“Look after the roots of the tree, and the fragrant flower and luscious fruits will grow by themselves. Look after the health of the body, and the fragrance of the mind and richness of the spirit will follow." -B.K.S. Iyengar
I hear that many of my east coast friends and family are dealing with somewhat of a heat wave and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of cool autumn weather. Sorry guys. All I can say is to enjoy the heat while you can! And what better way to use up the end of season tomatoes and melons than to make this yummy gazpacho? I know it's not totally seasonal, but I wrote this recipe almost two months ago when we were in the middle of a heat wave. And I'm just getting around to posting in now. Oops. This whole motherhood thing really gets in the way of my usual scheduled blog posting, I tell ya! Anyway, if you'd rather be making a roasted squash soup and a pumpkin pie at the moment, I totally understand. Just make this gazpacho next year. Happy Fall!
Feeding a toddler is tough. There, I said it. It's messy. Extremely messy. Wasteful. Oh so very wasteful. And, if you're a perfectionist like me, it's time consuming. You see, I have a real issue with processed foods. I hardly ever buy anything processed. Yet the snacks targeted at babies and toddlers are all super processed, even if they are organic. And while sometimes, I do cave and give my daughter a store-bought pouch of pureed organic fruit when we're on the go, I refuse to give into purchasing the onslaught of convenience foods targeted at busy moms and hungry babes. I make Hazel's snacks myself. I've made muffins, healthy cookies, trail mix, smoothies, and these incredible raspberry crumble bars. Or I give her whole foods, such as a piece of fruit, berries, seaweed, veggie sticks, and cheese. I'd rather know exactly what she's consuming instead of relying on a snack company's ingredients.
I still have a lot of improvement to do in regards to planning ahead and trying new snack recipes. Sometimes, Hazel is super hungry and the only easy snack food I have on hand is a banana. And while that's perfectly fine, I'd like to get a bit more creative before she starts getting tired of bananas. She's also still nursing, so I do have the convenience of offering the breast when she wants a snack on the go. Gotta love breastfeeding!
These bars really are incredible, though. We ate them far too quickly. And the chia jam was absolutely perfect on toast with almond butter. I highly recommend making the bars with the whole vanilla bean, pod and all. You (and your toddler) won't be disappointed!