Kitchen Sink Cookies – the healthy way to clean out the pantry!

These Kitchen Sink Cookies ROCK! In honour of Earth Day, Danni and I are teaming up with Community Natural Foods to bring you creative and fun ways to reduce food waste in your home. It was about 10 years ago that I really started taking recycling, composting and food waste seriously. I have to say, I am not the most extreme. I am known though to sanitize and re-use my zip loc bags over and over and go through the garbage in the kids bathroom to make sure there is no hidden recycling. With the onset of residential compost service and pick up in our area, I have our family heavily utilizing the compost bin and drastically reducing our waste output. BUT wow, do you see how much food you are wasting. In the past few months I have some discovered some tricks and fun ways to reduce our food waste. Make sure you check in later this week for our post on the Top 10 Ways to Reduce Food Waste in the Home!

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Copycat Clean Shamrock Shake

Copy Cat Clean Shamrock Shake with Botanica Greens

Did you catch Danni and my Facebook Live the other day? If you missed it, we were reminiscing about the past. Fun clothes (Fancy Ass jeans and parachute pants), fun facts (our kids will never know what it is like to go to the video store on a Friday night to pick out a movie) and most importantly, fun foods!! Does anyone recall thinking Tang was actually “orange juice?” I know I did…

The reason for our trip down memory lane? Well, we were wracking our brains trying to think of a fun post for St. Patrick’s Day. Not being a beer drinker, the first thing that comes to mind for me is the infamous MacDonald’s Shamrock Shake!

oh ya, I’m excited…

Oh wow, did I love that pepperminty, delightful green treat that only came around once a year for a short time. Of course, in the “good old days” when I didn’t give a moment’s thought to what I put in my body, nor to how many calories said drink had, I took advantage any time my parents were willing to stop by the drive thru. YUM.

These days sadly, (or perhaps thankfully!) I see the list of 35 lovely ingredients including 2 dyes that are banned in parts of Europe, and I decide to pass. BUT, that doesn’t mean I don’t get the odd hankering for this treat from my youth…

Enter DANNI TO THE RESCUE – and our friends from Botanica who have a fabulous green veggie powder that they have generously provided for a giveaway this month. Green Powder? Shamrock Shake? Danni was on it, and she concocted a yummy “copycat Shamrock shake” that I (and those pesky teens who love a good milkshake) can’t get enough of.

First, let me tell you a little about the Perfect Greens powder and why we love it. According to the new Canada Food Guide (which just came out at the end of January) the “new plate” should be 1/2 fruits and veggies. This continues to be a struggle for me in terms of getting enough into the family without offering the same boring things they have agreed to eat, over and over. This powder is just a lovely mix of chlorella, spirulina, barley and wheat grasses plus some leafy greens to help top you up and get some more goodness into your diet. And did I mention it is organic?

Now back to the shake. You should make this. Now. It’s yummy, it’s healthy, and because your kids might even say “hmmm, this is good.” This alone is a pretty great reason to make it! It is the perfect clean Shamrock shake.

Copycat Shamrock Shake

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The perfect healthy copycat Shamrock shake to add greens to your diet, and surprise your teens!

Ingredients

1 scoop Botanica Perfect Greens
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, like Earth’s Own Organic
1/2 tsp Organic Peppermint Extract
2 scoops vanilla dairy free Frozen Treat (we like Coconut Milk and Screamin Brothers)
Throw everything into a blender, mix and serve.

AND since Mama loves a Shamrock shake, throwin’ it back just a few years and reliving my youth, don’t mind if I do…

Happy St. Paddy’s Day all…

xx

C

Candy Bars

Now that I have your attention, I will let you know, these are healthy candy bars!!

Healthy Snacks - Clean Candy Bar

There are so many times when I struggle at home to find and make snacks that are healthy but that my family will also eat. You make the same old muffins, cookies and loaves and you know everyone is getting tired of them when even the teens won’t eat them anymore. So, here I am again trying a new recipe with great hopes that everyone will like it and devour with a ‘Hey, this is really good’. !! Fingers crossed.

I know I have made a recipe from this book before – It’s all Good by Gwenyth Paltrow, (Super Salmon Burgers) and have always wanted to try the ‘Candy Bars’.. Well not really candy bars but they sound good and enticing, so why not.. Who doesn’t like a candy bar ( without the candy).

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