Tis’ the month for green and since little man doesn’t so much prefer mint (and there are already thousands of Shamrock Shake adaptations out there), we’re bringing you a simple, sweet and powerful festive green smoothie to incorporate into your diet this month. It is amazingly kid friendly as well. We created this smoothie one day before P’s basketball game and he slurped it down like it was his job. It is honestly soo easy, and soo yum. Plus, it can be thrown together in a matter of seconds, blend it up and serve. You most likely already have many of these ingredients in your home right now and your littles will love it too!
If you haven’t tried kale chips yet, drop everything and go buy some delicious, organic kale because they have to happen now. Seriously like now, in your house… today. These are super food chips you won’t feel guilty about consuming and they deliver so many health benefits that your body will thank you. They are SO simple to make and you can explore with numerous different flavor varieties. Hooray kale!
We have been on such a “kale kick” in our pod this month. Sauteed for a dinner side or mixed in our smoothies and salads, are just a few ways we’ve enjoyed it. It wasn’t until looking for a late night snack one evening, that we decided it was time to make our own homemade kale chips. Enough of buying the chips, let’ s make them! After all the green bunch was staring us right in the face, as if calling out to us from the veggie hydrator, screaming “bake me”!!
These chips are low in calories, high in iron and vitamin K, C, and calcium and combined with kale’s anti-inflammatory powers and antioxidants, your body, particularly your heart and liver will thank you! Purple or green, consuming kale is an easy way to provide cardiovascular support and detox the body. For more on kale, there are 10 great benefits of eating this leaf cabbage outlined on MindBodyGreen. Have we convinced you to make these yet? 🙂 They. taste. awesome.
Love, LOVE, LOVE this meal. The family begs for it weekly. We adapted this recipe when I had to eliminate tomato from my diet and it seriously tastes oh SO good. The dish is gluten, dairy and nut free and can be a low carb meal when paired with cauliflower rice. We’ve also offered up a low-glycemic adaptation. The chicken is crunchy, saucy and just so satisfying. You won’t miss take out again, promise. When zested with citrus, it delivers a punch that will have your taste buds begging for more and this orange chicken will soon become a family favorite everyone will crave.
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Dinner is served. Enjoy!
A very special thank you to Among Friends Baking Mix for inviting us to join their Francie’s Make It Your Own contest and subsequently selecting us as a runner-up winner back in 2016 for this exact recipe. If you haven’t checked out this amazing company’s products yet, DO IT!!! http://amongfriendsbakingmixes.com/ You’d be missing out if you didn’t.
Their mixes make baking easy and well, honestly, we haven’t met a mix we didn’t like. Being on a strict gluten free diet, we often make so many things from scratch which can become very time consuming! It is such a lifesaver to have a quick mix, that is equally delicious as if from scratch and also safe to eat. Their products are also whole grain and real ingredient based! They are gluten free certified and non-gmo verified (applause). The company, started by two sisters, is also near and dear to my heart because well, they are Michigan based, where we were born and raised. Go Green! P’s favorite mix is Darcy’s Delish Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, and my personal fave is Suzie Q’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, so satisfying and tasty!!! When we serve these tasty oatmeal cookies, even the guests that are not gluten free ask us for the recipe and are ultimately surprised when I reply that it is a purchased mix. Sometimes if we get real lucky, we can find certain mixes here in the south at our local Target, however the products are always available online. The mix we use in our “make it your own” muffin recipe is Francie’s Make It Your Own Cinnamon Sugar Muffin Mix.
Want to try our favorite un-bleached baking muffin liners when making these yummy bites, or any favorite muffin recipe? The brand, If You Care, has a variety of quantities and sizes to choose from, including mini liners and regular size, perfect for your homemade cupcakes too. Simply click to purchase on Amazon. They also sell parchment paper that is unbleached, FSC certified, compostable and chlorine-free, woot!
So what’s your favorite way to “muffin”? 🙂
It’s here, the last post of 2016! I just can’t even believe how incredibly fast 2016 zoomed by. Who’s with me?!
We devoured this deliciously, rich pie with family gathered around the Christmas dinner table and we can’t help but think what a fabulous dessert it would be to ring in the New Year with as well. This tasty ganache spin is both gluten and dairy free, as well as nut free. Our recipe for this amazing chocolate concoction is included below.
Here are a few photos of the products we used for reference:
All the best in the New Year friends!
If you’re like most people that are working on their fitness, chances are at some point, you just may have been faced with the dilemma of what protein drink to choose post workout. With so many companies out there promoting their products, it can be a very intimidating task. Then you’re faced with whether to choose whey, soy, pea protein and on and on. Help!!
If there was just one thing that I wish I had known to look for years ago when choosing protein to fuel my body, it would be to look for clean ingredients in my protein powder. I mean real, I mean organic, I mean truly good for you. There can be SO many unnecessary ingredients in these marketed products that well, aren’t actually all that great for you if we’re honest here.
Of course in our pod, gluten and dairy free is a must. We said goodbye to an old favorite, Ump protein powder a while back. Although it delivered yummy taste, for us whey had to go along with many other ingredients it contained. Currently, I’m using Vega brand vanilla flavored protein and greens because it is non-gmo verified, is gluten free, has no sugar added with only 6g carbs, and packs 20g of plant based protein in just one scoop!! We find our protein mix at Target, Whole Foods and even Costco. It is also available online at Amazon.
In my findings, the only ingredient I truly wish that I could change about the product I use, is that it does contain xantham gum as its very last listed ingredient. So, if you do have to avoid gums and fillers, then this drink mix may not be for you. Fortunately, xantham gum doesn’t seem to bother me right now however, I’m really eager to get my hands on Rootz Nutrition Paleo Protein. Have you tried it? It supposedly has zero gums and fillers!
Now when I was contacted by Sally Edwins from Reviews.com, a website dedicated to revealing the truth behind products and industries, I knew this would be a post many of our readers could find beneficial. According to Sally, their research team “spent 180 hours researching 697 protein powder formulas by analyzing their ingredients, consulting with sports nutritionists, as well as scouring reviews and scientific publications. Along the way we discovered that an alarming amount of these products contain dangerous substances and additives, and now we feel the need to get the word out. Ultimately, we found eight protein powder formulas that have the highest quantity of effective ingredients, without the superfluous nonsense.”
In an attempt to replicate the famous tradtional Pinterest inspired turkey cookies made with chocolate sandwich cookies, I was on a mission to find some clean ingredients and also replicate the adorable treats in gluten free fashion. I knew right away that our favorite gluten free JoJo’s from Trader Joe’s would be my cookie base and that Justin’s mini dark chocolate peanut butter cups would become our turkey body. Then, after a little searching, I was able to find the rest of our yummy kid-approved ingredients, including delicious frosting (ie the “glue” that holds it all together, and the candy corn feathers).
If you haven’t given Simple Mills organic frosting a try yet, you’re totally missing out on some amazing frosting! It has way less sugar than conventional store-bought frosting, not to mention the fact that it has clean ingredients so you don’t have to worry about the negative effects of genetically modified ingredients and chemicals disrupting your body. Win, win! It tastes delicious too, is certified gluten free and even dairy free! We were also able to hunt down some gluten free, non-gmo candy corn at Whole Foods and again, we love it for all of the same reasons we love anything organic. The taste replicates the old candy corn I remember from childhood. For food coloring, we love to use Watkin’s natural dye which uses natural clean ingredients to color frosting. Say goodbye to red40 and yellow5. It’s a little pricier, but so worth it!
Now, are you ready to learn how to assemble these adorable kid-friendly cookies? Let’s get started….
While the cookies are drying together, you can mix your yellow and orange frosting next. (Use red and yellow to mix orange, you won’t need much)
We love to use Watkin’s no artificial dye food coloring. You can find it on Amazon or if you’re lucky enough…we found it at our local Target. Using either a frosting decorator tip or a ziploc plastic baggie with the corner cut out, add the beak with orange and the feet and eyes to the cookies with yellow. Tah-dah! The littles will gobble them up and you’ll free great knowing these treats are chemical and dye free. Win, win.
The smell of apple and cinnamon just screams fall and well, we are waking up to this aroma weekly in the pod lately. These yummy oats are so satisfying, so comforting and so super yummy. As they cook, the sweet smell doubles as potpourri, I promise you.
The crock-pot oats make for the quickest, easiest, tastiest breakfast mornings AND all they require is a couple minutes of time the night before! Done. Go on, try it!
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Cheers for Sangria, and three cheers for 3wholepeas Sangria!
This fresh fruit, berry infused, sweet red wine sangria is just what your next summer barbecue, or Saturday night needs for some serious party punch. It is as delicious as it is easy, plus with the exception of the fruit you choose to infuse it with, contains only two ingredients. So, are you ready to chill and enjoy?!
For the Sangria recipe, you will need a bottle of red wine (preferably Merlot) and 2 cans of Zevia brand non-gmo GingerAle. Then, add your choice of organic fruits. We opt for a frozen organic berry blend (blackberries, strawberries and blueberries) and organic diced apples. The frozen fruit allows for a bonus chill factor to keep your Sangria cold for hours. Once in a while, we even find the organic blend at Costco, so yum! The bag makes a great staple mix in for smoothies too, so the fruit never goes to waste around this pod!
Now in 3wholepeas fashion, we suggest you opt for organic wine when making your Sangria, but the reality is, any favorite red wine will do. We just like to keep the sulfite concentrations low. Good Housekeeping has a suggested list of favorite organic wines that we’re sharing with you today, http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/party-ideas/g211/best-organic-wines/ if you need some suggestions. We also suggest Zevia in our Simply Sangria to cut down on the sugar naturally and omit some added calories. Zevia can be found at Meijer, Kroger, Whole Foods, and we’ve even spotted it at other various local grocery stores.
This recipe is easy to double or triple, depending on how many you’re serving. Chill it for just a couple hours, especially if you haven’t used frozen fruit and pour over ice when serving, enjoy!
It’s officially summer, woot! We LOVE summer around here. It’s by far our favorite season. Hooray, summer!
So, many of you have your own chicken salad recipe up your sleeve somewhere, from someone, somehow (I know you do!!) and I can not lie to you and say this post is super creative, original or unique, but I can tell you it IS yummy, contains real ingredients, and IS gluten free. This is our favorite version of chicken salad.
Store bought and restaurant chicken salad often has so many “ingredients” hiding in it that well, aren’t ingredients. In an effort to bring this tasty salad, sandwich style to our pod this summer, in true 3 whole peas fashion, yup, we made our own. 🙂 With the exception of the gluten free croissant, I can assure you the ingredients are organic or non-gmo.
Happy Summer readers 🙂