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Freezer Meal: Extra Summer Veggie Lasagna

This week we want to share our favorite freezer meals!  This weekend I was so grateful to have some lasagna in our freezer.  We've had a whirlwind of a summer.  Our Japanese exchange student just left yesterday and I wanted to get our house back in order- but I had about 50 lbs of aprictos I was trying to pit and dry.  My kitchen (and the rest of my house) just feels like it's .... read more

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Basic Pancakes- 6 Ways

My kids are pancake FAN-atics! My 15 year old has been making his own pancakes since kindergarten.  He asks for pancakes every year on his birthday- and if he ever got a chance to go, I'm sure IHOP would be his favorite restaurant! ha ha. So I couldn't finish up 'Kids in the Kitchen' week without sharing our favorite pancake recipe. Most often, we have a homemade pancake mix in our pantry fo.... read more

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Peanut Butter Party O's

*This post is sponsored by Cascadian Farm Organic We have a lot of kids in my neighborhood.  Within a mile radius there are 112 children under the age of 2!!  And ages 3-11 there are 248 kids!  With that many kids there are A LOT of birthday parties.  My kids get to go to a birthday party at least once a month but usually a lot more than that.  When you have a party .... read more

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Kids Cucumber Dip and Spears

Amy and I are always talking about ways to get kids in the kitchen.  We believe that teaching your kids to cook and learn kitchen skills, strongly encourages good eating habits that will stick with them long after they move out!  The vegetable that I started letting my kids help prepare first is cucumbers!  They have a soft skin making it easy to peel, and slice very easily also! &n.... read more

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Healthy Grilled Cheese Wafflewich

In order for our future generation to truly be healthy, they need kitchen skills!  Teaching kids to cook is as vital as teaching them to balance a checkbook.  This week we want to share a few different recipes that are perfect for little ones just starting out.  Follow us on our social pages where we'll round up more kid-friendly recipes that will teach them some kitchen skills. (ha.... read more

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Veggie Black Bean Burger

My kids love black beans.  They would eat them just plain in a bowl, and sometimes do!  These black bean burgers are a great alternative to regular hamburgers in the summer when you feel like grilling!  They not only have nutrient packed black beans, but they also have other veggies making them a power house dinner!  We love to add lots of veggie fixins' to them for a complete .... read more

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Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Toast

This breakfast was born because we had no butter for toast one morning.  We did have hummus, and the rest was history.  This is a super fast, throw it together in 2 minutes type breakfast, but is definitely just as filling as a pancake breakfast.  The hummus and eggs provide great protein which will keep your kids full for a long time.  This is a great breakfast for the morning.... read more

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Get Organized Get Healthy

Living a healthy life isn’t always easy or convenient. In fact, despite our good intentions, situations often come up that make it almost impossible to stick to our health commitments. That’s where getting organized can help. As a blogger and a coach, I help people focus on living a life that is happier and more meaningful. We live in a fast-paced world that offers an abundance of information, cho.... read more

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Veggie Lunch Wraps

This week we are excited to bring you all sorts of no-cook meal ideas!  Sandwiches, smoothies, wraps, salads, and a variety of snacks can all be great mealtime options without using your oven or stove!  Whether it's the middle of summer and it's too hot to cook, or you are too busy to spend time in the kitchen, these no-cook ideas can save you!  Head over to our social pages to foll.... read more

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Whole Wheat Veggie Calzones

As we wrap up the week with our portable food ideas, I couldn't let it go without sharing a portable dinner!  There have been so many times when we need to take our dinner with us. Baseball games, road trips, the water park, etc.  A portable dinner for us needs to have these components: It needs to taste OK cold or at room temperature. You have to be able to eat it without a fork and.... read more

Posted in Blog, Dinner, Mushrooms, Peppers, Vegetarian, Zucchini | Post Comment | 18

8 New Fruity and Fabulous Parfaits and Building Your Own

*This post is sponsored by Cascadian Farm Organic My kids will take a bowl of granola any way they can get it.  We have several recipes for it here, here, and here.  We buy it out of the bulk bins at our grocery store. We get some from my sister in law every Christmas. And, of course we get it from the cereal aisle.   We use granola for a breakfast cereal for a snack, we add it to .... read more

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All Natural Peanut Butter Dip

Sometimes kids just really want to dip their food into something.  In my opinion, letting your kids dip their fruits and veggies is 98% more effective than offering them the same fruit or veggie 7 times to get them to accept it.  And dipping it in a peanut butter dip?  Kids and adults alike will be eating celery like it is going out of style.  We love this dip at our house. &nb.... read more

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Super Crispy Baked Corn Chips and Scoops

Corn chips don't have to be deep fried, and homemade ones don't have to take very long either.  My kids enjoyed helping me make these, and they turned out terrific!  We love corn chips because they are a delicious vehicle for veggies and nutrient rich dips! We dip our chips into our favorite triple bean dip, guacamole, and even hummus. We followed the directions on the bag of corn flour.... read more

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Patriotic Party Dip

When you are throwing a party or celebration for a larger group, something that is always popular and feeds a lot of people is a layered dip.  Plus you can pack on the veggies!  We specifically chose the layers of this dip because we wanted it to look like an American flag, but if you want your dip to resemble something different, there are so many options!  This is a really fun dip.... read more

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Lil' Chicken Pear Snack

Jill is one of those bloggers that you will love to stalk! I've been reading her blog, Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons, for at least 3 years and I'm always amazed with her creativity.  So, we asked her if she wanted to share some of her creativity using fruits or veggies for our site! And we were so excited when she said yes.   Follow Jill on her blog here, Facebook, Instagram, or pintere.... read more

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4th of July Berry Blast

Have you ever tried fruit infused water?  It is slightly sweet, cold and incredibly refreshing.  I personally do not like sweetened beverages, even juice.  They are so sweet to me that it just isn't very refreshing.  Throw some naturally sweet fruit and ice in my water and now you are talking!  I think that it is important that we don't teach our kids to drink sweetened be.... read more

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Portable Pancake Pockets

As a magazine junkie, I subscribe to Cooking Light.  In one of the summer issues this year, I came across what they called, "Inside Out Pancakes!"   Although, their filling inside the pancake was basically a clump of brown sugar, I knew I wanted to try them with fruit.  So, in keeping with our Fourth of July theme this week, we decided to use strawberries and blueberries to fill som.... read more

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

It's cherry season!  Where I live, it's only possible to get fresh cherries during the summer.  So, when they are in season (like right now!), we go crazy for cherries.  It is of course possible to buy frozen cherries all year long, which we love, but also tend to forget, considering we overdo it by the end of summer. Cherries are delicious and a healthy addition to your families d.... read more

Posted in Birthdays, Blog, Cherries, Dessert, Freezer Friendly, Popsicles and Frozen Treats | Post Comment | 4

Frozen Peanut Butter Berry Pops

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While I was pregnant for my daughter, I actually took time to sit and read "fun" things that were not school and research related.  One of my favorites was Parents magazine and I found a lot of great meal and snack ideas there.  One particular recipe I had kept was for frozen peanut butter berry pops.       The day before our afternoon treat was to be enjoyed, I asked.... read more

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Chocolate Dipped Straw-Banana Pops

My girls really love fruit, but they occasionally will go through a food 'jag' and not want to eat certain fruits.  My oldest daughter who is now 5, used to love strawberries.  She would eat them everyday for breakfast, and then usually for a snack.  Now she has to be in a special mood to eat strawberries.  This is one reason that homemade popsicles are really great.  You .... read more

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Blueberry Lemon Pudding Pops

This week is frozen treat week!  Summer is in full swing here in Northern America, and we're celebrating with our favorite healthy frozen treats! You can follow the hashtag #healthyfrozentreats on Facebook, instagram, or pinterest.   Remember pudding pops? Do they even sell those anymore?  I remember them being super creamy and delicious. So, for today's recipe, we decided to make .... read more

Posted in Berries, Blog, Dessert, Lemon-Lime, Popsicles and Frozen Treats | Post Comment | 17

Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry

We love curry at our house.  There is something about the sweet flavor with a little spice, yummy veggies over warm brown rice that says comfort food to me.  All 3 of our kids love it too!  It has a rich flavor with familiar ingredients which is appealing even to picky eaters!  This recipe is perfect for those days when you don't have a lot of time, but want to come home to a r.... read more

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Sweet Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

If you like creamy, sweet potatoes with a buttery-like texture, then cooking them in the slow cooker is for you!  Sometimes I feel like when I cook my sweet potatoes in the oven, they don't quite get soft enough.  This method in the slow cooker is not only incredibly easy, but they turn out so good they literally almost melt in your mouth.  And the best part is you don't need to add.... read more

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Super Healthy Kids 1 Million Fan Facebook Giveaway

Closed! Congrats to the following- You have 48 hours to contact us at [email protected] with your shipping address!  There is one winner for each prize:  Prizes allotted as follows: Amanda Lauret: Cuisinart food processor Lauren Compel: Blendtec blender Michelle Anderson: Tupperware Fridge smarts containers Michelle Martin: Stainless steel popsicle molds. Sara Lange: zok.... read more

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Coconut Cranberry Crockpot Quinoa

This week we want to share some of our favorite healthy crockpot recipes!  We often think of the crockpot or slow cooker as a winter appliance for making delicious warm soups and stews, but it's also a great appliance for summer! In the summer it can keep our kitchens from getting hot from oven cooking, and sometimes we're just gone for several hours and want to have a meal when we get back. .... read more

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Sparkling Watermelon Sippers

All week we've been talking about healthy substitutions!  Substitute homemade crackers for store bought ones.  Substituting vegan sugar free jello, for traditional jello made with dyes and sugar.  Today, we're substituting a soft drink with a fun bubbly drink!  Not only is this drink delicious, but it contains WHOLE FRUIT!  I don't know any soft drinks that could say the s.... read more

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Whole Wheat Goldfish Crackers

There are some foods that have been labeled as 'kid-food' that I will never understand why kids (or adults) like them.  Goldfish, Boxed Mac N' Cheese, Chicken Nuggets, and Hot Dogs to name a few.  A lot of these foods are made with bleached white flour, additives, preservatives, food dyes, aside from the fact that they taste like the cardboard box they come in.   Making food from s.... read more

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Kickin' It In Summer - With Proper Hydration

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Summer is a great time to add more fitness into your already busy life.  (Really, it is!) With the kids out of school, your rigid schedule can relax and you can take part in all of their fun, too.  Whether you are at the beach, by the pool, at the playground or even in your back yard, there are many opportunities to enjoy the summer with your children while keeping fit and healthy. .... read more

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Dye Free No Sugar Jello for Kids

Recently, I was listening to an audio version of Dr. Fuhrman's new book, The End of Dieting (which was awesome).  He was suggesting some healthy dessert ideas when he mentioned combining Agar powder with fruit juice and fruit to make jello. Curious because I hadn't heard of it before, I checked it out the next time I was at the health food store.  I found the Agar powder in the baking ai.... read more

Posted in Blog, Dessert, Fruits and Vegetables, Gluten Free, Juices, Nut Free, Side Dishes, Vegetarian | Post Comment | 6

Citrus Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus is a vegetable that I would expect kids not to like, but almost all of the kids that I have ever had try it love it!  It is a veggies that can be fun because it is unique looking and you can name it dragon tails and young kids eat it up (literally)  We have cooked it all sorts of different ways, but grilling or roasting with some coconut oil is definitely my favorite.  Thi.... read more

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Grilled Coconut Glazed Fruit Kabobs

Cooking on the grill and eating outside screams summer to me.  Whenever we change up our cooking method, my kids think it is a special occasion and get excited about whatever we are having on the menu.  We try to include grilling on our summer meal plan once a week because it is delicious and fun!  These fruit kabobs are a yummy addition to any meal, and give the flavor of the fruit.... read more

Posted in Apricots, Bananas, Blog, Dessert, Gluten Free, Peaches, Pineapple, Vegetarian | Post Comment

Grilling Time Is Family Time!

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In my household (and maybe yours too!) grilling day is an "all-hands-on-deck" kind of day.  My husband is always the grill master, I am the grill food prep and the kids will do such things as setting the table, opening the doors for us, mixing ingredients and many other jobs they beg to do.        Some of our best family memories are when we gather with friends and .... read more

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10 Minute Veggie Pizza

I think I want a category for all our dinner ideas that are less than 15 minutes! Don't you agree?  I can't even count how many times we get home at 5:00 and I need to get something on the table before my family starts snacking instead.  I do have a lot of ideas, we just need them all in one spot!   Our intention for this dinner was to put these pizzas on the grill, because we deci.... read more

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Butterflies and Caterpillar Party Favors & Craft

If you are looking for a party craft or a party favor, and don't want to send the little ones home with bags of candy, try our fruit caterpillars! Or, just turn this into a fun craft for the kids while you learn all about butterflies turning into caterpillars, and of course reading the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar!  Grapes at a party, why would we?   Let's take a moment and talk ab.... read more

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Watermelon Cupcakes {No-Added Sugar}

I have a Winter birthday and always thought the kids that had a summer birthday were so lucky because they got to do all of the fun outdoor things for their parties.  Then I got older and realized there are lots of fun Winter activities: ice skating, sledding, move and hot chocolate, indoor swimming.   No matter when your birthday or your kids birthday is, there is one thing they usually.... read more

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Vegan/Gluten-Free Cupcakes

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  Recently I helped organize a health fair at my children’s elementary school. Our focus was to show the school’s families and the surrounding community how fun and simple it can be to add more health to our daily lives by having physical activity stations and vendors to showcase their businesses.  A suggestion by a school staff member was to invite a home-based baker and cake decorat.... read more

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Babies First Birthday Cake

Celebrating your child's first birthday doesn't have to mean letting them dive into a cake filled with sugar and processed oils!  You can make a deliciously healthy cake for the baby- that will equally be tasty for your guests. Our culture is to be social. As humans, we create traditions around food that help to shape who we are. Having a sense of community and joy has actually been shown to.... read more

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Game Day Snack Ideas and $100 Visa Giveaway

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{Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network. Mom It Forward and DOLE partnered in support of this campaign. Dole compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.} We finally arrived!  After 12 years of bringing "treats" to little league, all three of my kids teams no longer send around the sign up.  I never liked the trad.... read more

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DIY Homemade Spice Blends

Introducing.......... When I am cooking, I usually have 1 or 2 kids at my feet talking to me, or needing something.  This makes for some slightly distracted cooking, which is why I really like to simplify the cooking process.  If I can cut back on the measuring, number of ingredients, steps then it makes my cooking experience so much better.  These spice blends are meant to do ex.... read more

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Top 10 Healthy Kitchen Shortcuts

Having a few tips to make things faster in the kitchen can make all of the difference of getting a meal on the table for your family.  We have compiled some of our favorite healthy shortcuts in the kitchen to make you more efficient, and help you spend less time in the kitchen!  1) Melon Baller to De-Seed.  Use a Melon Baller to scoop out seeds from fruits and veggies.  This.... read more

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Quick and Easy Freezer Fries

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This week it's all about healthy shortcuts!  We know you want to feed your family homemade meals, but sometimes there just is no time! That's why we want to share some of our favorite shortcuts in the kitchen that will make it easy for you to feed your family.  Follow us on our social pages by using the hashtag #healthyshortcuts . My favorite shortcut is batch cooking (or in this case, .... read more

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Our-Way Mini Sub Sandwiches

The fun thing about restaurant dining is everyone in your family can get something different! The very thing we avoid when we are cooking for our family at home.  If you've ever said before "I'm only making one meal tonight, you eat it or you don't", you know what I'm talking about! But this is also the reason we love a good old home style buffet- The potato bar, the oatmeal bar, the salad b.... read more

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Homemade Uncrustables

I love being able to make a whole bunch of something at one time, freeze it, and then have it available for a quick meal or snack.  These little sandwiches are perfect for that!  Great for packing school lunches, AND for the summer when you are going out (the park, swimming, hiking) and won't be home for lunch so need to pack one.  Pull these out in the morning, pack them in your lu.... read more

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"Sporting" the Sandwich

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If you keep up with our blog, you already know how much our families struggle with packing nutrient dense and convenient foods for sporting events and practices that fall right in the middle of dinnertime.  Well, it's actually a bit simpler than you may think.  Grab the sandwich making chart from yesterday, and you are already well on your way to a great energy packing punch as well as a.... read more

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Making My Own Sandwich {Kids in the Kitchen}

It's sandwich week!  At first thought, you may wonder why we would bother.  But we love sandwiches!  It's the very first thing I taught my kids to make in the kitchen, on their own.  Teaching kids to prepare their own food is as important as teaching them life skills like keeping a budget and taking showers!  When kids learn to prepare food, it does so many things for thei.... read more

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Coconut Mango Chia Pops

I feel like coconut and mango go together like peas and carrots.  It is just right.  And then you throw in some chia seeds, and Bam!  You have created perfection.  I have never appreciated the goodness of chia until recently.  They are the most unique little seed - and I still think its crazy how they can expand and turn into something totally different.   To read ab.... read more

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Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potato Boats

More often than not, our dinners are meatless these days.  The last couple years we have changed our diet to include more plant-based protein sources and our family loves it!  Typically meatless meals cost less and can provide a wider variety of nutrients in your diet.  While quinoa does have less protein than meat, it also contains a lot of fiber which meat does not.  These sw.... read more

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Beans: A Protein-Rich Plant Superfood

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Yesterday I chanted to the tune of The Wizard of Oz: "Beans, plant protein, Meatless Monday, oh my!" -and lets not forget about Cinco de Mayo either.  I was in food celebration heaven! Although I am not a vegetarian, I do eat more plant-based, meaning I plan my personal meals around fruits and vegetables and use my meats as more of a garnish.  I always take part in Meatless Mondays an.... read more

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No Bake Cashew Cookies

This week on our blog we are going to share recipes with ingredients known to be a good source of plant based protein.  Beans, nuts, seeds, and certain grains are at the top of our list, with our first recipe being dessert!   This is one of my FAVORITE things to make. We often make these "cashew cookies" (really Larabar's) to take hiking or on long trips.  I love the flexibility of.... read more

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake- For Kids!

Our email box is full of parents, concerned that their child is not getting enough protein for one reason or another.  It's a valid concern!  Sometimes, picky eaters might barely get the proper amount of any micronutrients in a given day, let alone the right amount of macronutrients .  Protein is vital for kids to grow and thrive, which is why this shake might be exactly what they n.... read more

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Busy Activities for Kids So You Can Cook Dinner

The dreaded hour.  You know the one I'm talking about.  It may be 4:00pm, for some its 5:00pm, or even 6:00pm.  The hour before dinner when the kids have saved up all of their fighting, whining, crying, and let it all go at once!  When you have little kids, it can be incredibly difficult to make dinner - let alone a healthy dinner!   The Family Dinner Project puts it pefe.... read more

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Sunburst Energy Smoothie

 As parents, a common concern is if our kids are getting enough of the right nutrients.  When our kids say they are done eating after just a few bites it can be stressful!  There are a lot of reasons kids don't eat what we want them to from texture issues, to varied taste preferences, and just plain old not being hungry at that particular meal.  Whatever the reason, we still wo.... read more

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