March is Nutrition Month! What better time than now to check out some amazing healthy recipes from Authors of ‘Should I Scoop Out My Bagel?’, a no-holds barred guide with answers to many questions that many women have. Authored by Nutrition expert Ilyse Schapiro and AlternaVites leader Hallie Rich, this book covers great tips to Help You Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Live Healthy!


Ilyse Schapiro, MS, RD, CDN, is the Founder & President of Ilyse Schapiro Nutrition, a nutrition counseling and consulting practice.  As a nationally recognized expert in the field of nutrition, Ilyse is sought after time and again to offer perspective on nutrition trends and healthy living.
Hallie Rich is a proud third generation vitamin industry executive and entrepreneur.  She has followed in her family’s lauded footsteps as an innovative force in the that industry with the creation of the award winning alternaVites melt-in-your-mouth powdered vitamins and minerals for both adults and children.

Check out 5 on the go snack recipes recommended by the authors first!

Yogurt covered blueberries: Dip blueberries in yogurt (aim for Greek) and stick each with a toothpick, gently to push it off onto a baking sheet.  Place baking sheet in freezer and after about an hour, pop them off of the baking sheet and into a freezer bag.

Roasted chick peas or sweet potato chips: Simply add a dab of olive oil and kosher salt to drained and washed chic peas or sliced sweet potatoes. Put in a preheated oven at 400 degrees until lightly brown. Turn over periodically.

Make your own trail mix: Feel free to choose from a mix of almonds, dark chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, peanuts, cashews, coconut shavings, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, and whole grain cereal.  Just be careful of serving size – keep to ¼ cup if possible!

Veggies and hummus: Turkey roll-ups with some sliced veggies, a slice of cheese, and/or thin spread of hummus or guacamole!

Apple or celery with peanut butter or almond butter

And here’s 5 healthy store-bought snacks for kids recommended by them!

Nourish Snacks:  We love these snacks but they have clean ingredients that you kids will enjoy and you can feel good giving them.  They are nutritious without sacrificing on quality or flavor and take portion control into account.

Justin’s Nut Butter Squeeze Pack: These are extremely portable and allow your favorite nut butter with you at all times.  They are great as a stand alone, on whole grain crackers, or with an apple, banana or celery.   These can help keep your child full until their next meal, as well as being a great source of protein and healthy fats.

Skinny Pop:  You can’t tell from the taste that this brand of popcorn has a lot less sodium and calories than other varieties!  Popcorn has fiber which can be filling, and Skinny Pop doesn’t have a laundry list of other ingredients to worry about!  Your kids will also never be able to tell that they are having a snack that’s better for them than a bag of chips!


alternaVites Kids vitamins & minerals: Add any of their formulas to your child’s favorite snacks like smoothies, yogurts, and shakes for a nutritional boost! Available in multivitamin, calcium, vitamin d, and vitamin c formulas, the powder form and the daily dose packets make it easy to use during carpools, after school activities, or even in a rush before homework! The taste won’t interfere with their snack – which is great for even the pickiest of kids!!

Ella’s Kitchen: These snacks are great for your littlest ones.  Their different varieties of snacks all have one thing in common – they’re focus on no concentrates, additives or colorings.  An extra bonus is that they don’t have any added refined sugar or salt.  Kids love the taste, and they’re super easy for even the busiest of parents!

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