Recipes & Pairings

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

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IMG_8318Raise your hand if you’re a raspberry fan! There’s something delightful about the sweet-but-tart taste of a good raspberry. What’s not so delightful? Having to wait an entire year for the next berry season. But don’t let your razzle dazzle fade just yet. Even with raspberry season come and gone, there’s still a way to enjoy a bit of berry delight. This chocolate raspberry smoothie provides a triple-powered serving of your favorite berry in the form of frozen raspberries, raspberry yogurt, and Radiant Raspberry Tea. And a touch of chocolate never hurts, right?

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie
Yield: 2 Servings

¾ cup frozen raspberries
¾ cup Honest Radiant Raspberry Tea
6 oz. raspberry yogurt
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder

Blend all ingredients in a blender until silky smooth. Sip and sigh with berry satisfaction.

8 Parent-Approved Halloween Ideas

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Remember how much fun you had as a child, trick-or-treating each Halloween? Perhaps now you’re the parent taking your child out for their first trip and wondering what to expect. While keeping their diet balanced on a sweet holiday can be a challenge, here’s 8 parent-approved ideas to make the most of this year’s festivities:

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Clementine Pumpkins: clementines + green pepper
These pumpkins are a great way to get kids excited about the fruit and vegetables in their lunch. Peel clementines and wash and cut green pepper into 2-inch-long sticks. Place one pepper stick into the center of each clementine and stow finished pumpkin in a lunchbox for a little lunchtime surprise.

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Apple Mouths: apple + peanut butter + sliced almonds
Apple mouths are not only frighteningly real-looking, but also shockingly tasty! Serve these as an afterschool snack and you’ll have kids shrieking with delight. Wash and cut one apple into ½-inch slices. Slather 1-2 teaspoons of peanut butter on one side of each apple slice and sandwich two slices together to form a mouth. For the teeth, cut sliced almonds in half and carefully press each “tooth” into the peanut butter-filled mouth.

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Veggie Eyeballs: zucchini + pasta sauce + shredded cheese + olive slices
These vegetable-packed pizzas make the perfect snack for your kid’s Halloween party. Wash and slice zucchini into ½-inch pieces. Top each zucchini slice with a spoonful of pasta sauce, shredded cheese, and one olive slice. Microwave for 15-20 seconds, or until cheese begins to melt.

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Banana Ghosts: banana + mini chocolate chips + dried cranberries
Banana ghosts are so simple to make that kids will love creating their own. Peel and cut a small banana in half. Push the pointed end of two mini chocolate chips into each banana half to make the eyes, and press one piece of dried cranberry below to create a mouth. Serve as a hauntingly fun after-dinner treat.

Trick-or-Treat Tips:
Trick-or-treating is, of course, the highlight of a kid’s Halloween. Here are four simple tips for a smart trick-or-treating experience this year:

Eat Before. Have kids eat a nutritious dinner before they go out trick-or-treating. With full stomachs, kids will be less likely to snack on their treats as they travel from house to house.

Down-Size the Bucket: Choosing a smaller trick-or-treat bucket will control the amount your kids can collect. Always opt for a reasonably-portioned bucket, rather than a hold-all pillowcase.

Walk it Off: Leave the car at home and choose to walk to your trick-or-treating destinations. Walking not only provides exercise, it’s a great way to get to know your neighbors.

Offer Non-Treats: Halloween treats don’t have to be food-items. Choose an assortment of prize items to hand out. Pencils, crayons, stickers, bouncy balls, and temporary tattoos are all fun options for kids.

Bring along Honest Kids Pouches: All that walking (and snacking) is bound to make the whole family thirsty! Bring along a carton of your favorite Honest Kids to share with friends and neighbors!

What are some of your parent-approved Halloween tips?

A Pear-fect Treat: Honey Green Tea Poached Pears

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IMG_8298 - CopyWho’s in the mood for a pear-fect fall treat? We all enjoy a treat now and then, so why not use this occasion to add some fruit to your day? Like Honey Green Tea Poached Pears. In this recipe, pears are infused with the earthy elements of green tea and the vibrant quality of ginger. Sweetened with fruit and a touch of honey, you can be happy in enjoying a treat that is just a tad sweet.

Feature these pears as an impressive finish to an evening meal or simply as a fruit boost to your morning oatmeal. For best results, select a firm variety of pear such as Anjou or Bosc, which holds its shape during the slow cooking process but still lends a smooth, buttery texture when eaten. Happy fruitful eats!

Honey Green Tea Poached Pears
Yield: Serves 4 (1 half each)

1 bottle Honest Honey Green Tea
1-inch piece fresh ginger, chopped
2 ripe pears, peeled, halved, and cored
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

Bring Honey Green Tea and ginger to a boil in a large, shallow pot. Reduce heat to a simmer and place pears cut-side down in liquid. Continue to simmer pears gently, occasionally spooning liquid over halves, for 15-20 minutes or until pears are tender. Allow to cool in liquid.

For an impressive dessert, serve pears with a drizzle of poaching liquid and a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt on top.

Favorite Back to School Lunches

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IMG_6724We’re all abuzz about the start of school! It’s time to choose the perfect binder, sharpen those pencils, shop for the back-to-school clothes, and crack open the books. And yes, it’s also time to think about what is going to go into the lunchbox.

Packing a lunchbox is no easy task—right? It’s a challenge to come up with new and exciting meals day after day that both you and your kids will like. To make the school transition much easier (and tastier), we’re sharing a few of our own back to school lunch ideas:

1. Allergy-Friendly: No nuts, no dairy? We’ve got you covered. Kids can make their own customized entrée without worry—especially if you’re accounting for nut, gluten or dairy sensitivities.
IMG_6756Grilled Chicken & Veggie Brown Rice Bowl + Fruit Snacks + Honest Kids Appley Ever After

2. Full-Day Fueler: Got active little ones? A hearty lunch like this with plenty of protein and fresh fruit is a great way to fuel the day!
IMG_6678Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich + Trail Mix + Strawberries + Graham Crackers + Honest Kids Goodness Grapeness

3. Vegan-licious: No soy, eggs, or meat? No problem! This lunch is a colorful and tasty option for all vegan eaters.
IMG_6656Cinnamon & Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich + Veggies + Hummus + Apple Slices + Fruit Snacks + Honest Kids Super Fruit Punch

4. Pizza Lover’s: Everyone loves pizza! Kids will love making their own culinary creations, and you will love how they can pile on the veggies.
IMG_6586Pizza Fixings (Sandwich Flats + Pasta Sauce + Veggies + Cheese) + Fruit Snacks + Honest Kids Goodness Grapeness

For more fabulous ideas, we recommend Rock the Lunchbox, an online resource filled with lunchtime suggestions for every type of diet and picky eater!

What are some of your favorite lunchbox ideas?

National Eat a Peach Day Recipe

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We happen to think the month August is peachy keen.  Why? Because August 22nd is National Eat a Peach Day!  Today is the ideal time to celebrate one of our most popular Honest brews, Peach White Tea.  Did you know that there is real, organic peach puree in every bottle of Peach White?  We think the sweet flavor of real peaches is the perfect complement to our Fair Trade Certified, organic tea.

We owe a lot to the organic peaches for making our brew such a tad sweet success.  To show some proper peach praise, we’ve created this Peaches & Cream smoothie in their honor!

Won’t you help us in raising a glass to our delicious organic peaches?

Peach Smoothie

Peaches & Cream Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings

1 cup fresh, sliced peaches

¾ cup HONEST Peach White Tea

6 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt

½ cup ice cubes

Combine all 4 ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Divide smoothie between two glasses.

Raise your glass, and then enjoy the peachy perfection.

The Coolest of the Cool: Coconut Mint Limeade Popsicles

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What summer dessert is more popular than the Popsicle? In the yearbook of dessert superlatives, the Popsicle would surely earn the title, “Coolest of the Cool.” Even with its icy qualities, popsicles have that refreshing personality that is desired by all. Without a doubt, this is the status that our coolest Summer Refresher, Mint Limeade, was brewed to attain.

If you thought Mint Limeade was fabulous as is, just wait until you throw some coconut milk into the mix. And then freeze it. The result is a chilly, creamy balance of sweet and tart deliciousness.

So go ahead and take your dessert to the next level of cool.

Coconut Mint Limeade Popsicles
Yield: 4 Popsicles

1 cup Honest Mint Limeade
½ cup coconut milk
Zest of ½ lime
1 Tablespoon honey
Toasted coconut (optional, for decoration)

Whisk together Mint Limeade, coconut milk, lime zest, and honey in a medium-sized bowl. Divide liquid among 4 popsicle molds, leaving ½ inch of room at the top.

If using conventional popsicle molds, snap on provided lids and freeze until solid, about 4 hours. If using wooden sticks for the holders, allow popsicles to freeze for at least 2 hours. Once partially frozen, slide wooden stick into center of each pop and return to freezer for another 2 hours.

To remove popsicles, fill a baking dish with enough warm water to come just below the top of mold. Let popsicles sit in warm water for 15-20 seconds. Transfer mold to a flat surface. Firmly grip the holder of each pop and pull upward to remove.

For an optional decoration, dip each popsicle in toasted coconut. Enjoy!

Recipe: Strawberry Basil Lemonade Mixer

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade

It’s turning out to be a sweltering summer.  As the temperature cranks up, we’re finding ways to cool down.  In these times, there is one classic refresher that stands above the rest: lemonade!  No need to hide indoors when you have a winning combination of organic lemonade and a frosty glass of ice.  Add some sweet strawberry and earthy basil and you have a dynamic thirst quencher that can beat the heat. 

Simple yet impressive, this Strawberry Basil Lemonade will suit any summer occasion—day or night.  It’s rosy color and exotic flavor are sure to make it a party favorite!

Strawberry Basil Lemonade Mixer

1 Honest Original Lemonade (4 cups)

15 fresh strawberries, washed and tops removed

20 fresh basil leaves

¼ cup Bourbon *optional

Pour 3 cups of Original Lemonade into a large pitcher.  In a blender, combine strawberries, basil leaves, and 1 cup of Original Lemonade. Blend on high until mixture forms a smooth puree.  Add strawberry-basil puree to the pitcher and stir to combine. Serve over ice for ultimate heat-fighting power.