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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)

Photo from caseythecollegeceliac.blogspot.com
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)

Photo from caseythecollegeceliac.blogspot.com
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)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

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)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

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

Photo from thesoccermomblog.com

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

Photo from mypureplants.com

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!

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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

vegan burrito recipe

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)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

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

avocado tomato sandwich
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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

Photo from frieddandelions.com

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

Photo from frieddandelions.com

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

tofu scramble wrap

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

Photo from thishealthykitchen.com
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

Photo from happykitchen.rocks
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)

Photo from thishealthykitchen.com

Dairy Free Mac & Cheese with Roasted Sweet Potato

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Mozzarella Sticks – Gluten Free and Vegan

Photo from pinkfortitude.com

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

Photo from maybeiwill.com

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}

Photo from recipesfromapantry.com

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)

Photo from superkideats.com

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

Photo from happykitchen.rocks

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!!

 

14+ Quiet Time Toddler Activities

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14+ Quiet Time Toddler Activities

So, you’re toddler won’t nap anymore? And, you’re looking for quiet time toddler activities

Maybe you have a child in school and just your toddler at home, and you thought you were going to get so much done during the day when they napped. Then they decide to grow up a little, just like your older child, and stop taking naps; out of nowhere!

Believe me, I know exactly how you feel! How frustrating it is, and how your hope for getting more done during the day just went out the window.

But, it doesn’t have to.

By the time a child stops napping during the day, they tend to actually be old enough to play quietly by themselves with little supervision. (As long as your home is still baby-proofed.)

And, there are plenty of things that you can set up for them to play with and they may continue playing with it for a half an hour or so. The time absolutely depends on your childs attention span, though.

And, sometimes you can just tell them to go play quietly in their room, and they will.

Just be cautious if they get too quiet! This usually means they are getting into something they shouldn’t and you should go check on them ASAP.

Just in case your child isn’t one to go off and play by themselves with any random toy in their room, there are some quiet toddler activities listed below to help you out. So you can at least get a little more done, even if it’s not as much as you would like.

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Quiet Time Activities that Toddler Loves!

1. Paint with water

This has been proven, by my own crazy toddler and others, to work and keep little ones occupied for some time.

Just grab them what they need:

  • paper, newspaper, or anything else they can ‘paint’ on
  • paintbrushes (yes, multiple, and preferably all different sizes)
  • a small cup of water

Set everything up at the cleared off table, or on the clean floor with no carpets nearby, and let them ‘paint’ for as long as they will! This will entertain my toddler for at least 20-30 minutes.

And, I know this works with more than just my toddler. When I was younger my mom ran a home daycare, and on nice days she would take the kids outside to play. At one point I think she was watching four toddlers one summer and they spent quite some time ‘painting’ the deck. They thought it was so much fun!

You don’t have to limit this to a deck or paper, either. There’s plenty of things that won’t get damaged by water.

2. Play-doh

Play doh is another fun activity for toddlers to play with while they should be napping.

They can squish it between their fingers, rolling it out with a rolling pin, or make fun shapes with cookie cutters!

This activity is a bit messier than simply painting with water. But, if painting with water doesn’t entertain them, then maybe with all the colors of play doh, they’ll be quiet and playing for 20-30 minutes without needing your help.

If you don’t like the thought of buying play doh from the store, check out the play doh recipes below for a more natural play doh, and even a calming play doh recipe!

How To Make All Natural Homemade Gluten-Free PlayDoh

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

 

Calming Lavender Playdough Recipe

Photo from merakimother.com

 

3. Toddlers love to Play Mommy

This quiet time toddler activity may be more for little girls than little boys, but if your little boy wants to play with dolls and pretend to be daddy, there is nothing wrong with that.

Both of my girls love playing with their dolls and pretending to be mommies to them.

From changing them, feeding them, and even putting them down for naps; which is great for quiet play because you can remind them to be quiet or their babies will wake up!


4. Play Doctor

They can also play doctor with their baby dolls. All they need is a doctors kit!

My girls have a few doctor sets, they’re huge fans of Doc Mcstuffins. So, they try to do what she does and become little doctors for their dolls and stuffed animals. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help them not be terrified of shots at their doctors…

Find out more about HOW KIDS CAN PLAY DOCTOR: GET A SHOT. GIVE A SHOT.® at whatsupfagans.com

Photo from whatsupfagans.com

 

5. ‘Type’ on an old computer

I don’t know about you, but I go through computers every 2 to 4 years. (I really need to invest in one that won’t die after 4 years.) But, this is good new for my girls.

Right now, my ‘old’ computer has almost completely died, I won’t hook it up to the internet (because I don’t want to spend money on antivirus software for it); all it has are some old baby photos of my girls, open office, paint, and a few other things.

My toddler thinks it’s the most wonderful thing and will play with it for 30-60 minutes without getting bored!

She’s learning what the buttons on the keyboard do and loves looking at the baby pictures. She’s even learned how to turn the screen sideways and upside down; and every time she does it, I have to look up how to get it back to normal. (On a windows computer it’s ctrl + alt + up arrow.)

6. Give Your Toddler a box

Toddlers are very creative. Give them a box, or a few boxes, and they’ll figure out a way to play with it and entertain themselves.

Have you ever seen that episode of Rugrats where Tommy gets a fancy toy that needs to be put together. While his dad struggles attempting to put the toy together, Tommy plays in the box that it came with and uses his imagination.

And, have you ever bought toys for a little one for their birthday or Christmas, and they end up enjoying playing with the packaging and wrapping paper more so than the present itself?

7. ‘Reading’

Obviously, toddlers can’t read, yet. At least, not for real. But, they still enjoy looking at pictures in books (and tearing up the ‘peekaboo’ type books).

Whether you go to the library and borrow books for free, or start your own library at your home; this quiet time activity is a great one to have your child start  at a young age. And, it’s one that they can keep doing forever!


 

8. Busy Bags, or Busy Bins full of Simple and Fun Toddler Activities

Have you heard of these before? They’re pretty neat, and you can have one, or many. Which would help with keeping them entertained for longer!

Here is an example that would be fairly easy to put together: Busy Bags with Straws

Make sure to save this post on Pinterest to come back to later.

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9. Dollhouse

My two year old loves playing dollhouse. I attempt to organize my girls toys often enough so that all of the dollhouse toys are together and able to easily be found (which now includes Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the Littlest Pet Shop, and PJ Masks characters).

All you need is a doll house and some people or animals to put inside, or be creative and make it out of cardboard and other materials found around the house (anyone thinking of that episode from Friends when Phoebe makes her own dollhouse because Monica wouldn’t let her play with hers?).


 

10. Building

Little kids love to stack things.

This activity may not always be quiet, but it will entertain. All you need are some blocks, mega bloks, kids books, boxes, or anything else that can stack on top of each other.

Your little one will have fun building it up and knocking it down. This was one of the funnest games for the 1 and a half year olds and two year olds when I worked at a childcare and learning center, before having my own kids.

11. Making a Felt Necklace

Help your child develop their fine motor skills by having them make their own necklace.

Need help with creativity, and making sure this activity is safe for your little one, check out Button Snake – a Homemade Toy to Develop Fine Motor Skills.

12. Felt Activities for Toddlers who Won’t Nap

Other than having your child make a felt necklace, there are many other fun things your child can do or make with felt!

I remember my mom had bags of felt play sets; farm animals, a felt doll with different clothes, sea life, the jungle, and so on. Honestly, she probably still has them in her basement, but we’re about a 3 or 4 day drive from where she lives.

For more inspiration on felt activities, check out the posts below, you could even create busy bags for these activities.

Felt Caterpillar Busy Bag {Busy Bags for Kids}

How to Easily Encourage Imaginative Play Using Felt

Fine Motor Skills with Crazy Straws

13. Coloring

My girls have always loved to color, ever since they could hold a crayon to paper and have it make a mark.

It sometimes amazes me what they are able to draw at such a young age. My almost 3 year old started drawing people, or what resembles a person: a head with eyes, mouth, nose, ears, hair, and sometimes arms and legs, about 6 months ago.

You don’t need much, either; a pack of paper or a notebook, and some crayons. Kids aren’t that picky, they’re creative.

Just don’t get upset when crayons get broken! Because I can guarantee they will.

When the crayons get broken, just  melt them down and make a big toddler crayon with it! I’ve done it before, maybe one day I’ll have a tutorial on here, but for now, check out What to Do with Broken Crayons: Make Your Own DIY Toddler Crayons.

You’ll need some type of silicone mold that’s oven safe. I made my girls some colorful crayons in the shape of hearts, with these molds. But, you can use any you’d like, like the one suggested in the tutorial above.

14. Wall Toys for Toddlers

You know those toys that hang on the walls at doctors offices or dentists?

I’m going to bet they aren’t very cheap.

But, what is cheap is making them yourself with recycled materials that you probably already have in your home!

For a DIY tutorial, look at what they did for Fine motor Play from Recyclables.

Or, you can take a look at amazon and try your luck, and wallet, there.

Either way, your toddler will love playing with them!

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There’s many more Toddler Activities than these

I’ll admit, there’s plenty more activities for toddlers than just the ones above. But, those should give you a pretty good start, and hopefully some inspiration to create your own!

There’s still:

  • puzzles
  • paper dolls
  • playing with pretend food
  • playing like they are grocery shopping
  • playing house
  • cleaning (because the tend to love to clean at this age, if only that would stick)
  • and even more!

Toddlers are pretty creative and can probably do more than you think they can. Just make sure you can hear or see them at all times!

As well behaved as they can be while playing alone, they can also be quite curious and get into things they shouldn’t, or do things they shouldn’t. And, unfortunately, that means either a mess to clean up or a possibly hurt child for us.

So, my suggestion for you if you work from home with a little one, is to work in the same room they play in. Whether it’s a temporary work space, like on their bed (if it’s not a toddler bed), or bringing in a chair and small table. Or, if your kids have a playroom, and you have an actual desk, put your desk in their playroom, at least until they are old enough to trust to not get into things (I’m not sure what age this is, my oldest is only 6).

And, as much as you don’t want your little one to grow up, they will; and the activities above will help with their development, and your sanity!

If you have any more toddler friendly activities, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

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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…

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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.)

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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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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

Photo from delightfuladventures.com

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)!

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

Photo from thishealthykitchen.com

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

Looking for a healthy, no cheese, avocado vegan quesadilla? Your kids will love this easy to make, veggie loaded, quesadilla for dinner! #vegan #veganrecipes #quesadilla #quesadillarecipes #stresslessbehealthy

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.

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

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new year's resolution

Why You Need to Start Your New Year’s Resolution Early

Are you one of those people who signs up for a gym membership at the beginning of a new year?

Or, someone who will plan on starting to eat healthy, goes to the grocery stores and buys all of the beautiful produce; just to let it go to waste because your cravings kick in?

You may plan on getting in shape or eating well this new year. But, if the ‘New Year’ is the only motivation you have to become and stay healthy; then you’re not going to have an easy time sticking with it.

Our country’s weight is growing; and it’s not from a lack of new gym memberships at the beginning of every New Year. It could be from the lack of actually using those memberships all year round, though.

If you need the New Year to help keep you motivated to stay healthy, then go ahead and enjoy the extra motivation; but, that shouldn’t be your only motivation.

You need more than just motivation to keep healthy and fit; you also need self discipline, for when you lack  motivation. Go here if you need help with finding or strengthening your self discipline. If you’re self discipline is not the problem and you’re just looking for some better reasons to start your healthy lifestyle New Year’s Resolution NOW, then keep reading.

To Feel Ahead of the Game Before it Even Begins

Even if you can just get all of the planning done and prepare for your New Year’s Resolutions now; you’ll be ahead of everyone else. And, yes, you’re not supposed to compare yourself to others. But, wouldn’t it make you feel good if you know you have a plan and know how you can succeed this next year before this next year even starts?

It would feel awesome!

So, get out a pretty notebook and start a plan of action for everything you want to accomplish this next year. And, once you’re done with that; start.

Don’t wait for the New Year, start when you have the momentum and your plan. Do what you can before the next year starts. Get ahead, and then stay ahead as long as you can; it’ll help keep you moving forward simply to know how far you have come. Plus, if you slip up for a few days, or even a month, you’ll be much more likely to get right back to it, knowing you had some built in buffer time from starting early!

Check out The Ultimate Guide to Keep Your Healthy New Year’s Resolution All Year Long! for help planning out your resolution to be healthy this next year.

You Can Start Fresh Every Day

If new beginnings and fresh starts are what motivates you at the New Year; think of how each and every day can be a fresh start for you.

Start working towards a goal, and if you have a bad day and feel like you can’t get back into the groove of things; remember, it’s just one day. Simply go to bed and then wake up the next morning knowing that it’s a new day; start fresh and get back into the groove of things.

There’s no mistake so big that you have to wait a whole year for a fresh start. Take everything day by day. Or, hour by hour or moment by moment; depending on what you want accomplished. (Moment by moment may work well with a goal of becoming a better parent or person.)

This is also your reminder to not let one bad day ruin a streak of good days. Life can get rough sometimes; remembering that everyday is a fresh start can help ease the rough times. There’s always a better, brighter future ahead!

You’re More Likely to Keep on Track

If you start working towards your New Year’s resolutions now instead of waiting for the new year; you’ll be more likely to actually stick with it and stay on track. Starting before hand usually means that you’re not making up excuses or waiting for motivation to come to you.

You have more self discipline, and you strengthen your discipline by not using a motivator, like the New Year, to start working on your goals. This is why you will be one of the very few people to keep on track all year round, instead of giving in and quitting when the new-ness of the New Year wears out.

Plus, if you’re able to start now, that really shows some self discipline. It can be tough to start working towards new goals this time of year with the holidays; especially if those goals pertain to becoming healthy.

Set Realistic Goals

Many people set unrealistic goals and resolutions for the new year; thinking that anything and everything is possible because of this new start.

Unfortunately, not everything is possible to do in a single year. And, using the fresh start of a New Year as the motivator to accomplish these unrealistic goals; you’re just setting yourself up for failure.

Starting now can help you set goals without the pressure of having to share your goals, or New Year’s resolutions with anyone else. There’s no pressure setting goals now; if you try them out for this week and decide you want to change your goals, then go ahead. No one is going to be nagging you about keeping your New Year’s resolution at this time of year.

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Think of How much closer you will be to your goal

On the same note about setting realistic goals before the New Year; you will also be that much closer to your goal even by the time the New Year rolls around!

If you want to become fit this next year, an extra week can make a huge difference in your progress.

Or, if your goal is eat healthier, even if you don’t start eating healthier til the New Year; you can still find healthy meals, recipes, and snacks to make. You can start meal planning and prepping so that the transition to eating healthier goes a lot smoother.

Or, if you want to start being a better person this next year; there is no better time to start than Right Now!! There is so much good that can be done during the Holiday Season.

Just imagine how much you can accomplish between now and the New Year if you get to work on your resolutions NOW!! You may even impress yourself!

And, Adjust the Goals when the New Year comes (if need be)

If you start now and realize that your goal, or resolution, is a lot harder to do than you thought; adjust your goals so that they’re more realistic. That way when people ask you what your New Year’s resolution is and you tell them, you’ll feel more confident that you’ll actually accomplish it.

And, that’s pretty impressive; to actually stay strong and hold onto your New Year’s resolution.

It will show other’s just how disciplined you are and that you actually do what you say you will. It’s a win-win.

Or, on the other side of things; if you try out your resolution now and it’s too easy then go ahead and adjust your goal to challenge yourself. You need to make a resolution that’s challenging enough to change you and motivate you to change, but not too challenging that you simply won’t stick with it.

This balance is hard to find, and the sooner you start, the easier it will be to find the balance and adjust your goals accordingly. Maybe make smaller goals that lead up to a large one and reward yourself along the way. Use some positive reinforcements as motivation!

If NOW isn’t the Best Time, what Makes the New Year the Best Time?

One of the biggest reasons to start now instead of waiting is because there will never be the ‘right time’ or ‘best time’ to start. If you can’t motivate yourself to start now, or even prepare to start now; what’s going to make it so you start at the New Year and actually stick with it the whole year?

If you don’t have the self discipline to start now; will you have the self discipline to start the first day of the year?

Sure, it may seem like it would be easier to start working towards your resolutions at the New Year, when everyone else does. But remember, everyone else does not stick with their resolutions for the year and do not accomplish their goals.

Only the people who have enough self discipline will actually stay with their New Year’s resolutions. And, those people with enough self discipline are probably still working on their resolutions from last year and adjusting their goals for this next year; and getting a head start on them right now!

Don’t you want to be one of those people, who actually gets things done and accomplished? Don’t you want to be where they are now, next year at this time; and not feeling like you failed last year’s resolutions? Start now, and show yourself who’s boss and in charge of your life!

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