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Healthy lunch cooking demo with Nadine Tengco

Like most mommies, I try to give my kids yummy and nutritious school lunches most of the time. But my two girls are growing up, and their taste buds are becoming more discriminating – demanding could be a fitter term. They easily get bored with their school lunches so I need to vary the menu. So when I got invited to a cooking demo with Nadine Tengco, health guru and nutritionist, I couldn’t pass up.

Last week I watched Chef Bruce Lim whip up an easy but delish Asian Stir-fried pasta dish. A few weeks back, there was a Korean cooking demo at the girls’ school where I learned how to make Korean seafood rice roll and authentic Chap Chae (which I’ve yet to blog about, by the way).

So last Friday, I went to a cooking demo with Ms. Nadine Tengco on healthy lunch box recipes at SM North Edsa Active Fun.

Healthy lunch cooking demo with Nadine Tengco Soyami Chips

Nadine Tengco, a US-certified nutritionist, is the fitness nutritionist of the TV show Pinoy Biggest Loser. She advocates eating Рyes, eating Р instead of reducing food intake to lose weight. (Hmmm, I like her a lot na!)

Friday’s cooking demo with Nadine Tengco was all about healthy school lunch boxes. Nadine showed us how to prepare healthy snacks that kids can bring to school and actually eat (not give away to classmates, hehe) using Soyami Chips.

Healthy lunch cooking demo with Nadine Tengco Apples Morales Soyami Chips
Top: Ms. Apples Morales of Soyami and Active Fun assists Ms. Nadine Tengco during the cooking demo. Bottom (photo courtesy of Soyami Marketing): The mommy bloggers pose with Apple.

Adding soya is an excellent way of improving the nutritional value of a meal. It helps to decrease fat and cholesterol, while increasing fiber content. Soyami Chips are MSG-free, GMO-free, transfat-free, and made from 100% soya. So adding Soyami to our kids’ school lunches is an easy and yummy way of making their meals more nutritious.

Healthy lunch recipes cooking demo with Nadine Tengco
Sneaky Mac n’ Cheese, Sneaky Tuna Nuggets make sneaky-healthy school snacks.

Here are the recipes.

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Healthy snacks for school kids from Healthy Options

My two girls went back to school last Tuesday, while the little boy is still eagerly waiting for his classes to start next week. It’s that time of the year again for preparing healthy snacks for school kids.

One of the challenges I faced in the past when my girls were much younger (they are 9 and 13 now) is being picky with food. (This isn’t much of a problem with the little boy.)

In my attempt to provide healthy snacks, I’d prepare sandwiches that would, unfortunately, end up uneaten. That’s how picky there were. Thankfully, they have outgrown the picky-eater stage.

Nate, on the other hand, is not very picky with his food. But he has a lot of food allergies so it’s also difficult providing him nutritious snacks that won’t cause a skin flare-up.

Healthy Options recently sent me a couple of healthy snacks for school kids to try out.

Healthy snacks for school kids Healthy Options Late July crackers

Late July Classic Saltine Crackers (Php 149.00) are made from organic ingredients produced without synthetic fertilizers, chemical pesticides, and genetic engineering.

I find the crackers a bit salty (of course, they’re saltine). This can be balanced with a salsa dip, which makes it an even healthier snack.

Nate likes the crackers as they are though. Because it’s organic and preservative-free, I have no qualms giving the crackers to him.

Healthy snacks for school kids from Healthy Options Late July organic crackers

Fried snacks loaded with transfats are obviously bad. So food manufacturers started baking them. But here’s something new – popped snacks.

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