Watermelon Protein Cooler — Your New Favorite Smoothie and Treat!

Watermelon Protein CoolerNo matter if it’s a hot summer day or a chilly winter morning, this watermelon cooler will refresh you and put an energizing kick in your step. It’s kid- and partner-tested and approved, so get that blender out and go for it!

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Watermelon Protein Cooler
This refreshing watermelon cooler can be made even more refreshing by pouring it into popsicle molds and freezing overnight. A sweet drink or dessert that leaves you feeling better than ever afterward? Yes please!
Watermelon Protein Cooler
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Rating: 5
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Course Smoothies
Cuisine Vegan
Servings
smoothies (or 6 popsicles)
Ingredients
Course Smoothies
Cuisine Vegan
Servings
smoothies (or 6 popsicles)
Ingredients
Watermelon Protein Cooler
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. For a smoothie, blend until smooth and enjoy!
  2. For popsicles, blend until smooth, and pour into popsicle molds (about 6 depending on the size of the molds). Freeze overnight. OR.... for double joy, enjoy 1 portion of smoothie and freeze the rest in popsicle molds for the next day. Double-win!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Watermelon Protein Cooler
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
Sodium 291mg 12%
Potassium 646mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 31g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 58%
Vitamin C 63%
Calcium 26%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Bitchin’ Dietitian Gets a Family-Friendly Facelift

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Hello friends, family and fabulous followers!

So I thought this might happen… My kids are now 4, 8, 10, and 12 and they can’t tell their friends (or their friends’ parents, or even whisper to their friends’ dogs) the name of my blog. I’ve heard them try… “My mom has a blog and it’s witchin’ dietitan with a B… you know THE B WORD… DOT COM.” Oops.

This was a non-ish pre-marriage, pre-kids and pre-PTA. But, while I’m attached and will always keep (and be) BitchinDietitian.com, it’s time for a facelift, a refresh, and a family-friendly front that my kids can actually talk about. Plus, now that I have 12+ years of parenting, family meal planning, picky kid thwarting and meal hacks under my belt (if I could only count the number of lunches I’ve packed! and the ones I’ve thrown out too, boo.), I’m ready to share my learnings, my tricks and why it is all delicious and laughable.

So, look forward to lots of electrifying newness ahead… Delish recipe booklets, Healthy-ish meal plans for the whole family, a chance to do one-on-one counseling with me, and the Healthy-ish Podcast (say whaat?!?). FOR. REAL! Stay tuned, subscribe, and leave notes in the comments below so I can make your Delish dreams come true!

In broccoli,

Jen

When You Only Have 6 Minutes to Make Dinner

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Been there, right? Dinner should’ve been on the table 30 minutes ago. Kids are asking for snacks because, well, dinner should be over by now, and you’re basically starving them (or at least they’re acting like it). You’re fine because you’re snacking on carrots and hummus, listening to a podcast and trying to decide on which new amazing dinner you want to make. Maybe it’s that veggie pot pie bake thing or a new roasted veggie and tofu sheet pan dinner. Oh the kids will just LOVE both of those (you obviously have short-term memory loss because the peanut noodles you made last night were a complete bomb and everyone begged for Cheerios instead).

But shoot, if you don’t get dinner on the table in less than 6 minutes, they’ll be going to bed late and taking time away from your precious ME time that must start at 9:00 sharp. SO. You need to switch gears, figure out something fast. It’s an emergency. Dinner 911.

Chez Reilly–the Healthy-ish Headquarters–where all meals are dietitian-approved while at the same time sometimes include Wonderbread (have you seen the Whole Grain White? I mean it’s calcium-fortified and has fiber…), we have 3 Emergency Dinners. Not only are they fast to make, but they’re fast to clean up. And the ONLY reason we don’t make these on a 3-day rotation is the fear that they’ll one day become tiresome and then what the heck will you serve when you walk in from lacrosse practice at 7:45 and literally have ZERO options. Presenting, in order of most loved to even more loved….

  • NACHOS. Boom. FIVE STARS. This is like a 3-minute one. Chips go on a plate (in our house 2 of those plates of chips get weighed so we can count carbs). Next goes shredded cheese of choice (we love thin strips of Chao brand, but just use what you’ve got). Next up is either a handful of black beans (rinsed) out of a can, or a hunk of refried beans tossed on top. Now you warm the plate in the microwave for 1 minute or in a 350-degree oven for 5 minutes (bonus with the oven option that you can fit several plates in at once… just don’t forget to let them cool before dropping them on the table). Top with salsa or chopped tomatoes, guacamole (obviously store-bought if we’re in Emergency Dinner territory) or chopped avocado and a dash of salt. Repeat for remaining plates in the microwave, or put them all in the oven at once after building the chips-cheese-bean nacho miracle mass, then topping with salsa and avocado once they’re out. You’re welcome.
  • QUESADILLAS, CHERRY TOMATOES, APPLE SLICES. Finger food, people. Finger food. All you need is tortillas, cheese or hummus, cherry tomatoes or another finger-food veggie like those mini peppers, baby carrots, or snap peas, and apple slices or another easy fruit like blueberries, grapes, or cantaloupe cubes. You don’t even need individual plates for this dinner. Just land a pile of quesadilla wedges, a bowl of veggies, and another bowl of fruit in the middle of the table and let them go at it. In fact, I’ve found that if you have picky eaters, this “survival of the fittest” dinner service style is the best thing to get your child to eat. Or cry and scream. But hopefully not that.
  • VEGGIE BURGER, FROZEN VEGGIES, CHIPS. You probably have veggie burgers in the freezer or maybe even those “chick” patties. If you’re like me during one of my supermom phases, you have homemade, well-labeled with cutesy penmanship bean and rice burgers that you mass produced on a Sunday afternoon. These can be heated in the microwave or in a skillet and served as is. No need for a bun, but add condiments for dipping. For the veggie, just boil frozen green beans, mixed veggies, carrots, or peas and then drain and toss with salt and some butter-like deliciousness (we like Smart Balance). Then make it fun with a side of chips, pretzels, or crackers. It feels like you’re cheating, but this is a well-balanced, fast, and very kid-friendly combination of foodstuffs.

Have anything to add to this list of Emergency Meals? Share in the Comments below!

xo – Jen