Overnight Oats

We love coming up with fast and healthy breakfast ideas, because we know firsthand how hectic mornings with kiddos can get!  Just combine these ingredients the night before and leave in the fridge over night.  Prep takes about 5 minutes, that's all!  We can't get enough of this recipe because it has all the benefits of oatmeal without the messy pan cleanup.  Oats, milk, yogurt and fruit in one bowl will set your kids up for a productive day.

 This recipe makes one large serving.

1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup almond yogurt
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup fruit
1 teaspoon maple syrup

1.  Mix all ingredients together, cover and refrigerate overnight.  A super easy and delicious breakfast will be ready for you in the morning!

Carrot Juice an Alternative to Fruit Juice

So your kids like juice... REALLY like juice.  The sweetness is hard to deny. Unfortunately fruit juice is one of the unhealthiest things we can give our kids.  We often forget that fruit juice is high in calories and therefore it can pack on the pounds and more importantly destroy appetites.  One glass of orange juice can have more sugar than a cookie!  So we're here to suggest a fresh and delicious alternative to fruit juices; carrot juice.  It's got the sweetness kids love with the added nutrients that they need, vitamins A, B, and E.  It's great for your eyes, teeth, nails and bones. Pick up fresh carrot juice next time you're at the store and let us know if it works for your little ones.

Super Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

These are inspired by our childhood love of chewy chocolate chip oatmeal raisin bars, remember those?!  What we've done is created a cookie with no butter, no flour, no junk, just goodness.  The result is soft, warm, chocolately deliciousness. Kids love desserts, and this is the perfect guilt free treat. This recipe has chocolate chips in it but dried cranberries, raisins or chopped nuts would work well, too.  Sometimes you just need a cookie.

2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cups of quick cook oats
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheet or line with parchment paper, set aside.
2. Mix all ingredients together.
3. Scoop heaping spoonfuls of mix onto cookie sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.