Skip the potato chips, fruit snacks, graham crackers, and candy. If you’re in a rut here are some quick, great real food any-time or after-school snack ideas for inspiration that kids will love (and adults, too!). Sticking with simple ingredients keeps snack time easy and fun. Keep these tips in mind: healthy fats, like what are in nut butters, keep you fuller longer which is great for little ones who are very active combine some of the suggestions below in creative ways (for example, combine some fruit with yogurt to make a yogurt parfait, or make a fruit salad and drizzle some honey on top) chia seeds make a great topper for yogurt, and add in some yummy texture most of the fruit below is also great frozen. Ever blended up frozen bananas to make “ice cream”? Try it! If you’re looking for school lunch ideas, any of these would be great in a school lunch box! If you have a picky eater, combining several of these snacks onto a plate – tapas style! – could make a well rounded lunch or easy breakfast Please leave any additional suggestions in the comments below… Fruits and Vegetables… Apple (good with peanut butter, or almond butter) Banana (good with peanut butter, or almond butter) Carrots (good with hummus or ranch dip) Celery (good with peanut butter and raisins a.k.a. “Ants on a Log”) Mango Pear Grapes Strawberries (good with regular or Greek yogurt) Blueberries (good with regular or Greek yogurt) Raspberries (good with regular or Greek yogurt) Oranges Peaches (good with regular or Greek yogurt) Plums Kiwi
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The ingredients in this Thai pasta sauce may sound unusual at first, but the end product is an exotic and delicious combination.
I am learning that being offered processed food when you’d rather avoid it is a hot topic. The other day on Facebook I asked, “What do you do when someone offers your children a treat that’s likely full of artificial dyes/flavors, preservatives, and other chemicals?” I was floored at the range of answers….here are a few examples many of which are at opposite ends of the spectrum: “I think it is best to be gracious to people that don’t eat like you and accept their food.” “I let my kids have them. I figure I have control over the majority of their food, so I’m not going to worry about the few times when I don’t.” “Sorry this is crazy let kids be kids.” “I agree with many others who have said it’s all about balance and moderation. We eat a whole food lifestyle on a daily basis…but, whenever there are special occasions, social events, etc., we just go with the flow and enjoy the company! :)” “If it is from a stranger like at a bank, we say ‘No thank you, we’ll have a treat after lunch.’ or something else polite. If it is at a party, I feed my kids before we go so they can eat party food, but won’t be so hungry that they eat a lot. If it’s at a playdate, then we bring something healthy to share, usually a fresh fruit tray full of my kids favorites. They’ll eat the junk too, but not as much.” “I am sort of surprised at some of the replies. This is a ‘real food’ page. Of course some are at different levels but to say things like ‘this is crazy. let kids be kids!’ — I do not understand! I don’t think what kids eat define how […]
I once again took too many photos this week to share them all on my Facebook wall, so here’s my second ever “real food” photo dump for the week! Before I dive right in though check out this product from one of our sponsors, MadeOn …an all natural bug block! Mosquitoes love me so I’ve been trying to find a good deet-free product that I like. The problem is though that some of these sprays just outright stink! I tried some Badger spray a couple weeks ago, and I literally couldn’t sit still because the smell was so strong it was making me nauseous. So I was thrilled to find this MadeOn bug repellent made from only a handful of natural ingredients that actually smells kind of good…in a non-overpowering kind of way. :) MadeOn is offering 15% off all their products with the code “100Days”. So anyway…back to my musings of the week! I love going to the grocery store and looking at food products. It’s especially fun to read the ingredients on items I haven’t previously researched. Call me crazy, but I think this thought-provoking activity is actually kind of fun. :) But sometimes it leaves me scratching my head. I completely understand why some choose to go vegetarian or vegan, but what I don’t understand is replacing meat with highly processed imitation meat products. If you want to be a vegetarian why not just stick with vegetables, fruit, whole grains, etc? Just curious…
Vani Hari (a.k.a. The Food Babe) is a regular contributor on 100 Days of Real Food. To learn more about Vani check her out on “Our Team” page. Trying to get through the maze of what is offered at Starbucks can be pretty daunting – hopefully this information will clear up any nagging thoughts about what’s REALLY in their food and drinks. I couldn’t help but shake my head at the things I uncovered, which had me asking – how many times have people unknowingly gotten sabotaged at Starbucks? Earlier this year, it was revealed that Starbucks was using crushed up bugs to color their Strawberry Frappuccinos. Luckily, they responded to the public outcry and eliminated that beetle juice. You’d think they would have taken the time to clean up the rest of their menu, but no such luck. Did you know that Starbucks uses ingredients that are scarier than bugs and could even be harmful to your health? That’s where the real sabotage begins… – Top 5 Ways To Get Sabotaged At Starbucks: 1. Coffee You might think it is a bit radical to suggest not drinking their most prized ingredient that makes over 85,000 different combination of drinks, but it’s also radical drinking and paying a premium for coffee that’s ridden with potential toxins.
Bell pepper season has officially started, and I am pretty excited about it. It’s hard to think of another vegetable I like this much that’s also so versatile (tomatoes might be a close second!). We enjoy eating bell peppers in so many dishes from fajitas to gumbo to grilled panini sandwiches to pizza (as a topping) and even as raw slices dipped in some hummus or homemade ranch. Plus my other favorite thing about bell peppers is that the season feels fairly long compared to other fresh produce. I don’t know about you but I feel like strawberries, peaches, and raspberries are here and gone in a flash. So if you’re one to procrastinate you’ve still got a little time left to stock up and preserve fresh bell peppers before the season ends.
I just recently learned about a concept called “Ayurveda,” the ancient holistic healing system that’s considered to be the sister science of yoga. Through Ayurveda you can examine why WHAT, WHEN and HOW you eat is extremely important. I would love to invite you to join me as I learn more about this approach in a free upcoming webinar led by Anne Hofweber, a Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner. Two FREE live informational webinars: Sign up to learn more about how natural healing science can benefit you and your family. “Eating to Heal: The Science of Ayurveda” led by Anne Hofweber, Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner Timing: Two 1-hour sessions to choose from on Thursday, July 19 at 12 noon EST or 9:00 P.M. EST (the 9 PM session is full). Pick only one session to attend. Note: A third session has been added for Friday, July 20 at 2:00 P.M. EST.
Hi everyone, I’m Kiran and I’ve known Lisa for years…I’ve watched her start this blog from Day 1 and have been thrilled to see her success – not only for her, but for others as well. I don’t have to tell you what a great resource it is! Unlike Lisa, I’ve been reading food labels for almost 20 years. Hopefully that won’t date me too much! All kidding aside, eating “healthy” has been a longtime goal of mine; eating “real” has come in more recently. I have a family that includes four kids under the age of 8. Getting a healthy meal on the table is always a goal, albeit not always an easy one. So after seeing so many meal planning services, I decided to try out a few. I’ve checked out and tried five of the big ones that appeal to me. If you’ve ever been curious about meal plans or wondered which one may work for you, I’m hopeful that this can help. I’ll start with a summary chart, but be sure to read on for the details of each plan!
I recently saw a recipe for Ebelskivers in Parade Magazine that called for an unbelievable amount of sugar followed by even more sugar to be sprinkled on top of the finished product. Sure, these donut-like, filled Danish fritters might remind you of dessert, but they by no means need all that sugar (and white flour) to turn out delicious! I have to credit my dad for introducing us to these “round pancakes,” as we like to call them in our family. He started making them for all the grandkids a few years back, and my daughters liked them so much they bought me a pan so I could make them at home. Which brings me to a valid point…you do need a special pan (pictured) to make these! And I even share the technique for making them in the short video below (you’ll have to x out the ad to see the subtitles). They are really fun to cook and, especially if you are new to the concept, they can make for a pretty special breakfast. Plus since round pancakes kind of remind me of donuts, I’m a fan. :)
Nut free Larabars are the perfect “on-the-go” snack, and my girls were so excited when they saw me putting together the pictured platter…it was like torture for them waiting for me to finish taking pictures!
Well, I stand corrected. All this time readers have been telling me I should make my own Larabars at home, and I proudly stood my ground saying I already make too many things from scratch so I would continue to buy them from the store. But that was until I figured out homemade Larabars taste SO much better than the packaged ones!