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Zucchini breadZucchini looks like cucumbers, but it's got a great flavor all on its own. 

To prepare your zucchini, just wash the outside well (usually no need to peel it) and remove any bigger seeds. Then just grate it with a cheese grater, and you're ready to try these delicious zucchini recipes!

Zucchini Bread

Mix together:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda

Then add:

  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup raisins or chocolate chips for those who don’t like the raisins (semi-sweet or milk)

Mix until blended on low speed or with spoon. Bake in a 9x5 greased and lightly floured loaf pan at 350 for 1 hour 30 minutes.

Chocolate Brownie Zucchini Cake

This is a moist and heavy cake that can be eaten as is or topped with melted chocolate or your favorite frosting - delicious!

Mix together:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder

Then add:

  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 1 ½ cup of oil or applesauce
  • 3 cups grated zucchini

Optional:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk)

Bake in a 9 x 13 greased and lightly floured pan at 350 for 50 to 60 minutes. Your cake is done when a toothpick comes out clean. Eat as is, or top with your favorite chocolate frosting or drizzle melted chocolate on top.

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Banish the "Hangry" and keep kids happy on the go with these easy and portable snack ideas.

For many families, almost as soon as kids start grade school, so do the after-school lessons. Where once you were rushing to get your kid home so you could start prepping a healthy dinner, now you're hustling kids into the car to get them to their next event. Whether your kids are heading off to soccer practice or piano class after school, they'll need snacks to keep them going until it's time to go home for dinner.

Here are 5 easy on-the-go snacks that kids will enjoy eating. Moms will appreciate that they're health-conscious and deliver nutrients kids need, without the added fat and sugar found in many pre-packaged snack foods.

Pita Pocket with Hummus

Pita pockets are great to keep on hand for little ones. You can use these yummy bread circles to create a variety of mini-sandwiches kids can eat in few bites, making them an ideal on-the-go snack ingredient. I like to pack pita pockets with hummus, cucumber and sprouts for a yummy veggie-packed after-school snack. Protein-rich hummus delivers a great energy boost, and you can vary the veggies - or go hummus-only - to suit kids' tastes.

Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers

Avoid the cleanup of a messy snack plus get some fruit and vegetable goodness into kids with Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers. Available in both fruit-only and fruit-and-veggie varieties at grocery stores, these portable snacks come in fruit-forward flavors kids will love, including Blueberry, Peach Mango, Mixed Berry, Strawberry and Apple Cinnamon. These handy products contain no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors, are an excellent source of Vitamin C and are also gluten free!

Hard-Boiled Eggs

Okay, some kids will scrunch up their noses at this one. But hard-boiled eggs just make some kids smile - mine included. They'll also make moms smile for being inexpensive, loaded with healthy nutrients including protein and containing only 70 calories a pop. Simply boil an egg for 10 minutes, rinse in cold water, peel away the shell and pop into a portable plastic container for an easy on-the-go snack. Boil a dozen eggs at the start of the week - it still only takes 10 minutes! - and you'll have a stash of portable snacks to pack for after-school activities and include in school lunches, too.

Pretzels and Cheese Strings

What goes together better than bread and cheese? Make kids smile with this fun snack combination that offers decent nutritional value, including calcium. Kids can also eat this snack in the car virtually without mess. For a health-conscious on-the-go snack, buy lower-fat string cheese and pair with a small baggie of pretzels - either traditional or gluten-free.

Dry Cereal

Busy moms reach for cereal all the time for breakfast - but there's no reason kids can't eat it as a snack throughout the day. Check box labels and choose a cereal that contains a decent amount of whole grains, fiber and protein, without a high calorie count or too much added sugar. Good choices include oat cereals and unfrosted wheat cereals.


This article is sponsored by Del Monte.

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All busy moms know that after a day full of appointments, meetings and after school activities, there’s nothing better than being able to relax and enjoy a delicious meal with their family. The moms that make it all happen know that their go-to meal on a busy day should be one they prepped days before. Make-ahead meals like Pizza Meatloaf let you spend less time making dinner and more time connecting with your family.

Your Recipe : Make-Ahead Pizza Meatloaf

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Your Cooking Playlist:

Chill out while your dinner heats up with this calming playlist. 

  1. XO - John Mayer
  2. Riptide - MisterWaves
  3. Peaceful Easy Feeling - Eagles
  4. Tennis Court - Lorde
  5. Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson
  6. Yellow - Coldplay
  7. Lucky - Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
  8. Dead Sea - The Lumineers
  9. Three Little Birds - Bob Marley & The Wailers
  10. Budapest - George Ezra 

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Kale, one of the new darlings of our health-obsessed world, is actually quite good for us.

Kale is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes Brussels sprouts, broccoli, collard greens and cauliflower. Kale is very high in vitamin K, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and is rich in calcium. It is known to help fight cancer and lower cholesterol. Other than it's nutritional benefits, kale can be molded into a simple, delicious snack!

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Being on the go is no excuse for taking a pass on lunch. In fact, some of the most successful women in the world use that hour (if they're lucky) or at least 30 minutes to make sure to take lunch and rule the world girl-style.

WF has collected the five secrets of women who take the concept of Ladies Who Lunch to another level.

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The most important lesson to take away from the Successful Ladies Who Lunch Guide is to actually eat lunch. Scientists have proven that missing a meal keeps you from doing your best thinking, slows down your body and makes you feel emotionally sluggish. All three things keep a woman from performing at full speed. So take that midday break, because getting a nutritious lunch stabilizes your blood sugar so you can stay focused until the quitting bell rings.

TIP: Just because you should eat, doesn't always mean there's time to eat. So learn to be prepared. Always keep non-perishable snack or lunch items in your bag or desk drawer so whenever hunger strikes, you're prepared.

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One of the best-kept secrets of good health and success? A healthy social network. Really. One study found women with diverse social connections are less susceptible to colds than those who are socially isolated. A University of Chicago study found that being lonely leads to restless sleep. If you need more reasons to be social, people with stronger social connections are 50 percent more likely to live longer. 

TIP: Ask friends you know well to set you up on a friend date. Everyone has friends from different social circles who would get along famously, so offer to play matchmaker and then ask your friends do the same for you. 

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If you only have 30 minutes for lunch, don't waste it working. Create a "no work zone" and get out of the office. Can't do that? Just get away from your desk. Do something to clear your mind. All of the things on your to-do list and the number of decisions you have to make every day at work gradually deplete your psychological resources. Taking a break, even for 15 to 20 minutes, has been proven to help sustain concentration and energy levels throughout the day. 

TIP:  Listen to a podcast or one chapter of an audio book every day. Surf social media or call a friend, or even catch up with mom. The brownie points you will win for that last one are worth more than anything you could do at your desk for 15 minutes.

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You know how we just said social connections make for a healthier and happier life? Well, that goes double for work. Research shows strong social connections at the office can boost productivity and make you more passionate about your job. So if you hate work, try making a new friend. Let's go back to the "no work zone" we suggested because this is not about talking shop. Finding a regular lunch buddy to up your job satisfaction is about sharing funny stories and finding something in common. 

TIP: Remember the old schoolyard rule to bring enough for everyone? Bring something tasty to share with a co-worker. It could be a great conversation starter. As you learned in preschool, sharing is caring.

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Even a healthy, balanced lunch can be followed by the mid-afternoon slump. When it comes to success, the women at the top say it is all about making every minute of work count. That means no sluggish afternoons for you! Spend a little bit of the lunch hour getting some fresh air and moving around. No, you don't have to be Supergirl and squeeze in a yoga session. Just take a stroll and suck in deep breaths of fresh air. This gives your brain time to recuperate, and the movement helps move along digestion. 

TIP: Invest in one of the digital pedometers so you can keep track of your steps. It is amazing how many you can get wandering around for just 15 minutes. 

Successful women say the real key to working your lunch hour is to do something that makes you feel good. Whether that is accomplishing a goal of getting in your steps, learning a joke from a new friend or just actually getting away from your desk and out of the office, they are all wins in the working girl's guide to success.

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