Pink Pitaya Popsicles🍓 When it’s summertime, the kids and I are all about refreshing & nutritious popsicles!! My favorite mom hack is to repurpose leftover smoothies we make and turn them into popsicles for another treat later… we’re team no-waste over here!
🍍 The best part about homemade popsicles is that YOU control the ingredients… no food dye, no added sugars, just nature’s pure candy. For our dragon fruit popsicles, we use pink pitaya, strawberries, pineapple, peaches, superfood hemp hearts, and plant-based milk. After blending, we pour our smoothie mixture into Zoku monster ice pop molds, wait a few hours, and enjoy our adorable kid-friendly treats.Oatmeal Raisin Cookie GranolaSweet, crunchy, and addicting, this homemade granola takes just a few minutes to prep and blows store-bought granola OUT OF THE WATER!! Cleaner ingredients, naturally sweetened with no refined sugars, and tastes like a cookie!!
Great for snacking on its own and also when mixed in with yogurt or oatmeal.
⏰ Great for meal-prepPeanut Butter Acai PopsiclesThis popsicle is the perfect refreshing spring & summertime treat or even a make-ahead breakfast idea! Acai is rich in antioxidants, deliver healthy fats and fiber, and is low in sugar. These popsicles are creamy and rich from the acai/peanut butter mix, filled with nutritious banana, blueberry, and strawberry pieces, and dipped in sweet granola surrounded by chia and flaxseed.Creamy Peanut Butter Acai BowlDid you know açaí is a superfood packed with antioxidants that aid in immune support? This rich & creamy indulgent açaí bowl has become a favorite breakfast and snack for Liv & Sawyer (last week we even managed to pack it for Liv’s school snack!). We top it with all the yummy goodies like berries, homemade granola, banana, and hemp seeds.Southwest Bean + Corn Pasta SaladAs a vegetarian mama, beans are often my go-to for a rich protein source. I find that they pair well with corn and come together for a full meal when combined into an avocado pasta salad with a cilantro-lime vinaigrette dressing. This dish works well as a main meal or side and can be meal prepped by cooking the pasta beforehand, in addition to chopping your veggies and roasting the corn.
🍱 Perfect for lunchboxes
⏰ Great meal-prep mealBlack Bean Lentil QuesadillasWith Cinco De Mayo coming up this week, I figured I’d share our favorite family-friendly Mexican inspired dishes!
🌱 These quesadillas are packed with THREE sources of plant based protein: black beans, lentils, and our favorite quinoa!
🧀 Such an easy way to change up the classic cheese quesadilla, these are hearty and delicious!
Frozen Sour Watermelon “Candy”Ever crave some pucker-worthy sour candy but didn’t want to deal with all the refined sugars? I got you covered 😉
🤰Recently, a bunch of my friends + family have announced they’re expecting, so I figured I’d share this recipe along with my tried and true natural remedies for nausea ease in case any of my followers are moms-to-be! The best part about this snack is that it doubles as a fun treat for kids too! It tastes like sour candy but is also refreshing and sweet.
💦 Watermelon is such a great fruit for morning sickness because it’s so hydrating! When you’re losing all that water from 🤮, it’s important to drink lots of fluids, and watermelon is 92% water!
🍋 Lemon and lime juice are combined with date sugar (so this “candy” is naturally sweetened by fruit only!) to make the watermelon sour and tangy. Did you know that sour foods can reduce morning sickness by increasing salivation?
☘️ Mint is also added to our treat because the scent of peppermint always soothed my uneasy stomach during the first trimester.Chocolate Caramel Matzah “Crack”ersThe Jewish holiday of Passover commemorates the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. During the 8-day holiday, it is forbidden to eat leavened grains such as wheat, spelt, barley, oats, and rye. The reason for this is that in their haste to escape from Pharaoh and slavery in Egypt, the Jews did not have enough time to wait for bread to rise. Instead, they ate matzah, unleavened bread.
While matzah usually gets a bad rap for being dry, when combined with the proper ingredients, it turns into an addictive dessert that even my picky husband can't resist. This chocolate caramel matzah has become a yearly Passover tradition that the kids help make which gets them excited for the holiday. It's fun to include the kids in holiday baking so they learn about their familial traditions and make lasting memories (swipe to see the kids make it through the years!). Chag Sameach (Happy Holidays) to all who celebrate Pesach (Passover)!(Plant-Based) Easter Egg Charcuterie Board🐣 With the holidays approaching, I’m always looking for nutritious yet easy holiday-inspired snack ideas to feed my kids (and any guests that may stop by 🏃♂️ ). I’ve found snack plates to be such a great option to incorporate veggies into my kids’ diets while making it fun. In addition to veggies or fruits, I love adding a healthy fat (avocado from our homemade guacamole) and plant-based protein.
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💲Use promo code code LIVLAUGHCOOK25 to get 25% off your first order on eatNowadays.com.Chunky GuacamoleOur homemade guacamole is such a flavorful dip or appetizer, and is extremely kid-friendly! Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B6, and they contain high levels of healthy fats that keep you fuller in between meals (so that the kids won't come back 5 minutes later complaining they're still hungry!). Easter Charcuterie BoardOne of my favorite ways to teach my kids about traditions & holidays is through food! A little snack art also gets my kids excited to try new veggies that they normally wouldn’t eat (hello bell peppers… we see you!)!
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🌱 On our charcuterie board we also used @thegoodbeansnacks crunchy chickpeas. We love that one serving has as much protein as almonds, as much fiber as two cups of broccoli and as much folate as three cups of spinach!Homemade Blender HummusCreamy and protein-rich, our homemade hummus is made with simple ingredients and comes together in a blender making cleanup a cinch! With canned chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and spices, this easy dip will become your new favorite go-to snack!