Posts Tagged ‘snack’

Salvere Blog: Snacking Is Bad… Or Is It?

January 24, 2017
I got to thinking about this the other day after listening to someone talk about kids and school and food. Sounds insignificant but the difference in dessert vs snack in today’s world vs decades ago.

When you hear these two words, what do you think? What comes to mind?

For me, dessert brings me back to childhood when we occasionally ate something special at night, after dinner, such as a homemade brownie or cookie or even some ice cream. We were fortunate enough to grow up with a mother who holds an amazing talent and passion for baking so high chances of it being amazing and delicious.

Snack on the other hand, I remember eating after school, between lunch and dinner consisting of foods such as an apple and peanut butter, cheese and crackers or some popcorn. I would say we ate snack pretty much every day. I felt like snack was part of our regular eating whereas dessert felt like something more special not necessarily a daily thing.

What does it mean in today’s world? Well, one example of snack in schools,is something they can buy in the cafeteria and eat immediately following lunch. It may consist of a variety of foods such as cookies, candy bars, chips, ice cream, etc. and is often used as one way for the school to make a little extra money. Even after school snacks often consist of some of these “junk foods.”

Does using snack to describe foods that used to be labeled as dessert confuse the role and choice of what we eat??  Maybe, maybe not???  Do we use the term dessert much anymore with regularity in the home? Restaurants still use it but what about our schools?? Could they get away with calling it the School Dessert Program?

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact her, call (410) 707-0055 or email
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Salvere Recipe: Buckwheat Pumpkin Muffins

September 25, 2015

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Buckwheat pancakes seem to be where most of us hear of the use of this grain. But wait, is it a grain? Actually, buckwheat is a fruit seed and not related to wheat so, people with grain sensitivities can usually eat buckwheat. Soba noodles and buckwheat honey come from this plant.

Buckwheat flour looks like fine, grayish sand. Use it in cooking like you would flour as it adds a much different flavor. This seed (also called a groat!) helps with heart health and has been shown to contribute to a better blood sugar.  Try it out and see what you think!

Buckwheat Pumpkin Muffins

pumpkin muffins

1 stick of butter, softened  (or 1/2 cup of coconut oil)
1/2 cup of maple syrup or honey or agave

2 eggs
1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup coconut milk (or other milk of your preference)
1 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1/2 tsp ground cloves (optional)
1 cup raisins (optional)
1 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cream together butter and syrup. Add eggs. Beat until light and fluffy. Mix in pumpkin, coconut milk and spices. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Add gradually until thoroughly combined. Stir in walnuts and raisins.

Place liners in muffin tin. We like the parchment ones the best as the others tend to stick a little (or a lot sometimes!). Spoon into muffin tins so each one is about 3/4 of the way full and bake for 25-30 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean when finished. Cool in the pan for 5 – 10 minutes, then place ontoa a wire rack. Cool completely. Eat some and freeze the others to enjoy later!

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at or call her at (410) 707-0055.

Salvere Blog: Making a Treat A Treat

May 18, 2015

A treat by definition is and event or item that is out of the ordinary and provides pleasure. Growing up, I remember it being something special to get ice cream or eat a brownie or go on a trip or even go to do something. These things have now become part of our regular expectations of life. How then does this impact or have anything to do with healthy living?  Well, that’s a tough answer — Sometimes nothing and sometimes everything.  So, for the sake of this blog, lets go with the “everything”.

Lets start with discussing school lunch time.  Kids now rush out of the classroom to eat lunch in a very short period of time — Then once they finish, they get the opportunity to purchase “snack”.  Now, I realize different schools come with different options but, for the most part, “snack” items consist of ice cream, cookies, Little Debbie snacks and the like. First, since when does “snack” immediately follow a meal? Second, this sounds more like “dessert” then “snack”. And for many students, “snack” happens quite regularly. This is not to say we cannot let them eat these foods. How do we begin to bring it back to something “out of the ordinary”?

Looking at the “doing things” side of a “treat”, how many times do we do or not do based on behavior. Taking a trip, whether it be near or far, can be a reward for doing something out of the ordinary. Saving a special outing as a bonus for doing something special can something help motivate you or someone else to achieve something a little challenging.

These examples look at ways we can bring treat back to being a treat.  Sometimes special things don’t feel special because we do them all the time. This could be something we do for ourselves or for others. Is there a way you can bring “treats” back to your world?