5 on-the-go healthy snacks

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5 on-the-go healthy snacks

Whose got their hands in the cookie jar? I believe that little cute hand in the above photo belongs to Eli, but I’ll admit that in my house, we’ve all been known to have our hands in the cookie jar, as we’re a family of snackers! Between the hours of 3:00 and 5:00 we all need a little something to nosh on, and something a bit sweet or salty tends to do the trick! Most afternoons the kids and I are running from one activity to another, so I prefer to hand them a homemade, healthy, grab-and-go snack, like one of these below bars, instead of something processed like goldfish or store-bought granola bars. I know all of my mom friends are always …

coconut granola bark

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coconut granola bark

What?? Another granola recipe Marin mama? Yep, I’m posting another granola recipe peeps, because I’m an oat crazed gal who loves something sweet and crunchy to nosh on in the afternoon, and this granola bark fits the bill! It’s crunchy, sweet, (but not too sweet) full of goodness and very addicting! I made this bark up the other day and it went very fast, so fast that I had to make another batch the next day so that I would have something to photograph. The kids and I couldn’t stop ourselves, we kept going back for seconds, thirds and so on… Put this bark in a jar and just watch how quickly it goes. Look, I even caught of picture of …

easy oven baked sweet potato fries

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These fries are SO GOOD, SUPER ADDICTIVE and honestly as easy to make up as the frozen variety (and cheaper too).  I’m serious!  They’re browned, caramelized and slightly crispy on the outside, and soft, sweet and tender on the inside. Yum, Yum!  I will admit that these fries are not going to be crispy, like fries that have been fried, they tend to be softer like steak fries. In the past few weeks these “fries” have become our new favorite dinner/lunch side, and one of the kid’s favorite after school snacks.  I hate even calling these fries, because fries have such a bad rap, and these are healthy.  I call them fries because it gets kids excited to try them, but between you …

quinoa snack bars

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quinoa snack bars

So, I will confess to you all that I haven’t been cooking up any new recipes this past month, total lazy mama here.  Hey, I’ve been trying to juggle my new full-time job, crazy kid’s schedules and basically life in general, and at the end of the day I just want to come home and whip up something quick and easy, but nutritious as the same time. I’m seriously so happy that I created this blog because all I have been doing is cooking from it this past month. Yep, Marin mama is totally cooking from her blog. I’ve come to realize that I initially created this blog to share my favorite recipes with friends, but in the end I think …

avocado-tahini dip

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avocado-tahini dip

This is the tale of the salad dressing that transformed into a dip.  It sounds like the start of a fairy tale don’t you think?   Except turning from a salad dressing into a dip doesn’t sound like a great transformation, (kind of like a prince turning into a frog) but it is, so it’s a story with a happy ending. It all began one afternoon when I was looking for a new salad dressing to massage into my kale.  I wanted to see if I could find another pantry staple dressing that I loved as much as my lacinato kale salad and my ricotta salata dressings.  I made up this dressing and tried it with the kale, but it was …

pumpkin muffin poppers

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pumpkin muffin poppers

Pinterest is one of my new favorite places to find fun recipes.  I found my favorite heirloom tomato soup there and now these pumpkin poppers!  Pinterest rocks!  When I saw the photo of these muffins, I just had to make them.  They reminded me of my sugar-crusted popovers, and I knew if they tasted anything like those, then they would be a winner. I have made these 3 times so far and they are gone, like gone, in a heartbeat.  The muffins are unbelievably moist and when you cover them all over with the sugar and cinnamon mixture, you have yourself a killer snack.  They’re crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.  We’ve been eating them for breakfast, after school with some warm chai tea and even after …

strawberry, mango & banana smoothie

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afterschool smoothie

I swear May should be re-named May madness.  It’s almost worst than December.  This month has been non-stop and it’s only the middle of the month.  I seriously can’t wait for summer and this is the first year that I can truly say that.  I can’t wait to sleep in, kick back with the kids and just chill at the pool.  I may even chill out with one of these smoothies. Anyway, amongst all this madness of racing to and from everything, I want to give my kids a healthy snack where I can. The weather has been warm and summer-like lately so smoothies are back in my kid’s radar. They love this spinach smoothie as well as this spinach …

homemade popcorn with coconut oil

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homemade popcorn with coconut oil

 My kids are on spring break this week and that means my popcorn popper is going to be working overtime. Vacation at the Grandy house means lots of movie nights, and movie nights are not complete without Marin mama’s famous popcorn, (at least that’s what my kids and their friends call my popcorn). In all seriousness, Zoe and Eli love and devour this popcorn, and they tell me that it’s the best popcorn they’ve ever tasted. I’ve actually been told by a number of people that I need to bag this popcorn and sell it. I decided that making and bagging this popcorn would take to much time and effort, so I’m just going to share my secret recipe with you. I love …

spinach, blueberry & pomegranate smoothie

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Its ski week here in California and instead of skiing we are hanging by the pool enjoying this blissful 80 degree weather.   Whoo hooo!!! This is a short but sweet post as I am taking a break from cooking and the computer this week to spend some quality time outdoors with the kids.  I am showcasing a smoothie rather than warm comfort foods as it feels like summer over here and honestly because I have been feeding my kids to much of this. We made an afternoon pit stop at Ghirardelli the other day. I figured a healthier mid-afternoon snack was in the works for the kids.  I saw this smoothie recipe the other day at Yummy Mummy and knew it …

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bundt Bread

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chocolate chip pumpkin bundt bread

I don’t know about you, but when my kids come home from school, they are HUNGRY! The first words out of their mouths are, “hi mom, what’s for snack?” I get it, they’re growing fast, had lunch a couple of hours ago and so they need some fuel, and they need it NOW!  When Zoe gets home and smells something baking in the oven, she does her leap of joy and yells a big “Yippee!”  It doesn’t get any better than that. Here’s a great fall afternoon snack, or anytime of the year snack.  It almost qualifies as a dessert, because it’s that yummy.  I serve this up for the kids with a tall glass of milk, and after its …

Spinach Smoothie! Kid rated 10!

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Want you kids to get more greens in their diet? Here’s a smoothie recipe that is rated a 10+ in this household, so not only does it taste great, but it’s chock-full of nutrition! I make this smoothie for the kids to have for breakfast, lunch, or just as a healthy after school snack.  No matter when it gets served up, it’s devoured. This smoothie is similar my kale and spinach smoothie, but it doesn’t have the kale or the flax seed in it. I did try to sneak in some flax seed one day, but the kids noticed and didn’t like it.  Oh well, I should be thankful that they love this smoothie though!  BTW, this just isn’t a …