3-Step Thursday

3 Step Thursday – Bagel Faces

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Posted September 23rd, 2010 in 3-Step Thursday

Bagels don’t have to just be a breakfast food. Kids on the go need carbohydrates to keep them running fast and strong, which is why Bagel Faces are today’s easy-to-make snack.

This recipe is so easy, it doesn’t really need much explanation.

1. Toast a bagel. Click here for tips on choosing a healthy bagel option.

2. Spread with cream cheese, peanut butter, or almond butter.

3. Create a happy face using Oregon Canned Fruit’s blueberries, blackberries or raspberries.

Then, pour yourself a big cup of coffee, plaster a smile on your own face, and bite into your own bagel face. Adults need nutrition too!

3 Step Thursday- Back to School Rice Cake Snacks

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Posted August 19th, 2010 in 3-Step Thursday, Healthy Eating

In many parts of the country, kids are back to school this week.  Moms everwhere are either crying or celebrating depending on what kind of summer they had with said kids.  My own daughter Kaitlin is a teacher so she has returned to the classroom and now lives four hours away. You can imagine which camp I am in right now.  My neighbor, Joy, has just put her little daughter Cait in pre- K.   So although Cait and her brothers are great kids and lots of fun, I am sure Joy can use the two extra  hours she now has to do extra chores around the house.  When kids come home from school, no matter how long they have been there, they seem to be ravenous.  Since I am a fan of “the Food Revolution” and Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to wipe out childhood obesity, I decided to do a healthy and filling afterschool snack for you today.  A few Thursdays ago our three-step recipe was pretty decadent and adult oriented with fancy shortbread and mascarpone cheese.  Today its a lot more simple:

1. Take any flavor rice cake, (I like brown rice varieties either plain or honey).

2. Spread rice cake with all natural peanut butter.

3. Top with Oregon Fruit canned blueberries removed from syrup with a slotted spoon.

You get protein, fiber, antioxidants, crunch and deliciousness all in one.  This is a great time to get the low down on what went on in school, so make yourself one and join the kids!

3 Step Thursday- Cookies with Style

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Posted July 29th, 2010 in 3-Step Thursday, Desserts, In the Kitchen

When the weather is hot, and kids are hanging around the house, it’s tough to spend time in the kitchen. If you’re in need of a quick and easy dessert, try this recipe inspired by Martha Stewart’s version. I think my version is much faster and just as yummy.

Total time: 10 min.

Serves: 8


1 can Oregon Fruit blueberries

2/3 cup mascarpone cheese

16 store-bought shortbread cookies such as Walkers


Spread mascarpone onto cookies. Top each with a small spoonful of fruit. Assemble on a cute serving dish, then eat your heart out.

picture: http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/cranberry-compote-with-mascarpone-and-cookies

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