DIY healthy gummies

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Oh, gummy bears…. Sigh…. I love how delicious you taste, but I seriously dislike your sugar content, fake coloring, and lack of nutrition. I don’t know about you, but when I give my kids (or myself for that matter) a treat, I always prefer it to be healthy!

Here are my criteria for healthy treats:

They need to be-

•Whole food based
•Refined sugar free
•Free of artificial coloring
•Tasty
•Nutritious

Wouldn’t it be awesome to feel good about giving your kids gummy treats?Well, I have good news! I have just the recipe for you. DIY healthy gummies. This is my kids’ favorite way to eat more healthy gelatin (I do put it in their smoothies too). These gummies are made with fruit and grass fed gelatin. They are gluten free, refined sugar free, and dairy free!

Here are some of the benefits of healthy grass fed gelatin.

1. Gelatin is contains a good amount of protein. With 6 grams of protein per tablespoon, it’s a great way to add a little more protein to your child’s diet.

2. Gelatin improves digestion. It naturally binds to water and helps food move through the digestive tract more easily.

3. Gelatin is good for bone and joint health. Gelatin contains lots of amino acids important in helping to prevent the cartilage in your joints from weakening. Gelatin also has very high anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Gelatin supports healthy hair, nails, and teeth. Gelatin contains a good amount of keratin, which is a very strong protein found in your hair, nails, teeth and skin.

DIY Strawberry Cream Gummies

Ingredients

½ cup pureed organic strawberries (or fruit of your choice)
½ cup full fat coconut milk (or filtered water, coconut water or milk of your choice)
1-2 tablespoons raw honey
3 tablespoons gelatin powder (I used grass-fed gelatin)
1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
2 capsules of probiotics (optional)

Directions

Purée fresh or frozen strawberries (thawed) in a blender. I personally love to use my immersion blender. If you don’t have one, you NEED one. They are amazing!

Place puréed fruit into a measuring cup for easy pouring into the molds.

In a small saucepan whisk liquid (I used full fat coconut milk) with the gelatin, honey, and vanilla over low heat, until dissolved (It is not recommended for the mixture to boil).

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Pour the gelatin liquid into the pureed fruit and whisk to prevent the gelatin from setting in clumps. Add anything else you might like (probiotics, maca powder, green powder, vitamins, etc) and whisk to incorporate.

Pour the mixture into your molds and place them in the fridge to set for about 15 minutes.

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Remove the gummies from the molds and store in the fridge in an air-tight container. I find that they last in the fridge for about 1-2 weeks. Enjoy!!

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Summer Spinach and Strawberry Salad

 

One of our favorite seasons is summer. Not only because of the California weather and beaches, but because there are tons of local fresh produce waiting to be added to our dinners. One of my children’s favorite fruits is strawberries. So anytime I can combine their favorite fruit with some veggies I am always over the moon. Below you’ll find one of our go-to salad recipes that our children cannot get enough of.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound baby spinach
  • 1 cup strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 2 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled

 

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together shallot and vinegar. While whisking constantly, drizzle in oil to make a vinaigrette. Add spinach, strawberries, almonds and goat cheese and gently toss to combine. Serve immediately.

 

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Start Your Mornings With Oatmeal Pancakes

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Pancakes!! Doesn’t everyone love pancakes? With green smoothies currently taking over breakfast it’s always nice to enjoy a good ol’ American favorite like pancakes. There are tons of ways to jazz up a pancake, like adding fruits to fulfill that sweet tooth or even by changing from your regular routine of boxed pancake mix to this healthy alternative of oatmeal pancakes.

Oatmeal Pancakes Topped with Fresh Organic Pomegranates & Organic Blueberries  

Ingredients
2 cups organic milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cups quick-cookingrolled oats
1/2 gluten-free all purpose flour
1/4 cup butter (melted)
1 tbsp packed brown sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preparation

1.  In a large bowl combine both your rolled oats and organic milk, then make sure to sit for about 5 minutes.

2. In another large bowl whisk together your whole wheat flour, gluten-free all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

3. Whisk eggs and your 1/4 cup of butter into milk mixture until blended. Next, pour over flour mixture and stir just until all is combined.

4. Next you will need to heat a large teflon-free skillet over medium heat. Add a very then layer of butter to your skillet. Add about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake into skillet. Cook for approximately 3 minutes or until pancake is golden. Repeat with your remaining batter, make sure if needed to adjust heating to avoid burning.

5. Lastly, top your pancakes with organic pomegranate & organic blueberries for a sweet addition.

What are some of your favorites toppings for pancakes?

Stremick’s Heritage Organic Milk Giveaway

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As we mentioned before, one of the first and by far easiest steps we took when beginning our quest for a more healthy and natural lifestyle was our switch to from regular milk to organic milk. It was the first step to ridding myself and my family of harsh chemicals and pesticides. With the same dedication as our team here at Mothers Organic to insure that all products are safe for our customers and their families, I personally take extreme pride in providing my family with pesticide and hormone free foods.

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Although there are a few different options for organic milk our go-to remains Stremick’s Heritage. Stremick’s Heritage Organic Milk  is a staple in our household. They are a family owned business committed to making great products. Meaning handing down only the best traditions, ideals, and products from one generation to the next. “Our high quality beverages with top tier health standards reflect the same standards of excellence we would expect in our own home.  Our integrity and manufacturing processes highlight our commitment to ensuring the health of future generations.”

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Organic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Discover how to make real vanilla bean ice cream with this delious recipe. The real vanilla beans are steeped in this custard that literally perfumes the ice cream releasing its aromatic flavor.

Makes about 1 quart

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups whole organic milk
2 vanilla beans
5 large organic egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup organic heavy cream

DIRECTIONS: 

Add milk to a medium saucepan. Halve the vanilla beans lengthwise with a knife. With your finger or knife, scrape the vanilla beans into the saucepan with the milk and add vanilla pod to the mixture. Stir and bring mixture to a simmer and steep for 30 minutes. Strain mixture, reserve milk and discard solids.

Combine egg yolks and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until very thick and pale yellow, for about 3-5 minutes. Return milk to a simmer.

Prep an ice water bath.

Temper the egg yolks by slowly adding half of the warm milk mixture to the egg yolk mixture while stirring constantly until blended. Add new mixture to sauce pan with remaining milk. Stir consistently over low heat until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.

Remove saucepan from heat and immediately stir in cream. Place an empty bowl over the ice water bath. Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer into empty bowl and chill for at least 3 hours to overnight in the refrigerator.

Freeze custard in ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Store in an airtight container in freezer until ready to eat.

 

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Baby Food: Red Lentil and Veggie Dahl

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One of the most rewarding things for a parent, is to see is their little one devouring a home cooked meal packed full of nutritious, natural goodness. Truly versatile, this recipe makes for a wonderful first food for your baby. You can blend the mixture to a smooth puree, or keep the peas and broccoli whole or partially mashed for some all-important texture to promote chewing.

Nutrition Note: Red lentils, naturally low in salt, are a healthy addition to your baby’s diet.  They provide many important nutrients for your baby’s growth and development including folate, magnesium, zinc and iron.

Recipe: 

  • Yield: 1 cup
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Ready In: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 200g (7 oz) pumpkin, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) red lentils
  • A pinch of turmeric (optional)
  • ½ cup (4 oz) broccoli, florets chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of frozen peas

Method

  1. Combine the pumpkin and red lentils into a small saucepan, add the water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, add the broccoli and peas and simmer for a further 5 minutes until the pumpkin and broccoli are soft.
  2. Fork mash (or puree) and serve.

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