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!!

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.

Be sure to share with friends and family, or anyone you know who would enjoy these.

And save to a relevant pinterest board so you don’t lose this recipe! (Follow me on Pinterest here.)

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Beet Smoothie Recipe

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Beet Smoothie Recipe

Are you looking for a nutrient dense smoothie?

One that has vital nutrients in it for pregnancy, such as folic acid, iron, protein, omega 3’s, and more.

Or, maybe you just need a smoothie that will help get more fruits and veggies (and nutrients) into your kids. You know, because they absolutely refuse to eat them.

Either way, this beet smoothie recipe will be perfect for you and your kids!

The beets alone provide many nutrients, such as:

  • folic acid (vital to help prevent birth defects)
  • vitamin C (to boost immunity in you and your kids)
  • fiber
  • iron (to help prevent anemia)
  • potassium
  • manganese

And then add in the spinach, banana, strawberries, chia seeds and flaxseeds; and you have plenty of protein, omega 3’s, vitamin A, calcium, and more! You really can’t beet this smoothie when it comes to nutrition.

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My Opinion on Beets

Beets are an acquired taste (and smell).

The first time a tried roasting beets, haha, about six months, our whole home filled up with the smell of roasted beets. No one was happy. It literally smelt like we were roasting dirt.

From then on I’ve opted for canned and sliced beets. It’s easier and less smelly. (Our home isn’t that big, so the smell of roasting, or even boiling them, takes over the home pretty quickly.)

My girls and I had tried 3 to 4 beet smoothie recipes before I decided to simply make my own recipe. And I’m so I did, too!

My older daughter still doesn’t like beets, even in smoothies, and even though they turn everything pink. But, my almost 3 year old and I drank this whole smoothie within minutes of making my beet smoothie recipe.

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Making This Beet Smoothie Recipe

If you’re using canned beets, like I do, then this recipe can’t get much easier to make.

Fill your blender, nutribullet, or nutrininja with all the ingredients except for the ice cubes.

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Blend til smooth.

Pour into a glass, or drink right out of the cup you made it in. Put a few ice cubes in it, and enjoy!

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Beet Smoothie Recipe

Perfect for getting in a ton of nutrients all at once! From folic acid, iron, fiber, and more; this would be a great addition to your diet while pregnant, or when trying to get some veggies into your little ones diet!

Servings 20 oz
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach packed
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup beets cooked (or from a can)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 to 2 cups water
  • ice cubes add in after blended

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients together, except for ice cubes.

  2. Add as many ice cubes as you'd like.

  3. Serve and enjoy!

Make sure you share this recipe with others who will enjoy it!

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Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Recipe

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Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Recipe

When blueberries aren’t in season, they’re a treat in our home; and usually bought frozen. My two girls will go through blueberries like they’re candy. So, I was not surprised when they told me they loved this blueberry oatmeal!

Coming from a picky eater, who claims to hate most food I make, and an almost 3 year old; that’s saying something. If I ever plan to save any of this oatmeal for another day, I have to double the recipe.

The recipe below is gone in less time than it takes to make it! Which is quite impressive, seeing as how it only takes about 10 minutes to make it, with hungry kids at my feet.

What makes this recipe even better than other oatmeal recipes I make is that is has absolutely no add sugar, not even brown sugar. It uses the sweetness from ripe, mashed bananas and a little bit of maple syrup. So, it’s not only vegan and healthy, but also 100% plant based.

It is full of antioxidants, with the oats and the blueberries, and is perfect for any busy morning. Or, really, any morning at all, because it’s quick to make and will make eating breakfast taste like a treat. Kind of like these blueberry muffins.

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Let’s make this blueberry oatmeal!

After finding out how healthy this oatmeal is, I’m sure you’re ready to get started and just make it. And, it’s really not that hard, either. It’s almost as simple to make as my simple homemade applesauce.

First, measure and cook the oats on the stove on medium to high heat. Stir occasionally to make sure none stick to the pot.

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Mash the banana while the oats cook. Or not, it really doesn’t matter.

Add  the blueberries, maple syrup, and bananas to the cooked oats. Stir well, making sure to mash up the banana even more.

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If using frozen blueberries, make sure all of the ingredients are warm before serving.

Serve and enjoy!

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Blueberry Oatmeal

Delicious and perfect for a cold fall morning! Plus, it's quick enough to make on a busy school day morning. You're kids will love it!

Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 ripe banana mashed (can be mashed in pot with rest of oatmeal)

Instructions

  1. Cook oats in water.

  2. Once oats are mostly cooked, add in blueberries, maple syrup and banana.

  3. Mash banana in oats if not already mashed.

  4. Stir everything together well and make sure all ingredients are warm.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*You may want to double this recipe, it tends to disappear pretty quickly, especially with little ones around.

**The 10 minutes to make this recipe was tested with two kids 5 and under in the kitchen with me, asking questions and trying to 'help'. So, it may not take as long for you.

Make sure you share this blueberry oatmeal recipe with anyone who loves blueberries, or who has kids!

And, feel free to pick up a free copy of my recipe ebook here, it’s mother and child approved!

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

What’s better than some nice warm apple oatmeal on a cold fall morning?

Not much!

Just imagine, waking up to clean dishes. Throwing together a few simple whole ingredients into a pot and letting them cook; making your home smell like fall with the scent of apple and cinnamon flowing through out.

And, in just about 15 or so minutes, you have a healthy home made breakfast ready and on the table as the chaos of your day begins!

Between the delicious cinnamon lure into the kitchen in the early morning (you know, for your kids, because you’re probably the one making it), to all the health benefits this breakfast serves up; it’s no wonder this is a favorite in my household. Even my picky eater will ask for this in the morning!

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Why Oatmeal?

This oatmeal recipe is a go to breakfast in my home. Why?

  • it’s super easy to make, I’m sure my six year old could make it herself if I cut up the apples
  • it’s cheap ($3 for a large container of oats, $3 or 8-9 apples, $2 for a thing of cinnamon, $2 for a bag of brown sugar- all of these ingredients could potentially last up to a month or longer)
  • it’s filling, no ‘mom, I’m hungry’ as you start to walk out the door to take your kids to school
  • it is super healthy for you and your kids!

Oatmeal claims many health benefits for those who eat it. In contains quite a few nutrients, such as fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and even protein.

Since it’s so filling, it’s known for helping people lose weight because they are satiated and don’t need to keep eating. I even grind oats into flour for some Christmas cookies so they last longer and my girls and I don’t eat the whole batch in one sitting!

Apples and cinnamon have their health benefits as well, such as additional antioxidants, fiber, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Let’s Make Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal!

Start by measuring out your oats and water; put them in a pot on the stove. DON’T turn the stove on yet.

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Peel and chop up two apples and pour into the pot. You can dice these, or simply slice them into the pot as to not dirty a cutting board. That’s what I like to do.

I’ve experimented before with adding my simple homemade applesauce in with the oats and extra cinnamon, but the slight crunch of fresher apples makes this oatmeal the best. So, just cut up and add the apples when you make this.

Add half the cinnamon.

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NOW, turn the burner the pot is on onto medium heat and let it cook. You don’t need a cover on the pot, just let it cook and stir occasionally. Don’t let it stick to the bottom.

Once it’s thickness is to your liking, go ahead and turn the heat off.

Add in the rest of the cinnamon, raisins, and the sugar.

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Stir, serve, and enjoy!

See, super simple!

I hope you and you children enjoy this healthy recipe as much as my girls and I do.

Feel free to leave out the raisins if it’s not to your liking. I feel like they get omitted every other time I make this depending on what type of mood we’re in, and whether we have them or not.

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Apple Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal

This is my families 'go to' oatmeal; it's cheap and easy to make!

Servings 5 cups
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 apples diced
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Pour oats into pot.

  2. Dice both apples; about 1/4 cubes and add in. Or, simply slice them into pot.

  3. Pour in water and start to cook.

  4. Stir in 1 tsp cinnamon, and let cook.

  5. Once cooked, add in raisins, the rest of the cinnamon, and brown sugar. 

  6. Stir everything together, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*You can replace the brown sugar with the same amount of maple syrup.

Make sure you share this delicious apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe with anyone who may need a little autumn in their lives. Or, who simply wants a healthy homemade breakfast that’s quick to make and will feed the whole family!

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Craving fast food or something sweet, but don't want to ruin your healthy eating streak? Learn how to make these healthy and simple sweet potato fries! These homemade fries simply bake in your oven, and are toddler and kid approved. Check out this 3 ingredient recipe now, and save yourself from eating something you'd rather not eat!  #sweetpotatofries #sweetpotatorecipes #veganrecipes #healthyrecipes #stresslessbehealthy

Simple Sweet Potato Fries

Are you trying to get more veggies into your child’s diet, or maybe even your own?

It can be tough sometimes to do, especially when you may be craving fast food or something else that isn’t all that healthy.

So, instead of denying yourself, completely, of the food you crave, how about you make your own fries at home; sweet potato fries!

I’ve been making my own fries at home ever since my oldest was able to eat solid foods. And, to be honest, I started off with sweet potatoes, rather than regular potatoes due to their health benefits, and sweetness.

I remember when I was little and my aunt would bake fries in the oven. Before that, I didn’t know you could make your own fries, I thought they were either bought out or frozen in a bag. And, just like I had to make my own home made applesauce recipe, inspired by her my aunts applesauce; I created my own version of home made fries.

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Why Sweet Potatoes?

Of course, you could make fries with regular potatoes and have them taste more like the unhealthy ones you get at fast food restaurants. But, I like to think of every time I eat, or feed my kids, as an opportunity for it to benefit our health.

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

So, again, why sweet potatoes?

First of all, they are orange and will help you to eat all the colors of the rainbow! (See if that line with work on your kids! And, grab an “Eat the Rainbow” printable worksheet for them here!)

They also contain beta-carotene, which means they are a great source of vitamin A.

Vitamin A is important for good vision, your immune system, skin health, and more.

Sweet potatoes are also a good source of vitamin C (most orange or red produce is; think oranges and strawberries); along with manganese, copper, some B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6), potassium, fiber, and phosphorus.

Plus, they’re sweet!

There’s nothing wrong with white potatoes; they contain vitamins and minerals, too. Sweet potatoes simply provide more vitamins. And, I’ve just always thought of sweet potatoes as being a bit healthier.

Craving fast food or something sweet, but don't want to ruin your healthy eating streak? Learn how to make these healthy and simple sweet potato fries! These homemade fries simply bake in your oven, and are toddler and kid approved. Check out this 3 ingredient recipe now, and save yourself from eating something you'd rather not eat! #sweetpotatofries #sweetpotatorecipes #veganrecipes #healthyrecipes #stresslessbehealthy
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Let’s Bake

Yes, I said bake!

If we’re going to be eating these healthy vegetables, we shouldn’t sabotage getting their vitamins and minerals, by deep frying them.

Sweet potatoes already have a nice sweet flavor, which comes out even more when baked.

Start by pre-heating your oven to 400ºF.

Then, peel the potatoes.

Start cutting up the sweet potato by cutting it in half, then cut into ½ inch, or so, ‘fries’.

You’ll want to make sure you’re using a ‘nice’ knife when cutting sweet potatoes. They’re a bit tough to cut through.

The first time I tried cutting through a sweet potato I used a knife that comes with a kitchen knife set. Let’s just say that the knife felt flimsy while cutting the sweet potato and my husband bought me a $20 chef’s knife for Christmas that year.

(This was around 6 years ago when I first started learning to cook on my own. The $20 knife is still in great condition, absolutely worth the money.)

sweet potato fries

Once the sweet potatoes are all cut up, place them in a container with a lid, along with the olive oil and seasoning.

Shake til everything is coated evenly.

sweet potato fries

Place some parchment paper on the cookie sheet you’re using, for easier clean up. Then, place the fries on the parchment and arrange them so none are touching. They won’t bake as evenly if they’re too close together.

sweet potato fries

Bake for 20 minutes.

Take out of the oven, flip the fries over (without burning yourself- that’s the trick here), and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure to check them at 15 minutes. The time will vary depending on how thick or thin you cut them.

When they’re done, let cool slightly and enjoy the sweetness of them!

Craving fast food or something sweet, but don't want to ruin your healthy eating streak? Learn how to make these healthy and simple sweet potato fries! These homemade fries simply bake in your oven, and are toddler and kid approved. Check out this 3 ingredient recipe now, and save yourself from eating something you'd rather not eat! #sweetpotatofries #sweetpotatorecipes #veganrecipes #healthyrecipes #stresslessbehealthy

Simple Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

This recipes makes about 3 servings. (I'm estimating here; it feeds myself, two girls (who are 2 and 5), and then there's some leftover.)
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 to 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ to ½ tsp seasoning mortons natures seasons seasoning blend

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400ºF. 

  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into ½ inch wide fries (does not need to be exact). 

  3. Place into a container with a top, add oil and seasoning. Shake til all fries are evenly coated. 

  4. Place parchment paper on cookie sheet and lay fries on it so none are touching. 

  5. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip fries over and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes. 

  6. Let cool slightly and enjoy!

If you need more fries, or are feeding more people, feel free to double or triple. But, 3 cut up sweet potatoes is usually the max that will fit on a cookie sheet without over lapping.

I hope with this simple recipe, you can get at least one more veggie into your child’s diet, or your own.

I know becoming healthier, and getting your kids to eat their veggies, can be quite challenging. But, it’s a journey that will be worth taking!

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

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 milkshakes!

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

Do you ever just crave a Reese’s peanut butter cup but you know you shouldn’t be eating them?  For one reason or another.

Whether you’re vegan, simply trying to eat a more plant based diet, and less processed food, or trying to get your kids eat veggies; you’ll all love this healthy smoothie!

I created it out of desperation, cravings, and not wanting to leave home to go to the store! This was created before I even became vegan, yet it’s naturally vegan, kid friendly, and delicious!

Plus, if you’re looking for a way to get some veggies into your little ones without them fighting you; this is the way to do it. My two little girls, my picky eater included, can’t even tell there’s kale in this smoothie. Which in all honestly, ends up tasting more like a frosty than a healthy smoothie!

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What do you put in a chocolate peanut butter smoothie?

In general, you need peanut butter, some type of milk, and some type of chocolate.

In this smoothie you’ll also add in some frozen bananas to up the potassium content, and to make it taste more like a Frosty.

You’ll also add in some curly kale; it’s hard enough to get our kids to eat veggies, why not include it in a recipe that they’ll end up begging you for after their first sip! My girls must have asked me to make this for them everyday this past week, no joke. We had it for breakfast a few days, then after dinner for a couple of the other nights, and for an after school snack!

For the milk, make sure you choose a dairy free kind for a vegan smoothie, we used chocolate almond milk for this. However, plain soy milk with a table spoon of cocoa powder works just as well, and will give it additional protein. We don’t get chocolate almond milk too often, so the girls wanted to make something special with it!

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 milkshakes!

How to Make this Super Easy Smoothie

So, this smoothie isn’t only delicious, will crush your chocolate peanut butter craving, and get veggies into your kids; it’s also super easy to make.

You’ll need something to blend it in, such as a nutribullet, nutri ninja, or just a regular blender. My girls love how smooth the nutri ninja auto IQ makes this on the Auto IQ Blend setting, which is just a fancy way to say which 1 single button you push once the cup locks into place.

Fill the cup, or blender, the way you’re supposed to according to it’s directions. Using the nutri ninja, I add the kale, then frozen bananas, then peanut butter, and then the chocolate almond milk. Put the top on with the blades. Lock it in place, and blend. Simple as that!

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Craving Reese's but don't want to eat something so unhealthy? This Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie will calm your chocolate peanut butter craving, just like a reese's, but provide you with some health benefits and fill you up! Kids love these , too; they'll think you're giving them a special treat.

Servings 3 Small Servings
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Handful  Curly Kale
  • 2 Frozen Bananas slice before freezing
  • ¼ cup  Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Chocolate Almond Milk

Instructions

  1. Blend everything in a blender (or nutribullet, or ntutri ninja)  til smooth. 

  2. Serve and Enjoy!!

Recipe Notes

*You can sub in 2 tbsp cocoa powder and regular almond, soy, or another type of plain milk, if you don't have any type of chocolate milk.

I hope you and your kids enjoy this smoothie as much as my girls and I do. It really helps with getting some fresh leafy greens into their diets to improve their health, and energy. Not that they need any more energy, as they’re already running circles around me before I give them this healthy dessert. But, it does help with my energy levels, too. So, that’s always a plus.

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 milkshakes!

If you’re interested, I’ve put together an ebook with 15 “mother approved” recipes that my girls love! You can sign up to get it sent right to your email here. Don’t forget to sign up to receive weekly email from me too by pushing the button in the email sent!

 


21 Vegan Christmas Cookies You’ll Want to Make this Holiday Season!

The are the best vegan christmas cookies recipes for kids all pulled into one post! Easy and healthy, some are even gluten free. Find gingerbread, sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and more!

21 Vegan Christmas Cookies You’ll Want to Make this Holiday Season!

Nothing says Christmas time like baking cookies!

It’s always been a tradition for me to make an absolutely ridiculous amount of Christmas cookies during the holiday season. It started when I was little. I even remember my mom putting me in charge of making most, if not all, of the Christmas cookies one year when I was a teenager. Or, was it before I was a teenager I can’t quite remember.

We’d start a week or so before Christmas to start making them, and it didn’t end at Christmas, either. I remember my mom staying up late making more cookies on Christmas eve so that we’d have plenty on Christmas day. We ate SO many cookies.

Since I’ve become a mom, I’ve slowly started to remake the Christmas cookies I loved as a child to be a bit healthy and 100% vegan! For my kids, and for myself. (My husband seems to run away from any food I make that I call ‘healthy’ or ‘vegan’; honestly, he’s truly missing out. This is the only healthy vegan recipe I’ve been able to get him to eat…and love. And it’s only because I simply told him to try it…..he ate half a batch.)

So, if you’re looking for healthier, vegan, possibly gluten free Christmas cookies; take a look below and enjoy!

Pssst…you’ll find two of my own recipes below.

Pine Needle Shortbread Cookies

Photo from avirtualvegan.com

Enjoy these classic shortbread cookies! Just try not to eat them all in one day.

 

SNOWMEN MERINGUE COOKIES (VEGAN & GF)

Photo from veganhuggs.com

I usually opt for an easier cookie to make, but these are so adorable they are worth the time and effort you put into them. Plus, their great for impressing friends and family; just wait til you tell them they’re vegan, too! And, yes, these are egg whites free, which is why they are called vegan.

 

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls (Vegan)

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

This was my all time favorite recipe as a child; now veganized and a bit more filling. You know, to help us from eating them all at once! Even this healthy version is the first type of xmas cookie to disappear in my home.

 

BUTTERY SOFT JAM THUMBPRINT COOKIES

Photo from veganhuggs.com

Great as a gift, or eat them yourself; up to you!

 

Chewy Vegan Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Photo from delightfuladventures.com

Looking for a gingerbread cookie that isn’t rock hard; check out these chewy gingerbread cookies for Christmas!

 

VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES

Photo from naughtynutrition.co

Check out these gluten free and vegan molasses cookies, your kids are sure to love them! Plus, they are super healthy so you don’t even have to feel bad about feeding them cookies.

PALEO & VEGAN ALMOND BUTTER BLOSSOM COOKIES

Photo from joyfoodsunshine.com
Peanut butter blossoms were another one of my favorites growing up. However, if you or your kids have a peanut allergy try out Laura’s peanut free recipe, so you all can still enjoy the glory of this Holiday time cookie!

Enjoy these chocolaty cookies, whether it’s Christmas time or not! You don’t need an excuse to make these.

 

VEGAN CHERRY PISTACHIO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Photo from thebakingfairy.net

 

VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP MOLASSES CRINKLES COOKIES

Photo from thebakingfairy.net

 

VEGAN CARAMEL-STUFFED DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIES

GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN VANILLA CUT-OUT COOKIES

Photo from unconventionalbaker.com

3-INGREDIENT BUTTERY SHORTBREAD COOKIES

Photo from chewoutloud.com

Super simple and kid friendly, these cookies won’t last long! Just make sure to use vegan butter, like earth balance, to keep it vegan.

 

SALTED CARAMEL THUMBPRINT COOKIES

Photo from bakerita.com

 

VEGAN DANISH BUTTER COOKIES

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PERFECT VEGAN SUGAR COOKIES

Photo from itdoesnttastelikechicken.com

Don’t you just love walking into the kitchen when Christmas cookies are baking in the oven?

It’s such a warm and welcoming scent, that’s probably why they make sugar cookie candles. Warm up your home this year with the vegan Christmas cookies above. Don’t be afraid to try them all, if you want, and make a ridiculous amount of Christmas cookies this year, like I always do! Don’t forget to share with friends and family, especially those on specific diets such as vegan, gluten free, and paleo!

The are the best vegan christmas cookies recipes for kids all pulled into one post! Easy and healthy, some are even gluten free. Find gingerbread, sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and more!

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie? Let me know in the comments!


10 Savory Vegan Freezer Meals To Prep for Crazy Busy Nights!

Looking for vegan freezer meals that actually reheat well? Check these ten delicious meals that you and your children will love!

10 Savory Vegan Freezer Meals To Prep for Crazy Busy Nights!

Ever want a nice home made meal at night, but can never seem to find the time to cook during the week?

Yeah,

Me too.

That’s where meal prepping comes in!

Unfortunately, not all food was created to be saved in the fridge for more than a couple of days; some need to be frozen to stay well all week. And, it can be a pain to cook a meal, freeze it, and then try to reheat it; simply to find out that it just doesn’t taste quite the same.

Related Post: 11 Family Friendly Quick and Easy Vegan dinner recipes for Hectic Weeknights

Or, maybe you’re like me and batch cook, so that you can pull out a frozen meal when you forgot to meal plan or when you just don’t feel like having what’s on the menu in your home that night.

Either way, the recipes below have been tried and tested for your convenience. AKA, they freeze and reheat well.

You’ll find childhood favorites, soups, wraps, and more! Be sure to check out the full vegan recipes and follow the food blogger who created them!

You can also follow and subscribe to my email list here, I publish a new vegan recipe every Sunday.

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HOMEMADE VEGAN RAVIOLI

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I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been looking for a vegan ravioli recipe! It’s been far too long and I’m so glad I found this one here.

SOUTHWEST VEGAN BREAKFAST BURRITO

Photo from mydarlingvegan.com

I know this says it’s a breakfast burrito, but feel free to eat it any time of day! Get the recipe here.

Chickpea and Vegetable Curry

Photo from freezermeals101.com

This recipe post not only gives you the recipe, but also walks you through the whole process, from freezing to cooking when you need it! If you’re a beginner at making and using freezer meals, this is the one you should start with!

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MAKE-AHEAD KALE AND SWEET POTATO BURRITOS

Photo from cearaskitchen.com

I don’t know about you and your kids, but my toddler loves sweet potato and will eat anything with it in it. Check out this recipe here and enjoy it with your kids!

PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE {VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE}

Photo from recipesfromapantry.com

Want something sweet yet filling? Check out this pineapple fried rice recipe!


HOMEMADE VEGAN PIZZA POCKETS WITH MARINARA SAUCE

Photo from whereyougetyourprotein.com

Before I became vegan I used to love calzones. I can gladly say that this recipes can compare and has even more natural flavors than what I had way back when!

EGGPLANT CHICKPEA PEANUT CURRY (VEGAN + GF)

Photo from rhiansrecipes.com

This freezer meal isn’t a chop it, dump it and freeze. This recipe is one that you make first and then freeze; which is great for an evening you have time now to cook, but also like to plan ahead for the future!

INSTANT POT LENTIL SOUP – MEXICAN FLAVOURS {VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE}

Photo from recipesfromapantry.com

If you have an instant pot, go ahead and try this recipe out.

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FREEZER BLACK BEAN FAJITA BURRITOS 

Photo from infinebalance.com

These are perfect easy meals for those crazy busy weeknights that you just don’t have time to cook, but want a hearty meal in just a few minutes. Just be sure to either omit the cheese or use vegan cheese to keep this a vegan freezer meal.

EASY ROMAINE LETTUCE SOUP RECIPE – DAIRY FREE

Photo from lowcarbyum.com

This recipe needs to be made prior to freezing. Be sure to use the vegan options for the recipe!

 

It can be hard sometimes to find vegan freezer meals. Unfortunately, this healthy diet is often overlooked by those obsessed with freezer cooking.

But, if you find a freezer meal that you think would be great, but has non-vegan ingredients; it can be quite simple to replace those ingredients and make them vegan!

So, whether you’re in a very busy season of life, or stocking your freezer full of super easy meals before you new baby comes into this world; I hope you’re able to enjoy these meals, and the ease of simply heating them up, for when you need them!

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest for more vegan and raising healthy kids inspiration!

Looking for vegan freezer meals that actually reheat well? Check these ten delicious meals that you and your children will love!

What are your favorite vegan freezer meals? I’d love to know, leave it in a comment below!


13 Mouth Watering Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

Looking for some healthy vegan thanksgiving desserts? Check out these 13 dessert recipes to have at your next Thanksgiving get together!

13 Mouth Watering Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving would not be complete without the delicious desserts after dinner; because you know, we don’t stuff ourselves enough during dinner!

And, thankfully, because of the recipes below and many others, we don’t have to feel left out as vegans. There are plenty of vegan Thanksgiving desserts that will make us feel thankful we’re vegan and not adding to the cruelty of this festive Holiday.

From pies to puddings and more; you’ll be sure to find enough vegan desserts below to feed your whole extended family for Thanksgiving! They won’t even know these delicious desserts are vegan, either.

So, save a few animals from suffering this Holiday season, save some calories, and encourage healthy eating (without even realizing it); enjoy the recipes below!

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GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN APPLE PIE

Photo from rhiansrecipes.com

You CANNOT have Thanksgiving without Apple pie, and Rhian’s recipes are some of the best recipes I’ve had. I am constantly going back to her site to try new recipes and feature them in my posts. Check out her apple pie recipe here!

Other posts Rhians recipes have been featured in:

23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School

27 Healthy Smoothie Bowls and Smoothie Recipes for Kids

and more!

Gluten-Free Crustless Apple Pie (Vegan, Allergy-Free)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

If you’re not a fan of the crust when eating pie, or have a picky eater you’re trying to please; you may want to opt for a crustless apple pie recipe. Don’t worry, it’s still vegan! Check it out here.

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The Healthiest Crustless Pumpkin Pie

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Another Thanksgiving classic, pumpkin pie! Just like the crust-less apple pie recipe above, this one is crust-less as well. Check it out here!

THE BEST GRAIN-FREE VEGAN PUMPKIN PIE

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If you like the pie crust, like I do, then try out this grain free pumpkin pie recipe here!

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie With Caramel Sauce

Photo from avirtualvegan.com

Want a little something extra with your pumpkin pie? Try this recipe with caramel sauce!

THE BEST Vegan Apple Crisp!!

best vegan apple crisp
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

Want a healthy version of apple crisp? This is a must try recipe! You bake the granola topping and then bake it on top of the apples to add a little extra crunch to it.

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Paleo Triple Berry Crisp

Photo from cleanlivingcleaneating.com

If you love crisps, then check out this flavorful triple berry crisp recipe! It’s paleo and vegan, to help please your Thanksgiving guests with special diets.

Nutty Pear Crumble- Vegan and Gluten Free

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The Best Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

vegan pumpkin cookies
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

Looking for a healthy alternative to sugar filled pumpkin cookies? You’ll want to try, and give your kids, these pumpkin cookies; made with oat flour instead of white, at least half the sugar you’re used to, and a secret ingredient! Check it out here.

INSTANT POT BROWNIES WITH PUMPKIN {VEGAN}

Photo from ecipesfromapantry.com

Brownies may not be a classic Thanksgiving dessert for some, but then again, who’s going to say no to chocolate? Get the recipe here!

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SPICED BUTTERNUT SQUASH CHIA PUDDING

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SLOW COOKER PUMPKIN SPICE TAPIOCA PUDDING (VEGAN)

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PUMPKIN PIE CHIA PUDDING

Photo from veggiessavetheday.com

There are so many vegan Thanksgiving desserts you can try, like the ones above, that you won’t feel left out when it comes to stuffing yourself at Thanksgiving.

Whether you veganize an old family favorite, like I did with the pumpkin cookies and apple crisp above, or find a brand new vegan recipe you love; you’ll be sure to get more nutrients in than fellow Americans eating a SAD (standard american diet).

You may not eat as much, either, keeping your health (and waistline) in check, with all of the filling nutrient rich desserts there are available!

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my family and I do. Don’t forget to save this post on Pinterest and share with friends looking for a vegan or healthy alternative to Thanksgiving desserts!

Looking for some healthy vegan thanksgiving desserts? Check out these 13 dessert recipes to have at your next Thanksgiving get together!

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