5-minute Pumpkin Dip – Perfect after school snack!

My kids are always starving when they get home from school and were so excited when I had this waiting for them the other day.  It seems like a “treat”, but actually has no refined sugar and is sweetened only with a little maple syrup.  A fast and easy fall snack!

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Shark Birthday Party!

The twins’ much anticipated shark themed birthday party finally happened this weekend! … Anticipated mostly by them, while I was  mostly apprehensive about pulling it all together. I’ve been worrying for weeks about how to create a birthday party that didn’t include the usual party “crashers”  like soda, processed pizza, candy, artificial colors, preservatives, and loads of sugar.  Now that they’re in kindergarten and on the “party circuit” there’s a certain level of expectation to be met, and I could tell they were a little worried about whether their friends would end up with carrot sticks in their goody bags. mask

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Super Hero Fruits and Veggies to the Rescue!

If you have picky eaters like I do you’re going to love this!  My kids are always ready for something sweet, so fruit is always popular in our house, but it’s been a bit of a struggle to get them to eat their veggies.  Then I started to realize that when I change something just a little bit, they’re so much more inclined to eat it.  For example, when I un-tossed our salads and put the ingredients in a row they loved it!  Then I found little round carrots at Trader Joes, called “Parisian Carrots” and they gobbled them up.  So, to encourage them to eat a rainbow of fruits and veggies everyday I created these Super Heros.  I just printed them out on cardstock, folded the paper in half and I prop the appropriate cards up next to their plates. Continue reading

Real Energy Bars

My kids call these “yummy bars”. I call them the perfect sweet and salty snack and just right for our ski trip. Made with only Real ingredients, these are worlds away from most store bought granola bars in both ingredients and taste. We brought these on our ski trip this week and they were just right for a quick burst of long lasting energy (and great for keeping my boys away from the Sugar Shack at the top of the mountain).

 

Real Energy Bars
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Serves: 10 bars
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup pitted dates (firmly packed)
  • 1 cup nuts ( I use almonds that I toast for 15 minutes in a 350 oven)
  • 1/4 cup salted, natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
Instructions
  1. Process dates in a food processor until finely chopped and they form a ball.
  2. Roughly chop nuts (leave a few large pieces)
  3. Heat the peanut butter and honey on the stove until combined and heated through.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Use a spoon to separate the dates so they’re evenly spaced throughout the mixture.
  5. Line a 9×13 pan with plastic wrap and evenly press mixture into pan.
  6. Cover with a second piece of plastic wrap and press firmly.
  7. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  8. Cut into about 10 bars.
  9. Keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days. They never last that long in my house!

A purely natural sweet treat — a snow sundae!

The kids were SO excited when I made them these snow sundaes today.  It doesn’t get any easier, or more delicious!  There’s just something so perfect about pure maple syrup combined with fresh snow.

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Ingredients:

snow (make sure to get the clean stuff!)
maple syrup
strawberries

“Snow Day Snack” Avocado Hummus

We’ve had so much snow this year that “snow days” have now become “snack days” in our house.   If they can’t be at school, at least they can have fun at home learning to cook and make their favorite snacks.  This one has quickly become a favorite in our house.  It tastes great and the kids love anything they can dip food in and eat with their fingers!

Here, Brody (age 5) and Liam (age 4) show us how to make Avocado Hummus.

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