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Real fruit combined with grass-fed gelatin create the perfect snack - strawberry kiwi gummies.

Strawberry Kiwi Gummies

Just because your gummies are homemade doesn’t mean the flavor has to be boring. These strawberry kiwi gummies are bursting with flavor and made from real fruit.

Real fruit combined with grass-fed gelatin create the perfect snack - strawberry kiwi gummies.

Fruit snacks are a go-to snack for many kids these days. They are easy, sweet and chewy. Kids love them. They don’t require any work on mom’s part. Just grab a bag and go.

But have you ever actually looked at the ingredients? Many contain artificial flavors and colors. Even if you get natural or organic fruit snacks they contain things like caranuba wax and “natural” flavor.

Natural flavor is actually not that different from artificial flavor and can have the same impact on your child’s health and behavior. Not to mention it’s important to avoid it if your child has allergies since it can contain anywhere from 50 to 100 unknown to you ingredients. So it could contain a hidden allergen.

Real fruit combined with grass-fed gelatin create the perfect snack - strawberry kiwi gummies.

What’s the solution? Make your own!

Homemade gummies are so easy to make. The flavor combinations are endless. And you can make all sorts of fun shapes with candy molds.

These strawberry kiwi gummies are both fun and fruity. The juice of real strawberries and kiwis is combined with grass-fed gelatin for a protein-packed, nourishing snack.

Want to learn how to make them?

Click here to head over to Super Healthy Kids where I’m sharing this simple recipe.

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Stonyfield Grassfed Yogurt and Whole Milk Greek Yogurt Review | Just Take A Bite

Stonyfield Grassfed Yogurt and Whole Milk Greek Yogurt Review

When it comes to the low-fat craze yogurt has been on board for many years. Fear not! Stonyfield is bringing back some healthy fat to your diet with their whole milk Greek yogurt and grassfed yogurt!

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I’m very excited to tell you about some great yogurt today! For once, a company is moving in the RIGHT direction when it comes to offering healthy choices.

Stonyfield is now offering whole milk Greek yogurt and 100% (for REAL) grassfed yogurt.

Every time I see the grocery store shelves lined with Greek yogurt I cringe. I just don’t get it. You’ve taken all the healthy fat out. And boast about how much protein it has. All I see is a major imbalance.

If you want your protein to count you need to eat fat with it. Carbs too! (my kettle corn granola is the perfect addition!)

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But what really got me excited was Stonyfield’s new 100% grassfed yogurt.

Here are some details directly from Stonyfield:

While some products may claim to be made from milk sourced from grassfed cows, that does not necessarily mean that the cows were fed a 100% grassfed diet. Our Organic 100% Grassfed is made with milk from cows, who have eaten all grass, all of the time, even in winter! And we’ve heard they just LOVE the fermented grass they eat in the winter months. To make sure our consumers recognize this difference, we have sought out and gotten independent certification of it – by the PCO. Look for the label on the cup! 

How cool is that?!

We got to try all the different varieties. Since my youngest and I are dairy free I had to trust the opinions of my family.

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Four Year Old

My son tried the whole milk Greek + honey once before his dairy allergy diagnosis. He loved it! And of course he loved the cool container, especially since we never buy individual yogurts unless we are traveling. No complaints, except he wanted more when it was gone.

Seven Year Old

My daughter tried all of them. Her favorite hands down was the grassfed yogurt. Just the right texture and sweetness.

She didn’t care as much for the Greek because it was quite tart. Which is saying a lot since we normally only add a bit of honey or syrup to plain yogurt and aren’t used to sweet things. So I added a touch extra honey to hers.

Husband

My husband enjoyed all of them. Though he too isn’t that crazy about Greek yogurt. It is very thick and tangier than regular yogurt. He thought the sweetness was good in all of them. But would definitely choose the grassfed for overall taste and texture. Really he’d choose the Oh My Yog! over both of these. Have you tried them yet?

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Even though I can’t taste the yogurt I still get to weigh in!  Here are my thoughts.

Likes

  • I LOVE that the yogurt is full fat (which we need!).
  • I LOVE that the yogurt is organic and some of it is 100% grassfed.
  • I like the variety of flavors.
  • I like the convenience. We can finally buy a full fat individual size yogurt if we need something when we are on the go.

Dislikes

  • The flavored Greek yogurt containers have a strange design, and it was hard to get the filling out of the little cup. Especially the honey that gets hard when cold. I think it would be better to just make it fruit on the bottom and not deal with the flipping and scraping.
  • All of the yogurts besides the Greek + honey have cornstarch. With a rising number of people with corn allergies that really limits options.
  • Natural flavor – it’s in everything, even organic food. But it is almost the same as artificial flavor and has the same impact on my daughter. It makes her crazy and unable to focus. So in spite of the good quality of the yogurt I can’t let her eat it without consequences.

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Overall I am very happy with the latest yogurts from Stonyfield. Quality dairy that hasn’t had the healthy fat removed. I’m all for it. But we’ll be sticking to the plain yogurt and adding our own sweetener and fruit most of the time to avoid the thickener and natural flavor. That’s life with allergies!

Have you tried any of the latest Stonyfield full fat yogurts? What do you think?

I am working with Stonyfield for this review post. I have been compensated for my time commitment to use these products. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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Neapolitan and Spumoni Parfaits

Looking for a way to get your winter dessert fix without reaching for ice cream? Turn breakfast into a special treat with these Neapolitan and spumoni parfaits!

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I have fond memories of eating lots of Neapolitan ice cream and spumoni ice cream growing up.

Of course I was like most kids and really just wanted the chocolate! Who doesn’t want chocolate?

A modern version.

I have recreated these classic flavor combinations in a healthy breakfast treat. Did I mention they are super easy to make too?

Neapolitan and spumoni parfaits use plain, whole milk yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit, organic cocoa powder and pistachio nuts. You get the flavors you love without any high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors of food dyes.

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Kid friendly breakfast.

My kids went crazy over these parfaits! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen them eat  yogurt that quickly. I can’t blame them. What’s not to love about vanilla and chocolate yogurt combined with sweet strawberries?

Kids can help prepare Neapolitan and spumoni parfaits. It only requires pouring and mixing. They love the assembly part too.

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Great for special occasions.

I love how festive these parfaits look. Hosting guests for the holidays? Prepare the parfaits the night before. Then wow your guests with a special treat in the morning. Wine glasses make fancy serving dishes.

You could even use these as a special Valentine’s Day dessert.

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This winter spruce up Saturday morning breakfast with a classic dessert flavor. Try both parfaits and see which one you like best. Or combine them to make a four layer parfait that includes chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and pistachio.

Are you ready to try something new for breakfast (or dessert!)?

Neapolitan and spumoni parfaits are simple and nutritious. Plus they are packed with flavor.

Looking for an actual dessert that captures the Neapolitan flavor? Try my grain and dairy free Neapolitan ice cream cake.

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Neapolitan Parfait
Serves 1
A yogurt parfait with the classic Neapolitan flavor of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.
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Vanilla layer
  1. 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  2. 1 Tbsp. organic cane sugar
  3. optional: 1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
Chocolate layer
  1. 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  2. 2 tsp. organic cocoa powder
  3. 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  4. optional: 2 tsp. mini chocolate chips
Strawberry layer
  1. 1/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine the vanilla layer ingredients. Let sit 1 minute.
  2. In a small bowl combine the chocolate layer ingredients. Let sit 1 minute.
  3. Layer the vanilla yogurt, chocolate yogurt, chocolate chips and strawberries in a serving dish.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
Notes
  1. The cocoa powder and maple syrup can be replaced with 1 Tbsp. homemade chocolate sauce.
  2. If using frozen strawberries allow them to thaw for a few minutes before serving.
  3. The cocoa powder can be replaced with carob powder.
  4. Coconut yogurt can be used in place of the whole milk yogurt.
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Spumoni Parfait
Serves 1
A breakfast parfait with the classic spumoni flavor of chocolate, strawberry and pistachio.
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Chocolate layer
  1. 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  2. 4 tsp. organic cocoa powder
  3. 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  4. optional: 3 tsp. mini chocolate chips
Strawberry layer
  1. 1/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
Pistachio layer
  1. 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine the chocolate layer ingredients. Let sit 1 minute.
  2. Layer the chocolate yogurt, chocolate chips, strawberries and pistachios in a serving dish.
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
Notes
  1. The cocoa powder and maple syrup can be replaced with 1 Tbsp. homemade chocolate sauce.
  2. If using frozen strawberries allow them to thaw for a few minutes before serving.
  3. The cocoa powder can be replaced with carob powder.
  4. Coconut yogurt can be used in place of the whole milk yogurt.
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Grain Free Sunbutter and Jelly Bars | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Grain Free Sunbutter and Jelly Bars

No time to make a sandwich? No problem. Grab some grain free sunbutter and jelly bars from the freezer and an allergen friendly lunch is ready in no time.

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We’ve been back to school for exactly one week.  And I’m already sick of packing lunches. Anybody else?

In all honesty I don’t mind it *too* much. But it sure is nice when I have some easy things to pack that are filling and nutritious.

Skip the nuts.

Of course I’m always conscious of allergies too. So while peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are about the easiest thing to make I don’t pack them in my daughter’s lunch (even though she is not allergic to nuts).

Recently I started using sunbutter in place of nut butters. My kids love it! I love that I don’t have to worry about them getting nuts on their baby sister when they eat it. Plus I can send it to school without potentially causing another child harm.

That means my daughter does get sunbutter sandwiches once in a while. They are easy and delicious.

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Skip the bread.

But there is something even easier!

Grain free sunbutter and jelly bars are easy to make, easy to pack and easy to eat. You get the added bonus that you don’t have to worry about making or finding decent bread! This is especially key if you are gluten, grain or anything else free.

To make the dough simply dump all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix. The “jelly” filling is just three ingredients pureed in the blender for thirty seconds.

Then pour, bake and eat.

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Skip the long lunch prep.

I like to make a big batch so I can keep a bunch in the freezer. Then packing lunch is easy and has virtually no preparation. In fact kids can pack it themselves!

A sunbutter and jelly bar paired with veggies and dip and some fresh fruit is a great lunch. Or you can really boost the nutrition factor by pairing it with a thermos of your favorite soup. My daughter loves split pea!

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Change the flavor.

Let your kids pick the jelly flavor. Strawberry is a favorite here. But raspberry, cherry and blueberry all work well.

If your kids don’t like jelly then you can make the bars without the filling. It will be like a sunbutter and honey sandwich.

Are you in need of another easy lunch component to add to your rotation? Skip the sandwich. Go for grain free sunbutter and jelly bars. They are sure to be a hit!

Don’t need to pack a lunch? Serve them for breakfast. Kids love them any time of day.

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Grain Free Sunbutter and Jelly Bars
Serves 12
A nut free bar that is easy to pack and takes the place of a sandwich.
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Bar
  1. 1/2 cup sunbutter
  2. 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  3. 2 eggs (or flax or gelatin eggs)
  4. 1/4 cup honey
  5. 1/4 cane sugar
  6. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  7. 1/4 tsp. baking soda
Filling
  1. 1 cup fruit (strawberry, blueberry, cherry, raspberry), thawed and drained if using frozen
  2. 1 1/2 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  3. 1 Tbsp. honey
Bar
  1. Heat oven to 350*F. Grease a 7x11 baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl combine all of the bar ingredients. Beat until well mixed.
  3. Spread half of the dough into the greased pan.
  4. Blend the filling ingredients in a blender until pureed. Pour the filling over the dough in the pan. Spread.
  5. Pour the remaining half of the dough on top of the filling.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool. Cut into bars.
  8. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to one year.
Notes
  1. White rice flour can be substituted for tapioca. It will no longer be grain free.
  2. The eggs can be replaced with ground flax seeds.
  3. You can also assemble the bars by pouring all of the batter into the pan and pouring the filling on top.
  4. Any nut or seed butter will work in place of the sunbutter.
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Brain Booster Milkshake | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Brain Booster Milkshake

Get the school morning started right with a brain booster milkshake.  Full of protein, vitamins and minerals it will keep your kids going all day.

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School mornings can be hard. Get breakfast on the table. Feed the baby. Brush everyone’s teeth. Find shoes and backpacks.

You do your best to prepare and have things go smoothly. But even with good planning it is tough to always give your kids the nourishment they need before heading out the door.

Especially if you have a child like mine that eats very slowly and ends up often only managing a few bites of breakfast.

To make sure she starts her day the right way I created my brain booster milkshake.

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Add some nourishment.

This milkshake is packed with some nutritional powerhouses.

  • raw milk – easy to digest protein, calcium and vitamins
  • raw pastured egg yolks – B vitamins that are critical for brain function and concentration
  • probiotics – for gut health and boosting the immune system
  • grass-fed collagen – easy to digest protein and important amino acids
  • maple syrup – carbohydrates for energy and trace minerals
  • unrefined sea salt – trace minerals

I usually serve the milkshake with something else like a homemade granola bar or even dinner leftovers! But even if she doesn’t take a single bite of her breakfast I know she’s going to be fueled for the morning as long as she drinks her brain booster milkshake.

This is a really good option for kids with oral SPD and chewing problems. A milkshake goes down pretty quickly. It is also easy on the digestive system. The nutrients are very easy to absorb and utilize.

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One of the key components is the raw, pastured egg yolk. Have you ever read about them? Though often deemed as unhealthy or bad for your heart the opposite is actually true. And eaten raw (as long as they are pastured) the nutrients are not damaged and are easy to absorb.

Egg yolks are amazing little packages of nutrients, specifically B vitamins that are essential for your child’s brain development and ability to focus. They contain other nutrients such as choline (necessary for methylation), selenium (great for the thyroid) and biotin (helps with blood sugar regulation – perfect for breakfast!).

Not just for breakfast.

I sometimes put milkshakes in my daughter’s lunch too. She struggles to eat much lunch at school. There just isn’t enough time for her, and she’s busy talking. But she usually comes home with an empty cup!

This is also great for kids going through orthodontic work. The day after adjustments their mouth can be very sore and chewing can be a challenge. A milkshake is always in my daughter’s lunch the day after her expander gets adjusted. I tell her that even if she can’t eat anything she should be sure to drink her brain booster milkshake.

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Choose your flavor.

The base milkshake recipe is vanilla. But you can create other flavors too. My kids love when I add a bit of cocoa powder or carob powder for a chocolate shake.

Add some strawberries from your freezer stash for a strawberry shake. Any berry or even cherries will work.

Sometimes we really get creative and add mint extract.  It tastes like mint ice cream (my kids’ favorite!).

If you can’t have dairy, coconut milk is a great substitute! Any milk alternative will work.

Serve it in a fun cup with a straw or in a sealed cup to pack in a lunch box.

Whether you serve it for breakfast, lunch or both you’ll know your child is getting essential nutrients with a brain booster milkshake. All they have to know is they get something delicious to drink!

Get your kids excited about breakfast. What flavor do you think they’ll like best?

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Brain Booster Milkshake
Serves 1
A delicious shake perfect for breakfast or lunch that will give your kids the nutrients they need to perform their best.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw milk or coconut milk
  2. 1 - 2 raw pastured egg yolks
  3. 1 Tbsp. grade B maple syrup
  4. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. 2 tsp. grass-fed collagen
  6. 1/2 capsule preferred probiotics
  7. 1/2 capsule preferred multi-vitamin
  8. optional: 2 tsp. carob powder or cocoa powder OR 1/4 cup berries or cherries
  9. optional: 1/2 tsp. organic vanilla OR 1/4 tsp. organic mint extract
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or a cup with a lid.
  2. Blend or shake until well combined.
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Sourdough Cherry Granola | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Sourdough Cherry Granola

Sourdough cherry granola is a simple, traditionally prepared breakfast cereal that incorporates fresh cherries with a touch of maple syrup and honey.  No baking required and only five ingredients!  It doesn’t get much easier.

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When I was in college I got hooked on granola.  I have no idea what brand they had, but the granola in the cereal bins in our cafeteria was amazing!

Just thinking about it makes me want a bowl.  Granola and milk…two things I miss dearly.

I looked forward to it every single day.  Yes, I said every day.

If you’ve been around here long you know that eating the same foods every day often leads to an intolerance or even allergy.  Which is why I now am on a rotational diet.

Can you guess what I can’t eat now?  Oats.  Which means no traditional granola.

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There are alternatives.

I’ve made alternative versions of granola over the years like grain free granola and soaked cereal.

Nuts have been out of my diet for a long time now.  And lately my little one reacts to so many things that my grain options are dwindling…even many of my usual gluten free grains.

Instead I use a lot of sourdough right now (but of course I try not to eat it every day!)

What do you do with bowls full of cherries?

After cherry picking recently I was trying to brainstorm new ways to use up cherries.  I decided to try my hand at making granola using my sourdough starter with added cherries for a sweet twist.

Making granola could not get any simpler!  There are only five ingredients in sourdough cherry granola.  All you do is mix and dehydrate.

The result is a sweet, fruity, crunchy cereal perfect for snacking or an easy summer breakfast.

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Sourdough Cherry Granola
Serves 12
A sweet, fruity, crunchy granola made with traditional sourdough and sweet cherries.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups sourdough starter
  2. 1 cup sweet cherries, pitted
  3. 1/4 cup honey
  4. 1/3 cup maple syrup
  5. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. optional: 1/2 tsp. baking soda to make it a bit softer
  7. optional after drying: chopped nuts, dried fruit, coconut flakes, min chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. 3 - 9 hours before making the granola feed your sourdough starter so you have at least 3 1/2 cups.
  2. Puree the cherries in a blender.
  3. Mix the cherry puree, sourdough starter, honey, syrup and salt (and soda if using).
  4. Pour the mixture onto parchment lined dehydrator trays (this filled two trays in my Excalibur).
  5. Dry on the highest setting until crisp (this took about 15 hours for me).
  6. Break the granola into small pieces for granola or large pieces for crackers.
  7. Store in a sealed container in the cupboard or in the freezer for long term storage.
Notes
  1. You can replace the cherries with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or a combination of fruit.
  2. You can use all honey or all maple syrup. The combination gives a neutral/mild sweet flavor.
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There is no flour added to the sourdough starter so you don’t have to worry about waiting for grains to ferment.

There is also no need to worry about oats!

Are oats really that great?

It’s funny that oats are such a staple in our culture.  Oatmeal is thought of as the “perfect breakfast” and great for heart health.  But I find that many people have a really hard time digesting oats.  Even my mom (that doesn’t know a ton about real food) thinks they are hard on your stomach.

And if they are not properly prepared they are extra hard on your gut due to the high phytic acid content.

I attempted to eat oats once recently…and my baby had such  horrible reflux or stomach pain (she can’t tell us which yet) that she just screamed.  So it’s nice to have an alternative to the traditional oat-based cereals.

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But how does it taste?

Now let’s get to the really important part – what my kids think.

They love it!

To be honest we haven’t been eating it as cereal much.  But we have been munching on it a lot!

Sourdough cherry granola is the perfect finger food for snacks whether at home or on the go.  It is not messy and stays good at room temperature.

I kept my sourdough cherry granola simple.  If you want to spruce it up you can add dried fruit, nuts, coconut flakes or chocolate chips after it is dried and crumbled.

Not a cereal fan?  Break the dried sheets into larger chunks for crackers!

Sourdough cherry granola is a great way to use fresh summer fruit.  If you want to change it up you can swap blueberries, strawberries or raspberries for the cherries.

Give yourself a break.

This summer let yourself sleep in once in a while and wake up to a simple, no prep breakfast.  Pour raw milk over your sourdough cherry granola or sprinkle the granola on a dish of whole milk yogurt.

Take five minutes and five ingredients to get sourdough cherry granola going.  Then let your dehydrator do the work.  Stock your pantry and your freezer with this delicious breakfast.

Are you a granola fan?  What is your favorite version?

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Ice Cream Flavored Yogurt Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Ice Cream Flavored Yogurt Gummies: Super Healthy Kids Post

These fruit and yogurt gummies come in five ice cream flavors and make a perfect snack or cake decoration without any artificial ingredients.

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A birthday is a time for celebration, fun and a few treats.  Cake and ice cream is a classic birthday dessert that encompasses all of these.

But making a fun, colorful cake often involves lots of food coloring.  

Food dyes should not be a part of any child’s diet.

They can cause hyperactivity and symptoms of ADD.  Not to mention they are chemicals the human body is not meant to consume and can impair the immune system.  This also puts a big strain on the liver.

That does not sound like much of a birthday treat in my opinion.

So what is the solution for making a healthy cake that is still colorful and fun?  Yogurt gummies!

Ice Cream Flavored  Yogurt Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

It only takes about ten minutes to get these yogurt gummies from the blender to the refrigerator.  They are so quick and easy you can make all five flavors in one day.  Since the yogurt gummies last two weeks in the refrigerator you can prepare them in advance (one less thing to do at the last minute!).

Yogurt gummies also provide a lot of nutrition.

The whole milk yogurt has healthy fat and protein, while the grass-fed gelatin contains protein and helps aid digestion.  The gummies are low in sugar too.  What’s not to love?!

Dye free, colorful, flavorful, nutritious…are you anxious to make a batch of ice cream flavored yogurt gummies?  Head over to Super Healthy Kids where I share how it’s done.

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Strawberry Apple Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Strawberry Apple Salad

Strawberry apple salad is a simple way to add a burst of strawberry flavor to your summer meal.Strawberry Apple Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I am a planner.  I always make meal plans for the week (I’ve been posting them for several years if you need inspiration!).  It’s usually not too difficult to come up with main dishes.

But side dishes…

I struggle there.  It usually ends up being the same boring sides week after week.  Broccoli, beans, applesauce…

If you’re tired of boring sides you’re in luck.  Today I’ve got a bright, fun, easy side dish that is perfect for any week night meal.  It can also be doubled or tripled and served at your next picnic or potluck.

There is no cooking or baking required.  Just some chopping and mixing.

Strawberry apple salad features one of summer’s gems – fresh strawberries.  It is naturally very allergen friendly and low in sugar.  It puts a fun summer spin on the year round staple of apples.

If you’re like me and don’t need much sweetness to feel like you’re having a treat, strawberry apple salad could even be used as dessert.  Top it with a sprinkle of granola or crispy walnuts.  Dessert is ready!Strawberry Apple Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

One of the things I love about this salad is that you can prepare it in advance.  The longer you let it sit the better!  The apples will just absorb more and more of the strawberry flavor.

I like to let my kids help make this strawberry apple salad.  Even the young ones can get involved.  I peel and core the apples.  Then they use a dull knife to cut the apples into chunks.  After I blend the strawberry dressing they can pour it on the apples and mix.

Of course if your child helps make the salad you have to let them be a taste tester.  That is the most important job!  My kids sure loved sampling strawberry apple salad.

Strawberry apple salad is the perfect park snack.

Fill half pint mason jars with the salad and put a lid on.  Grab a spoon and you’re all set.  No need to worry about messy hands since you eat it with a spoon.

Whether it is strawberry season or not you can make strawberry apple salad.  Frozen strawberries work too!  No apples on hand?  No problem.  Swap pears, peaches or plums.  It’ll still taste great.

Put strawberry apple salad on your menu this week.  I bet your kids will love it as much as mine do!Strawberry Apple Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Strawberry Apple Salad
Serves 4
A simple summer salad that turns ordinary apples into a fun strawberry treat.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 plain whole milk yogurt
  2. 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen, thawed)
  3. 2 Tbsp. honey
  4. 5-6 medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into bite size pieces
  5. optional - 1 tsp. poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Puree the yogurt, strawberries and honey in a blender.
  2. Pour the mixture into a medium size bowl. Add poppy seeds if desired.
  3. Add the apples to the bowl and toss to coat.
  4. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
Notes
  1. This can be made a day ahead.
  2. Top the salad with granola or crispy nuts if desired.
  3. Fill half pint mason jars with the salad to take it on the go.
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Strawberry Lemon Jello Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Strawberry Lemon Jello Salad

When you see strawberries at the farmer’s market you know summer is here!  Use that fresh fruit to kick off the season with this fun strawberry lemon jello salad the whole family will love.

Strawberry Lemon Jello Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I recall eating a lot of jello growing up.  Of course we had it plain.  But we also ate a lot of jello salads.

Church potlucks are notorious for a variety of jello dishes.  Some have chunks of fruit.  Some are layered.  Some are meant to be eaten with your hands.  I know I got my fill as a kid!

Jello salads are fruity and fun.  Of course kids love them.  Who wouldn’t with the bright colors and sweet flavor?

It’s been a couple years now since we adopted a strict no food coloring policy in our house.

My children just react way too strongly to artificial colors and flavors.

Plus after researching I realize just how bad all of that artificial stuff is for everyone’s health (think ADHD, hyperactivity, etc.).  I still cringe every time I see a child eating a brightly colored cupcake, cookie or candy.  Especially knowing that it is most likely a daily occurrence for them.

So jello out of a box is not something my children ever eat.  But I do like to make real jello with nourishing grass-fed gelatin.  It is especially fun in the summer.

Strawberry Lemon Jello Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Recently I decided I wanted to recreate some of my childhood favorite jello recipes.

I’m starting with this strawberry lemon jello salad.  It is actually a combination of two jello salads my mom made.

But this one is made with real fruit, grass-fed gelatin, natural sweeteners, pastured eggs and raw milk!

The first layer is a simple strawberry jello made with fresh berries.  The top layer is a bright, lemon pudding.

Together they make an irresistible combination.  And check out that color!!!  No need for anything artificial when you’ve got quality ingredients with vibrant hues.

The final test is the flavor.  My whole family gave it two thumbs up!  The strawberry and lemon pair well.  The jello is not overly sweet.  It is a great combination.

Strawberry lemon jello salad would make a great addition to any summer picnic or potluck!

Are you a jello fan?  Treat  yourself and your family to this amazing real food version of a classic.  Strawberry lemon jello salad is sure to be a hit.

Strawberry Lemon Jello Salad | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Strawberry Lemon Jello Salad
Serves 12
Real strawberry jello topped with homemade lemon pudding.
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Strawberry Layer
  1. 2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen, thawed)
  2. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  3. 2 Tbsp. grass-fed gelatin
  4. 1 cup water
Lemon Layer
  1. 2 egg yolks
  2. 1/3 cup lemon juice
  3. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  4. 3 Tbsp. arrowroot, tapioca flour or corn starch
  5. 1 cup cream or whole milk
Strawberry Layer
  1. Puree the strawberries, sugar and water in a blender. Pour into a sauce pan.
  2. Stir the gelatin into the mixture. Let set 1 minute.
  3. Heat the strawberry mixture over low-medium heat, stirring, until the gelatin is dissolved, about 4 minutes.
  4. Pour into an 8" glass pan.
  5. Put in the refrigerator until set, about 1 hour.
Lemon Layer
  1. In a medium saucepan combine the egg yolks, lemon juice, sugar, arrowroot and milk. Whisk to combine.
  2. Heat over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the pudding begins to thicken (will take around 5-10 minutes).
  3. Continue whisking for 30 seconds. Turn off heat. Whisk until fully thickened.
  4. Pour the pudding into a bowl to cool for 20 minutes.
  5. Pour the pudding over the strawberry layer.
  6. Chill until fully set, about 2 hours.
  7. Serve cold.
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Fruit On The Bottom Yogurt

This fruit on the bottom yogurt only requires a few simple ingredients but is full of flavor and nutrients.  It’s perfect for summer when fresh fruits are everywhere and you want something cold for breakfast.Fruit On The Bottom Yogurt | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Growing up we only got one kind of yogurt – fruit on the bottom.  As kids sometimes we would eat the plain yogurt first and then eat the fruit part last.  It was fun.

These days most yogurts are blended and overly sweet.  Many of them also contain artificial flavors and colors.  Then there is one of my biggest critiques…low fat or worse, no fat.  Why would I want yogurt that has had the healthy fat taken out and artificial ingredients added in?

My solution is always homemade.  We eat yogurt a lot for breakfast.  I usually just add whatever fruit we have fresh or frozen to plain, whole milk yogurt (kids need lots of healthy fat!!).

But I came up with a fun, fruit on the bottom yogurt so my kids could enjoy it just like I did when I was little.  Even if they don’t have to my kids always stir their yogurt before eating it.  So when I set a fruit on the bottom yogurt in front of them for breakfast they were very excited!  My son enjoyed helping me make it too.Fruit On The Bottom Yogurt | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I like using a see through container to serve this so the kids can see the bright fruit at the bottom.  Or you could use something opaque and tell them the flavor is a surprise.  Then as they stir kids see the yogurt change color.

I keep the sweetness level pretty low in our yogurt.  My husband and kids enjoyed this as is.  But if you are used to store bought flavored yogurts you might want to add a little extra sweetener.  I divided one batch of fruit among three containers of yogurt.  You can split it between two to boost the flavor.

One thing I love about making my own fruit-filled yogurt is no addition of thickeners, particularly corn starch!  My son is allergic to corn, so we have to avoid it.

As fresh fruit comes in season (strawberries are here!!!) just use whatever is available.  Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches – they all work well.  If using blueberries you’ll have to mash them a little to get the juices flowing.Fruit On The Bottom Yogurt | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Fruit on the bottom yogurt is simple to make, uses quality ingredients and is fun for kids.  It takes three minutes to cut up a few pieces of fruit and add honey.  Then in the morning top it with plain, whole milk yogurt.  Serve it with homemade granola, granola bars, quinoa bars or cereal.

This also makes a great addition to a picnic lunch.

Fresh fruit works well in this yogurt, but you can just as easily use frozen.  Simply let it thaw a bit before cutting up the fruit.

Did you grow up eating fruit on the bottom yogurt?  Now you can serve it to your kids – but in a much healthier way.Fruit On The Bottom Yogurt | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt
Serves 3
A fun, fruit on the bottom yogurt made with real ingredients.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries or peaches
  2. 2 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup (add more if you like it sweeter)
  3. 1 1/2 - 2 cups plain, whole milk yogurt or coconut yogurt
Instructions
  1. Cut up the fruit into small pieces or mash the blueberries.
  2. Add the honey/syrup.
  3. Refrigerator for 1 hour or over night.
  4. Divide the fruit into two or three cups.
  5. Top with 1/2 - 3/4 cups yogurt.
  6. Stir when serving.
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