STRAWBERRY ENERGY BITES

I made these wonderful energy bites this week. I have made many different versions of these but I do believe these are the best tasting ones I have ever made. They are so good as a snack, dessert, or before/after a workout.
And I will say they do not last very long
at my house! My kids and husband love them!

*3/4 cup Arrowhead Mills Brown Rice Flour (gluten-free)…(a healthy flour alternative)

*1/4 cup ground Stober Farms Flax
Meal…(great for extra fiber)

*1 cup shredded coconut

*1 scoop Protein
Powder…(Optional for added protein)

*1/4 cup Coconut Sugar…(low glycemic
natural sweetener)

*1/4 cup Almond Butter…(great for added protein and lowers
blood pressure)

*1/4 cup melted coconut oil…(too many benefits to count)

*1/4 cup agave nectar…(low glycemic natural sweetener)

*1 tablespoon vanilla

*10 Frozen Strawberries…(fiber and many health benefits

*Makes 24 energy bites

1. Mix all ingredients in food processor until it forms a dough.
2. Roll into bite-size balls.
3. Roll the bites in shredded coconut…(optional).
4. Cool in freezer for 30 minutes.

Store in air tight container in fridge or freezer. They stay at the
right texture when they are cold and taste better too.

Enjoy!

Strawberry Energy Bites

Egg Boats!

Time for Egg Boats! When my oldest daughter was little, to get her to eat eggs, I cut them into quarters and called them “Egg Boats”. It stuck. It is still a favorite for both of my girls. No matter how you prepare them…*plain, *sea salt & cracked pepper, *or with a little mustard or hot sauce…it is a wonderful, healthy snack. (Make sure to buy organic or free range eggs if possible).
Most of all, get your kids involved and into the kitchen with you and have fun! They’re more likely to eat the foods you want them to when they help prepare, have fun and are involved.
Let me know if you give Egg Boats a try!

EggBoats

Suppertime!

Stir Fry
I had some helpers in the kitchen tonight. I love when my husband cooks with me! Our girls love to hang out and see what mommy and daddy are whipping up.
Earlier I shared with you what was in our refrigerator for the week. Here’s something we put together on the spot. We didn’t have a plan for this meal, we just started putting things in that sounded good. It was a hit with our girls and so fun being in the kitchen with my man!Organic Vegetable Spaghetti Stir Fry
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 zucchini
1 Squash
2 onions
1 red pepper
1 orange pepper
2 grated garlic cloves
1 inch piece peeled and grated ginger
1 lemon juiced
sea salt
black pepper
Add 1 can of organic black beans

Have fun in the kitchen with your family!

 

 

“Introducing Your Baby To Solid Foods…Part 2”

Baby Food
Awhile back, I had some friends with requests that I post about what to feed their babies/toddlers. Part 1 was a few weeks back. Today, let’s move ahead into Part 2 and talk about solid foods.
The first five years of your babies life is the most critical years. They are developing their tastes and habits that will develop and set the stage for the rest of their lives.
I think it is so important in these beginning stages to keep processed food and sugar out of their diet as much as possible, especially the first three to five years. Your child needs “live, real food”, not processed “dead food” to help develop their bodies normally. They will have a clearer mind and have a better temperament. My philosophy is…why give your child sugar and sweets when they do not even know they exist? (They will find out about them soon enough). Keep those things out of your child as long as you have the say so to do so.
My oldest daughter, Chanler only had sugar, (birthday cake), on her birthday for the first several years of her life. Now I have no problems whatsoever with her eating whatever meals I prepare. My girls love, enjoy and appreciate good healthy food. This goes for beverages too. The best thing to give your child to drink with their meal is water, (or anytime of the day). Occasionally I would give them apple juice diluted with water. Studies show that drinking beverages too often with concentrated sugar…yes, that includes fruit juices…could lead to health concerns and obesity. Even milk has a lot of naturally occurring sugar in it.
Having said all that, let me share with you exactly what I did for my girls in introducing them to solid foods. Around seven or eight months old, I introduced my girls to their first food…fresh smashed bananas. Then a few days later, smashed avocado. I think these two are a great food to start with because they are easy for little bodies to digest. I eventually introduced them to a variety of vegetables…steamed sweet potatoes, carrots, and broccoli. I made all of my girls’ food. Homeade baby food is the best food to give your baby. It is so easy and cheaper too! I would steam big batches of each vegetable and then put it in small glass jars to be frozen. It is so convenient to pull out and heat when ready to eat. Avocado and broccoli are two of the healthiest foods. Avocado is a healthy fat and so good for the brain. Broccoli has so many disease fighting properties. Also, I remember Chanler having the prettiest color skin from eating carrots and sweet potatoes. People would compliment her skin all the time saying that she had the prettiest skin tone. Anytime we went out to a restaurant, I would take along jars of store-bought, organic baby food. However, as often as I could, I took along fresh homemade baby food. It is totally worth the sacrifice. I am so glad I did it. I have a lot of sweet memories of those days. I encourage each new mommy today. Those early years can be overwhelming and trying, but they do not last very long. Enjoy those sweet years. You are giving that precious baby life whether you are nursing or preparing food. Take one day at a time and enjoy the journey. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures and scrapbook their first year of how you cared for your child. In a few years you will have fun looking back with them and talking about it. Here are a few examples and photos of what I did. Remember to have fun!

Christina Eleton's photo.

 

$7 Dinner!

$7 Dinner for a family of four! (We had this last night for supper…it was a home run). I just love coming up with meals that save time and money…out of items I already have in my pantry. Here’s an idea that’s easy, healthy, fast and affordable.

*3 cans of Ranchero Beans, (sometimes called chili beans).
*Shredded cheese
*A spoonful of sour cream
*A dash of hot sauce
*Fresh cilantro
Let me know if you try it out!#EatAtHome
#MoreTimeWithFamily

$7dinner

A Great Pick-Me-Up!

Channing and I have been very busy this week. I love making this delicious drink to give us a little energy boost. These are some of our favorite fruits and veggies to blend together for a pick-me-up.
Lots of great nutrients and vitamins.
Blend together…Apple, Cucumber, Celery, Kale, Spinach, Lemon, and Ginger…add Stevia to taste.
Add 1/2 to 1 cup of cold water.
So refreshing!
TIPS:  I peel my apple, cucumber, and ginger before blending.
For the lemon, just squeeze in a little…don’t blend up a whole lemon.
Enjoy!

Energy Boost Green Drink