Category Archives: green treats

Wicked Smaht Monday: Smoothies Gone Raw

We did it!! After many fun months in the kitchen creating smoothies we know your family will love, we published Smoothies Gone Raw last week. And nothing is smahter than adding a smoothie to your day, everyday!

Elizabeth and Maggie came up with 131 recipes that are divided into three rawlicious sections: All-Fruit, which is great place to start if you or the kiddos are new to smoothies; Green Smoothies, where we expand the nutritional value by adding rawkin’ greens like kale, spinach and watercress; and Dessert, all guilt-free and delicious!

Smoothie Lickin' Good!

Here is our Berry Muddy Smoothie that you can make today! Kids love it and can’t even taste the spinach.

In a high-speed blender, place two peeled, ripe bananas; two cups of your favorite berry mixture (in these pics, we used raspberries, blackberries and blueberries); two handfuls of baby spinach, 1 cup filtered water and 1 cup ice. You can add sweetener like agave if you wish, but it really isn’t necessary! Blend until smooth and drink up! (Or store some extra in a mason jar for later.)

This RAWK STAR keeps asking for more!

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Thank you so much for your RAWSOME support!

RAWsome Tuesday: A Day with Kids Gone RAW

Elizabeth and Maggie had such a RAWSOME day today that we wanted to share all of the fabulous things we did!

We got an early start taping a Back to School radio show for Dr. Lisa. We talk about why it is so important to feed kids healthy breakfasts and lunches and why RAW food is the best choice for growing bodies and brains. The show will broadcast Sunday September 9th and we will be sure to share the podcast!

With Dr. Lisa, a real fan of living foods!


After all of that talking we headed down to Portland’s new Roost House of Juice to drop off an order of Almond Buttah Kale Chips and to hydrate with some RAWlicious green juice!

Watching our juices be created

Green Juice to LIVE for!

All Smiles with the Roost Juice Queens









Then we headed back to our kitchen on Congress St. to work on our e-book, Smoothies Gone Raw, which will be released in a couple of weeks! We played with a Divine Chocolate Sea Salt Smoothie, which was FABULOUS!

Dessert Smoothies--Healthy and Delicious? Yes, Please!


Taste Tasting is Our Health Benefit!

Ding Dong! Bruce has arrived with our CSA delivery! Fresh flowers and produce. Perfect!


All of this “work” has gotten us hungry! So we sit down to enjoy a big bowl of KGR Cinnamon Crunchies gRAWnola with nut milk. RAWlicious!


It's Always gRAWnola Time!












We are SO grateful that our job consists of meeting wonderful, like-minded people, enjoying the nourishing bounty Mother Nature provides and teaching KIDS to protect and respect their bodies and the Earth. Thank you for all of your support and love of Kids Gone RAW!

Watermelon Wednesday: Get Your ROOST On!

Time to ROOST!

Finally, the wait is over! The opening of ROOST happened today. We are so happy there is a new juice and raw food cafe in Portland!

Owners Kathleen Flanagan and Jeanette Richelson took extra care in creating a menu that is as original and inspired as it is healthy and delish. It was hard to choose from the lovely menu–I was toggling between the Arugulta, Green Lemonade and Red Russian…How can I choose??

Pouring up the LOVE

It was easy for my four-year old to choose; He was quickly obsessed with the idea of a Banana Split Smoothie complete with cashew whipped cream and a cherry! (He asked for ten!) I finally choose and happily sipped a chilly Mojadito Pepino, which tastes exactly like a Mojito, the essential summer cocktail. I added in some fresh ginger Kombucha for an extra burst of nutrients.

While Roost has yet to start serving the food, (the imagine by the end of the week they will be ready) the drinks were plenty filling. They will also be open late with organic wine and Prosecco choices.

Looking ahead to the food, Van loves that his favorite snack, Ants on a Log made the menu and I am most excited to try the Nori Roll, which is made with almond-sun seed spread, seasonal organic marinated veggies with a side of Almond Buttah kale chips, made by your very own KIDS GONE RAW!

Yes, we are super grateful that we are contributing to this RAWKIN new adventure.

Visit ROOST at 11 Free Street in Portland (across from Arabica Coffee)               (207) 899-4275 and on Facebook at

For a complete article by the RAWSOME Avery Kamila Yale at the Portland Press Herald, visit

Summer Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing for Foodie Friday

Everyone enjoys a good Summer Salad, especially with a fantastic dressing!  I love this simple salad & this sweet & savory maple dijon dressing.  While maple syrup isn’t raw, it is a wholesome local product that adds so much flavor.  If you aren’t into it, just sub your favorite sweetener in like coconut nectar or raw agave.  This salad is sure to be a hit with the kids in your life too!



Summer Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing

1 head of lettuce

1 tomato, diced

1 cucumber, diced

1 radish, sliced

1 stalk celery, sliced

1 carrot, shredded

1/2 beet, shredded

2 Tbs raisns

2 Tbs pecans



1/4 cup olive oil

2 Tbs coconut aminos or nama shoyu (soy sauce) OR 1/2 tsp sea salt

2 Tbs maple syrup or other sweetener

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp mustard powder

1 clove of garlic, minced

Combine all salad ingredients in a salad bowl.  Whisk dressing ingredients  & pour over salad & toss.  Eat up!  YUMMMMMM!

It’s All About the Strawberries & Peaches

Strawberries are a juicy source of vitamin C!

Foodie Friday with Elizabeth: 

I don’t know about you, but I cannot resist the juicy strawberries and peaches that are available right now.  WOW!  There is nothing sweeter than fresh picked fruit … not only is fresh, ripe fruit nature’s fast food, it’s also nature’s candy.  And guess who has a sweet tooth?  Not me!  :-)

We’ve got 2 simple recipes for you today that include strawberries and peaches, 2 of my favorite summer treats … ENJOY!

Peachy for Strawberries Smoothie (makes approx 1.5 quarts)

3 cups of mixed greens (I used chard & dandelion greens from my garden)

2 ripe peaches

1.5-2 cups strawberries (stems & all)

1 banana

1.5 cups of water

1/4 cup ice cubes

4-5 drops of liquid stevia (I did this to balance out the bitter dandelion greens)

Place ingredients in the blender & blend until smooth & creamy.  Drink up!


Strawberry Peach Salsa

1 cup of sliced strawberries

1 peach, diced (I used a white peach)

2 tablespoons yellow onion, chopped

2-3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (I used a mix of purple and green basil)

1 tsp hemp oil

1 tsp coconut aminos or nama shoyu

1 tsp coconut nectar or raw agave

1 tsp of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss.  Let mixture sit for 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to settle.  Serve as a dip with crawkers, on a bed of lettuce, or eat as is.

Wishing you all a RAWsome weekend with lots of love, sunshine, laughter & fresh fruit!  What’s your favorite summer fruit to snack on?  Do share in the comments below.


Rawsome Tip Tuesday with Maggie

Are you new to Green Smoothies? Is you reaction to wither in fear or run away?
I get it! Most people don’t EAT kale let alone DRINK it! It can seem bizarre. But consider this: How is drinking living, nutrient rich plants each morning weirder than filling up on cups of caffeine and cream, slabs of greasy pork and pancakes loaded with chocolate chips and fake syrup?

Even thinking about it makes my heart clog!

Your body really wants Option A. Nay, it NEEDS it!

Our bodies are like the flowers you planted last weekend. They crave the sun. Since, bowls of sunshine are hard to come by and even harder to cool, the next best thing is to consume lots of leafy green vegetables, which are loaded with chlorophyll. Does that bring you back to Sophomore Science class?

In case you skipped that day: Chlorophyll, which also gives plants that stunning dark green hue, is responsible for absorbing all of that delicious sunlight, which turns CO2 into oxygen. During this process, the energy that causes the plants to grow and develop is produced.

Eating Leafy Greens is Like Eating the Sun's Energy

So, when you gobble up these plants, you are ingesting that energy! That makes your heart, skin, brain, cells, bones, organs, eyes…everything!…so happy, vibrant and healthy!

A simple way to ensure you are getting healthy amounts of greens is to include them in your smoothies. The blender masticates (pre-digests) the leaves by turning them into liquid form, hence making it that much easier for your body to access the living vitamins and minerals stored within.

Kale, spinach, parsley, romaine, wheatgrass, sprouts, Swiss chard, cilantro–these are all loaded with the living love your body needs to thrive.

Green Smoothies Deliver a Power Pack of Nutrients

My tip for the day?

EAT MORE GREEN! In smoothies, salads or just nibbling from the garden like a bunny. Just get it in!

Stay tuned, Elizabeth will post a RAWSOME Green Smoothie Recipe on Raw Foodie Friday.

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RAWsome Treats Fit for Spiderman

 Check out this little cutie eating his Green Tara Energy Bites.  He’s one happy camper!  He asked what was in them and his mom told him the ingredient list:  spirulina (a plant from a lake), banana, sesame seeds & coconut, to which he replied, “I didn’t know bananas came in green squares!” And then he asked if Spiderman eats them…
RAWK ON!  And thanks, Green Tara for sharing your fab treats with us.  They are rawsome!

Spirulina Treats in the Fairy House

We have a fairy house that adorns our walls and it is home to two lovely fairies named Madeline & Harry.  These fairies love kids and they leave my niece and nephew little notes every week and an occasional gift too.  This week there were lots of squeals when Avery arrived to discover Madeline & Harry had left a present.

Green Tara Energy Bites were waiting for her & she couldn’t have been happier.  Madeline & Harry wrote her a little note on the packaging and explained that spirulina is a a fresh water algae that is so good for us … it’s a rawtastic source of protein and also contains iron, calcium, magnesium & all kinds of other vitamins & minerals.  The fairies said that they loved these treats and that they thought she and her brother would like them too.

Avery opened the packet and she and her brother sampled them. And of course, they liked them too!  Yummmm!

THANK YOU, GREEN TARA for sharing your spirulina energy bites with the fairies in our home & the kids who visit.

Order your own Energy Bites & Spirulina Crunchies HERE.

Green Poop & Plant Pee … JUICING with kids!

 Who knew the juicer would bring so much joy to these 2 kids!?  I mean they LOVE this thing!!!!!!!!  I asked my niece for help juicing–she pretty much loves to help with anything I do in the kitchen & the next thing I know, I have my 19 month old nephew crawling up on a stool to pitch in too.

The funny thing about using the juicer is that it was so intuitive for them.  Of course, they have seen it in action before & my niece has certainly helped me on different occasions, but this time, they just took over & needed very little guidance.  It was the cutest thing! <3  They would have juiced & juiced & juiced … too bad I ran out of fruits & veggies!

I think what they love about it is seeing something go in whole & come out  as “green poop” & “plant pee” to use the words of my niece.  And of course it tastes good too!  The last thing she said to me before her dad came to get her was, “Can we make juice EVERY Wednesday?”  OF COURSE!!!!!!

The juice we made was a carrot fruit juice:
2 carrots
1 apple
1 pear
1/4 cup of cranberries
 Note:  they also like sweet green juices