Eat Well

Become, stay, or be healthy as a stressed or overwhelmed mom. Life is busy and sometimes frustrating, especially when you don’t eat well. Give yourself a fighting chance; eat to the best of your ability so you can do the same in every other aspect of your life!!!

I get it; it’s hard to be healthy as a stay at home mom. Being a stay at home mom, or a work at home mom, is probably one of the hardest careers out there. You don’t get a break and work 24/7! That’s why it is so important to pay attention to your health. You need to get in some exercise, and more importantly, you need to eat well!

We only get one body; it needs to be treated well so it can work well. So we can work well. And, so we can take care of others!!

34 Best Healthy Eating Quotes For You and Your Kids!

Need some inspirational quotes to help you and encourage your kids to eat healthy? Check out these 34 amazing quotes about eating healthy! #healthquotes #quotes #healthyeating #stresslessbehealthy

34 Best Healthy Eating Quotes For You and Your Kids!

Eating healthy is hard, I get it, I really do! I’m currently pregnant with my third child and had morning sickness to the point where I just ate anything I could keep down. But, believe me, it’s hard to eat healthy even when not pregnant, especially if you don’t feel motivated or inspired in some way to eat healthy. That’s why I love keeping these healthy eating quotes around for whenever I feel a tad bit of inspiration to eat well!

These quotes are ones to live by, ones that society should live by, and ones you should teach your children to live by. Let’s raise healthy kids and be healthy ourselves!!

Enjoy the quotes below, I hope they inspire you to eat well…even when you don’t want to.

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Healthy Eating Quotes

 

“Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it.” ~ Heather Morgan.

This healthy eating quote is key in eating for health instead of eating for pleasure! And, really, what more inspiration do you need if you post this quote on your fridge to read everyday? I bet you’d take an apple over cheez-it’s with this quote in mind. Share it with your kids and family to help them see the connection between food and health. If they know that the choices they make will effect how they feel and how likely they are to have or not have health issues in the future, they may think twice before heading towards the processed snack foods.

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” ~Ann Wigmore

This healthy eating quote is along the same line as the one above; eat well to heal yourself, or eat poorly to not live as long.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~Hippocrates

Along the same lines, but this quote is ancient and so valuable it had to be listed here. It also shows how sad society is; we have had this information since the time of Hippocrates, yet look at how the general population eats. Take note of this ancient knowledge and eat well!

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~Thomas Edison

I wish there was more preventative care for health through nutrition; that doctors were required more nutritional training than they currently have. Where I am now, my OBGYN, who is also my girls pediatrician, seems knowledgeable about nutrition. And, had no worries when I told her I eat a mostly vegan diet. However, the first pediatrician my oldest child went to, the same doctor I had as a kid, it was obvious he didn’t know much about child nutrition; when he tells me and my husband that our barely 1 year old can eat pretty much anything and insisting on feeding her meat and dairy. (I didn’t, of course, finding healthier, plant based alternatives, instead.)

“The best doctor gives the least medicine.” ~Benjamin Franklin

Unfortunately, that’s not what it seems like doctors think. Obviously, there are some doctors who are great at not prescribing medication as a first instinct. But most regular doctors, they went to school for medicine, not nutrition. So, it’s not entirely their fault. Honestly, health insurance should pay for everyone to see a nutritionist once a year for preventative health; they’d save so much money in the long run! Plus, we would have a healthier and more health aware country. I didn’t understand the connection between what I ate and how I felt til college, imagine if kids understood this while still very young.

“You are what you eat, so don’t be fast, cheap, easy, or fake.” ~Unknown

This may, or may not, be an appropriate quote to share with kids. But, it does hold a bit of truth in it, not entirely, but a bit. You can certainly eat healthy for cheap, but it’s not always going to be a quick meal. An exception to healthy eating being quick would be eating a piece of fruit or raw veggies, like a salad. The most truth from this quote comes from the quote referring to unhealthy food as fake. Healthy food is real and whole; wouldn’t you rather be and feel real and whole than fake?

“Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.” ~Astrid Alauda

This healthy eating quote is so important. Teach it to your children, especially older children to help with their self esteem and to help them eat better. This is another one I’d highly recommend printing off and taping to your fridge.

“Even in this high-tech age, the low-tech plant continues to be the key to nutrition and health.” ~Jack Weatherford

So simple, maybe that’s why so many people miss it. Everyone’s always looking for the next best thing, we on’t even realize that it’s the simple things that are usually the best for us!

“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” ~Robert Urich

And, they don’t just mean this about what you eat! Teach your children not only to eat well to feel well, but also to be beautiful on the inside by being kind and compassionate.

“Investing in early childhood nutrition is a surefire strategy. The returns are incredibly high.” ~Anne M. Mulcahy

THIS!! This is so important and far too often overlooked. I still remember how shocked I was when my oldest daughters first doctor told us that she could eat anything and emphasized that she should eat meat! He wanted me to feed my precious baby girl, who’s only ever had breast milk, water, and freshly made home made baby food; rotting carcasses of animals, no thanks. If only it were a requirement, or at least covered by health insurance, to go to a nutritionist or at least provide new parents with a free child nutrition class.

“Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.” ~Socrates

As good as some foods are, always remember that you are not living on this Earth to simply consume. We consume food to give us energy, heal us, and keep us alive!

“Came from a plant, eat it; was made in a plant, don’t.” ~Michael Pollan

I love this quote, it just makes so much sense and should be easy for kids to remember, too. If it came from a plant then it’s good for them, and us, to eat; if it looks like it was processed, or has an ingredient list that our children can’t read some of the ingredients, then just don’t bother with it.

 

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.“ ~La Rochefoucald

Anyone can eat, and we all need to. But, this quote shows that it can take some time and effort to eat to the best of our abilities, to promote healing the body instead of harming it. Don’t worry, it’s not that difficult. The easiest way to ensure eating well is by meal planning.

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“He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.” ~Chinese Proverb

This proverb is basically telling us to not just take medicine to get better, but to change our diet in a way that we stop getting sick. I bet the pharmaceutical companies wouldn’t appreciate this proverb!

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” ~Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

This quote let’s us know that what we eat can determine who/what we are. Kind of like the quote ‘you are what you eat’.

“Every time you eat is an opportunity to nourish your body.” ~Unknown

Such a great quote, and so true! You can replenish your fluids with water and keep yourself hydrated and beautiful, or eat fresh fruits and veggies to help you feel your best and feel nourished.

“There is nothing unhealthy about educating youngsters about nutrition.” ~Pierre Dukan

Who wouldn’t agree with this quote? Kids love to learn, why not teach them about what they should and shouldn’t put in their mouths (other than to not eat money, bouncy balls, or other small objects they find on the ground). I do this without even realizing it anymore; my daughters enjoy watching health documentaries with me, and my 6 year old can tell you what fruits you should eat (or vitamin) if you want to boost your immune system. She’ll also tell you the healthiest drink you can have is water, maybe a home made smoothie…

“Health is a relationship between you and your body” ~Terri Guillemets

And, you should never forget it! Treat your body well with the right foods and it’ll treat you well, helping you to live a long and healthy life.

“Nutrition is the only remedy that can bring full recovery and can be used with any treatment. Remember, food is our best medicine!” ~Bernard Jensen

There are some health conditions where you need certain medications to get better, but for the most part and for the more chronic diseases; the best thing you can do is eat better and provide your body with proper nutrition. Anyone who has watched a health documentary, including my 6 year old, can tell you that.

“Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.” ~Josh Billings

How true is that? It’s like when we were teenagers and could eat anything we wanted and not see a difference in our body. But, after we have kids, or get past our mid 20’s, if we don’t eat well we can tell with our energy levels and how we feel after eating.

“Healthy is merely the slowest rate at which one can die.” ~Unknown

Well, that’s one way to think of it.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” ~Proverb

This is probably the first quote, or proverb, I’ve ever heard about food. For the most part it’s true, and if you interpret the apple as simply eating healthy, then yes, completely true. However, some people shouldn’t have apples, such as some people who have IBS or gut issues; if that’s you or your child, interpret this quote as eating healthy keeps the doctor away, not eating an apple.

“Processed foods not only extend the shelf life, but they extend the waistline as well.” ~Karen Sessions

Ha, I love this quote because it’s so true. Companies pay big bucks to make their food shelf-stable, and people want to make sure that they don’t buy expired food. But, the further away the expiration date, the more you should really take a look at the ingredient list. Teach this to your child before they even start worrying about their weight. It’s always best to teach kids to eat healthy from the get go, than to have to help a child lose weight once they’ve gone too far off a healthy path.

“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”  ~Michael Pollan

I don’t have great grandparents anymore, my great-grandfather passed away about 2 years ago, but I’m pretty sure he’d be around 105 years old today if he were still alive. There weren’t all that many processed foods available when he was young, that’s the way food is supposed to be.

“Eating a high-nutrient diet actually makes you more satisfied with less food, and actually gives the ability to enjoy food more without overeating.” ~Joel Fuhrman

Did you know that many Americans are starving? Not from lack of food, but lack of nutrients coming from food, that’s why this quote makes so much sense. The more real food you eat, the more nutrients you get, and therefore your body is satisfied and not craving the next high calorie/high fat item you come across. Your body is able to tell when you’re full and helps you stop eating when you are, unlike eating fast food, or other highly processed ‘food’.

“Healthy eating is a way of life, so it’s important to establish routines that are simple, realistically, and ultimately livable.”   ~Arthur Agatston

This is true, that’s why fad diets don’t help you lose weight, or they do but then you gain more weight back when you stop them. You can start slow with eating healthy if your diet isn’t the best, too. That way you’re more likely to keep it up. Start by adding more fruits and veggies into your diet. Don’t consider ‘unhealthy’ food in your diet, and never try removing certain foods completely. Just keep adding more healthy food into your diet until there’s no more room for the unhealthy ones.

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”  ~Jim Rohn

Seriously, it is. They haven’t developed a way to transfer ‘you’ to another body, yet. (At least not fully or successfully 100% of the time.) So, treat you body kind by providing it with the right foods!

“Mainstream medicine would be way different if they focused on prevention even half as much as they focused on intervention…”  ~Anonymous

It would be, and that’s totally OK! I know, I keep saying that health insurance should cover nutrition counseling, but what better way to prevent illnesses and disease than to be informed about how we should eat. Maybe we get health education in high school, but really, what teenager actually pays attention to what they tell you to eat in school? Things would be a bit different if a professional in the field of nutrition told you what you should be eating to feel your best and stay healthy.

“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”  ~William Shakespeare

This quote is beautiful, but that’s to be expected, it’s Shakespeare. Oh, how I miss my Shakespeare class from college. What he’s saying is that keeping our bodies beautiful on the inside takes will power and dedication, it’s not always easy, but totally worth it.

“Health is not simply the absence of sickness.”  ~Hannah Green

Health is feeling good, feeling alive, having the energy and stamina to not only get through life, but thrive! It’s not just not being sick. And, you can’t always tell if someone is healthy by the way they look; someone who looks healthy because they are thin could spend their days drinking soda and eating junk, while someone who may be a bit heavier could be very healthy and drink water and eat their greens. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

“Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.”  ~Mike Adams

Believe it or not, and as hard as it is to hear; it’s true. So, eat healthy, feed your kids healthy food, and make sure you all exercise. My 3 year old decides to get her energy out by making me chase her around her sisters school when picking her up…

“Sorry, there´s no magic bullet. You gotta eat healthy and live healthy to be healthy and look healthy. End of story.”  ~Morgan Spurlock

‘End of Story’. Just do it, eventually you’ll start to even enjoy it.

“By choosing healthy over skinny you are choosing self-love over self-judgement.”  ~Steve Maraboli

This is important, not only for us, but for our daughters, as well. When I was younger I thought the goal for being attractive was to be skinny and to always stay skinny; that’s not true at all. Eat well and exercise. Being fit, feeling well, and having self-love is so much more attractive than being skinny.

“When walking, walk. When eating, eat.” Rashaski · Zen Proverb

This proverb is all about focusing on one thing at a time. Slow down, appreciate the food you’re eating, don’t rush. Don’t eat just to eat, eat to enjoy the food, the company, and all that the food can do for your body.

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For When You Need a Little Healthy Eating Inspiration…

Make sure to pin this post on Pinterest so you always know where to find it, and make sure you share it on Facebook and Twitter, too!

It’s hard enough to stay dedicated to eating well all the time, encourage your friends with quotes on social media and download the pdf to print out the quotes to hang on your fridge to remind yourself and  family!

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17 Healthy and Delicious Snack Recipes You Can Freeze

Looking for healthy snack recipes you can freeze and always have on hand? Take a look at these ideas and learn how to make freezer friendly snacks for kids! #freezerfriendly #kidssnacks #healthrecipes #veganrecipes #stresslessbehealthy

17 Healthy and Delicious Snack Recipes You Can Freeze

All us moms know that snacks are a necessity when it comes to raising kids; whether healthy or not, kids can eat like nobody’s business! And, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the snacks they eat, it can be a daunting task when we want to eat healthy home made food every time they eat! That is why having an arsenal of healthy snack recipes you can freeze is so important!

To be honest, I was going to simply round up recipes for snacks that can be made ahead of time. But, I’ve found, with my own experience with my own kids, that snacks that can be stored in the freezer last a whole lot longer! Out of sight, out of mind, right? My oldest daughter is barely tall enough to see a tiny bit into the freezer.

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What’s so Great About Freezer Snacks?

Other than the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ aspect, there is a whole slew of advantages to making recipes you can freeze!

Using recipes you can freeze also means that you can make a few batches, or different recipes, at a time and not have to worry about snacks for an entire month, possibly longer. So, it saves you a ton of time and stress from worrying that there’s nothing healthy for you or your kids to eat. Which brings me to the next point…

You know exactly what is going into snacks, can alter ingredients when needed, and not have to worry about high sugar or salt content. Shelf stable snacks tend to have quite a bit of sugar and salt, along with other not so healthy ingredients in them. See, salt helps preserve the food, and the more salt you put into a ‘sweet’ food, the more sugar is needed to be added, as well, to keep it tasting sweet. Unfortunately, there are other preservative ingredients in some snack, shelf stable, foods; like BHT or BHA and TBHQ.

You can avoid the snack isles at the grocery store! That’s sure something to celebrate, especially if you bring your kids with you to get groceries. The less middle isles (you know- the ones with kids characters and cartoons plastered on all the unhealthy processed foods that big food companies want kids to get addicted to, so the companies have life-long customers) the better.

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The Time Saving, Sanity Saving Recipes You Can Freeze!

I can’t say enough how great if feels to know you have a freezer full of snacks, so the next time your child says ‘Mom, I’m hungry’ you don’t have to feel unprepared; simply open the freezer and choose a few snacks to offer them!

So, without further ado, here are some wonderfully healthy (as in as plant based as possible, but most definitely vegan)  snack recipes that you can freeze.

(Some recipes are also allergy free, gluten free, raw vegan, have hidden veggies, and picky eater friendly!)

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The Best Energy Bites Recipe of All Time

the best energy bites
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Energy bites are a great ‘on the go’ snack that you can make ahead of time. We keep ours in the freezer and a double batch usually lasts us about a month, or it did before my youngest child started begging for them, too! They’re also perfect for anyone because you can change up the ingredients to your liking, or if you can’t have certain ingredients. But, the recipe I have here is super healthy, with peanut butter, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and more! You’re going to want to go check it out!

 

Instant Pot Applesauce

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I love making applesauce for my girls, it has never lasted long enough to test if it freezes, though. Unlike my recipe, this one is made in an instant pot and has simple directions for either canning, refrigerating, or freezing the applesauce when done making it; making it a great make ahead snack recipe for when you have a ton of apples! I don’t know about you and your kids, but in my home we’d love to always have applesauce available.

*You’ll need an Instant Pot to make this recipe.

 

Surprisingly Delicious Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe!!!

Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe
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Sure, some muffins are best fresh, actually most probably are. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t still taste good if frozen and then warmed up! Make a double batch of these muffins, the first batch doesn’t last very long, freeze on a cookie tray, and once frozen place in a freezer bag or freezer safe container. Take some out the night before you want them, or warm them in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. I do this with muffins all the time. I love having muffins on hand as an easy delicious snack, and so do my girls! Get the recipe here.

 

VEGAN FRUIT & OAT BARS (DAIRY, NUT, GLUTEN, EGG AND SUGAR-FREE)

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On the same note as energy bites, with being super healthy and easily thaws out after being frozen, these fruit and oat bars will surely be a nice treat for your kids in their lunches, or you through out the day! Make them once a week and they should last, at least the school days if only three people are eating them. Simply double the batch if you need more. Find the recipe here.

*You’ll need a food processor for this recipe.

 

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies
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If you need a freezer friendly snack that has a little chocolate in it; this is for you! This recipe is super simple and great to start teaching kids how to bake, just make sure your supervise when it comes to using the food processor. It also adds a powerful punch of protein with not only chickpeas, but also peanut butter! I always have to make sure these are made and in the freezer; they’re my daughters favorite treat to bring for lunches. One batch should be enough for 2 weeks, but I usually end up having to add this to the list of foods to meal prep over the weekend…every week. Get the recipe here.

*You’ll need a food processor for this recipe.

 

HEALTHY NO BAKE POST HOLIDAY ENERGY BITES – VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE

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Another variation of energy bites, peanut-allergy friendly unlike the one above. They do have other nuts/nut butters and dried fruit in them, so if you’re not a chocolate and peanut butter fan (crazy), but then these would be for you! They should last in the freezer up to about a month, just like the ones above. Get the recipe here.

 

Healthy Vegan Blueberry Muffins

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Just like the apple muffin recipe above, this one freezes well and only takes about 20 seconds to defrost in the microwave and be ready to eat! Your kids, and you, will be thankful when you make a double batch of these and can eat them all week long. Grab the recipe here.

 

Easy Healthy Chickpea Cookies

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*You’ll need a food processor for this recipe.

Quinoa Mini Muffins with Sweet Potato

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TASTE THE RAINBOW BLISS BALLS (GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN)

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These bliss balls are sure to your childs favorite! They’re somewhat like energy bites, just a little bit different. And, Casey found a natural way to color these the colors of the rainbow (for the most part) without any color dyes (yay!). There’s ingredients for yellow, blue/green, chocolate (not necessarily a color, but I’ll try it) , indigo, and pink.

CRUNCHY CARAMEL APPLE ENERGY BALLS (GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN)

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You can never have enough energy ball recipes! These ones are made with apple sauce and other super health ingredients, plus like most energy balls, freeze well! Get the recipe here.

MAKE VEGAN AND RAW LEMON BARS FOR A HEALTHY NO-BAKE DESSERT

 

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Bags

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Alright, so smoothies aren’t 100% make ahead (I’ve tried freezing a whole smoothie before, it didn’t turn out well). But, you can prep all of the fruit and veggies ahead of time so all you have to do is dump it into your blender, add liquid and blend. It can’t get much easier than that! Try out the recipes included here, and check out their other suggestions.

 

GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN BLUEBERRY BANANA BREAD

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I always loved my moms banana bread growing up…Luckily, this recipe is quite a bit healthier, vegan, and has blueberries! Usually, any type of quick bread won’t last more than a day in my household, but just in case you can get this bread to last the night, it freezes well. Maybe make a few loaves and freeze some for the future, you’ll be glad you did! Get the recipe here.

 

SWEET POTATO BROWNIES (VEGAN + GF)

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Don’t worry, there’s no added sugar in these brownies. But, since they are brownies, you’re kids will think your awesome for having the great idea to make these! Plus, they freeze well, so you can cut then and save them in the freezer so they don’t all disappear in the same day they’re made. Or, make two batches and the next time you or one of your kids is having a chocolate craving, you’ll be all set! Get the recipe here.

 

GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

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I know there’s a blueberry muffin recipe towards the beginning of this post, but I can’t guarantee that ones gluten free, and both recipes have quite different recipes. This recipe makes a more fluffy muffin! Check out the recipe here.

 

Chewy Banana Quinoa Bars – Vegan, Gluten, and Peanut Free

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These bars are super healthy, absolutely nutritious enough for you to feel good about giving to your kids for a snack anytime! Plus, they freeze well, so make a batch, have one or a few and freeze the rest for another snack time. Get the recipe here.

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I hope the recipes above will help you in your journey of raising healthy kids, staying on track with your own eating habits, and save your sanity!

There are so many unhealthy, processed, snack foods out there to tempt us; with their convenience and engineered flavoring to make them taste ‘good’. Beat of the temptation by making and freezing plenty of snacks for the month so you don’t have cave in and buy processed ones you know aren’t good for you or your kids!

Leave a comment letting me know which ones you will make this month.

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28 Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas (with Recipes)

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28 Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas (with Recipes)

Are you frustrated trying to come up with toddler meal ideas that your little one will actually eat, enjoy, and get some actual nutrients out of?

I was.

Feeding a toddler is difficult all on it’s own. Add the fact that you actually want what they eat to be good for them, that’s a whole new game!

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In my opinion, the healthiest foods for toddlers, or for anyone for that matter, are going to be foods that are natural and as plant based as possible. Therefore, the recipes below are all 100% vegan and as close to plant based as possible; though their counterparts may have dairy, eggs, or other animal products in them.

Getting a toddler to eat can be frustrating, whether they are picky, or simply can’t tell you in words, yet, what they want to eat or what they like. Their communication skills are still developing and therefore it’s harder to feed them because of this, than with an older child who can tell you exactly what they like, or don’t like, and why.

Don’t make it any harder on yourself, try out the recipes below that other parents (myself included) have had success with for their toddlers. There are recipes for breakfasts and lunches/dinners, if you’re looking for toddler snack ideas go here or sign up below for 130+ snack ideas from A to Z.

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Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s true!

What you, or your child eats for breakfast will determine how hungry you are for the rest of the day and the type of foods that sound good to you. Along with starting up your metabolism for the day, and more!

Plus, for little ones, we need to make sure they eat enough to hold them over til snack time, otherwise they’ll be grazing all morning long. So, go ahead and check out some of the delicious breakfasts below and try some out for your toddler, and yourself!

Mini Gluten-Free Cinnamon Pancake Bites (Vegan, Allergy-Free)

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These are perfect for little hands, and no forks needed, unlike regular pancakes. You do need a mini muffin tray to make these, but it’s totally worth it! Go check out this toddler friendly breakfast here.

 

Healthy Vegan Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Healthy Vegan Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe
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You can’t get much healthier than smoothie bowls; they’re all fruits, veggies, and non-dairy milk (or water). Follow the recipe as it reads, or use it as a guide and use the fruits and veggies your toddler loves most!

 

HEALTHY DATE BARS | NO BAKE ENERGY BARS (GLUTEN FREE)

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With only four ingredients, these date bars are absolutely healthy and pure enough to give to a toddler. Plus, it’s classified as Indian cuisine, so you can widen your childs taste buds to food of other cultures! These do contain nuts, which is the only thing I could think of that may be a downside. If they have a specific nut allergy, you can always sub out what type of nut to use, though!
*Need a Food Processor to make.

Mini Chickpea Flour Vegan Frittata Bites (Gluten-Free, Allergy-Free)

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If your toddler isn’t much for sweet breakfasts and would prefer a savory one; have them try this frittata! It’s bite size, ok, well, it may take a few bites for them to finish one, but you get the point; it’s small and meant for little hands. Plus, it’s a great way to get more veggies into your toddlers diet, which is always a bonus for any meal of snack.

 

Healthy Vegan Blueberry Muffins

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This is my personal blueberry muffin recipe that my girls and I love! They have a secret ingredient that helps keep them moist and delicious. Check it out here!

 

Healthy Vegan Brussels Sprouts Hash Recipe

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Make this healthy, savory dish for your toddler for breakfast to add some veggies into their day early on. If you have older kids who think brusselsprouts are gross, they probably won’t even recognize them after put together like they are in this recipe!

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FLUFFY VEGAN PANCAKE WITH EXTRA PROTEIN

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Toddlers love pancakes, or at least my kids have always loved pancaked. And, these pancakes truly do have extra protein in them, without protein powder! Because little kids shouldn’t have protein powder in their diet. Plus, if you’re used to baking or cooking vegan or plant based, you probably already have the ingredients on hand. I know I do!

 

APPLE CINNAMON OATMEAL

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Oatmeal is such a healthy and delicious breakfast option for toddlers. If you made homemade baby food for your little ones before they started eating more solids, then oatmeal should be pretty familiar to them already. This oatmeal recipe has some added ingredients to help increase the protein and omega-3 fatty acids in it. So, it’s a win-win!

 

Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Recipe

Looking for a quick and healthy homemade recipe for breakfast that your kids won't refuse? You have got to try this blueberry oatmeal! It's 100% plant based and so delicious you may need to double the recipe! #blueberry #blueberries #oatmeal #veganrecipes #healthyrecipes #stresslessbehealthy
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If your toddler is a bit of a picky eater (I completely know how you may be feeling), rest assured that this oatmeal recipe is quite simple with not many ‘extras’. Honestly, the only ‘extra’ they will see in it are blueberries, and in my experience toddlers love blueberries! Go ahead and give this recipe a try, just don’t expect leftovers if you try it, too.

 

Instant Pot Oatmeal With Chocolate + Tutorial {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

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Oatmeal is great for breakfast for anyone, but add chocolate to it, and it could just be your toddlers next favorite breakfast, or yours! Check out this chocolate oatmeal recipe to give it a try.

*Instant pot is required for recipe.

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Lunch or Dinner Toddler Meal Ideas

I don’t know about you and your family, but for myself and mine, lunch and dinner seem to be pretty interchangeable.

We don’t have fancy 3 or 4 course dinners that are hot and ready when my husband gets home (sorry, not sorry). I’m not a perfect housewife from the 1950’s!

Acceptable dinners can be the same as lunches, and in some cases, even the same as breakfast. My girls love to have breakfast dinners! Sometimes we just want something sweet, and not savory.

The meals below are specifically toddler friendly and won’t take forever to make, cause we don’t have forever to make it. Not with a fussy, hangry toddler around!

 

Vegan Baked Ziti Recipe

Vegan Baked Ziti Recipe

These mini baked ziti cups are perfect for toddlers, and were actually created with toddlers in mind! Just be sure to give them more than one when they ask; my youngest easily ate about 3 of these cups when she was barely two years old! Check out the recipe here.

 

Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza Lunchables (Vegan, Allergy-Free, Grain-Free)

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Remember having lunchables as a kid? I do. I don’t think our parents knew all that much about the convenience foods they were giving us, or just wanted us to stop asking for them…Either way, my point is that lunchables aren’t that healthy when store bought. But, if you make them yourself, like Rebecca does, they’re actually pretty healthy and an easy lunch to give your toddler, or pack in your older childs lunch for school!

Related Post to Toddler Meal Ideas: 12 Healthy Vegan School Lunch Ideas

Baked Mini Gluten-Free + Vegan Mac & Cheese Bites (Allergy-Free)

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What toddler will pass up mac and cheese? I haven’t met one yet! And, this mac and cheese is the perfect size for toddlers. Find out how to make these here.

 

Delicious Diced Veggie Vegan Burritos

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Inspired by Moe’s Mexican Restaurant, these burritos are full of good stuff for your little one. If they won’t eat it as a burrito (like my girls wouldn’t), you can always use the filling as a dip and have them dip tortilla chips in it! Check it out here.

 

Homemade Spaghetti O’s (Allergy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan)

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Did you love Spaghettios growing up? I didn’t, but my husband did. And, when he was a stay at home dad he would feed them to my oldest daughter for lunch or dinner. I, on the other hand, won’t. Instead I make it homemade for myself, toddler, and kindergartner. It’s really not that difficult either, check out the recipe here!

How to Make Awesome Avocado and Tomato Sandwiches

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Ok, so some of the recipes on here may take some time to make, and what happened to a simple sandwich for lunches (or dinners), anyways? This recipe does require some type of heat, whether from a toaster or on the stove, but it’s the perfect, healthy alternative to a grilled cheese! Not only your toddler will love it, but you will, too! Seriously, when I worked outside the home, I used to bring these to work for lunch.

 

PIZZA TOFU

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This Pizza Tofu recipe is perfect for little ones to dip in marinara sauce, because what toddler doesn’t love to dip their food in stuff? That’s my toddler’s favorite part of any meal.

 

MAC AND CHEESE WITH PUMPKIN

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Yes, there are more than one mac and cheese recipe on this list. When it comes to vegan mac and ‘cheese’, there are so many different ways to make it; the first recipe your toddler tries they may or may not like, so make sure you give all the recipes a try! Check out this mac and cheese recipe here.

 

Busy Mom’s Tofu Scramble Wrap Recipe

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This recipe is super simple to make, and quick. I know you see tofu in the name, and might be thinking it may take awhile because you’ll have to press the tofu; but you don’t! In this recipe, we use heat to get rid of the excess water in the tofu, which is much quicker than pressing it (especially without a tofu press).

 

Baked Zucchini Tater Tots

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These cute little veggie filled tater tots may not be a complete meal for a toddler, but they’d make a great side dish for any of the recipes above! Check them out here.

Silky Vegan Mac and Cheese

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You can never have enough vegan mac and ‘cheese’ recipes to try! This recipe has an ingredient that I’d never think to put in it, take a look here.

Socca Three Ways! (Gluten Free Chickpea Flatbread)

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Dairy Free Mac & Cheese with Roasted Sweet Potato

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Mozzarella Sticks – Gluten Free and Vegan

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Another side dish to consider for your little one. Or, let them have it as a full small meal. Toddlers love to dip their food in sauces, and other things; find the recipe for these mozzarella sticks here.

 

CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH MAC N’ CHEESE

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Another version of vegan mac and cheese! Whether your toddler has already tried several vegan mac recipes and hated them all, or loved them all, this is another one that you need to make for them. It’s great for older kids (and us, as parents) too.

 

Vegan Rainbow Vegetable Tortilla Wrap {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

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Wraps are always an easy meal to make. My toddler always tends to open it up and eat only what’s on the inside, though. Luckily, this wrap has you cut the veggies into strips and includes hummus, so your toddler could easily just dip the veggies in the hummus and call it a meal!

 

Spinach, Dandelion, and Mushroom Pasta (Kid-Approved)

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This pasta recipe will make it really easy to get some extra veggies into your toddlers diet. This one may work best if you don’t have older children, who thinks anything green to eat is gross, telling younger children it’s gross. (I may just be talking from experience on this one!)

 

The Best Slow Cooker Vegan Chili

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Chili isn’t usually on a toddlers favorites menu, but maybe with this recipe it will be! Super easy to make, though you will need a slow cooker/crockpot. And, with the toppings for this recipe, like avocado, I know my toddler will love it. My girls are huge fans of avocado, they’d eat half an avocado everyday if I bought enough of them every week.

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Feeding a toddler isn’t always that easy, especially if they are picky eaters or have picky eater older siblings who try to influence their decisions. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything, haha.

And, yes, there are plenty more meal ideas for toddlers than the ones mentioned above. I just wanted to make sure you had plenty of different ideas, and recipes to refer to, for trying to help your toddler find healthy meals that they’ll actually enjoy.

If you need more ideas, please feel free to follow my picky toddler meals board on Pinterest and make sure you pin this post so you can find it later!!

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And, let me know your experiences with the recipes and toddler meal ideas from above, in the comments below. I’d love to know which recipes your toddlers enjoy!!

 

Veggie and Lentil Vegan Wrap Recipe with Fries

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Veggie and Lentil Vegan Wrap Recipe with Fries

Before I took a nutrition course in college, I didn’t know what lentils were! Let alone, imagine them to be an important part of some vegan wrap recipes.

I knew my cousin would give her little girl wraps all the time (this was, dare I say it, around 5 or 6 years ago), and I had no idea how she had so many ideas for what to fill them with. Back then I wasn’t all that creative when it came to food, it was around the same time I was just learning how to make rice and home made baby food for my oldest.

Now, I know better!

Thank goodness!

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Isn’t it funny how a passion for nutrition, good tasting food, and most importantly, trying to feed little humans, can bring out the most creative side of us when making food. Even just having kids and wanting them to actually eat what we give them will lead us to creativity in food making, or to Pinterest!

Speaking of Pinterest, make sure you save this post so you can keep track of this recipe. Even my oldest, who is now 6 (and a very picky eater) will eat this meal!

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About this Vegan Wrap Recipe

This recipe is chalk full of protein and plenty of flavor!

The recipe calls for fries, as well. What kid doesn’t love fries! The ones in this recipe are made from regular potatoes, have it be russet, white, or golden. If you’d like an even more nutritious option, feel feel to sub in some simple sweet potato fries, instead.

You can really do what you want as far as what you want in the wrap, just don’t forget the lentils, that’s the main source of protein for this meal.

But, feel free to add in other, or different, veggies based on your families food preferences. The ones in the recipe are the ones that are best for myself and two girls.

I do have one suggestion, if you plan on keeping the red onion in the wrap, make sure you keep the tomatoes, too. Or, some other veggie or topping to help balance out the flavors. I find that my tongue burns if I have red onion without tomato, maybe it’s just me…

Related Post: 18 Healthy Recipes with Hidden Veggies for Kids

Alright, let’s make this Vegan Wrap Recipe

Start with the fries.

If you want sweet potato fries, check out the recipe for those here.

If you just want regular homemade fries, preheat the oven to 450°F.

Then peel and cut potatoes into strips, about a quarter to a half inch thick (like fries).

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Place your unbaked fries into a container that seals (or ziplock bag) with the olive oil and some seasoning. This is the seasoning I use, if you don’t have this kind, you can try using italian seasoning, or just add some salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder (those are my go to spices when I run out of seasoning).

Shake the container, or bag, til all of the potatoes are coated evenly.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. (Or, stop being wasteful and grab this to put on the cookie tray, instead. I just ordered one a few days ago and am super excited to start using it, an to stop having to buy parchment paper!)

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Spread the potatoes out on the cookie sheet so that none of them touch. They may be close, but shouldn’t be touching to help them cook more evenly.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, then flip over and bake again for another 20 to 25 minutes.

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While these are baking, make the wraps.

Making the Veggie and Lentil Vegan Wraps

Start with the lentils.

Saute the onion and garlic.

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Once they are sauteed, set aside.

Cook the lentils. Once cooked, add in the sauteed onion and garlic.

Then chop the rest of the veggies.

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(Don’t forget to keep track of the time for the fries that are in the oven.)

Set the table up like a salad bar if you’d like. (This helps with getting picky eaters to eat more, or different kinds of veggies because they get to choose.)

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Now put the wraps together. Start by adding the lentils, and then any other veggie and topping you’d like.

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Enjoy with the fries! (And, yes, that is a toothpick holding the wrap together; my 6 year old insists on it and makes her feel like she’s eating a special meal.)

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Veggie and Lentil Vegan Wrap Recipe with Fries

A healthy wrap and fries that your whole family will love; quick and easy to make!

Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

Fries

  • 1 to 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp seasoning Mortons Nature's Seasons, Seasoning blend
  • 4-5 Potatoes Medium
  • Ketchup or Salsa to dip fries in

Lentils

  • 1/4 cup onion (red, white, yellow, or cooking) diced and sauteed
  • 2 cloves garlic minced and sauteed
  • ½ cup lentils
  • 1 cup water

Other 'Wrap' Ingredients

  • 3-4 Tomatoes (roma, beefsteak, or other) Sliced
  • ½ red onion sliced and quartered
  • ½ green pepper diced
  • 6-8 soft tortillas medium

Instructions

Fries

  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.

  2. Peel and cut potatoes into strips, about a quarter to a half inch thick (like fries).

  3. Place cut potatoes, olive oil, and seasoning in a container with a lid and shake til potatoes are evenly coated.

  4. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Try to avoid any fries from touching each other.

  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, then flip all(or as many as you can) fries, and bake for 20-25 minutes again.

  6. Let cool and enjoy with wrap!

Lentil Wrap

  1. Saute onion and garlic.

  2. Cook Lentils in water and add in onion and garlic once done sauteing.

  3. Prepare tomatoes, red onion, green pepper, and place tortillas on plates.

  4. Once lentils are cooked, put lentils and other ingredients in middle of tortillas.

  5. Add ketchup or salsa on top inside of wrap, if desired. Fold in ends of tortillas, then roll up the sides one end at a time. Place toothpick in wrap if desired.

  6. Serve and enjoy with fries!

Recipe Notes

*Start baking the fries to make this meal take the least amount of time. Feel free to customize this recipe to your liking, and share in the comments what you did!

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26 Healthy Toddler Snack Recipes That Your Picky Eaters will Love

Check out these homemade and super healthy toddler snack recipes. Completely vegan, picky eaters approve, and pretty easy to make! You need these ideas with little ones in your home. #toddlersnacks #toddlersnackideas #kidsnacks #healthysnacksrecipesandideas #stresslessbehealthy

26 Healthy Toddler Snack Recipes That Your Picky Eaters will Love

How hard is it for you to find enough healthy toddler snack recipes to keep your little one full til the next meal of the day?

If your little ones are anything like mine, I’m going to guess it’s pretty difficult. Especially if your after the type of snacks for your toddler that will do more good for your child than just fill them up for the time being.

You know, the kind that have vitamins and minerals, maybe even some fiber, but definitely ‘good for you’ ingredients.

If only ‘normal’ stores sol snacks like that, or if they weren’t so expensive!

We all want the best for our little ones, and in my opinion, one of the best things we can do for them is feed them whole, nutritious foods, from day one….well, maybe not day one. But, as soon as they start eating more than just baby food.

That’s why I’ve gathered the snack recipes below! Because, it’s hard to find those snacks made with ‘good for you’ nutrients, and you have enough to worry about with caring for your toddler! (Pssst….you might want to go make sure they aren’t pulling all the toilet paper off the roll.)

Looking for healthy snacks that add a powerful punch of protein? Check out 23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School Snacks

About the Healthy Toddler Snacks Below

There are some savory, some sweet, and even some copycats of store bought snacks below.

Like recipes for healthy (vegan/gluten free/allergy free/grain free) goldfish crackers and cheez its. Thank goodness, right!

You’ll also find snacks that are excellent for toddlers to dip in things, because we know they love to dip food (and usually make a bit of a mess).

Muffins, cookies, pudding, and even homemade ice cream! We can’t blame them for having a sweet tooth, they probably got it from us anyways.

Some of the recipes below are mine, and many more are from others. So, they have been tested by my kids, others kids, and probably quite a few adults, as well.

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Make sure you save this post on Pinterest to refer back to whenever you need it!

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Mozzarella Sticks – Gluten Free and Vegan

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These, your little one will love! However, I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re just starting to go vegan (or haven’t found a vegan cheese – either homemade or bought – that you like yet). This recipe also calls for an egg replacement; I always use flax eggs, 1 tablespoon flaxmeal (ground flaxseeds) mixed with 2 1/2 tablespoons of water.

 

Healthy Vegan Blueberry Muffins

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You can’t go wrong with blueberry muffins and toddlers, unless of course if they are allergic to blueberries. This recipe has a secret ingredient to help keep them moist and delicious. A must, to add to your recipe book and make every once in awhile as a special treat! Check out the recipe here.

 

 

Oven Baked Beet Chips

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If you tell your toddler what these are, and have been influenced by others to think beets are gross, then these may not be a favorite at first. But, if they have no prior encounters with beets, or likes the pretty pinkish color, then these will be an immediate hit with them. Check out the recipe here.

 

The Best Energy Bites Recipe of All Time

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Looking for a healthy vegan energy bites recipe? Try out this easy no bake energy bites recipe for yourself and kids as a healthy snack; with peanut butter, oatmeal, and chocolate to help with your sweet tooth! Check out the recipe here.

 

VEGAN APRICOT AND DATE OAT FLAPJACKS

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What toddler doesn’t love applesauce?! Make this sweet and simple applesauce and your kids, big and small, won’t let it last the day! Seriously, you’ll need to steal some for yourself before giving it to your kids to make sure you get some. Grab the recipe here.

 

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Chocolate Banana Coconut Chia Pudding

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If your little one loves chocolate, this dessert like snack should be a no brainer to give them. It’s chia seed base will provide them with omega-3 fatty acids (you know, the ones that barely enough people in this country consumer), plus protein to help keep them full til the next meal! Check it out here.

 

Surprisingly Delicious Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe!!!

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The only reason these are ‘surprisingly delicious’ is because everyone in my family liked it, from toddler to husband! And, the fact that I just threw a bunch of ingredients together (wrote them down) and they tasted awesome! Of course, they come out the same each and every time, so no worries about them being a one time wonder! Get the recipe here.

 

HEALTHY OVEN BAKED ZUCCHINI CHIPS RECIPE – NO BREADING

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Baked Zucchini Tater Tots

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My Go to Green Smoothie Recipe

Green Smoothie Recipe
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Once your toddler is able to drink from a cup, or straw, without making a mess, they will love this smoothie. And, so will you! It has fruits, veggies, and healthy fats/proteins, to give you a balanced snack for your toddler, and an energy booster for yourself. Go check it out here.

 

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HEALTHY DATE BARS | NO BAKE ENERGY BARS (GLUTEN FREE)

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If your toddler likes the snack bars that can be bought at the store, but you want a less processed version that you can control the ingredients for; you will want to check out these healthy date bars!

NO BAKE HEALTHY VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE RICE CRISPY CAKES

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I don’t know of any toddler (at least of mine) that would deny chocolate anything. This doesn’t have a ton of sugar in it like you might expect! So, it’s perfectly fine to give to your toddler as a healthy snack, at least every once in awhile! Get the recipe here.

 

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I hope this made finding Healthy Toddler Snack Recipes that your little one will enjoy, much easier

That’s why I’m so grateful we have the internet. We can all share the healthy snacks we make with our kids, and find awesome food bloggers with the same mindset as us; wanting to raise healthy kids, who eat as close to natural and whole foods as possible.

I hope your toddler, picky eaters, and even yourself, love the recipes above. They may not all be huge wins, especially with picky eaters, but they should be close, even if it’s something you make once a month; just one less store bought snack, and one more healthy toddler snack that will help your child grow into a healthy adult (hopefully not anytime soon)!

How to Keep Your Healthy New Year’s Resolution in 8 Easy Steps!!

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How to Keep Your Healthy New Year’s Resolution in 8 Easy Steps!!

We all make at least one of our Healthy New Year’s Resolutions about eating better, right? Well, at least for those of us who actually make resolutions. And, if it’s not about eating healthier, it’s about losing weight, getting fit, or being happier in some way!

And, let’s face it; accomplishing any of those resolutions will only come from eating well, staying active, and feeling successful. So, let me at least help you out with one of those: eating well!

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**Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietitian or a professional nutritionist. I simply believe in eating well for people of all ages, and I believe that a whole foods plant based diet is eating well, whereas processed foods are not.

Cause’ you know what they say; 70-80% of your health or fitness comes from what you eat, only 20-30% comes from exercise. Plus, I’m a bit of a health nut, so I know a thing or two about eating well!

That’s not the only reason I want to show you how to eat better; eating better, and the right foods, can help you on so many levels. Eating well can:

  • help you find your natural body shape
  • fight fatigue and help you feel less groggy
  • give you more energy
  • prevent headaches
  • prevent chronic disorders (and even help cure some)
  • reduce the number of cravings you get (after eating well for a period of time)
  • fight depression
  • help with so much more!!

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So, now you’re thinking; how do I eat well to get some of the benefits above!?!

And, that’s exactly what you’ll learn in the steps below.

I so, soooo, hope that you can fly by the first step or two (or three) because you’re already doing these on a regular basis.

But, if not, that’s alright, it’s not too late to start!

And, if you love pinterest and are on it everyday like I am; you may want to pin this post and come back to it once in awhile simply to refer to. (Especially if you find yourself losing momentum through out the year to keep your healthy eating resolution going strong.)

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest for fresh ideas everyday; to help you with your healthy lifestyle journey (and mom life)!

Step One: Get Inspired

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One of the best things you can do to start eating healthy, or eating slightly better than you’re used to, is to inspire yourself to eat better.

(This first step is important, the New Year feeling won’t last forever; you may have to come back to this step every once in awhile.)

Now, depending on your goal, or resolution, you may get inspired to eat better from something different than I do. If you want to eat better so you can lose weight, then that may be inspiration enough. Same with being healthy.

But, if you’re unsure of your why behind your resolution of eating better; then this step is vital to sticking with your resolution.

Maybe you know you should be eating better but you don’t really want to; you don’t have a strong enough why, yet. I’m going to share with you a little trick to help you get inspired!! One that even worked with my husband.

Watch a health documentary!!

I’m serious, go ahead and watch one (or two, or ten). Netflix has them, Amazon has them: they’re not that hard to find. And it’s way better than doing all of the research yourself!! (You get to sit on your couch, eating whatever you want and watch Netflix- that is, until they tell you about what actually goes into that ice cream you’re enjoying…)

And, you don’t even really need to do too much research yourself to find the most inspiring documentaries to watch! If you have Netflix, you could start with What the Health! And then look at similar films, to find out which documentaries you should watch to be inspired and motivated to eat better!

And, don’t stop your inspiration source there; start following healthy bloggers on instagram, too. So you always have inspiration close at hand!

Step Two: Drink Water

This is the water bottle I currently use 

This is the second most important step, and one you can start right now. I soo hope that you are already drinking water, and hopefully enough water, too!

I know, you’ve been told 8 eight ounce glasses a day.

Have you been drinking that much? Because that is a great start!

Different sources will tell you different amounts. But, whatever the recommended amount, know that it’s for all of your fluid intake during the day; including the fluid from your food, like from fruits and veggies, too!

So, if you’re eating plenty of fruits and veggies and drinking 8 eight oz glasses of water a day; you’re golden! Keep it up!

How much water you require will also depend on if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, men need more water than women, and children need less (except for teenagers, who need just as much as adults).

In general, if you’re pregnant you need more water than if you’re not, but not too much more (thank goodness, we’re running to the bathroom enough during pregnancy). I hope this makes sense to you; you’re providing water to two human beings, you have a ton of extra blood in your body and your body is working harder than usual.

And then, when you’re breastfeeding, you need even more water. When I was breastfeeding my first daughter I was actually taking a nutrition course in college. The professor had us buy expensive nutrition software (that expired after 6 months *sad face*), and according to that I had to drink at least a gallon of water a day! Other sources will tell you differently. But, if you can aim for about a gallon a day when breastfeeding, it’s only going to benefit you and your baby…or toddler.

(Something else I remember clearly about water from that course was that we should be sipping water all day long, not just drinking a few glasses with each meal.)

A few benefits of drinking enough water:

  • increased energy
  • helps prevent constipation
  • helps you lose weight, or stay full longer
  • keeps your skin stay healthy and looking hydrated (young)
  • helps reduce headaches (and helps get rid of headaches)
  • helps keep your kidneys functioning normally
  • and more!!

To be honest, I didn’t get serious about drinking enough water until I was in college; I didn’t know any better.

But, when I did know better, I was that person carrying around a huge water bottle everywhere I went. And, I still do. If you want a  water bottle that you don’t have to fill up every couple of hours, this one holds 52 ounces of water!!

I highly recommend investing in a good water bottle to keep by your side at all times!

Step Three: Eat More Fruits and Veggies

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I hope this step is obvious.

I know you know this one; so, why aren’t you doing it?

Fruits and veggies add extra liquid, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and even protein to your diet. This is where you could get most of your variety of what you eat from, not different flavors of ice cream or juice.

Have you ever heard that you should be eating all of the colors of the rainbow? (I’m not talking about skittles here!)

Different colored fruits and veggies have different vitamins and minerals.

You probably already know that many warm colored fruit, like oranges and strawberries, are famous for vitamin C. And that warm colored veggies, like carrots and sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene (a precursor for vitamin A). But, there are a ton of other vitamins and minerals than just those, just think of all the B vitamins and all of the minerals I didn’t mention. (Like potassium; bananas probably come to mind when you think of this mineral.)

Download these healthy habit worksheets for kids to help them (or you) eat all the colors of the rainbow!

Some ideas to get more fruits and veggies into your diet:

  • hide the fruits and veggies in baked goods, like muffins and breads (even cookies!)
  • focus your meals around veggies (instead of protein or grain sources)

You could even use these 12 Ways to Get Veggies into a Childs Diet for yourself to get in extra veggies!!

To be completely honest, the way I was able to get in enough fruits and veggies daily was by making it a challenge for myself!! I wrote down on my habit tracker to eat 6-10 fruits or veggies a day for the first month. And, after that, I wrote down to eat 8-10. I follow through almost everyday!

My girls and I also went through an A to Z healthy snack challenge or get more fruits and veggies in their days, too. They loved it!

Step Four: Switch up Your Protein

Now, I don’t want to sound pushy or anything in this step (vegans get a bad rap for this), so I’m just going to recommend some healthy proteins below that anyone could enjoy (vegan or not). And since eating meat and dairy doesn’t have too many benefits, these would not really be considered healthy. They raise your cholesterol, are high in saturated fat, contributes to diabetes, heart conditions, and more. Plus, if you’re trying to lose weight; consuming meat and dairy will prove counter productive (yes, even skim milk).

So, what are you supposed to eat if you want to reduce the unhealthy protein (animal protein) from your diet?

  • Beans (any kind you can think of- make some soup and burritos!)
  • Quinoa (this stuff is delicious! You can even make desserts with them, like Quinoa Blondies!)
  • Tofu (add silken to smoothies or extra firm and cubed- cook and serve with brown rice, sweet potatoes, and broccoli!)
  • Veggies (yes, veggies have protein!)
  • Nuts and Seeds (my daughters favorite is peanut butter)
  • Lentils (I’ve been loving split pea sweet potato soup lately!)
  • Non-dairy milk (I drink unsweetened soy milk)
  • and more!!

It’s really not that difficult to add different, healthier, proteins into your diet. This will help you reduce the other protein in your diet that may not be as good for you. (If you want more details for why animal protein isn’t the best kind of protein for you, please watch some health documentaries- they will change the way you think!!)

Step Five: Know What You’re Eating

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In this step you will find out what you are actually putting into your body!

Do you know what you’re eating?

Have you ever looked at the nutrition label on the back of the package?

I sure hope so, and not just for the calories!

In this step, I don’t want you to worry about the calories, protein, carbs, or fat in a product.

Focus on the ingredients.

Read them!!

Read them out loud (maybe wait til you get home).

Can you pronounce all the ingredients on the list?

Probably not!

Should you be able to?

Yes, at least for the most part!

If there’s an ingredient in your food that you can’t even pronounce, chances are that it’s not very good for you.

Now, if you’re thinking my food doesn’t have a nutrition label; then you’re probably eating something from a bulk food bin from the health section at the store or it’s produce. And in that case, go ahead and buy all of these you want. It’s probably just that one food that would be on the ingredient list. (Like an apple, or dates.)

Be careful of some of the items in bulk food bins though, read the ingredient list on the bin before dumping them into a bag!

Watch out for added sugars and MSG; these have a ton of different names that they go by on the ingredient list, to either make them undetectable to the average shopper, or to appear like there’s not as much.

If you’re trying to lose weight, then you will want to avoid MSG as much as possible.

Did you know, the way scientists study obesity with rats is by giving lab rats MSG to make them obese? (Because they won’t naturally become obese.)

It’s true! (Unfortunately, in my psych lab in college I didn’t get to experiment this way with the rats. We did teach rats how to dispense their own food, though.)

Here’s a few different names that MSG goes by (so you can watch out for them):

  • Glutamic Acid
  • Glutamate
  • Monosodium Glutamate
  • Yeast Extract
  • Hydrolyzed (something)
  • many more

Make sure you are aware of what you are putting into your body. And, if you don’t know what an ingredient in your food is; look it up. Isn’t that what our smartphones are for?

Step Six: Know What You Love to Eat

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If you’re concerned with more than just your own eating habits, or cook for more than just yourself, like us moms do on a daily basis; this step may take a little bit more time and a lot more thought, and not just from ourselves.

In this step you’ll need to figure out what meals and snacks you actually enjoy, and which ones are actually good for you to eat. Tell your kids sorry and let them know that cake and ice cream don’t belong on the list (unless it’s home made ice cream, in that case- go for it).

I would recommend you sign up to receive my meal planning templates; there’s one page for you to write down all of your (or your families) favorite foods. Use pencil; these can sometimes change, plus after you write them down you’ll have to figure out which ones actually benefit your health, rather than sabotage it.

Which meals are based around veggies? These are the ones you’ll want to put at the top of your list.

Do you have any without a lot of nutritional value; like white pasta with white bread and butter? Erase those.

Anything with a ton of sugar? Erase those too, or try to reduce the sugar or find an alternative to use instead, like maple syrup.

Don’t skimp on this step; it’s a stepping stone to the next step in this how to guide.

Step Seven: Meal Plan and Prep

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Use what you learned about your (or your families) tastes, and preferred snacks and meals, from the last step to create a meal plan. You could plan for one week, 2 weeks, or even a whole month.

I recommend planning for two weeks at a time, which is why my meal planning template has enough space for two weeks on it. With two weeks, you’ll know what ingredients you’ll need for half of the month, without being overwhelmed.

Trying to find meals, or snacks, with similar ingredients for two weeks worth of food, and not feeling like you’re eating the same thing everyday; it’s a lot easier than you’d think than just planning for one week. Plus, the only thing you may have to buy every other week when you go to the store is produce, or things you run out of in a week, like soy milk.

Meal planning is only the first part of this step; the second part is meal prepping, which comes after grocery shopping.

For this step I recommend prepping for only one week at a time; unless you want to buy all of your food for two weeks at a time and freeze the meals for the second week. And, you may be thinking that you don’t have enough time to plan out your meals, let alone make them ahead of time.

But, if you think like this; then you don’t have time to not take this step! It will save you a ton of time in the long run; time thinking about what you want to eat, going to the store to buy last minute ingredients, and making the meal on the spot.

Making all of your food for the week ahead will actually save you quite a bit of time through out the week. And it may not take as long as you think!

When I was working full time outside my home, running my older daughter to preschool and then back home; meal prepping was a life saver.

Every single day of the week I was busy. I didn’t have a break; I had an infant, a preschooler, a husband, and a 40 hour a week job. If I didn’t prepare all of my food during my weekend, then I didn’t eat. (Well, I did eat, but the food wasn’t as healthy, and at times may have been questionable.)

It really won’t take as long as you might think, either. Even on weeks where I made meals that required the stove and the oven; it only ever took me a few hours.

Plus, I only had to do dishes once for all of the baking and cooking for the week. (Alright, so this is a major bonus for me, as I have to wash dishes by hand.)

Meal planning and prepping will help you save money and avoid waste; who doesn’t want that!

Step Eight: Don’t Lose Focus!!

This step is what’s going to help you keep your resolution for eating better through out the whole year!

Stay focused on your goal.

Stay focused on what goes into your body, and why you care.

If you start to lose focus, then go back to step one. It’s alright if you need to go through this process multiple times through out the year.

No one’s perfect and we all get off track sometimes. Situations change, and we may get distracted by life for a few weeks and rely on packaged foods to keep our hunger down.

The important thing is that you always come back and try eating better! Eating better, or preferably plant based, not only benefits your mind, body, and family; it also benefits the planet.

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If you slip up, no big deal, just get right back to it when you can!!

Once in awhile you’ll need to take some time to regroup and focus on your eating habits again to get them where you’d like them!!

You may want to head over to pinterest for some inspiration! (Don’t forget to follow me!)

Start focusing on drinking more water than coffee again, and eating more fruits and veggies.

You’ll want to figure out some new delicious meals with healthier proteins in them and start reading the ingredient list on the back of the food that you’ve been eating lately.

Write down any new favorite meals you have or find, and get back into the habit of meal planning and meal prepping if you’ve been too relaxed about it lately (it happens)! And, that’s why we need to stay focused!

Sure, there can be a lot to do, or know, about sticking to a healthy lifestyle and eating well all the time.

But, it’s totally worth it!

No one’s asking you to be perfect, and no one will pick on you if you slip up and eat a whole bag of Reese’s in one sitting because you caved just one time.

We’re human, we can’t expect ourselves to have perfection when it comes to eating. Just do your best to stay focused and eat well!!

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22 Mouth Watering No Guilt Vegan Desserts Recipes

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22 Mouth Watering No Guilt Vegan Desserts Recipes

Yes! It is possible to have mouth watering desserts that are vegan, too!

And, let me let you in on a little secret…

The most delicious, mouth watering, guilt free, vegan desserts, are going to be the ones you make yourself!

Or, if you’re lucky enough to live near a vegan bakery, or store/restaurant, where they make the desserts there and you know they are using whole foods; then you might get away with not having to make the food yourself.

Or, better yet, if you know someone who makes amazing, healthy, vegan desserts; just become friends with them and maybe they’ll make you some.

Unfortunately, I’m not lucky enough for either of those. And, I’ve learned that I I’ve been living in a pretty small town these past two years. We have a Walmart, Safeways, and a health foods store.

But, the health food store is expensive. For example, some of the items they have, Walmart also has, and it’s roughly $2 cheaper at Walmart than at the health food store. Add that up for multiple products, and it gets quite expensive, so we don’t go there very often.

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Therefore, most of the recipes below do not include weird ingredients that are going to be hard to find, or that you’ll have to buy online.

Most of the recipes below include whole, healthy ingredients that you want to put in your body, and your kids, because they promote health. They are also mouth watering and delicious, so that’s a plus!

What You’ll Want to Have to Make Some of the Vegan Desserts Recipes Below

While some of the recipes below you won’t need much more than the usual kitchen appliances (like an oven, fridge, or freezer), bowls, and utensils; there are also many recipes that require certain small appliances. I’ve had to learn this the hard way….attempting to make recipes that require a food processor by using a nutri bullet. You know, using what I had at the time. Didn’t turn out so well.

The two small appliances you will need for many of the recipes below is a food processor and some type of blender (this is the one I currently use). It will be quite difficult to make some of the recipes below without one of these.

If you’re interested in other appliances to help make you life easier, either as a vegan or as a busy mom, be sure to check out this page.

 

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MAKE VEGAN AND RAW LEMON BARS FOR A HEALTHY NO-BAKE DESSERT

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These lemon bars look almost too good to eat! Don’t deprive yourself, though. These are stuffed full of nutrients and no unhealthy ingredients. Perfect for vegans, obviously, but also for those with many common food allergies or needing their desserts to be gluten free!

 

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

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Super easy healthy chocolate peanut butter smoothie recipe! Your kids will love this and so will you; it has plenty of protein, it’s vegan, great for breakfast, and tastes like a peanut butter cup milkshake! Check it out here.

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DAIRY-FREE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

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Silky with a richly chocolate flavor, and so easy kids can make it; this recipe must be on your ‘to try’ list for the new year. There’s nothing unhealthy about it, just whole ingredients mixed together into a delicious and guilt free dessert. Check it out here.

CHOCOLATE AVOCADO PUDDING

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If you’re having a chocolate craving, or a more specific craving for chocolate pudding; this recipe will hit that craving (and leave you with energy and good for you nutrients, no sugar rush!). Go ahead and check out the recipe here.

Easy Healthy Chickpea Cookies

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A healthy cookie recipe that goes great with coffee, though what kind of cookie doesn’t?! Full of protein, potassium, and fiber, you can’t go wrong with this recipe. Check it out here.

 

 

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Healthy Vegan Desserts….

Don’t have to be….

gross

hard to make

made with hard to find ingredients

made with processed ingredients to replace the animal products.

Vegan desserts can be super simple, with very few ingredients.

They can be no bake and raw.

They can be composed of all whole, unprocessed foods.

Some are even made with all fruits and veggies!

But, most importantly, vegan desserts can be mouth watering and delicious!

So, don’t forget to scroll back up and choose one to put on your meal plan for this week.

Want to find out how to turn some of your most loved recipes into healthy ones, too? Check out How to Eat Your Favorite Foods and Be Healthy at the Same Time. And, make sure you grab this handy food swapping cheat sheet to place on your fridge to have the healthiest year, yet!

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Vegan Quesadilla – No Cheese Avocado Quesadilla

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Vegan Quesadilla – No Cheese Avocado Quesadilla

This is a MUST-TRY vegan quesadilla!

Just because you’re vegan, or trying to raise kids who don’t get addicted to cheese (before they even get a chance to decide for themselves if they want it or not); doesn’t mean you have to give up on ever having a quesadilla again!

In fact, there are a ton of different ways to make delicious (and healthy) vegan quesadillas. The recipe below is how my two year old and I love to eat them! Unfortunately, my picky eater 6 year old is not a fan….unless it’s simply the tortilla shell and avocado. Both of my girls absolutely love avocado; they’d eat a whole one plain everyday, that is if I didn’t mind spending $15 a week on avocados. But, I try to stick to a budget when grocery shopping, and spending $15 on one thing isn’t in the budget.

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Benefits of No Cheese Vegan Quesadillas

Even if you aren’t vegan, you can still benefit greatly from avoiding cheese in your diet, or your childs.

Plus, you don’t even have to think about as ‘giving up’ cheese; simply think of it as adding in a lot of nutrient dense foods that will keep you satisfied for longer and taste delicious!

For example, avocados contain plenty of healthy fats. These are so great for you that it’s the second type of produce I fed my girls when they were babies…after bananas, of course. And, they still love both of these to this day!

If you’re worried about lacking protein in this quesadilla, DON’T.

I’m not going to calculate the amount of protein this meal has in it, but it does have black beans hidden inside. So, there’s a great source of protein without the saturated fat or the addictive-ness of cheese. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anyone ‘addicted’ to black beans; I do, however, know some people who’ll admit to being ‘addicted’ to cheese.

How to make these No Cheese Avocado Quesadillas

To make these quesadilla; start by making sure you have black beans ready to use. Either canned, or boil dried black beans til they are soft enough to eat (like they would be from a can). If starting with dried, try to make these ahead of time; they can take awhile to cook.

Then dice all the veggies that need to be diced (bell pepper, tomatoes, and onion).

Once the veggies and beans are ready to cook with, saute the peppers and onion for 3-5 minutes. Then add the black beans and seasoning, mix well, and let cook for another few minutes on medium heat.

Next, add in the corn and tomatoes, mix everything well; once everything is the same warm temperature, take off the heat and place the filling in a bowl til you’re ready to add it to the tortillas.

Spread a quarter of an avocado on each tortilla shell and then add the filling.

Fold the tortilla in half and cook on medium heat til both sides are golden. Remove and repeat.

Let cool before eating and add ketchup or salsa to dip them in. Enjoy!

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No Cheese Avocado Quesadilla

Delicious vegan, no cheese, avocado quesadillas! Toddler and kid friendly.

Servings 12 half quesadillas
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 12 soft tortillas medium
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 green or red pepper diced
  • 1 tomato (beefsteak or roma) diced
  • 1 red or white onion diced
  • ½ tsp seasoning Mortons Nature's seasons, seasoning blend
  • 1 cup black beans canned or already cooked
  • ketchup or salsa for dipping

Instructions

  1. Dice all veggies

  2. Saute pepper and onion for 3-5 minutes, then add in black beans and seasoning.

  3. Add corn and tomato, mix well and cook everything til heated. 

  4. Place in bowl and set aside til ready to add to tortillas.

  5. Use a quarter of avocado per tortilla; spread avocado onto tortilla and add the filling.

  6.  Cook on medium til golden on both sides. Let cool and cut.

  7. Serve with ketchup or salsa, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*The filling will stay good in the fridge up to 3 days, not including the avocado.

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Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls

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Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls

I don’t know if you’ve seen the ‘normal’ version of cookie dough balls on Pinterest, or any other place on the internet; but it always makes me think of how horrible they must be.

Not in taste, but in safety, and feeling alright after eating them.

I always tend to think back to the toll house cookie dough that says right on the package to not eat until cooked. This isn’t because they only want you to eat it how it was designed to be enjoyed, but because of safety issues.

You wouldn’t eat a raw egg or raw flour (which also sometimes says right on the package to not eat raw), so why eat it raw in the form of cookie dough?

So, that was the inspiration I had to make this recipe.

To make cookie dough balls that are edible and healthy.

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How do you make edible cookie dough?

It’s actually not that difficult!

But, you will need a food processor, something I didn’t invest in til after my second daughter was born. (This is the one I have.)

Having little helpers won’t hurt either. My 6 year old loves helping form the dough into balls, just like when we make peanut butter balls at Christmas time.

You’ll want to start by getting out the chickpea, peanut butter, and maple syrup.

If you’re using dry chickpeas, which is what I always use because they are so much cheaper than canned; you’ll need to boil them first, until they are squish-able in between your fingers.

When boiling chickpeas, add enough water that there’s are few inches of water above the chickpeas. Once boil, cover and lower the heat to make sure it doesn’t boil over. This is the longest part of making these, so if you’re short on time, go ahead and get canned instead.

Next, take the ‘skins’ off the chickpeas. This will help the cookie dough taste smooth. Feel free to get your little helpers for this part. It needs to be done whether starting with dried or canned chickpeas.

Making the Rest of this Vegan Cookie Dough Recipe

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Once the chickpeas are skinned, add them to your food processor, along with the peanut butter and maple syrup.

Pulse or blend the mixture til smooth.

Add the mixture and the chocolate chips not meant for melting. Stir them in with a spoon and mix well.

Place the dough in the fridge for at least an hour, otherwise the dough will be too sticky to roll into balls.

Once you’re able to, roll the dough into balls. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze. This way they won’t fall apart when covering them in chocolate.

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Add the chocolate coating to the edible chickpea cookie dough balls

Once frozen, leave in the freezer and melt the rest of the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a double boiler.

Or, if you don’t have a double boiler, use two different sized pots.

Boil water in the larger one and put the ingredients in the smaller one, and put the small pot in the larger one.

Get the cookie dough balls out and add one or two to the melted chocolate at a time.

Roll them in the chocolate, use a spoon or fork if needed, then place back on the parchment paper to cool. Do this for all the rolled dough.

Once done, place in freezer to help the chocolate solidify.

Enjoy!

Store in the freezer til gone to make sure the chocolate doesn’t melt.

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Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls

Healthy protein rich peanut butter balls that your kids will love! They won't even be able to tell that these cookies are healthy for them.

Servings 52 balls
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas or 2/3 dry chickpeas to boil til soft
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup chocolate chips dark, vegan
  • 1 cup chocolate chips to melt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil to melt

Instructions

  1. Boil the chickpeas if not using canned.

  2. Take the 'skin' off of each chickpea. Whether canned or dry.

  3. Put the chickpeas, peanut butter and maple syrup in your food processor and turn on low til blended well and smooth

  4. Place mixture in a bowl and add in ½  cup chocolate chips ad mix well.

  5. Let dough sit in the fridge for a few hours.

  6. Roll the dough into balls, about 1 inch or so in diameter. (Does not have to be perfect.)

  7. Freeze for an hour or so.

  8. Melt the rest of the chocolate and the coconut in a double boiler. (Or, use two pots, one smaller than the other; boil water in the bigger pot, and the ingredients in the smaller pot, placed inside the bigger pot.)

  9. Once the chocolate and coconut is melted, roll each ball in the chocolate and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

  10. Freeze the balls in the freezer to help the chocolate harden up. Then keep in the fridge or freezer.

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The Best Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes Recipe

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The Best Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes Recipe

What’s better in the fall than apple cinnamon pancakes?

Or, really, apple cinnamon anything?

Maybe I got it from my mom, but I love anything that’s apple cinnamon flavored or scented. It reminds me home, fall, and new beginnings with the school year starting. I know, we’re a few months into that season by now. But, that doesn’t mean the apple cinnamon food has to!

A version of this recipe used to be a favorite of mine when I was younger and my mom still made my food. She used to make a ton of apple pancakes, enough for leftovers in a household of 6, and then keep the leftovers in the fridge. (It wouldn’t take long for them to disappear.)

Though, her recipe wasn’t vegan. And, not quite as healthy as I make mine. I’m a bit obsessed with making sure the food I feed my two girls have plenty of nutrients in them!

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If you’d like to check out my other apple recipes, I’ve compiled all of them I have on this blog (up to the date I publish this post) below:

And, I assure you, there are more to come, such as the apple nachos that I make my girls for snacks occasionally and they can’t get enough of!

About these Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

When I first made these pancakes, I simply made them with only all purpose flour. And honestly, I had no hope of them turning out well since I barely had a skeleton of a recipe when I started putting ingredients together. (And because I didn’t have any oat flour ground up.)

Once I started cooking these, though, I knew they were going to be a hit. My picky eater 6 year old asked me if I was making cookies, because that’s what she honestly thought they smelled like when cooking.

You know something that smells that good when cooking can’t taste all that bad!

My girls and I loved them. They were so good that I decided to experiment with different amounts of all purpose flour and oat flour, to make them a bit healthier and more filling with the fiber from the oats. Turns out, half and half is perfect. So, be assured that this recipe has be tested and tried quite a few times to make it just right.

Let’s Make Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Possible prep work to make Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

To start off, you’ll want to make sure you have oat flour and flaxseed meal. You can buy these already ground, or you can grind them yourself. I like to grind them myself because it tends to be cheaper in the long run, when using them all the time, and because I get to choose the fineness.

Use either a nutribullet or a food processor (s-blade) to grind oats into oat flour. I’ve been using my food processor lately because it can grind more at once, making life easy! I save the leftovers in a glass container in my cupboard. I’m not sure if this is supposed to be stored in the fridge or not, it tends to get used pretty quickly in my home, so I don’t bother having it take up space in my fridge.

To grind flaxseed into flax meal, I use a coffee grinder. It helps with making it more fine, which is what I prefer. I save whatever leftovers I have in a glass jar in the fridge.

Onto making the batter of these Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Once you’re done with the prep work, or if you bought oat flour and flaxseed meal to save yourself some time, it’s onto actually making these pancakes.

Start by making the flax egg, to give the flax meal time to absorb the water and turn into and egg-like consistency.

Then measure out all the dry ingredients and adding them to a mixing bowl. Stir well.

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Add in the soymilk (or other non-dairy milk of choice). Melt the coconut oil and add that. And, add in the flax egg. Stir everything together until there are no dry ingredients that are still ‘dry’.

Next, peel and dice the apple. Or, peel the apple and slice off small parts of it right into the bowl or other ingredients. This could potentially save time if you don’t care that all the pieces are different sizes. Fold the apple pieces in til mixed well.

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Place a pan on the stove, turn on medium heat with about a tablespoon of coconut oil.

Once completely heated and the coconut oil is melted, measure out about a quarter cup of batter, slightly less, and add to pan.

When the batter starts to bubble, flip it over and cook on the other side.

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They should be a light golden color when done.

Continue cooking the pancakes this way til you’re out of batter.

Once done, top with maple syrup, serve, and enjoy!

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*These freeze well, too. So, go ahead and double or triple the batch for an easy make ahead breakfast for the week!

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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Healthy and delicious apple cinnamon pancakes that your kids won't even know are good for them, because they taste that good!

Servings 15 pancakes
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup oat flour
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cup soymilk
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil 1 tbsp for pancakes, 1 tbsp for the pan
  • 1 flax egg 1 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 2 ½ tbsp water
  • 1 large apple diced
  • maple syrup for the topping

Instructions

  1. Make the flax egg by combining 1 tbsp flaxseed meal with 2 ½ tbsp water. If you don't have ground flaxseed, do that first. 

  2. Combine all dry ingredients and mix well.

  3. Add all wet ingredients in with the dry and mix well.

  4. Peel and dice the apple and add into the mixture, making sure it's all through out.

  5. Add some coconut oil to a medium pan, turn the heat on medium. 

  6. Once the coconut oil is melted add about a quarter cup of the batter to the pan.

  7. Once the batter starts to make small bubbles, flip and let it cook on the other side.

  8. Continue this process of cooking the batter til there is no more batter.

Recipe Notes

*You can sub in maple syrup for the brown sugar, just make sure to add it in with the wet ingredients, not the dry.

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