Kids favorite Yogurt (So Easy)

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The other day the kids were dying for some yogurt and I was just not feeling like heading to the store so what did we do… made our own. We made our own yogurt all summer but with the lack of fresh berries we pretty much stopped but I found some raspberries from my parents house in our freezer and the kids were so excited. They  love building their own and experimenting with different flavors. I love that my kids are eating a healthy snack.

 

On this particular day we had some of besties over for snack and they enjoyed their own creations too.

Here’s Kellen trying to steal Sophie’s yogurt.

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Here is Chloe and Wesli enjoying their yogurt.

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Make Your Own Yogurt

Plain yogurt (We prefer Greek of the Gods greek yogurt)

Berries and Fruit (We’ve done blueberry, peach, pomegranate, apple cinnamon, pineapple, pretty much any thing)

Honey

Sprinkle of Cinnamon

Granola

Set everything out in different bowls. I scoop the yogurt into each kids bowl because their eyes are always bigger than their tummies and then let them go to town and put whatever they want. Make sure you don’t forget honey though It’s the best part. and the add yumminess of cinnamon.

 

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MMMM… Granola

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I love granola. I LOVE granola! It’s so good. However oats are not currently in my diet right now. Sad but I have been seeing recipes out there for paleo granola and then I ordered some paleo krunch cereal and I loved it but it’s a little (lot) out of my price range so I figured I could make some and save some dollars. I tweaked and tweaked until I got the right combination but I am but out a small disclaimer.

1: Paleo granola is expensive to make since it has tons of nuts and higher priced ingredients in it.

2: Paleo granola is highly addicting causing it to last only a few days and then you are wanting more. Lots more.

3: Paleo granola is high in nuts so a little goes a long way.

After a few months of eating it I now allow myself a handful a day. Sometimes two but at first I was eating 1 -2 bowls a day. It is that good so try it and tell me what you think.

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Paleo Krunch Cereal

1/2 c. coconut oil

1/4 c honey

1/4 c pure maple syrup

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 c. raw pumpkin seeds

1/2 c. raw sunflower seeds

1 c. almond flour

1 c. unsweetened coconut

2 c. raw chopped almonds

2 tbsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 325 F Whisk first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Add all dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix the wet ingredients with the dry. Combine well. On a baking sheet with small sides spread a thin layer of the mixture. Place in oven for about 10 minutes take out and mix around a bit and place back in oven for another 5-10 minutes. You just want it toasted, once it looks nice and toasted take out and let cool for 5 minutes. I keep it in an air tight container in the pantry.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

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This is one of the most requested breakfasts at our house. Orange pancakes. The kids and I love them and my husband says they are the best paleo pancakes I have made which is awesome. *Note He still loves my old buttermilk pancake far better but those only come out on super rare occasions.

Since going Paleo in September I have been looking for a good pancake recipe because they are a weekly staple in our house. I had tried them with almond flour and coconut flour but for me they consistency wasn’t great. I tried the all banana recipes and it was overwhelming for us. So one day I tried sweet potato puree and banana and it was great. To make them a little more pancake looking I make this in my food processor. You could do it in a blender or by hand but make sure you really mash the sweet potatoes and bananas or you’ll have chunks in your pancakes. I like to make a double batch and the leftovers are great for on the go snacks.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

This recipe feeds my family of 2 adults and 2 little kids. You can easily double this recipe but if you double it I would only do 6 eggs.

1/2 c. sweet potato puree

1 ripe banana, mashed (2 Tbs.Real Maple syrup)

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon (or more depending how much you like cinnamon)

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 Tbs. melted ghee, coconut oil, or butter Plus some for greasing the griddle or pan.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Wash a sweet potato and poke it all over with a fork. Put in the oven and bake til done. Depending on the size it can take anywhere from 45 minutes to over an hour. Take out of oven and let cool.* I usually cook a couple and puree them and freeze the puree so I can whip these up quick.

Preheat griddle to 375 degrees and grease. Once cool take the sweet potato, cut it in half and scrape the insides out into a food processor and puree til smooth.  You’ll need a half cup of puree. You can freeze the rest for later. Blend or whisk the sweet potato, banana, eggs, and vanilla together til smooth. Add the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, salt, and melted oil and blend til well mixed.

Once the griddle is heated pour batter onto griddle. Let cook for a few minutes. I wait until bubbles have formed and pop to flip them. Then cook the other side. Serve.

My family likes them with maple syrup. I love them with homemade almond butter and sliced bananas. Leftovers? Freeze them and they reheat really well.

Goal Update

Quick post and then later I will try and get a recipe up.

I’ve been working on my handstand. The other day I was up against the wall and held for 1:15.  Then last night I kicked up with no wall and held for three seconds. It was probably like one second but it felt a lot longer.

Birthday Goal

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Every year I make some type of fitness goal to achieve before my birthday. I was hesitant to make one this year because I’ve been reading a lot about setting achievable goals so you don’t set yourself up for failure. I thought long and hard but I decided that I am setting a goal and am going to give it all I have to achieve it and if I don’t achieve it I know that the steps I have been doing will still be helping me get better and maybe I need to re-evaluate my goal. So for this year I want to:

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That’s right do a handstand! (Preferably on an exotic beach but that is less likely to happen.) So I’ll try and keep things updated. So far I can kick up and hold it against a wall for 30 seconds. Sad but it’s a start!!

Do you set goals? Is there anything you want to improve on? If so set a goal and join me. D-Day is July 23rd!

How to: Roast Tomatoes

I love tomatoes. I have always loved tomatoes. I like them sliced, diced, broiled, or baked. Sauced, blended, and marinated. I do not, however, like tomatoes in January. They are typically bland, pale, and blah. In my Bountiful Basket the other week there were some tomatoes in there and instead of throwing them out I remembering seeing a recipe for marinara sauce using roasted tomatoes. Now to figure out how to roast them. It was easy to research tons of ways ut I wanted a very simple way with simple ingredients and here it is.

Preheat the oven to 400.

Cut the tomatoes in half and take the core out of them. Lay them out on an foil-lined pan.

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Drizzle some olive oil over tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

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You want them to be nice and roasted. Sometimes mine get a little brown on top. That equals yumminess. Take the tomatoes out of the oven and you’re done.

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Now you can use these any way you want or you can freeze them until you need them.

Now you can enjoy the goodness of using your bland tomatoes but I can’t wait until summer and I can try it out on ripe ones.