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How to make aguas frescas: fresh fruit water

With the recent buzz on the hazards of too much sugar in our diets, I’ve found myself looking for ways to trim sugar wherever I can while maintaining a bit of fun.  My boys drink a lot of water, but every now and again they want something different, something sweeter.

fresh fruit water

That’s when I turn to making a pitcher of fresh fruit water.  In the latin community, this is often referred to as “aguas frescas.”  A few slices of lemon, lime and orange makes a glass of cold water even more refreshing. One of our favorite combinations include a few lemon slices along with some sweet, ruby-red strawberries.  Instant strawberry lemonade without all the added sugar!

Try adding some fruit to your child’s lunch box water bottle as a change from the usual juice, milk or (hopefully) water.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

fresh fruit water

A few flavor combination suggestions…

  • Strawberries and lemons
  • Lemon, orange and lime slices
  • Strawberries and blueberries

Make sure your water is chilled and give the lemons, limes or oranges a little squeeze to release the juices as you add them to the water.  Enjoy!

fresh fruit water

 

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Raw Cookie Dough Bites

Do you ever stop your kids from licking the spoon when you make cookies?

You know… with the whole raw egg and salmonella thing.  I know I do. 

One of the best parts of making cookies is tasting the dough, right? These Raw Cookie Dough Bites from The Nourishing Home are an easy way to do just that, without the worry of raw eggs or heating up the oven.

With wholesome ingredients like coconut flour, ground flax and nut butters you can feel good about making these for an after school snack or as a sweet addition to your kids’ lunch boxes.

 

 

Raw Cookie Dough Bites

  • 1/2 cup raw almond butter, peanut butter, or nut-free butter
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup, plus 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup creamy raw almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup, plus 1 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup, plus 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 3 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or carob chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the nut butter, honey (or maple syrup) and vanilla until creamy and well blended.
  2. To the mixture, add the coconut flour, ground flax seed, and sea salt. With a wooden spoon, mix to combine.
    If the dough is too wet, add a bit more coconut flour. If it’s too dry and doesn’t hold together well, knead in one teaspoon of water.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Using your hands, form 16-18 one-inch balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

raw cookie dough bites

So easy and delicious. One-bowl-goodness right here. 

raw cookie dough bites

 

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How to Make Fresh Fruit Yogurt

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Plain yogurt will never be the same.

I will admit, we were a bit late jumping on the greek yogurt wagon.  I’ve never been a big fan of yogurt, especially those filled with sugar and artificial colorings.

Recently though, I needed to buy a container of greek yogurt for some baking.  With a little left over I decided to add some fresh fruit and have it for an afternoon snack with my boys.

We were immediately sold.  I now have a container in my fridge at all times.  Sweet or savory, the possibilities are endless!

So far, our favorite way to enjoy it has been by adding in fresh fruit.  With spring upon us strawberries and blueberries have been making a frequent appearance in the produce aisle and in our fridge.

 

 

How to Make Fresh Fruit Yogurt

makes a 1 cup serving

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Snacks
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Ingredients

  • 56 strawberries mashed
  • 3/41 cup plain greek yogurt
  • Drizzle of honey or maple syrup (optional)

Additional toppings for added taste and crunch…

  • toasted almonds or pecans
  • granola

Instructions

  1. In a bowl mash berries with a fork to release their natural juice and sweetness. Add in greek yogurt and stir until combine. Test for sweetness and add in a drizzle of honey or maple syrup to your desired sweetness. Stir.

Add in a drizzle of honey or maple syrup for extra sweetness and you have a wonderful afternoon snack and packed lunch option.

 

Another option for enjoying this yogurt is to put it in a small container and freeze overnight.  Pop it into your packed lunch the next day and it will be cold and thawed by lunch time. We found these molds on Amazon, but any small container does the trick.

fresh fruit yogurt

 

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Kitchen Sink Muffins: one recipe, hundreds of options

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My favorite kind of recipes are those that are flexible. Recipes that, on any given day, I can make work with what I might have in my pantry.  These muffins are just that kind of recipe.

The basic ingredients are the same…flour, baking soda, baking powder, applesauce.  What you choose to add in from there is completely up to you.  It can be fresh blueberries, walnuts, a dash of cinnamon.  Maybe some chocolate chips or dried fruit?

Even your pickiest eater will have a combination that they will love.  And you know what? They are perfect for adding them in one of your MOMables lunches.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

The flour in this recipe is whole wheat pastry flour.  It’s different than whole wheat flour in that it comes from a softer wheat, giving pastries a delicate texture instead of the usual dense baked goods whole wheat flour often yields.  If you don’t have whole wheat pastry flour it can be substituted with all-purpose flour.


Another thing I love about this recipe? It’s simplicity.  You don’t need any fancy gadgets, mixers or food processors.  A bowl and a wooden spoon will do the job.

kitchen sink muffins

Kitchen Sink Muffins

adapted from ‘The Vegetarian Family Cookbook’

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Breakfast
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax meal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce or yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup milk

Measurements for add-in ingredient options…

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit, thawed
  • 1/2 cup pecans, walnuts or almonds, chopped
  • 2/3 cup dried fruit
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place muffin liners in a 12 standard-size muffin pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients; flour, ground flax, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. Add in yogurt, melted butter and milk. Stir until thoroughly combined, creating a smooth, stiff batter. Gently fold in additional ingredient options, then divide batter equally spooning into the muffin cups.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until tops are golden. Transfer to cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature, store remaining muffins in an air tight container.

 

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