NIX SNAX PIX :: healthy alternatives for kids you love!

I recently asked Nik Tyler {writer for Discerning Brute} if he would write a guest blog post for PUREmamas. I said to him: If you were put in a room full of kids and had to feed them {nik style}, what would you make?

Here is what he came up with {THANKS NIK!!}:

Kids are great!! They're fun-loving, adventurous, inquisitive... and they are undoubtedly our future! Although I'm not a father yet, I do often think about what kind of dad I'll be one day, and I know that when I do have kids, I'll want to help them grow up into strong, healthy, well-informed adults. I know this is achievable by instilling alkalarian eating habits in them at an early age.
Looking back on my own childhood, I was very fortunate to have been raised as a vegetarian. I am certain that an intrinsic part of my adult identity (now a vegan for 7+ years) comes from the way I was taught by my parents to feed my body healthy, sustainable, plant-based foods and to have a deep respect, appreciation and love for all living creatures as well as our beautiful "Mother Earth".

So, as parents, we must ensure the well-being of the younger generation by guiding them in the right direction when it comes to health and nutrition. One sure way to do that is to serve natural veg snacks at home while teaching our children to avoid foods which either consist of sugar or break down into sugar during digestion.  Many of the serious health problems in adults are the end result of OD-ing on the acidic foods consumed during childhood. If you raise your children on the products advertised on TV (cookies, milk, sodas, cheeseburgers, pizza, etc. etc.) you could very well be weakening their immune systems, and allowing them to become more susceptible to illness. If instead, we offer our young children healthy (and tasty) alkalarian plant-based meals, their taste buds will develop craving those great foods.

Parents have the ability to give the greatest gift of all to their kids -  wisdom and health. So why not give your kids the gift of healthy food today? Guide them into a lifelong journey of smart food habits that will support a happy, healthy, long adult life!!

Here are three delicious and healthy snacks I would highly recommend you make for your kids (and their friends) when they get home from school today:

ALKALINE AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

2 avocados
1 chopped cucumber
1 bunch of spinach
1 handful of dill, cilantro, parsley
1 Tbls lemon (juice)
1 peeled lime (whole)
chopped celery
1 tsp olive or hemp oil
few cherry tomatoes
1 Tbls hempseeds

Directions:
Blend in Vitamix or blender. When smooth, pour into glass. Drizzle teaspoon of olive oil or hemp oil. Top with one cherry tomato and a teaspoon of hempseeds. Sprinkle some ginger, garlic and curry powder on top. Add a celery stick as a stirrer to mix.

Enjoy the great green goodness!!

GROOVY GREEN GUACAMOLE

1-2 avocado
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1-2 cloves of garlic
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves

Directions:

Combine all of the above-listed ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree.
Serve with sliced hikima, cucumber, red, yellow, green peppers or on a collard wrap!
HAPPY n' HEALTHY HUMMUS WRAP

2 cups of chick peas
2/3 cup water
3 tabelspoons tahini
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1-2 pressed cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:
Combine all of the above-listed ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree.
Serve with sliced avocado, hikima, cucumber, red, yellow, green peppers, cherry tomatoes on an Ezekeal 4:9 Sprouted Grain Tortilla!


I hope you and your kids enjoy these delectable and nutritious snacks!  Bon Apetite!