday menu year after year. Continue reading

Dietetic Intern Jessica’s SNAP Challenge- Day 3

Day 3 of Jessica’s SNAP Challenge, where she gives a few unique dessert ideas. Who says you can’t have a healthy dessert on a budget?


  • Oatmeal
  • Soymilk (1/2 cup)
  • Yogurt
  • $.80


  • Chicken chili
  • Boiled egg
  • Banana
  • $2.70


  • Peanut butter sandwich
  • Apple
  • Mini pumpkin cake
  • $1.10
Mini Pumpkin Cake- recipe explained in this post.

Mini Pumpkin Cake- recipe explained in this post.

Total cost for the day: $4.60

Nutrition profile: Today I was pretty spot-on for all food groups, except for veggies.


I was not really looking forward to eating the chicken chili for another meal, but I had enough left for a third meal and knew it would be a waste of money not to use it. For dinner, I was not very hungry and was feeling kind of lazy. We all have those days, don’t we? Even though I prepared things in advance to make cooking quicker and easier, I still did not feel like fixing anything much, so I reverted to the good ole faithful peanut butter sandwich. To complete the meal, I added in an apple and a mini pumpkin cake dessert.

Because of my love of dessert, I feel the need to talk a little more about healthy, cheap, and tasty dessert ideas. Like I said on Day 1, a great way to make a quick dessert is to mix some cake mix, canned pumpkin, and water together and make a mini- cake. Well, sadly even the best desserts could get old, so let me share some more ideas with you:

  • Jell-O covered grapes- put a bunch of grapes in a bag or container with sugar free gelatin and shake them all up together. Freeze the grapes for a frozen, sweet treat.
  • Fruit and yogurt parfait- make your own parfait with available fruit and yogurt. Top with granola if available.
  • Chocolate avocado mousse- don’t let this vegetable fool you- avocado can be made into a decadent dessert. Mix one avocado with two tablespoons of cocoa power and some sweetener (sugar, Splenda, etc.).