We are in the midst of a heat wave in Switzerland and I don’t mind one bit. It just prompts me to get outside and find the nearest water source! When the temperatures are high, the kids want something cold to snack on. I try to keep popsicles in the freezer so when the mercury soars, they can have something nutritious to snack on.
This is a really simple recipe. Well, it’s hard to even call it a recipe because it’s just the 100% juice of your choice and a popsicle holder, but it’s a better alternative to the sugar-laden options you’ll find at the store! Read the rest of this entry
When the temperature outside starts to rise, there’s nothing like a tasty, cold treat. I had a friend recently give me a fudgesicle from a recipe she’d just tried out. The recipe she used called for using avocado. I have to say, I was hooked. It had such a creamy consistency and was really yummy! I found a similar recipe online, and tweaked to my own tastes. I’m really pleased with how they turned out. Read the rest of this entry
Chia jam is…well, awesome. It’s easy to make, is ready in minutes, and is really delicious. And, if you’ve followed my blog at all, packed full of nutrition. I believe that food can and should be both good for you AND delicious. Fresh, homemade, real food beats anything you can find in the grocery store. My older daughter didn’t think she liked jam until she had homemade jam. She’s now a fan. In fact, according to journalist and author of “The Dorito Effect“, Mark Schatzker, flavor is intrinsically linked to nutrition: Read the rest of this entry
I never thought I would see the day that kale would hit the mainstream, but it did. I was back in the US last Christmas and went to a grocery store to pick up some items for Christmas dinner. What did I see in the organic aisle? You guessed it. Kale chips. Right there in the grocery store….mind you, not Whole Foods, but a regular grocery store. Since I don’t live in the US anymore, maybe this is terribly common, but I was so surprised to see it…pleasantly surprised.
I bought the kale chips and started to snack on them immediately. Unfortunately, I was less than enthusiastic about the flavor. It’s a real food and it’s hard to keep real food fresh and delicious. This particular kale was also not de-stemmed. While it’s not completely necessary to de-stem kale, it’s certainly much easier to eat. The stems are really fibrous and chewy. Making kale at home allows you to de-stem your kale, and provides that real ‘chip’ experience when you bite into it. And fresh, of course, is always tastiest. Read the rest of this entry
Making yogurt at home is actually quite easy. I use a yogurt maker, but it is not necessary to use one. Why make yogurt at home when you can just as easily buy it at the store? There are several reasons. If you are frugal (like me), you save a lot of money. I can make organic yogurt at home for less than half of what I would pay in the store. Probiotic supplements can also be very expensive. In addition, you are not guaranteed that the bacteria you are getting are live and active cultures. With yogurt, the bacteria are live and active and a fraction of the cost of supplements!
Also, if you are interested in increasing the amount of probiotics you’re taking in then homemade yogurt beats store bought any day. This recipe I’m sharing calls for a 24 hour ferment, so it has a much higher concentration of beneficial bacteria. Read the rest of this entry
There has been a lot buzz these days in the mainstream news about probiotics, ‘good bugs’, and the benefits of fermented foods. There are so many societal and environmental factors that can have an impact on the diversity of our ‘microbiome.” These factors include antibiotics, pesticides and VOCs, cesarean sections, and much more. (1) According to leading microbiologists, we currently have approximately 100 trillion microbial cells while we consist only approximately 30 trillion human cells. See, we’re more bug than we are human! Read the rest of this entry
We have been living in Switzerland now for about a year and a half, and while I love it here there are some things that I can’t get here and have missed.
Kale. Yes, kale.
I have diligently searched during this entire period for my beloved kale…but, to no avail. I made kale chips while in the US and also while staying with some friends of ours in the UK. My kids DEVOURED them. They are really delicious and a wonderful alternative to regular potato chips.
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I’m always on the lookout for healthy treats for my kids. Kids, just like adults, get bored with the same foods so I try to keep different items in the rotation. Plus, providing one’s body with a variety of different foods is better nutritionally. My kids’ school snacks will often consist of veggie slices with a dip or cut up fruit, dried seaweed, pretzels and so forth. I do, however, like to provide them with little ‘treats’ sometimes that are fun and sweet but not too junkie. Read the rest of this entry
‘Tis the season for over-indulgence and rich, sugary and fatty foods, right? Well, not necessarily. You can still have some of the holiday food but if you mixed it in with other whole and unprocessed foods you might be surprised to discover that your cravings for the less than healthy choices may decrease.
In this fast-paced world we’re in, everything is made for us to be as quick and convenient as possible. Food is one of the things that demonstrates this the most. Companies are always looking for ways to make food products slicker, easier and faster and the resulting casualty often ends up being food itself. I bring up convenience foods because I like snack foods. One of my favorite snack foods is popcorn. I love popcorn. I mean, I reeeallly love popcorn. I make it probably three times a week as a snack. I make it for myself and for my kids, as well. It’s a healthy and simple way to eat whole foods that are filling but also delicious. Read the rest of this entry
Sometimes you just need to have something sweet. I love sweets just as much as the next person, but I try to limit my sweets mostly to things I make at home. One of my all-time favorite treats are chocolate chip cookies. There is just something so comforting about a handful of chocolate chip cookies and a glass of cold milk.
I don’t make cookies all that often but if I do, I like to have an option on hand that I don’t mind giving to my kids. This cookie recipe is a hit with my kids and they love to share them with their friends, too. It’s filled with whole grains, seeds, fruit, dried fruits and dark chocolate. There is no added refined sugar. They are nutrient dense AND delicious!
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