Salad A La “Un-boring”

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Salads don’t have to be boring!  Try thinking outside the box and take a look in your fridge for leftovers that you can throw together to create an amazing salad bowl full of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats just like this one.  Foods like whole grain pasta, quinoa and roasted veggies can also be made ahead of time to help you pull something together fast.

If you make some pasta ahead of time like I did, just make sure to coat it in a bit of olive oil  and mix it up before putting it in the fridge so it doesn’t stick together.  I used leftover pasta, quinoa and roasted butternut squash I had in the fridge for my kids along with avocado, goat cheese, sunflower seeds and greens.

Top it with a homemade dressing and VOILA!  Amazing  🙂

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Rise & Shine Smoothie

Not only is this smoothie fresh and fruity, it aids in digestion through Papaya and Kefir.  Papayas contain an enzyme called papain that aids in digestion and they are also rich in Beta-carotene and Vitamin C.  This smoothie also contains “good fats” and other beneficial vitamins and minerals from the Avocado.

Kefir is a fermented milk product that contains loads of friendly bacteria.  Look for organic Kefir in the dairy section of the grocery store.

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Ingredients: (Makes 1 large smoothie or 2 small)

1/2 Avocado

1 cup Chopped Papaya

3/4 cup Almond Milk (or milk alternative)

1 Tbsp Kefir

3 Ice Cubes

1 Big Splash of orange juice

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

When serving to kids I always like to use a cute glass (or these awesome jars) with a fancy paper straw.  Don’t forget, how it looks is just as important as how it tastes when it comes to your little kiddos  😉

Avocado Yogurt with “Sprinkles”

This is another great one for toddlers and older children, and so simple!

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Ingredients:

1/2 Avocado

2 Tbsp. Greek Yogurt

1/2 Tsp. Honey

1/4-1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon

Fresh Raspberries

Pinch of Hemp Seeds (aka “sprinkles”)  

To Make:

Mash 1/2 of a ripe avocado in a bowl.  Add 2 heaping Tbsp. of greek yogurt, 1/2 Tsp. Honey, 1/4 to 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon (depending on tastes), fresh raspberries and a big pinch of Hemp Seeds. (Don’t forget to exclaim loudly with a big smile on your face… “Mmmmmmm! SPRINKLES!!!!”     Oh Moms…. we know what it’s all about   😉

*Note – You can also make a much simpler version of this for your baby using only the Avocado and Greek Yogurt.

A great versatile breakfast for the little peeps in your family!