Trick your kids into eating healthier!

So have you ever had difficulty getting your kids to eat things that are healthy?  I have 4 children, each of them unique.  Some would eat some things and others would eat, or at least be willing to try, other things.  My oldest two were big on veggie platters.  Ten years later, my younger two, are big on the ‘try something new’ which is usually fruit!  Then I deal with the “you always make us eat healthy” and the “dad doesn’t do…”

Of course, nutritionist mom comes back with; “You still need at least 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day.”

On days like today, when school gets out and they are wanting a snack mom makes ICE-CREAM!  What kid doesn’t like ice-cream?!

So easy, healthy, and tasty! (I am not a fan of ice cream, but I did try this and LIKED it!)

The kids loved it, well, really they said “it’s okay” when I asked how they liked it but it was gone pretty quick!

Mission accomplished, mom’s strawberry ice-cream = 2 fruit servings AND coconut milk has less sugar, less carbs, and more calcium that regular milk!

Raw Strawberry Ice Cream

Raw Strawberry Ice Cream

Raw Strawberry Ice-Cream Recipe

2 Ingredients!  It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Equal parts frozen strawberries and coconut milk!

Put in blender, blend!

(May need to add a little more coconut milk as it thickens in blender)

Variations:

Fruit

ANY frozen fruit can be used, such as, cherries, blueberries, mango, papaya, pineapple.  You can freeze chunks of ripe banana for 24 hours and use with 1T cocoa powder for chocolate ice cream or add 1T almond or nut butter!  Yum!

Milk

You can also use almond milk.

Day 8 – Banana vs. Avocado

I had never tried using avocado in my smoothies before.   I was concerned about flavor and texture.  It seems as though it would make a good “base” for a smoothie because of its smooth texture. I usually use banana when wanting a creamy, not too thin, smoothie.

Comparing the two for nutrients:  Bananas have a higher carb content, where avocado have a higher (good) fat content.  Bananas are known for their potassium content and avocados contain almost the same amount!  Avocados also have some anti-inflammatory components, whereas bananas do not and are mucus forming.  Protein quality in avocados is also higher in avocados.

I recently started getting mine shipped fresh from California!  From Avocado Diva!  Here is the link if you are interested, they also have an avocado of the month club!

Link: Avocado Diva Site

So here it is! Yesterdays RAW Smoothie-licious!

1/2 Raw avocado

1 Banana

2 Kiwi

And enough water to reach top of fruit

Blend, and viola! Breakfast for two!

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Back in the game! Day 6

I have no good excuse for my recent slacking.  My bad.  It doesn’t help any when I don’t get scolded by my readers for not posting my raw for the day.

I’ve done well today.  I had a smoothie this evening and decided I want to try my hardest to only have one cooked meal per day.  I must have said this 100 times!  I REALLY want to do this!  It gets easier the more raw you do.  I’ve done this before and was able to lose 50 pounds back in 2010!  Eating clean and raw is not only healthy and full of nutrients but it gives me so much more energy and clarity.

It’s sometimes difficult on the east coast to find fresh produce when it’s not in season locally.  I am fortunate enough to have a couple of connections and get my citrus shipped from Florida and recently found someone to send me fresh, amazing avocados from California!  (They even have an Avocado of the Month!) You should check out their site sometime!  Click here to visit: Avocado Diva’s link

I went shopping for fresh items I was out of that will make smoothie making that much easier! (Avocado – my fresh from Cali ones will be arriving next week sometime, pineapple, blueberries, bananas, strawberries)

Now I’d just like to find someone who ships more exotic fruit, red grapes, and soursop leaves!  If you know anyone, please leave info in my comment section for me!

So here is what I had today:

Pineapple, strawberries, and spinach!

I have to add my greens because it get too easy for me to pass on veggies if I don’t toss them in!

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I’ve got some yummy ideas coming up this week!

Day 3 ~ RAW Strawberry, blueberry, and banana!

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Okay, so I’ve been slacking pretty bad here!  See why I need this space to hold myself accountable?!  This smoothie was

day 3 for me.

Day 4 is a bit hazy to me, that’s what happens when old age kicks in (at least for me) I have a bad case of CRS!

(Can’t remember sh*t)

Day 5, I do remember having a wonderful RAW caesar salad.  It was so big that I actually had it in two meals!

I hope that you’re enjoying the ideas I’m sharing!

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