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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.

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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.