Creative Ways to Get your Kids to Eat Their Greens

On Mother's Day, I thought it was appropriate to share an article about keeping your children healthy. As mothers, we try every day to help our children maintain health and happiness. Getting your child to eat their fruit and vegetables can be challenging at times and finding creative ways to help facilitate this can always be helpful!  I am … [Read more...]

Holy Mole!

Holy Mole! is a Mexican folktale about the origin of the mole sauce written by Caroline McAlister and illustrated by Stefan Czernecki. This folktale tells the story of a young boy named Carlos, an orphan who works in the kitchen of a monastery. Carlos helps out with the cleaning and preparing in the kitchen in exchange for food straps. The story … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Quinoa Muffins with Coconut Palm Sugar

Are you trying to cut down on sugar? These sweet potato quinoa muffins with coconut sugar are easy to make and are a great way to start off the morning. After making a huge batch quinoa one day, I wanted to find some creative ways of using it in various recipes. After using them in meatballs, I still had a lot of quinoa left for experimenting. I … [Read more...]

Lost Bread

I am thrilled to present this guest post by Ann McCallum, author of the book Eat Your US History Homework. To check out the review, click here. Ann is the also the author of Eat Your Math Homework, Eat Your Science Homework, Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere, and Beanstalk: The Measure of a Giant. The English call it French toast. The French go by … [Read more...]

Microwave Blueberry Jam

Are you looking for a quick way to make jam without any added preservatives? Try this easy microwave blueberry jam that can be done in less than ten minutes in your microwave. I had some overripe blueberries at home and didn’t want to waste them, so I decided to try a jam with them. I pureed the blueberries, a banana, sugar and some spices – and … [Read more...]

Banana Chia Pudding

Are you looking for a quick, healthy and easy snack? This banana chia pudding was a cinch to make and requires no cooking! The pudding is thick and sweet with a smooth consistency. Most puddings are complicated and take time to make on the stove top mixing and waiting to thicken. I made this pudding in my Nutri Bullet which worked out well … [Read more...]

No Bake Fig and Banana Bites

Are you a fig lover? I love figs and hate wasting them, especially when they are overripe and too soft to eat fresh. Figs are also expensive which makes them even more difficult to waste. I decided to try making them into granola bites for a healthy snack. If you prefer a sweeter bite, add more maple syrup. If you don't like a sweet granola … [Read more...]

Kefir Maple Cornmeal Cake

Are you looking for sweet and healthy delicious breakfast or dessert? Try this Maple Cornmeal Cake made with plain Kefir. The cake is super easy to make in the morning or perfect for a weekend brunch. The cake keeps well for a couple of days so it’s easy to make ahead of time. If you do make it ahead of time, I would ice the cake right before … [Read more...]

Rainbow Pancake Sandwich

Are you looking for an easy and fun breakfast? This large rainbow pancake sandwich was created when I had limited time in the morning and my daughter wanted sprinkled pancakes. Instead of making batches of pancakes, I poured the whole batter in the pan, sprinkled some rainbow sprinkles on top and then baked it in the oven until it was ready to fold … [Read more...]

Vegan Banana Date Bars

Are you looking for a snack or breakfast that is sweet, nutritious and full of fiber? Try these banana date bars, with a touch of light brown sugar and tons of flavor. The bars are made of simple ingredients that most people have in the kitchen, with the exception of dates, which have a long shelf life. The first time I made these bars, I made … [Read more...]

Lemon Blueberry Cake with Greek Yogurt

Are you looking for a cake that will is both delicious and nutritious? Try this recipe for Lemon Blueberry Cake with Greek Yogurt. The cake is moist, sweet and perfect for any time of the day. It’s also a great snack to pack in a lunchbox. With the warm weather approaching, I love to bake cakes, muffins and other baked goods with fresh and … [Read more...]

Banana Avocado Pancakes

When the weather gets cold outside, I love making pancakes on weekend mornings. I love hearty pancakes that are full of whole grains and healthy ingredients. I have recently been experimenting with avocado and how to add this healthy ingredient to baked goods, which can be tricky. If you prefer pancakes that are less heavy, add more milk to make … [Read more...]

Blueberry Banana Granola with Quinoa Flakes

  Are you looking for a healthy way to start the day? As you might have already guessed, I am bit obsessed with granola! I love the taste, crunch and sweetness of the granola and how you can add it to oatmeal, yogurt or just eaten by itself. It's also full of fiber and grains which makes it really healthy for all members of the family. I … [Read more...]

Bloody Orange and Carrot Yogurt Muffins

Are you looking for a healthy breakfast using a seasonal ingredient and greek yogurt? Try these bloody orange-carrot yogurt muffins! The muffins are sweet, nutritious, and perfect for breakfast or a snack. They are also ideal for packing in a child's lunchbox. I was contacted by Chobani to participate in the Made with Chobani Challenge to create a … [Read more...]

Wheat Germ Waffles with Cinnamon Chips

Are you looking for a healthy way to start the morning? Check out these easy wheat germ waffles with cinnamon chips! Don’t have cinnamon chips? Make the waffles without them or add your own topping such as white chocolate chips or raisins. These waffles are healthy, high in fiber and full of flavor. They are also super easy to make on a weekday … [Read more...]

Healthy Puffin Pumpkin Granola

Are you looking for a granola without all of the added sugar and extra ingredients? I wanted to create a new recipe with one of my favorite cereals, Puffins. Puffins are full of fiber and slightly sweet which makes them ideal for baking with. I love making granola to just snack on, add to yogurt or oatmeal. This granola is crunchy, slightly sweet, … [Read more...]

Low Fat Pumpkin Zucchini Bread

Looking for an easy and healthy bread that is packed with nutrients? Try this easy low fat pumpkin zucchini bread. This bread has 1 cup of pumpkin and 2 zucchinis which makes it really moist and delicious. I added 1/2 cup of light brown sugar but it can be substituted with maple syrup or reduced if you prefer a less sweet bread. I used a … [Read more...]

Rustic Blueberry Muffins with Avocado Oil

Are you looking for healthy muffin recipe? These muffins are perfect for a cold fall or winter morning or as an afternoon snack! The muffins are low fat and are full of nutritious ingredients. They are delicious by themselves or toasted with some butter or jam. They are also ideal for your child’s lunchbox. I usually use frozen blueberries in my … [Read more...]

Dairy Free Zucchini Cupcake

Is your child on a dairy free diet? Do you want to add more veggies in your child's diet? Are you looking for a healthy alternative to a chocolate cupcake? These cupcakes are chocolaty, sweet and full of zucchini. I found the original recipe on the blog, I Am Baker. I cut the sugar and the fat down by adding applesauce. I simply replaced the … [Read more...]

Five Tips to Get An Older Child with Special Needs to Eat Healthy

Getting any child to eat healthy on a regular basis can be difficult for most parents. This task can be even more challenging when it comes to older children with special needs due to increased rigidity, sensory issues, behavioral issues, etc. I have worked with adults with developmental disabilities for many years and have seen too many cases of … [Read more...]

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Are you looking for a healthy breakfast or a new lunchbox item? Try making these healthy pumpkin muffins. The muffins are made with half whole wheat flour, pumpkin, low fat buttermilk and canola oil. The muffins are sweet, filling and moist. Are you on a dairy free diet? Replace the buttermilk with almond milk. Unsweetened almond milk would work … [Read more...]

Fresh Fig Granola

Do you like figs?  Are you looking for a healthy breakfast or lunchbox item for your child? This fig granola is perfect to send with your little one to school since it has no nuts and is dairy free. The granola is full of sweet figs and a banana, which adds tons of nutrition in every bite! Did you run out of canola oil? Use avocado oil! It works … [Read more...]

Flourless Chickpea Chocolate Loaf

Are you looking to sneak some nutrients into your child’s dessert? Try these chickpea mini chocolate loaves made with an entire can of chickpeas. The taste is mild with no “bean” taste, just a nice fudgy, chocolate flavor. The texture is slightly crumby so you may be cleaning up a small trail of crumbs after your little one! My son won’t go near … [Read more...]

Dairy Free Overnight Oatmeal Bread with Chia

Are you dairy free? Are you looking for a healthy breakfast or some good ideas for a lunchbox? Try this overnight oatmeal bread with chia seeds. Want to add dairy? Substitute the almond milk with low fat buttermilk! Want to reduce the sugar? Use unsweetened almond milk instead of vanilla almond milk. This bread is slightly sweet (add more sugar if … [Read more...]

Flaxseed Apple and Plum Muffins

Do you want to add some extra fiber in your diet? Try these flaxseed apple and plum muffins. They are made with whole wheat flour and are filled with nutrients. They are also pleasantly sweet from the brown sugar, apple and plum. If you don’t have an apple on hand, use two plums instead. The plum used in the recipe adds a nice color to the muffins … [Read more...]

5 Minute French Toast

Craving a hot sweet breakfast that takes just five minutes to make? This 5 minute french toast is perfect for a busy morning. It is also easy to modify based on diet. Do you like french toast that is not too sweet? Reduce the agave syrup. Want it sweeter? Top it with agave syrup or maple syrup. I used whole wheat challah bread which works out … [Read more...]

Olallieberry Pound Cake

Celebrate the 4th of July with this  olallieberry pound cake! It is super easy to make and fun to decorate. Have your kids help you decorate the cake by adding the whip cream and then putting different berries on top. If you don't have olallieberries  on hand, use frozen blueberries or blackberries as a substitute. The cake takes about 15 minutes … [Read more...]

Banana Jam

Do you love bananas? Do you want to make a nice gift for a friend or family member? Make banana jam! It is super easy to make and you need no equipment to make it (besides a saucepan). Bananas are healthy, easy to find and not expensive, which makes them an ideal ingredient to bake with. I love bananas and have been experimenting for a long time, … [Read more...]

Birthday Cake Pancakes

What is better than pancakes with sprinkles? These pancakes taste like you are eating cake for breakfast. They are low in fat and your kids will eat them out. The sugar can be reduced or replaced with agave if preferred. If you or your child is allergic to dairy, I would substitute the milk with unsweetened almond milk. Have leftovers? Just store … [Read more...]

No Bake Energy Treats

Are you looking for a quick and healthy treat in the afternoon? These no bake energy treats take less than ten minutes to prepare and there is no baking necessary! Just prepare and stick them in the fridge. These energy treats are packed with nutrients and healthy ingredients including homemade almond butter, old fashioned oats, maple syrup, a … [Read more...]

How To Make Cooking a Sensory Experience

Does your child have sensory issues? Do you have a child with special needs? Do you want to make cooking interesting and engaging for your child? I recently read an interesting article published in the Sensory Focus Magazine. The article discussed how sensory enrichment therapy decreased autistic behaviors in children with Autism. After six … [Read more...]

Chocolate Banana Bread

Do you have some overripe bananas? This recipe is perfect for bananas that are too ripe too eat but perfect for baking. I originally found this recipe at Savory Sweet Life but decided to modify it a bit according to what I had in the kitchen. The original recipe called for sour cream and all I had on hand was plain Kefir. I substituted the sour … [Read more...]

5 Minute Overnight Oatmeal for One

Need more time in the morning? Try this 5 minute overnight oatmeal! This oatmeal took me less than five minutes to combine the night before. The next morning, I heated it up in the microwave and it was delicious, nutritious and super easy. This is a great breakfast to take on the go or to make for your kids on a rushed morning. The recipe is super … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Quinoa

Do your kids like chocolate chip cookies? How about oatmeal chocolate chip? I decided to add some quinoa flakes in the batter to experiment with the flavor and texture. The cookies came out slightly crispy, sweet and cakey in the middle.  Quinoa flakes are a great way to add some nutrition to baked goods and it was super easy adding it to these … [Read more...]

Low Fat Banana Biscotti with Cinnamon Chips

Do you like banana? Do you like cinnamon? I was in the mood one morning to make biscotti and take a break from my granola making. I found a recipe at cooking light for Banana Pecan Biscotti which looked interesting. I didn't want to use the nuts and had some cinnamon chips that I recently bought. I replaced some ingredients (substituted the … [Read more...]

Pink Lemon Blueberry Muffins

My kids and I have been reading the book The Red Lemon which we love. All of this talk about red lemons, I decided to order some pink lemons to experiment with this week. Pink lemons are delicious because they are sweeter than regular lemons and have a nice pink flesh. This recipe can easily be replaced with yellow lemons, which will make the … [Read more...]

Common Denominator Cupcakes

I am happy to present this guest post by Ann McCallum author of Eat Your Math Homework. Ann inspired me to incorporate the math and science angle during mealtime and cooking. Here is her guest post and a bonus cupcake recipe! Pop quiz: Would you rather a) do an unappetizing worksheet to learn about shapes and patterns, or b) bake up a batch … [Read more...]

Reduced Sugar Apple Granola

This low sugar apple granola was inspired by my mother in law who asked me to create a yummy granola with less sugar. I wanted to make her a tasty granola but cut down on the sugar so she can enjoy it for breakfast. I substituted my usual maple syrup with maple agave syrup. I also substituted my usual applesauce with natural applesauce and added an … [Read more...]

Irish Soda Bread

What could be better on a cold winter morning than warm, sweet Irish Soda Bread? This bread is moist, full of raisins, and perfect by itself or toasted with cinnamon butter or homemade jam. After many searches for the perfect recipe for Irish Soda Bread I found it here at allrecipes.com. I modified it slightly by substituting low fat ingredients … [Read more...]

Carrot Spinach Granola

Would you like to pack more veggies in your breakfast? In this carrot and spinach granola, there is a whole pound of organic baby carrots and 1/2 cup of fresh spinach. The granola has a nice carrot flavor to it with the spinach taste being unrecognizable. Granola is a fun and inventive way to add veggies and fruits into your diet as well as your … [Read more...]

Kefir Lemon Pound Cake

I picked up a bottle of Kefir Greek Style the other day at Whole Foods. I was planning on making a pound cake and wanted to add a nutritional boost without compromising texture or flavor. I originally found a good lemon cake recipe by Ina Garten here and wanted to modify it to decrease the sugar and increase the nutrition content. The pound cake … [Read more...]

Vegan Tofu Pumpkin Muffins

Who could have thought that silken tofu can taste so good in a muffin? I bought some silken tofu to add to my morning smoothies but wanted to experiment with it in a baked good. To be honest, I was a little skeptical when blending all of the ingredients, but I decided to continue my experiment. When adding the applesauce, I decided it needed more … [Read more...]

Puffin Pancakes

Do you love Puffins? If so, you will love these pancakes. I love Puffins cereal because it's crunchy, sweet and healthy. My kids and I are also pretty obsessed with Penguins and Puffins. I processed a cup of Puffins in my food processor and added them to pancake batter. It's a great way to add some fiber and sweetness to pancakes. Kid Friendly … [Read more...]

Instant Oatmeal for One

Are you sick of eating processed foods? After reading the nutritional content of my instant oatmeal packet the other morning, I decided to make my own instant oatmeal packet of ingredients that are simple and healthy. If you don't have vanilla powder, just make it without it. If you don't want the extra sugar, use an alternative sweetener or mix in … [Read more...]

Maple Cornmeal Pancakes

I love cornmeal pancakes on a cold morning. They are a cinch to make on a weekday morning. Kids love them because they are sweet and filling. The recipe is also easily adaptable. If you want to make them dairy free just substitute the buttermilk with almond milk or vanilla almond milk and substitute the butter with smart balance margaine. I … [Read more...]

Almond Butter: Two Ways

Do you love almond butter? Paying too much for it at the grocery story? Make it at home. It's so simple! Make it two ways by adding some simple ingredients. For the almond butter recipe, healthy tips, and how to get your kids involved, check out my guest post on MommyBites.   … [Read more...]

Apple Cider Granola

Do you want to bake something simple and delicious on a cold wintery day? Make granola! It's healthy, makes the house smell amazing and is delicious. It's really easy to do with kids and the ingredients can be swapped depending on your preferences and what you have on hand. The mix in's are up to you. I added dried apples and yogurt raisins. If you … [Read more...]

Ezekiel French Toast

Do you like Ezekiel bread? I was at my local market the other day and saw Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins. They looked good and decided to bring them home to try. I love them toasted up with my almond butter, sliced banana and fig jam. It's sort of like a fancy peanut and butter jelly sandwich for me. It's a great breakfast because it's … [Read more...]

No Fail Pumpkin Brownies

These no fail pumpkin brownies are literally "no fail". There are only two ingredients and come out moist and delicious. Perfect for the holidays, play date or a good dessert for the kids. They also contain a whole can of pumpkin! For language tips and the recipe visit my guest post on ASHASphere. … [Read more...]

Maple Pound Cake

Do you love maple? Do you love pound cake? I have been making this maple pound cake for many years. I originally found the recipe here on cookinglight. I modified the recipe by adding maple extract and replacing the milk with low fat buttermilk. I also reduced the flour which increased the moisture of the pound cake.  No matter what you do to this … [Read more...]

Low Fat Wheat Germ Apple Muffin

Craving a moist sweet muffin that you don't need to feel guilty about?  These muffins are low fat and many of the ingredients can easily be substituted according to your diet and preferences. Less Sweet or Reduced Sugar? Reduce the maple syrup or substitute with agave syrup. It would work well with the regular agave syrup or maple flavored … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Donut Holes

Nothing feels like Fall more to me than pumpkin. What better way to add pumpkin than in donuts?! These baked donut holes are a cinch to make and are a real hit with the kids. They are easily modified to accommodate different dietary needs and have a healthy ingredient as the star ingredient. For healthy tips and the recipe, visit my guest post … [Read more...]

Banana Quinoa Muffins

Adding quinoa to baked goods not only adds moistness but also gives it extra protein. When adding quinoa to a recipe, make sure to stick with the measurements. Adding too much quinoa can make the muffin very heavy and dense. 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa in this recipe was just right. These muffins were sweet, moist and had a nice texture which make … [Read more...]

Banana Granola

Want to make your own granola? It's easy and made of ingredients most people have in their pantry. It's delicious in oatmeal, yogurt or just by the handful. It's also crunchy with a nice sweet earthy taste. It took me 3 times to get this banana granola right. The first time, I overcooked it causing it to be overdone. The next time, I undercooked it … [Read more...]

Apple Cider Scones

Nothing says fall more than apple cider. I had a pint of apple cider in the fridge and decided to use it for these scones. I used spiced apple cider but the scones can be used with any apple cider (I would stay away from apple juice with this recipe). Apple cider has such a deep delicious flavor that the scones really take on with this recipe. … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Butter

Looking for a good recipe that you can give as gifts for the holiday? I found a recipe for pumpkin butter here that I really liked but made some changes based on what I had in my fridge. This pumpkin butter is absolutely delicious and great for the holidays coming up. Pumpkin butter is perfect on breads, muffins, scones or just perfect by itself. … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Granola

What better way to start the day than with sweet crunchy granola? I had a sweet potato in my fruit bowl and wanted to do something creative with it. The granola took very little time to prepare and came out crunchy, slightly sweet and perfect in oatmeal or on yogurt. For the full recipe and some healthy tips check out my guest post at … [Read more...]

Apple Chips

Your only regret making these chips is that you didn't make enough! These chips do take a long time to crisp up but are worth every bite when finished. I now understand why the apple chips are so expensive at the market! These apple chips are super easy to make but need some time in the oven. The key to making these chips crunchy is cooking them … [Read more...]

Dairy Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Your kids will never know that they are getting their veggie intake when eating this Chocolate Zucchini Cake. The cake is moist, sweet and rich. I discovered this recipe when looking for a good dairy free brownie recipe. I found this recipe and modified it to my preferences. I decided to add some canola oil and swap out the whole wheat with white … [Read more...]

Almond Apple Cake

This almond apple cake is to die for! After our annual apple picking day, my mother in law was craving apple cake. We decided to make this cake together. I remembered seeing this amazing recipe for apple cake on The Kitchn. I thought for sure that I had yogurt at home but all I had was almond yogurt and almond milk. I have known from my past … [Read more...]