Back to School Blog # 2: Getting creative with trail mixes

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Looking for a healthy snack for your child in this busy back-to-school season. Trail mixes are your answer. Below are some great mixes that your child will love. Simply choose the recipe you think your kiddos will like best. Fill up a gallon-size Ziploc bag with the ingredients and shake. You can then divvy up the mix into the small snack-size Ziplocs. These are way healthier than most snack packs you would find at the grocery store and you still have the convenience of trail mix snack packs that you can stock in your pantry!

Cranberry and White Chocolate Trail Mix

  • 1 cup Roasted Almonds
  • 1 Cup Roasted Cashews
  • ¼ cup Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • ½ Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

Peanut Butter Cup Crunch

  • 1 cup Peanuts
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup peanut butter chips

Superfood Plus

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ½ cup coconut shreds
  • ⅓ cut gogi berries

Autumn Mix

  • 1 cup sweet potato chips
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

I hope your kids enjoy these as much as my girls do!

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Strawberries…My Latest Health Obsession

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Earlier this month, I had the great pleasure to travel to California to delve into two of my favorite things: learning and eating delicious, healthy foods! I attended California Strawberries #GetRealinCA farm tour and culinary retreat in Monterey.

I can’t say enough positive things about this experience. I learned so much!

Monterey is a huge agricultural area—most of our country’s strawberries and lettuces come from there. The way that California Strawberries grows their strawberries astounded me. Every single strawberry plant is hand-planted and hand-picked. No machinery involved! The strawberries are non-GMO and they are packaged right on the fields!

 

IMG_7185I used to worry about eating non-organic strawberries because they are on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list, but I won’t worry about eating non-organic strawberries anymore; I learned that you would have to literally eat 1,508 strawberries a day to experience any effects from pesticide residues. Also, many of the farms grow organically, but they haven’t reached the three-year mark to get their USDA organic-certification.

The stories of the over 400 family farms that grow the majority of our country’s strawberries were so heart-warming. Many of these farmers are living the American Dream. California strawberry farming has given Latinos more ownership opportunities than any other major crop; you can read some of their stories here.

I have always known that strawberries are healthy—a cup of strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange. I learned so much more about their health benefits at this event. They are great for your heart. A recent study in Circulation (the journal of the American Heart Association) found that women who ate three servings of strawberries a week had fewer heart attacks. They are also super-low in sugar, making them a great choice for diabetics.

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And the culinary experience at this event was amazing. I learned that strawberries can be used far beyond dessert. I absolutely loved the entrée we were served—Wood-oven-roasted Alaskan Halibut with lentils, dandelion, and berry broth. Head over to my website and grab some recipes for an awesome strawberry-kale salad or the most delicious strawberry shortcake you ever had.

Here is a video that California Strawberries put together about our experience.

Thank you so much California Strawberries for this absolutely amazing experience; I learned so much!