Tag: healthy snack

All Seasons, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Lemon Coconut Blissfully Joyful Truffles

I have made simpler versions of these raw lemon balls once the weather starts to warm up but I decided to energize my original recipe to include some other ingredients that really open you up to feel joy and creative flow in your life. You will feel “blissfully joyful” eating a few of these!

All Seasons, Appetizer, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sides, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Kale Chips

Believe the craze for Kale Chips as this leafy green from the cruciferous family is one of the powerhouse superfoods that you want to make sure is a regular star in your diet. Chips are so Americana that actually having a healthy version is a no-brainer!

This is an easy, foolproof recipe; so easy you’ll be making multiple batches each week!

All Seasons, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Mexican Margarita Cookies

I adapted The Whole Meal’s popular and healthy raw Cinnamon Raisin Cookies for my friend, Kari L., for her Cinco De Mayo get together as she wanted to highlight fresh Mexican as well as healthier, in-theme desserts. This was a hit in testing with both kids and adults as it has just the right balance of sweet and salty with a punch of lime.

All Seasons, American, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Grains, Low Sodium, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter

Nutella Banana Bread Muffins

A bunch of really ripe bananas led me to create this easy muffin recipe that tastes just like banana bread with a creamy chocolate surprise in the center. A favorite breakfast, after school snack or pre-work out , these moist, healthy muffins will have you leaving bananas laying around to ripen extra long on a regular basis.

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

When fall rolls around and I see the many varieties of apples at the grocers and farmer’s markets I am ready to make batches and batches of applesauce. Preparing this kid (and adult) favorite in a slow cooker frees you up to go about your business. This a must-have recipe to have this fall.

All Seasons, American, Appetizer, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Paleo / Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Spicy Roasted Pecans and Walnuts

By March I am ready for lighter eating and for me this translates to a detox that is heavy on plant-based whole foods. My protein loving body still needs that satiation which has me reaching for nuts mid-afternoon. It was an early March nut craving when raw almonds just did’t sound so appealing that led me to whip up these addictive, peppery dry roasted nuts. You’ll want to portion control these as you could practically eat the whole batch in one sitting!

All Seasons, American, Breads, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Something about the start of fall (even if it is 90 degrees) has me trying all kinds of quick breads. As you know I am not much of a baker and quick breads are very forgiving and easy. While banana bread is my good ‘ole standby (as I always have ripe bananas lying around), I wanted to try my hand at a gluten-free version of a popular end-of-summer, early fall favorite- zucchini bread (when we are all trying to use up the abundance of zucchini in our gardens). Two thumbs up from family and friends and they did not even miss the wheat flour or refined sugar.

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Coconut-Cranberry Chia Pudding

I adapted a chia pudding recipe from Natural Health Magazine to make it more palatable to kids, thinking this would be a great substitute to store bought puddings. Much to my surprise this tastes and has a texture more similar to rice pudding. Both my daughters gobbled it up! Steeped in calcium-rich milk and blood regulating cinnamon, and studded with sweet cranberries and healthy fat from the shredded coconut, the high protein, and high fiber, omega-3 rich chia seeds are in good company creating a healthy grab-and-go breakfast, snack or sleep-inducing nibble.

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Green Smoothies

This is my favorite way to get a lot of raw fruits and vegetables in my girls’ diet first thing in the morning. There are so many great things about green smoothies beyond the obvious health benefits: fast, easy, adaptable, portable; to name a few.

The “green” refers to adding vegetable greens, such as spinach, kale or romaine lettuce, into a fruit smoothie but if you leave out dark fruit the greens create a vibrant green colored smoothie which most kids find fun especially if you give it a fun name(Kermit’s Smoothie perhaps?).

This is my kids’ favorite version, which includes raspberries (optional in the recipe below if you want a bright green colored smoothie); dark fruit is an easy way to “hide” the spinach (worked wonders for me for years with my youngest. Now she does not care, as the great taste factor overruled the idea of spinach in her smoothies).