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a fruit board perfect for after school snacking!

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My kids LOVE snacking on boards. It makes them eat things they wouldn't normally eat, plus it's a great way to feed a small group of hungry kids all at once. So today, we have a super easy fruit board that makes the perfect after school snack! It's an extra special way to serve fruit that'll get your kids and all their friends excited about having fruit as a treat. Here's how...

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a fun easter DIY for kids...

A Fun Easter DIY for Kids! / Oh Joy!

I can't believe Easter is this coming weekend! If you're looking for a simple last-minute idea to spruce up your table and have an activity ready to keep little ones busy, you're in luck! Because today, we've partnered with Wonderful Halos to show you how to turn the Pure Goodness of Wonderful Halos mandarins into adorable Easter animals with the help of our printable template! Halo mandarins are a sweet and colorful addition for any time of the day, so it's extra fun to incorporate them into crafts with kids. Their naturally bright orange color makes the perfect backdrop for these sweet Easter bunnies and chicks. Here's how to make them... 

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a pretty spring brunch...

A Pretty Spring Brunch / Oh Joy!

Spring is just around the corner! That means lots of colorful florals, delicious fruit, and beautiful brunches with friends! So today, we’ve partnered with Wonderful Halos to show you how you can incorporate fruit as table decor in a colorful and fun way! Wonderful Halos mandarins instantly add a pretty pop of color to your table and, of course, double as a delicious (and healthy!) snack for guests to enjoy between courses that they can feel good about eating. Using them as decor is such an easy way to bring a little fun to a table, and who doesn't want them within arm's reach at any given moment? Here's how...

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the cutest snack you'll ever take to school...

The Cutest Snack You'll Ever Take To School... / Oh Joy!

If you have pre-school or school-aged kids, it's likely that you've been in charge of snack duty—when parents take turns or volunteer to provide snack for the class. Today, we've partnered with Wonderful Halos to help you be a Good Choice Snacker, and show how to make snack duty fun and easy, while also adding a little something special for the next time it's your turn! Here's how...

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an easy way to encourage healthy snacking...

an easy way to encourage healthy snacking

"Out of sight, out of mind" is something that has always been part of my thought process. Especially when it comes to food, I'm more likely to eat healthy things when I have access to them and less likely to eat them when they aren't around. To encourage healthy snacking, we've partnered with Wonderful Halos mandarins to show you a fun way to keep these delicious, seedless and easy-to-peel snacks "in sight and in mind".

Everyone loves indulging in a sweet treat, but it's often difficult to find snacks that are sweet and healthy. So swap out that candy jar for a Halos-filled jar that is a good choice solution for all ages so you can indulge without guilt. We custom painted large jars/vessels which can be filled with Halos and kept out in the kitchen, dining room, or even the front entrance to grab on the way out the door. It's like a candy jar but filled with fruit! Here's how...

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fruit hand rolls...

Fruit Hand Rolls / Oh Joy!

With the holidays fast approaching, we're always looking for easy solutions for finger foods to keep guests satiated before the main meal as they mingle and catch up with one another. So today, we've partnered with KitchenAid to share our recipe for these beautiful (and easy!) Fruit Hand Rolls. Here's how...

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mini fruit cookie tarts!

mini fruit cookie tarts!

July 4th is next week...yessss!!! So today, we're sharing a simple but fun snack/dessert you can make and bring to a summer BBQ. We're calling them Mini Fruit Cookie Tarts. They mix fresh fruit and toppings with a crispy waffle cracker for a refreshing treat that tastes like summer!

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make a tropical breakfast basket...

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I have the hardest time making time to eat breakfast during the weekdays because I'm so busy getting everyone else ready to go, go, go in the mornings! So anything that can be prepped in advance is always a big help. And since I love having a mix of different things, we want to show you how easy it is to put together a mini breakfast basket like this one!

a tropical breakfast basket

You'll need:

A variety of easy-to-eat fruit and other healthy morning favorites like:
- Grapes
- Papaya
- Dragon Fruit
- Bread
- Yogurt w/ Kumquat slices
- Kiwi
- Banana
- Watermelon
- Mandarin Oranges

a tropical breakfast basket

Then, simply assemble a variety of items mixing colors, textures, and variety. In some cases, you can prep them the night before so it's ready to go in the morning. And then, simply add any super fresh items like yogurt or sliced fruits right before enjoying.

a tropical breakfast basket

These also make for a fun breakfast option to prepare for the whole family or for a having guests over. It's healthy, easy, and looks beautiful!

Items shown: Target napkin (past season), Local + Lejos turquoise & pink baskets (past season),Indego Africa pink woven basket, Indego Africa black woven basket (past season), Leif spoons (past season).

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, and crafting by Jess Hong.}

play with your food!

play with your food / oh joy

I've always admired those moms who make fun faces or shapes out of food for snack time—there' something so charming about it, but it also seems like it takes a TON of time. So rather than write it off and assume it would take too much time, we challenged ourselves to create a fun, healthy, and delicious afternoon snack for your little ones. Today, we've partnered with Wonderful Halos mandarins, who we've loved as a family snack for years, to bring some playful snacks to life!

play with your food / oh joy

play with your food / oh joy

1. Blow Fish — Snack time can be hard when your kids are need a boost of energy before dinner and you don't want them to fill up on heavy snacks that will spoil their meal. By turning a Wonderful Halos mandarin into this super cute blow fish, it provides just the right bit of sweetness they crave but in a healthy way. With half of a Halo, we added in carrot sticks to make the spikes, cucumber peels for the seaweed and fish's mouth, and blueberries for the bubbles! Finally, use sprinkles, rice, or sesame seeds for the eyes.

play with your food / oh joy

play with your food / oh joy

2. Palm Tree — For the summer or as an ode to an upcoming vacation, try making a Halos palm tree! This scene is a fun one that the whole family can nibble at. Use segments of the Halos to create the tree fronds, then add celery for the base, grapes as coconuts, and cucumbers and cucumber peel for the grass. This one is quick and easy and could be created in five minutes!

play with your food / oh joy

play with your food / oh joy

3. Happy Face — I love this sweet little face! Start by cutting off the very top of the Halo and then add in curled pieces of the rind. Add a sprig of celery leaf and cut eyes and a mouth from the cucumber peel. This one could be customized in so many ways to make the hair as crazy and outlandish as you want. It's also a fun one for kids to take part in help making snack time extra fun.

play with your food / oh joy

play with your food / oh joy

4. Pattern Play — If you want to get a little more serious, try using Wonderful Halos and some other fruit friends to make a pattern. This is a fun option if you're having a group of kids over after school to make something that feels special. Additionally, it won't take too long for multiple kids to create this one. Simply arrange segments of Halos along with blueberries and sliced kiwis in a pattern on a plate!

play with your food / oh joy

play with your food / oh joy

5. Puppy — How sweet is this little guy?! This one is guaranteed to bring a smile to your babe's face and award you the Best Parent Ever trophy for making snack time epic. Combined sliced Halos, segmented Halos, and slices of the rind to create the body of the pup with small grapes for the paw, blueberries for the nose, and sprinkles or rice to make the eyes.

When kids enjoy what they are eating, it makes a healthy snack more fun. We promise it will be as fun for you as it is for them!

*This post is brought to you in partnership with Wonderful Halos. All words are my own.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, and food art by Jess Hong.}

happy friday + yogurt mousse!

yogurt mousse

As we start off the new year on the right foot, I asked our friends at Botanica to share a delicious, guilt-free snack that we could have any time of the day. Their yogurt mousse brings yogurt to a whole new level! Here's how to make it...

yogurt mousse

A few notes: In order to do this mousse justice, you’ve gotta start with good, thick yogurt. Our go-to is Aris, a thick sheep’s milk variety available around California. You can also use Greek yogurt purchased at any local grocery store. As long as you get your hands on a yogurt that has some heft (and tang!), you’re golden. Also important? Good eggs. Keep in mind you’re eating the whites raw, so you want them to come from a happy place!

You'll need:

Makes 2 ample servings (or 4 smaller servings)

- 3 happy eggs

- 2½ tablespoons honey (or more, if you want it sweeter)

- 1¼ cup delicious plain yogurt

- 1 tablespoon orange or lemon zest

- 1 vanilla bean, halved, seeds removed

Here's how:

1. First, separate your eggs. Add the whites to the bowl of a stand mixer or a big mixing bowl (if you have a handheld mixer). Save the yolks for another use (aioli, namely).

2. Beat the whites until light, fluffy and semi-firm.

3. Pour the honey into a small saucepan set over medium heat. When it bubbles, turn your mixer back on and stream the honey very slowly into the egg whites, beating all the while, until a stiff meringue forms. It should be glossy and form stiff peaks if you dip a finger in it.

4. In a medium bowl, mix the yogurt, orange or lemon zest and seeds from the vanilla pod. Then gently fold the rest of the meringue into the yogurt in a few batches (we use a silicone spatula), making sure everything is incorporated, being very careful not to deflate it. Stir through a spoonful of meringue to loosen the yogurt a bit. The mousse should be light, fluffy and hold together well.

5. Spoon it into your serving vessel of choice (ramekins and teacups are nice), then chill in the fridge for at least an hour (preferably more, if you want it nice and cold -- but note that it will separate a bit as it sits and will need a gentle stir before serving).

We serve it with whatever fruit is in season — berries or stone fruit in summer, fresh citrus segments in winter — and any toasted nuts and seeds we have lying around. Feel free to experiment with different zests and spices, and serve this with any and all fruits and compotes. You seriously can’t go wrong with this one.

{Photos and recipe by Botanica}