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Three Recipes to Help Involve Your Family in Your Healthy Eating Habits

As we all know, your overall health and fitness lifestyle starts and ends with nutrition – we can exercise to the max, but if we don’t stick to a healthy diet full of nutrient dense whole foods then we’re really not doing our body much good. Did you know that your family can act as your accountability partner outside of BRIK? You can include your family in your healthy habits without scaring them away by starting with some yummy recipes and exercise (Bike riding is a great option to get some fresh air, increased heart rate, and quality family time). To get your family started with healthy habits, here are 3 delicious AND healthy clean eating recipes (Inspired by our Kaia Cookbook) that your family, kids and all, will love and beg for! Remember that it’s okay to customize your dinner by substituting other healthy and nutrient dense foods to make it kid-friendly. Make it work for you and your family!

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Siesta Taco Soup (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (28 oz.)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 fresh jalapenos
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced into large pieces
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. Braggs soy sauce
  • 2 ½ tsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. hot sauce
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • ¼ cup Daiya vegan cheddar, shredded
  • black olives, sliced
  • fresh cilantro, diced
  • ½ cup quinoa (optional)
  • lean meat, chicken breast (optional)
  • hot sauce (optional)
  • avocado (optional)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Toss all ingredients except Daiya cheddar, olives, and cilantro into your crockpot and mix. Turn your crockpot to high temperature and cook for 2 hours. Add salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste. Cook for another hour. Serve topped with olives, fresh cilantro, avocado, and Daiya cheddar cheese.

Tips to incorporate your family: Go for a family bike ride to your local park and play a fun game like tag or football while your dinner is cooking!

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Ratatouille (serves 4-6)

Ingredients:

  • 5 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 eggplant, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • fresh basil, sliced

Instructions:

Start by Sautéing garlic and onions in olive oil. Add sliced eggplant, zucchini, and bell pepper and continue cooking for 8 minutes over medium heat. Stir in tomatoes, basil, water, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Serve alongside steamed brown rice and enjoy!

Tips to incorporate your family: Make it a family movie night and watch Disney’s Ratatouille after dinner!

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Spicy Lentil Sloppy Joes (serves 5-6)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 4 cup water
  • 2 onions, diced
  • cooking spray1 cup lentils
  • 4 cup water
  • 2 onions, diced
  • cooking spray
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. mustard
  • hot sauce or cayenne pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch of ground sage
  • pinch of cumin
  • pinch of onion powder
  • handful of fresh basil
  • dash turmeric
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • romaine lettuce, chopped (optional)
  • gluten-free bun (optional)

Instructions:

Boil lentils in water and cover until lentils turn soft, stirring occasionally. Spray a pan with cooking spray and sauté the diced onion, then add tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes. Combine all ingredients in the pan except 1 cup tomato sauce. Stir in cooked lentils and tomato sauce, turn heat up to medium temperature for 10 minutes, stirring often. Serve atop romaine lettuce, in a lettuce wrap, or on a gluten-free bun.

Tips to incorporate your family: Let your children pick out a dish or two to cook and serve alongside your sloppy joes. This allows them to be creative and they’re getting involved in the kitchen!

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