10 homemade baby food recipes you can make in less than 10 minutes

Posted on June 01, 2017 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

Homemade baby food doesn't have to be complicated or require a lot of time or fancy equipment. A couple regular pots and pans and a blender or food processor is all you really need. 10 minutes is really all you need to make healthy recipes for your little one. Invest a little bit of time each week, fill your Little Green Pouches, and you'll have a fridge and freezer stocked with yummy, healthy baby food ready to enjoy at home or on-the-go. 

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10 homemade baby food recipes that take less than 10 minutes

  1. Asparagus Chicken Soup
  2. Pumpkin Applesauce
  3. Bean Feast for Baby
  4. Baby Gazpacho
  5. Spiced Carrots and Raisins 
  6. Curried Edamame 
  7. Banana Peanut Butter Green Smoothie
  8. Healthy Chocolate Pudding
  9. Avocado Pear Smoothie
  10. SPOMBABY

Use our 3.4 oz. or 7oz. reusable food pouches for filling, storing and eating these great recipes. 

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How to Make Homemade Almond Milk

Posted on April 05, 2017 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

Did you know almond milk is super easy to make?  While there is nothing wrong with store-bought almond milk, we want to share how simple real food truly is. Plus, when you try homemade almond milk, you may never buy it from the store again—it is so yummy. You can use this recipe in any of our recipes that call for almond milk.  

Homemade Almond Milk

Recipe adapted from TheKitchn

2 cups organic raw almonds
4 cups water

Optional
Vanilla, honey, agave syrup for flavoring and sweeteners

Instructions

  • Cover almonds with 1 inch of water, cover and soak for 12-24 hours (or up to two days). 
  • Rinse and drain almonds 
  • Add almonds and water to blender or VitaMix
  • Blend on high for 2 minutes after pulsing a few times to break the almonds up. The water should be white and the almonds should have the consistency of a fine meal.
  • Line a strainer with cheesecloth or a nut bag, place strainer over a large bowl and strain the almond mixture.
  • Squeeze the cheesecloth or nut bag to ensure all milk is strained from almond mixture. There are a ton of recipes available for using the leftover almond meal.
  • If desired, sweeten to taste. However, we prefer the stuff straight.  
  • Refrigerate in a sealed container in the fridge for up to two days

Makes about 4 cups almond milk.

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Posted in Almond Milk, Pureed Contents, Recipes

Clean Fifteen & Dirty Dozen — Your Guide to Buying Produce

Posted on March 13, 2017 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

The Environmental Working Group released an updated guide to pesticides in produce. This guide includes the best and worst produce when it comes to pesticides.

We use these lists to decide what to buy organic, and what we can buy conventional in order to save money. Without further ado, here is the list. You can download it here, too.

diry dozen

Posted in Clean Fifteen, Dirty Dozen, From Farm to Pouch, grocery shopping, Real Food, Recipes, Tips and Tricks

Healthy(er) Frosting Recipe

Posted on November 23, 2016 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

One of our favorite things about the holidays is decorating cookies with the family. While sugary buttercream frosting is delicious, we wanted to test out some healthier alternatives. Below you'll find a few options from Chef Aaron Holliday for a healthier holiday tradition. 

Coconut Cream Frosting (dairy free, gluten free)

2 cans coconut cream (not coconut milk)

1/3 cup sweetener of your choice (maple syrup, powdered sugar)

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions

1. Chill coconut cream in can for at least 24 hours

2. Turn can upside down and open from bottom. Pour off coconut milk (save it for smoothies) so you are just left with the cream.

3. Add coconut cream, sweetener and vanilla to bowl of stand mixer 

4. Beat on high until well mixed and fluffy

5. Add frosting to Little Green Pouches for easy, mess-free cookie and cupcake decorating

Options

If you want to flavor or color your frosting naturally, add fruit and/or veggie purees to the frosting. Blueberries, beets, and carrots all provide great color and some extra nutrients.

  

Posted in Holidays, How To, Little Green Pouch, Other Uses, Recipes, Tips and Tricks

Homemade Chia Seed Drink Recipe

Posted on November 18, 2016 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

Oh, chia seeds how we love you. You have more omega 3’s than salmon, more potassium than bananas, more calcium than milk, and are loaded with antioxidants, and you're also a complete protein.

Store-bought chia seed drinks, though? They are so tasty, but also so pricey. Once you realize how easy they are to make yourself, you may never go back to buying them. Here's how to make them. 

Ingredients

2 cups of tart cherry juice (or the juice of your choice such as pomegranate juice)
2 cups water
6 TB chia seeds

Directions

1. Warm water, add to cup with chia seeds.
2. Stir well until chia seeds start to expand. Cover and put cup in the refrigerator. Let sit overnight.
3. The next day, stir juice into chia seed gel and mix well. 
4. Pour into Little Green Pouches and store in fridge. 

Posted in chia seeds, Little Green Pouch, Recipes

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