getting the kids to eat couscous

     Today I tried an experiment… I really wanted to get away from serving rice all the time.  The kids love it but I thought it was time for a change.  As I was preparing the couscous I was thinking there is no way these kids are going to eat this!  So I pulled out the agave nectar and some raspberries and they ate it!  Not saying they were asking for more haha but they ate it.  I think next time I will put it in the fridge for a while so it is more like a dessert. When I served it this time,  it was room temp.

Peanut Butter Smoothie

Sometimes kids just need a little bit of a nutrition boost.  I have had many come to the daycare with special diets due to allergies , but, I have also had some that need to gain weight.

They may need that extra bit of protein as well.

I use this recipe alot and the kids are always asking for more.

In a blender I throw in…

natural vanilla ice cream

natural peanut butter

Chocolate almond milk

and some honey.

I blend it and add more almond milk if needed to get the right constancy.

Carrot Marmalade Roll Ups

   The kids really love this snack.

 To make the roll ups I spread plain cream cheese over a large tortilla.  Then I spread the carrot marmalade over the cheese.

I then roll up the tortilla and slice cross wise to make bite size pieces for the kids.

At Christmastime I put a little food colouring in the cream cheese to make it green and I use strawberry jam instead of the marmalade.

If you don’t like using food coloring the red jam with the white cheese looks nice too.

Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

  YuM !!

Not only do I love the smell as a body lotion it tastes great as a smoothie! hahaha =-)

The kids love the sweetness of this drink.

I found in the organic section of my local grocery store pineapple coconut juice.  So, I made smoothies with the juice, vanilla greek yogurt, and a bit of natural vanilla ice cream. I threw it all in my little blender and then .. there ya go!

Peanut – Raisin Spread

This spread is yummy on apple wedges, banana slices, or on crackers!

2 cups unsalted peanuts

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup orange juice

1/2 cup raisins

I use a blender,  but a food processor would probably work much better.

I start by adding the peanuts a bit at a time… blend until a paste is formed.  Then I add the rest of the ingredients and blend until mixed together well.

I keep mine in the fridge for a week. ( If it lasts that long )