Halloween treats without the scary chemicals !

Whenever Halloween comes around I cringe just thinking about the amount of toxins that parents are going to unknowingly feed their kids, this my friends is what scares me about Halloween.

The contents of what is lurking in the trick-or-treat bags of your precious kids are horrific when you read some of the labels. Ingredients from synthetic dyes to artificial flavors and other ghastly chemicals which have been linked to many diseases including ADHD, hyperactivity in children and even some forms of cancer – Surrey University United Kingdom.

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To be quite honest these types of dangerous treats shouldn’t be in the market in the first place let alone the mouth of our kids, the good news is we can still have fun without compromising health..

Here are my favorite sweet treats without the scary ingredients, amazing toxic chemical free treats that you can buy… I love the fact that these are free of synthetic colors, food additives, artificial flavors, preservatives, MSG and GMO

Torie & Howard
Yummy Earth
Equal exchange
Funky monkey
Glee gum
Go Natural candy
Surf Sweets
Unreal candy

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Better breakfast and quinoa pancake recipe

quinoa pancakeWhat we put in our stomachs or feed our kids first thing in the morning sets the standard for the rest of the day, which makes breakfast the most important meal you can eat.Morning nutrients are essential because they affect how we look, feel, our energy level, brain power, alertness, our mood (happy, sad, lethargy, etc)…not to mention the body’s ability to fight off offenders.

Trying to eat and feed our kids a healthy wholesome breakfast can be a huge challenge for busy parents who are limited on time. There are a myriad of packaged ready-to-eat breakfast foods out there – everything from box cereals and breakfast bars to frozen pancakes/waffles and biscuits – all touting to be healthy though statistics continue to prove the contrary..Continue reading for recipe

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Organic banana blueberries spelt pancakes

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This happened today for breakfast, banana blueberries spelt flour pancakes. Okay so we know fresh from scratch meals are more nutritious but let’s not talk about nutrients, let’s focus on taste.

Nothing beats the taste of made from scratch pancakes. …Seriously the moment you make fresh pancakes from scratch is that very moment you are going to stop buying pancake mix or frozen.

I remembered once I tried pancake at a friend and I knew from the very first bit it was from a box even though it was an organic mix. You will see from this recipe how easy it is to make, this took me less than 30 minutes this morning, pancakes are not like cake so you can easily ‘wing’ your way to a yummy meal, to thick add more liquid to light add more flour:)

Ingredients organic:
1 banana mashed
1 egg (Happy pastured)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 / 4tsp salt
1 cup almond milk ( any will do )
1 / 2 tsp vanilla Pinch of nutmeg ( not necessary but I always use)
1 cup spelt flour
Oil for the griddle
Frozen blueberries

Add all wet ingredients and mix well, add flour and mix just enough, you don’t want to over mix. I don’t mix my blueberries in the batter, I add when it is on the griddle. For this shape and size I use a measuring tablespoon to fry..see previous pic on how it looks on the griddle. I serve with warm maple syrup and banana. And if you really want to take this a set further mill your grains:)

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Fresh organic food is best food for babies!

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Bonnie Bedford said it perfectly “what is best for the child is not always what is most convenient for the parent” . .

This is the best way I can think of when talking about how we feed our kids..

Today we are in such a rush about every thing, because of our need for super convenience we simply accept the fact that jarred/pouch shelf-stable pasteurized food with a 2-3 years shelf life is food suitable for babies. . .

See the huge difference between our freshly made peas and organic jarred/pouch peas. . As parents we need to fiercely demand better food options for our kids, fresh food should be the only option for all kids not just a few of us. Until we get to that point we should cook more and buy fresh food.
No child should eat food that was cooked way before they were born. We are what we eat and our kids what we feed them.

There is no parent who can happily eat a 2 year old cooked food but yet we expect our babies to eat these types of food that we as adults can’t tolerate  the taste nor the smell.

Our babies deserves better!

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Today’s school lunch arugula tuna wrap.

Screen shot 2014-09-10 at 11.38.57 AMToday’s school lunch for the kiddo. Tuna arugula wrap..Until we successfully give the school lunch program a healthy shakedown I will continue to pack snacks, lunch and everything in between.

This is an easy no cook meal made with whole wheat wraps….

Tune (strain out the liquid)

chopped pecans, celery and raisins, add about a teaspoon of sesame oil, mix well, lay your fresh arugula, then spread your mix and wrap. We use all organic ingredients.

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Ramen Noodles Cause Heart Disease!

Screen shot 2014-09-07 at 12.50.41 AMIf you are still eating ramen noodles you want to read this article. .Scientists reveal it cause heart disease, stroke and metabolic syndrome. Please share with friends and family, it is frustrating to see products like this in our food supply chain..
Link to article

Thanks and have a wonderful day

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My top 3 back to school healthy tips.

fancy-water-oneInfused water to keep my kids properly hydrated during all their endless after-school activities. It is cheaper, healthier and a whole lot more tasty than sugary drinks.
There is really no limit to what you can do with infused water but here are my 2 favorite recipes.

Strawberry infused water: Strawberries, watermelon, slices of lemon, stevia leaf if you want it sweet, then add your water and let it infused overnight in the refrigerator .

Cucumber infused water: Cucumber, lemon, mint ( I love that you can use fresh produce from your tiny garden like we did) and water and infused over night.

 

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Breakfast is an important meal, I love sending the kids off to school with a very nutritious meal, that sets the standard for the day, from their mood to their energy level, good wholesome unrefined whole wheat  zucchini pancakes is one of our all time favorites.
100% whole wheat banana zucchini pancakes:

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 2 happy eggs
  • 1c milk (I always use almond)
  • Vanilla 1/2tsp Cinnamon 1/2tsp
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour + 2 tablespoons
  • Pinch of salt
  • Oil for skillet

Shred your zucchini, mash your banana, mix all together and fry. For the small pancakes you see on here I use a tablespoon to scoop the batter and for the large I use a 1/4 measuring cup.

 

I use every opportunity to nourish the kids so snacks are just as healthy as regular meal and smoothies are healthy super tasty snack. Here is our 9yr old son’s all time favorite snack and it is so easy to make if you have a blender..

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Ingredients (I used all organic but for the coconut water)

  • Spinach
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Ginger
  • Coconut water (use apple juice if you want extra sweet)
  • Little ice

    It is amazing how small changes like these ends up making a huge difference in your family’s health and wallet.

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The food we feed our kids and the impact on their health!

Screen shot 2014-08-22 at 12.21.28 PMThis video will show the impact of the food you feed your kids and their health. Diet is the most important way to keep a child’s immunity and defense mechanisms working, unless chronically or unusually ill babies are born with a powerful immune system that can be maintain with nutritious foods free of harmful toxins but unfortunately we live in a time when feeding our kids healthy wholesome food needs  extra effort and commitment. This video will make you think every time you feed your kids   Link to video

 

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What is lurking in your box of baby cereal, maggots?????

Screen shot 2014-08-21 at 9.45.08 AMTo all parents feeding babies anything from a box or pouch, you want to watch and share this video…here is one of the many reasons you need to pour out into a bowl or cup anything you are feeding your baby, you never know what is lurking inside, from mold to maggots and who knows what.. Here again is why we go through the trouble of making fresh food for our precious kids.. To think this is food for babies is disgusting..

‘This a must watch for all mothers. I am serious. I just opened a brand new box of Parent’s Choice baby cereal (wasn’t outdated) and still wrapped in plastic. Once I tore off the plastic and opened it, I thought I saw something inside of there. I assumed it was a piece of cardboard until it started to move. Yes that’s right I said move. Inside the box was meal worms or maggots, something like that, and not one, but several. I poured it all out in a glass bowl and was shocked”… Link to video Joni Baker

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CARRAGEENAN a controversial additive in milk is finally being removed!

carrageenanCARRAGEENAN an additive that is used as a ‘natural’ thickener and emulsifier in most milk products (organic/non-organic) is finally being removed by some companies, Change comes when we demand for it.

Please keep on reading your labels and never feed/eat any ingredients that you don’t know and have never researched it , While companies have to make profit we also have to protect our health especially that of our developing  children.  click link for complete details Huffingtonpost