Breakfast Sweet Potato Hash Browns - (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole 30, Kid Friendly)

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With the New Year excitement lingering in the air, I decided I am joining the bandwagon and trying to eat more Whole-30 friendly meals and offering more veggies at every meal for my kids.

The only thing holding me back is, well, carbs.  Darn you bread.  Luckily, tomorrow is a new day!

And thankfully, this healthy little number is New Years diet + Whole-30 + Kid-approved, so I still have that going for me!

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Sweet potatoes are my go-to when I am attempting to cut out the junk.  They can be sweetened up with butter + agave for a sweet tooth craving (try this NOW) or baked into fries, so many options!  All these options got me thinking of hash browns and so I got to cookin’. 

These turned out SO good with only a few simple ingredients and everyone enjoyed them!  I would not make these on a busy weekday morning as it takes a while (like pancakes) to wait and flip them all but on a lazy Saturday, yes! 

Next time I make these, I am planning on doubling the recipe for week time meal prep.  They would be a great addition to toddler lunches.

   

  

Ingredients:  (serves 4) 

  1. 1 Large organic sweet potato (or two small)
  2. 1 Egg
  3. Organic extra virgin coconut oil
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Crispy bacon bits + scallion toppings (optional) 

Method: 

  1. Peel and then shred sweet potato. 
  2. Beat egg.
  3. In large bowl, mix sweet potato, egg, and salt and pepper.  Massage mixture well with hands.
  4. Head pan on stovetop to medium high heat, add 1 tbsp coconut oil. 
  5. While pan is heating, form 1 inch ball of mixture with your hands.  Place and flatten into the oil with spatula.  Don’t move until that side is crispy then flip.
  6. Continue this process, cooking three or four at a time until finished.  
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Superhero Strength Green Smoothie (Kid-friendly)

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This smoothie is so packed full of delicious nourishing ingredients, that you and your kids will both feel like you have super-hero powers after drinking it down! Or if you’re like me, and have been eating junk while traveling for the past week or so, it will give you a quick jump start to detox your body of all the toxins.

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It has all you need, really! Lots of fresh greens, healthy fruits + healthy fats from the avocado, what more could you need to start your day?

Did you know mangos are packed FULL of antioxidants and are known for promoting healthy skin and digestion?? Their high antioxidant content has been known to prevent cancer and they also contain many trace minerals that are lacking in the average American diet like potassium, magnesium and copper.  

Who knew something so deliciously sweet could be so healthy?

Ingredents: 

3/4 or 1 whole mango
2-3 stalks kale (stems removed)
handful spinach
1/2 avocado
1 + 1/2 banana
juice of 1 lemon
4 square inch pineapple cubes
3/4 cup coconut water
lots of ice 

Method:

  1. Blend all ingredients in high power blender until smoothe, add ice at the end until desired consistency is reached. 
  2. Tell your kids they aren’t allowed to have any! 

   

No-Bake Almond Butter Chocolate-chip Granola Bars (Kid friendly, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten free)

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I have been on the hunt for a healthier version of the store bought peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars without all the gluten and yucky food additives.  I really wanted something healthy and sweet and also was looking for an pack-able kid-snack for when I’m out in public and my kids are getting H A N G R Y. 

After leaving the grocery store empty handed, and not wanting to venture out to Whole Foods, I decided I would give it a go on my own.  

I was pleasantly surprised at how amazing these turned out on my first try.  They were a hit with my kids and the husband too, who sometimes thinks my healthy sweets are not as good as the real thing.   My kids called them "cookies" and I just went with it.

I love having healthy snacks around the house for the kids obviously but also for myself when I am having sugar cravings and feel like I just might smash down an entire bag of my sons animal crackers. 

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These are absurdly simple, no bake required and have only 5 ingredients you probably have in your cupboard. 

Sunflower seeds and dark chocolate boost the nutritional value of these little granola bars and give them a deliciously chewy texture with just the right amount of crunch. They are packed with a little sweetness, fiber and some great sources of protein and fats.

So what are you waiting for? Go make these bars ASAP.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic gluten free oats, I use these

  • 1/3 + 1 tsp cup organic agave (can substitute with maple syrup)

  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

  • 3 tablespoons almond butter/peanut butter, this is my favorite brand

  • 1/3 cup organic sunflower seeds

  • pinch of sea salt

Method

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place all ingredients into a food processor, pulse until semi-smooth texture but don’t mash it completely, still leave some seeds and chips intact.

  3. Place the ingredients into parchment paper, mash it down with your fingers until you form an even layer.

  4. Cover & freeze for 4-5 hours.

    5. Cut and serve. 

Citrus Mint Green Smoothie - Kid Friendly, Paleo, Vegan

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I am always on a mission to find ways of getting more greens into my own diet and my children’s.  So when I find a green smoothie that both kids and I LOVE and keep asking for more of, I take it as a indication that I should write this one down.

This smoothie is so refreshing, what a wonderful way to start your morning!  Not only is is packed with lots of Vitamin C and healthy greens, but it also has some healthy fats from the coconut milk to keep your tummy full and give your brain a little boost.

If you're kids are distrustful of green smoothies, this one should bring them over to the dark side (or should I say "green" side?)

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Here are a few green smoothie pointers for kids:

  • Make sure you add a lot of ice to make your green smoothie super cold
  • Make sure to blend the consistency very fine, no one likes a chunky feeling in their mouth when drinking a smoothie
  • Drink it in front of them and wait for them to ask you for some
  • NEVER tell them to drink it! Toddlers are tricky - if you tell them to do something, they think they should do the opposite
  • If all else fails, use the better eater to encourage the other smoothie skeptic ("Oh, look how strong S is getting drinking his smoothie!)
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Ingredients:
3 stalks kale stems removed
1 handful spinach
1/2 large orange (or one whole small) peel removed
2 dates soaked overnight
1 banana
juice of 1 large lemon + add generous portion of pulp too
1/2 inch cube ginger
2/3 can organic coconut milk - I use this brand
4-5 mint leaves
splash of OJ (optional)
lots of ice

Method:
Blend all ingredients in high power blender until smooth.