Kid Friendly After School Snacks


It seems like my kids are ALWAYS hungry! Especially after classes or playdates. I’m always looking for healthy snacks they will enjoy that will also keep them healthy and well-nourished! Here are some Easy, healthy and delicious kid friendly after school snacks that are good anytime!

Kid Friendly After School Snacks

These delicious and healthy kid friendly after school snacks recipes can also be used for lunch! I love packing my kids lunch in one of lunch boxes (where to buy). They are so durable and easy to clean.

Homemade Cheese Crackers by Bren Did

Oatmeal Muffins by Bren Did

Honey Bee No Bake Cookies by Bren Did

Wild Plum Fruit Leather by Bren Did

Roasted Red Pepper Hubbus by The Crunchy Chronicles

Cucumber Chips by The Crunchy Chronicles

Carob Brownie Bites by Eat Beautiful

Raw Chocolate Milk by Eat Beautiful

Carrot Milkshake with Ginger, Turmeric and Cinnamon by Eat Beautiful

Chia Pudding by Green Mom’s Collective

Cacao Macaroons by Green Mom’s Collective

Pumpkin Raisin Muffins by Honest Body

Spirulina Popcorn by Yogi Mami

Red Lentil Trail Mix by Yogi Mami

Homemade Gummies by Yogi Mami

Moroccan Strawberry Treat by Yogi Mami









Simple Ways to Teach Children Mindfulness



At increasingly younger ages, kids are facing higher levels of stress, and it may be taking a significant toll on their health. Stressful events in childhood can increase the risk of developing health problems as an adult, but the impact may hit much earlier. A recent University of Florida study found that stressful events can impact a child’s health and well-being almost immediately, and can contribute to the development of physical and mental health problems and learning disabilities. Being mindful helps children to develop an awareness of what’s happening. It helps them listen to their bodies and better understand their thoughts and emotions and become more attuned to the world. Teaching empathy, compassion, and even meditation can be done even at an early age. This post will share with you simple ways to teach children mindfulness.


Benefits of Teaching Children Mindfulness

  •  Lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol
  • Greater emotional stability
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Higher memory and reading comprehension scores
  • Healthier body weight
  • More compassionate towards others

Simple Ways to Teach Children Mindfulness

Mala Beads

This is a great meditation tool for both adults and kids. ) I have a necklace and my kids have bracelets. They love choosing a mantra to meditate on or count their breaths. I like the idea of using mala bracelets for children because they are smaller and will allow them to learn how to sit quietly for an age appropriate amount of time. It takes a while to learn and it isn’t about perfection but I like to share the idea of spending time each day setting intentions, connecting with mind and body or just being in silence……okay semi-silence, for brief periods of time…..very brief! 🙂  But over time I do notice them becoming more attentive and aware. Set a timer and tell your child not to try to wait until the time roes off.  Remember to start with small goals. 3-5 minutes is a reasonable time for a beginner.


Words and Thoughts have Energy!

This project is such a simple, yet powerful lesson to teach to children. We loved it! We did it as a homeschool science project and my kids learned so much about the affect our words and thoughts have on themselves and others. It was based of Dr. Emoto’s Water Experiment. If you are unfamiliar with him and his water experiment you need to watch this video. It’s AMAZING!


How we did the project is we cut a quarter of an apple in half and put each portion in it’s own, sealed plastic baggie. On a post-in we wrote negative, mean words and taped it to one baggie and on another post-in we wrote positive, nice words and taped it to the other baggie. We viewed the bags every day for 5 days. The results were pretty mind-blowing.


Here are the apples on Day one:



Here are the apples on Day Five:



By day 5 the “bad apple” was quickly deteriorating while the “good apple” only had a hint of brown. This project did a great job showing the example of the energy that surrounds our thoughts and words. Like energy attracts like energy. This experiment helps to show the importance of compassion and love towards ourselves and one another.

Other Simple Ways to Teach Children Mindfulness

Mindfulness doesn’t have to be a sedentary practice. Other ways to teach your children mindfulness is for you and your kids can take a nature walk in different environments, absorbing the experience with all your senses. What sounds do you hear? What sights do you see? What scents do you smell? What sensations do you feel? By simply being aware of yourself and the world around you children will be better equipped to handle life.

I also like to include books that deliver positive messages. Our favorites are written by world-renowned guru Wayne Dyer (LOVE HIM!) and are child versions of some of his popular adult books! You can find them on Amazon and they are a great way to introduce mindfulness and self-help to kids at a young age!







7 Superfoods for Kids



Getting kids to eat healthy can be a battle if you have picky eaters. It is important to make sure they are getting enough nutrients which can seem like a chore. This post will share with you 7 superfoods for kids! This is a great way to get your kids to eat healthy without a struggle!

1. Gelatin

I love gelatin! We have been including this superfood for about a year know and notice a difference when we don’t use it. I’m not talking Jello here, that is different and something that I would recommend avoiding if you are interested in being healthy. I mean grass-fed gelatin that you can get from homemade bone broth or by supplement form. I use this cold water soluble one and put it in almost everything: Tea, yogurt, applesauce, juice, cereal, etc. It has zero flavor and dissolves into anything. It’s basically undetected and adds a ton of protein and other essential nutrients. You can also make homemade bone broth and save/freeze batches. I drink a cup of this straight but no one in my family is about that life! So I have to be sneaky. I use it to cook anything: Quinoa, rice, pasta, veggies, gravy, soups, you name it. If I have to add water I will sub it for broth, or mix water and broth. The foods will receive the added nutrients and everyone will love the savory taste. Gelatin in any form has been hailed a kid friendly superfood from moms everywhere!

2. Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Not all fish oil is created equal. The processing that many brands of cod liver oil undergo results in a product with low levels of vitamin A and almost no vitamin D. Fermented cod liver oil is an unprocessed, unheated oil that is able to keep these vitamins intact. Fermented cod liver oil’s most beneficial properties are its rich concentrations of EPA and DHA. Both EPA and DHA are important omega-3 fatty acids required by the body. DHA is especially important in the function of the brain and nervous system. I had heard about the benefits of this supplement for a long time, but it was pricey and I was afraid I would spend all that money and my family would refuse to take it. I found it on Thrive Market for $30 off and decided to give it a shot! I’m so glad I did because my kids love it. They ask for seconds, and I happily oblige. Click here to try Thrive Market for yourself. This link will give you 15% off your first order and they offer free shipping on orders over $50.

3. Hemp Seeds

Those nutty tasting seeds are loaded with healthy fats, protein and essential nutrients, offer a number of benefits and make a healthful addition to your diet. Children, more than adults need adequate amounts of essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 which are beneficial for brain growth. I like to add this to yogurt, smoothies and salads.

4. Avocado

The versatile fruit is the only one that provides a substantial amount of monounsaturated fat. Avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Avocados are full of healthy, beneficial fats that help to keep you full and satiated. When you consume fat, your brain receives a signal to turn off your appetite. Eating fat slows the breakdown of carbohydrates into sugar, which helps to keep sugar levels in your blood stable. Fat is essential for every single cell in your body. In fact, over sixty percent of your brain is made of fat. Eating healthy fats will make your skin glow, increase vitamin and mineral absorption and even help boost your immune system. You can make them into for a dip with organic corn tortilla chips or plantain chips. You can add it to smoothies and even make chocolate pudding, brownies or chocolate cupcakes.

5. Berries

Berries are low in calories, high in fiber, and they contain vitamins and minerals your body needs to function normally. My kids love berries whether fresh, frozen or dried! I love to add them to yogurt, pancakes, smoothies or just a fruit salad.

6. Coconut

The coconut is a nutrient powerhouse. It is one of the closest match in nature to mother’s milk and contains immune boosting compounds. Fresh coconut milk is easy to make and without the additives like cargeenan or synthetic vitamins. We love to add coconut to yogurt parfaits, cereal, protein bars, etc.

7. Spirulina

This superfood has one of the highest concentration of chlorophyll of any food known. Chlorophyll has numerous health benefits; it’s well-known for its ability to break down and eliminate toxins and heavy metals such as DDT, PCBs, mercury, cadmium, and lead. Spirulina has also been shown to be beneficial for gastrointestinal problems, fighting infections and helping your body assimilate calcium and balance other trace minerals. Our favorite ways to include Spirulina is as a snack in my Spirulina Popcorn recipe or to add to smoothies.