Sunday, August 20, 2017

Got Celery? Simple But Healthy After School Snack

Celery is an alkalizing green vegetable that is a great gluten free base for a healthy snack.
Now that kids are going back to school, it's time to start thinking about nourishing after school snacks.

Have you ever filled a stalk of celery with nut butter and topped it with few raisins? It's a simple after school snack that is really delicious, packed with protein and nutrients, and ridiculously easy to make.

Kids of all ages love it!!

Real food makes great snacks for kids.

Instead of providing  packaged snacks to fill those little tummies, try reaching for fruit, vegetables and nut butters like peanut butter , almond butter or sun butters.

I was shopping in Whole Foods Market last week and they had a back to school promotion. Every department offered something special to taste or try. It was really fun trying samples throughout the store of food, smoothies, desserts, supplements, cosmetics, etc.

I always cut grapes in half for little kids

My favorite display was in the produce section where they made these little celery stalks filled with sun butter and raisins as a suggestion for a healthy after school snack.

Allergic? Or concerned about others who are?

If you or your little one is allergic to nuts or attend a nut free facility then Sunbutter works just as well.
I copied this information from the Sunbutter page-

" SunButter is free from the top 8 food allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, soy, milk, eggs, wheat, fish, and crustacean shellfish. SunButter is also free from Canada’s ten priority food allergens, which include mustard, sulfites, and sesame.
SunButter is made in the US from locally-grown, specially-roasted sunflower seeds, which are processed in our dedicated peanut free and tree nut free facility. Our sunflower seeds are grown in a region of the country where peanuts are not grown, eliminating the risk of cross contamination. SunButter is vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, and certified kosher."
you can find Sunbutter on Amazon ( Prime) ..

Whether you use nut butter or Sunbutter, the idea is simple but offers some decent protein, sweetness from the raisins, and is very tasty.

Slice Apples, Plums, Peaches, or Pears

For variety use apples, pears, plums, or peaches and nut butter on a rice cracker or rice cake
or leave off the rice cake and just spread the nut butter on sliced apples

Sliced bananas sprinkled with cinnamon or nut butter

what are your favorite real food after school snacks? Love your comments!!

Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor before giving nut butter to children . Nut butters may cause allergies or be too thick for some children.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday- Haulover Beach in South Florida

This bird flew onto the ledge of the pool to take a drink of water. I was able to get a quick shot because he didn't seem afraid and kind of just stood there even as I got closer and closer. 

Does anyone know what kind of bird this is? 
I haven't the faintest idea!!


South Florida

this beach is in the Sunny Isles Ocean Walk in South Florida
Early in the morning the birds are the only bathers

This week I'm pairing a refreshing summer drink( non alcoholic or add rum) with my Wordless Wednesday Beach Post
                                       Watermelon Limeade

I look forward to reading your comment!!

May be shares on the following Wordless Wednesday blog carnivals:
 Wordless Wednesday at Beth Fish Reads, Wordless Wed on Tuesdays wordless on tuesday, image in ing, ClaireJustine linky  and Saturday snapshot hosted by West Metro Mommy  Create with Joy bethere2day nanahood

Monday, August 14, 2017

Red Cabbage Potato Salad

Red potato salad is an easy to make, delicious to eat, frugal side dish that is a frequent guest at BBQ's and other summer gatherings. My colorful red cabbage potato salad is a healthier version that is made with chopped red cabbage, red onions, celery and red potatoes and no mayo.

I created this salad when I ran short of containers to store my leftovers one night. Out of necessity, I combined my red cabbage slaw with my french potato salad into one container. The next day when I went to serve my salads again , the two salads had mingled together creating a colorful delicious tasting potato salad that I we enjoyed immensely,

Since I loved the results,  I now make a recipe for red cabbage potato salad.
I think you will love it too, so don't forget to pin it for when you need a really good summer salad.

This delicious salad is  mayo free, gluten free, vegan, and full of colorful and crunchy vegetables.

Purple Vegetables
Although we sometimes call them red cabbage , red onions, and red grapes , they are actually in the purple family and their rich color is key to some powerful nutrients and protective antioxidants.

Our bodies need antioxidants to fight against aging. 
Purple vegetables are just as important to add to your diet as your greens.
I once read that antioxidants behave like rust proofing in our bodies and the darker the color, the more antioxidants. 

I sometimes get a craving for the purple type vegetables- this simple summer recipe satisfies whatever it is my body is needing with the red/purple onions, red purple cabbage, and red potatoes. Since I buy organic potatoes, we eat the skin.

5 medium size red potatoes, boiled, skinned , and quartered
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of chopped curly parsley
Juice of 1 large lemon or lime
1/2 cup of chopped celery
1/4 cup of chopped fresh dill
1/4 -1/2 cup of diced red onion ( according to your taste)
1 cup of chopped ( small) purple cabbage
Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

Mix your boiled potatoes together with the olive oil, lemon juice, hopped parsley, chopped celery, diced red onion, chopped purple cabbage and seasonings. Taste and add more lemon juice or olive oil if needed. This may taste even
better the second day after the flavors mingle.

My Notes: 

  1. If using organic red potatoes - boil potatoes whole in the skin- Leave skin on for the potato salad or remove skin after it has boiled and toss into a skillet with eggs ( some potato will adhere to the skin) 
  2. Tastes even better after the salad has a chance to allow the flavors to mingle.
This recipe is shared on Souper Sunday at Kahakai Kitchen where you can link up soup, salad, or sammie recipes...

Also shared on Weekend Cooking open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: