Joanna Anastasia

Healthy snack

Simple hack to serve kids more veggies and fruits in one serving

After months of quarantine at home with kids I’m pretty much out of ideas for cooking healthy meals and preparing healthy snacks. And when our days all look the same it’s hard to find new special ways to motivate kids to eat their veggies more than ever, am I right? 

I’m sure we all feel the same now- we’re tired. We’re taking care of children during quarantine and we’re making sure they eat right and are stimulated and educated… it’s exhausting.

But just when I was ready to throw the towel and abandon the idea of feeding my kids anything other than carbs I remembered Evive Smoothies. Absolutely delicious and chocked full of nutrition in every cube! I think they’re absolutely amazing for breakfast as a simple smoothie bowl! Or for a midday snack in the form of a smoothie- and they are the only smoothies that are ready to use, without a blender needed!

I discovered them last year as my mom-on-the go breakfast idea. They’re unique on the market as they come in a form of cubes that are ready to be popped in a mason jar, covered with milk or water and ready to be enjoyed in no time . ( They will dissolve on their own within 10-15 min) . But if you want to have them ready within seconds,  you can also use a blender- I think they’re delicious either way!

My kids current obsession is Touk-Touk ( a sunny blend of tropical fruits, veggies and plant based proteins) that is also a flavour of a wonderful project in collaboration with the Breakfast Club of Canada.  During the first two weeks of June, they will be donating a percentage of all their sales of Touk-Touk flavour towards this amazing cause!

Now, if you enjoy cooking you can use the Evive smoothies in your meal prep! As a base for frozen treats or in pinterest-worthy smoothie bowls. But since I’m a mom like you (currently in quarantine mode without schools nor daycare) I simply make the most delicious smoothies for my kids! That they actually drink !

Here’s a couple of fun ideas that I tried with my kids and that ARE NOT COMPLICATED

( and that taste delicious with Touk-Touk) 

  • Mix the Evive smoothies with milk ( cow milk, nut milk, or oat milk)
  • Mix them with low sugar apple juice 
  • Add some apple sauce and water to your Evive smoothies cubes
  • Serve them in a bowl as a simple smoothie bowl with some cut fruits on the side
  • Mix the Evive smoothies with yogurt for extra creamy texture
  • Serve it in a bowl with low sugar cereal 
  • And if you’re feeling extra fancy you can get a coconut and serve your smoothie inside – your kids will think it’s the best treat ever!

Now that I’m making these smoothies once a day my kids are actually eating much more veggies and fruits in one serving ! And in my books, that’s the best mom hack ever!

Now, if you’re wondering where you can find them, you can either order online , or check your local ( Canadian) grocery store frozen aisle. And, their packaging is 100% recyclable, so there’s no harm for the planet!

I hope that you will find them as life saving as I did ( and as yummy as my kids think !)

Disclosure: this post was brought to you by Evive Smoothies. All opinions remain completely my own and are based on my own experience.

Nutella banana granola bars

nutella-banana granola bars

Every spring I wake up one day, and decide it’s enough: enough of artificial sugar, enough of comfort food on repeat, and enough of store-bought snacs! And this year is no different: last week, when the sun have finally appeared, an first tiny leaves started blooming, I realized it’s time to get back on track, and my first decision was to make these healthy and delicious, Nutella and banana granola bars! Now, I know what you must be thinking now: Nutella isn’t really healthy! Well, I’m just using a tiny bit of it, and believe me, it makes all the difference in the world!

And I just love having these on hand, they are really filling so they stop me from over smacking too!

Also, these granola bars are full of chia seeds and oats and have zero added sugar or fat! And of course, if you’d like them to be 100% sugar free, just skip the Nutella !

nutella-banana granola bars

All you need:

2 ripe bananas
1 cup oat meal
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup nutella
1 table spoon coca powder

Mix it all well together, and pour over a baking sheet covered with wax baking paper. Bake for around 15 minutes on 350 F, and let cool completely. Once cooled down, you can add a bit of Nutella “icing”on top!( I usually put a spoon in a small zip bag, cut off the top, and then decorate it as if it was a cake!

They are perfect to freeze for later, eat on the go, or wrap up as a little gift. Or even as an easy breakfasts for those busy mornings! And my kids kept asking for more!

nutella-banana granola bars

nutella banana granola bars

nutella banana granola bars

This recipe is for around 10 bars, so I suggest you making a double batch, you’ll thank me later! You can even add chocolate chips, nuts or dried cranberries! Enjoy!

Healthy and easy nutella and banana granola bars

Apple-cacao super moist muffins

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This is another recepie that is rather healthy yet still very yummy and sweet. A perfect combination I would say :). Specially that muffins make for a such a perfect snack when you are in the hurry , and I don’t know about your kids, but mine loves them . Everyone who tried them was asking me how come they are so moist and what’s inside, and the answer is: grated apples! You can’t see them, but they add the sweetness and the inchace the texture. And adding avocado oil instead of any other fat not only benefits your health but also adds to the sweet taste. So I hope you’ll like them too 🙂


1 1/3 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tea spoon baking powder
5 tea spoons cacao
1 tea spoon cinnamon

2 eggs
1/4 cup avocado oil
1/4 milk

2 cups grated apples

Mix all of the dry ingredients , then add eggs, oil and milk. When the mixture is homogene add apples. Bake around 25 minutes on 325F. You can decorate them with nuts like I did 🙂 . Enjoy !

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