Head Back to School, Celebrate Labor Day and Tailgate In Style Without Putting on Pounds; Top Destination Spas Share Recipes

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From Prickly Pear BBQ to Parmesan Pita Chips, Destination Spa Pros Share Healthy Recipes to Kick Start Fall Whether you are planning tailgates or packing school lunches, Destination Spa chefs cook up recipes to keep everyone healthy and content.

Debra Koerner, Destination Spa Group, “From tailgating, to Labor Day festivities, and sending kids to school, there’s the opportunity to make healthy menu choices that lead to a lifetime of wellbeing for the whole family.”

Heading into fall, there’s a lot to look forward to as kids go back to school, Labor Day parties are set and the gridiron heats up. Whether you are planning tailgates or packing school lunches, Destination Spa chefs cook up recipes to keep everyone healthy and content.

“The transition from summer to fall can be stressful as a lot of emphasis is placed on events that include food,” says natural health & wellbeing expert Debra Koerner of the Destination Spa Group, “From tailgating, to Labor Day festivities, and sending kids to school with healthy snacks and lunches, there’s the opportunity to make healthy menu choices that lead to a lifetime of wellbeing for the whole family.”

At Destination Spas, the focus is on creating an environment dedicated to health, wellbeing and life enhancement. Knowing that a Destination Spa trip may not be in the cards for you this fall, spa chefs offer recipes to keep things healthy at home.

A+ Back-to-School Lunches and Snacks – New research shows that 55% of Moms ages 35-44 with kids in school are stressed out by the idea of shopping for and packing school lunches*. Let’s change that with…

  •     Fruit & Nut Bars from Canyon Ranch – Perfect for packing as school snacks and in lunches, in an airtight container, the bars store up to one month in the fridge.
  •     Chef Barb’s Pumpkin Cookies from The Heartland Spa – Your child will be a hit at the bake sale with these cookies that don’t pack on the calories.
  •     Individual Vegetable Pizzettas from Golden Door – Pizza making is a great way to get the whole family in the kitchen, and to get kids to eat things they might not otherwise.
  •     Parmesan Pita Chips from The Oaks at Ojai – Only 30 calories per serving and easy to pack for school lunches as well as tailgating. If you cut the pitas into sixths, the calories go down to 10 per crisp.
  •     Quinoa Cookies from Coastal Trek – As grains go, quinoa cannot be beat. Yields two-three dozen, depending on how large you make them.
  •     Rhubarb Crunch from The Kerr House – Some people call rhubarb a vegetable; some call it a fruit. Either way, when used in desserts, it’s healthy and tasty.

Labor Day and Tailgating with a Twist – Celebrating a day off from work or cheering on your favorite team does not have to equal more notches in your belt. These recipes are decadent and guilt-free…

  •     Prickly Pear BBQ Glazed Pork Tenderloin from Red Mountain – Be the envy of the tailgating crew! High on protein and low on calories, you may want to hang out and eat instead of heading into the game.
  •     Chili Cheese Burgers and Fries from Lake Austin Spa Resort – Any respectable holiday cookout should include burgers and fries. At Lake Austin, the chefs use locally-ranched, certified-organic beef and serve on a 100% whole wheat bun.
  •     Teriyaki Chicken from New Life Hiking Spa – We love this spa twist on a classic that is perfect for the grill.
  •     Crunchy Gingered Coleslaw from Birdwing Spa – A perfect pairing with the recipes above, this coleslaw takes a break from tradition with the addition of pineapple, water chestnuts and ginger root.

All recipes online - http://destinationspavacations.com/recipes/healthy_fall_snacks/fruit_nut_bars.html

About Destination Spa Group® - Only a select group of spas follow the tradition of the true Destination Spa - where the total environment is dedicated to health and life enhancement. Created in 1997, the Destination Spa Group is an organization dedicated to educating the public about the unique wellness and self-improvement opportunities available at Destination Spas. More details on http://www.DestinationSpaVacations.com, by calling 888.772.4363, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/DestinationSpaVacations and Twitter @DestinationSpa.
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*Source: 2012 Back-to-School Shopping Study by Coupons.com and Harris Interactive

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