monster mash green smoothie

Halloween is just around the corner! Trick your little ones into eating spinach with this Monster Mash Green Smoothie, mwahahaha!!!

Trick your little ones into eating spinach with this Monster Mash Green Smoothie, mwahahaha!!!

What kid wouldn’t want to drink a smoothie with a face like that?

This smoothie blends spinach, milk, pineapple and a banana making it a great breakfast, after-school snack or dessert! It’s very versatile too! Try adding a dollop of peanut butter for a punch of protein or a dash of cinnamon for a fall flare!

Who says healthy food can’t be fun?!?

Ok, candy corn aren’t healthy, please don’t hold it against me!  They just make the perfect monster teeth :)

FYI, Jelly Belly Brand Candy Corn is not made with gelatin.  However, it does contain beeswax.

Click here to check out my monthly contributing post and the recipe for this smoothie over on Real Housemoms!

pasta salad on a stick with greek dressing

Pasta Salad On A Stick With Greek Dressing, putting a spin on your classic pasta salad and making it picnic perfect!

Pasta Salad On A Stick With Greek Dressing, putting a spin on your classic pasta salad and making it picnic perfect!

Serve these alongside the most delicious Greek dressing for your Labor Day cookout!  It’s a fun finger food that is family friendly, kids love eating food off of skewers!  I stacked cherry tomatoes, rigatoni pasta, fresh basil leaves, chunky cut cucumbers, black olives and avocado, but the options are limitless!  If you have cheese lovers in the family add mini mozzarella balls for a caprese style salad!

Pasta Salad On A Stick With Greek Dressing, putting a spin on your classic pasta salad and making it picnic perfect!

pasta salad on a stick with greek dressing
 
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Pasta Salad on a Stick, putting a spin on your classic pasta salad! Makes 10 skewers
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 10
Ingredients
For the Pasta Salad Skewers:
  • 20 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup black olives
  • 1 cucumber, cut in large-bites
  • 20 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 avocados, cut in cubes
  • 1 cup rigatoni pasta, cooked according to package and cooled
  • 10 wooden skewers
For the Greek Dressing:
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅔ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1¼ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1¼ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
Instructions
For the Pasta Salad Skewers:
  1. Assemble skewers adding each of the ingredients as desired.
For the Greek Dressing:
  1. Whisk all ingredients together
Drizzle skewers with dressing or serve on the side. Enjoy!

This seriously has to be one of the easiest recipes ever!  

If you can chop veggies and boil water you got this!  

Not only do they look pretty, but they are loaded with Vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin A, healthy fats and potassium to name a few!

Pasta Salad On A Stick With Greek Dressing, putting a spin on your classic pasta salad and making it picnic perfect!

Idea inspired by Sandra Lee!

no-bake cinnamon raisin almond butter oat bars

No-Bake Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter Oat Bars, that’s a mouthful to say!

 No-Bake Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter Oat Bars. A vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly after-school snack!

The kids are headed back to school soon, which means packing lunches and providing after school snacks.  Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with healthy snacks that the kids will love and are safe to bring to a “peanut free” zone.  Snacks made with almond butter are a great option as almond butter provides protein, fiber and a dose of healthy fat.  Almond butter is extremely nutrient dense and provides vitamin E, magnesium and potassium.  It also helps with sustained energy and optimizing blood glucose control.  I love using nut-butters in kid-friendly recipes because it keeps the little ones feeling full and happy for longer!

These aren’t just for kids!  They make a great adult approved snack or can be paired with a piece of fruit for a wholesome breakfast!

 No-Bake Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter Oat Bars. A vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly after-school snack!

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Makes 12 bars No-Bake Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter Oat Bars. A vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly after-school snack!
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Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup brown rice syrup
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Pulse oats in a food processor a few times to make a course flour and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat add almond butter, coconut oil, brown rice syrup, sea salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir until melted and well combined. Remove from heat and transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in oats and raisins.
  4. Press mixture into the lined baking pan. Use fingers to pack dough down well. Place in the refrigerator for a few hours to set. (or place in freezer to speed up the process!)
  5. Remove from parchment paper and cut into 12 bars.
  6. Store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 176 Fat: 11 Carbohydrates: 18 Sugar: 7 Fiber: 2 Protein: 4

 No-Bake Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter Oat Bars. A vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly after-school snack!

 No-Bake Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter Oat Bars. A vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly after-school snack!

Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and individually wrap for an on-the-go snack.  You can substitute brown rice syrup with agave or maple syrup.  However, just make sure to adjust the amount of oats as needed because brown rice syrup is much thicker than maple syrup or agave.  You want to aim for a cookie dough consistency.

 No-Bake Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter Oat Bars. A vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly after-school snack!

Here are some more great school snack ideas using almond butter:

Almond Butter and Banana Open Sandwich

Almond Butter Snack Balls

Try making your own Almond Butter, this one from Happy Healthy Life looks amazing :)

Maple Coconut Cinna Almond Butter