Strawberry Raspberry Popsicles

This is a great recipe to make in the middle of summer when berries are in season and on sale. Feel free to play around with the berry combo, blueberries are great in this recipe as well. No matter what combination you go with, I know you and your kids will love them.

Strawberry Raspberry Popsicles Ingredients:
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
¼ cup chopped berries (for inside)
1 cup apple juice

Directions:
Place strawberries, raspberries and apple juice in a blender until smooth. Pour mixture into Popsicle molds and add chopped fresh fruit. Place in the freezer and freeze according to mold directions.

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Berry Maca Chocolate Shake

This is a great smoothie for those with thyroid issues as Maca is a super food that helps balance hormones, eases stress and promotes a speedy metabolism. This root vegetable is found in the mountains of Peru but is now widely available at most health food stores and online. It’s been used for centuries, praised for its high mineral content. This smoothie is so delicious you will think you are sipping a milkshake, but don’t let the taste fool you this is one nutrient packed drink.

Ingredients:
1 young coconut (meat and 1 cup of the water)
½ a frozen banana
½ cup ice
2 Tbsp. goji berries
½ tsp. maca powder
¼ tsp. spirulina
1-2 Tbsp. cacao powder

Directions:
Pour water of coconut into high speed blender, then remove coconut meat from the coconut add that and remaining ingredients to the blender and blend on high until smooth.

Makes 1 large smoothie.

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Pineapple Pops

Pineapple Popsicles

Buying a Popsicle maker was one of the best decisions, now I can make my kids cooling treats on hot summer days and I don’t have to worry about the ingredients. Or the enormous amount of sugar. It’s fun to play with different fruit and liquid combinations when making homemade popsicles, we haven’t had a bad flavor yet! I hope you give these a try.

Pineapple Popsicles Ingredients:

2 cups fresh pineapple
1 cup apple juice
2-3 Tbsp. pineapple cut into junks

Directions:
Place the two cups of pineapple into a blender with the apple juice and blend until smooth. Taste mixture and adjust sweetness. Pour mixture into Popsicle molds with a few chunks of pineapple. Freeze according to package directions.
Makes around 6 popsicles

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Chia seeds have got to be one of the most fun foods to use when creating recipes, they gel, they bind and they even make fluffy pudding. But more importantly they are full of fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids and protein! If you are feeling a little tired this is the perfect recipe to give you a little energy boost and sustain you for hours.

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
¼ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup almond milk
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice.
Candied pecans
Mini chocolate chips.

Directions:

Wisk first 5 ingredients together in a bowl and then allow to sit for 10 minutes (chia seeds with absorb the liquid and expand). Transfer mixture to a high speed blender and blend for 20 seconds. Pour mixture back into bowl and top with candied pecans and mini chocolate chips. Pudding can be stored in the refrigerator overnight.

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Frankenstein Halloween Treats

These Franken-Treats are my Healthy Halloween spin on the classic rice krispy treats. My kids love to make them and eat them! This recipe is really great because it calls for no marshmallows, so they are perfect for kids with dietary restrictions. And don’t worry no one will miss the marshmallows.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chunky almond butter
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1 tbsp. Earth Balance
3.5 cups Rice Crisp Cereal
All natural green food coloring
¼ cup chocolate chips + a few extra for the eyes
Chocolate sprinkles
Vanilla frosting

Directions:

Prepare an 8 by 8 inch square pan, with parchment paper.

In a large pot over  medium heat, add the brown rice syrup, Earth Balance, almond butter, Stir well and remove from heat. Stir in 3.5 cups of rice crisp cereal until thoroughly combined and food coloring and stir so more. Scoop into pan and spread evenly. Press down with fingers place in freezer to set for 10 minutes while you make the melted chocolate.

Melt chocolate on stove top with a double broiler, remove from heat and set aside. Take out treats and cut into squares. Place on a large platter, spoon melted chocolate on the top ¼ of the treats and then cover with chocolate sprinkles, this is the hair. Next put 2 dots of frosting for the eyes and then 2 chocolate chips for the eye balls. Store extra treat in the refrigerator.

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