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Healthy Raw Food Snack Recipes for Kids

I regularly get asked if I have any good and healthy raw food snack recipes for kids. I don’t have kids myself, but I used to work with children and I know how picky they can be! When kids would show up at my raw food potlucks I was always delighted when they liked a raw food recipe or two. It seemed that the more simple the recipe, the better.

When I worked in daycare I also noticed that kids actually gravitate towards raw fruits and vegetables naturally over cooked veggies. But of course, each child has their unique preferences!

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raw food recipes for kids: blueberry pear puree

When I worked in the public school system I would notice that some kids would bring store bought apple sauce to school as a healthy snack. This gave me the idea to share with you two raw food puree recipes that could be easily made for children instead of the traditional cooked apple sauce.

Blueberry Pear Puree

Blueberries are full of antioxidants that assist healthy cognitive function in kids and adults!

1 banana
1 pear
1/4 cup blueberries
pinch white stevia powder to taste (optional)
pinch of cinnamon powder

Blend in a high speed blender with the tamper until smooth. If you don’t have a high speed blender you can use a food processor with the S-blade instead. Serves 2.

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Raw Apple Sauce

A naturally fresh snack with no preservatives or refined sugar. Great with granola too!

4 medium sized Fuji apples, chopped
6 Medjool dates pitted and chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or to taste)
Juice from half a lemon
1/4 cup chopped pineapple (optional)

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender with the tamper until smooth or if you do not have a high speed blender you can use a food processor with the S-blade. Serves 4.

raw food recipes for kids: almond butter wraps

Almond Butter Lettuce Wraps

A great healthy snack idea for kids is a raw food version of the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich. My recipe uses romaine lettuce instead of bread, almond butter instead of peanut butter, and a homemade chia seed berry raw food jam.

raw food recipes for kids: rasberry jam

Raw Food Jam

1 cup rasberries
2 tablespoons honey or another liquid sweetener (*Do not feed honey to children under 1 year of age!)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
pinch white stevia powder (optional)

Blend the raspberries and honey in a blender or food processor on low until blended but still slightly chunky. Pour into a bowl and add the chia seeds and stevia powder (if not sweet enough). Let sit for at least 15 minutes before using. Unlke regular jam, this raw food jam will only last a few days in the fridge. Makes about 1/2 cup of jam.

*You can use any berry for the jam, I just happened to have raspberries on hand but strawberries or blueberries would work.

Almond Butter Lettuce Wraps

4 leaves romaine lettuce
4 teaspoons almond butter
4 tablespoons chia seed berry jam
1 banana sliced into rounds

Spread the almond butter on the romaine lettuce leaves and then top with banana and the chia seed berry jam. Serves 1-2.

healthy snacks for kids: zucchini noodles

Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce

You can try to get your kids to eat raw zucchini squash by peeling the zucchini and putting it through a spiral slicer to make squash noodles; serve with a simple and sweet fresh tomato sauce.

1 large peeled zucchini spiralized with a spiral slicer

Kid Friendly Fresh Tomato Sauce

2 medium ripe tomatoes (about 2 cups chopped)
2 mejidool dates (pitted)
2-3 fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
dash sea salt or to taste

Blend all the sauce ingredients in a high speed blender until the sauce is nice and creamy. Pour the sauce over the squash noodles. Serves 1-2.

For more raw food snack recipes for kids you might enjoy this e-book by Pamela Vinten, mom and nutritionist called 30 Super Healthy Kid’s Snacks. Click here for more information.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these raw food snack recipes for kids, if you liked them please click the “like” button below. Do your kids have any favorite healthy snacks you’d like to share? Please post them in the comment’s section. Comments are always welcome.

♥,
C

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Mango Fig Green Smoothie

mango green smoothie

Variety is the spice of life or so they say. Variety can also make a huge difference when you’re attempting to eat healthy. The same green smoothie every morning can get monotonous if you don’t mix it up once in awhile.

Have you tried using figs in your smoothies lately? Figs can add a unique flavor and texture to a variety of foods including a green smoothie. Not only are figs delicious, but they are good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, copper, potassium, manganese, and pantothenic acid.

I know what you are thinking, how can you find fresh figs in the middle of winter? Well lucky for me, my local Trader Joe’s grocery store now carries frozen figs in the frozen fruit section.

For those of you that don’t live near a Trader Joe’s you can easily use dried figs. Just remove the stems and put them in a high speed blender such as the Vitamix with your other smoothie ingredients.

If you don’t have a high speed blender you can soak them for at least an hour beforehand to make them soft. You can also use the fig soak water which will be nice and sweet. Just make sure your dried figs are organic with no preservatives!

mango fig green smoothie

Mangos are another fruit I encourage you to eat more of! Mangos, either fresh or frozen are great in green smoothie recipes as they add a creamy consistency when blended much like a banana, and they add a sweet and tangy flavor. Mangos are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin A and vitamin C.

fig green smoothie

For this green smoothie recipe I used frozen mango, figs, and romaine lettuce. Hope you enjoy!

Mango Fig Green Smoothie

5 organic figs (fresh, dried, or frozen)
1 banana
1 cup diced mango (fresh or frozen)
1 cup coconut water
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
pinch white stevia powder or to taste
pinch of cinnamon powder

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Makes about 32 ounces. Serves 1-2.

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♥,
C

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Posted on January 15, 2015   No Comments

Holiday Stress Tips

Holiday Stress Tips

The holidays can be a magical time and they can also be a stressful time. Here are my best holiday stress tips!

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  • Holiday Stress Tip 1: Recognize your priorities. Focus on what matters most to you this holiday season and get rid of the unnecessary superficial activities that only cause you stress. Use this simple journal exercise to get clear on your priorities this holiday season.
  • Holiday Stress Tip 2: Avoid the mall. Opt for shopping at small craft fairs, mom and pop shops, and online. Here is a list of all my favorite places to shop online.
  • Holiday Stress Tip 3: Simplify food prep. Simplify your recipes. Do a lot of your food prep a few days before your celebration. Let semi-homemade be acceptable once and awhile. Consider making it a potluck, so all the stress is not on one person. Even going out to eat can be a fun way to switch it up!
  • Holiday Stress Tip 4: Simplify clean up. Use fancy paper plates and cups for a quicker clean-up. Recruit your family and friends to help clean up too!
  • Holiday Stress Tip 5: Let everyone be right. Instead of arguing with family members about differences of opinion, entertain the thought that you can be right without making anyone else be wrong. Try to to find other people “right” by imagining that in their point of view they are right. Instead of confronting them head on, try to validate their point of view first, and this will usually diffuse a tension filled discussion or situation.
  • Holiday Stress Tip 6: Honor your need for introspection. Even though the holiday season is filled with parties, it is still important to acknowledge your need for alone time. The colder weather draws our bodies indoors and also draws our attention inside as well. Let yourself be introspective without being melancholy by journaling, taking long baths, or reading a good book in bed.
  • Holiday Stress Tip 7: Meditate. Meditation is a great way to de-stress and only takes minutes a day. You can simply take some time out during your busy day to focus your attention on your breath or do more structured guided meditations. Either way, meditation is a great tool for staying centered and keeping stress at bay.
  • Holiday Stress Tip 8: Fall in love with aromatherapy. Certain aromas can have a profound affect on our mental states. There are so many fragrant essential oils that can help to reduce stress. Some of my favorites are lavender, sweet orange, chamomile, bergamont, ylang ylang, and rosemary. I like to get my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. My favorite way to use essential oils is with a diffuser so that the calming scents fill the entire house!
  • Holiday Stress Tip 9: Keep up with your self care. Even though the holidays can be a busier time than most, don’t neglect to get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, exercise, and drink enough water. The happier and healthier you are, the less grumpy you will be, and the more energy and holiday cheer you will have for others!

Thank you for visiting the Raw Glow Blog, if you liked the holiday stress tips please “like” it below. Do you have a favorite holiday stress tip? Please post it in the comment’s section below. Comments are always welcome. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!

♥,
C

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Posted on December 12, 2014   2 Comments

Raw Date Cookies – With Macadamia and Mint

raw date cookies

When I had two surprise holiday guests, I whipped up these really easy raw date cookies with two things I always have on hand: macadamia nuts and dates. I like to order raw macadamia nuts online. Then I use a food saver and freeze them, so I will always have them on hand. Dates are also a great thing to have around because they can be used in a variety of desserts, smoothies, and snacks as a natural sweetener.

I also used fresh chocolate mint to flavor the raw date cookies, but any type of mint is fine. For a stronger mint flavor you can use a few drops of Frontier Organic Alcohol Free Mint Flavoring *, but any type of natural food grade mint flavoring is fine.

Raw Date Cookies – With Macadamia and Mint

1 cup macadamia nuts (frozen are best)
1 cup pitted and chopped dates
2-3 tablespoons chopped chocolate mint leaves
(any type of mint is fine)
2-3 drops or to taste Frontier Organic Alcohol Free Mint Flavoring *
a small amount of stevia powder to taste for extra sweetness (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a food processor with the s-blade until the ingredients stick together and form a ball. Then shape the “dough” into small cookies. Garnish with one mint leaf per cookie. Keep them in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. Makes about 7 cookies.

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Thank you for visiting the Raw Glow Blog, if you liked the raw date cookies with macadamia nuts and mint please “like” it below. Do you have a favorite raw date cookie recipe? Please post it in the comment’s section below. Comments are always welcome. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!

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C

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Pineapple Juicing Recipes – Natural Cold and Flu Fighters

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Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. It is also a very good source of copper and a good source of vitamin B1, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate, and pantothenic acid. Also, pineapple contains a special enzyme called bromelain that is only found in pineapples and papayas. Bromelain can be extracted from both the stem and core of the pineapple.

Bromelain is known to reduce excessive inflammation, excessive coagulation of the blood, and even certain types of tumor growth! And the reason that pineapple is so good for people who are fighting off a cold or flu is because the bromelain in pineapple juice helps to thin mucus and congestion so your body can expel it easier!

Next time you are under the weather forget about drinking orange juice only, and try these nourishing anti-inflammatory pineapple juicing recipes instead!

Put all ingredients through a juicer and each recipe makes about 24 ounces of juice. I used my favorite omega vrt350 juicer to make these recipes, but you can use whatever juicer you own.

pineapple juicing recipes

Pineapple Juicing Recipes

Pineapple Orange Carrot Juice

2 cups chopped pineapple
2 peeled oranges
10 medium sized carrots

Process all ingredients through a slow vertical juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and then strain. Makes around 24 ounces of juice.

Apple Pineapple Collard Ginger Juice

3 Medium Fuji Apples
2 cups chopped pineapple
5-6 Large Collard Leaves
2 inch knob of ginger

Process all ingredients through a slow vertical juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and then strain. Makes 24 ounces of juice.

Carrot Pineapple Romaine Mint

10 medium sized carrots
2 cups chopped pineapple
5-6 large romaine leaves
1 medium sized Fuji Apple
Handful of fresh mint

Process all ingredients through a slow vertical juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and then strain. Makes 24 ounces of juice.

These are just a handful of my favorite pineapple juicing recipes, please share your own in the comment’s section. If you like this post please like it or share it below. Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season.

♥,
C

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Posted on December 10, 2014   No Comments