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Keepin’ It Fresh

A great morning addition to breakfast or a tasty, healthy snack all year round, fruit salad is always a fan favourite. It’s always one of the more “popular” entities in the salad family.


The prep work is really the only work when it comes to fruit salad. So how annoying is it when you spend the time to cut, peel, and mix then overnight your once vivacious colourful fruit salad has gone brown.


Here are 5 Tips to keep that salad fresh and appealing to your eaters.


  1. Citric Acid

Squeezing in today, keeps the brown away.


Adding lemon or lime juice to your mixture is an easy way to prevent the discoloration. The citric acid in the juice from a lemon or lime stops the chemical reaction happening in your other fruits. Plus the citric flavour is an added bonus.


  1. Water

Got the h2o you’re good to go!


This may not be great for all your fruits but submerging pieces of fruit in cold water after cutting is an effective way to slow down the browning process.


  1. Sugar and Salt

A dash of this, a dash of that, keeps it looking fresh right of the bat.


Adding sugar syrup will protect your exposed fruit from the air and prevent the change in colour. Salt, a very alternative choice but will stop the fruit from changing. This would however, be one of the more “unhealthier” options because you are addition additional salt and sugar.


  1. Vitamin C Tablet

Crush, brush and stop the rush.


Simply break up the tablet with a spoon or other utensil. Once broken up mix vitamin into water and use the mixture to “paint” over your fruit.


  1. Juice

Pick your flavour


This is definitely one of the easiest and fastest ways to preserve your fruit salad. Adding either your favourite orange, pineapple or apple juice to your mix will help preserve your snack and piece of mind that is will withstand the week. Be careful if you are working on a health-conscious recipe that a lot of juices have a lot of additional sugar, which helps with preservation but isn’t great when trying to reduce the eater’s sugar intake.



Fresh to Def: Salad Not For Rabbits.


The ultimate fruit salad, ready for any snack or eager eater.


Keep in mind, depending on the season and time of year some of this fruit may not be at its peak season. Some fruits like pineapple or peaches can be bought canned and just as delicious.



  • apples
  • bananas
  • peaches
  • pears
  • oranges
  • pineapples
  • grapes
  • lemon juice
  • cinnamon



Could it get any easier?

  1. Cut all fruit into desirable eating pieces.
  2. Mix up all fruits into one large bowl.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, insuring it covers as much as the fruit as possible.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, sprinkle throughout the mix.



  • Add granola or almonds on the top of your serving to add an alternative texture and crunch.
  • A side of vanilla Greek yogurt is always a beautiful partnership.



The Green Piñata

Let Us Love Lettuce Again!


So the holiday break is officially almost over. Which means the kids are going back! Yes, the house may be a bit quieter, but that just means the schedules are back in full swing.


Start off the New Year right and kick up their lunch a notch or two. Lunches are the lifelong battle of coming up with ideas that are cost efficient, healthy, fun, easy to eat, little mess…. And the list goes on.


Lettuce Wraps became a recent trend among adults as a healthy substitute to a traditional wrap. So why not send our kids to school with the same thing!


We want to call this:


The Green Piñata



  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • Mexican taco seasoning
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Green, red or yellow bell peppers
  • Salsa
  • Avocado



  • Break up the ground beef or turkey and fry in a hot skillet until brown.
  • Add the seasoning, either pre-mixed or your own spices.
  • Add water and let simmer until fully cooked.
  • Cut up vegetables and shred the cheese.
  • Separate vegetables in little containers so your hungry luncher can be the mastermind behind the creation.
  • Separate full pieces of the iceberg lettuce and add to a separate container.
  • Once everything is packed together your job is done!


The kids will be able to assembly and put what vegetables and toppings they want. The more goodies in that piñata the better! And just like the piñata, the best part is in the inside. You can change the vegetables to the ones your child prefers, add beans for protein or rice for that extra hungry eater.


Lets love lettuce and lunch again!


Your Truly, Mama Beetle

Gingerbread Waffles


As much as we love to promote healthy living and eating, sometimes we need a treat!

The Gingerbread Man always comes around this time of year, Gingerbread Houses set up shop in millions of kitchens this month but we have been missing one crucial element of the gingerbread family. Waffles. Yes we said it. Gingerbread waffles. As the drool commences, take a look at this tasty, delicious recipe for the family this holiday season.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3 Tbsp molasses
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon



1) Combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Whisk to combine.


2) In a separate bowl, combine the eggs yolks, butter, milk, Greek yogurt and molasses and mix well.


3) Add the egg whites to a large bowl and beat with electric mixers until they reach stiff peaks. Add the wet milk/molasses mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

4) Gently fold in the egg whites.


5) Heat a waffle iron and grease with butter or cooking spray. Add about 1/4 cup of batter to the hot waffles iron (or more, depending on what type of iron your using).

  • 6) Serve warm with syrup. Also tastes great with cut up bananas and icing sugar!


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