Spring Green Drink

It is definitely spring time, and it is that time of year when you should really make an effort to boost the "green" intake of everyone in your family.  My favorite green drink for kids is still the Green Machine, but I was looking for something that might be even more of a cleansing drink during this springtime season.  (Hint:  parsley is considered a highly cleansing food).  … [Read more...]

Winter Greens with Citrus Dressing

This is a wonderful side dish for the winter months when you crave just a little more color and zest.  Grab the best and freshest greens you can find and make this dressing: Ingredients: 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 2 T fresh lime juice 2 T fresh lemon juice 2 T rice wine vinegar 2 T honey 1/2 t sea salt 1/3 cup olive oil 1 T fresh chopped parsley 1 t fresh thyme … [Read more...]

Carrot and Orange Soup

Here is another amazing recipe from my dear friend Julia.  She fed this to a group of women that ooed and ahed over this amazing soup that is just perfect for a cold autumn or winter day.  The fennel, carrot and orange combination is amazing, and the spices she used were fun and new to me. Adapted from: Homemade With Love by Jennifer Perillo Serves … [Read more...]

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

This is a great summer soup when it is too hot to cook. My Vitamix seems to always be in use in my house.  Especially in the summer!  I love that you can blend a soup for about 5 minutes and it comes out slightly warm.  So healthy and so easy!  No hot kitchen.  Just cool and refreshing. Add to Vitamix: Celery- 3 ribs with leaves 1 jar roasted red peppers (with … [Read more...]

Coconut Cucumber Soup

If you are looking for a quick and refreshing summer soup, look no further! In a vitamix, blend: -3 cucumbers, peeled -coconut milk (or meat of 1 fresh coconut) -4 T fresh lime juice -2 T almond butter -1/2 cup greens/herbs (basil, cilantro, mint, etc.) -1 T fresh ginger -Water to thin (about 1 cup) -Season with:  salt, cayenne, or add thai "flair" by adding a splash … [Read more...]

Fast and Fresh Gazpacho

Ingredients 4 cups low-sodium tomato juice 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Hot pepper sauce to taste (optional) 2 pounds tomatoes, seeded, diced 1 cucumber, seeded, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 jalapeño pepper, minced 3 cloves garlic, minced Fresh cilantro for … [Read more...]

Rainbow Smoothie

During the spring when greens are perfectly in season, why not start your day with some greens in a Rainbow Smoothie?  Kids love the concept of Eating a Rainbow.  Nurture recently served this delicious smoothie as part of Rainbow Day programming to promote fresh fruit and vegetable consumption by kids.  The verdict?  Thumbs up! Rainbow Smoothie -Red: 1/4 cup frozen … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Smoothie

This is the featured recipes for my Healthy Kids Corner Radio Show with Ryan Redman on March 10.  (Yes, St. Patrick's Day is the 17th, but the show will not air on the 17th as that is KDPI's slot to interview our mayor Nina Jonas). Enjoy this fun green smoothie! Ingredients: 4 pitted dates 1 cup almond milk 1/4 avocado pitted Handful spinach Handful ice 1/4 tsp … [Read more...]

Holiday Beet Hummus

It is almost the holidays, and I have a recipe to share with you thanks to my dear friend Julia Goodhouse. She is one of the best cooks I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, and she cooked (a lot!) for me during my recent visit to Chicago. Thank you Julia!! She put this beautiful beet hummus together for a crowd of gals, and we were all astonished by the beautiful color— so … [Read more...]

Dairy Free Avocado Coconut Chocolate Mousse

Elena continues her dairy free "personal journey", and we are making such good food that she is recruiting her friends to join her!  This recipe is a variation on a chocolate mousse recipe that she learned in her Food and Fun classes at Community School. We'd like to credit our friends at Glow Live Foods that inspired this recipe.  We modified the recipe only a little bit as we … [Read more...]