Made in Nature Review

Made in Nature Review

We were recently invited to review some Made In Nature’s products since New Year’s brings a renewed desire to eat and live healthy.  Sabrina and I over at Everything Food are already huge fans of healthy snacks and treats… SO we were more than willing to try out some of Made In Nature’s tastiness. With the new year, we agree with Made In Nature that too many people set New Year’s resolutions around changing their diet which become too drastic, too restrictive, and just not fun. Healthy eating can be very enjoyable, doable, and sustainable thanks to companies like Made In Nature. Since we all need quick and tasty snacks, organic Made In Nature has created delicious, nutritious snacks which can easily swap out those unhealthy eats.  Here are our suggestions on some of their sweet and savory options. 1. Coconut Chips - Vietnamese Cinnamon and Italian Espresso I’m a huge fan of anything coconut. Coconut is already packed full of nutrition and taste and then Made In Nature went and added some bold flavors.  Italian Espresso is bold, rich, and tastes like espresso coffee.  I personally preferred the Vietnamese Cinnamon Swirl flavor.  Crunchy and cinnamon make this girl happy.  I wish it was a little sweeter, but I still enjoyed the Vietnamese Cinnamon Coconut Chips. The texture and bold flavors reminded me of Corn Nuts.  It would be an easy and healthier swap out for Corn Nuts. 2. Kale Chips - Rosemary Truffle I love baking my own kale chips, so I was excited to try these.  These are perfect substitutes for bold flavored potato chips.  I prefer lightly salted snacks over...
Apple Fruit Sandwiches

Apple Fruit Sandwiches

I’ve seen lots of different variations of an apple sandwich. I love keeping it simple with juicy apples, sweet bananas, and flavorful strawberries.  I’ve also seen where you can top your apple slices with peanut butter and granola, almond butter and raisins, or you can just try my way. Remember how I’m a fruit-aholic?     You begin by washing your apples and fresh strawberries. Seriously… scrub those babies.  I know I keep talking about it, but I seriously am in love with Fit: Fruit and Vegetable Wash.  Anyways, then thinly slice your apples (I did both organic Fuji and Granny Smith). To prevent them from browning, lightly coat slices with lemon or lime juice (makes it a little tart) or pineapple juice (a sweeter option). You can use the same method for your banana slices. Top your apple slices with banana and strawberry slices. Viola! Definitely full of complimentary flavors and super easy.       Print Apple Fruit Sandwiches Ingredients 1 large Fuji or Granny Smith apples washed and sliced thinly 1 banana peeled and sliced thinly 10 large strawberries washed and sliced thinly Instructions Once fruit is washed and sliced, layer beginning with apple slice, banana slices, and topped with strawberry slices. To prevent them from browning, lightly coat slices with lemon or lime juice (makes them a little tart) or pineapple juice (a sweeter option). Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve...
Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log

Whether you have kids or not, these Ants on a Log are an easy, tasty, quick, and nutritious little snack.  Crunchy celery topped with creamy peanut butter and juicy grapes and/or raisins?  Oh, I’m in love with these little critters.   I love fruit and vegetables!  Okay, I may be a little addicted to fruit and vegetables.  They have such bright and vibrant colors and a variety of flavors and textures.  Ants on a Log are a perfect option when either hosting a party, getting a snack for the kids, or just needing something sweet and juicy.   When purchasing celery or grapes, organic is best.  They have such thin skin that they absorb pesticides and chemicals.  Definitely purchase organic if possible.  Regardless, you need to wash those bad boys.   Don’t know the value of washing your fruits and vegetables? Check out my post where I SHOW you the importance.  It doesn’t take much time, but it’s worth every second! I can’t wait to hear how you enjoy this simple yet finger-licking-good recipe!  I think I love them most with the grapes on top. Print Ants on a Log Ingredients 5 or 6 stalks of celery washed, dried, and cut into 2 to 3 inch sticks 1 Tbs natural peanut butter or almond butter per celery stick 1/2 cup raisins 1 cup red grapes washed and quartered Instructions Spread peanut or almond butter down the center of each celery stick. Sprinkle raisins and/or red grapes down the center on top of the peanut/almond butter. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve...
Healthy Ideas for Kid Lunches!

Healthy Ideas for Kid Lunches!

With LOTS of little ones back in school, LOTS of moms are trying to adjust to new schedules, demands, and requirements.  Busy kids = Busy moms.  Since you have enough to worry about, kick up your feet for a moment and let me help you with a couple healthy lunch ideas!       Your kids will LOVE this healthy tuna sandwich.  In a medium-sized bowl, combine one mashed ripe avocado, 1/4 cup Greek plain yogurt, 12 oz can of tuna (drained), 1/4 cup finely chopped pickles, and 1 Tbs pickle juice.  Mix well.  Serve on top of lettuce leaves and whole wheat sandwich thins.  You can also try my Avocado Tuna Grilled Cheese Sandwich.   Do your kids love PB & J’s?  Forget the J and replace it with a BANANA!  It’s quick, simple, and packed with nutrients instead of artificial dyes, flavors, sugars, and who knows what else is in jelly!  I also love using almond butter instead of peanut butter.  Be sure to read the ingredients on your PB  (it should only say peanuts!) OR  try freshly ground peanut or almond butter.  Also, to prevent your banana slices from browning, just coat them in a little fresh pineapple or lemon juice prior to putting them on your sandwich.  One last thing… READ THE INGREDIENTS on your whole wheat bread!  Find bread that only has ingredients you can pronounce and actually know what the ingredients are!       Provide some great fruit and veggie side options like a fresh fruit cup, celery or apples with peanut or almond butter, or carrot and celery sticks with basic hummus or edamame hummus....

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