blueberry smoothies with a superfood surprise

FROZEN BLUEBERRY, fresh avocado smoothies

Frozen blueberries are an ingredient I make sure to never run out of. Honestly, there is usually a pile of bags taking up most of the space in my freezer. This is because in my weekly grocery shopping blitz, the one where I spend 20 minutes trying to throw everything I need into the cart before… 

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10 Grain-Free Snacks for Carb & Sweets Lovers

10 grain-free snacks for kids

Looking for healthy snacks for kids with fewer grains, carbs and sugar? In a new editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, experts say we all eat way too much sugar. That no amount of exercise can reverse eating too many sweets, and all this sugar is leading to serious problems for everyone. “Poor diet now generates… 

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overnight chia seed pudding with berries

chia seed pudding, foodlets

CHIA SEED PUDDING IS JUST ABOUT THE PERFECT MAKE-AHEAD BREAKFAST, particularly for sunny weather. But I didn’t always know this. The first time I made chia seed pudding, the whole concept was so foreign to me that I actually thought you HAD to use coconut milk. As though it wouldn’t work with other liquid. Like regular milk. Since then… 

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4 Ingredient Protein-Packed Peach Smoothies

frozen peach smoothies

SMOOTHIES. AN EASY SNACK FOR KIDS. A healthy snack for kids. What’s not to love? Plus, smoothies are so versatile. If you want something refreshing that won’t ruin the kids’ appetites before dinner, blend up this combination: 1 banana 2 cups frozen fruit, in this case peaches 1 cup milk If you’re looking for a snack… 

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bell pepper sailboats

bell pepper sailboats, foodlets

WHEN IT COMES TO CUTE FOOD SOMETIMES PARENTS GRUMBLE, “But then they’ll ask for something special every day!” I imagine my brood like little emperors reclining on fluffy pillows with pipes perched in the corners of their jam-smeared mouths. In come the demands: “Bring me my grape caterpillars!” “You call that a spider sandwich?” “WHEEEERE is my… 

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strawberry chia seed pudding pops

strawberry chia seed pudding pops

NOT EVERY KID IS A CHIA SEED PUDDING LOVER. I know. I have four small kids now and they’re all doing this thing where they’re developing their OWN tastes. It reminds me of this great post from Facebook, “I want my children to be independent headstrong people. Just not while I’m raising them.” But when a mother’s… 

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Lemon Yogurt Cakes with Blueberries

lemon yogurt cakes with blueberries

THERE’S A SECRET TO MAKING A CAKE MOIST. Add yogurt. This time, it was vanilla and the result was delicious. I learned about yogurt cake when we lived in Italy. Estelle was about a month old when we took a weekend trip to Umbria and did all sorts of things I can’t imagine doing now. Hikes (which… 

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No-Bake Chocolate, Fruit & Nut Bars

rascals poking chocolate bars

WE’VE MADE A LOT OF THINGS LIKE THESE. Homemade Lara Bars, DIY Kind Bars, Oat & Chocolate Balls and more…but these are the easiest. And the least expensive. They’re also the lowest in sugar, without any sweetener at all. One more thing. They’re the yummiest too. The formula for these healthy no-bake bars is simple: 2 cups… 

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A Heart-Shaped Strawberries, Cheese & Crackers Board 3 (Easy) Ways: Healthy Valentine’s Day Snacks for Kids

foodlets strawberry cheese and crackers boardq

I WARNED YOU. If you follow Foodlets on Facebook (and I hope you do), you’ll see that I posted a strawberry, cheese & crackers board for Valentine’s Day…and vowed to do it again. Here’s the first one. But first, one quick note about the ups and downs of fresh strawberries. It’s not strawberry season in… 

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Say It with Strawberries (and Cheese): A Fresh Valentine’s Day Treat for Kids

strawberry cheese board, foodlets

YOU COULD SAY IT WITH CHOCOLATE. Or smoothies. Even tiny cream puffs would be sweet. But today’s treat is a little healthier, a lot heartier and a great choice to bring to school as well. We used Mini Triscuits which I learned a while ago have two ingredients: wheat and salt. (Ditto for regular Triscuits, of… 

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strawberry hearts: a healthy valentine’s day snack for kids

strawberries cottage cheese foodlets

IT’S EASY TO IMPRESS THE RASCALS. And if you have an extra 35 seconds, you too can ta da your way to the cutest little snack with these strawberry hearts. It’s already time for Florida strawberries here in North Carolina but I’m betting you can get your hands on a few California beauties just about anywhere. And… 

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DIY “Kind” Bars

quinoa nut and seed bars, foodlets

CONFESSION: SOMETIMES I HIDE THE GOOD STUFF FROM MY KIDS. No, I don’t mean the chocolate. Because that’s OBVIOUS. My stash is in the freezer where I can get to it the moment nap time begins. No, I mean those delightful but expensive Kind bars. Usually I buy granola bars for the kids. The nice ones. Low… 

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter (No Sugar Added)

no sugar slow cooker apple butter

HOMEMADE APPLE BUTTER IS one of those things Paul and I remember loving as kids. Both of our moms made it. In fact, apple butter has been shipped to our kids by two different grandmothers to two different countries, only to be devoured in one week flat. That’s because it’s delicious. But with four small kids, I… 

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Christmas Tree Grapes & Cheese Platter

grapes and cheese christmas tree, foodlets

IS THERE A KIDS’ PARTY GOING ON near you? Our kindergartener’s class is hosting a holiday party at the end of the week. When our Room Parent emailed everyone asking about a healthy, low sugar snack, this Christmas tree platter made of grapes and cheese immediately came to mind. I saw one on Pinterest (where else?) and tried it out for… 

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easy-to-make owl crackers

easy to make owl crackers 2

MAKING DINNER WITH ANTSY KIDS UNDER FOOT is hard enough. But making Thanksgiving dinner with kids playing chase through the kitchen? That’s the kind of stress me and my pre-ordered, free-range, organic turkey just don’t need. What we need is wine a simple kid’s activity. If you’re looking for a keep ’em busy project that also doubles… 

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simple sweet potato walnut muffins

sweet potato walnut muffins foodlets

YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW (AND LOVE) THESE SWEET POTATO MUFFINS. I do. In fact, these babies are big winners. Yep, they were crowned our Muffin of the Year once upon a time, and I’m pretty sure this is why: you don’t have to bake the sweet potatoes ahead of time, and they’re full of protein-rich nuts…. 

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spider sandwiches

spider sandwiches, foodlets

IN KEEPING WITH OUR EASY HALLOWEEN FOOD IDEAS theme, today’s spider sandwich is so simple and surprisingly sturdy that they make great snacks or lunches on the go. I know this because George, my two-year-old, reached up and grabbed the container ours were stored in no less than five times before we got out the… 

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how to make green grape caterpillars

green grape caterpillars foodles

THESE CREEPY CRAWLY CATERPILLARS aren’t just a healthy Halloween treat, they’re also great for parties or lunch boxes any time of the year. I think I know three little people who are going to squeal when they see these on the table at snack time today… WHAT YOU NEED: Extra long toothpicks (I got mine… 

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