Halloween Anytime Trailmix

 

When I want inspiration for a kids snack, I often go to the Weelicious blog or books.  She has a fun trail mix with pop corn that I made my own with a few adjustments.  20131030-160628.jpgFor my Halloween Anytime trail mix I used the following:

  • Popped popcorn (please always use organic, as it most often genetically modified and thus a certified insecticide),
  • Goji berries
  • Almonds
  • Raisins
  • Chocolate chips

Get creative and create your own mixtures.  Better yet, put various ingredients into little bowls and let your kids create their own mixture.  It’s fool proof.  It makes a beautiful treat with a little protein and superfood power.  My kids and I ate it right up and I’ll most definitely make more for Halloween tomorrow.

 

 

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Goji Berry Tea + Benefits and Other Uses

I’ve had really low energy this pregnancy and my brother-in-law Jared, who happens to be a gifted healer, suggested adding goji berries to my tea in the mornings and then eating them. They’ve become such a pleasure in my life that I had to share the benefits with you.  And don’t forget your kids.  Olivia and Joshua love goji berries!

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Native to the Himalayan Mountains, the goji berry has been used for thousands of years for both medicinal and culinary purposes.

A good protein source, these miracle berries contain 18 amino acids (including all of the 8 essential ones). They have a whole host of other vitamins (A, c, B-1, B-2, B-6 and E) and trace minerals including calcium, cooper, iron, phosphorus, selenium and zinc. They are rich in carotenoids that protect your vision, and antioxidants to repair your skin. They’ve also been shown to increase energy, athletic performance, help digestion and reduce stress and fatigue. They also have anti-aging and UV protecting properties. Need I say more?

How to incorporate them into your diet

  • Make a tea: add them to warm water or herb tea and then eat them after you drink it.
  • Enjoy them plain, in oatmeal or trailmix
  • Add them to homemade granola, scones and muffins
  • Use them for garnish: on shakes (try the ABC Shake), soups (amazing on pumpkin and butternut squash varieties) and in salads.

Important to note, while doing my research I came across some precautions with goji berries. They are in the nightshade family (with eggplants and tomatoes) and some people can be allergic, so monitor your reaction. They also tend be a high pesticide crop, so get yours from a reliable source. And lastly, it’s always good to check in with your care provider when adding new foods to your diet, especially when on prescriptions. These have been known to negatively effect those on blood thinners.

I’d love to hear, how are you using goji berries? And please link to your favorite recipes with them so that we can all enjoy!

ABC Shake

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Mommy/son ABC shakes

Almond butter, banana and coconut milk blend together beautifully in this simple shake that my kids also love. If you are a food combiner, leave out the almond butter. However, I find the added protein beneficial in stabilizing my blood sugars while pregnant or nursing. Play around with the ingredients. Some will like more banana and ice to make it thicker, while others prefer more coconut milk or almond butter. Add garnish for extra nutrients and beauty.

ABC Shake:

  • 2-4 tbls almond butter
  • 1-2 frozen bananas*
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • ice (optional)
  • optional garnish: coconut flakes and cacao nibs. I also enjoy a few goji berries with mine

Blend together, garnish and enjoy.

*Freezing bananas: I always like to have frozen bananas on hand for banana ice cream or smoothies. Cut a nicely ripened banana (brown spots are a good sign your banana is at it’s peak ripeness) into chunks. Freeze them separately on a cookie sheet or in a bag. Be mindful of how many chunks one banana equals for you. It will help you know how many to use in recipes.