Looking to add a bit more ethnic diversity to your meals? Try these delicious Indian Potato Pancakes, found in Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites: Flavorful Recipes for Healthful Meals. This cookbook has been used by “Mom” since college – it is chock full of healthy recipes! The variation of these yummy potato pancakes calls for sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, which provide beta-carotene. YUM!

Indian Potato Pancakes

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups grated white or sweet potatoes, well packed

1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala or curry powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup finely chopped scallions

1 egg white, lightly beaten (use 2 egg whites if using sweet potatoes)

Preparation

Combine the potatoes, garam masala or curry, salt, scallions, and egg white. Warm a large, nonstick skillet. Drop the potato batter by a scant 1/4 cup measure onto the skillet and gently flatten into a circle with a spatula. Make as many pancakes as will fit in your skillet, but leave enough room to flip them.

Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until browned. Flip the pancakes over, cover, and cook for 3 minutes on the second side. Then uncover and cook until browned, about 3 minutes.

The pancakes can be topped with mango chutney or nonfat yogurt. Enjoy!

Recipe from Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites: Flavorful Recipes for Healthful Meals, which can be purchased online at Amazon.com.

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Mom” has a new favorite when it comes to chewy granola bars! Given up long ago due to the high fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients typically found in most bars, Cascadian Farm®’s Organic Chewy Granola Bars are a healthy, organic option that are simply heavenly. Packing 8 grams of whole grain in each bar, the chewy granola bars contain absolutely no hydrogenated oils, artficial ingredients or preservatives.

Mom” was sent the Peanut Butter Chip and Dark Chocolate Almond Chewy Granola Bars to taste and review, and oh my! The bars were absolutely divine, and are just the right size for an afternoon snack. Perfectly portioned, the bars can fit inside your purse or backpack when you are not at home and in need of a healthy snack.

Cascadian Farm® also offers a smattering of other delicious chewy granola bars, including Blueberry Pomegranate, Sweet & Salty Peanut Pretzel, Vanilla Chip and Harvest Spice. YUM! Which one will you choose?

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These are not just for kids – adults will enjoy these fruity, fresh popsicles, too! From Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies & Toddlers comes this recipe that will definitely refresh the kiddos on a hot summer’s day!

Rigel’s Rockin’ Fruity Veggie Pops

By Anni Daulter

Ingredients

1 mango, peeled and sliced

1 cup blueberries

2 bananas, peeled and cut in half

1 small whole fresh pineapple, peeled and cut into pieces

1 cup chopped kale

1 cup chopped spinach

2 cups water

Preparation

Combine the mango, blueberries, bananas, pineapple, kale, spinach, and water in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Add a little more water if the consistency is too thick for you.

Pour the mixture into BPA-free ice-pop molds. Place the molds in the freezer. Serve the ice pops when frozen.

Note: this recipe contains no refined sugar.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies & Toddlers.*

From Traditional Medicinals® comes Organic Pregnancy® Tea, a delicious tea made of a combination of organic raspberry leaf, organic strawberry leaf, and organic nettle leaf that supports a healthy pregnancy* and traditionally nourishes and prepares the womb for childbirth and tones the uterine muscles. With a pleasant fruity taste that is not too sweet, Organic Pregnancy® Tea is absolutely delightful and perfect for sipping throughout pregnancy as you await your precious little bundle of joy. Organic Pregnancy® Tea is recommended by medical herbalists and is Certified USDA Organic.

To brew a cup of Organic Pregnancy® Tea properly, pour 8oz. of boiling water in a mug over the tea bag, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes. Lightly squeeze the tea bag to allow any remnants remaining to be extracted, and sweeten if desired. Enjoy!

* Please note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Love a cold, chilled soup on a summer’s day? From Jennifer Schaertl, author of Gourmet Meals in Crappy Little Kitchens, comes this delightfully simple gazpacho soup. Head to the farmer’s market today to pick up the freshest ingredients! This soup comes with a kicker – and it’s not the jalapeno! The 1/4 cup of extra gold tequila is sure to make you put on your sombrero!

Gazpacho Margarita, Ole!

Ingredients

1 English cucumber, medium dice

1 red onion, medium dice

6 Roma tomatoes, medium dice

1 green bell pepper, medium dice

1 jalapeno, seeded, small dice

2 garlic cloves, minced

40 ounces tomato juice

1/4 cup extra gold tequila

1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt, to taste

Black pepper, to taste

2 limes, cut into wedges

Preparation

Mix all the ingredients together, except for the salt, pepper, and lime wedges, and chill for several hours until icy cold. Lightly puree half of the soup in the blender, and then add the rest and puree both portions together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve cold with a lime wedge propped on the rim of each bowl of soup. Ole!

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Pink and oh-so-pretty, this spill-proof, stainless steel trainer cup from Munchkin is perfect for keeping your little girl’s drink cold (and her hands warm) this summer! Not just for little ladies, Munchkin offers blue and green stainless steel trainer cups, too! For ages 9 months of age and up, these handy, portable cups can be used anywhere – on playdates, at the beach, poolside, and in the car on the way to Grandma’s house! With easy-to-grip handles for tiny hands, this will be the cup of choice as your little one transitions from bottle to “big-kid” cups!

Parents will love that Munchkin’s Stainless Steel Trainer Cups are BPA-Free, dishwasher-safe, and super easy-to-clean. For more information, to locate a retailer near you, or to order, visit www.munchkin.com.

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Here’s an easy stir-fry featuring juicy pineapple and fresh ginger that the whole family will enjoy from Wellspring Camps, the leading weight loss organization for young adults and families across the U.S!

Ginger Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry with Snow Peas

Ingredients

1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast

1 red bell pepper

1 cup fresh pineapple chunks

2 cups fresh snow peas

3/4 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms

1 red onion rough chopped

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

½ cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Preparation

Spray non-stick frying pan with a non-fat cooking spray. add to pan sesame seeds, chopped garlic, and chikcen strips. saute for two minutes.

Add red pepper, onion, ginger, and mushrooms. continue to saute for 1 minute.

Add soy sauce, pineapple, red pepper flakes, and snow peas. cover and let cook for 1 minute.

Uncover and stir until chicken and vegetables are covered with sauce and chicken is fully cooked.