Cascadian Farm Organic Raspberry Juice (Recommendation)

We have purchased the Cascadian Farm Organic Raspberry Juice in frozen concentrate and it went over with EXCELLENT reviews by children. Moms and Dads liked it too.

 We say fresh is best but for those moments when you need something FAST and EASY and you want to also be HEALTHY we love to give recommendations on products we have tested ourselves and we feel confident you will love. Hopefully, it will save you money and time by helping you choose products that have a great flavor and have been pre-tested by children, instead of wasting money on products that taste like cardboard and have wasted your time and money.

Tips: This makes wonderful Popsicles.

Another idea is to take the juice in concentrate form and put it in the fridge for a few hours. Allow it to thaw completely. Then use the concentrated juice (not diluted) as a YUMMY snow cone syrup. Try Grape, Raspberry, or any of the flavors for really yummy snow-cone syrup. Your children will never want a sugar based snow-cone AGAIN. And, you’ll be their HERO. How can you get better than that?

The syrup can be made fresh for snow-cones too and I will hopefully post recipes soon on how to make the syrup from organic frozen fruit and Agave or Maple syrup which we make on a daily basis at GranolaChic.

Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 7:27 pm  Comments (1)  
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Organic Juice (Recommendation) R.W. Knudsen organic apple

R.W. Knudsen Organic Unsweetened Apple juice is SOOOOOO delicious and it would be hard to beat the flavor!! It is naturally sweet.

We have tried the 365 brand at Whole Foods and the kids REJECTED the juice. We even did a blind taste test with children to see if they could tell the difference and THEY COULD EVERY TIME. We at GranolaChic could tell too and we usually really endorse the 365 brand. It just cannot touch the R.W. Knudsen juice.

Value: We purchase the 1 gallon glass jugs and we use the jugs again later for other juices or for water. The smaller quantities cost more if you compare the price in gallon containers. The rate is around 7.99-8.99 per gallon. You can get sales on the non-organic but recall how important organic is especially for fruits like apples, strawberries, blueberries, & grapes. Little ones have such a hard time with pesticides because of the size of their bodies and the amount of toxins in non-organic fruits. It’s worth the few extra dollars to prevent illness if you can at all afford to do so.

Tips:I heard the argument once that larger companies with commercial crops that have taken on organics have organic food but the food gets over-sprayed with some chemicals. If this is a concern, try to buy local organic produce because the crops are small and you know they don’t have the commercial crop close to have concerns with over-spray. Also, purchase from companies that are small and they don’t share crops with commercial growers.

Last: We endorse making fresh organic juice at home (because fresh is the best). We make everything from carrot, orange, apple, to mixed juices. I will try to post some of those recipes soon. If you have any requests email and let me know.

Have a GranolaChic® day and try A Little bit of Green in Everything!

Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 7:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Kid Friendly Kombucha (We use Mango Tango by Odwalla)

Kid Friendly Kombucha

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Let’s talk Kombucha. This recipe is not for KT (Kombucha Tea) and it is not for Odwalla; nor is that our intent. It is for the yummy blend the two make together and the recipe GranolaChic created using Odwalla and KT together for a fast, easy, and healthy treat.  The kids beg for this and they are not getting a lot of Kombucha but they only need a small amount (if you believe in allowing them to drink it in the first place). I suggest researching and seeing what you believe about Kombucha and if you feel this is for you and you feel comfortable and safe growing Kombucha I hope that you enjoy using my idea.

1-2 oz Kombucha Tea

8 oz Mango Tango by Odwalla (feel free to substitute with another brand this is just a GranolaChic favorite)!

That’s it. Just add a small amount of Kombucha Tea to the Mango Tando stir it in the glass and serve.  It tastes almost exactly like orange juice because the KT cuts the sweet notes in the Mango Tango and you have the earthy not quite sour taste of KT. This allows the health benefits but allows the palate to develop and acquire a taste for KT without the aversion. If it is good for you but it does not taste good then it does not matter how good it is for you because it will never help you if you cannot get your children to eat it in the first place. It’s all about the love not the fight. OK, so it’s fun to have a food fight but it’s not fun to fight about food…now think about that one.

Variations: This is the original GranolaChic Mighty Mango Kombucha. Feel free to use other fruits with which you may blend KT from light to strong measurements. Puree of mango is wonderful to add to perfectly brewed KT. Pour KT into a glass add your mango puree (1/4 of a puree of mango added to 8 oz of homemade KT) it’s a taste preference so see what you like. Mix and enjoy. Mix with a wooden chopstick they make great stir sticks. This recipe is straight ahead and strong not sweet. The Mango Tango for kids has the sweet flavor as they add apple juice, orange juice, coconut and other blends to make a delightful drink. GranolaChic’s Mighty Mango, is better for you if you drink without sweetener but if you just have to add sweetener we have added maple syrup or agave nectar (100% organic and pure) to the KT and Mango nothing more and nothing less….but Mighty GOOD hence the name. You can also use this as a marinade for fish or use it for a delicious salad dressing.

Published in: on October 25, 2007 at 9:36 am  Comments (4)  
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Mighty Mango Kombucha Tea

Mighty Mango Kombucha Tea

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¼ – 1  Mango (puree)

8oz Fresh Kombucha Tea

Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup to taste (optional only for newbies) or (if you choose to marinade fish or use as salad dressing)

This is the original GranolaChic Mighty Mango Kombucha. Feel free to use other fruits with which you may blend KT from light to strong measurements. Puree of mango is wonderful to add to perfectly brewed KT. Pour KT into a glass add your mango puree (1/4 – 1 mango added to 8 oz of homemade KT) It is a taste preference, so see what you like. Mix and enjoy.  This recipe is straight ahead and strong not sweet. Mighty Mango, is better for you if you drink without sweetener but if you just have to add sweetener we have added maple syrup or agave nectar (100% organic and pure) to the KT and Mango nothing more and nothing less….but Mighty GOOD hence the name. You can also use this as a marinade for fish or use it for a delicious salad dressing.

Don’t forget you can get frozen mango at the grocery store to make this even more convenient.  You can also get fresh and you can peel, slice, and puree your own if you choose. I do like mine fresh but I keep frozen mango on hand whether I froze it myself or whether I purchased it from a supplier.

What is kombucha….that is a blog that deserves a page of it’s own. Soon to blog….

GranolaChic does have Kombucha mothers and babies available.

Published in: on October 25, 2007 at 9:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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Coffee Milk (alternate name …Brown Milk)

Coffee Milk (alternate name …Brown Milk)

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8 oz Goat Milk, rice milk, almond milk (milk of your choice) I prefer RAW Goat if it is legal in your state or Meyersberg from the cold milk isle.

1 tsp -2 Tablespoons Blackstrap Molasses….Start with the smallest amount and work your way up to the larger measurement

Pour milk, stir in molasses, stir until blended and enjoy it’s that simple.  

OK, so there’s not a drop of coffee in this drink but they feel like they are so grown up with a name like this…we are just being silly. For those non-coffee drinkers the name BROWN MILK works great. I don’t call it CHOCOLATE MILK because I have a recipe for that too and it uses raw chocolate powder (so that name is taken). This may seem oh so silly to you, but if you begin serving your little ones GranolaChic milks your children will let you know exactly which one they want and why.  I created this not only for nutrition but because someone we know was a big Starbucks fan and the kids wanted to join in and enjoy a coffee creation too. They knew this had no coffee but they also knew it was especially wonderful and just for them. Things like this make all the difference in life.

 

This is something I drink for additional iron, calcium, and nutrients. The children beg for this drink. I am not big on “sneaking or hiding” ingredients in food my style is more being silly, funny, and fun. We just make eating FUN and because it is a child’s nature to play, to be silly, & to have fun, they have no trouble cooperating…..they are just amazed to see that grownups know how to be silly…..that’s what makes it fun, that’s what makes them laugh. Again, it’s the memories. They will always recall coffee milk, perhaps they will crave it into adulthood, and even better yet perhaps they will share coffee milk (brown milk) with their children.

See my link to Raw Goat Dairy in AZ and in TX. The people with whom I deal not only go through the safety measures required by the state but they go above those measures because they care about people and they know that children are getting this product. They take serious the fact that most children drinking this product are doing so because of autism, allergies, or other health issues and they want to have good conscience that their product is going to help not hinder a child’s health. So, look for the link. I will post that soon. I will also tell you why the farms above are so amazing in a later blog.

Published in: on October 25, 2007 at 8:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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Banana Pomegranate Shake

Banana Pomegranate Shake

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1 medium to large pomegranate for each person you plan to serve or the Odwalla brand Pomegranate 100% juice 8oz per person

1 banana for each person you plan to serve

  

Wash the outside of the pomegranate and then cut into quarters. Fill a glass bowl with cool purified water and remove all of the seeds. Puree your seeds in a blender until absolutely smooth, there will be some seeds remaining as fine as raspberry seeds. Some may not mind the small seeds and others may find it distracting to eat and may find the seeds bothersome. Strain the seeds out and return the seed free juice to the blender and add your banana. Serve.

  

Fast Easy Version: Instead of using fresh pomegranates or if the grocer does not have deliciously bright, firm, and non bruised pomegranates Odwalla has pomegranate juice and it is very good. You may use their ready made juice as a delicious and healthy alternative to the fresh fruit if you need a time saver.

Published in: on October 23, 2007 at 9:42 am  Leave a Comment