Throw out the traditional food guide rules for Back to School lunches. They ain’t got nothing on this…

We’ve been busy in the kitchen building a back-to-School eBook full of recipes and knowledge on how to provide delicious, whole food meals to your children and set them up to become lean, green, learning machines!

Don’t have kids? These recipes will DEFINITELY feed your inner child!

These are our favorite comfort food recipes … the tater tots, apple crumble, banana pancake meals we all love … and they’re all gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian friendly!

Trust me, your kids (and your inner child) are going to love it.

Growing children have increased needs for proper nutrition. It is important that we avoid feeding our families processed foods, trans fats, artificial colors or flavors, preservatives, and refined sugar (to name a few).

Getting back to the basics can be a good reset for the whole family, but this doesn’t mean that it has to be hard, time consuming, or sacrifice flavor.

This Gluten-Free Banana Pancake recipe comes from the the comfort food vault with another 25+ easy recipes included in our Relax Back To School eBook.  

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Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten-free oats
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 egg*
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Method:

  • Blend all ingredients on high in blender until well combined.
  • Pour into skillet and cook at medium heat. When bubbles form on top of batter flip and cook the other side.
  • Blend all ingredients on high in 1 blender until well combined.
  • Top with fresh berries and organic maple syrup. Drizzle with Krystal’s chocolate sauce.

*Looking for a vegan option? Just simply take out the egg! The recipe still works great! 🙂

I recognize an increased need to help children develop a healthy relationship with food – especially in schools!

Convenience food has infiltrated schools and added to the “fast food nation” (thankyou Richard Linklater). Vending machines in schools make a killing of selling kids sugary, nutrient lacking food snacks. Cafeterias get off easy by promoting “Pizza Day” and selling burgers and fries like they are going out of style. Muffins and scones are the grab and go snack at break and don’t even get me started on the “Poutine” craze!

Unless you are lucky enough (like I was), to have a Chef training program in schools where they teach children about nutrition and cooking healthy meals, kids have no other choice then to buy what they are given.

My goal is to help you and your family break free of these restrictions and get you in touch with your mind-body connection through the power of delicious, healthy, real food.

This means recognizing that what you shove down your gullet has a drastic effect on the way you think, feel, and conduct your day! I like to note that this stretches beyond getting children to eat three balanced meals a day. It means teaching them that there is more to food then calories in calories out, and that food itself does not make you fat (that’s a whole other eBook right there).

Healthy whole, wild food is not going to do this. If anything else it allows us all to eat a whole lot more of it for half the calories – and hey, this is crazy – It’s really good for you, your brain and every cell in your body! Sounds like a win-win to me!

Children and teenagers require an increased need for protein (for growth and repair), healthy fats (think brain development and healthy skin and hair), and vitamin and mineral intake (think energy, circulation, nerve impulses).

In the ‘Relax Back To School eBook‘ we provide you with knowledge and ideas about how to get your children involved in the process of eating healthy, we provide you with delicious recipes for everyday breakfasts, lunches, and after school snacks, and my top 5 rules for successful meal planning.

Embracing change and becoming a conscious consumer is a practice. Give yourself a pat on the back for taking steps towards feeding your family whole, healthy meals. Tapping into the power of whole foods is empowering. Writing this eBook has brought so much joy into my life and I hope that families can find inspiration in the recipes and excitement in the knowledge that they serve to gain.

Get ready to fuel for your little whiz kid and watch them soar to success! We wish you all the best on your journey.

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Katie Israelson

Katie Israelson

Certified Nutritional Practitioner at Refresh Natural Health
I like to bring an organic and honest yet humorous approach to my counselling and writing. I believe in the importance of nourishing the soul and body, and hope to provide support for those open to my quirky yet insightful anecdotes. By embracing my own challenges with food sensitivities, hormone balancing, and weight management (believe me, this is an ongoing battle) I hope to connect with my readers on a personal level.

As a newbie blogger, I am here to let you know we are not alone in our struggles, challenges or successes. Everyone has a story. Regardless of setbacks we are powerful human beings, capable of achieving greatness. So may we rise up, and walk this road together.
Katie Israelson