Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls {Vegan, Gluten Free}

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  The world of blogging really jumped on the snack ball bandwagon. I am pretty sure you'd be hard-pressed to find a food blogger without a "ball" recipe on their blog. And for good reason. They're the perfect snack. I started making balls over 6 years ago  (sorry if "making balls" sounds weird to you, but I simply can't call them anything else) when we were living in Austin and I wanted snacks to have on hand while I was nursing my firstborn. I made them very simply with peanut butter and oats and dipped them in melted chocolate. To this day they are one of my favorite … [Read more...]


Stonyfield Greek Yogurt & A Perfect Parfait

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The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Stonyfield. My kids have a Greek yogurt every morning for breakfast. No exaggeration. They are kind of obsessed. It's great because while I am getting my coffee they can go out to our garage fridge where we stock the bulk food and grab their yogurt and start eating. Makes my life a little easier in the morning...at least for about 5 minutes until they are done. I have been buying Stonyfield organic yogurts since the kids were babies. YoBaby was always stocked in our fridge so when I received this wonderful package from … [Read more...]


10 Favorite Gluten Free Snacks

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Just because I don't follow a strict diet doesn't mean I don't like to experiment eating gluten free. There are so many more options available these days as compared to 15 years ago! Remember when I posted here about gluten free entertaining and explained there are plenty of naturally gluten free foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts, meats, seafood and dairy products that will make up a large part of your diet. Today, however, I want to talk about my favorite gluten free snack food. One of my good friends in gluten free and I always think about her when I grocery shop. Is … [Read more...]


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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I confess, I don't really like chocolate in my banana bread. I prefer it straight up and traditional with lots of banana flavor and walnuts. This one, my kids love. What's not to love if you're a kid? Bread, banana and chocolate? I have been baking on a regular basis so that they can have a treat in their lunchboxes. Some of their favorites are blueberry zucchini muffins, pumpkin bread and banana bread. Then they'll say, "when are you going to put cookies in our lunch? Some kids get cookies in their lunch, ya know"....and I say well they're probably the pre-packaged junky … [Read more...]


Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

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Back-to-school baking! I love having muffins on hand for quick breakfasts, snacks or to pack in lunches. My kids request these and often help me make them. I love quick breads that incorporate vegetables too. It's a good lesson to my kids that vegetables aren't evil. They tend to freak out at veggies they don't like, but since they helped me make these muffins, they sure have been talking a lot about zucchini. Now if I can get them to try it in other dishes! I have played with this recipe over the years and most recently wanted to experiment by cutting the sugar. The original recipe I … [Read more...]


Caramelized Hemp and Chia Seed Popcorn

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I just explained some of the benefits of hemp seeds (and hemp products) in my last post and wanted to use up the last of my hemp hearts before buying a fresh bag. Caramelized Hemp and Chia Seed Popcorn is what I cooked up for a snack this weekend. I am in love with this popcorn- made with pure organic maple syrup, coconut oil, freshly popped popcorn and other good stuff like hemp and chia seeds. It takes your average popcorn snack to the next level. And who doesn't love a whole grain healthy snack? This caramelized hemp and chai seed popcorn has the perfect balance of salty sweet and … [Read more...]


Kailua Monkey {Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie}

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Dear Summer, I have thoroughly enjoyed you. You have blessed us with lovely sunny days, 70-80 degree temperatures and lots of time to play outside with friends. We have successfully crossed off the following: a trip to visit family in Texas, learning how to swim (both kids went life-jacket free the last few days in Texas and started lessons again soon after), basketball camp, ballet camp, the Children's Museum, the zoo, several dates with Dad to the pool, several park play dates with friends and a few home organizational projects among other things. Although the kids have loved you summer, … [Read more...]


Wonderful Summer Snacking Giveaway!

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I am big snacker, in fact my whole family is. We rely on healthy snacks like fruit, nuts and whole grains to carry us through between meals. … [Read more...]


Chocolate Banana Soft Serve “Ice Cream” {Vegan}

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Hi friends! I am back from vacation and am up to my ears in things to do. I haven't shared this news yet because I wasn't sure I wanted to, but I think I need whatever support I can get. My husband will be deploying soon (because of privacy/safety reasons I won't say when) but we have a lot to do before he leaves. I don't know how I will ever get through this "to do" list or being without him for that matter. Of course being pregnant makes this time much more difficult and emotional but I am trying not to think about it too much. For now, we just need to get prepared so that I can feel … [Read more...]


No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cookies

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I don't use protein powder very often, but my husband likes it in his smoothies and once in a while I will add it to mine too. We finally run out of our giant ol' tub that lasted about a year and I got to try a new brand and DELICIOUS flavor, sweet cream. I used Vi-Shape shake mix from Visalus. You would not believe the smell when I opened the bag, it reminded me of walking into an ice cream shop. So delicious smelling which I don't think I've ever said about protein powder! Ha! They're not lying when they say it's "the shake mix that tastes like a cake mix". The mix is low fat … [Read more...]