Getting Kids into the Kitchen

Nothing makes me happier than receiving photos and videos from the parents of my students “recreating” some of the recipes we make together in our sessions. Getting our kids into the kitchen and having them involved in the preparation and selection of their meals and snacks is hands down the best way to get them conscious about what they put in their bodies. It always makes them mindful of their choices when they see EXACTLY what goes into a dish, not to mention how proud they are of their kitchen creations when they share them with their families.

I always bring adolescents and teens into the kitchen when we meet. Making an after school smoothie is a great ice breaker and a healthy snack when they are tired and depleted after a long day of classes and sports. Simple snacks with just a handful of ingredients like Energy Bites, Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins, Kale Chips, and Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are always a hit–and stay within my gluten free, dairy free guidelines.

Here is my recipe for “everyone’s” favorite granola. I am sure it will be a fave in your house. Message me to talk about how to get your children involved in the meal prep at your house–you will be glad you did!

Everyone’s Favorite Healthy Gluten free Granola

  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats 
  • 1 cup sliced almonds 
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon 
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (EVOO works)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup 
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries 

Directions

Preheat oven to 325ºF. Toss together oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, flax seeds, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Stir in oil and syrup.

Divide mixture between 2 large baking sheets and spread out evenly. 

Bake until golden and toasted, 35 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Add dried cranberries while granola cools.

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