Fast and Healthy Holiday Recipes For Kids

Hey Mamas!

As we head into Thanksgiving week I know things can get a bit overwhelming! Staying focused on 1-2 healthy habits this week vs. putting pressure on myself to ‘do it all’ is exactly what I will be doing this week!

Holiday time can be a bit more chaotic when we have littles to focus on and sometimes making sure we have healthier options for them along with cooking, entertaining, shopping, etc. will get overlooked. This week I am going to share a few recipes I always bring to share or make at home around holiday time that are not only healthy for the adults but loved by the littles as well! These will be a great alternative to having to prepare two different food options and hopefully save your sanity a little this week :)

Homemade chocolates:

These are a perfect treat around the holidays to have in a candy bowl, and this year you won’t have to worry about all the added sugars! 

1 bag Enjoy Life chocolate chips (any cut is fine, mini, chunks, etc.)

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 Silicon candy mold

Directions:

1. Fill your double boiler and place on stove. Turn stove to medium heat. 

2. Add chocolate chips and coconut oil.

3. Stir consistently melting the chips until mixture is smooth. 

4. Pour into silicone candy molds and scrape any spilled chocolate from the top of the molds. Refrigerate molds overnight.

5. Once chocolates are solid, press out of the molds into a candy dish and enjoy! Store any unused chocolates in the fridge.

Options for the kiddos:

1. Add 1/4 cup of your nut butter preference (peanut butter, almond butter…) and stir in while chocolate and coconut oil is melting.

2. Add finely chopped almonds or peanuts for the big kids after mixture is smooth and melted before pouring into molds

Option to make peppermint patties for the adults:

*4 drops peppermint vitality essential oil (or 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract)

*Note, I do not encourage this option with the littles


Caramelized Bananas and Sweet Potato Casserole

2 lbs. Organic sweet potato/yams

2 bananas

2 tbsp. ghee

1/4 can coconut milk (full fat, no guar gum)

2 tsp. cinnamon + 1/2 tsp.

2 tbsp. maple syrup

1/4 cup Coconut sugar

*Serves 8-10

Directions:

*Pre heat oven to 425 degrees

1. Peel potatoes and cut into quarters

2. Boil potatoes until easily pierced with a fork

3. In a large mixing bowl, add potatoes, ghee, 2 tsp. cinnamon, and maple syrup - blend with hand mixer until smooth

4. Add half the coconut milk and blend. Add remaining coconut milk and finish blending. 

5. In a casserole dish, pour mixture and evenly spread.

6. Slice bananas evenly and cover the top of the potatoes

7. Combine coconut sugar and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, evenly spread over the bananas

8. Place casserole in oven for about 10-15 minutes or until bananas are carmelized.

Serve and enjoy!

Pumpkin pie: This is the option from PALEOMG.com we will be making with our family this year. I made it last year and LOVED it! Such a great twist! http://paleomg.com/pumpkin-pie-cookie-crisp/

Thanksgiving dinner ideas for littles:

- Baked turkey (ground in blender for those under 1 year or not chewing cut meat appropriately)

- Sweet potato casserole (above)

- Organic frozen cut green beans, heated and cooled

- Pumpkin pie, link included for suggestion! (no crust for the really littles)