Food

The picture on the left is a selection of the produce in my house this morning. We eat a lot of fruit and vegetables!

{I do have a great resource for being able to keep fresh produce on hand that I will share in a future post.}

In between meals, my kids usually need some fuel to keep them going. I do my best to avoid sugary snacks as I know how bad that is for their health and will cause their blood sugar levels to spike and then plummet. I like to make sure they are getting a good balance of protein, veggies/fruits, fats and whole grains (rice, corn, quinoa, gluten-free oats).

I am far from perfect, but I do my best! My family’s health is really important to me and I know how critical these early years are for kids.

Since eating a (mostly) gluten-free diet, I have had to be a bit more creative with snacks. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • veggies & hummus
  • apple slices with peanut or almond butter
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • nitrate-free ham/turkey cubed (I let my 3 year old use toothpicks with these – she thinks that is so great!)
  • smoothies made fresh in my Vitamix (my 1 year old practically hyperventilates when he hears/sees the blender going)
  • any whole fruit or veggie, raw or lightly steamed with real butter and sea salt

What are your snack ideas?

 

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Fruit Dip

by on February 6, 2012

There is nothing like fresh fruit! It is perfectly delicious all on its own in my opinion. Sometimes you just want a little something to make it extra sweet. The beautiful thing about this fruit dip is that it is all natural and you can feel good about dipping until your heart is content.

Fruit Dip

Fruit Dip

  • 1 cup whole milk plain yogurt (I used Trader Joe’s Organic)
  • 1 tsp. honey (I use raw, local honey)
  • 1 Tbsp. orange juice concentrate (I keep a container in my freezer that I use for all kinds of thinks like smoothies and salad dressings)
  • 2 oz. Neufchâtel cheese (reduced fat cream cheese as it is creamier and easier to mix)

Soften the cheese, honey and orange juice concentrate by heating on the stove on low heat until combined and smooth. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Combine with yogurt and refrigerate until ready to serve. Best if chilled for at least 2 hours.

So simple, yet so delicious!

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