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Healthy Kids Snack

By April 10, 2012 December 3rd, 2020 Dairy Free, Vegetarian

TESTIMONY OF THE DAY

“We put our 10-year-old son on your diet plan in November, with the hope that it would help his ADHD symptoms. We do not use medication and did not want to, but his gluten-free diet was not enough. In December, his teacher remarked that he seemed more focused in class, especially after snack time, which used to be marked with bursts of energy and lack of self-control. Although the diet takes more planning (on my part) and required him to try new foods, my son said he felt better. Well, last night he got his report card. His grades went up in every subject. His change is remarkable. Thank you.” – Stacy

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IMMUNE HEALTH 

Have you ever noticed our kids get sick a lot from Halloween until Valentine’s Day? HMMMM, there are a lot of Holidays in between that time that focuses on candy. Sugar depresses the immune system. Vitamin C is needed by white blood cells so that they could phagocytize viruses and bacteria. White blood cells require a 50 times higher concentration inside the cell as outside so they have to accumulate vitamin C.There is something called a “phagocytic index” which tells you how rapidly a particular lymphocyte can gobble up a virus, bacteria, or cancer cell.

In 1970, Linus Pauling discovered that white blood cells need a high dose of vitamin C and that is when he came up with his theory that you need high doses of vitamin C to combat the common cold. We know that glucose and vitamin C have similar chemical structures, so what happens when the sugar levels go up? They compete for one another when entering the cells. And the thing that mediates the entry of glucose into the cells is the same thing that mediates the entry of vitamin C into the cells. If there is more glucose around, there is going to be less vitamin C allowed into the cell. It doesn’t take much: a blood sugar value of 120 reduces the phagocytic index by 75%. So when you eat sugar, think of your immune system slowing down to a crawl. Simple sugars aggravate asthma, cause mood swings, magnify personality changes, muster mental illness, fuel nervous disorders, increase diabetes and heart disease, grow gallstones, accelerate hypertension, and magnify arthritis. Since sugar lacks minerals and vitamins, they draw upon the body’s micro-nutrient stores in order to be metabolized into the system.

So what are you sending your kids off to school with? A bowl of cereal and skim milk? A Poptart? To keep your kids healthy and focused at school, try organic eggs with lots of omega 3’s and healthy protein!

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HEALTHY CHOCOLATES

2 TBS coconut oil (melted)

2 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder

1 TBS almond butter (or other nut butter like Pecan Butter which I have nut butter recipes in the Kids Cookbook below)

1 TBS coconut flour

1 TBS Swerve confectioners

1 tsp extract of your choice (almond, mint, strawberry, lemon)

Mix cocoa into the coconut oil. Then add in the almond butter, mix until smooth. Then add the coconut flour, natural sweetener, and extract. Pour into mini ice cube trays. Freeze for at least 5-6 minutes and either store in the fridge or freezer. Makes 4 servings.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Chocolates = 235 calories, 29.2 carbs, 2.5g fiber
“Healthified” Chocolates = 88.5 calories, 3.6 carbs, 1.7 fiber

 

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Recipes like this can be found in The Art of Healthy Eating Kids.

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Maria Emmerich

About Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".

35 Comments

  • Kristen says:

    if you removed the bananas would it still work and help with the high sugar?

  • The flax seeds need to be grounded up in order for you to get the nurturition value out of it. Eating them whole the body can’t digest it. Great recipe! I am going to try this! Thanks.

  • Dhamma says:

    This would make a great protein/slash energy snack for athletes!

  • Anonymous says:

    What’s the serving size on these? One PB ball? Two?

  • All fixed!:)

    Makes 16 servings.

    NUTRITIONAL INFO (per ball) = 220 calories, 11.3 carbs, 2.5 g fiber, 11 g protein

  • Lisa says:

    Because of my lack of supplies….I’ve been doing a 1:1 ratio of pb and Jay Robb….plus a smidge of stevia. It’s just like cookie dough 🙂
    Love this! I need to add flax next time…

  • Thanks lisa! Your version sounds yummy!!!

  • Holly Hill says:

    How many grams of fat?

  • I added the fat grams…but our brains are 60% fat! We need a lot more than most people get:)

  • Sam says:

    I have a whey allergy, is there a substitute protein you could recommend?

  • Sam, You can always use Egg White protein… I LOVE all of these: http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=56

    Happy Eating!

  • Connie says:

    I thought bananas were high in carbs?

    • Kids are very active and can handle a little more carbs. 🙂

    • Also, they only get 1/8 of a banana per serving. 🙂

    • Tracey says:

      Maria,
      I am your newest biggest fan. haha I am absolutely loving everything I am reading and have downloaded a two of your books so far! I struggle with upping my fats, since my whole life I have been told to eat low fat. I am meeting that challenge but my even bigger struggle is my lack of carbs. I am a runner/weight lifter and WO at least 4x a week. I do intense intervals & train heavy in a 5×5 format. I was happy to see that you were giving kids the green light for more carbs because they were active. Do active adults get the same free pass so to speak. I am not saying even bananas….but a serving of fruit or starchy carb per day? Thanks so much!!

    • Thank you Tracey! Well, I think it is important to understand what being fat adapted is. This below article is a great explination. I run 5-6 miles 7 days a week, do body pump classes 3 days a week and yoga 2-3 times a week so I would say I am very active (in addition to 1.5 hour walks in the evening). I am definitely fat adapted and never have an issue with energy level in my workouts. I eat about 60-70 percent of my calories from fat and almost exclusively get my carbs from fiber. Good luck! You can do it. 🙂
      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-fat-adapted/#axzz2E1ouD2cU

    • Tracey says:

      Thank you so much for your speedy reply! I am not out of energy at all…haha…it is all a mind game! I am 42 and a clean eater and over he years the more I read…dropping grains have been a slow but sure thing. I was only eating brown rice, root veggies, oats and ezik bread. For the past 2 weeks…I have dropped them too. When I have eliminated grains in the past (would only make it for a week or so) I would fill in the blank with more protien or fruit….not fat! Well…I am upping the fats (ithat tortilla recipe in the savory book is perfect! I use coconut flour.) I roll them out a little thicker but smaller (get 14 out of the recipe) and made my own 100 calorie “deli flats”!! LOVE THEM! Do you think you can freeze the dough or can they be frozen once made? How long do you think they will keep in the fridge? Thank you for all you do! I will keep you posted!! 🙂

    • I make a big make and then freeze (or keep in fridge if only a weeks worth). That way you can pull one out and go. Thanks for your kind words!

      You will not want to go back after a few weeks! As Dr Davis says in his book Wheat Belly, you can’t cut out 80% of the wheat and get 80% of the benefit, you have to cut it all out to really see the change. Good luck! 🙂

  • vjbakke says:

    Is there a ” cheaper” sub for the whey or egg protein powder? I don’t have the budget to order that. thanks

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m going to try chia eggs to replace the banana!

  • Capriana says:

    My son is diabetic. Would anyone be able to tell me the average Carbs/ball?

    • It depends on how big you make them, but above the nutritional info says 10.8 grams carbs per ball. If you want to reduce it, try replacing the banana with avocado and add a little stevia for sweetness. 🙂

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  • Stephanie says:

    How big of a scoop is the one in the Jay Robb powder? I have a different brand, and that scoop is close to 1/2 cup.

  • Tracy Lynn says:

    First does it have to e the Jay Robb Brand….I prefer his but am trying to work through my MRM brand first.
    And would this be (minus the bananas—I don’t eat any fruit) be a good post workout snack.

    I get so confused with what to eat after a workout.

    • cemmerich says:

      Yes, that is what I do (minus the bananas). I just prefer Jay Robb. You can use whatever you like as long as it doesn’t have lots of added sugar or junk. 🙂

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  • Judy says:

    I’m confused. I clicked on the Healthy Kids Snack and that is the title of the post that is displayed above in this post. Yet the recipe is for Healthy Chocolates. The comments below the recipe talk about bananas and flaxseed, yet those two ingredients aren’t listed in the ingredients for Healthy Chocolates.

  • Yeah, I’m with Judy – I clicked a link for peanut butter protein balls and wound up at these chocolates. Can you redirect me?

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Yes, this recipe has changed to a much healthier version. Instead of the flax, which I now know to be very estrogenic and should be avoided, this has coconut flour. 🙂

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