waffle cheddar melt

Frozen waffles are a great quick breakfast, but I’ve got a great way to make them even MORE exciting!

Waffles + Apple Slices + Cheddar may sound a bit weird, but when you put them together, they make for a filling, savory and sweet breakfast! The whole-grain waffles proved some whole grains, the apple some fruit and the cheddar a bit of protein.

Try it out! You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Waffle Cheddar Melts – 1 serving 

  • 2 whole grain waffles 
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1 oz cheddar cheese 
Turn on broiler to high. 
Toast waffles – low setting so they are warm, but not crisp. 
Slice the apple into thin slices. Remember to have your parents help if need be!)
Slice the cheese into thin slices. 
Layer the apple slices on the waffles and top with cheese. 
Broil (middle rack) until cheese is bubbly, about 5 minutes. Watch closely, broiling can go fast! 
Serve with a glass of milk or cup of yogurt. 


chewy tropical granola bars


Winter often leaves us longing for flavors that are reminiscent of the summer, does it not?  Thankfully the end is in sight! Here is a recipe for Chewy Tropical Granola Bars. Something you can make for your family, take to school for a snack and pretend that it is July and you are back at Camp Endeavor. 🙂

Chewy Tropical Granola Bars from Rachael Ray – 12 bars

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 cups granola
  • 1 cup rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried banana slices
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried pineapple
  • 1/2 cup toasted sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted salted macadamia nuts
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 1/3 cup corn syrup, 4 tablespoons unsalted butter and 1 tablespoon grated orange peel to a boil, stirring, over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Stir in 2 cups granola, 1 cup rice cereal, 1/2 cup chopped dried banana slices, 1/2 cup chopped dried pineapple, 1/3 cup toasted sweetened shredded coconut and 1/3 cup chopped roasted salted macadamia nuts. Transfer to a greased 9-by-11-inch baking dish and press into an even layer. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Cut into 12 bars.

Don’t forget the Protein!

Time and time again, studies show that protein in meals helps keep the weight off!

At camp, we learn that protein should be a part of every meal. Why?

  1. It helps keep us full and satisfied longer
  2. Our bodies have to work extra hard to burn protein (a good thing, it means we’re burning more calories!)

How can we add in more protein? Easy! Here are ideas for every meal:

Breakfast: Find a whole grain or sprouted bread that has 3-4 grams of protein per slice and pair it with peanut butter; scrambled eggs and toast; custard oats or a high protein cereal like Kashi Go Lean

Lunch: Have a tuna salad sandwich, turkey sub from Subway; stuff a tortilla with buffalo chicken dip, diced celery and lettuce leaves

Dinner: Roast chicken with vegetables; shrimp scampi with whole grain pasta; meatloaf with green beans and sweet potato

Snack: string cheese; greek yogurt with honey or fresh berries; apple with peanut butter; smoothie


buffalo chicken dip

I’m really excited to share this recipe with you guys! You always tell us at camp that you love chicken wings and if you do, this is the dip for you!

Last Sunday was the big Packers vs Bears football game – I did a quick poll on Facebook and it looks like we have the same number of Packer and Bear fans which I found a bit surprising…

(If you have not yet liked us on Facebook – please head over and do so, thank you!)

But the question now is who are you cheering for this weekend?!

Back to the football food. The Super Bowl is this weekend, and this is the perfect dip to make! Everyone will love it and you don’t even have to tell anyone it is healthy. (Shhhh!)

Buffalo Chicken Dip – 8 appetizer portions

  • 4 cups shredded chicken or turkey
  • 1 block reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup Franks Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles

Pre-heat oven to 350° F.

Combine all ingredients and stir together.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Serve with carrots and celery. *You can always drizzle a little more buffalo sauce on yours if you like it a little hotter.

Vanilla Strawberry Smoothie

One of Mitch’s famous recipes!

Vanilla Strawberry Smoothie – 1 serving

  • 8 oz raspberry juice
  • 8 frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

Blend all ingredients together until smooth.

Pair with a piece of whole grain toast and 1 Tbsp peanut butter for a great breakfast!

PB & Banana Milkshake

Smoothie recipe from Mitch! This one really does taste like a milkshake. Try it out!

Peanut Butter & Banana Milkshake – 1 serving

  • 8 oz skim or vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt

Blend until smooth.  * Add 1 Tbsp chocolate syrup if desired

camp endeavor snack-pack giveaway!

It is our first blog giveaway!

Want to win a prize pack full of Camp Endeavor’s favorite snacks, magazines, etc? We will pick one winner on Friday September 3rd. You can leave up to four entries in the comments below.

How to enter:

  • like us on facebook
  • leave a comment telling us one thing you’ve been doing to stay active
  • leave us a comment telling us one thing you’ve been doing to make better eating choices
  • leave us a comment telling us your favorite memory from camp!

Good Luck!

Congratulations #7 Kelsey!