Friday, August 28, 2015

Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Pancakes

A Gluten Free Pancake Option. These Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Pancakes are loaded with a sweet chocolate flavor and will keep you satiated for hours.

Oat flour has been my "go-to" healthier recipe substitution lately.  I have used oat flour in baked goods to replace enriched white flour and in many recent baby food recipes.  Today I am using oat flour for my Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

The substitution of oat flour for enriched white flour can add many nutritional benefits to your baked good.  If you suffer from a gluten intolerance, oat flour (if made from pure oats) can serves as a gluten free flour option.  Oat flour offers a substantial amount of fiber - which may provide greater satiety and heart health benefits.  It should be noted that oat flour is NOT necessarily lower in calories than other flours, but does offer a more nutritionally dense option.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Baby Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats are not just a food adults can enjoy. Serve up this naturally sweetened recipe for Baby Overnight Oats recipe to your little ones!

If you do any blog surfing its likely you have seen a recipe or two for Overnight Oats.  Overnight Oats are oats that have been soaked overnight in liquids such as yogurt, milk, or a combination of both.  The soaking process eliminates the need to heat the oats for tenderizing.  My first Overnight Oats recipe (Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oats) was posted back in 2012, and I have created several recipe since.

Most of the recipes created for Overnight Oats on the web have been geared towards health conscious adults.  Today's recipe is changing it up and introducing overnight oats to the littles.  Meet Baby Overnight Oats, a recipe designed for babies who can tolerate yogurt products.

Mix a few simple ingredients and you will have a nutrient packed meal your little one is sure to love. The fiber from the oats and protein from the yogurt is sure to keep them satiated.  Choose to flavor the oats with the fruit puree of choice.  I pureed a fresh peach, but you could also use pre-prepared fruit purees such as babyhood.

Friday, August 14, 2015

10 Healthier After School Snacks

Show your kids that healthy eating can be fun and delicious at the same time with these creative after school snacks.
The temperatures may still be scorching, but the month of August means it is time for the kiddos to start planning for Back to School.  It's that season to pick out some new outfits, purchase school supplies, and decide whether to take or buy your lunch at school.  All of these are such important aspects of the Back to School preparation process right?!

Growing up one of my favorite events of the school day was actually after school.  I always anxiously awaited to find out what would be served up for after school snack.  During my less health conscious childhood era most of these snacks were loaded with sugar and void of nutritionally dense ingredients.  Well times have changed and most mammas are a bit more concerned with providing healthier after school snacks now.  I searched the blog archives and came up with 10 of my favorite kid-friendly healthier "After School Snack" recipes.  Healthy snacking can be fun!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Spiralized Veggie Hummus Wrap

This Spiralized Veggie Hummus Wrap is a refreshing and nutrition packed meat-less sandwich that will help you keep cool during these warm temps.

Happy #MeatlessMonday Friends!

Today's recipe for my Spiralized Veggie Hummus Wrap was inspired by a lunch I had while visiting New York City nearly 2 years ago.  Wow I can't believe its taken me this long for the re-creation!  My friend and I had lunch at Friedmans, a restaurant located in Chelsea Market.  During most of my visits to NYC I typically make a visit to Chelsea Market for a sweet treat.  In my post "Following My Sweet Cravings Through NYC" I share some of my favorite bakeries in Chelsea Market.

I typically don't go the vegetarian route when dining out, but on this occasion I did.  I ordered the Garden Veggie Sandwich which contained hummus, alfalfa sprouts, carrots, avocado, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, balsamic vinaigrette on a grilled sourdough bread. A delicious combination of ingredients and flavors.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Pineapple Fruit Pops with Chocolate Yogurt Dip

These naturally sweetened Pineapple Fruit Pops offer a sweet treat that will help keep your calories in check.  Perfect to serve up for the kiddos next birthday party or just an afternoon snack.

Its summer, summer, summertime.  And its hot hot hot!  Over the past few weeks most of the country has experienced a serious heat wave.  Here in Georgia the average temperature has been near 100 degrees.  I don't know about you, but when temperatures are on the rise all I want to do is sit poolside and sip on frozen drinks or munch on refreshing fruits.

Well friends I have some good news!  Today's recipe for Pineapple Fruit Pops is a fun lower calorie snack to keep you refreshed during the hot temps. Imagine sitting poolside on a sweltering summer day snacking on a deliciously sweet and juicy pineapple. Added bonus, you can also enjoy dipped in a creamy chocolate dip.

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