Eat Right: Snack Right with Healthy Summer Recipes

New JammiesPlaying in the sprinkler. Watching fireworks. Eating popsicles. New Jammies kids love everything about summer, especially the fun stuff.

Our 100% organic cotton pajamas and boys and girls short sets make sleeping through those summer nights a blast. And New Jammies kids stay healthy and active with summer snacks that keep kids energized with vitamins and protein while they play away the summer.

Peach Strawberry Popsicles

This fruity and fun recipe from angiesrecipes.blogspot.com helps you create naturally sweetened, refreshing and healthy popsicles right in your own kitchen. Additional sweetener other than a very ripe banana is not necessary, but sugar, syrup or honey can be used per individual tastes. She also notes that peaches can be replaced with mango, apricot, or pineapple or a mix of all.

Ingredients:
4 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped
2 tsp lime juice
1 very ripe banana
3 strawberries, diced

Directions:
Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Gently lower the ripe peaches into the boiling water. Leave it there for 30 seconds or until the skin splits. Remove the peaches with a slotted spoon and plunge them into an ice water bath. After 10 seconds or so, remove them and peel. Roughly chop the peaches and place them in a blender together with lime juice, and banana. Process until smooth. Pour half portion into the 8 ice moulds, add in diced strawberries and top with the remaining. Insert sticks, then freeze at least 4 hours or until firm.

New JammiesTovolo Ice Cream Pop Molds
This novel set of four popsicle molds is a clever way to make healthy and homemade frozen treats at home using the recipe above or fresh juices and low-fat yogurt. Create your own healthy ice cream-shaped pops with easy-to-use, custom molds. Fill top of the mold with favorite ice creams, juices, yogurts, mixes or beverages, twist on the cone-shaped handles and freeze. The cone handles catch drips to keep hands and clothes clean and stain-free. And better yet, these dishwasher-safe molds are made from durable BPA-free plastic.

New JammiesTropical Coconut Green Ice Cream

The super food kale is once again the super veggie of the summer, and this easy and healthy recipe for homemade green ice cream features both fruits and vegetables kids will love. One cup of chopped kale and other leafy greens contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and 684% of vitamin K as well as minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

This ice cream recipe from superhealthykids.com includes coconut milk, kale (or spinach), hony pineapple and banana. Summertime perfection!

Ingredients:
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup frozen spinach or kale
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 frozen banana
Flaked coconut for garnish

Directions:
Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender. Pour into a container and freeze at least 4 hours. After frozen, remove from freezer and wait about 10 minutes to make scooping easier.

 

Image courtesy pbs.org

Image courtesy pbs.org

Kid-Friendly Hummus
Recipe courtesy of Arthur: Postcards From Buster

Arthur is not only a beloved cartoon character on PBS, but he also likes to eat healthy. This kid-friendly Middle Eastern hummus recipe from pbs.org can teach kids to cook at home and eat healthy. PBS says: Try it with pita bread strips, or with fresh carrots, peppers and cucumbers. It’s great on a sandwich, too!

Ingredients:
3 cups canned chickpeas (1 28 oz. can) drained and rinsed
2 large cloves of garlic peeled and crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup water
Pinch of chili pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon paprika

Directions:
Check with a grownup and wash your hands before you begin.
Put all the ingredients in a blender (except the water and paprika.)
Use the puree setting on the blender to mix everything until it is smooth and creamy. If it’s too thick, turn off the blender, and drizzle in a little water (up to 1/2 cup) and puree again until it’s the right texture for dipping.
Turn off the blender and wait until it has completely stopped. Use a spatula to scrape all the hummus into a shallow bowl.
Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the top, and sprinkle it with paprika.
Clean up the kitchen before you dig into your yummy hummus dip — or as I call it, yummus!

Tips/Techniques
Utensils: Blender, spatula, and a shallow bowl

Easy Snacks for Kids

Every mom loves s simple snack when kids are on the go or busy with summer activities. realsimple.com is to the rescue with these 12 Easy Snacks for Kids by Liz Welch.

Sliced TurkeyBest of all, she says these after-school snacks are easy enough for kids to make for themselves, but healthy enough to be Mom-approved. Try the first on the list, sliced turkey:

Option 1: Top celery with vegetable cream cheese and turkey.
Option 2: Wrap pretzel rods with turkey and serve with mustard for dipping.
Option 3: Top multigrain crackers with turkey and dollop with ranch dressing.

Sliced CheeseOr why not sliced cheese:

Option 1: Top multigrain crackers with sliced cheese and dill pickles.
Option 2: Top a slice of whole-wheat bread with cheese and sliced avocado.
Option 3: Wrap apple wedges with sliced cheese and ham.

Sleep Tight: Help Mom Relax with Natural and Homemade Gifts

imageIf there’s one common denominator between New Jammies moms, it’s that they probably would love a little rest and relaxation on Mother’s Day. Since the second Sunday of every year is dedicated to Mom, we thought it would be nice to compile our favorite ways to help her get what she deserves, and most likely desires, on her big day.

• There’s nothing more soothing and all-natural than a good, old-fashioned foot rub. Foot rubs can be done organically at home or by the skilled professionals who provide massages or pedicures for a living. There are many homemade foot soaks on the web, and this fruity concoction found on Pinterest could be a fun option for treating Mom at home:

Strawberry Foot Scrub
This easy scrub helps revive and soften feet.

Ingredients
8 strawberries
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoons kosher salt

Directions

Mix ingredients into a paste. Massage well into feet, then rinse and dry.

• Make your own homemade whipped massage oil with coconut oil and essential oils of your choice (available online and at health food stores), including peppermint or wintergreen for a rejuvenating tingle, lavender or chamomile for relaxation and lemongrass for aches and pains.

Whipped Massage Oil
These make great gifts for Mother’s Day, birthdays and holidays, and can be personalized with homemade paper labels and adorned with ribbon or flowers.

Ingredients
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil, at room temperature
30 drops of essential oil of your choice

Directions
Measure oil and place in mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, whip the coconut oil for 30 seconds. Add drops of essential oil and whip another 30 seconds. Using a spatula, transfer the whipped oil into a clean container with a lid such as a mason jar.

Note: Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and begins to melt at about 76°F. If whipped oil begins to melt, refrigerate for a few minutes, then whip again if needed.

• Not only does it feel great to have muscled and tendons softened, but many foot rubs and massages have the added benefit of aromatherapy since lubricants used can include aromatic essential oils. In its “8 Natural Remedies That May Help You Sleep” article, Health Magazine features aromatherapy as #5. “Lavender is the trick here, as studies have proven that it aids in sleep. It’s also a cheap, nontoxic way to slip into a peaceful slumber. Find a spray with real lavender and spritz it on your pillow before bedtime. Or buy a lavender-filled pillow.”

Bath and Body Works offers a line of Spa & Skin aromatherapy products dedicated to sleep with soothing and relaxing items including body cream, pillow mist, bath soak, and sugar scrub. Visit a location — find a store here — or purchase the Bath & Body Works Sleep online here.

• A nice, peaceful organic meal that can be easily prepared, even with the help of kids, is an all-natural way to help Mom relax on Mother’s Day. This simple, slow-roasted garlic lemon chicken recipe from the Deliciously Organic website can be baked in a few hours and is as aromatic as it is delicious.

Slow-Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken
Serving Size: Serves 4
Recipe from “Forever Summer” by Nigella Lawson, also a great Mother’s Day gift available on Amazon

Ingredients
1 3-4 pound chicken, butterflied
1 head garlic, separated into unpeeled cloves
2 organic lemons, cut into eighths
5 sprigs fresh thyme
3 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper
1/2 cup white wine (you can substitute with chicken stock)

Directions
Preheat oven to 300°F and adjust oven to middle position. Place chicken skin-side up in a large roasting pan and arrange garlic cloves and lemon around the chicken. Pull the leaves off of 3 sprigs of thyme and sprinkle over chicken, garlic and lemon. Pour the oil over the chicken and using your hands, rub the oil onto the skin of the chicken. Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. Pour white wine in pan, around the chicken. Place a piece of parchment paper over the pan and then cover tightly with foil. Place in the oven and cook for 2 hours. Remove the foil and parchment paper from the pan, and turn up the oven to 400°F. Cook the uncovered chicken for an additional 30-45 minutes, until skin is golden brown and breast registers 170°F on a thermometer. Remove chicken from oven and let rest for 20 minutes before serving.

Pair with cooked carrots or green beans and finish with angel food cake topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream (pre-made is fine!).