This page features Chef Shayna’s recipes for meals and snacks to enjoy any time of the day. She strives to offer families and children healthy and achievable instructional dishes.
I grew up (in North Carolina) watching the California Raisins sing I Heard it Through the Grapevine, listening to my mom tell stories about life in sunny CA, and hearing how amazing it is to eat avocados year round. At the young age of 6, I desperately wished I lived in California. Little did I know that I would spend my adult life in the golden state. I love exploring our beautiful state and have made it my mission to share with my kids and students where our food comes from. Most recently I had the opportunity to learn more about how raisins are made. Read more to see the process along with a recipe for yummy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that your kiddos can help you bake.
“I carried a watermelon.” I actually carried two (these 2) in my tummy and during both pregnancies consumed more watermelon than I probably should have. So we are all HUGE watermelon fans and will gladly carry them any distance to enjoy the perfectly sweet, crispy, juicy fruit. We can easily polish off a small watermelon each in one sitting so I always purchase more than one. If you’re looking for a cool treat to beat the heat and like watermelon than today’s recipes are for you. Also, I rarely share motherhood advice but rather tips that I’ve picked up along the way but recently learned an important lesson that I think is important to share with other mamas.
As a mom snacks play a big role in our lives. Our kiddos constantly request them. We always stuff them in our bags as to never leave home without them. We are usually cleaning them out of the hard to reach crevices of the car. Snacking seems so routine and mindless but is really an opportunity to fill our kiddos (and us) with nutrient dense foods. Today I’m sharing some thoughts on snacking and Little Miss is blending up one of our favorite afternoon snacks- Peanut Butter Protein Bites.
Crawl into the kitchen this weekend to whip up some Halloween treats. Every year I have a little too much fun concocting some festive snacks but I think this year is my favorite treat so far. Click to see the video and guide for make spooky spider webs and creepy crawly marshmallow treats.
It is no secret that I love sweet potatoes. When I first saw it in "toast" form a few years ago, I was excited to jump on the trend. Making toast from sweet potatoes each time can be tedious so I'm sharing how to prep a bunch of slices in advance to make it more convenient to quickly make a snack. I'm also sharing my favorite place for Toast in Fresno, along with a sweet potato toast idea from a local blogger. Check it out and let me know if this is a combo you will try out.
Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat! When it comes to party food, I like to try to make healthier options that are still fun for the kids. When school sends home bags full of treats, I want ours to be a good snack for the kids to enjoy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not the mom who will give out raisins or apples if you ring our doorbell, I don't want our house egged after all. I like the challenge of making all food fun- including veggies. Read on for a few healthier options
Today we are celebrating CA's birthday. It also happens to be my brother in law's birthday, so Happy Birthday Miro too! On this day in 1950, CA become the 31st state in the Union. Every good celebration requires food so I'm sharing a snack that you can whip up with your kiddos to have a mini celebration using ingredients produced here in the Golden State.
Have you tried to quit sugar or dairy but miss eating something sweet? These chocolate truffles will put your sweet tooth at bay while not ruining your detox. Made with a few superfoods, these sweet treats are actually good for you. I make this recipe weekly and keep them in my fridge for a quick nibble.
Fresno and the Central Valley is known for being the "Bread Basket of the world" and I feel so lucky to be here to enjoy the benefits of the harvests. Fresno's history with Figs dates back to 1910 when JC Forkner planted 6000 acres of fig orchards in what is now the city limits of Fresno so that by 1931 most of the 57,278 orchards of figs were located within the Central Valley. To help celebrate Fig Fest, I created a Fig Bite as a back to school energy bar (or ball) that provides a nutritious snacks for kids and adults alike.
If you are looking to spice up breakfast or for a great afternoon pick me up, try out these recipes to spruce up toast. These toast with a twist recipes are inexpensive to make, will not take a lot of time, but will boost your nutrient intake and add a whole lot of flavor. I hope you enjoy. Please share your favorite toast topping combinations.