Nutrition

Goodness on the Go

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[Disclosure: This post is sponsored by GoGo squeeZ]

GoGo Squeez

Earlier this month the girls and I took a field trip up to The Grove in Los Angeles to visit the Goodness Machine by GoGo squeeZ.

What exactly is a Goodness Machine you ask? Mamas, let me tell you, it was a sight to behold!

Designed by a former NASA engineer, the pop-up Goodness Machine was a GIANT GoGo squeeZ applesauce pouch that deployed GoGo squeeZ applesauce pouches into the air which then parachuted down into the hands of kids waiting to #CatchtheGoGo.

My girls’ eyes were as big as the Goodness Machine when they saw the set-up and couldn’t wait to try it so we waited our turn to step onto the bright turquoise and white striped bullseye rug to catch some goodness on the go

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The girls ran up, pressed the button and waited, watching the GoGo squeeZ’s “even kids can open it themselves” helicopter top, and WHOOSH! out it flew, into the air, the  parachute deployed as it flew down with the little ones hoping to catch it.

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The wind made it an extra fun challenge, as you never knew exactly which way the GoGo was going to fly! We got to take a few tries and had some successful catches of the GoGo!

Below are two favorite photos of my  girls and our two friends that joined us that day. (Photo credit shout out to my talented friend Jolie Loeb who you can find here and here.)

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Such a fun day!

Thank you GoGo squeeeZ for inviting us to attend your darling event!

About GoGo squeeZ

Realizing moms everywhere want healthy snacks for their kids they can grab and go, GoGo squeeZ created healthy applesauce pouches that are the first squeezable, re-sealable, 100% fruit pouch on the market.  Essentially, the perfect addition to diaper bags and purses everywhere.

Offering a ton of different yummy flavors to keep your little ones happy, all pouches are 100% natural, Kosher, BPA-free, gluten-free, vegan, and are non-GMO certified.

Now that’s what I call an AWESOMEsauce that makes any mom feel good.

Click here to shop online or find out where to buy at a store near you.

 www.gogosqueez.com

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Get Out of Your Snack Rut

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I am in officially in a snack rut.  And with summer here and kids home all day, I needed some new healthy snack ideas for kids. Stat. Because when I am not prepared, the kids go and help themselves to stuff in the cupboard, you know the cereal bars and packaged stuff. Not good.

So I called upon my friend, Kelly, a personal trainer with a passion for fitness and nutrition, to give me some new healthy snack ideas for kids. To read more recipes from Kelly visit www.sneakersandskillets.com.

10 Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

(and adults too!) 
by Kelly Evans

healthy snack ideas for kids

1. Go for Fresh Veggies + Fruits 

Before getting into recipes and snacks you have to put together, I just have to shout out to the fact that the best snack option ever is… RAW VEGGIES! I know you may cringe and your kids might not be super excited, but the health benefits are insane, and if you are buying fresh, organic produce, you may just find they taste a whole lot better! The tastiest raw veggies in my opion (get organic for better taste and better nutrients) are:

Carrots

Celery

Red, yellow or orange bell peppers

Sugar snap peas

Cucumbers

Cherry tomatoes

Jicama

Fresh fruit is a definite runner up to a great choice for snacking as well – especially if you have a sweet tooth! Again – shoot to purchase organic, no pesticides produce whenever you can.

And If You Just Gotta Dip…

If you or your kids have to have a dip for your veggies, hummus is a great option, but read your ingredient label and look for minimal added processing agents, also check your portion size and don’t over-dip!

Almond butter is also a great dipping option – again check your portion size.

Also try apples with Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Dip <— my favorite recipe!

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2. Coconut Oil Popcorn

Melt about 2 TBS coconut oil in a large pot over med-high heat.

When the oil is piping hot, pour in 1 cup of popping corn.

Cover and wait for your corn to pop – shake your pot here and there to prevent kernels from burning.

When you hear the popping subside, remove from the heat and immediately transfer to a large bowl.

Shake a bit of pink Himalayan sea salt over. Yumm!

coconut oil popcorn

3. Mudballs

½ cup peanut or nut butter alternative & ½ cup honey melted together over low heat, add:

½ cup flax seed meal

½ cup sesame seeds

½ cup cocoa

1 cup oats

Mix all together and roll into balls. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

4. Funky Monkey Smoothie

In a blender combine:

8 oz milk or substitute

1 handful spinach

1 frozen banana

2 TBS cocoa

1 TBS honey

2 TBS peanut butter or nut butter substitute

Handful of ice.

Blend until smooth.

roasted 5. Roasted Broad Beans

These roasted broad beans are our new favorite snacks, especially for on the go.

We get the sea salt variety, but there are many different flavor varieties.

I find there are extra/unwanted ingredients when you start getting flavored things – so if you can, just stick to sea salt!

Sprouts usually has them on sale, 2 bags for $6.

6. Roasted Sea Salt and Vinegar Chickpeas

You can make your own, or buy them at your local market. Crunchy, salty, and you can even make cinnamon and sugar varieties…! Similar to the broad beans, but a nice switch sometimes.

Here is a great recipe for homemade salt and vinegar chickpeas.

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7. Raw Nuts

I know it may seem a little boring, but they are crunchy, munchy, and healthy! I like to have a little cup that is the correct portion size (about 1/8 – ¼ cup is a serving), pour my amount, and when they’re gone, they’re gone…no over-indulging!

8. Almond Butter Greek Yogurt Parfait

8 oz plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 TBS almond butter, or alternative
2 TBS hemp hearts

This feels almost like a special treat or indulgence in the middle of the day – but it’s so great for you – packed with protein, healthy fats, and yummy!!

9. Hard Boiled Eggs

These of course fall within your optimum nutritional food plan.

Drizzle with a bit of Siracha sauce, salsa, or homemade guacamole – you have a dynamite clean and high protein snack.

hard boiled egg

10. Easy Homemade Guacamole

Dump all together into a bowl:

1 avocado, diced
1 roma tomato, diced
¼ cup purple onion, finely diced
Pinch of salt – to taste
Juice from one lime – to taste

Smash everything together with a fork and add more lime juice or salt depending on flavor preference. Carrots, jicama and celery are super delish dipped into guac!

Healthy Guacamole

11. Chia Seed Pudding

I have made this three ingredient chia seed pudding a few times and really look forward to savoring it as a decadent treat. Perfect amount of sweet and super creamy – you can feel good knowing you are nourishing your body while eating it too!

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Do you all have any good, healthy snack ideas for kids to share? Please comment below! 

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A Visitor From the Future Brings an Important Message

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Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Post brought to you by got milk? 

If you could visit yourself as a kid, what message would you bring? In this video from got milk?, a woman from the future advises herself as a little girl to start drinking milk for some absurdly entertaining results.

Although a simple sip of milk won’t earn your kids a gold medal, it provides a strong start to fuel both your family and the next generation of champions to the finish line. Every glass of milk contains protein, calcium and other essential nutrients to build strong bones and healthy bodies that would make your children’s future selves very happy.

For more information on how your family can drink to a brighter future and avoid unwanted visitors from the future, visit www.gotmilk.com as well as the got milk? Facebook page.

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How Many Calories in That Halloween Candy?

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Halloween candy calories

Well, the Halloween fun is now over. I hope you had a great one.  But one thing remains – the candy. For us, it’s tucked away out of sight in a high cupboard, hopefully forgotten about by the kids.

But one person knows where it is and hasn’t forgotten – me.

The Halloween candy calls to me from that cupboard every time I want something “a little sweet.”  So I give myself a couple days to indulge every now and again in their stash until we end up donating it.

Which got me to thinking – how many Halloween candy calories am I consuming this weekend? The bars are little, so they can’t be THAT bad, right? Right?!

Well, I did some research based on my favorite Halloween candy, and am putting together this handy list of Halloween candy calories. Sorry.

And of course my most favorite candy in the entire stash happens to be the high calorie winner. Ugh.

Halloween Candy Calories 

3 Muskateers Mini – 25 calories

Milky Way Mini – 38 calories

Hershey’s Miniatures (Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Krackel, Mr. Goodbar) – 42 calories each

Snickers Mini – 43 calories

Nestle Crunch Fun Size – 60 calories

Skittles Fun Size – 61 calories

Hershey’s Chocolate Snack Size – 64 calories

3 Muskateers Fun Size – 65 calories

Kit Kat Fun Size – 70 calories

M&Ms Fun Size Regular – 74 calories

Snickers Fun Size – 80 calories

Milky Way Fun Size – 80 calories

Baby Ruth Fun Size – 83 calories

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Single – 88 calories

M&Ms Fun Size Peanut – 90 calories

Butterfinger Fun Size – 100 calories

Calories consumed researching this post: 123

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This Bar Saves Lives

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Complimentary product sample sent for review.

This Bar Saves Lives

This Bar Saves Lives, the makers of 3 yummy non-GMO snack bars, just launched at Sprouts markets nationwide and I felt compelled to write about these bars after learning about their company with a cause.

Did you have any idea severe acute malnutrition claims the lives of upwards of 2.6 million children a year; or one child every 12 seconds? Did that just give you the chills?

The founders of This Bar Saves Lives came face-to-face with severe malnutrition upon visiting a refugee camp in Liberia on a humanitarian trip.

They were floored by the life-saving food that was fighting malnutrition called Plumpy’Nut®, a sort of “miracle supplement” saving children from the brink of starvation.

Right there they wondered if they could make a wholesome, delicious nutrition bar to sell and use to raise awareness and funds to help starving children worldwide.

So they did.

This Bar Saves Lives

For every bar purchased, a packet of life-saving food is donated to a child at risk of starvation. 

The all natural, non-GMO snack bars are made from ethically sourced ingredients from the best farms, like wild blueberries from Maine, roasted pistachios from California and clover honey from Wisconsin.

And, the bars are DELICIOUS!!!!

I was sent the Madagascar Vanilla Almond & Honey to sample, and I loved it!  My girls loved them too. But most of all, I loved explaining how the owners of this company are making a difference in children’s lives across the world with their healthy bars. Now that’s beautiful.

Look for This Bar Saves Lives at your local Sprouts, purchase online here or use the store locator to find a store by you.

You can even save 15% by signing up for their monthly bar club. Visit the website to learn more or watch this adorable video.

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