Category: Kid Friendly

Quick & Easy Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Quick & Easy Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe

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Makes 4 servings Prep time: 5 MIN

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INGREDIENTS:

4 cups frozen strawberries (You can use fresh but they must be frozen first)
3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey (add more for even sweeter taste)
1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or full fat)
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:

Add the frozen strawberries, agave nectar (or local honey), yogurt and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor or powerful blender. Process until creamy, about 5 minutes.

Serve the frozen yogurt immediately or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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Zucchini Pizza Crust

Zucchini Pizza Crust

Inspired by sheknows

Yields 4

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups fresh zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup pepper Jack, mozzarella or cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup almond flour or other desired flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg

Pizza toppings, as desired

  • Extra cheese
  • Tomato sauce
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Pepperoni
  • Sausage
  • Olives
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Fresh herbs
  • Pineapples

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the zucchini in a microwave-safe bowl, and cook on high for 5 minutes. Allow to cool, and then place the zucchini in a colander lined with paper towels. Twist the paper towels and squeeze as much of the water from the zucchini as possible.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the zucchini, egg, cheeses, almond flour and seasonings. Mix very well, and place on the baking sheet. Shape the mixture into the desired pizza shape, and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven.
  4. Top with desired sauce and toppings, and return the pizza to the oven. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Best served immediately.
Kid Friendly Lime Mint Sorbet

Kid Friendly Lime Mint Sorbet

This sorbet is one of those wonderful recipes which tastes delicious and you’d never guess what’s in it.  The beautiful green color comes, not from the lime, but from the spinach!   This is a kid-friendly recipe and a great way to sneak some extra greens into your families diet.  Also, this is dairy-free, so it’s a great frozen treat for people who are lactose intolerant.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Welch’s frozen grape juice concentrate (the one with the yellow lid and no added sugar), thawed
1/2 banana, peeled
1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
1/2 to 1 cup fresh organic spinach leaves ( I use about 3/4 cup)
1 small slice of lime with the peel still on
1 mint leaf
3 cups ice

Put all ingredients into your Vitamix in the order listed.

Blend on high for 45 seconds to 1 minute, pressing down with tamper to blend well.  When the machine sound changes and four mounds form, the sorbet is ready to serve.  Serve immediately.

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Mango Pineapple Sorbet a Delicious Late Night Ice Cream Replacement!

Mango Pineapple Sorbet a Delicious Late Night Ice Cream Replacement!

mango pineapple sorbetThis recipe comes to you from my 11 year old nephew. This is one of his favorite late night snacks. He’s lactose intolerant so ice cream is out of the question. Anyone who has tried lactose free ice cream knows that it leaves a whole lot to be desired, literally! My nephew’s Mom has been coming up with recipes for him for years. This one is so easy he can make it himself!

Ingredients:

  • 2 fresh mangos, peeled and cubed. Frozen is better for sorbet. (when out of season buy organic frozen)
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks. Preferably frozen (when out of season buy organic frozen)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of agave sugar

Preparation:

Place all the ingredients into your Vitamix blender and crush until smooth. If you’re not using frozen fruit then blend fruit ingredients first and add ice until the sorbet is the desired consistency.

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3 Ingredient non-dairy Peach Mango Ice Cream

3 Ingredient non-dairy Peach Mango Ice Cream

 

When cutting out inflammatory foods and dieting for weight loss, one of the most popular food groups to avoid is dairy. Consuming dairy is one of the most common causes of chronic inflammation, leading to fat storage. Though effective for weight loss, it is also one of the most difficult food groups to give up. That said, refined sugars rival dairy for the role of most difficult (yet crucial) foods to avoid, especially if you battle a persistent sweet tooth like I do. Maybe that is why many people, including myself, have struggled with giving up the combination of dairy and sugar in their nightly ice cream or frozen yogurt ritual.

Because of this predicament, I created this simple 3-ingredient anti-inflammatory ice cream that is SO easy, inexpensive and quick to make. You don’t need an ice cream machine and an entire day to dedicate to making it; All you need is frozen fruit, coconut cream and a blender. Personally, my favorite flavor is a peach-mango combination, but realistically you can use any combination of fruit, taking care to adjust the amount of coconut cream as necessary. There is no reason not to try this simple recipe; It’s delicious, nutritious, and satisfies that ice cream craving we know all too well. Enjoy!

3 Ingredient Peach-Mango Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 Cup Organic Frozen Peaches

1 Cup Organic Frozen Mango

¼ – ½ Cup Coconut Cream ( depending on desired consistency)

Optional: 1 tbsp. Organic agave or honey

Directions:

Place the frozen fruit directly in the blender and pulse until pureed. *This works best with a Vitamix, but I have used a Ninja successfully as well)

Add the coconut milk (and optional honey/agave) and puree until the fruit and coconut milk is incorporated.

Scoop into bowls and enjoy immediately.

Watermelon Popsicles: The No-Brainer Summertime Treat

Watermelon Popsicles: The No-Brainer Summertime Treat

Earlier this summer, I came across this idea for the perfect summer dessert: watermelon popsicles! I immediately got watermelon, kiwi and a popsicle mold and made the popsicles the same day. I’ve been hooked on them since. More importantly, my super picky 5 year old has been hooked on them!

If you’re looking for a delicious, refreshing and healthy summertime dessert or snack for your kids (or yourself!), you need to try these.

THEY’RE SO EASY TO MAKE

Just cut up the watermelon, place it in a blender (I’m a vitamix girl) and blend away. Fill your popsicle molds with kiwi slices, pour the watermelon puree into the molds and put them in the freezer for several hours or overnight.  Run warm water over the mold for a minute or two before pulling out the popsicle.  And that’s it!!

You can also make the popsicles with cantaloupe or honeydew puree, but the watermelon pops are the hands-down favorite with my kid and her friends. I do switch it up with slices of strawberry instead of kiwi, and sometimes we go all crazy and throw in both! The sweetness of the watermelon is subtle so pretty much any “accent” fruit would work.

THEY’RE GOOD FOR YOU, TOO!

These popsicles are not just easy to make, they’re also good for you. Definitely a much healthier alternative to store-bought, sugar-full popsicles.

Watermelons are about 92 percent water, so the popsicles are a great way to keep hydrated in the summer heat. But don’t let all that water fool you. This refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients, containing significant levels of vitamins A (good for skin and hair), B6 (plays a role in maintaining normal nerve function) and C (awesome immune system booster, among other benefits), lots of lycopene (linked to heart health, bone health and cancer prevention), antioxidants and amino acids that improve circulation. And for those of us watching our weight, watermelons are fat-free, very low in sodium and low in calories. What more could you ask for in a summertime treat?

DON’T BREAK THE MOLD


If you think you’ll make popsicles on a regular basis, get a good quality popsicle mold. I started with a cheap one I grabbed from the grocery store. It lasted 2 weeks before it cracked. Then I found the Groovy Ice Pop Molds, which were great quality but made really big popsicles. So I switched to the Zoku Pop Molds (shown here), which make perfectly sized popsicles for little kids.

Once you try these popsicles, you’ll keep making them again and again so get a mold that will stand up to the daily use.

Are you going to give this a try? What’s your favorite puree-to-popsicle treat?

Homemade Jamba Juice Banana Berry Smoothie Recipe

Homemade Jamba Juice Banana Berry Smoothie Recipe

Most of us love Jamba Juice although personally I try to stay away from the sugary, sweet smoothies. This is a homemade version of the Jamba Juice Banana Berry Smoothie. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 banana, sliced
1 cup frozen blueberries
½ cup apple juice
½ cup strawberry juice
½ cup vanilla nonfat frozen yogurt
½ cup raspberry sherbert
1 cup ice

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until desired smoothness and consistency is achieved.