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Protein-Rich Salted Chocolate Milk

Need a delicious drink that is also nourishing and loaded with extra protein? This protein-rich salted chocolate milk is perfect for kids and adults!Need a delicious drink that is also nourishing and loaded with extra protein? This protein-rich salted chocolate milk is perfect for kids and adults!

I am working with Vital Proteins on this post. I have been compensated for my time, but have not been paid to post positive comments. All opinions are my own.

When it comes to drinks in our house we basically have two options: milk or water.

It may seem boring. But really, we don’t need much else. Once in a while my kids get a little pure grape juice (if they are fighting a cold). And of course we do love our smoothies for added nourishment (check out my book full of recipes here!).

But if my kids are thirsty it’s generally water or milk.Need a delicious drink that is also nourishing and loaded with extra protein? This protein-rich salted chocolate milk is perfect for kids and adults!

A Little Extra

Then there are those days where we just want something a little extra. Or maybe my little one is in one of her “I don’t want to eat much” slumps. And I have to be sneaky.

That’s when I bust out the chocolate milk! Who doesn’t love chocolate milk? I know I sure do!

Protein-Rich Drink

My version is taken to a new level with extra protein from Vital Proteins collagen. It blends right in with no added taste. Plus it’s loaded with a whole array of essential amino acids.Need a delicious drink that is also nourishing and loaded with extra protein? This protein-rich salted chocolate milk is perfect for kids and adults!

The kids and I have been studying human anatomy and physiology for science this year. Our unit on nutrition introduced us to amino acids and how they are the building blocks of protein. And they are so important! So when I showed the collagen container to my oldest she was fascinated to look at the amino acid profile. Science lesson built in to making chocolate milk!

The good stuff doesn’t stop there. We are big fans of adding salt to chocolate. When I say salt I mean real, unrefined sea salt (like this). Not only does it contain a broad spectrum of minerals, it is also hydrating/good for balancing electrolytes and delicious! We even use it to make salted dark chocolate ice cream, healing hot cocoa and salted honey chocolates . Salt and chocolate go so well together.

To really boost nutrition we like to add probiotics and raw egg yolks (from our own free range chickens). So you are getting extra protein, essential minerals, probiotics and vitamins! All in a glass of chocolate milk. It’s a mom win!

If you like your chocolate milk a bit thicker, like a shake, you can add a little banana and/or avocado.Need a delicious drink that is also nourishing and loaded with extra protein? This protein-rich salted chocolate milk is perfect for kids and adults!

Kid Seal of Approval

When I gave this protein-rich salted chocolate milk to my daughter she had two comments:

  1. Does this have salt?! Yum! When can we make salted chocolate ice cream?
  2. You have to make this every single day!

Picky Eater Trick

My youngest can be really picky when it comes to meat. Veggies? She’ll out eat anyone. Meat? Turns up her nose. We have to bribe her to take bites of meat…then she can have thirds of veggies! For real. So I’m always glad when I can sneak in extra protein for her in something so delicious like chocolate milk. Vital Proteins collagen is a great way to do this. A couple big scoops gives her the protein boost her little body needs. Added to the raw milk and egg yolks it makes a complete protein.

Her ideal meal is a huge pile of vegetables with a glass of salted chocolate milk. And I love to give it to her.Need a delicious drink that is also nourishing and loaded with extra protein? This protein-rich salted chocolate milk is perfect for kids and adults!

Quick & Easy Nutrition

It only takes about three minutes to make salted chocolate milk (mostly just the time required to gather ingredients). Older kids can make it themselves. My six and nine-year olds know how to separate egg yolks thanks to the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse. My three year-old loves to help with the blender. It’s a family event! And we all enjoy the reward at the end.

The next time you’re in a beverage rut or your kids need a little protein boost, make a batch of salted chocolate milk. Use your favorite milk and some Vital Proteins collagen to blend a nourishing drink the whole family will love.Need a delicious drink that is also nourishing and loaded with extra protein? This protein-rich salted chocolate milk is perfect for kids and adults!

Protein-Rich Salted Chocolate Milk
Serves 2
A nourishing drink filled with extra protein and minerals.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups raw whole milk or full fat coconut milk
  2. 2 Tbsp. organic cocoa, carob or cacao powder
  3. 2 Tbsp. maple syrup or raw honey
  4. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. 2 Tbsp. Vital Proteins collagen
  6. Optional: 1 capsule probiotics
  7. Optional: 1/2 banana and/or 1/4 avocado
  8. Optional: 1 - 3 egg yolks (from free-range chickens)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a high powered blender.
  2. Blend on high until well combined.
  3. Serve immediately.
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Simple Smoothie Series: The Health Nut

Simple Smoothie Series: The Health Nut || Homemade Dutch Apple PieThe final smoothie in this series is packed with nutrients and has no added sugar.  So I call it the health nut.

Dates and fruit add a touch of sweetness while flax seeds, avocado, egg yolks and vegetables provide critical fats, vitamins, minerals and omega-3’s.

The health nut is a very mild smoothie.  There are no strong flavors that overpower.  It is perfect for kids.

I used yogurt for probiotics, but this smoothie works just as well without any dairy products.  You can use coconut milk or water to get the correct consistency.  Then add a powdered probiotic.Simple Smoothie Series: The Health Nut | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

This smoothie does require a little bit of forethought.  You should soak the dates in warm water for a bit before using them.  The dates plus the soaking liquid will help sweeten the smoothie better that way.  I just put the dates and water in the blender the night before and add the rest of the ingredients in the morning.

You can adjust the amount of dates and fruit to your liking to make the smoothie sweeter if desired.

This smoothie is great as part of your breakfast or lunch or even for a mid-day snack.  Pour some in a travel mug with a straw and sip on it throughout the day when you need a little pick-me-up.

A smoothie is a great way to add nutrients to your diet with little effort.  This health nut smoothie is a delicious way to do it.Simple Smoothie Series: The Health Nut | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

 

Simple Smoothie Series: The Health Nut
Serves 1
A simple, nutritious smoothie with no added sweeteners.
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Ingredients
  1. 3-4 dates, pitted, soaked in 4 Tbsp. warm water
  2. 1 small or 1/2 medium apple
  3. 10 -15 grapes (red or green)
  4. 1 medium stalk celery
  5. 1/2 medium carrot, peeled, cut in chunks
  6. 1/4 cup whole milk yogurt, kefir, coconut milk yogurt, milk or coconut milk
  7. 1 egg yolk
  8. 1/4 avocado
  9. 1 Tbsp. flax seeds
  10. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Soak dates in warm water over night or at least 3 hours.
  2. Combine the soaked dates (with liquid) and the remaining ingredients in a high powered blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Notes
  1. You can soak the dates in the blender.
  2. The egg yolk, flax seeds and avocado are all optional, depending on your tolerance.
  3. You can substitute cucumber for the celery.
  4. You can substitute cooked squash or pumpkin for the carrot.
  5. You can add 2 Tbsp. soaked nuts if you tolerate nuts.
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Simple Smoothie Series: Sunrise Smoothie

Simple Smoothie Series Sunrise Smoothie || Homemade Dutch Apple PieThe next simple smoothie in this series is called the sunrise smoothie.  It’s the perfect morning drink.

The combination of orange, banana and strawberry gives a burst of flavor and also great color. It almost looks like a sunrise.  Though you don’t need to take warning for this red sky.

By adding yogurt and egg yolks to these fruits you create a vitamin powerhouse.

My oldest really loves this smoothie.  And she can be picky about smoothies.  It is bright and fresh and a great thing to boost your energy for the day.  She renamed it the morning milkshake.Simple Smoothie Series Sunrise Smoothie || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

If you want to add some healthy fat to the smoothie avocado, coconut oil and flax seed all work well.

Don’t forget to pair it with some properly prepared starch (quinoa, rice, sourdough bread, fried potatoes, etc.) for better absorption and digestion.  Then you’ll have a good balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Even if it’s cold and the sun isn’t shining during the winter you can start your day with a nutritious sunrise – in a smoothie!  Take your fermented cod liver oil with it to boost your vitamin D, just like the sun does.Simple Smoothie Series Sunrise Smoothie || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple Smoothie Series: Sunrise Smoothie
Serves 1
A fruity smoothie that looks like a sunrise in a glass.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 medium banana
  2. 1 clementine (or half an orange)
  3. 1/3 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  4. 1/2 cup yogurt (or kefir, coconut milk or coconut milk yogurt)
  5. 1 egg yolk
  6. 2 Tbsp. honey (or maple syrup), if desired
  7. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smoothie.
  3. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. You can add 1/2 small avocado, 1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil or 2 tsp. flax seeds for extra fat.
  2. Leave out the honey if serving this smoothie to a child under one year of age.
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Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad

Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad || Homemade Dutch Apple PieFor the final installment in my simple supper series I have a recipe so easy it doesn’t even require any cooking!  We all have nights where we need something this easy.

Salmon salad takes about five minutes to prepare.  You can do it right before you eat or you can prepare it in advance.

Canned salmon is combined with celery, cranberries and mayonnaise for a delicious, easy meal.  The celery adds a nice crunch.  The cranberries give a little sweet and tart flavor.

Then add some seasoning to taste and you’re all set.

My kids LOVE salmon salad.  They enjoy anything with salmon.  But they really liked this salad. 

I served it on bread/rolls for sandwiches.  You can put it on a bed of lettuce or rice or even eat it with crackers.Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I packed the leftovers in my daughter’s lunch (she requested it!).  For the lunch I just served it plain.  What an easy and nutritious lunch.

I try to serve seafood once a week.  This salmon salad is a really easy way to do that and be sure the kids will eat it.

Salmon salad is perfect for a meal where you need to walk in the door and eat.  It’s even great on the go.

If you don’t have salmon on hand you can use tuna or roast chicken or turkey.Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Salmon salad can be spruced up a bit to make it fancy enough for guests.  Add chopped nuts and diced avocado for a really rich flavor.  Serve it on crackers for a delicious appetizer.

This is a great recipe for the holidays.  The red of the cranberries and green of the celery make it look very festive.

I saved the simplest for last.  Salmon salad is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  It only takes five minutes to prepare.  And everyone loves it.  I call that a winning recipe.Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad
Serves 4
A simple salad that comes together in minutes.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 (6 oz.) cans boneless skinless salmon
  2. 2 celery stalks, diced
  3. 1/4 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
  4. 1/2 cup mayonnaise (preferably homemade - see post for link)
  5. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1/2 tsp. pepper (optional)
  7. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  8. 1 tsp. dill weed
  9. 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Mix until well combined.
  2. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.
Notes
  1. The cranberries can be replaced with raisins or cut up apricots.
  2. The salmon can be replaced with tuna, turkey or chicken.
  3. Serve the salad plain, on bread, with crackers or over rice or quinoa.
  4. Additional add-ins include chopped nuts and diced avocado.
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Homemade Go-gurt

Yogurt in a tube…sounds kind of gross to me.  Which is why I’ve never tried it.  But kids seem to love them.  Sadly my daughter was introduced to go-gurts in preschool this year.

In an effort to help her enjoy the foods she likes in a healthy manner we decided to make our own version of go-gurt.

I tried a couple methods that were ok but kind of tough to eat.  Finally we came up with a good one.

I used my vacuum sealer to make a go-gurt package.  Then we filled it with thick smoothie.

This go-gurt has a two-fold benefit.  It does not have the fillers, sweeteners, etc. that you’d find in the boughten version.  And it does have tons of nutrients – egg yolks, kefir, fresh fruit, avocado.

You can use any type of healthy yogurt or smoothie you like.  Smoothies work well since you can make them very thick.

You can also turn this into a frozen treat (or use fruity water to make homemade ice pops) .  Simply fill it, stand it upright and stick it in the freezer.  What a great snack on a hot summer day.  You could also fill it with fruity water, homemade pudding or homemade ice cream and freeze it…homemade ice pops, pudding pops or ice cream pops!

This isn’t really a recipe.  It’s a how-to.  Now whenever your kids want go-gurt you can give them one…and feel good about it.

My daughter wanted to decorate it, but we didn’t have time.  Next time we’ll use some permanent markers to write on the bag before filling it.

This post is linked to Real Food Wednesday.

Homemade Go-gurt

Using a vacuum sealer create a “bag” with an opening about 1 1/2 inches wide.  Use a funnel to pour in smoothie or yogurt of your choice.  Enjoy!

Here are a few smoothie ideas: fruit smoothie, pumpkin pie smoothie, green smoothie

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Avocado Fries

I once heard a chef on tv (I won’t mention names :P) say you should NEVER cook avocado.  Boy was she wrong!!!  I cook avocados all the time.  They are delicious!

While doing GAPS I got very creative with avocados.  I put them in soups, on salads, blend them in smoothies, add them to eggs, use them for “bird’s nests,” all kinds of stuff.

My favorite is to fry them in a pan.  I use either butter or coconut oil and a healthy dose of unrefined sea salt.  The result?  Golden, crispy, salty outsides with rich, creamy insides.  So good!  It’s like eating french fries…but much healthier.  So much good fat and vitamins and minerals (did you know avocado is high in potassium? :).  You can eat them plain or dip them in ketchup (make it better with fermented ketchup), pesto or honey mustard…or just about anything really.  Eat them like fries or use them to top a salad (like croutons).

I like them as part of an easy to prep lunch.  I just toss them in the pan and let them cook while I feed the kids.  This isn’t much of a “recipe,” but in case you’ve never cooked an avocado I’m posting it.  Give it a try.  You’ll be glad you did.  If someone ever tells you not to cook avocados…ask them if they’ve tried avocado fries.

This post is linked to Fat Tuesday and Real Food Wednesday and Fresh Bites Friday and Fight Back Friday.

Avocado Fries

1/2 avocado
1 Tbsp. butter or coconut oil (or combination)
unrefined sea salt (to taste)

Melt butter or oil over medium heat in a small skillet.  Add sliced avocado (the thickness just depends on your taste).  Sprinkle with salt.  Let cook on each side until golden and crispy, about 5-7 minutes per side.  Add extra salt if necessary.  And don’t forget to eat the salty butter out of the pan.  Just don’t burn your mouth 🙂

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