Serving up veggies in all of our products!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Serving of Veggies

The start of a new school year is like New Years, a brand new year for resolutions and goals and a chance to start fresh! Do your kids eat enough vegetables in their diet? I am sure most of you will say no. Make the commitment this school year to get more veggies in your kids!

This chart shows the amount of vegetables the USDA suggests for children and what they are actually consuming.



OK lots of room for improvement here! All of our products have real servings of vegetable in them so you don't have to guess how many servings your kids are actually eating. Also, we use REAL broccoli, carrot and cauliflower and NOT dehydrated powders!

Here is a photo of our Cauliflower Tots... this IS a full serving of vegetables! We would happily eat 2 or 3 servings of these guys, they are THAT good!


















Source: USDA, www.choosemyplate.gov

Monday, August 1, 2016

One Last Hurrah!

One last hurrah before back-to-school in a few weeks.

Camping with kids can be so much work and preparation but completely worth it for the memories, family time and to just unplug for a few days. If getting to a campsite is not possible, camping can simply mean sleeping under the stars in your own backyard. Dreams are not limited by distance, go as far as your dreams can take you!

Here is a great bedtime Hot Coconut Cocoa recipe perfect for the camping stove or over the fire!



















Bedtime Hot Coconut Cocoa: 
-4 cup of coconut milk
-2 tablespoons of honey
-1/2 of vanilla bean, using the scraped insides
-6 oz of premium dark or milk chocolate, broken into small pieces
-water

Heat coconut milk in a medium saucepan over a medium-low flame. Add the honey and vanilla and stir until completely combined. Add the chocolate and take off of the burner or raise up from the flame. Stir constantly until melted. If you are using a camping stove, you may need to lower the heat and put the saucepan back on the flame if the chocolate needs more heat to melt. If the hot chocolate seems too thick, add water to desired thickness.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Bath Hacks

We know first hand how bath time can turn into a complete battle of the wills! At least 3 to 4 times per week we can't get our toddler in the bath and then once she's in, we can't get her out! I am sure this will resonate with some other parents out there!

At the end of the day it's hard to keep your cool and patience so here is a bath hack that really works for us!

Try putting in a few drops of food coloring in your bath as the water is filling. Then screech to your toddler from the bathroom, "NO WAY... GREEN WATER! COME LOOK!" Let us know if this works for you or any of your creative hacks.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Carrot Cake Bites

We are so into no-bake energy bites right now! This version is packed full of carrots and is totally up our alley! Our Carrot Cake Bites are great to munch on poolside or to send off to day camp! Let us know what you think!

Carrot Cake Bites
-2 carrots peeled, chopped, steamed and cooled
-1/4 c of chopped dates
-1/4 c of almond butter
-3/4 c almond meal
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/8 tsp nutmeg
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 tbs orange zest
-chocolate chips to your desire

Put all ingredients accept the almond meal, orange zest and chocolate chips in a food processor and process until smooth. Put mixture into a bowl and fold in 1/2 the almond meal (about 3/8 c), zest and chocolate chips until combined. Put mixture into the fridge for at least 2 hours to chill. Roll into balls and drop into remaining almond meal to cover. Store in fridge for up to 5-7 days (if they last that long
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan Crisps are so delicious but seem more like a splurge rather than a staple when at the grocery store. They are usually found near the olive bar or cheese section and have a hefty price tag for what seems like a cracker. They are made from 1 ingredient, cheese, and are a great alternative to packing a wheel of cheese or cheesy crackers in the snack box this summer. Don't just limit yourself to parmesan, try this recipea with any hard cheese!

Parmesan Crisps
-grated parmesan cheese
-pan spray

Lightly spray a pan with pan spray and heat on medium until pan is hot. Measure 1/8 cup of grated cheese and pour in the middle of the pan. Spread the cheese into a circle. Fry for 1 minute and 10 seconds. Flip and fry for an additional 10-12 seconds. If it smells like your Crisp is burning, lower the temperature.
 
 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Prevent Headaches with Food

Over 20 million Americans regularly experience headaches. I actually have one as I write this blog ;)  Here at Peas HQ, we not only like to use our food as fuel but for it's healing properties too. Here are some ways to avoid headaches using foods!


First, stay hydrated; dehydration can cause headaches.

Second, get enough magnesium. Research has found that people with migraines have low brain levels of magnesium and tend to have generally low magnesium levels. Getting enough magnesium also helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, loss of bone density, and colon cancer. Below is a list of foods naturally rich in magnesium.

(chart above from the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter)

Lastly, try avoiding the following foods which may lead to dull headaches
  • bananas
  • cheese
  • chicken
  • citrus
  • onions
  • peanut butter
  • sour cream
  • fresh baked yeast products

Sources
  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch.
  • The University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter from the School of Public Health, Volume 27, Issue 10, July 2011.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Warm Milk Recipe for those Sleep Regression Weeks!

AAA sleep regression, how do we hate thee... let us count the ways! Has your child been through one lately? Our toddler is going through a sleep regression right now. They seem to rear there head once every 3-4 months. Last regression she waking up in the middle of the night and now she is having trouble falling asleep. It's hard to keep up!

This time around we are giving her Warm Milk before bed and it's actually working!!!

Milk, when warmed, releases tryptophan and studies show that tryptophan does relax the body and help you fall asleep. There are a lot of recipes out there for warm milk but we particularly like the Warm Tumeric Milk, as it has turmeric, an extra boost, to ward off the common cold (and many other benefits!)

Warm Tumeric Milk
-1 cup of milk
-2 nice pinches of turmeric (or 2 slivers of peeled raw turmeric!)
-1 tsp of honey
-1 pinch of ginger
-optional: a shake of cinnamon or a dash of vanilla

Heat the milk in a saucepan on low heat. Whisk in the turmeric, ginger and cinnamon powder (if using). Do your best to whisk out the clumps. Whisk in the honey and vanilla. Pour into a cup (taking out any pieces of raw turmeric). Try using a frother to froth the milk for extra yumminess!