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Moms & Dads, Aunts & Uncles, Grandmas & Grandpas......we know Uncooking ROCKS but we could all use a little extra help on creating menus that will get the children in our lives fired up about adding more colorful fruits & vegetables into their lives. 

In the comments below, please share your photos and recipes with our community so we can help each other make an important and significant impact on the health of our future generations!

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We actually have a few great discussions started in our RFR Playroom on this very topic, but I felt like we needed to add this as a tab here in our Kitchen as well.
My children are not that "young" anymore, 12 and 14, but it is still difficult to find raw recipes that they will try and like. They do love smoothies of all kinds, but here is one recipe that both actually love. I make it often:

Almond-Oat Energy Bites

2 1/2 cups rolled oats, divided
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds, divided
1/2 cup raisins
2 Tbs. raw sunflower seeds
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup raw almond butter
1/3 cup plus 1 Tbs. honey
2 Tbs. raw agave nectar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Grind 1/2 cup oats and 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds in food processor until powdery. Transfer to medium bowl and set aside.

2. Combine remaining oats, remaining pumpkin seeds, raisins, sunflower seeds and cinnamon in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients until soft and dough forms.

3. Moisten hands and roll dough into 1-inch balls. Coat balls in oat-pumpkin seed powders. Place in freezer 20 minutes, serve or store in refrigerator.
Hi Penni:

I just made such a delicious recipe from your book this morning. I made the Chia Pudding and tried to get my daughter to eat it, but she refused to even taste it. It is so good! My husband and I ate it together and really like it. My daughter only likes to eat Green, Yellow, Red peppers, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes raw. She refuses to eat any kind of RAW made recipe that I love to eat. It is just unbelievable. However, I am happy that at least she does eat those kinds of veggies. I know there are lots of kids that absolutely hate veggies. What can we do to make them feel interested in RAW foods?
Chia pudding altered Ruth's Chia Seed recipe (original on her site)
6Tbs chia seed
2 cups milk-almond rice,coconut actually whatever you want here
4 TBS almond butter-we used natural PB since my son can't have almonds
2tsps cacoa or carob or more on how chocolately you like it (we are milk chocolate people)
1/2tsp vanilla
pinch of sea salt to bring the flavors together.
2tsp-1TBS- Sweetner of choice-
agave,honey ,pitted dates whatever works for you. Add more if you like it sweet.
I do mine in the Vitamix she does it in a food processor.
The seeds basically become smooth so no one knows its chia seeds.
Eat right away or let sit in the fridge to set and chill.
You could make a tasty coconut whipped cream for the topping.
omg that pic is too much. lol! thanks for the laugh!
Beetles On A Log
( I'm not very good at measuring, I usually just throw stuff together so these are all aprox. measurements)

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup Raw Unsalted Almond Butter
1/8 cup pre-soaked Gogi Berries
2 tbsp. Raw Honey
2 Celery Stalks
1/2 cup Blueberries

DIRECTIONS:
Blend Almond Butter, Honey and Gogi Berries together. I did this in a small food processor. Cut celery into two or three inch pieces. Spread Almond Gogi mixture on the celery pieces, enough to fill the center, then top with three plump Blueberries on each piece of celery.

OMG this picture is toooo cute !!!!!!!!
So glad this thread was started! I'm trying to give my 2 year old as much food that I'm eating as possible but he hates trying new things and still has texture/color issues. Hopefully one of these ideas will win him over eventually! Keep these great ideas/recipes coming! Thanks, guys! =]
i found a green smoothie that the kids really love...
1-2 cups baby spinach (i started with 1 cup and worked my way up to 2 cups)
2 bananas
2-3 dates
2 cups hemp or almond mylk
blend and give to kids in a fun cup (it kind of looks like something shreck might fdrink in his swamp and the kids were on a shreck kick so i told them it was a "shreck shake")

i'm lucky in the idea that my kids will try a lot of things and love apples and carrot sticks and a variety of berries, but to get thier greens in i make them this.
Dear Chana. Wow- I would say that you have done an awesome job since your child loves foods from all the colors of the rainbow except purple- and I bet she likes grapes too. Eating simple is great- she may not like your recipes but the fact that she likes all those veggies is amazing. I am a teacher and most kids don't even recognize raw veggies as food.

When I first got on the raw food bandwagon a few months ago, I tried to convince my teenagers about enzymes, and minerals, etc of raw foods and how good it all was for you. But they put their fingers in their ears ( literally) and said "nanananan I don't hear you!" so I just started to make them good salads, smoothies and putting raw food in regular recipes, like bean burritos. They are eating 50% more raw food without knowing it! My kids think I am weird and they don't want to eat my weird food but what " good healthy raw food" they don't know they are eating won't hurt them. Now if I could just get my 18 year old to quit going to Sonic, that would be a victory! But little by little............!

Chana Schwartz said:
Hi Penni:

I just made such a delicious recipe from your book this morning. I made the Chia Pudding and tried to get my daughter to eat it, but she refused to even taste it. It is so good! My husband and I ate it together and really like it. My daughter only likes to eat Green, Yellow, Red peppers, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes raw. She refuses to eat any kind of RAW made recipe that I love to eat. It is just unbelievable. However, I am happy that at least she does eat those kinds of veggies. I know there are lots of kids that absolutely hate veggies. What can we do to make them feel interested in RAW foods?
Raw Gingerbread Man/men/women/ Boy/Girl/ Babies
Ingredients
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* 1 cup of golden flax (linseed)
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* 1 cup pecans
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* 3 teaspoons powdered ginger
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* 2 Tablespoons of dark agave syrup
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* 1/8 cup of pure water

Instructions
1) Mill the flax seed and pecans together into a fine flour. (This is best done in the Vita-Mix dry jug, or by using a coffee mill; a food processor won't get it fine enough on its own). 2) Pour the "flour" - saving just a little back for step 3 - into a food processor adding the remaining ingredients. Process until a dark sticky ball is created. 3) Remove the ball from the processor and lay it out on a flat surface ready for rolling out. This is where you may need to use the flour you held back from step 2 as it might stick to the surface or rolling pin! So lightly coat the board you are rolling on or the mixture itself in a fine dusting of flour and then roll out into a flat dough.
4) Using gingerbread men-shaped cookie cutters, cut out your men and either leave plain or decorate, according to your preference. Once finished, you can either eat as a "fresh" version which will be juicy and slightly chewy, or you can move to step 5 where you'll need a dehydrator... 5) Lay your men out on your dehydrator tray. No protective sheeting is required as the mixture isn't runny. Depending on how crunchy you want your men (!), dehydrate anything from a few hours to 24 hours. The full 24 hours at 100 degrees F will give you crunchy men, so long as they are no more than 5mm thick when they go in to dry.
By following this recipe you'll have gingerbread men ready to go in just minutes if you opt for the fresh version. As this is my first conscious foray into making creative raw food for kids, next time around as I tweak the recipe I'll be experimenting with raisin "buttons", chocolate "icing" and goji berry clothing!
I made my first raw recipe the other day. My kids really liked it. I got it from the greensmoothiegirl You tube videos. It is the chocolate pudding made with young coconut flesh. What I did is I put the pudding in Popsicle molds and into the freezer. It was a nice treat for them.

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