March break is approaching fast and the scramble is on to find things to entertain our kids, not for a weekend but a WHOLE week or maybe two for some of you. Yes, some of us panic, some say “bring it on”, some are just indifferent. Where do I sit? Hmmm. I love my kids and I get excited for them when they have a week of fun ahead, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that it can be a bit daunting for me. I’m like every other parent, where I have good intentions, I will put things in place so that they aren’t watching TV the whole time but then I will cave by day three! Let’s face it, vacation time never goes exactly how you plan but we hope to take away a few great experiences and memories that our kids hold close to their hearts.
As a lover of all things food, you will more than likely find me in the kitchen even while on vacation and I do love having my girls join me. I’m not sure if the magic comes from within me because I’m sharing my passion or from them because of their excitement to be learning and doing something with their Mama, either way, it is truly unique. In the spirit of sharing some magic, I’ve put together 3 simple and easy recipes that you and your kids can make together in the kitchen. These recipes are easy to follow, have simple ingredients and don’t require too much time to make, plus the final products are delicious and fun!
Fun and Healthy Jelly Snacks
Gelatin is the bomb! Really. And these fun and healthy jelly snacks are the perfect way to get some gelatin into your kids. Oh, and they are perfect for you too! Gelatin is so good for you and any little person that consumes it. Not to mention, most kids love the texture and it’s just plain fun to eat. Gelatin is a protein derived from collagen and plays a monstrous roll in healing your gut. In the simplest of terms it really does help heal the holes in the gut lining. These holes allow the toxins from what you eat to enter your body, gelatin is like the glue to keep it out to make sure it exits your body . This is one of the many things that gelatin does but there is a laundry list of benefits like immune boosting, healthy joints, healthy hair, nails, teeth and the list goes on. This recipe requires 2 ingredients, a lot of whisking, and some fun cookie cutters. That line up, says “kids” all over it!
Gluten Free Almond Chia Butter Balls
These gluten free almond chia butter balls are a treat! What I love about these is, if you are wanting a healthier (not so much sugar version) roll them in the coconut option. If you are looking for a fun dessert, choose door number 2 and roll them in coconut sugar, either way you will win over your kids. These are so fun to make together, because they can be sticky, there is stirring, rolling and no baking! Plus you can eat them as soon as they are done, or throw them in the fridge or freezer for later. The magic ingredient in these yummy treats, is the chia. Here are 5 reasons to eat more chia.
Chia has: (ounce per ounce)
- 100% more potassium than bananas
- 200% more iron than spinach
- 100% more fiber than bran flakes
- 500% more calcium than milk
- 700% more omega 3 than salmon
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
These apple cinnamon overnight oats are the perfect breakfast for that crazy morning on the go or the quick and easy afternoon snack! Are you on the go this March Break? Or maybe you are just on the go always, like my family. My girls love overnight oats and they love helping to make them. There is no baking involved, just measuring, adding ingredients, some stiring and a little pouring, this sounds like the perfect mixture of tasks for kids in the kitchen. What I also love about this recipe, is that the measurements are for individual portions, so if each child wanted to personalize their own ingredients they can. I like to make overnight oats in mason jars then my girls can grab the glass markers and write their names and draw pictures. It adds a little fun and makes morning time more exciting. My favourite ingredient in these overnight oats is the cinnamon, not only does it make the base of flavour but cinnamon also helps to balance out blood sugars. Cinnamon is said to actually slow the rate at which the stomach empties which can help the bodies ability to respond to insulin, which essentially slows the rise of blood sugar levels.  I say YES to this! Those blood sugar spikes in kids can lead to tantrums and not so fun vacation time!
 The Ultimate Guide to Bone Broth Benefits, Delfina of Code to Wellness, www.codetowellness.com, February 27, 2017
 6 Healthy Reasons to Eat More Real Cinnamon (Not Its Cousin), Margie King, Copyright www.greenmedinfo.com, 2017
 The true power of chia seeds. (Infographic), Green Med Info LLC www.greenmedinfo.com, June 8, 2014.