The most difficult part of going paleo/primal with children has to be snacks and treats. They get tired of celery and apples after having so many years of goldfish and cookies! I’ve tried many paleo recipes I’ve found on pinterest, and most of them are a big, fat, fail. I’ve found the most reliable sources for paleo/primal recipes are: Nom Nom Paleo, PaleOMG and Elana’s Pantry.
Here are two delicious recipes that work every time:
Double layer fudge from PaleOMG: The first time I made it with paleo no-no peanut butter and it was delicious. The next time I made it with almond butter, and it was equally yummy. Just make sure your almond butter is salted – you need the salty to balance the sweet of the chocolate.
No-bake energy bars from dramaticpancake.com: The first time I made these, I used dried blueberries instead of cherries, and they were awesome. Parker requested that I make the next batch without chia, since he doesn’t like the texture. My latest batch subbed chopped hazelnuts for the chia, and I used dried cherries. I regret having even one little taste of this version, because I am finding it hard to restrain myself from eating it! Tip – make sure you grease the wax paper with coconut oil before you press in the bars.
Here’s another win: I made my kind bar hack this week with dried apples and toasted walnuts (omit the chocolate) – double yum! The boys loved it and Parker couldn’t stop eating it! It is very easy to make variations on this recipe – next I’m going to make a southern pecan version!
All of these recipes are very easy to make, and even easier to eat. Hope you enjoy!
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Love photography, but scared to get off program mode? Here are five tips that can help any mom make better pictures of her kids.
1. If you are outside, move your subject(s) into light shade. When your subject is in bright sun, you get squinty eyes and dark shadows around the eyes. When you move everyone into even shade (no dappled light), everyone looks better.
2. Turn off your flash! A flash creates really hard shadows, the evil red-eye and makes the background dark. Also, the flash tends to wash out skin tones. If you are inside, turn on all the lights, and/or go next to a window that has a lot of light streaming in. Unless it is night, you will not need a flash outside at all. You will be surprised how much better your photos look!
3. Pay attention to what is in the background. Are there any people photo-bombing your picture? Is there a tree or pole growing out of your subject’s head? If so, you need to move either to the right or left (keeping your subject in the same spot) until you find a good composition.
4. Get in close. Have your family get in close together, and then you get close to them. A nice, tightly framed photo makes your family the center of attention, and removes any distractions in the environment.
5. Set your white balance! Most amateur photographers don’t know how to set the white balance, and the color of their pictures is off. Look at your camera’s manual, and learn how to set your custom white balance. Clear, true to nature colors will make an amazing difference in your photos.