Get Those Kids Cookin’…

Ever wonder how to get your kids involved in the kitchen? Here are a few tips that I offer to my clients…whether you have young children, nieces, nephews, neighbors, family or friends…these tips are sure to get your little ones active and entertained in the kitchen.


  • Cucumber Caterpillar: Slices of cucumber held together with natural peanut butter. Place the Caterpillar on ‘greens’ to look like grass.
  • Taco or Burrito Bar: Serve brown rice, black beans, onions, hot peppers, sprouted grain or gluten free tortillas, broccoli, arugula, cauliflower, guacamole and  salsa.  Add nuts, seeds and spices in tiny serving dishes to jazz up the flavors!
  • Salad Bar: Spin your greens in a salad spinner, then dress dry greens with a lime dressings made by combining sesame oil, fresh lime juice, low-sodium tamari, cayenne pepper, agave nectar, balsamic vinegar and water.
  • Mashed Potato Parfaits- Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips and carrots mixed together…topped with raisins, cinnamon, shredded coconut and agave nectar
  • Individual Pizzas: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Choose gluten free or sprouted whole grain tortillas, caramelized onions, spinach, red onion, mushrooms, kalamata olives, artichokes, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Add each ingredient atop each tortilla and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Panini Party: Gluten Free or sprouted whole grain bread, SoyaKaas Gluten Free/Dairy Free cheese, tomato slices, eggplant slices, fresh basil leaves, balsamic vinegar, avocado, zucchini and squash slices.  Add all ingredients to 2 slices of bread.  Place onto a panini maker (sprayed with cooking spray); cook until cheese is melted and veggies are warm and cooked.  Dip into marinara (red) sauce.
  • Stir-Fry: Switch up your usual recipe with unique grains such as millet, quinoa or buckwheat.
  • Fruit Salad: Add exotic fruits to spice up the flavors.  Use a melon baller and serve in a wine glass to add to the allure of this meal.  Add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt atop each fruit salad serving and sprinkle with cinnamon and stevia.
  • Slaw Wraps: Cabbage, celery, carrots, bok choy, mushrooms, peppers, snap peas, bean sprouts, snow peas, green beans and Napa Slaw can easily be combined and wrapped in rice paper.  Liven up this dish by pairing it with a special sauce of grapefruit juice, ginger, balsamic vinegar, lemonade and seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower.  Toss with fresh apples or cumin roasted chick peas.  Adding berries such as blackberries, raspberries and cherries add a nice antioxidant punch to these wraps.
  • Peanut Butter Chicken Fajitas: The best way to make a good peanut sauce is by combining organic peanut butter, fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, agave nectar and low-sodium tamari/soy sauce.
  • Frozen Basil and Banana Pops: Blend together 2 cups ice, 2 cups fresh basil leaves, 1 ripe banana, 1 cup fresh mint leaves, 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup agave nectar in a blender.  Blend well and pour into glasses! This is a wonderful treat for a healthy dessert!

Have fun and experiment with some of my ideas above…Getting the kids active in the kitchen is fun…and who knows, your kids may just start to ‘enjoy’ their veggies!!!

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Product Review: Dave’s Killer Bread

A big thank you to the folks over at Dave’s Killer Bread for sending me a delicious loaf of KILLER bread.

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I have been eager to tell each of you about the delicious breads over at Dave’s Killer Bread.

Dave offers a vast array of delicious and healthy breads:

  • 21 Whole Grains Bread
  • Powderseed Bread
  • Good Seed Bread
  • Blues Bread
  • Good Seed Flourless Sprouted Wheat
  • Good Seed Spelt Bread
  • Peace Bomb Mini-Baguette
  • Cracked Wheat Bread
  • Nuts and Grains Bread
  • Rockin’ Rye Bread

Dave is busy working on numerous new products that are currently under development:

  • Organic Cinnamon Rolls
  • Sprouted Grain Cookies
  • Whole Grain White Bread
  • Omega Sprouted Wheat bread
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Robust Raisin
  • Blues Buns
  • Surviva Complete Protein Bread
  • Good Seed Love Bombs

My clients and I were lucky enough to sample Dave’s delicious breads; we were amazed by the fresh, chewy texture and nutritional content of each slice! This was by far the best bread I have ever tasted and my clients agreed 100%.   Last week, my clients and I sampled Dave’s bread and had a great time making sandwiches, baked croutons, meatballs and vegetarian bean burgers.  There are countless ways to enjoy Dave’s Killer Bread in your recipes; simply sub Dave’s bread for your bread crumbs, processed croutons and unhealthy breads void of fiber, loaded with additives and artificial flavors.

You haven’t tasted a REAL bread until you have a slice of Dave’s.  You’ll be saying goodbye to your store bought ‘fake fiber’ and ‘fake whole grain’ breads once you bite into Dave’s loaf.  As I have mentioned before, we must be cautious when shopping for whole grain breads-just because the package advertises ‘Whole Grains’ does not necessarily mean that the product contains the entire bran, germ and endosperm in contrast to refined grains, which retain only the endosperm.  Each part of the whole grain kernel contains many essential vitamins and nutrients from fiber to antixoidants, minerals, and protein found in the endosperm and germ.  We must be sure to carefully study the ingredients on each label–but no worries here, Dave’s got you covered with his all-star ingredients.

If you are in the market for a new bread or just ready to break out of your Wonder Bread routine, take a look at Dave’s website and order yourself a loaf or two of his unique bread creations.

As you can see from the above bread variety as well as the new products in development, Dave has created a KILLER Whole Grain business.  Each of Dave’s delicious breads is made from whole grain, which as we all know is far healthier than products made with refined grains.

Moreover, Dave’s breads contain no animal products, therefore every tasty loaf is vegan.    No artificial flavors, no preservatives, no corn syrup, no high fructose corn syrup! Now, that’s hard to beat!  Each loaf is sweetened with organic molasses, natural fruit juices and organic cane juice.

Thank you again to the kind folks over at Dave’s Killer Bread for sending me samples of their whole grain breads.  I know my clients are going to be ordering Dave’s bread for their childrens lunch sandwiches–it seems we’ve finally found a healthy fiber-ful bread that has a liking to the kids taste buds!  Now there’s a way to put whole grains into your families meals.

Product Review: Wildwood Pasta, Probiotic Hummus, Soy Milk and Soy Yogurt

Thank you to Wildwood Foods for sending me a wonderful package of their organic Probiotic Hummus, Soy Yogurt, Soy Milk and Pasta.  These were delicious and the added probiotics in the hummus, yogurt and milk made my our tummy’s happy! We love that good bacteria—thanks Wildwood Foods.


Probiotic Hummus

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Wildwood’s Probiotic Hummus comes in the following flavors: Classic, Low Fat Classic, Indian Spice, Raspberry Chipotle, Roasted Red Pepper, Spicy Cayenne.  My favorite was the Indian Spice mixed with my morning eggs and gluten-free crackers; my clients loved the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus in their lunch sandwiches!


Probiotic Soy Yogurt

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Wildwood’s Probiotic Soy Yogurt comes in the following flavors: Blueberry, Peach, Raspberry, Strawberry, Vanilla and Plain.  I enjoyed each of these flavors; my clients and I also froze some of the yogurt and enjoyed them as healthy ‘ice cream’ treats!


Probiotic Soy Milk

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Wildwoods’ Probiotic Soy Milk comes in Pomegranate, Blueberry and Vanilla.  My clients and I used the Pomegranate in baking recipes for waffels and pancakes…the vanilla was delicious in our morning oatmeal and cereal!

Pasta

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Wildwood’s Pasta Slim is available in Fettuccine and Spaghetti.  My clients and I used the pasta in a white clam sauce recipe as well as in a classic red sauce and meat ball dish.  The light, soft noodles were quite tasty and I’ll be sure to purchase these again.

Thank you again to Wildwood Foods for these delicious products.  Be sure to check out Wildwood Foods for more products such as Soy Milk Creamer, Regular Soy Milk, Sprouted Tofu, Dips, Sauces, Tofu Veggie Burgers and Tempeh.  I loved all of these products and I know my clients and I will be purchasing WildWood products in the future.

Wildwood was kind enough to send me some great coupons for their products.  If you are interested in trying their products, please contact me and leave a comment–I’ll be sure to send you a coupon for the product of your choice!

Product Review: French Meadow Bakery

Thank you to French Meadow Bakery for sending me a wonderful package of baked good for my clients to sample.  These products are out-of-this world and absolutely delicious.  Be sure to take a look at their website for Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Casein-Free, Lactose-Free, Peanut-Free and Yeast Free products.

We loved the Hemp Bagels—if you have not yet tried these be sure to pick them up and try them—I assure you they will make your taste buds dance!  Hemp is an excellent source of fiber, protein and essential minerals and is certified Low Glycemic.  I was the first to try the Hemp Bagels with a nice spread of Almond Butter for breakfast…O what a treat this was!  Move over oatmeal–this may just become my new staple breakfast!

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My clients and I loved tasting the French Meadow Bakery Daily Bread.  This soft, sprouted whole grain bread had a crunchy bite and paired well with our lunch-time sandwiches.

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The French Meadow Bakery’s Organic Wheat and Sprouted Grain Tortillas were a huge hit with my clients, as well.  These soft tortillas are made from a blend of wheat flour, sprouted grains and legumes. A perfect, “Yummy” will escape your mouth when you bite into these delicious tortillas.  We wrapped ours with nut butter and dried fruit drizzled with agave nectar for a healthy and sweet after dinner treat!show_image_in_imgtag

Thank you, again to French Meadow Bakery for the wonderful package.  My clients loved the samples and they are looking forward to trying your other products, as well.  I know that I, myself want to try their Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free Pizza Crust…Doesn’t that sound delicious?

Be sure to check out French Meadow’s website for Delicious breads, rolls, desserts, tortillas, pizza crust, bagels and much more!  The best part about French Meadow’s products is that they also cater to the Lactose-Free and Gluten-Free crowd (like me)! Yeaaaa!