Macadamia Cashew Coconut Protein Balls

This recipe shouldn’t take more than ten minutes total :)  Another great reason to use this recipe. 


1. 1 cup of raw macadamias

2. 1 cup of raw cashews

3. 1/2 cup coconut flour

4. 1/2 cup candied ginger slices

5. 3 packets of stevia or 2-3 tbsp of honey/maple syrup

6. handful of Coconut flakes



Throw all ingredients in a food processor until all nuts blended. Roll into balls on coconut flakes on parchment paper and stick in the fridge and Voila!  


Creamy Cashew Chicken Chowder

Creamy Cashew Chicken Chowder

1 medium-large white or yellow onion, chopped
6-8 cloves garlic, chopped
1-1.5 teaspoons salt, divided (depending on whether broth is low-sodium and/or cashews are salted)
1 box (4 cups) of Chicken/Turkey/Vegetable Broth
2 chicken breasts, cubed
¾ to 1 cup almond milk
1 cup cashews (whole or chopped; salted or unsalted)
1 medium-2 small potatoes, cubed
1 bell pepper (any color), chopped
½ bunch broccoli, chopped
2 cups diced carrots or organic sweet corn (frozen or fresh)
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste.

1. On medium heat, sauté onion, garlic in a couple tablespoons of broth, and ½ teaspoon salt.
2. Add chicken breast and ½ teaspoon salt, and sauté until cooked on all exterior sides (may still be uncooked in the middle)
3. In a blender or (ideally) a Magic Bullet (or other single-serving blender), puree the almond milk and cashews until creamy
4. Add remainder of broth and almond/cashew blend, and bring the soup to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to simmer, add potatoes, and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
5. Add the bell pepper, broccoli and sweet corn and simmer for another 5-10 minutes, until broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender.
6. Optional: Add black pepper, if desired (1/4 – ½ teaspoon). May garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

Recipe by Leigh Wagner, MS, RD

How to get your kid to eat KALE: Sweet Apple Walnut Kale

Sweet Apple Walnut Kale

1 bunch kale, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces
1 tablespoon organic butter or extra virgin olive oil
½ organic apple, very thinly sliced
1/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
*Optional 1 tablespoon unrefined cane sugar or brown sugar (if you don’t use this, use more apple juice)
3-4 tablespoons apple juice or cider
1 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon unfiltered apple cider vinegar

1. Pull away kale leaves from the stems before washing. Wash carefully by filling your sink with cold water and submerging the greens. If the water has sediment, drain the sink and repeat. Tear leaves into bite-sized pieces.
2. Melt butter or heat olive in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add apple and walnuts, and sauté for a few minutes. Sprinkle cane sugar over the apple and walnuts and stir so they are evenly coated. When apple is softened, add kale leaves and sauté over medium heat until leaves begin to turn brilliant green.
3. In a small bowl, combine juice and tamari. Pour into skillet. Cover tightly. Cook until leaves are tender, 5-7 minutes. Taste to check for doneness: greens should be tasty, not bitter; still green, not gray. Dress with vinegar before serving.

Recipe adapted by Leigh Wagner, MS, RD, LD from Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair. See blog:

Vegetarian Chili with Portobello Mushrooms

Vegetable Chili with Portobello Mushrooms



3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil, organic butter, ghee

1 medium red onion, chopped (Option: reserve some for topping prepared soup)

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 Tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 poblano chile pepper, seeded and diced

2 portobello mushrooms, stemmed and chopped

2 cups frozen corn (preferably organic), thawed

2 14-ounce cans no-salt-added pinto beans

1 14-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes

¾ teaspoon Sea salt, or to-taste (may use Herbamare* seasoning salt, if you have it)

½ teaspoon black pepper, or to-taste

Optional additions: Greek Yogurt, Diced Fresh Tomato and/or Cilantro

Optional: Serve with warmed corn, teff, rice tortillas



  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add all but a few Tablespoons of the chopped red onion. Stir in garlic, chili powder and cumin and cook stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the poblano, mushrooms and corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 3 more minutes.
  3. Add beans, tomatoes, 1 ½ cups water and ¾ teaspoon salt or Herbamare & ½ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil then stir and reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and the chili thickens, about 20 minutes. If needed, adjust salt/pepper.
  5. Divide chili among bowls. Top with desired toppings


Recipe adapted by Leigh Wagner


*Herbamare is an herb blend created by Alfred Vogel who was a Swiss phytotherapist, nutritionist and writer. It’s sold at Whole Foods, online or other natural foods stores.

Your kid will LOVE this!!! Coconut Whipped Cream

This recipe for coconut whipped cream takes less than 5 minutes and is a great addition to any kid’s breakfast, snack, or dessert as a healthy fat, especially for those kids who struggle with weight gain!!


1. Pure coconut cream (I use Golden Star Coconut Milk, or Trader’s Joe Coconut Cream cans)
2. 2-3 tsp of vanilla extract
3. 2-3 packets of stevia or other sweetener of choice (2 tsp of maple syrup for example)


Put cold coconut cream (refrigerated for a few hours is best) in a mixer bowl, add vanilla, and sweetener and use a hand mixer to whip it up into cream.

Eat it with fruit, coconut flour pancakes, hot cocoa, protein smoothies/shakes, or just let your kid lick the bowl ;)

Coconut Flour Pancakes

Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes



4 eggs, room temperature

1-1.5 cups milk (organic, coconut, almond or other milk alternative)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon honey or a pinch/few drops stevia

½ cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon sea salt

Coconut oil or butter for frying



  1. Preheat griddle or skillet over medium-low heat. In a small bowl beat eggs until frothy, about two minutes. Mix in milk, vanilla, and honey or stevia.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl combine coconut flour, baking soda, and sea salt and whisk together. Stir wet mixture into dry until coconut flour is incorporated. May take some effort to mix, as it can be clumpy with the eggs and coconut flour combining.
  3. Grease pan with butter or coconut oil. Ladle a few tablespoons of batter into pan for each pancake. Spread out slightly with the back of a spoon. The pancakes should be 2-3 inches in diameter and fairly thick. Cook on the 1st side for 2-3 minutes and/or until you see bubbles start to appear and stay open on the surface.

***Before flipping to the second side, you may sprinkle/press-in nuts, seeds, blueberries, dark chocolate chips, banana slices, dried fruit or other filling.

  1. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until the tops dry out slightly and the bottoms start to brown. Flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until golden brown on the 2nd side.
  2. Serve hot with almond butter or organic peanut butter, organic pasture butter, coconut oil, honey, syrup, or fruit.

Mean Green Pistachio Butter

pistachio butter

We always see peanut butter and now almond butter and occasional sun butter or chocolate hazelnut butter in the stores. Not many of us have seen pistachio butter! But it’s simple to make.


1. De-shelled pistachios (this makes much more sense than trying to to do it one by one)

2. 2-3 tablespoons of water


1. Blend ingredients in a food processor until moist just like the consistency of other nut butters.


What do you eat this with?  You can top it on cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers. Even baked sweet potatoes and mashed cauliflower!

Ginger Cacao Coconut Protein Balls Recipe

ginger cacao coconut protein balls

These Ginger Cacao Coconut Protein Balls can be part of your daily breakfast with a healthy high-fat coconut protein smoothie (


1. 1/2 cup cacao nibs or dark chocolate (72% and above)
2. 9 slices of crystallized ginger
3. 1/4 cup coconut butter (melted with coconut oil) or may use 1/4 cup almond flour/coconut flour
4. 1/3 cup sesame seeds
5. 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
6. 3/4 cup hazelnuts
7. 1/3 cup water
8. 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
9. 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon

1. This part is easy: Just throw all the seeds, nuts, chocolate, ginger into a food processor.
2. Then add the 1/3 cup water and cinnamon.
3. slightly melt the coconut butter and the coconut oil and add it in to food processor
4. Roll up into balls onto a piece of parchment paper and refrigerate for up to two hours prior to eating!!


And PLEASE PLEASE Let me know if you have any suggestions or other protein balls that you would like to add to the recipe list!! I’d love to create new recipes and share them!

Tips to Avoid Environmental Chemicals

bubble cactus

More research is showing that environmental chemicals are disrupting hormones, immunity, and nervous system in children. Parents are starting to ask questions what they can do to prevent their kids from exposure without going overboard.


FOOD: Foods that are nutrient dense (think vibrant vegetables and fruits, grass-fed and free-range meats, raw nuts and seeds) provide the vitamins and minerals that help you detoxify every day. It’s that simple.
1. Avoid pre-packaged and processed foods
2. Buy Local and Organic when possible
3. Reduce intake of large fish (i.e. tuna, swordfish)

1. Avoid plastic containers when possible
2. Filter water with reverse osmosis (most good reverse osmosis filters can be installed in your kitchen – can buy from your local hardware store).

KU Integrative Medicine Kitchen

In the Kitchen:
1. Avoid chemical treated pans and Use stainless steel, cast iron, porcelain (provided that there isn’t toxins in the paint in ceramic/porcelain dishes)
2. Use Glass storage containers instead of plastic


Home and Garden:
1. Of all the tips, this is the most IMPORTANT: Avoid pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and weed killers.
2. Change furnace filter monthly if possible
3. Avoid new carpeting or chemical cleaners on carpet
4. Keep home ventilated, open windows when possible
5. Use ionizer and Hepa air purifiers
6. Avoid cleaning chemicals and use DIY vinegar/baking soda cleaner or good brands are seventh generation and meter’s.
7. Buy Low VOC Paints

Personal Care Products and Hobbies:
1. Avoid Parabens, Phthalates, and BPA in your lotions, makeup, and haircare products
2. Avoid fragrance, perfumes

Please add any comments or other tips that you might find in your home useful!!

Teen Cooking Class: Mason Jar Salad Success!




Teen Cooking Class was a success with a growing number of teens who love to cook and eat healthier foods!

The menu with recipes for the cooking class included a multitude of Mason Jar Salads:

1. Mediterranean Mason Jar Salad

 First add salad dressing in jar:


Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  1. 3 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
  2. 1/2 cup Olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp Dijon mustard or ½ tsp salt + ½ tsp pepper or 1 tsp herbamare

 Now, the veggies, protein, and carbs:

  1. ½-1 sliced cucumber
  2. 1/4-1/2 cup quinoa (see recipe below)
  3. Add several chopped slices of deli meat (salami/turkey meat or garbanzo beans/veggie “meat”)
  4. Add several sliced cherry tomatoes
  5. Add several sliced, pitted Kalamata olives
  6. Add a handful of pine nuts and chia seeds (for healthy dose of magnesium and Omega-3 fats)
  7. And lastly, add your Greens to fit in the jar


2. Fiesta Mason Salad Jar Recipe:


 Salad Dressing:

  1. 3 tbsp vegenaise (or mayo)
  2. Juice of 1/4 a lime
  3. 1 tsp chili powder
  4. 3/4 tbsp salsa

 Mason Jar Salad:

  1. ½ cup bell pepper
  2. ½ cup black beans
  3. ¼ cup quinoa  (see recipe below)
  4. Southwestern Chicken (can buy veggie protein strips or make your own southwestern chicken with chili powder/lime/salt)
  5. ½ cup diced tomatoes
  6. And your salad greens!!


3. Asian Thai Peanut Mason Jar Salad:


 Salad Dressing:

  1. Can buy any Thai peanut salad dressing or ginger sesame dressing


  1. 1/3 cup chopped carrots
  2.  1/3 cup diced cucumbers
  3. ½ diced bell pepper
  4. 1/3 cup edamame
  5. 1/3  – ½ cup Stir-fried Chicken
  6. ¼ cup peanuts, sunflower seeds, or almonds
  7. 2 tbsp chia seeds
  8. Mixed Greens


4. Berry Apple Chicken Salad

 Salad dressing: 

Balsamic Vinaigrette (see above)


Mason Jar Salad:

  1. 1/4 cup chopped cucumber
  2. 1/2 chopped red pepper
  3. 1/3 cup chopped celery
  4. ¼ cup cranberries, blueberries, currants, or raisins
  5. ¼ cup diced apple
  6. 1/3 cup chicken shredded and stirred with 2 heaping tbsp vegenaise
  7. Then, add your salad greens

This one is different because you don’t want nuts/seeds touching moist chicken to avoid soggy nuts/seeds

  1. At the end, add ¼-1/3 cup sunflower seeds


Quinoa Recipe:

 You can make quinoa ahead of time and use it in most of your mason jar salads as your complex carbohydrate!


  1. 1 cup of quinoa (there are different colored varieties)
  2. 2 cups water
  3. Sea salt, pepper to taste
  4. 2 tbsp olive oil or ghee (clarified butter)


  1. Rinse the quinoa very well using a strainer
  2. Place well-rinsed quinoa with water and salt in a saucepan, cover and bring to a boil
  3. Turn the heat to low, keep covered and simmer for approx. 15 minutes
  4. When done, the quinoa will have a cute spiral tail


Fun fact:  Quinoa is from the Andean mountain regions of Peru, Chile, and Bolivia and was originally cultivated by the Incas


Stir-Fried Chicken:


  1. 1-2 chopped up Chicken breast (amount depends on if you want leftovers)
  2. ½ chopped yellow/white onion
  3. 2-3 tbsp coconut oil
  4. Stainless steel stir fry pan


  1. Use separate cutting board for all uncooked meats to avoid contamination
  2. Make sure to wash your hands after handling chicken before touching other foods
  3. Bring 2 tbsp of coconut oil to melt on medium-high heat
  4. Add chopped onions until sautéed which means light brown color (tip: keep onions moving, so they don’t get charred)
  5. Add chopped up chicken breast, and stir every 2 minutes until golden brown on all sides (takes about 7-9 minutes)
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste (or other seasoning of your choice)


Stay tuned for our next cooking class that will include Paleo Baking of healthier versions of baked goods. We will also be using advice and the help of young teens whose passion is to BAKE!!!