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Cucumber Tomato Avocado Relish

This Cucumber Tomato Avocado Relish is the perfect addition to my salmon cake recipe.

 

Salmon Cake Spinach Salad

I’ve shared previously with you my Waffle Iron Salmon Cake recipe using coconut flour like  Bob’s Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour.

Today I’m going to share an awesome relish that goes perfectly with the Salmon Cakes (or burgers or grilled chicken… the uses are endless!)

Cucumber Tomato Avocado Relish

This relish is a great compliment because of all the textures and flavors it adds to any dish.

The cucumber adds a nice crunch with a clean fresh flavor. read more

What is a Balanced School Lunch?

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What is a balanced school lunch?

School Forces Child To Eat Ritz Crackers to “Balance” lunch

Recently, there was an article about a Canadian school that charged a mom $5 per child, because she did not include a “grain” in her home packed school lunch. The school supplemented the children’s lunch with Ritz crackers to complete their “unbalanced” meal.

The children’s lunch included: meat, potatoes, carrot, milk, and an orange. Under the school’s “balanced” guidelines, a parent is supposed to pack: 1 milk, 1 meat, 1 grain, and 2 fruits and vegetables. This mom actually packed an extra vegetable – a starch (the potato) – which is by far better than a Ritz cracker.

 

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Adapted from http://www.flickr.com/photos/buzzymelibee/8696769797/

What is in a Ritz Cracker?

Ritz cracker ingredients: Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Raising Agents (Ammonium and Sodium Bicarbonates, Disodium Diphosphate), Salt, Glucose Syrup, barley Malt Flour. The crackers have more sugar than a potato and include vegetable oil (which is not a health food, read about healthy fats here). This doesn’t sound very healthy or balanced to me.  If the school plans to routinely supplement children’s meals with Ritz crackers for health and nutritional reasons… they may need to rethink their plan. 

 

So what is a balanced school lunch?

What are the foods all kids should eat? I wrote a previous post: 4 Food Groups all kids should eat. These food groups include: Saturated Fats Bone Broths Cultured foods (fermented foods) Seasonal, Local Produce

So in response

The school should widen it’s view of a “balanced” lunch. They possibly should eliminate the need to include grains entirely, because you can eat a balanced meal without eating grains. The school could offer one of the foods in the 4 food groups list to supplement a meal, if their goal is health. If the school continues to require grains to be included in the school lunch, parents could send my Almond flour Cheese Crackers (shhh they are grain free). These gluten free crackers are easy to make.  They are grain-free, gluten-free and have good healthy saturated fats (one of the 4 food groups all kids need).   gluten free almond flour cheese crackers

Here are some other recipes to try: 

Healthy Budget Friendly School Lunches from Five Spot Green Living

Toddler Lunch ideas from The Zest and Zeal

43 Kid Friendly Real Food Snack Ideas by Vicariously Vintage

Healthy and Eco-Friendly Back to School tips from O’Boy Organic

Healthy School Lunches read more

Top 3 Healthy Chicken Nuggets Recipes

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3 Trim and Healthy Chicken Nugget Recipes

Chicken Nuggets are such a staple in most kid’s diets (and some adults too!). We love the taste of fried chicken in little tasty bites… But all too frequently American’s feel trapped into getting fast food Chicken Nuggets. 

We know that McDonald’s isn’t health food, but we expect to be eating only fried chicken and breading when you order their chicken nuggets. 

It can’t be too bad, right?

Natural News.com released a forensic investigation to find out what was in McDonald’s chicken nuggets. The chicken nuggets that were inspected were from a McDonald’s located in Austin. Tx.

The investigators found several items in the chicken nuggets that were not chicken or breading!

1) Dark black hair like structures

Where did these come from since chickens don’t have hair?

2)  Red Splotches

3) Spherical green object resembling algea

To see the pictures and video more closely, follow this link. 

This is just one reminder that we do not want to be eating this processed food. Chicken nuggets are far from the natural source of a chicken. 

Thankfully we don’t have to throw out the chicken nuggets with the bath water.

There is an answer.

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We can make our own Healthy Chicken Nuggets. Here are 3 different easy healthy recipes: 

Paleo Flaky Chicken Nuggets 

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Almond Flour Chicken Nuggets Recipe – –

These almond flour chicken nuggets would be Trim Healthy Mama approved for a satisfying S meal! 

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The Little Mom who Could even shares her Energizing (E meal) Oat Crusted Chicken 

So let’s leave the mystery objects at McDonald’s and enjoy our Tasty Homemade Nuggets! read more

8 Top Sugar Free Pancake Recipes

For a family who loves brunch, but doesn’t love all the typical carbs in brunch recipes. Here are the Top 8 Sugar Free Pancake Recipes your whole family will love!

Starting your day the right way is the key to feeling your best all day long! With these sugar free pancake recipes you can enjoy your favorite comforting breakfast food without the sugar or guilt!

ditch your sugar cravings
ditch your sugar cravings
 

8 Sugar Free & Healthy Pancake recipes

Pancakes bring up so many warm and fuzzy feelings inside me. They just scream Saturday mornings with the family. Traditional pancake recipes are full of carbs and sugar (with fat too!). All these together do not help a mama stay healthy.  read more

Trim and Healthy Christmas Goodies

Trim and Healthy Holiday Goodie Swap

 

A Trim and Healthy Holiday Goodie Swap Party! 

One of my favorite memories of the holidays is having a party where you all bake the best goodies to share. I would make all these tins full of goodies and give them to co-workers, neighbors and friends. It is an easy way to show people you are thinking about them without having a spend a whole lot of money during the holiday season. 

You can share these goodies with other Trim Healthy Mamas or you can show how easy it is to follow the plan and eat such tasty foods! 

Here is a list of the best Trim and Healthy Goodies to Swap at your holiday party! 

Fudge is a must at a holiday goodie swap. One of my favorite memories is eating my grandmother’s fudge and divinity at her house on Christmas. That fudge was obviously not Trim or Healthy. 

Thankfully, Trim Healthy Mamas can enjoy these fudge recipes this holiday while not packing on any pounds and enjoying the holiday season. 

This first fudge is a cream cheese fridge fudge! It is sure to satisfy any fudgy creamy cravings you may have. 

The Frugal LowCarber Brings us this Fridge Fudge

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or you can try Gwen’s Coconut oil Fudge 

I’m a sucker for nuts! Here’s Sheri Graham’s Caramel Pecans – Oh my! I also love Crockpot Cocoa Almonds from Stacy Makes Cents 

Caramel Pecans

Gwen’s Buckeyes are sure to make the list!

Gwen’s Buckeyes

You can’t forget the cookies!!!

Cookies are the quintessential part of a Christmas Goodie Swap Party! Trim Healthy Mama do not fear! There are plenty of cookies that are healthy and will keep you Trim!  

Here are Coconut Flour Cookies from Counting All Joy

Coconut Flour Cookies

 

No Bake Fudgy Cookies are one of my favorite cookie ever! So easy and so yummy too! I love the shredded coconut in these as well. You could add some almond slivers to make it extra special! 

No bake Fudgy Cookies (S)

 

Almond Joy Bites from The Blue House Blog 

Trim Healthy Almond Joy Bites

 

Ice Cube Tray Chocolate Covered Cheese Cake  from DamyHealth.com

Ice Cube Tray Chocolate Covered Cheesecakes

 

Fill some bags of Stevia Sweetened Kettle Corn to give to teachers or friends!  

Stevia Sweetened Kettle Corn 

Other recipes to try at your Goodie Swap: 

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Balls  read more

Baking With Coconut flour

Baking with coconut flour has been a staple in my kitchen for many years now. I love that it is a flour that is grain free, low carb, and packed with nutrients! Learn more about tips and tricks for baking with coconut flour and some delicious coconut flour recipes.

Angela of Grassfed Mama shares healthy tips for busy moms.
Angela of Grassfed Mama shares healthy tips for busy moms.

 

Baking with Coconut Flour 

Baking with coconut flour can be a great way to eat low carb, grain free and keep all your favorite breads and cakes in your diet. 

We’ve already talked about how great coconut oil is:

increasing metabolism, supporting immune system, promoting the absorption of vitamins, detoxing the body, promoting healthy cholesterol and heart health. Now we are going to talk about all those great benefits in a flour: Coconut flour. read more