15 Healthy Fall Snacks and a Cash Giveaway!

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I just got back from Florida and I had lots of crunchy leaves in my yard!  ( Built in kid activity! )   Anyway, I had a great time in Florida, but I am ready for the prettiest time of year here in the Midwest,  FALL! I am going to keep this post short, as I am doing this giveaway with a group of other bloggers, and I am a little late getting this up.  ( due to having flights cancelled. etc.) Here are 15 Healthy Fall Snacks!  for you to enjoy! I love some of these more than others, but … [Read more...]

Flourless Mini Apple Pies

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So, I am kind of on a Flourless baking kick lately.  Why? 1) Flourless recipes often call for ingredients one wouldn't usually use in baking, I think it's totally fun to try them out.  ( dates, sweet potatoes, peanut butter) 2) I seem to always mess up my baking soda/ baking powder ratio.  Seriously, I don't know why I can't ever get it right!  and with flourless baking, you don't need to worry about that! So here are my flourless apple pie bites.  Baked apples?  I might like them even … [Read more...]

Boodles

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A few months ago, I shared with you how I made Zoodles.  ( Zucchini Noodles.)  And ever since I have been thinking about possibly making noodles out of other vegetables as well.  I thought about carrots, or sweet potatoes.  But I REALLY wanted to make butternut squash noodles.  I really love butternut squash! So one day, when I was about to roast a butternut squash in the oven ( for baby food)  I used my trusty vegetable peeler, and peeled some "Boodles"out of my squash.  I prepared them … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Breakfast Cookies

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A few weeks ago, I shared with you how I served my toddler Healthy Ice Cream for breakfast.   Well, this weekend he got cookies for breakfast.   You should have seen how excited he got when my husband warmed up these healthy cookies and served them for breakfast.  These cookies are filled with Healthy ingredients, and contain NO SUGAR!  These cookies are sweetened with dates and apples.  Dates taste exactly like caramel, they make a wonderful sweetening agent for these cookies.    I … [Read more...]

DIY Freezer Fries

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  I hardly ever buy french fries, but I did a few weeks ago when my husband was out-of-town.  And do you know what my two-year he told me as he was dipping them in ketchup and eating them? savoring them?  " Mommy I am so Happy right now!"   What was making him happy?  The French Fries.  Oh my goodness!  I have been depriving my child of happiness!  And although, there are worse options than store purchased frozen fries.  There are better options too.  Before kids, my husband and … [Read more...]

Cold Brew & Chocolate Zucchini Loaf

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Usually, I keep a master list of recipes I want to make for my blog. ( a post it note on my desktop.)  Sometimes, an idea will sit on the list for over a year, or longer. For example, I have been meaning to make parsnip fries since April 2013.  I have not made them yet.  Sigh. On the flip side, I had no intention on making Cold Brew and Chocolate Zucchini Bread.  It just sort of happened. See, when I was in Chicago last weekend, visiting my brother and sister- in -law ( also known as the … [Read more...]

DIY “GO GURT”

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For several years now, I have been very mindful about how much sugar is in store-bought yogurt.   I usually skip the yogurt section all together.  Some of those "healthy" yogurt flavors have 20 grams of sugar in just a little container!  ( Don't even get me started on the yogurt with all the artificial sweeteners! ) Still, I sometimes stop by the yogurt section at the store and glance at the nutrition labels on the kids yogurt products.  Besides a few of the products in the organic … [Read more...]

Healthy Pumpkin Soft Serve

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My Two-year old still believes everything that I say. So when I tell him that his Aunt Celia, who lives in Chicago, will clap for him from afar if he eats his vegetables.  He believes that. PLUS, when I tell him in the morning, that I am going to make him ice cream for breakfast, he doesn't even get suspicious that it might turn out to be something healthy. I love it :) I have been offering different smoothies in the morning, and calling them milkshakes, mostly because I am trying to … [Read more...]

Sriracha Deviled Eggs

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I am back from the Ultimate Foodie Chicago Weekend. My husband and I went to Chicago for a long weekend ( left the kiddos with my in laws).  We hit up some of the major foodie hot spots in the west loop.  ( Blackbird, and Sephia). We also went to a friend's wedding on the Loyola Campus.  It was wonderful food ALL weekend.  Bacon wrapped dates galore, Cauliflower Risotto, Liver Patte ( yes, liver patte).  and SO many more delectable bites.  I could go all day talking about everything … [Read more...]

Chia Squeeze Review and Giveaway!

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This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Mamma Chia. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. About three years ago, I was in a grocery store in Fairfield, Iowa and I discovered Chia seeds.   I was living about 20 minutes from Fairfield, Iowa, and LOVED visiting this awesome health food store called Everybody's whole foods.  I picked up a Mamma Chia drink, not knowing what it was, and bought it, because I love trying … [Read more...]