5 Easy Weeknight Meals: Your 7 Day Family Jump Start!

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Healthy Family Healthy You Book Sneak Peak!

I am so excited to tell you how close you are to holding one of my books in your hot little hands!

Healthy Family, Healthy You: The Healthy Mama’s Guide to feeding your family well – simply and sanely!

Status: 1st copy of this book being printed as we speak! I’ll take a final look at it and make sure everything is all set. Then you can start ordering it off Amazon, or attending one of my events and getting the book(s) that way. First Girls Night Out book party (where you will learn how to get dinner on the table in 15 minutes or less) will be Sunday night, September 20. Location TBD, but it will be in Potomac (MD). Let me know if you belong to a women’s or a moms’ group that would be interested in holding their own Girls Night Out where they will receive both the Healthy Mama’s Guide to feeding your family well and the cookbook, along with healthy, delicious food and learn how to get dinner on the table in 15 minutes or less.

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and for the cookbook….

Healthy Family, Healthy You: The Healthy Mama’s Guide to simple, healthy versions of your family’s favorite foods

Status: All edits finished. In layout with the graphic designer. Next: Print 1st copy as proof.

I can’t wait to share my healthy recipes and family strategies with you! I’ll be finished with the books just in time to schedule the accompanying workshops for the year and to start training for the half marathon I will walk to raise funds for The Friendship Circle (MD), which provides friendship and inclusion to children with special needs. I see this program at work in my neighborhood every day and I’m so proud to support them.

To learn more and/or consider contributing, go to

Team Friendship Miami 2016


I’ll be walking a half marathon at the annual Miami marathon on January 24, 2016. I’ve never done anything like this before. I hope to receive your support for this worthy cause. No amount is too small. It’s just important to be part of the effort! Thank you in advance.

Remember to be in touch to schedule a Girls Night Out or Fruit Funshop for your sisterhood, moms’ group or school!



2 New Recipes! Oat (Vegan) Pancakes & Fruit Syrup for Kids

Sunday Morning Pancakes for the Kids!

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These pancakes call for 1/2 white and 1/2 oat flour. For a completely gluten-free ir wheat-free pancake, I’m sure you could use all Oat Flour and simply add more non-dairy milk if it’s too thick. I’ll try that next time. Actually, what I’d also like to try is half oat flour, 1/2 almond flour… I’ll keep you updated!

Easy Oat Flour Pancakes
Serves 4

Dry Ingredients
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oat flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 Optional ingredients: 2 Tablespoons Coconut Sugar (or 1 Tablespoon white sugar)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Wet Ingredients
3/4 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
1 small banana
2 Tablespoons melted Earth Balance (or other healthier margarine)

Mix all dry ingredients in 1 medium sized bowl. Set aside.
Mix all wet ingredients in a small bowl, using an immersion blender.

Pour wet ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients. Mix briefly, only enough for all white specs of flour to disappear. You never want to over-mix pancakes batter or it gets tough. I like to use a large serving fork for this type of mixing. It’s okay if your batter still has a lumpy texture to it, as long as all the flour is mixed in.

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I was making big Mickey Mouse heads in the special Mickey Mouse pancake maker my aunt bought for us. I used 1/2 cup of batter per pancake and this recipe made 4 Mickey Mouse heads. They are relatively large. To make a regular large pancake, using 1/4 cup of batter, this recipe would make approximately 8-10. For smaller pancakes, using 1/4 cup of batter each, the recipe would yield about 16-18 pancakes.

Cook and enjoy! Serve with REAL maple syrup or the following recipe.

2 Ingredient Chain restaurant pancake syrup
Serves 2-4

Do your kids like that awful corn syrup, artificial flavor and food coloring syrup at pancake chain restaurants? Make your own!


½ cup maple syrup
½ cup frozen wild blueberries (or other fruit)

Take frozen wild blueberries and defrost them a bit by running hot water over them in a colander (make sure the holes are small enough so that the blueberries won’t escape down the drain). Place the defrosted blueberries in a pan with ½ cup of real maple syrup. Bring to a boil and then turn off the heat. Use an immersion blender inside the pot to blend until smooth.

Try the same with raspberry, strawberry, pineapple or mango. (Hey – I didn’t say they all sounded good to me. I just know that people all over the country are eating them in the pancake chain restaurants right now.)

Happy Sunday!




So fun for kids and families!

I’m so verklempt! I just received the nicest testimonial ever from Nechamie Geisinsky, who runs Camp Gan Israel of Bethesda. See below and let me know if your child’s camp or school wants a Fruit Funshop!

We absolutely love Natasha’s fruit and veggie art funshop. Natasha is a gifted individual who is able to make the kids really excited about eating healthy food. The children love experimenting and playing with the fruit and veggies and most of all they can’t wait to eat it. Natasha is extremely engaging and dynamic and has all the kids glued to her and carefully listening to what she’s saying. The Instructions are very clear and simple and fun for the kids to do. The workshops are very hands on and multi-sensory. She chooses age appropriate activities that are both cool and delicious! Our campers are always asking when it’s fruit and veggie art time. This funshop is truly every parents dream!

-Co-Director of Camp Gan Israel of Bethesda, Nechama Geisinsky

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Fruit Funshop Info Sheet

Looking for a fun and healthy program for your school, camp, children’s or family group?

Look no further than my interactive Fruit Funshops!

Results you can expect!

The children will laugh, learn and create fun projects; all while unconsciously creating a playful relationship with fruits and vegetables. This will increase the quality of their health and make their parents’ lives much easier! They’ll come home excited about what they created at the funshop and open to trying new foods.

Choose from my top 5 project options, provide your own suggestions or requests.

Contact me now to discuss your custom program for the last week of camp or for the fall!

Natasha Nadel