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The ABC's of After School Nutrition

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Whole-Wheat Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

(Family Features) During the busy school year, it can be a challenge to maintain sound nutrition and quality together time for the entire family. By planning ahead and making resolutions about smart snack and meal choices, it's easier to have everyone reconnect, recharge and relax.

Often times a more casual evening provides the best opportunity to reconnect. Here are some tips for making the most of those treasured after-school hours.

  • Families that eat together, grow together. Regular family dinners have long been touted as an important component of a well-rounded childhood. Include everyone during dinner prep by having them set the table or prepare a side salad. For those hectic weeknights, Stouffer's Farmers' Harvest family-size entrées offer whole grain goodness and high quality ingredients for a delicious, wholesome dinner. For more mealtime ideas and to sign up for dinner club awards, visit www.stouffers.com.

  • Think outside the bag. Take lunchtime as an opportunity to teach your children about nutrition and help them pack their lunches the night before. Reinforce good eating habits by encouraging them to create a well-balanced meal that they'll enjoy. Think of combining proteins, fruit, and whole grains to keep them energized. A trail mix snack made with Nestlé Raisinets provides real fruit antioxidants and 30% less fat than the leading chocolate brands. Or for a special treat, try this Whole-Wheat Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies recipe made with Nestlé Toll House Dark Chocolate Morsels. It has the chocolate taste kids love, and the addition of grated zucchini and whole-wheat flour make it mom-approved.

  • Make every sip count. What your kids are drinking daily has a big impact on overall nutrition. Made from 100% fruit juice with no added sugar, Nestlé Juicy Juice 100% Juice is a delicious, easy way for you to ensure your kids get at least one of their daily recommended servings of fruits*. Pack their favorite flavor in their lunchbox and check out www.juicyjuice.com for product information, tips and recipes.

For more inspiration and ideas on nourishing healthy, happy families during the school year, visit www.NestleFamily.com/ABC.

*Majority of daily fruit intake should come from whole fruit.

Whole-Wheat Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Ingredients
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup Nestlé Toll House Baking Cocoa
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup Nestlé Toll House Dark Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2cups grated zucchini (about 3 medium)

Preparation
    1. PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Line 9-inch-square baking pan with foil.
    2. COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.
    3. MELT 3/4 cup morsels in large, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Stir in oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg whites and vanilla extract. Stir in flour mixture; fold in zucchini. Spread into prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup morsels over top.
    4. BAKE for 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Lift brownies from pan; cut into 16 squares. Store in airtight container for up to 5 days.

SOURCE: Nestlé



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