Healthy Smoothie Recipe Ideas + Giveaway with Love Child Organics

Healthy Smoothie Recipe Ideas

Hands up whose kids pick and choose what they like to eat on the daily? One day they’ll happily snack on apple slices and the next they push them away with a ‘really Mom?’ kind of look. Kids, amiright?! I totally admit I was a picky eater as a kid (sorry Mum and Dad!) and now with my kids I’ve gone from one end of the extreme to the other: I’ve had phases where they’ll try anything I serve them (yessss!!!) to days when everything I put in front of them is pushed away/ spat out/ thrown on the floor, etc.- and everything in between as part of the crazy yo-yo that is feeding children. Ughhhhhh. Somedays I just throw my hands up and ask for a little more patience and ideas for foods they’ll eat. View Post

Citrus Turmeric Popsicles

How’s everyone handling the heat? I thought now would be a good time to put up a recipe that’s delicious anytime, but especially good when you’re looking for a refreshing treat. I used this recipe as the base with a few adjustments, and was really happy with how they turned out. Adding turmeric to these citrus popsicles gives them a nutritious boost and adds a unique flavour, and as long as you don’t add too much, you’ll only just be able to taste it as a nice compliment to the sweetness of the orange. Add a little mint or basil if you want to experiment with flavour combos a little more. 

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas

2 – 2 1/2 cups orange juice

1 tbsp ground turmeric

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Directions

1. Pop all of the ingredients except the turmeric in a blender and puree until smooth. Add another 1/2 cup orange juice if necessary to help the mixture blend well. 

2. Add turmeric a little bit at a time and taste as you go. Add as little or much as desired until you reach the flavour balance you like.

3. Pour the mix into popsicle molds and freeze until ready. That’s it!

     

    

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Strawberry Chia Parfait

3 step strawberry chia parfait

If you’re looking for a healthy snack or breakfast idea, this parfait is perfect. Canada has a big birthday coming up this weekend and there’s lots to come to OHP to help celebrate our amazing country turning 150. To kick off the week of patriotic posts, what better than a recipe inspired by the colours of our flag? This red and white parfait is a healthy snack option (that only takes 3 steps to make!) for a Canada Day party or picnic and even though it’s inspired by July 1st, it’s perfect anytime as a great snack or breakfast option. See below for how to make them at home.

Ingredients

Recipe makes two parfaits

– fresh organic strawberries, sliced

– 2 cups organic vanilla yogurt

-chia pudding (see below for instructions)

Directions

  1. Start by making the chia pudding: in a jug or bowl mix 2 cups of organic milk with 1/2 cup of chia seeds (you can also add a tsp of vanilla extract). Stir well and allow to sit for 20 minutes+ or overnight.

chia pudding

2. When the chia pudding is ready build the parfaits by alternating scoops of the vanilla yogurt with the chia pudding and strawberries. Tip: If you want to create distinct layers, use the yogurt as a barrier to help keep the chia pudding from blending in with everything. Ie use a layer of yogurt after each layer of chia pudding and strawberries. 

  

yogurt with chia pudding

  3 step strawberry chia parfait 

3. Repeat until the jars are full and top with some strawberry slices. Serve & enjoy!

    

3 step strawberry chia parfait

3 step strawberry chia parfait

Check out the Healthy Snacks page for more recipe ideas like this!

See these posts for other ideas to celebrate Canada: 

#RedandWhite Pop Up at The Local Space: Post a Photo to Win!

Oh Canada: 10 Ways to Get your ‘Eh’ On for Under $75

Canada Day Bunting Printables

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No Bake Protein Bites

You know that feeling when you’re craving something sweet & salty but you’re trying to eat healthy and you can’t think of a snack idea that checks off both the tasty and healthy boxes? These no- bake protein bites are perfect. They’re tasty, quick to make, and loaded with good- for- you ingredients (aren’t I nice trying to help you stick with your new year’s resolutions? 😉 ).

I’ve shared similar recipes before and thought I’d revamp this one from a while back. I made a batch of these over the weekend and think I’ll double the recipe for next time so we’ve got plenty to spare. They’re great to make ahead and keep in the fridge as a quick, healthy snack to tuck into lunches and pop in your bag on busy mornings for an energy boost. And let’s face it, when healthy options are quick and easy (and don’t taste like cardboard), it makes it an easier choice to make. Now go get your nom nom on!

Ingredients

1 cup dry oats (I used gluten free)

1/2 cup organic peanut butter (+ 2- 3 tbsp if find your mix is a bit dry)

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/4 cup flax seeds

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

no bake protein bites ingredients

Directions

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl until well combined…

… I added the peanut butter last so I could gauge if I needed to add more

no bake protein bites

3. Use your hands to knead the mix and help get all of the ingredients to stick together

4. Cool the mixture in the fridge for 10 minutes (this will help the bites hold their shape)

no bake protein bites

5. When chilled, scoop small handfuls and shape into balls either by squeezing the mixture in one hand or rolling with two. Depending on the texture of your mix one method may work better than the other

no bake protein bites

6. Place on a plate or in a dish as you make the balls. When you’ve rolled all of the mixture pop the bites into an air- tight container and store in the fridge. Enjoy throughout the week for a healthy/ yummy snack!

no bake protein bites

 

I’ve just seen a protein muffin online, so I think I’m going to have to try and make some of those next! For more yummy healthy snack ideas, like these Strawberry Chia parfaits, check out the Healthy Snacks page!

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Getting Our {Healthy} Snack on with Love Child Organics

Toddlers. That one word says it all. Some days it feels like World War 3 trying to get my little blondie to eat her veggies (luckily she’s pretty good about fruit), and it can be a pretty frustrating experience to say the least- tantrums would be an understatement. But like most kids, she’s got her go- to favourites and when we go grocery shopping there is one thing Ari always asks for: pouches. When I ask her what we need to buy at the store each week, these are at the top of her list. Our grocery list has changed quite a bit since taking her off gluten and dairy, but I’m glad these are still an option.
I don’t know about you, but these are a lifesaver for me- a quick grab & go snack that I can toss in the diaper bag and head out the door. Sure there are things like crackers, but I’m not a fan of the overly- processed, gluten free options that are out there, and I’d rather get in as many greens as I can (even if I have to be sneaky about it!). On our recent visit to see a gastroenterologist about her digestive issues, he mentioned how kids on a gluten- free diet can suffer from ailments such as constipation because many of the gluten- free options kids eat lack fibre and other nutrients. One thing I’ve taken pride in over this dietary journey with her is that we didn’t simply swap whole wheat bread, crackers, etc for gluten- free versions that don’t replace the nutrients of quality wheat/ grain poducts; instead we added in more fruits and veggies, nuts, and other gluten free whole foods. And when I need some quick grab & go options, Love Child Organics has been one of the brands I love and trust the ingredients list. 
Some ‘convenient’ snacks are lacking when it comes to nutrients and can have questionable ingredients, but pouches are a great way to pack in nutrients without it being a battle. In the past I’ve shared about some of the healthy snack options our family has tried and loved (see here), and now that Liam’s also on our grocery bill (the kid’s a bottomless pit!), I want him to eat the same healthy foods that his sister does- a little bonus is that he isn’t gluten free, so that makes shopping for him a little easier/ less expensive.  
In addition to the pouches, some of the other snacks I’ve given the kids are LCO’s Toodle O’s and Oaty Chomps (for Liam- these aren’t gluten free) and Love Ducks (for Ari- these are gluten free and they didn’t stand a chance!.. which is why they’re not in the photos). 😉
Aside from the pouches, one of my other favourite products by LCO are the Toodle O’s. They’re like another classic breakfast cereal, except without all of the- sorry to use this word- crappy ingredients, and there’s the added bonus of using them to keep little ones entertained while you’re prepping dinner- Liam loves picking them up and pinching them between his fingers (which is great to help babies develop motor skills BTW). If you’ve got little ones to buy for on your grocery list, I’d recommend you try out some of the options from Love Child Organics; the more we support companies like this, the more widely available and affordable their products will become (see the end of this post for a promo code). 

Love Child Organics is an organic children’s food company preparing 100% pure and organic products powered by superfoods. Filled with nutrient- rich ingredients, Love Child Organics’s products are made using only real, simple, and clean ingredients that parents will recognize and feel good about.
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