Vanilla Lemon Cake

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Moooom !!! I'm HUNGRY !!! "I'm not sure how often other moms hear this but I hear it constantly. My nine-year-old son is super active ... and super hungry. And since I feed him a whole food diet, he requires a large volume of food to get enough with calories to meet his high energy requirements (by the way, whole foods take a lot of bulk and space in the stomach, so they work mechanically to get you full faster ... this is good if you're trying to lose weight, but if you have a growing child to feed you must make sure you give him or her plenty of food!)

Anyway, kids snacks (adult snacks too!) Must be as jam packed with as many nutrients as possible. This is good in theory, but let's face it, nutritional-resistant foods (think kale!) Don't often appeal to kids. On a whim, I just decided that Google "healthy kids snacks" to see what shows up and certainly enough empty calorie processed foods like pretzels was just above the suggested snacks. Feeding your kids nutrient-poor foods (like pretzels!) Is a surefire way to get them on the fast track to become overweight and at the same time malnourished. You can absolutely meet a child's energy requirements (calories) by feeding him spoons of sugar (which is basically what nutritionists provide), but do you not want your child to also get the nutrition they need to support growth and a healthy immune system? But yes, I "actually", I feel comfort rules. I am a busy frazzled mom and I also need snacks that are quick and easy.

Smoothies Save the day!

Finding creative snack recipes for kids is not difficult at all ... what is challenging is finding HEALTH creative snack recipes that your kids will actually eat. Smoothies are one of my favorite "go to" fun healthy baby snacks because they pack a super nutritious punch into a yummy, creamy almost dessert-like package. And they are fast and light enough so your kids can pretty much do themselves. See my nine year old in action below =)

Ingredients (serves 1)

3/4 cup of plain unsweetened almond milk (like Blue Diamond) or soymilk (like Silk)
1 frozen path, cut into pieces
1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries
1 tablespoon of all-natural peanut butter (or raw almond butter)
2 teaspoons of all-natural strawberry jelly (this is totally optional, it's really sweet enough without the gel!)

1. Put all ingredients in a blender and process until even and creamy. Drink cold.

P.S. This is also a good recipe for a super-fast breakfast.