Fruit or Art?

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The kids help make this weeks fruit salad.  It’s a true work of art my son said.  Best after school snack you can have.  Keeping it eye appealing helps draw the kids to it and helps moms and dads make a better choice rather than ice cream…Wait…NO.. that’s not true, I am still choosing my ice cream over this, but maybe I will skip the handful of crackers after work tomorrow and have a nice bowl of fruit!!

Fruit Salad

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This pinkish purple container holds our fruit salad.  I make a new batch every Friday afternoon from Memorial day until the end of October using fruits in season.  I try to mix it up a little each week adding different fruits.  It’s a great snack for the kids to quickly grab when they are busy playing or “starving” waiting on their next meal.  It’s also great to help keep them hydrated during the hot summer months (if we ever get them this year as today it was 55 degrees out). 

Today I made this pretty bowl and because it’s a holiday weekend and we had some neighbors for dinner, I made sure to pick up enough groceries to restock over the weekend.

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Keeping a pretty bowl like this filled will help kids (and others) make a wise food choice when looking for something to snack on.

 

 

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Looking for the perfect healthy cookie?? Look no further…this is a homerun for sure!!

My mother made these cookies.  The neighbor kids were here with my 2 children.  They ate this entire container and never knew these were gluten and grain free.  They are that good!!

I do not have a food processor so my mother used my blender to make these which was not as easy to break down the chickpeas.  We had to do it in batches but they came out perfect.  Simple, healthy, full of good things and oooh so good.  I am going to make another batch as these will be gone by tomorrow night for sure!!

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas
  • ½ cup all natural creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup vegan mini-chocolate chips (I used regular chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips into a food processor. Blend for a few minutes, dough should be smooth and creamy.
  3. Transfer cookie dough to a bowl and fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Use a tablespoon and scoop dough into balls and drop onto cookie sheet 2 inches apart
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Makes about 22-24 cookies

Fit Bit — Water

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Ok, I admit it…I love water in pools, surrounding the Island we live on, in ponds, lakes, streams and everywhere in between.  But when it comes to drinking it….UGH…I have to force it down.  I don’t know why.  I’ve always felt that way.  I would rather drink a glass of milk than water.  Knowing the body is made up of over 70% water, I am well aware of the importance it has in my daily life.  So I thought I would share a few ways I trick myself into drinking at least 6 to 8, 8 ounce glasses a day.

Lemon Peel — it’s no secret I love lemons and they are a happy thing to me.  So I will save lemon rinds after my daughter has juiced them or from a recipe and I cut them small and slip them into a water bottle or my cup.  Seeing that bit of yellow makes me happy and it adds just enough lemon flavor to the water.  Limes and Oranges work well too but I love the Lemon!!

Small bottles or glasses — seeing a smaller bottle tricks my mind into thinking this is just a little bit so drink till it’s gone which I will.  Then I will refill it and wait a bit and do it again.  Breaking it into small batches you drink all day helps with the digestion process and less running to the bathroom which happens after you chug an 8 oz glass.

Splash of cranberry or grape juice — let’s face it color is more interesting than clear.  So I splash a tiny bit to give the water a hue of color which makes it more appealing to drink in my mind.

Decorative water/sports container — if I am running around and need to drink I will fill a pretty container and keep it with me in the car.  It is easier to drink while driving or at a light from a bottle that has a controlled top or tip on it.  Again, I pick a pattern/colors that appeal to me so I like looking at it and it invites me to drink it (yes, I have to do this stuff!!)

Water is so important to your body.  When I don’t drink enough I can feel the affects immediately with dry hands, dry lips, fatigue, hunger (which is truly thirst), and even a cloudy mind.

I hope some of the tricks help you in reaching your daily ration of water!!!