The world is a rainbow of colors! We love to eat our favorite color: RAINBOW! It is not only beautiful and fun, but it is also super nutritious too! Bright colored foods help to keep you from getting sick, make you smarter, improve your memory and make your body strong. Plus, a rainbow is so beautiful that looking at one just makes you happy! And we love to spread happiness! As Maya Angelou said: “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
Recently, we were having some friends over for a playdate, so we decided to use Roy G. Biv to help us make them this platter of deliciousness for snack time.
As you may know, rainbows are one of our favorite things! We love when our plates are full of colorful foods. The pigments that give fruits and veggies their beautiful colors are filled with nutrients that are really good for your body. Red foods, like tomatoes and watermelon, have lycopene in them, which is really good for your heart. Orange foods, like carrots and mangoes, have beta-carotene in them, which is really good for helping your eyes see better. Yellow foods, like pineapple and yellow bell pepper, have carotenoids, vitamin C and enzymes in them. They give you energy and help your belly digest foods.
There are so many great green foods! Broccoli is our favorite vegetable and Talia LOVES kiwis! Green foods contain lots of antioxidants and phytonutrients to protect you from viruses and help keep you from getting sick, as well as lots of vitamins A, C and E, which help to build your bones, blood and skin. Did you know that kiwis have almost twice the amount of vitamin C than that of an orange and has more potassium than a banana?!
Blue and purple foods like blueberries and blackberries are very high in antioxidants. They do so much to keep you really healthy. They help boost your brain, keep your skin healthy, fight toxins, support your digestion, and can even help improve your heart. They truly are superfoods!
We hope that you have fun making (and eating!) this colorful rainbow!
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- 1/2 cup organic plain yogurt
- Lots of colorful chopped fruits and vegetables!
- Lots of Love
- Purples: Blackberries, plums, purple grapes, purple carrots
- Blues: Blueberries
- Greens: Broccoli, green bell peppers, kiwi, cucumber, snap peas, honeydew melon, avocado, green apples, green grapes, green beans, celery
- Yellows: Pineapple, yellow bell pepper, peaches, yellow tomatoes, pear
- Oranges: Carrots, orange bell pepper, oranges, cantaloupe melon, apricots, mango, papaya
- Reds: Strawberries, cherry tomatoes, red bell pepper, watermelon, red apples, cherries, red grapes, raspberries, pomegranate
- Feel free to add any of your own favorites!
- Put the yogurt in a small bowl in the bottom, center of a large platter.
- Spread the purple fruit around the bowl of yogurt.
- Build a layer of each color up, one of top of another, until you've built a rainbow!
- Share with family and friends and enjoy!
- This is a great way to help kids learn Roy G. Biv and get excited about color!
Top o’ the morning to you! Start your lucky, little leprechauns’ day off right with this Rainbow Toast, colored with healthy superfoods.
This sweet and creamy nut butter is made with cashews and tastes delicious all by itself. But since our favorite color is rainbow, we decided to make it even more fun and color the butter! We’ve been seeing this trend online and we wanted to try it out for ourselves. It was easy to do, our toast came out beautiful, and we even got lots of nutritious superfoods in for good measure.
As you know, we don’t like to use chemicals, so we used beet powder for the red, goji berry powder for the orange, turmeric powder for the yellow, barley grass juice powder for the green, spirulina for the bluish green, and açai powder for the purple.
Eating a variety of brightly colored superfoods help you get all the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy. They help clean your blood, digest your foods, enhance your immune system and boost your energy! Most of these superfoods have lots of antioxidants that help to keep you from getting sick, and many are good for your brain to help make you smarter. Spirulina even has plant-based protein to make your muscles stronger!
So if you eat this super-charged Unicorn & Leprechaun Rainbow Toast before school you’re sure to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
We hope you enjoy this tasty treat! And we wish you all a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
- 2 cups of soaked, raw cashews
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
- 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
- The juice of 1 lemon or lime
- A pinch of sea salt
- Lots of Love
- Red - Beet powder, pomegranate powder (makes more of a lighter, pink color)
- Orange - Goji Berry powder, a blend of Beet and Turmeric powders
- Yellow - Turmeric powder
- Green - Barley Grass Juice powder, Matcha powder
- Bluish-green - Spirulina
- Blue - Blueberry powder
- Purple - Açai powder, Maqui Berry powder
- Soak the cashews in water for about 2 hours and drain.
- In a food processor, mix all the nut butter ingredients until smooth.
- Then, split the butter into 6 small bowls.
- To make the colors, mix a different superfood into each bowl and blend well. Start with about 1/2 teaspoon of powder. Add more if desired.
- Then, toast 2 pieces of gluten free bread and spread the colors on top in a rainbow pattern.
- Voila! Enjoy!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This is a favorite holiday in our house…mostly because Talia’s favorite color is GREEN! So we’re dedicating the month of March to some of our yummiest St. Patrick’s-themed recipes. Get your green on and let the shenanigans begin!This Dairy-free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is made only from a few simple ingredients. The base is banana and the beautiful green color comes from the fresh mint and barley grass juice powder. Mint helps with the digestion of your food and is great for soothing tummy aches. We learned about barley grass juice powder from the Medical Medium, Anthony William (we are big fans!). Barley grass juice powder is a powerful superfood that helps your brain get smarter, calms your nerves, and helps to detox the body of heavy metals.
As you know, we LOVE chocolate! And Enjoy Life makes these delicious dark chocolate morsels that are low in sugar, non-GMO and are dairy, gluten, nut and soy free! We could snack on them all day long!
Look at the pretty flower we made when we blended our ice cream in our Vitamix! Isn’t it beautiful?!
We hope you have fun making this easy dairy-free ice cream! It’s a quick treat to make on a hot summer day too! Enjoy!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
- 4 frozen bananas
- 1/2 cup of coconut milk
- About 12 leaves of fresh mint
- 1 teaspoon barley grass juice powder
- 3 Tablespoons dairy-free, dark chocolate chips (we like Enjoy Life’s Dark Chocolate dairy, nut and soy-free morsels)
- Lots of Love
- Take the frozen bananas out of the freezer and let sit for 5-10 minutes to soften a bit.
- Blend all of the ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) in a Vitamix blender until smooth.
- Scoop it into bowls and eat right away, or pop it back in the freezer for 5-10 minutes if you like your ice cream a little harder.
- Sprinkle the top with chocolate chips.
Mommy and Talia had a special one-on-one Valentine date this past weekend. We went to the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego. It was so exciting because usually there aren’t many gluten free options when we attend an expo. But at this one we could eat EVERYTHING!
There were so many delicious gluten free companies that showed up to exhibit. From Enjoy Life (we love their dark chocolate dairy, soy and nut-free chocolate chips!), Udi’s, LaraBar and BFree, to Love Grown, Kind Bars & Sun Butter, plus many, many more! Two of our favorite dairy-free companies were there handing out goodies to taste…So Delicious and Daiya. Even our local 2GOOD2B gluten free bakery was there!
We tried everything and ate our way through all the samples. Talia was so full that she started doing something unheard of….turning down food (she loooooves to eat!)!
We listened to some of the presentations and classes that were going on throughout the weekend and got to meet other cookbook authors and bloggers.
In a world where it can sometimes feel isolating to have to deal with food intolerances, at the Gluten Free Expo we felt included, embraced and CELEBRATED! Gluten free eating can be so delicious, healthy and fun!
Tia’s favorite kombucha!
Thanks Gluten Free Expo for putting on such a great event! And thank you to all the exhibitors and sponsors for filling our bellies and for giving us some great ideas for upcoming shows. We had a blast! We look forward to seeing you again next year!
Here’s a fun, low-sugar treat that you can make with your little sweethearts to celebrate Valentine’s Day together. Yummy heart-shaped Frozen Yogurt Fruit Pops! We love going to the frozen yogurt store every once in a while for a special outing, but these are so easy to make at home to have on hand anytime your heart desires. Not only do you save money, but you know that you aren’t getting any of the chemicals that they put into store-bought frozen yogurt.
Yogurt is high in protein and calcium so it helps build strong muscles and bones. It also has lots of probiotics, which keep your belly healthy and helps keep you from getting sick. Since Talia is dairy-free we like to use coconut yogurt. It’s just as delicious as regular yogurt and still has all of the healthy probiotics, but without the dairy.
These are a great treat for the summertime as well. Keep them in the freezer for a quick and easy snack to cool down after a hot day playing in the sun.
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- 1 cup fresh fruit (strawberries, mango, blackberries, etc.)
- 1/2 cup plain, organic yogurt (use coconut yogurt for dairy-free)
- Mix ingredients together in a blender.
- Pour mixture into fun heart-shaped (or other shapes, depending on the occasion) ice cube trays.
- Put in the freezer for about 10 minutes to firm.
- Place small wooden popsicle sticks in the middle of each cube.
- Then, put into the freezer for 2-3 hours.
- Add a little honey if you'd like it to be a little sweeter. We find fruit like mango to be naturally sweet enough, but you might like to add more sweetness if you are using tart fruits.
Are you excited and all ready for the big game? Game time is family time in our house. We love to snuggle on the couch and cheer for our favorite team. And of course, we love to have lots of healthy snacks to nibble on while we watch!
These Dairy-free Gameday Nachos are a favorite snack, any day of the week. The dairy-free “cheese” is made out of cashews and tastes delicious!
Nutritional yeast is what gives this “cheese” its cheesy flavor. Nutritional yeast is a super food that is full of protein and lots of vitamins, especially B vitamins. That means that it helps gives you strength and helps your body make your food into energy. It’s a great immune booster too, so it helps to keep you from getting sick. Plus, it’s gluten free!
These nachos are a far cry from traditional nachos drowning in processed cheese and overcooked toppings. They are filled with fresh, whole veggies and beans that are vibrantly colorful and super tasty.
We hope that you have a lot of fun cheering for your team! Enjoy your family and friend time… and enjoy your healthy snacks!
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- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 quarter cup hemp seeds
- 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1 and a half teaspoons of Mom’s Homemade Taco Seasoning (see recipe below)
- 1 Tablespoon avocado, olive or grapeseed oil
- About 1/4 cup very hot water
- Organic blue corn chips
- Mild fresh salsa or fresh tomatoes
- Chopped avocado
- Chopped red bell pepper
- Black beans (heated)
- 1/2 lime
- Optional: mild jalapeños
- Combine in a food processor the cashews, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, Mom’s Homemade Taco Seasoning, and oil.
- Blend all the ingredients together until smooth.
- Slowly add a little hot water until it’s creamy. (It needs to be VERY hot, so be careful!)
- Pour the "cheese" over a plate of organic blue corn chips.
- Then, sprinkle on top the mild fresh salsa or fresh tomatoes, chopped avocado, chopped red bell pepper, and warm black beans.
- And finally squeeze a little lime juice on top.
- If you like them spicy (like our dad) you can add some optional mild jalapeños.
- 2 tsp. Ground Cumin
- 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder
- 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
- 1/2 tsp. Paprika
- 1 tsp. Sea Salt
- Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
- Try to use all organic spices, if possible.
It’s the Christmas season, and the perfect time for creating some tasty treats with your family! This Healthy Raw Chocolate Bark can also be made as clusters and is a great gift to make for cookie exchanges, kids’ cookie making parties, and for family and friends during this festive time.
Cacao contains anandamide which puts you in a blissful mood. It also boosts serotonin levels, so this chocolate bark can make you feel happier and filled with love!
Cacao is also anti-inflammatory, gives you more energy, gets your blood pumping, and is good for your heart. It can make your hair shiny and nails strong & even help prevent sunburns. It’s so good for you in so many ways! And it tastes super yummy too!
Thank you to Chef Katherine Emmenegger from The Curious Fork in Solana Beach, California for showing us how to make this tasty treat! We had so much fun with you Katherine!
Hope you enjoy this yummy Raw Chocolate Bark & Clusters and we wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!
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- 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/2 cup maple syrup, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup raw fair trade cacao powder
- 1/4 cup pecans or walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup golden berries, blueberries or chopped dates
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 1 cup toasted coconut shreds
- 1 teaspoon spirulina powder
- 1 teaspoons maca powder
- 1 teaspoon of your favorite greens powder
- 1 Tablespoon cacao nibs
- In a bowl, combine the melted coconut oil with the remaining ingredients, adding them in the order they are listed.
- Spread the mixture over a shallow foil lined dish. Refrigerate for up to 2 hours or freeze for 20 minutes. Wearing food service gloves, break the bark into shards for serving.
- Or for clusters, spoon the mixture into paper cupcake cups.
Happy holidays! Service is one of our favorite virtues! We love to try to help others all throughout the year, but during this season we really like to get into the holiday spirit by making some extra special time for giving and sharing. We’ve tried to find charities that we can volunteer at, but unfortunately we’ve found that many organizations want you to at least be in the double digits before participating. But we don’t want that to stop us from helping where we can! So, we’ve come up with a bunch of ways that kids can learn to serve by helping and volunteering.
Samaritan’s Purse International Relief is an organization that aids the world’s poor, sick and suffering by providing food, medicine and other assistance to hurting people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine. Operation Christmas Child is one of their programs where you make care packages for needy children around the world. First, you pack a shoebox full of gifts, like toys, hygiene items and school supplies. Then, you choose if you’d like it to go to a boy or a girl. Finally, you can include a family photo and a personal note to your new friend. You might even get a thank you note in return! We like to say a prayer over our boxes for the children they are going to as well!
We haven’t found a soup kitchen that young kids can work at yet, so we decided to make our own meals to help feed the homeless in our city. We filled brown paper bags with homemade PB&Js, fruit, veggies and treats and brought them downtown. There were streets filled with tents where people were living. It filled our hearts with compassion to visit them. They were overjoyed to see us and were grateful for the food and blankets we brought them (water bottles, socks, toothbrushes and wet wipes are great additions too!). We only made 35 lunches and realized that next time we need to make a lot more!
And here are some other ideas of how you can help out in the world:
Make candles and give as gifts to spread your love and light to others
Leave a basket of goodies out for all the delivery people
Deliver unwrapped toys
Have a playdate with someone lonely or a friend in need
Bring cookies to neighbors
Do errands, cook or help (& pray for) someone with an illness or disabled
Help at a local soup kitchen or food shelter
Double up the meal your making for dinner and surprise a single mom
Walk an elderly neighbor’s dog, collect mail, shovel snow (secretly!)
Clear closets and playrooms of outgrown clothes, toys, sports equipment and books to donate gently used items to those less fortunate
Send Christmas cards/letters to children in underprivileged countries or children of service members
Get your dog certified as a therapy dog and bring it to hospitals and schools
Hand deliver your old movie DVDs to children in the hospital or a family shelter
Volunteer at a Ronald McDonald House
Go room-to-room singing Christmas carols around a convalescent home
Volunteer at a local animal shelter, playing, brushing and cleaning up after the animals
Practice your reading by reading to smaller children or the elderly
Paint nails at a nursing home
Buy an extra bag of groceries while at the store and donate to a family in need
And, if you have a mobile device, try out the Oceanhouse Media FREE app: act-Be the Change You Wish to See in the World. The app sends you daily acts of kindness that you can do to make a positive change in the world. The app may be free, but it gives so much value to others!
It feels so good to be of service. We don’t know who gets more out of all these different acts of kindness, those we are hoping to help…….or us!
Happy holidays everyone! May they be safe, full of joy, peace and love!
What a week it has been! We were so excited to be invited onto Christa Orecchio’s “Food As Medicine” show on Fox 5 San Diego this past week! Christa is a clinical and holistic nutritionist, best-selling author and TV host, and we’re also blessed to call her a friend. She asked us to make these Flourless Chocolate Santa Hat Brownies with her and we had so much fun!
We were a little nervous, because this was our first time on live TV, and a little distracted…..did you know you can watch yourself on lots of screens behind the cameraman WHILE you’re in front of the camera on TV?!? That’s pretty cool….and mesmerizing!
We had a blast! The anchors and crew were so nice to us and gave us a tour. Tia loves learning about the weather, so when they let us play in front of the green screen it felt like a Christmas dream came true!
We got to sit at the anchor desk and they even asked us to be with them during the closing of the show. It was such a fun day and an amazing experience. We are very grateful to both Christa and Fox 5 San Diego!
We hope that you enjoy making these delicious Santa Hat Brownies with your family over the holidays. The whole crew loved them and we hope that you will too. They are filled with protein (to help you grow strong) because we made them with black beans instead of flour. (Shhh…Christa likes to keep that a secret, so don’t tell!) And they are sure filled with a whole lot of love! Enjoy!
If you like recipes like these, please check out Christa’s Whole Journey website. Also, we’d love to have you join us weekly by subscribing to our channel! Thank you for all of your support. Hope you are enjoying this joyous season. Merry Everything!!! xo
- 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, drained and rinsed
- 3 large organic eggs
- 1/3 cup melted organic butter (or ghee or melted coconut oil for vegan), more for the baking dish
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup stevia-sweetened chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
- Lots of Love
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch baking pan. Place the black beans, eggs, melted butter or ghee, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. Remove the blade and gently stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan. Bake the brownies for 30 to 35 minutes or until just set in the center. Cool before cutting into squares.
- Coat each square with SoDelicious Coconut “Cool Whip” (found in the frozen section at Whole Foods), top with an organic strawberry dipped in the cool whip and enjoy your Santa Hat!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We hope that you had a great holiday yesterday! Thanksgiving is one of our favorite days to celebrate because it is all about gratitude and appreciation. We love counting our blessings, and this year we are especially grateful because we’ve been able to spend it with 8 of our 13 cousins, 8 of our aunts and uncles, and our grandparents! Our Grandma and Grandpa try to gather us all together each year to celebrate what we call “Merry Thankmas.” We celebrate Thanksgiving one day and Christmas the next, and create tons of fun memories together.
This year we traveled from all over the United States to meet up in Las Vegas, Nevada. Grandma rented a huge house so we could all stay under one roof. There is a game room, a pool and lots of outdoor play areas so there is plenty to do to keep us all busy. Plus, we love to cook and eat all our meals together. We all gather around a few big tables, say grace together and then laugh and tell stories while we eat. It’s some of our happiest times. Last night we had a huge feast and this morning we have tons of leftovers. We thought this would be the perfect time to share the show that we did with Chef Jeanne Cheng from Kye’s Restaurant in Santa Monica, CA. She taught us how to make Turkey Kyerito sandwich wraps. They are the perfect day-after-Thanksgiving meal to make to use up all your delicious leftovers. Plus they are gluten-free and paleo….and super yummy! Jeanne named her restaurant after her son, Kye. He loves to cook with her, just like we love to cook with our mom, and he inspired her to create the Kyerito.
Did you know that turkey is loaded with protein? It helps to build your muscles to make you stronger. Try to make sure your turkey is organic and raised without antibiotics. If the turkey eats medicine that means you’re eating that medicine too!
Have fun making these Kyeritos! They are great to make for your school lunchbox too!
Thank you so much for watching and subscribing! We are so grateful to get the opportunity to share these healthy, low-sugar, gluten and dairy-free snacks and desserts with you on YouTube and greatly appreciate your enthusiasm and support! Lots of love to you and hope you have a wonderful rest of your Thanksgiving weekend with your family and loved ones.
- 2 leaves of organic romaine lettuce
- 1/2 cup organic brown rice
- 1/3 cup organic sprouts
- 1/3 cup sliced organic snap peas
- Sunflower seeds
- 2 slices free-range, organic turkey
- Organic mayonnaise
- Lots of Love
- Take a piece of cellophane and stack two pieces of romaine lettuce on top.
- Wet your fingers to keep rice from sticking and dump the rice onto the middle of the lettuce and press down to flatten.
- Then layer on top the sprouts.
- Then the snap peas.
- Sprinkle sunflower seeds on top.
- Finally, top with the sliced turkey and mayonnaise.
- Then fold the turkey in half to hold in the mayonnaise and wrap up the lettuce.
- Tightly roll in the cellophane.
- Seal with scotch tape to hold it together in the middle and on the bottom.
- Peel back the cellophane to eat!