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Anjali Shah

🍏 Health Coach 🍊 #Nutritionist πŸ₯ Foodie πŸ‹ Mom of ✌️ 🍎 Making #healthy food easy, delicious & fun too! πŸ‘‡ Order my SuperEasy BabyFood Cookbook

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⁣ These amazingly #delicious , no-bake chocolate chip #cookie bites (or as my daughter likes to call them β€œCookie Monster Bites”) are so satisfying, they’re the perfect end-of-the-week treat! ✨⁣ ⁣ With just 5 simple ingredients, they’re easy to make and are a really great way to get #kids involved in the #kitchen . Layla absolutely loves making them with me, and it’s something (at the age of 5) that she can pretty much do all on her own! ⁣ ⁣ I love #cooking with kids because it’s really wonderful to see them get excited about creating something for the whole #family from scratch. It fosters creativity, inspiration, ownership and a love of food. ⁣ ⁣ If you’re looking for 25 more healthy, delicious, but also kid-friendly recipes (just like this one!) that kids can help make in the kitchen, pick up a copy of my newest #cookbook : Kid Chef Junior! πŸ“—β£ ⁣ It has #breakfast treats like Blueberry Blast Banana Bread, healthy snacks like Smashed Silly Face Guacamole, family #dinners like Lasagna Rollups, and yummy #desserts like Peanut Butter Surprise Brownies β€” all #healthy but still kid approved πŸ™‚ πŸ‘β£ ⁣ INGREDIENTS for these "Cookie Monster Bites":⁣ πŸ₯„ 1 cup rolled oats or quick oats⁣ πŸ₯„ 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter or any nut butter will work!⁣ πŸ₯„ 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips⁣ πŸ₯„ 1 tbsp maple syrup increase to 2 tbsp if you want it to be sweeter⁣ πŸ₯„ 1/4 tsp vanilla extract⁣ πŸ₯„ Pinch of sea salt⁣ ⁣ INSTRUCTIONS⁣ πŸ“Œ In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, stir together the oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt until combined.⁣ πŸ“Œ Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.⁣ πŸ“Œ Taking small handfuls of the mixture, roll them into small balls 1-2 inches in size. Or you can use a cookie scoop. Place them onto the baking sheet.⁣ πŸ“Œ Refrigerate the bites for 30 minutes or until solid. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge (they will last at least 1 week, and likely 2!)⁣ ⁣ Tag someone who needs this recipe ✨
It’s no secret that s’mores are amazing. πŸ™Œβ£ ⁣ Take three ingredients, stick them together, and you’re guaranteed to feel happy, warm and comforted. It's such a simple dessert, but it's a classic. ⁣ ⁣ Since most marshmallows have gelatin in them, it's hard to find a vegan & vegetarian-friendly s'mores dessert. But thanks to the Vegan Marshmallows by @mydandies - we can make s'mores happen in our house anytime! ⁣ ⁣ I was surprised as to how good these gelatin-free marshmallows were -- they tasted just like regular marshmallows – fluffy, sweet, and melted in your mouth! πŸ€—β£ ⁣ Once in a while, on special occasions, a truly indulgent dessert is necessary. And this one is family friendly because even kids can make it! 🍫⁣ ⁣ DIRECTIONS:⁣ ⁣ Top 1 graham cracker with 1 large marshmallow and 2 squares of chocolate. Microwave on high for 15 seconds or until the marshmallows puff up. Top with a second graham cracker and eat!⁣ ⁣ Alternatively: If you have an outdoor grill or gas stove you can toast the marshmallows on the stove, squish between two graham crackers and chocolate.⁣ ⁣ and...⁣ ⁣ Enjoy! πŸ’«β£ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #modernmom #veganblogger #kidsactivities #smores #veganmarshmallows
⁣ Mexican food is a staple in our house and I’m always looking for ways to make classic Mexican dishes both vegetarian-friendly and healthy. Here is another enchilada recipe that's a favorite of ours! 🍲⁣ ⁣ These #enchiladas are really hearty πŸ’—: filled with sautΓ©ed sweet potatoes and black beans, topped with gooey cheese and my homemade enchilada sauce. I used to buy pre-made enchilada sauce from the store, thinking it was too difficult to make a good enchilada sauce at home. But it’s actually really really easy, and much better for you since you can control what’s in it. ⁣ ⁣ You should definitely give this recipe a try. It's family friendly and kid-friendly too! Recipe here >> http://bit.ly/BlackBeanSweetPotatoEnchiladas OR click the link in my bio. ✨⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #mexicanfoods #staplefoods #heartymeal #homemade #enchiladasauce
⁣ Mushrooms contain numerous #nutrients and bioactive compounds that may have great healing properties. They are also an excellent source of B vitamins including vitamin B2, niacin, and pantothenic acid. B Vitamins, in particular, is vital for turning food into fuel, which the body burns to produce energy.πŸ„ ⁣ ⁣ I love adding #mushrooms to Italian food, roasting them with garlic, or even using them as a meat replacement in recipes like bolognese! If they're not cooked well, they can have a squishy texture and bland flavor, but when done right they can be absolutely delicious!! πŸ˜‹β£ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #meatreplacement #superfoods #nutritious #bvitamins #veryhealthy
Layla turned 5 yesterday and we did a small celebration at home with just the 4 of us sharing some cake and treats in the evening before bed. Tomorrow, we're celebrating her birthday with her entire class at school (this photo was taken on her first day of school at Rudolf Steiner in Ann Arbor!) πŸ’™β£β£ ⁣⁣ I love how her school thinks about the whole child in every experience - they acknowledge the #children and their #birthday by having a little celebration in class. For each birthday, the children begin preparing for the celebration by making cards with special wishes included for their friend. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Then the entire class makes a delicious gluten and dairy free #cake together. πŸŽ‚ (I absolutely love Steiner's philosophy about food - every snack is cooked fresh from scratch and is always healthy and delicious, and their birthday cakes are no exception!) ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ On each child's special day, their family joins the class to hear a birthday story and share in a special snack (the cake οΌ‹ a fruit salad!) Layla has already #celebrated many of her friends' birthdays at school, and she is so excited for tomorrow! We can't wait to share it with her πŸŽ‚πŸ˜πŸ’•β£β£ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #birthdaycelebration #happybirthday #5thbirthday #daughterbirthday
⁣ Layla is FIVE YEARS OLD today!!! 🎈 Five years ago our lives were made even more full when we held her for the first time. We had no idea what we were doing then, or how much joy we'd get out of seeing her grow and learn every day. But obviously, it's not all perfect and easy all the time. πŸ™† ⁣ ⁣ Parenting is a true roller coaster - and we quickly learned that on the same day we could have the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. We also had no idea how much we would grow and stretch ourselves in terms of our capacity to be patient, to empathize, to re-learn #childhood innocence, and to have more love than we could have imagined. ⁣ ⁣ Thank you, Layla, for teaching us so much about ourselves, about you, and about the world. Wishing the happiest of #birthdays to my spunky, interesting, creative, talkative, curious, willful, smart, funny, beautiful little girl! I can't wait to see what this year has in store for you ❀⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #daughtersbirthday #daughterlove #mypreciousdaughter #momgoals #parenthood
⁣ Did you know #olives are actually a fruit? Even though you mostly see it with savory meals (pizzas, with cheeses, etc.) it's technically a fruit! It's also very beneficial for cardiovascular health. Black olives are rich in heart-healthy #antioxidants that help to impede the oxidation of cholesterol. ⁣ πŸ–€πŸ’šβ£ Olives can be an acquired taste -- it took Layla 2 years to eventually like them! But if you do love olives, they can be great for amping up the antioxidant power of your favorite meals! ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #beneficial #blackolives #hearthealthy #superfruit #goodfortheheart
This #hearty recipe is perfect for the winter. I modified this @CookingLight recipe to be more #vegetarian friendly, by basically just eliminating the chorizo, using vegetable stock, and adding a bit more veggies & beans. ❄⁣ ⁣ This is great for little ones too. To make it baby-friendly: I made this recipe and left out the chipotle chili powder, took out a portion for Layla and Ayan, and then added in the chipotle chili powder for me and my husband. 🍲⁣ ⁣ Warm up your soul with this chunky black bean soup while you spend quality time with your family. Recipe here >> http://bit.ly/ChunkyBlackBeanSoup OR click the link in my bio. ✨⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #babyfriendly #chilipowder #blackbeansoup #souprecipe #winterfood
⁣ This recipe is another oldie but goodie. ⁣ ⁣ It’s also one of those β€œI-was-first-starting-out-cooking-didn’t-know-what-I-was-doing-but-somehow-it-turned-out-good” recipes. πŸ₯˜ ⁣ ⁣ My husband and I love #Mexican food. When we eat out in Mexican restaurants, we always order enchiladas. It's a must-have, especially for my husband. 🌢⁣ ⁣ But, most restaurant quality #enchiladas are full of fat and the #vegetarian versions rarely have anything except cheese inside. So I decided to make my own healthier version. πŸ’šβ£ ⁣ Here's the link to my Healthy Vegetarian Enchiladas recipe - guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser for meat eaters and vegetarians alike! >> http://bit.ly/HealthyVegetarianEnchiladas OR click the link in my bio ✨⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #healthierversion #eatmoreplants #veganrecipe #vegandinner
⁣ Did you know that Green Bell Peppers contain more than twice the #vitaminC of an Orange? Talk about #superhealthy ! 🌟⁣ ⁣ Peppers are one of the most versatile #vegetables in my kitchen. I use them to saute with onions, include it on salads, soups, and casseroles. I also grill them and add them to sandwiches, or simply eat them raw with hummus for a fresh, flavorful, and crunchy snack. β˜ΊπŸ™Œβ£ ⁣ There's so much you can do with green bell peppers (or any bell pepper!). For recipe inspo, visit my blog and search for "peppers" in the search box! ✨⁣ ⁣ Happy Healthy Cooking! πŸ’šβ£ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #greenbellpeppers #bellpeppers #nutrients #vitamins #greenveggies
⁣ Doing some reminiscing today as I came across this photo... Ayan was so little here! This was before he could even sit up on his own consistently - I think he was like 4 or 5 months old. πŸ’›β£ ⁣ But he really was not into tummy time, and didn't want to be in his jumper, and Layla wanted to run around and play "superheroes" with me.⁣ ⁣ So what did I do? Created this makeshift "seat" for him so he could play safely on his own! Of course, now he's practically running all over the place, climbing and jumping. The days of propping him up and walking away are over! πŸ˜‚β£ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #familytime #kidsbonding #cuteson #throwbacks #lovemyson
⁣ I was going through some old photos and I came across this one: our very first dinner out as a #family of 4 at @paesanosannarbor , only 5 days after Ayan was born! πŸ‘Ά Ayan has always been the cutest little guy, super chill, and constantly has a smile on his face. ⁣ ⁣ Almost a year and a half later, our family feels so complete with both Layla and Ayan in our lives! ❀ ⁣ Shortly after Ayan's birth, I remember feeling really tired, but happy and whole. My birth experience with Ayan was much easier and better than with Layla, which was incredibly healing (to read more about Layla's birth story head to my blog). ⁣ ⁣ Recovery from birth and especially a c-section (which I had) is always difficult, but I felt lucky that we had such an easy #baby in Ayan to make the whole process much smoother! ❀⁣ ⁣ You can read Ayan's birth story here >> http://bit.ly/AyanBirthStory ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #birthstory #secondborn #babylove #familygoals #familyislife
This everyday spice is something we add to almost all of our dishes -- since pretty much every recipe says: 'add salt and pepper to taste'. It's like a cooking mantra! πŸ’―β£ ⁣ So what are the THREE amazing benefits of these tiny black pebbles that are bursting with flavor? ⁣ ⁣ 1. Anti-inflammatory - combine it with turmeric and you've got a powerful inflammation-fighting duo that can help reduce discomfort and pain.⁣ 2. Anti-bacterial - Black pepper helps fight against infections ⁣ 3. Anti-oxidant - Black pepper contains the anti-oxidant piperine. According to @the_economic_times : "A study conducted in Michigan's cancer institute concluded that the black pepper along with turmeric can prevent the growth of cancerous stem cells in [certain] tumors"⁣ ⁣ Adding spices to your food not only gives it flavor without adding fat or calories, but many spices have healing benefits just like black pepper! Stay tuned for more posts about the secret health benefits of everyday spices! πŸ’šβ£ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #spices #lovespice #blackpepper #superspice #healingbenefits
When we were in #Sydney a few summers ago, we stopped at a wonderful little Moroccan / Mediterranean restaurant, where we ordered a bunch of our favorite dishes, including a flavorful, traditional Moroccan tagine. β˜€β£ ⁣ This inspired me to recreate my own version of a traditional #tagine into something that’s light and healthy, but BIG on taste. πŸ˜‹β£ ⁣ To save a bit of time on the slow cooking, I turned to three of my favorite #spice blends: 1) Ras El Hanout 2) a Shawarma Spice Blend and 3) Curry Powder.⁣ ⁣ These spice blends made the dish taste like it had been simmering on the stove for hours, but it really only took an hour to make from start to finish. 🍲⁣ ⁣ If you want to mix up your weeknight cooking, try this recipe! Link in my bio. ✨⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #raselhanout #currypowder #moroccaninspired #flavorful
⁣ When we lived in the bay area, we regularly went to the Ferry Building for a Saturday morning outing. On one visit, soon before we left the Bay for Ann Arbor, I went a little crazy taking pictures – the organic fruits, vegetables, and amazing food was too hard to resist! 🍊🍍🍎πŸ₯•πŸ₯’⁣ ⁣ This pizza, in particular, caught my attention. Cornmeal crust, cheese, tomatoes. The husband (who loves pizza) was very happy. So was I – it was delicious! I'll be recreating this pizza at home for dinner tonight, and I hope my cornmeal crust turns out as well as this one did!! πŸ•β£ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #pizzalover #freshproduce #organicfruits #organicveggies #cornmeal
⁣ Flax eggs are an alternative to regular eggs and are great for baking. They are made up of ground flaxseed and water. They are 100% natural, non-dairy, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, whole30, allergy-friendly – pretty much perfect for any dietary restriction you have. πŸ’―β£ ⁣ Flax eggs are also SUPER healthy. They have healthy fats, aid in digestion, have 3g protein per serving, and are high in fiber too! They have a slightly nutty taste but are pretty mild overall, so they don’t really disrupt the taste of a recipe at all. πŸ‘ ⁣ To make one flax egg:⁣ ⁣ >> Add 1 tbsp ground flaxseed to 2.5-3 tbsp water in a small bowl. ⁣ >> Mix together and let sit for at least 5 min (but you can let it sit for up to 30 minutes if you want). The mixture will get thicker and will have the consistency of an egg – and then you can add it to your recipe like you would a regular egg.⁣ ⁣ I'd love to see your very own flax egg, tag me on your post ✨⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #flaxeggs #flaxseeds #glutenfree #healthyfats #vegan #eggsubstitute
When you're a parent of a young kid, new years kind of feels like every other day. And New Years Eve feels like every other evening - mainly because it's almost impossible to get a babysitter and neither of our kids can make it past 9pm, let alone all the way to midnight haha! 😊⁣ ⁣ Last year, we threw a new year's party for all of our friends with kids: we started at 5pm, and everyone who had #kids left by about 8:30pm (we did our new years countdown around 8pm 🀣). ⁣ ⁣ This picture was from that party! It was actually super fun, and for the friends who didn't have kids we were able to do a "real" new year's countdown after Layla and Ayan fell asleep in their rooms. πŸŽ‰ ⁣ ⁣ This year was very similar, but we let Layla stay up a little later and she was SO excited. It reminded me of how special new year's felt to me as a kid - because staying up until it was "officially" the next day was something I never got to do! πŸ™†β£ ⁣ I hope all of you had a wonderful new year #celebrating with your family and friends!! Wishing you a happy and healthy #2019 ahead! ❀✨⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #momsdiary #momslife #newyearishere #raisingkids #healthyyear
⁣ When I was pregnant with Layla, the husband and I took a baby-moon trip to Italy - which also coincided with our 6th wedding anniversary! While in Italy, we stayed in Montepulciano - an absolutely gorgeous part of Italy's wine region. (Yes, ironic, that I stayed in wine country when I couldn't drink wine haha!) 🍾⁣ ⁣ Luckily there were plenty of other things to do there. One day, when we explored the town, we came upon a real-life coppersmith. His shop is a little hole in the wall off the main piazza in Montepulciano. It’s not touristy at all – you would totally miss it if you didn’t look hard for it! πŸš—β£ ⁣ He made us a little bronze plate commemorating our anniversary - for free! He was so sweet and cool: despite the language barrier we somehow had a pretty lengthy conversation with him about his work, his life and things to do in the area! πŸ‘β£ ⁣ And he actually had some really beautiful things in his shop - so we bought this bronze pot as souvenir to support his business and commemorate our trip! 🌟⁣ ⁣ Layla's turning 5 in a couple weeks πŸ‘© and it blows my mind that this trip was almost 6 years ago at this point. Once she's a little older we plan to take her back here and tell her the story about the coppersmith we met while she was "still in mommy's belly"! 😍⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #babymoon #montepulciano #mommoments #momlife #familylove
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