Easy Summer Kid Lunches

I always look forward to the end of school year when summer is near. No more rushing out the door in the morning to drop the kids off at school & jam-packed after school activities.Even though we have less scheduled activities in the summer, it can still be a challenge making food for the kids since we seem to be outside alllll the time! By the time we get inside ready to eat lunch, the kids are starving. Our youngest is now 15 months old & keeps me hopping. Literally. She's the busiest child we've had (loves to climb on everything and anything!) Truly, I only get a break from running after her when she naps. My routine with the kids is evolving & I don't know if I'd even call it a routine anymore. While it may be hectic, my #1 priority is to (try) serve them nutrient dense meals. I am not perfect by any means, but this is the goal everyday. Don't worry, we have plenty of times in the summer where the kids eat from the concession stands at various activities & the pool. It's definitely a part of summer you can't get away from. I always tell myself "the habits that stick are the ones formed at home". 

I prefer (& try) to pack the kids lunches before we leave the house if we are going to do a fun summer activity. They expend so much energy and their tiny little bellies need lots of nutriton! Here are some easy, yet nutrient-dense lunch ideas for the summer.

PB&J |  Celery & Peanut Butter with Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips | Sliced Kiwi | Popcorn & Cereal

PB & J's are our jam. I like to use Rudi's Organic Spelt or Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free Bread. We use Heinen's Organic Peanut Butter & Crofter's Organic Strawberry jelly. We also buy a lot of cashew butter and use in replacement to peanut butter. Cashew butter is a great source of iron, which can sometimes be hard to get enough iron-rich foods in your kids diet. Peel & slice kiwi OR cut in half and allow your kid to scoop it out. We like Skinny Pop Popcorn & add a cereal like Kashi Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal to make it more fun & tasty.  

 

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DIY Pizza Lunchable | Turkey Roll-Ups | Cucumbers & carrots | Strawberries & Blueberries

I learned how to pack a DIY Pizza Lunchable for my oldest since he was requesting these for school. When I first started buying gluten-free bread over a decade ago, they tasted like cardboard & my mom quickly found an alternative which was rice cakes! These organic thin sliced rice cakes are at Heinens in the nut & candy aisle. Pack Heinen's Organic Marinara sauce and Organic Valley Mozzerella cheese on the side in containers. If you pre-make them, it will be too soggy by the time they go to eat it.  You can also roll out regular bread (like Rudi's Spelt Bread) with a rolling pin so it's thin & easy to hold, & then cut out a circle or square.  I buy Applegate Oven-Roasted Turkey slices which is by the deli. Cut up cucumbers, carrots, & strawberries however the kids like to eat them!

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Simple Mills Crackers & Hummus | Grapes & Watermelon | Nuts & Chocolate | Cucumbers

We looove Simple Mills crackers!  They are naturally gluten-free & contain whole food ingredients. They are made form a nut & seed blend, tapioca, cassava, sunflower oil, sea salt, onion, garlic, & rosemary extract. They contain protein, healthy fats & are kid-approved. Serving hummus to your kids is a great way to get them to eat chickpeas! They won't even know they're eating them since hummus is so delicious. It's a refridgerator staple over here. Try having your kids help you scoop out watermelon balls when you bring a watermelon home (not while you're trying to hurry and make lunches :) Frozen grapes are a fun treat in the summer. Cut cucumbers in sticks to switch it up. Cashews & pistachios are usually the nuts our kids will eat. I like to throw in some Enjoy Life chocolate, which is also a great source of iron!

 

Other ideas:

  1. Green Lentil Pasta + Marinara. If you haven't tried these one ingredient (green lentil flour) pasta, you're missing out!! They are full of protein, iron & fiber. Toss them with grass-fed butter & sea salt is another kid-approved meal.
  2. Applegate Chicken Nuggets + Sweet Potato Fries. This is a one sheet lunch. Line chicken-nuggets & fries on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven. 
  3. Two Ingredient Quesodillas. Smash up an avocado, 1 garlic clove and sea salt. Spread on one side of a tortilla. Spread Amy's Traditional Refried Beans on the other tortilla. Place them together & fry in avocado oil or grass-fed butter for 2 minutes on each side. Top with salsa, sour cream, olives or any other good fixings your kids like!
  4. Leftover Chicken & Rice, Hummus Wrap. Place chicken, rice & hummus in a tortilla wrap. Serve with a side of fruit, veggies & pretzels. 
  5. Applegate 100% Grass-fed Hotdogs + Tortilla Chips & Salsa + Sliced Apples.

*** For those times you make last minute plans and need to run out the door; grab a loaf of bread, jar of nut butter & jelly, fruit ( bananas are easiest to grab!), healthy potato chip or popcorn, bag of carrots, water & throw it all in a cooler ! Don't forget butter knives & plates :) 

***I usually don't buy fruit snacks to pack in their lunches. Instead I pack concentrated fruit & veggie chewables that I am forever grateful to find! I give our kids these chewables at lunch everyday (it's a routine so I don't forget!). They are nonGMO, contain 20 concentrated fruit and vegetable powder, vegetarian & no artificial colors or flavors! :) 

Simple Swaps{for kids sugary and salty favorites}

Many of us strive to embrace and keep healthy habits for our families. It can seem overwhelming if you are in the beginning of adopting a healthy lifestyle. And it can be even harder to get kids on the bandwagon! The key is to take small steps & make simple swaps when you can. This will keep you on the right path to creating healthy habits & living a healthy lifestyle.

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Healthy Valentine's Day Breakfast for Kids

 

These breakfast ideas are simple, healthy and doable for busy Moms. Valentine's Day is another holiday where the unhealthy treats are inevitable so it's nice to keep it healthy at home. 

Fruit on a Stick

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How stinkin' cute are these?! The best part is you don't have to be a "Pinterest" mom to do this. You can buy heart shape cut outs from Amazon, Michael's or any local craft store. Mine was only $.69. I prefer to buy organic strawberries. 

Strawberries are on the top of the list in the "Dirty Dozen". Children and babies are susceptible to even low levels of pesticide exposure. Check out this study on 'Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children'. Watermelon is not on the Dirty Dozen list. One of the many great things about Heinens is all of their produce is nonGMO!            How to make them>> Cut off the stem of the strawberry. Place the heart cut out on top and push down. Slide onto a wooden skewer. Slice watermelon into half inch slices, and press heart cut out in watermelon. Place on stick. Alternate and put a nonGMO marshmallow at the end.

 

 

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These pancakes are a kid favorite for breakfast. You can buy a large heart shaped cut out for about $.99 but you can also just use a knife to make the shape of a heart. 

Healthy Pancakes

  • 3 Pasture eggs
  • 1 banana
  • 3-4 TBSP quinoa flakes (I use I Heart Keenwah, located in the cereal aisle at Heinens)
  • 1/2 TSP Sprinkles (AKA organic chia seeds)
  • Organic maple syrup

Whisk all ingredients together with a fork or pour into a high powered blender.  (They turn out even better in the blender but I mostly just whisk together with a fork). Melt 2 TBSP of coconut oil or butter in a cast iron pan. Pour batter in pan to make pancakes. Serve with Heinen's Organic Maple Syrup & fresh fruit.

Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen organic strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup S.O. Delicious Original Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 TBSP organic chia seeds/ 2 TBSP pumpkin seeds/ 1 TBSP hemp hearts (Optional Superfoods)

Place all ingredients in a high power blender. Blend. Enjoy!


Photo credit (fruit on a stick): @teaspoonofsparkle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Remedies For The Flu

There are safe & natural remedies that can be very helpful if you come down with the flu. Prevention is always best, but anyone can come down with the flu and it’s comforting to know there are options other than Tylenol, Motrin, Sudafed & Benadryl. It’s best to start natural remedies at the first sign of the flu to shorten the duration & severity of the illness.

Homeopathy

Oscillococcinum! This is THE homeopathic flu remedy you want in your house BEFORE you come down with the flu so you can start it right away. Studies have proven that taking Oscillococcinum at the onset of symptoms can shorten the duration of illness. Take as directed; 1 vial 3 times/day. The dose is the same for adults and children. For an infant, you can dissolve in water and give with a syringe.

Homeopathy is one of the safest & most effective forms of medicine. It is safe for elderly, pregnant woman, infants, children, adults and has no side effects.

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Lil Giggle Medicated Lollipops

These are medicated homeopathic lollipops. What kid doesn’t like a lollipop?! It's a win!

Coldcalm

Another homeopathic remedy for general flu/cold symptoms. It temporarily relieves symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and minor sore throat. Recommended for everyone ages 3 and up, and is available in a box of 60 quick-dissolving tablets. BONUS- they carry a “Kids” Cold Calm I’ve picked up from CVS! It’s for ages 6 months and up.

Hylands 4 Kids Cold N Cough Day & Night

I always have this in our medicine cabinet. It helps with the incessant cough that nothing else seems to help. Find it here.

Elderberry

Elderberries are known to support the immune system and help with colds & flu. This study showed "Sixty patients (aged 18-54 years) suffering from influenza-like symptoms for 48 h or less were enrolled in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study during the influenza season of 1999-2000 in Norway. Patients received 15 ml of elderberry or placebo syrup four times a day for 5 days, and recorded their symptoms using a visual analogue scale. Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo. Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza. These findings need to be confirmed in a larger study". Wellness Mama has a great recipe on her blog. We take Juice Plus+ which has elderberries in it.  I personally cannot take a concentrated dose of straight elderberries with my autoimmune disease. I have made this mistake in the past, and it triggered the same response to my immune system as eating gluten! I'll never make that mistake again. This study explores a general allergic reaction to elderberries & here is an article talking about autoimmune diseases & taking elderberry.
 

Onion/Garlic Poultice

This is a natural folk remedy for those stubborn coughs that are deep and won’t go away. The antibiotic and antiviral compounds of onion and garlic can ease inflammation, loosen up mucous, and help expectoration.

Chop 1 onion & 3 organic garlic cloves. Let it sit for 15 minutes to increase medicinal properties. Cover with organic olive oil and let sit for 3 hours. Rub on bottom of feet. You can even put the poultice on the bottom of your feet with socks on while sleeping. Check out Raising Generation’s onion poultice recipe.

Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom salt baths are an easy & effective way to promote relaxation and healing. Epsom salt baths can help replenish magnesium levels, pull out toxins, promotes relaxation, and boost your immune system.

-For children under 60 lbs add ½ cup to bath water.

-For children 60-100 lbs add 1 cup to bath water

-For people 100’bs and more add 2 cups to bath water

Colloidal Silver

Silver Shield is a colloidal silver made by Nature’s Sunshine products. Silver Shield with Aqua Sol Technology is a formula of silver particles suspended in deionized water. Nature’s Sunshine Silver Shield is 18ppm (parts per million). This patented formula fights against bacteria, fungi, viruses and all other pathogens in a safer and more effective way than any other antibiotic. This silver is safe for children, adults and your pets.

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Essential oils

Essential oils are very helpful and powerful tools to use while combatting any illness. (However, they should be used with caution. Never ingest any oils. Many oils cannot be used on or near children, pets or pregnant women. Oil takes oil off. If you accidentally get an oil on you or your child and want to get it off, use avocado, olive, almond or coconut oil). Organic lavender essential oil is a great choice because it’s safe for the whole family & it can reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, help fight infection and can calm a miserable child down. I also really like Organic Defence which helps clear sinuses & clean the air. Organic Eucalyptus should not be used on kids 7 and under. This is a great EO to diffuse for congestion for 7 and older.  Diffuse 3-5 drops in your diffuser for 30 minutes on, 60 minutes off.

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Respiratory Rub from Scentsable Health. This is a SAFE rub you can use on your babies chest and feet. I LOVE it and cannot live without it during the winter.

Acupressure

The “Valley of Harmony” (L1-4) is often used for cold and flu. It can also be used for cold hands and feet, constipation, eczema, headaches, menstrual disorders, sinus problems, sore throats, and ulcers. L1-4 is found in the center of the web – or the “V” – between your thumb and index finger on both hands. Apply steady pressure with your opposite thumb until you feel a slight soreness, and hold for 2 minutes. Repeat on your other hand.

Vitamin D 

Vitamin D is essential to increase when you have the flu. Check with your primary care physician on dosage. 


Don’t forget the basics! Get lots of sleep. Stop eating. Many people think you need to eat to keep up your energy, but this is backwards. Eating diverts body energies away from flushing the disease from the body. Use a humidifier at night.

Symptoms from the flu is your immune system working to cure you. Fever is used to inhibit viral replication and alert the immune system to the presence of invaders. Using analgesics to reduce fever actually allows the virus to spread and slows the immune system’s ability to respond effectively. For anyone over the age of 2, there is no danger from fever of 102 or less. If you use Acetametaphen for infants/children make sure you use a dye free one like Little Remedies, and a dye-free Ibuprofen.

Our standard line-up through out the year for the kids is a probiotic, Juice Plus+ Chewables & vitamin D.  I add Nature’s Sunshine kid elderberry chewable for our kids (which has vitamin D so I don’t have to give it separately). JP chewables + Elderberry chewable can easily go into your kids lunch box every day. Thats what we do :)

My husband and I take over 30 nutrient dense, vine-ripened, nonGMO concentrated juice powder, plant based omega blend, probiotic and vitamin D every day throughout the year.

We managed to come down with confirmed Influenza A this year (2017) and it surprisingly only lasted 1 day for myself, husband and 2 boys. It lasted a little longer for our daughters. Food is medicine and prevention with a whole food diet does indeed work! 


Tamiflu

Please do your research on Tamiflu. It has serious side effects, and at best only decreases duration of the flu less than a day. Check out this study, "These data suggest Tamiflu use could induce sudden deterioration leading to death especially within 12 hours of prescription. These findings are consistent with sudden deaths observed in a series of animal toxicity studies, several reported case series and the results of prospective cohort studies. From "the precautionary principle" the potential harm of Tamiflu should be taken into account and further detailed studies should be conducted". 


“FEVER: Keeping it at Bay

Although not every fever needs to be treated, there are some things you can do to help make your child more comfortable. 

  • Giving a child acetaminophen or ibuprofen will usually reduce a fever. It is important to make sure you give the right dose to your child.  

  • If your child is under two years of age, contact your pediatrician or pharmacist for the correct dose. For older children, follow the recommended dose on the label.  

  • Do not overdress your child. Other practices to reduce fevers such as an alcohol bath, ice packs, etc. are no longer recommended and can actually have adverse effects on your child.

  • A fever will also cause a child to lose fluids more quickly, so offer plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Signs of dehydration include crying without tears, a dry mouth, and fewer wet diapers.

  • Keep your digital thermometer ready and accessible so you don't have to search for it once your child is ill. 

  • Have children's acetaminophen or ibuprofen on hand

  • Make sure your pediatrician's phone number is handy.

When to Call the Doctor

Call your child's doctor right away if your child has a fever and:

  • Looks very ill, is unusually drowsy, or is very fussy

  • Has been in a very hot place, such as an overheated car

  • Has other symptoms, such as a stiff neck, severe headache, severe sore throat, severe ear pain, an unexplained rash, or repeated vomiting or diarrhea

  • Has signs of dehydration, such as a dry mouth, sunken soft spot or significantly fewer wet diapers and is not able to take in fluids

  • Has immune system problems, such as sickle cell disease or cancer, or is taking steroids

  • Has had a seizure

  • Is younger than 3 months (12 weeks) and has a temperature of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or higher

  • Fever rises above 104°F (40°C) repeatedly for a child of any age

Also call your child's doctor if:

  • Your child still "acts sick" once his fever is brought down.

  • Your child seems to be getting worse. 

  • The fever persists for more than 24 hours in a child younger than 2 years.

  • The fever persists for more than 3 days (72 hours) in a child 2 years of age or older”. Healthychildren.org

The information on this website has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease.

Resources:

The Vaccine Friendly Plan, Dr. Sears

HealthyChildren.org

Healthykidshappykids.com





 

The Grain-Free Guide

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What’s the scoop on cutting out grains? It used to be on the bottom of the food pyramid so it must be good for you, right? not so much.

Our food system is so broken. What has been done to our food over the last 20-30 years has seriously compromised our health.

The autoimmune protocol (AIP), GAPS diet, paleo, whole 30, & 10 Day Detox by Dr. Hyman are all similar.  They focus on cutting out grains, dairy, beans, caffeine and alcohol while eating healthy fats & proteins. These "diets" help heal the gut lining and immune system, and reduce inflammation. Their are over 85 autoimmune diseases and new ones are discovered daily. Something is seriously wrong here! When your gut lining becomes compromised (toxins from food, water, air, over-use of antibiotics, vaccines, heavy metals, over growth of yeast, parasites, etc) it becomes permeable (leaky gut). When you eat, the proteins seep through your intestines to your blood stream and your body perceives it as a foreign invader and starts to ‘attack itself’. This is when your autoimmune disease pops up. Cutting out the culprits that are difficult to digest and replace them with nutrient-dense foods give the intestinal lining a chance to heal.

Working with a SEASONED Functional Medicine doctor is very beneficial to individualize your diet. Check out Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine.

At first, cutting out grains seems extremely overwhelming. I followed the 10 Day Detox by Dr. Hyman for 21 days. It can be done! Here are some helpful tips to keep you on track.

1.     Fail to plan then plan to fail. This diet definitely needs some planning & preparing! Dr. Hyman's book provides plenty of recipes. Another one of my favorite sites for recipes is  Nomnompaleo. AIP One Dish is a recipe book that allows you to prep meals in 15 minutes or less! Here is a One Sheet Guide to Dr. Hyman's 10 Day Detox.

2.     Make sure you get enough protein and healthy fats! It's important to eat a healthy fat with every meal to help keep you full & decrease sugar cravings. Always keep nuts, (or a nut-free trail mix if you have an allergy) with you as they are a great protein filled snack.

 

3.     Here are some foods/snacks we love;

Krave the Krunch. This amazing granola is grain-free. Add a nut milk, with low to no sugar and make sure their are no added ingredients. This a perfect, healthy & yummy cereal!

Jackson’s Honest Purple Heirloom chips. These are nongmo potato chips made in coconut oil. Their are only 3 ingredients; organic potatoes, organic coconut oil and sea salt. These definitely come in handy when you just want to grab something to snack on. Potatoes aren't technically on the 10 Day Detox, but are "paleo-friendly" and you can add them back in after 10 days. Please take the time to check out their story here.

Wild Planet Tuna. This is the only canned tuna you should ever buy. Packed full of omega 3’s & protein. It’s sustainably caught and bpa free lining. Use paleo mayonnaise to make tuna salad. Add to romaine lettuce or top on celery sticks for a great snack. Costco has the best price I've found so far. Heinen's and Target carry it too.

Epic Bars. When I first saw these, I thought "Ew!". But give them a try! The Bison one is probably my favorite. They are high in protein, low in sugar and have no added maple syrup, honey or any sweetener. This makes a great on-the-go nutrient dense snack.

Pure Traditions Instant Hot Cereal. Can you believe their is an instant hot cereal that is grain-free? We didn't know about this when we did the detox, but learned about it afterwards. We love it ! Ingredients are Hulled Hemp Seed, Almond, Organic Coconut, Organic Chia Seed, Organic Coconut Sugar, Konjac Root, Organic Cinnamon, Himalayan Pink Salt

Applegate Farms lunch meat. Wrap with sliced bell peppers, carrots and cucumbers. Dip in Dijon mustard or guacamole.

Wholly Gaucamole. Dip cut up veggies in this guacamole. It also makes a convenient on-the go snack.

Simple Mills almond flour crackers. These are the BEST crackers, even your kids will love.

Grass Beef jerky. This makes a great on-the-go snack. Backattacksnacks are a local company in Cleveland that make awesome beef jerky. They are even in Target now :)

BLT. Use nitrite/nitrate free bacon from Ohio City Provision or a brand like Applegate that you can find in almost all stores. Slice organic tomatoes. Make NomNomPaleo's mayonnaise and put all ingredients on romaine lettuce leaves. So good!

**If you don't have time to prepare and focus on a temporary grain-free diet, use Factory 75 or Raw Trainer meal service. These meals are already prepared for you. Raw Trainer is a local (Cleveland) meal service that is all nongmo, vegan, paleo-friendly, gluten-free & delicious! They deliver to your door.

 

Leave The Belly To Santa

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The holidays are here! And so is the temptation of eating all the junk filled cookies, cakes, bars and more. Here are some classic holiday treats with a healthy spin. Give them as gifts, bring them to parties, or leave them out for Santa! Everyone will enjoy something on this 'nice' list.


Candied Pecans

These are definitely my all-time favorite! These are a guilt free holiday treat and HEALTHY. Candied pecans make the easiest and BEST gift for teachers, secretaries, parents, friends or whoever you'd like to gift something to.

  • 2 TBSP Unrefined coconut oil

  • 3 TBSP Organic maple syrup

  • 1/2 TSP vanilla extract

  • 1/4 TSP sea salt

  • 2 Cups raw pecans

Melt coconut oil over medium/low heat. Add maple syrup, vanilla, & salt and stir well. When mixture is bubbling add pecans. Stir pecans well, so they're completely coated. Cook & stir constantly about 5 minutes. Being careful they don't burn, take the pan off the heat and transfer pecans onto a piece of wax paper or parchment paper to cool.


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Snowball Cookies 

  • 2 Cups All-purpose gluten-free flour

  • 1/2 Cup finely chopped walnuts

  • 1 Cup of buttery spread (such as EarthBalance)

  • 1/2 Cup of powder Sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine the buttery spread with the powder sugar, and beat in a medium bowl or stand mixer. Stir together flour and nuts in separate bowl. Then mix all ingredients to form a dough. Shape into balls, place on a cookie sheet & bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly brown. Ready an extra bowl of powder sugar and roll the warm cookies in the bowl to coat


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Hot Chocolate 

  • 1 Can coconut milk

  • 1 TBSP cocoa powder

  • 1 TBSP honey or sugar

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • 1/4 TSP vanilla

Combine coconut milk, vanilla, cocoa & salt in sauce pan and whisk together until combined. Over low-medium heat warm the milk, whisking continuously until it starts to bubble gently. Remove from heat and stir in sugar or honey. Top with coconut flakes or whipped cream.

Whipped Cream

  • 1 Can organic coconut milk

  • 1 TBSP maple syrup

  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract

Chill the can of coconut milk over night (or even 24 hours). The fatty coconut cream will separate from the water in coconut milk, It will accumulate at the top and harden. Scoop out ONLY the hard coconut cream that settled on the top. Using a hand mixer, whip the coconut cream with maple syrup and vanilla extract until fluffy. If not serving right away, store in fridge. Thai Kitchen seems to be the best brand to deliver great results. 

You can always keep it simple and buy organic hot chocolate that are free of the junk-filled ingredients. The famous Swiss Hot Chocolate contains GMO's and the ingredients are disturbing; sugar, corn syrup, modified whey, cocoa(processed with alkali), hydrogenated cocnut oil, nonfat milk, calcium carbonate, less than 2% of: salt, dipotassium phosphate, mono- and diglyderides, artificial flavor.

Check out Trader Joe's Organic Hot Chocolate to keep life simple & healthy.


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Grinch Kabobs

These adorable little snacks are so easy to assemble and kids get a kick out of it! Instead of bringing treats to school parties that are filled with artificial coloring or overly sugar-filled cookies and cupcakes, just serve these cute little kabobs!

  • Green Grapes

  • Strawberries

  • Bananas

  • Mini Marshmallows

  • Toothpicks


Gingerbread Houses Made in Cleveland

I'm over buying gingerbread houses in the stores that are filled with dyes, artificial flavors, and other junk I don't want my kids consuming. This local business right here in Cleveland, Ohio offers gingerbread houses (un)decorated or decorated. The houses & decorations are just simple real food ingredients! Order yours here.


**Another cute treat to do at home is make candy canes with strawberries and bananas. Just slice the bananas and strawberries and alternate 1 strawberry slice & 1 banana slice and make into a candy cane. 

**Remember to buy candy canes that are not loaded with corn syrup & artificial dyes. Earthfare, Whole Foods, Mustard Seed & Amazon carry organic candy canes.


Other healthy holiday treats

  1. Strawberry Santas are super cute & taste delicious!

      2. Snowman Popcorn Cups makes for a fun family movie night at home!

      3. Watermelon Christmas Trees is the perfect raw, healthy treat to bring to any function.

      4. 2 Ingredient Almond Cookies are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, soft and yummy!

      5. String Cheese Snowmen are a fun snack for school parties that your kids can help with.

      

 

 

Easy & Healthy kid Breakfasts

Breakfast


Organic PB & J Toast made on gluten free, sprouted grain or an organic bread + fruit.

Paleo Pancakes (Recipe at bottom).

Oatmeal & fruit

Hard boiled eggs & a muffin

Plant based protein shake with a muffin, cereal bar, Larabar or fruit.

Egg ‘Muffins’ (Recipe at bottom) + cereal bar

Simple Mills Waffles This has been their favorite lately!! I make and freeze the entire box on Sunday so all I have to do is heat in the toaster. They are paleo friendly and have only 8 simple ingredients: almond flour, arrowroot, organic coconut sugar, organic coconut flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, sea salt


Use small 4 oz glasses and pour Organic Whole Milk Strawberry Kefir or ripple Chocolate Pea Milk (dairy-free & 50% more calcium then cow's milk)  in with their breakfast for additional fat every morning. Kefir has probiotics and helps maintain a healthy gut!) along with their breakfast. 


Favorite Cereal

 

Harvest Honey Nut Cherrios

LOVE GROWN Stars

Envirokidz Peanut Butter Panda Puffs

{Cereal is not ideal, but let’s be honest about our mornings! Choose cereals that are organic so they are free from GMO’s, artificial colors, flavors and high fructose corn syrup. We use S.O Delicious Original Coconut Milk &/or ripple pea-based milk, which is high in protein & dairy-free}


 Running Out The Door Breakfasts

 

Chocolate Plant Based Protein Shake. Kids like the chocolate shake with Organic S.O Delicious coconut milk (Red one). 

LaraBar. We love that Larabars are made with very few real-food ingredients. 

Cereal Bar. Choose cereal bars without high fructose corn syrup, food dyes, artificial flavors, etc. We like Kashi, KIND, & Enjoy Life brands. 

 

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Egg ‘Muffins’

Chop and add as many veggies as you want to a nonstick muffin pan. (Applegate ham, onion, and spinach is what I use). Whisk 2 eggs, salt and pepper in a bowl and pour over veggies. Bake 18 minutes at 350.

Flourless Sweet Potato Blender Muffins

-1 medium sweet potato

-2 medium banana

-2 large eggs

-2/3 cup almond butter

-6 tbsp maple syrup

-1 ½ tsp cinnamon

-3/4 tsp ground ginger

-1/4 tsp nutmeg

-2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350. Grease muffin tin. Bake sweet potato until tender (about an hour) and allow to cool or use leftovers. Place ¾ cup mashed sweet potato along with all the remaining ingredients (except the banking powder) in a blender. (Make sure you measure the sweet potato as the texture will change if you add a different amount.) Blend on high until smooth. Add the banking powder and blend on low until just combined. Pour the batter into the muffin tin, filling each cup ¾ of the way full. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes.

Paleo Pancakes

3 eggs

1 banana

2-3 tbsp of any flour (coconut, gluten free flour blend, almond, or even quinoa flakes). Quinoa flakes have been our new jam lately!!

Combine ingredients and mix with a fork or high-power blender. Heat 2 tbsp of coconut oil or butter in a large skillet. Pour 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Flip when it starts to bubble. Top with real organic maple syrup OR peanut butter and jelly for extra protein and a lot less sugar.