My Healthy Life—More Tips from Fay

From p. 30 of the Aug/Sep 2008 Issue of Healthy Cooking

Fay Strait

Fay Strait

BONUS! More tips from Fay to help you lead a healthier lifestyle:

  • "We have a treadmill at home that I use more in the winter when I don't feel like getting bundled up to drive somewhere to workout."
  • "Kids love to dip. Offer healthy dips for veggies and meats. My youngest used to love green beans dipped in ketchup."
  • "Whole wheat pasta and pasta sauce are staples for us."
  • "Get those fruits and veggies in! Use your blender to make fruit smoothies. Add fruit to your oatmeal, yogurt and cereal. Add corn and beans to your salsa. Finely chop veggies and add to baked pastas, spaghetti sauce and omelets."

Grocery List:

Print this grocery list to shop for the ingredients needed to make Fay's meal.

First, check for these staples:
fat-free mayonnaise
lemon juice
fat-free milk
olive oil
all-purpose flour

Then pick up the following items at your grocery store:
1 package (16 ounces) coleslaw mix
1 medium tart apple
2 medium ripe bananas
1 beef flank steak (1 pound)
1 small bunch celery ribs
1 pound seedless grapes
1 container (6 ounces) plain yogurt
1 bottle (16 ounces) orange juice
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 container (1 quart) rainbow sherbet
1 package (0.31 ounces) active dry yeast
1 package (5 pounds) whole wheat flour
1 small head lettuce
1 can (2.25 ounces) sliced ripe olives
1 package (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

About Fay

When it comes to keeping her family healthy, Fay Strait from Waukee, Iowa has it figured out—and she's sharing her secrets! "I thought we ate pretty healthily," writes Fay, a stay-at-home mom. But a trip to the doctor's office made her think twice. "Unfortunately, I have a family history of high cholesterol. Mine was tested last year and it was elevated. That's when I subscribed to this magazine," she says. "Now I read labels on everything and love shopping at farmer's markets. I also try to limit the sugar in my kids' snacks to 10 g or less per serving. I always have pretzels and graham crackers in the pantry for Jack, who is 8, and Court, who is 4."

Besides watching sugar intake, Fay and her family get plenty of physical activity. "I go to the gym 3-5 times a week and vary my routine to keep from getting bored," she writes. "But I have the most fun playing with my kids outside. We bike, go on nature walks, go swimming and play tag."

As far as keeping mealtime nutritious, Fay has a straightforward philosophy. "If you want your kids to eat healthfully, you need to eat healthily," she says. "I made changes that my husband, Jim, and sons didn't even notice. I switched to whole wheat pasta, skim milk, 2 percent cheese, baked chips and more reduced-fat and fat-free products."

Fay also tries to add some fun to eating. "Mealtime doesn't have to be serious. For kids, it's all about presentation. Arrange food into shapes, like green beans into a star and corn into smiley faces. If all else fails, give your meals or dishes silly crazy kid names," she says. Try out Fay's deliciously fun menu tonight!

Fay's Recipes

Dinner couldn't get off to a better start with Super Flatbread Wraps. "These are my family's favorite! My kids will eat anything we roll up in this," Fay says. "The original recipe called for all-white flour and a lot of salt. I added whole wheat flour to make it healthier and cut back on the salt."

For a flavorful and crunchy side, turn to Fresh and Fruity Coleslaw. "My mom always made great coleslaw, but it has a lot of sugar and fat. I wanted something more nutritious that also appealed to my kids, so I created this," Fay says.

Cap the meal off with cool and creamy Monkey Shakes. "I came up with these when my kids wanted ice cream and I wanted a better alternative. Sherbet shakes weren't as exciting so we added fruit. The only way my youngest son ate bananas was if we called it monkey food and that's how this got its name."