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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.

raw applesauce recipe

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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January 19, 2015   No Comments

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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January 15, 2015   No 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!

♥,
C

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December 12, 2014   No Comments

Pineapple Juicing Recipes – Natural Cold and Flu Fighters

pineapple juicing recipes

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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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This blog post is not meant to substitute or override advice from a health care professional. No guarantee of results is implied as individual results will vary.

December 10, 2014   No Comments

Herbal Iced Tea Recipes – Save Money!

herbal iced tea recipes

Let’s face it, most health junkies spend a lot on healthy drinks. Whether you are at Whole Foods, your favorite juice bar or Starbucks, buying delicious juices, teas, and herbal elixirs can add up!

Today I’m going to share with you two easy and healthy herbal iced tea recipes that you can make at home to delight and surprise your friends and keep your thirst quenched all day long!

Herbal Iced Tea Recipes

herbal iced tea recipes

Lemon Verbena Blueberry Iced Tea

We have lemon verbana growing in our backyard. It smells terrific and makes a great lemony tea.

32 ounces lemon verbena tea (or lemon balm)
1/2 cup fresh blueberry juice
white stevia powder to taste
ice

You can make lemon verbena tea by pouring 32 ounces of boiling water over about a 1/2 cup of fresh or dried lemon verbana leaves and let steep for 10 minutes. You can also make sun tea by letting the tea sit in the sun for at least 4 hours in a covered mason jar. When the tea has cooled down you can pour it into a pitcher of ice and them pour in the blueberry juice. You can make fresh blueberry juice if you have a juicer or use store bought pure blueberry juice. Stir in the white stevia powder until you reach your desired sweetness level and serve promptly. Makes about 4 servings.

sun tea

Stinging Nettle Iced Tea

stinging nettles

The grassy flavor of nettle tea reminds me of green tea minus the caffeine!

32 ounces stinging nettle tea (or moringa leaf tea)
1/2 fresh almond milk
white stevia powder to taste
ice

You can make stinging nettle tea by pouring 32 ounces of boiling water over about a 1/2 cup of fresh or dried stinging nettle leaves and let steep for 10 minutes. You can also make sun tea by letting the tea sit in the sun for at least 4 hours in a covered mason jar. When the tea has cooled down you can pour it into a pitcher of ice and them pour in the almond milk. You can make fresh almond milk if you have a blender and a sprout bag or use store bought almond milk. Stir in the white stevia powder until you reach your desired sweetness level and serve promptly. Makes about 4 servings.

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Thank you for visiting the Raw Glow Blog, if you liked the herbal iced tea recipes please “like” it below. Do you have a favorite iced tea recipe? Please post it in the comment’s section below. Comments are always welcome!

♥,
C

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September 11, 2014   No Comments