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15 Fun And Healthy Recipes For Parents To Cook With Their Kids

15 Fun And Healthy Recipes For Parents To Cook With Their Kids

As summer approaches, the days get longer; so your child will be playing outside more and more often! We have found some great recipies to give your child more energy to run around while keeping it healthy!

1. Raw Sesame Seed Bars
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    These natural bars are simple and easy to make while also great fun for your little one to help make with you! We all know how much kids like cooking! These bars use ingredients which are easy to source, most of which you probably already have in your kitchen. The recipe doesn’t require any equipment, which means it’s easy to make in big bunches—so you can invite all your kids’ friends over and make lots of bars! This is not only a healthy and fun thing for all the kids to do, but also gives them more confidence in the kitchen. It’s a nice thing to do for the holidays or over the weekend!

    http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-sesame-seed-bar-recipe

    2. Raw Chocolate Shake
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      Who doesn’t like chocolate? It’s the secret indulgence that no one admits out loud they have too much of. But deep down, we know we could cut back!

      Well guess what? Kids also love chocolate! So why not incorporate some hidden fruit in there too? The Raw Chocolate Shake is your answer!

      This shake is super easy to make. The recipe says to add banana, but you can experiment with different ingredients. Just throw everything into the blender and you’re done! What’s not to like? Even better, it can be chilled to cool you down in the summer heat.

      http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-chocolate-shake-recipe

      3. Raw Chocolate Avocado Pudding
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        Yes. Another chocolate recipe. Don’t get too excited! It has hidden avocado in it—but shhh! Don’t tell the kids!

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        This is another throw-it-in-the blender recipe which is great to do with the kids (watch out for fingers).

        http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-chocolate-avocado-pudding-recipe

        4. Spicy Mixed-Potato Wedges
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          Who said chips weren’t healthy? This recipe is a bit more technical, but it can be done! These wedges open up the door to new spices and tastes for your little one, as well as showing them that there are healthier alternatives to the bad, but good-tasting foods in life.

          http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/smoky-mixed-potato-wedges/#VLiOw17yLpLUvtmP.97

          5. One-cup Pancakes with Blueberries
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            Pancakes? Who said that?

            Pancakes. I mean, who doesn’t like pancakes? Throw in some blueberries and you’ve even got fruit in there! Share your love for pancakes with this easy-to-follow recipe that your child can help out with!

            These pancakes aren’t the healthiest on the list, but after all your hard work throughout the rest of the week making these tasteful treats, they aren’t too bad!

            http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/one-cup-pancakes-with-blueberries/

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            6. Mint and Fruit Smoothie
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              Just imagine—you’re sat in the garden as the sun beats down on you, your kid is playing in the pool and you reach to your right; not to pick up your phone, but your cold smoothie! This Mint and Fruit Smoothie is a fun thing to make with your kids! It’s a healthy alternative to a coke in the fridge and is packed with vitamins and other good stuff. The mint is sure to keep you feeling fresh and ready to play football once your kid has had enough of the water! Your child will also enjoy the refreshing taste of this blended drink!

              http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mint-and-Fruit-Smoothie/Detail.aspx?evt19=1&referringHubId=15096

              7. BLT Salad
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                Ah, the classical BLT, something which is in some people’s everyday routine! Well, now you and your kid can make a more summer-oriented salad! This salad is easy to make, not needing a lot of ingredients to make a healthy and tasteful lunch. It doesn’t need much preparation, and your child will feel involved when they can cut the tomatoes (with supervision) or even just wash the salad! There are many ways for them to get involved in making this lunch for themselves or for all the guests when they come around!

                http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/BLT-Salad/Detail.aspx?evt19=1&referringHubId=15096

                8. Broccoli, Rice, Cheese, and Chicken Casserole
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                  Greens. The one thing your child turns their nose up at. But with this recipe, you can prove that not all green things have to taste bad!

                  No, I’m not talking about adding green food dye to a cake.

                  I’m talking about this healthy casserole which your kid can help you prepare! This recipe is a bit more complex and boosts your kids’ confidence in the kitchen dramatically! Help show them that being healthy can also be tasty with this recipe!

                  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Broccoli-Rice-Cheese-and-Chicken-Casserole/Detail.aspx?evt19=1&referringHubId=15096

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                  9. Extra Easy Hummus
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                    Well, it’s in the name isn’t it? Why not introduce your kid to new flavors and textures with this easy-to-make hummus! The simplicity might just shock them, while they might shock you by dipping some carrot sticks into it! It’s a perfect side with any of the other recipes listed or as a small snack.

                    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Extra-Easy-Hummus/Detail.aspx?evt19=1&referringHubId=15096

                    10. Smoothie Ice Lollies
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                      Perhaps you loved a smoothie already listed? Or you just want to try a different one? You can say no to the ice cream van and make your own ice lollies with your kid! These lollies are super easy to make and the result can be very tasty but also very door-opening! You can try new fruits in these lollies and experiment, meaning you’re also experimenting with your kids’ food pallet and exposing them to new things that they may not have tried on their own!

                      http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/smoothie-ice-lollies/#lxAMwDy40tzlezXq.97

                      11. Mango Cooler
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                        This mango cooler is easy to make and has many purposes, whether you and your kid want to sit out in the garden and enjoy this drink or want to cool your mouth from that spicy meal you just had. It’s a great and easy thing to make during the summer. Your child can help out in numerous ways and enjoy the sweet product at the end!

                        http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/mango-cooler/#dURdWQvlH6Closcs.97

                        12. Root Vegetable Salad
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                          Who said eating vegetables were boring? With this tasty salad you can impress your little one by peeling vegetables into thin strips. These strips can be made into a variety of different sizes and even shapes! If your kid can’t fully see what he’s eating..what is there to say no to? This salad is a different approach to introducing your little one to more vegetables, and it’s super easy to make! Perhaps mix this salad with that Extra Easy Hummus? That would make for a tasty summery lunch!

                          http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/root-vegetable-salad/#xfwDt5esO4MeosIJ.97

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                          13. Banana Bread
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                            Banana bread—perhaps not one of the healthiest ways to get fruit into you and your child, but it’s certainly a nice way to do it! This is something a bit different that you could try with your kid! Walking down by the river and feeding the ducks some normal bread while basking in the sun and eating your banana bread you just baked that morning? How nice would that be? This recipe isn’t too tricky, but it will amaze your little one! Baking still amazes me sometimes!

                            http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/banana-bread/#GF8PPKOxsv98BvZH.97

                            14. Super Smoothies
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                              Full of different fruits, these smoothies are a great way to start your day or to impress guests who come over for a barbecue! The recipe is flexible for other fruits too, so you can experiment and make some great and refreshing drinks! All of the smoothies listed are an easy thing to make with your little one, but also a great way to get more fruit in them than they realize!

                              http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/super-smoothies/#bVtj07xHR0jz3yXG.97

                              15. Crunchy Chicken Pieces with Yogurt Dip
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                                Just chicken nuggets, right? That’s what you can show your kid as they breadcrumb the chicken! It’s easy to get your kid involved in this recipe, since there are several things you can let them do to help you out. It comes with a side of herby yogurt and some fresh tomatoes.

                                http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/crunchy-chicken-pieces-with-a-herby-yoghurt-dip/#2JZhyryefqRoZXpl.97

                                I hope you have found some nice things you can make with your kids! Enjoy the time you spend with them and enjoy the food you make!

                                Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                Listen carefully:

                                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                1. Pray Daily

                                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                3. Smile Often

                                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                8. Go Exercise

                                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                The Bottom Line

                                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

                                More Resources About Mindfulness

                                Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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