Healthy Frozen Treats!

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After my little ones have finished all the food on their plate at dinnertime, their favorite question to ask is, “Is there anything else we can have?” Sometimes I pretend I think they’re asking for seconds, but I know what they’re really asking is, can they have some dessert. Dessert is not an every day thing in my house, but my children come by their sweet tooth honestly, so I like to indulge them sometimes.

Now, I’m not going to pretend that whenever I make treats for the kids, they’re all super healthy, sugar-free treats, but I do make an effort to cut the sugar in my recipes, use other sweeteners (maple syrup, agave, honey) and either completely substitute butter for coconut oil, or at least split it 50/50.

This recipe was my solution to my littles telling me they wanted ice cream sandwiches.

Homemade Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients

  • 8 oz of frozen fruit (most frozen fruit bags are 15-16oz) so this is roughly half the bag
  • 1/4 cup plain organic yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Directions

Put all the ingredients into a food processor and mix until smooth. Please notice I said food processor and not blender. I made the mistake of trying to whip this up in my blender and it was rough. The blender just didn’t have enough juice to deal with such a thick concoction. That being said if you have something like a Vitamix, you should do just fine.

My girls never want the same flavor/kind/type of anything, so I made one batch of mango frozen yogurt (pictured above) and one batch of strawberry frozen yogurt (below). We ended up with about half a pint of each, which was just enough for 4 small bowl of frozen yogurt (with a little leftover for later). I used half a cookie to garnish each of their servings, and just like that their ice cream cookie craving was satisfied. Added bonus: my 9 month old was able to enjoy this treat as well!

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Baby Hummus!

My husband and I ordered falafel the other day and it came with a side of hummus. My 9-month old little peanut was eyeing it, so I decided to let him have a taste and he loved it!! It then dawned on me that hummus is the perfect baby food! High in protein, iron, and fiber, with a smooth, creamy consistency… I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me sooner. So, I got in the kitchen to make my own!

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Homemade Baby* Hummus

Ingredients

1 can of organic chick peas

3TBSP  Tahini

1/4C Olive Oil

Juice of 2 Lemons

2 cloves of garlic

A pinch of salt

2TBSP Water

Directions

Put all of the ingredients into your food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. If it is a little thick for your liking, add another tablespoon of water.

 

*You may be wondering what makes this “baby” hummus and not just regular old hummus. Well, many hummus recipes are spiced up, which may be a little difficult for a baby palette. A pinch of salt n pepper, along with some paprika would make this a hummus fit for grown ups 🙂

Winter Elixir

Every winter, without fail my daughters get sniffles and coughs that can go on for weeks if I don’t catch them early. So, at the first sign of a cold, I make this drink for them. It breaks up any mucous that has started to form and gives their immune system a little boost at the same time.

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Winter Elixir

8oz water (hot or cold, i prefer mine hot… it makes the drink more like a tea or hot cider)

1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar

1 TBSP Fresh Squeezed Lemon (or Lime) Juice

1 Rounded TBSP Raw Organic Honey

1 Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

Directions:

If you are making the drink with hot water add all the ingredients into a mug and briskly stir with a spoon. If you are making the drink with cold water I would suggest putting it in a mason jar, or another container with a lid and giving it a good shake.

The recipe is for one cup of elixir, but I often make it in large quantities, and heat it up as needed/wanted.

Enjoy!