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Nov
24

The Easiest Cake You’ll Ever Make

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One of our fave cakes is so easy to make that the kids can do it themselves. No baking, very little time to prepare, although it does take patience for the process to work. And when it’s done, you can have fun decorating it however  you like.

Line a square or rectangular pan with graham crackers. Thickly spread any flavor pudding you like on top of the crackers. Continue layering crackers and pudding ending with a layer of pudding. Place in refrigerator overnight. Frost, decorate and serve.

Mar
23

Pizza For Breakfast & Other Ways To Get Your Kids to Eat Breakfast

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healthy breakfast ideas

Come on – we’ve all done it. If we haven’t fed it to our kids we’ve certainly had cold leftover pizza for breakfast. The good news is that there’s nothing wrong with that. The important thing is that you eat something before heading out to conquer the world. And when it comes to our kids we want them to start the day with something nutritious to help them focus and pay attention during school. Children who head off on their day without any breakfast tend to be irritable and find it hard to concentrate.

That said, many mornings we’re hard pressed to have the time to sit down to breakfast and sometimes our kids just don’t want to eat breakfast. For those kinds of morning here are some “grab and go” suggestions that you can either prepare ahead or just be aware of to get you through the next time you have a breakfast-impossible kind of morning.

  • leftover pizza
  • quesadilla – try adding apple slices, chicken or turkey, tomatoes – anything that will give them a little extra nutrition
  • peanut butter and jelly sandwich or any sandwich
  • sliced turkey rolled up with a slice of cheese and a lettuce leaf (if they’ll deign to eat anything green)
  • eggs and cheese rolled up in a whole wheat tortilla or scooped into a whole wheat pita
  • sliced fruit or a fruit that’s easy to eat with zero preparation such as a Cutie orange
  • granola bar or any food bar
  • french toast or waffles cut into strips

Hopefully the next time you’re on the run you can grab one of these items to give you and your family the fuel you’ll need to conquer your day.

Apr
18

Quick and Easy Popcorn Recipes for Family Movie Night

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Sugar Free Kettle Corn

I came up with this quick and easy caramel corn recipe after an afternoon candy-making session. Because I’d spent the last few hours making candy on the stove top and soaking and scrubbing the hardened candy from all my utensils and pans I wasn’t interested in going down that road again so I came up with this super-easy-microwave caramel corn that the kids can even make themselves.

Make up a batch of microwave popcorn. My favorite is Newman’s Own Organic Microwave Popcorn. Not just because it’s organic but because it is truly the best tasting micro-wave popcorn EVER.  Dump the popcorn into a large bowl.

In a tall glass jar or large measuring cup place 1 tablespoon butter and 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey. Microwave until it boils and then let it boil for another minute, watching carefully to make sure that it doesn’t boil over. If it’s threatening to boil over, just stop the microwave, let it settle down a bit then continue microwaving. Don’t worry. This isn’t an exact science. You can’t ruin it if you tried.

Once the syrup has boiled for a minute or more, carefully pour it (it’s HOT) over the popcorn and gently mix with a large spoon. Done!

Reese’s Popcorn

Using the same method as you used with the Kettle Corn, you can now make  Chocolate Covered Popcorn. Yay!

In a large bowl place 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/4 cup agave nectar or honey. Microwave for one minute. Stir and put back in microwave for three minutes so that mixture boils for at least one minute.

Remove from microwave and add 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup coconut oil or butter. I use grain-sweetened chips to keep it healthier. Stir until melted.

Dump in 4 cups popped popcorn. Stir until well covered. You can stop at this point or add more popcorn a cup at a time, stirring until covered. When you’ve reached your desired popcorn to chocolate ratio, pour the popcorn onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until the coating is hardened. Break apart and store in airtight container in fridge.

Variation: add toasted nuts when stirring in the popcorn

Gourmet Parmesan Popcorn

Mix in a large bowl:

  • 1 tablespoon flavored oil such as truffle oil, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic-infused oil, chili-infused oil …
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried herbs (crush herbs in your hands before adding to bowl) such as basil, parsley, oregano, Italian seasoning …

Pour 1 bag of popped micro-wave popcorn into bowl and toss until well coated with seasoning mixture.

If you have a favorite popcorn recipe please feel free to add it in the Comments section 🙂

Apr
11

Totally Healthy Chocolate Rice Krispy Bars

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In my search for goodies that aren’t loaded with sugar I came up with this recipe that’s just as easy as the traditional rice krispy bar recipe; easier really since it can be done in the microwave instead of the stove top. My apologies that you may have trouble finding all of these ingredients in a traditional grocery store and if you have to sub more traditional ingredients that’s fine, it just won’t be quite as healthy as my version, but hey, anything is better than the sugar-laden, butter clogged traditional rice krispy bar, right?

The green powder is optional but I add it to all things chocolate. The chocolate hides the flavor. Trust me, no one will know there’s spinach in their chocolate bar so there’s no reason for not packing extra veggies into the dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (choose a brand without added sugar)
  • 1/2 cup grain-sweetened chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon green powder (I use Isagenix organic green powder but you can use whatever brand is available to you)
  • 1 serving chocolate protein powder, 1/4 cup (I use Isagenix organic but again, use whatever you have available just make sure there is no white sugar added to it)
  • 4 cups brown-rice krispies (these are rice krispies made with brown rice & no added sugar)

In a large glass bowl microwave agave nectar and peanut butter for one minute. Stir until well mixed. Microwave for another two minutes until mixture boils for 30 seconds to one minute.

Remove from microwave and stir in chocolate chips.

Microwave coconut oil for one minute or until melted. Pour into bowl. Stir until chips are melted.

Stir remaining ingredients (except rice krispies) until well mixed. Stir in rice krispies.

Pour into wax paper lined 8 x 8 pan. Refrigerate until cool. Cut into squares and store in fridge.

If your family doesn’t thank you with sloppy chocolate kisses then you didn’t make it right 🙂

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Jun
07

Crafts for Kids: Bread Art

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This is a cool craft for kids using stale bread!
Materials:

  • white bread
  • food coloring
  • 1 drinking cup for each color
  • milk
  • new or very clean paintbrush
  • toaster

Pour a small amount of milk into each cup. Add a few drops of food coloring to the cups (a different color in each cup).

Using a paintbrush, paint designs or pictures onto the bread. Don’t soak the bread. Use just enough “paint” for the picture to show. Now toast the bread for edible art!