One of the first things that I did in search of a healthy lifestyle was to rid our pantry of anything I felt unsafe to eat. So during this process of the “pantry purge” I eliminated a lot of the things my kids liked to eat. I don’t want my kids to think that eating healthy has to taste gross or that they can’t eat anything that they enjoy so I have tried to find ways to make healthier options of the foods they loved.
On the top of the list of things we had to purge but that my children (and husband) enjoyed was Nutella, but I found this great recipe on Pinterest
This recipe uses whole hazelnuts that you grind up in the food processor so it is not smooth like the nutella in the stores, but it still taste great. My kids loved it!
Here is the link for the Homemade Nutella.
Crockpot Greek Yogurt
The next thing I saw on Pinterest I just had to try was a greek yogurt recipe for the crockpot. My family loves greek yogurt and it can get pretty pricey, especially organic, so I thought I’d give this recipe a whirl. I was able to find all organic ingredients for this greek yogurt. But let me just warn you of a few things… It took several hours for the milk to warm to the right temperature in the crockpot. Maybe my crockpot doesn’t heat well or maybe I need to turn the heat setting to high instead of low. Also the yogurt came out pretty runny for greek yogurt. I think next time I will add more powdered milk. But again my kids loved it. I only had one bowl since I am limiting my dairy, and as you can see this recipe made 5 large mason jars full.
Here is the link to the Crockpot Greek Yogurt.
During our former life of bad eating habits on Sunday mornings before church we would usually have donuts for breakfast. (Bad I know!) We obviously were not going to be able to keep with that tradition so I wanted to make a way for Sunday breakfast to be fun and different. So we are now eating muffins on Sundays. I know you are probably thinking “muffins! those aren’t much better than donuts!” But I have found some great healthy recipes for delicious muffins.
The first is a recipe I got from Food Matters. This muffin is gluten, refined sugar, and dairy free.
Healthy Blueberry Muffins
- 2 1/2 cups almond meal
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Preheat oven to 350. Line a 12 count muffin tin. In a mixing bowl add dry ingredients and stir to combine. Pour in coconut oil, eggs, honey and vanilla, mix well. Fold in blueberries. Distribute into muffin tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy.
One more muffin recipe that we have come to enjoy is this Banana Oat Greek Muffins. Hence the name it is not diary free. After eating these muffins my pickiest eater exclaimed “Mom you make the best muffins” score! I unfortunately did not get a picture of them, but do yourself a favor and check out the link.
Hope you will try some of these recipes and they will help you to exchange out some of the processed junk you may have in your pantry for something much better for you.