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    • Nutrient Packed Breakfast

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    •  3/25/2013 8:59:51 PM
    •   The other night I got home from the gym and was in need of a quick dinner/recovery meal. I was fortunate enough to have made a large batch of plain quinoa earlier that day. (I love making about 4 cups of grains to store in my fridge for moments just like this one.) I currently have a love for almond butter, cinnamon, and banana mixed together. See previous post for another great breakfast with these same ingredients.  I decided to just throw everything together in a bowl hoping that it would turn out okay, I was delighted with the flavors! It was so delish, i decided to serve it for breakfast the next day for the kiddos. I got mixed reviews, but 3 out of four gobbled it up. That's when I know it's blog worthy. 




      Nutrient Packed Breakfast

       

       

      Ingredients:

      1 cup plain quinoa

      1 small banana

      2 tbsp Almond Butter

      cinnamon to taste


      Directions:

      In a small bowl place quinoa, then sliced banana, sprinkle with cinnamon, and top with a large drizzle of almond butter. This meal can be served warm or cold.  If you would like, add a dash of your favorite plant milk.

       

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    • Got Smoothie? CONTEST!

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    •  3/21/2013 12:26:17 PM
    •  Got Smoothie?

       

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      I took this fun pic of my little girl today, she was all grins and giggles with her green smoothie 'stache. I shared the image with my sister and she said some things that got my wheels turning!  Why not let our readers send us a pic of themselves or kiddos with a green 'stache and let them win something GREAT! Good idea right? Coming up with a prize is always fun, the best prize I can think of would be a FREE six month subscription to our Whole Food Mommies Membership!! We have so many fun and exciting things to offer through our membership that will help you and your family stay motivated and excited about eating more plants! WAHOO!

       

      Here are the deets: Email us a fun pic of you or your child/children with a green smoothie mustache! (we would love to share your recipe too!)

      We will then post all the pics on our site and allow our readers to vote! Winner gets the FREE MEMBERSHIP!  Sounds to good to be true right? Easy peazy lemon squeezy! 

       

      Email photo and recipe: contest@wholefoodmommies.com

       

      We will accept photos starting NOW until April 15th 2013. We will then post all pics on the site for our readers to vote. Start snapping photos and sharing your fave green smoothie recipes!

       

      Learn more about our MEMBERSHIP click here!

       

      Don't have your own signature recipe? Feel free to use any of ours! This one is our family favorite!

       

       

       

       

       

      1 banana

      2 cups frozen fruit (I used the "Festival Blend" from Costco consisting of mango, papaya, pineapple and strawberries)

      1 cup Almond Milk 

      2 cups fresh spinach (at least) 

       

      Combine the ingredients in a high-powered blender, until it reaches the desired consistency...and enjoy!

       

       

       

       

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    • Healthy No-Bakes! YUM.

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    •  3/12/2013 6:35:26 PM
    •    Sunday is treat day at our house. After the long week and always busy weekend, Sunday is the day we spend the most down time together as a family.  We read, play, and always make a treat! I recently saw a recipe for the "best" no bake cookies on pinterest, but when I read the ingredients I was so sad to see butter, milk, and white sugar. Lucky for my kiddos, the picture left me craving a no bake style treat.  Yesterday I gathered random ingredients and I created these healthy no-bakes that will satisfy any craving, but won't leave you feeling guilty. They are also PERFECT for a lunch box treat! 


      Yields  12-15 cookies (double or triple to have extra for freezing)


      HEALTHY NO-BAKES

       


      Ingredients:

      1 cup rolled oats

      1/2 cup chocolate chips; most semi sweet are dairy free, read ingredient list

      3 Tbsp peanut butter; I use crunchy, but either type will work.

      3 Tbsp almond butter (Heaping scoops)

      2 Tbsp ground flax seeds

      1/2 Tbsp coconut oil

      1 Tbsp flax seeds

      1 Tbsp sesame seeds

      1 Tbsp hemp seeds

      1 Tbsp chia seeds

      1 tsp real vanilla *optional

      Directions:

      Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until it forms a sticky dough (about 3-4 minutes). If it's too dry, add more nut butter.  If it's too wet, add a little more oats. I like using my food processor because I can pulse and the choc chips and seeds stay chunky.  A blender will work just as well. Scoop heaping tablespoon drops onto wax paper and place in fridge to set up quickly. If you can resist eating the whole batch, store extras in an air tight container in fridge or freezer in a freezer bag. 

       

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    • Essential Oils

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    •  11/6/2013 8:30:45 PM
    • I have a confession to make. When I first heard about essentials oils, I decided that those were just too hokey for me. Fast forward a couple of years and they are my go to for EVERYTHING! When I say everything I really mean it. From head aches to bug bites to tummy aches and flu, cold, coughs, there is an oil to help. The results: My kids have not been to the doctor for illness in almost three years. Don't get me wrong, they have caught the latest colds and flus, but I have the remedies in my home and I always go there first. I must warn that I am not a doctor and cannot recommend or help diagnose any child, but I have learned to trust my instinct and the oils.  I encourage you, if you have not done research start looking into essential oils. 

       

      Kris Carr says: Essential oils penetrate the cell membranes, allowing them to travel through the blood and tissues in order enhance cellular function. She recommends the brand Young Living created in my home state of Utah. I personally use DoTerra (equally high in quality) and even paid the extra $35 to sign up as a rep so I can get the wholesale prices for myself.  I am hooked! :)

       

       

      My must-have oils:

      On Guard - I diffuse this in my kids room at night to eliminate airborne pathogens. 

      Breathe- Apply to chest or bottom of feet for help with any respiratory problems due to common illness or even asthma and allergies.

      Lavender- Calming, when you have those nights where the kids just won't settle or a busy day and you need to relax. This works great to rub on feet, diffuse in the room, or drop 5-8 in a warm bath.

      Lemon- Sore throat wonder oil! I love this stuff. When my kids are getting a sore throat they ask for lemon water. Drinking lemon oil also provide and antioxidants and detoxes the body. I will also just rub the lemon directly on the throat to soothe a sore throat. 

      Melaleuca- use on rashes, cold sores, coughs, flu, antibacterial, acne or other skin blemishes

       

      *These are only a few of the uses for these above listed oils.


      And I recently made my own "vicks" chest rub for my kiddos:

      2 tbsp Coconut oil

      3-4 drops Eucalyptus oil

      1-2 drops Peppermint oil

      Combine in a small glass jar.  Add more oils to adjust the strength you need. 

       

       

      **Please do your own research to understand why, where, and how to use these oils properly. Some cannot be taken internally. Please be careful and use wisely!

       

       

       

       

      • Howdy! I simply want to give you a big thumbs up for the great info you have right here on this post. I will be returning to your site for more soon.
      • Do you have an good online resources for research? I have been using lavendar and tea tree oil in my wipe solution for my baby, but I remember reading somewhere that you should not put TTO on baby's bum. Do you have an reputable resources and do you have any thoughts on TTO in wipes?
      • One of my all time favorites is Thieves from Young Living. I swear by that stuff and diffuse it in my house weekly after I vacuum.
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