What’s Cookin’ Wednesday: Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Today’s What’s Cookin’ Wednesday is all about a quick, nutritional breakfast option. Smoothies.

Smoothies are a great way to use up fruit that is under or over ripe as well as sneak in immune boosting ingredients that don’t taste all that great on their own. Like turmeric, sea vegetables, cacao nibs, etc.

Whenever we make smoothies we try to pack them with leafy greens and other naturally protein rich ingredients as well as vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. We’re fresh out of leafy greens today, but we’ve substituted a few other sources of protein/fiber/vitamins.

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Pantry Project: Dried Cranberries

These are one of Rue’s favorite snacks. I mix them with nuts and seeds when we’re on the go and she goes crazy for them.

Homemade craisins with pumpkin & sunflower seeds – a perfect on-the-go snack full of vitmains and antioxidants!

Since cranberries are in season, I wanted to try my hand at making craisins at home. I’m so surprised by how easy it was and can’t believe I haven’t done it before!

This is a great way to preserve seasonal fruit or use up fruit that is turning bad.

Apples, pears, and pomegranates would make a nice little fall snack. Paired with some roasted nuts and your favorite cheese?

Yes, please!

For this recipe, I used one bag of organic cranberries and 1/4 cup of local honey, but coconut sugar or maple syrup would be nice too.

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DIY Baby Puffs Recipe

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You know those cute little melt-in-your-mouth cereal puffs you see in the store? The ones that help babies master their pincer grasp?

Though I’d rather give her whole foods to snack on, these have been an absolute life saver for us in the car. Instead of crying the entire time, she concentrates on enjoying her puffs while we’re driving.

These puffs are organic and full of good stuff like kale, sweet potatoes, beets, etc., but the packaging is wasteful and we’ve been going through a lot of them lately, so I wanted to try and make them at home.

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