Snacks and Healthy Treats

Dark Almond Buddies

 

Andrea did it! She survived! That’s one great big Check Mark on the list of “Things To Do Before You Die” list: Have a baby in France. Baby Ira is ridiculously handsome already, which in my opinion is a rare thing for baby boys… I mean, they can be cute as in Old Man Cute, but Ira is the real-kine legit cute with out the old man face. And they’re both doing really well.

Dark Almond Buddies, alternate to muddy buddies, a fantastically satisfying crunchy chocolaty sweet treat when you're eating light and healthy.

Our family also survived…. a less impressive feat than having a baby, but a feat none the less: both our girls’ b-days, cousin Chloe’s b-day, Christmas, a trip to Flagstaff, the husband had a month off school (come on, all women know having a man around the house 24/7 is ten times the work and effort than kids are…) and this was all in just a months time. Thus the near month absence from blogworld. Eden, now 2 yrs, believes that “fêtes” are daily routine and won’t stop requesting cakes, candles and cadeaux. It’s time to tell her the truth how life really works.

Dark Almond Buddies, alternate to muddy buddies, a fantastically satisfying crunchy chocolaty sweet treat when you're eating light and healthy. Click here to Read More

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Using Fine Food Specialists to Make the Holidays a Little Less Stress and A lot More Fun

Don’t you just love the holiday season? I know that most of us complain about cold weather, lots of snow or rain, but it really is a great time of year! There is always some grand holiday around the corner to prepare for and enjoy!

I know it can become a bit of a stressful time preparing everything, trying to make it as special as possible. I guess the trick is to know how to keep some sort of balance and really make the holidays a great experience for everyone… including yourself!

I know this took my mom yeeeeeears to get down! We now have it in our family where my mom is not allowed to plan meals or clean up anything-unless she wants to. All of us ‘kids’ and spouses plan, prepare and divide chores at holiday gatherings to take the load off my mom. Click here to Read More

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Bio- K Plus- Do You Think About Probiotics?

I wanted to take the time and share with you something that my brother shared with me regarding a health product that he is loving-Bio-K Plus: a probiotic supplement. 

Bio-K Plus

I was talking to my brother the other day and he was sharing with me one of his many ‘discoveries’, which improve his life. He is all about finding what works, researching beyond a normal state of research to know what is good and bad for his body. This benefits me because basically he spends the time researching while I reap from the benefits of him telling me what to do and what not to do. Click here to Read More

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Tomato Basil Feta Salad

Well, we are now in Utah, spending a week here with my family for my little brothers wedding!  We are way up in the mountains and there is hardly anyone up here and it feels amazing! Such a contrast from being in San Francisco for the past couple of days- which was constantly crazy.

Long story short, I went to San Francisco, by myself, for mine and Tamas French Visa three days ago and ended up getting stuck there for two days! I was suppose to fly in and out on the same day (back to Canada where Tama and Shem are) but when I went to the airport they would not let me board without my passport (the French Consulate takes your passport and then mails it back with the visa stamped in). So I get to the airport and they said there is no way I can fly home, even though I had all sort of other ID. Being a little pregnant emotional girl, I started crying and everything…and they still wouldn’t let me! Uhgg, so gut wrenching and stressful! Click here to Read More

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Vanilla Roasted Honey Pears

vanilla roasted honey pearsVanilla Roasted Honey Pears….. mmmmm… good discovery! Light, simple, good by itself or paired with ice cream (in our case-rice dream) or yogurt! My mom got this recipe from her friend who has a really neat blog called Cher Stuff http://www.cherilitchfield.blogspot.ca/. These were good warm out of the oven and even good cold the next day mixed into my yogurt!

It has been fun being at my parents because they have many food sensitivities too, so its like we are on the same team in the kitchen! My hubby is flying in today so we are going to have to make things a little more hearty from now on! haha. I remember the first time he came to my parents he discovered it was a good idea to eat a meal before our supper at the house! We would go get some fast food before dinner Haha. It is true, if you are not use to clean, simple foods they do not seem satisfying at all. I have experienced the same thing! Click here to Read More

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Power Packed Pops aka Sneaky Kale Popsicles -Kid Approved!

Sneaky Kale Popsicle aka Power Packed Pops

Well, are you curious to what people are cooking up in the great mother land up North? Yep, I’m here in Canada and loving every minute of it. We will be here for the a little while before we make our way to France where we will start our new chapter! Besides reconnecting with my family, I think the best thing about being here so far has been sleeping in a bed! Oh my gosh, I knew it would be better than an air mattress, but my oh my it’s completely glorious. I almost want to recommend sleeping on an air mattress for a couple of months just so you have a new found love and appreciation for your bed.  The first night, we a solid 15 years, the next 13, the next 12, and been averaging 10 hours ever since.    Back home in Hawaii I was sleeping a broken up sleep of 6 or 7 hours.  I have a new philosophy…you spend half of your life in your bed, make it a good experience- invest in a good bed and nice bedroom! Not only do you spend half of your life in your bed but that time effects the time you are out of your bed. Bad bed equals back aches, poor quality of sleep, drowsiness in the day, an unsharp mind etc etc.  Good bed equals a better quality of life- I am convinced! Or maybe I am just getting old and whimpy…what do you think? Click here to Read More

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Turkish Spinach Yogurt Dip

Turkish Spinach Yogurt Dip

This is a great fresh dip that is so healthy and full of all sorts of nutrients. Not only is it healthy, but it is so tasty! This Turkish Spinach Dip is traditionally known as cacik. The base is yogurt (Greek yogurt works beautifully because of its thick creaminess) and mixture of garlic, spinach and a fresh herb symphony of dill, mint and parsley.

I love spinach dip but if I eat more than a pinch I am in trouble! I immediately feel a stomach ache coming on from all the cheese, and so to discover this awesome healthy version of a spinach dip is quite a treat! I could eat a full bowl of this without thinking twice! It is so good and you can feel good about eating it too!

This is good as a dip for vegetables, pita bread, chips or used as a spread for sandwiches or pitas! Click here to Read More

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Maca No-Bakes with Cacao and Coconut: Supremo-health treats

I know little snack cookie balls are appearing everywhere on the web these days, all varieties, all claiming to be healthy snacks, and tasty as can be. True most of them are tasty, but rare are they actually as healthy as they boast. My husband is a healthy-nut-guru-master, and he’s the first to warn me how “non-healthy” most of these no bake cookies actually are. It kind of takes the fun out of eating half a batch fresh after they’ve been made. I should thank him in reality for saving me from a few un-needed extra pounds on the hips.

These no-bakes, however, have a great big stamp of approval from the “health-food officer.” All the credit goes to my Mom for this one, this special cookie is her creation. Thank’s to her living gluten free for years, and being fully dedicated to having a balanced, healthy, capable body, we’ve finally found the no-bake drop cookie to feel good about.  She’s been perfecting and tweaking this recipe for a long time, and it’s finally reached it’s point of perfection. With such ingredients as sucanat, cacao powder, coconut milk, and maca powder, this cookie is a mouth-full moment of bliss. (Plus the cup of granola added in the end allows for a small crunch that other drop cookies lack.) Click here to Read More

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Carob Fudge, All Natural, and Fun Finds with new Products

carob fudge

Carob Fudge is a great treat. My mom will make a lot (especially at Christmas) and wrap individual fudge squares in wax paper and stores them in a jar! Tastes just like fudge but made with all natural ingredients.

Today I made mine with peanut butter, but my mom favors tahini. Both ways are great! Tahini (sesame seed paste) in Hawaii is like buying gold, so I opted for the cheaper version of this recipe. Let me know what your favorite is!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with carob powder, it is very similar to cocoa powder but some consider it slightly healthier and it does not contain any caffeine. For someone who is allergic to chocolate this is a great alternative. This recipe works great with cocoa as well (same measurements).  Click here to Read More

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Oooey Gooey S’mores Ice cream Bar

Oooey Gooey S'more Icecream Sandwhich

Oooey Gooey S’more Ice cream Bars tastes like a chunk of heaven. My mom use to make these golden graham ice cream bars  for an after school snack- on a very good day! She did the same thing with rice krispy treats- which are just as amazing and freeze well (S’more bars do not freeze too well-best to make ice cream bars and eat right away).

Sandwiching ice cream in the middle of anything makes it special and covers every element in this treat of oooey and gooey to cool and refreshing! Click here to Read More

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