Winter

Gingerbread Energy Bites‘Tis the season for all things sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves! These no-bake energy bites taste like gingerbread cookies and pumpkin pie had a baby and are great for meal prep and perfect size for lunchboxes.
Immune Boosting Citrus SmoothieNow that winter is in full swing, I like to boost my family’s immune system with all my tried and true natural remedies. Our smoothie is packed with oranges rich in Vitamin C, carrots loaded with beta-carotene and Vitamin A (which helps your body create more white blood cells to fight off infection), dates rich with phytonutrients that can stimulate the immune system, manuka honey which is anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti- bacterial (optional for our vegan friends), and ginger that produces strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Mint Chocolate Hot CocoaNow that the colder winter months have arrived, it’s time to bundle up with our plant-based hot chocolate! Made with Happy Way Cacao Mint Hemp Protein Powder (#sponsored), this superfood powder adds mint chocolate flavor plus a scoop of fiber, iron, and magnesium. It’s also rich in omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids that help energy production and strengthen the immune system. Gluten-free, vegan friendly, non GMO, and organically grown, it’s also rich in antioxidants from the added chia seeds!
Fruity Santa HatsAn easy no-bake fruity Christmas treat that will get the kids excited for the holidays! Vegan, gluten-free, and even dairy-free, this snack works for most dietary restrictions and takes a minute to assemble! Happy holidays!
Reindeer Celery SticksThese healthy Christmas snacks are a great way to get your kids to try celery! My 3 year old never tried this veggie before, but couldn't resist when looking at these reindeer treats. Gluten free + vegan, this snack can be made nut-free by substituting the peanut butter and hazelnut spread with chocolate hummus or sunflower seed butter.
Fruit DreidelsThese fruit dreidels are a fun snacktivity for children to celebrate the Festival of Lights. With only three ingredients needed, this snack can be made gluten free and vegan. Happy Chanukah to all who celebrate!
Hearty Dill Vegetable SoupDill is by far my favorite herb to add to soups and salads. It has a wonderfully fresh, citrus-like taste and is rich in antioxidants and vitamins. We begin by caramelizing onions and garlic until golden. Added to the pot are protein rich chickpeas, vitamin packed celery, and sweet carrots. To bring it all together, I add vegetable broth and alllllll the dill! Something about dill and carrots in a soup always gets me warm and fuzzy inside... it’s a wonderfully comforting dish that will please even the kids (Sawyer couldn’t get enough!). A great soup for your Thanksgiving table!
(Healthier) Hot CocoaOur healthier hot chocolate recipe uses plant-based milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, pure maple syrup, and vanilla extract as a warm winter treat without all the sugars! Kid-friendly and delicious, Liv & Sawyer always get excited for the colder winter months so I'll make this for them!