Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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 plain yogurt
1/4 cup milk (or 1/2 cup if using Greek yogurt)
1/4 cup fruit
1 teaspoon honey

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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.

Friday, June 14, 2013

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 milk
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 egg white
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.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Mini Zucchini Frittatas

We are always looking for protein packed breakfasts or snacks that can be made in advance.  These mini frittatas are delicious, adorable and quick to make.  Eat them right away or store in the fridge for up to 3 days.  Mornings are hectic, having something prepared is a lifesaver.  When made in advance, all they need is a quick nuke in the microwave and you've got breakfast on the table in 30 seconds.  For your picky eaters, the grated zucchini creates a 'barely there' texture that's sure to please suspicious children.  This recipe works well with a variety of veggies and cheeses so feel free to use what you have on hand.  Include your kids in the cooking process, they are more likely to eat something they've had a hand in making.  Enjoy!

1 cup grated zucchini
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup whole wheat bread toasted & crumbled, or bread crumbs
1/4 cup minced onion
2 whisked eggs

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a bowl combine all ingredients.
3. Grease mini muffin tin (or regular sized muffin tin) and spoon in mixture.   
4. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until edges are golden brown and egg is cooked through.