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Hi there PureJeevan readers! We wanted to let you know that Jim's new novel CHROO is available on Amazon. It's a crazy adventure involving a billionaire heiress, her Chihuahua BFF ("Chroo") and a host of human and animal characters. Find out more on Amazon! Here are some links:

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We've promised many of you that we'd share some ideas for the whole family (especially the children), so here's one idea that might prove particularly popular. In a household of two former English majors, it's only natural that we've always adored and admired alliteration. So, we may be biased to believe that these "Breathtakingly Bejeweled Blueberry Banana Breakfast Bowls" will be as beloved by your beauteous bellies as they are by ours. See what you think!

First, chop some bananas into small pieces (not rounds). Layer bananas and blueberries as shown, drizzling with agave as you go.

Do another layer of chopped bananas with blueberries, drizzled with agave.

Sprinkle with some hemp seeds...

...and/or sprinkle with sprouted flax w/cranberries & gogi berries!

(Note: We bought our hemp seeds and sprouted flax through Natural Zing!)

As we said, part of this is about making this recipe fun for kids -- and that includes teenagers. (Our own KDcat doesn't care for bananas much, but she enjoyed this breakfast.) So, here are some tips on making it fun:

  • don't hesitate to use agave nectar (we prefer the Madhava brand, as it's proven to be truly raw) and allow kids to add more agave if they want it even sweeter (if it takes some extra natural sweetner in the beginning to retrain kids' taste buds, don't worry; this is much better than giving them processed sugars and less nutritious prepackaged foods);


  • if kids are very stubborn, prepare the foods in fun ways and present it to them; if they aren't too stubborn, they may enjoy preparing the fun foods with you;

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  • instead of preparing this dish yourself, allow the kids to drizzle the agave nectar and flax mixture on if they seem to want more control with the food they are eating;


  • create an almond milk to accompany this if your child likes it, and serve in a tiny/fun cup;


  • finally, serve this with chop sticks! Chop sticks will serve a few different purposes: First, since they're unfamiliar to a lot of children, they'll likely be seen as fun and different; second, eating this dish with chop sticks will likely slow them down a good bit. Instead of shoveling huge spoonfuls of fruit into their mouths, they'll learn to savor their food one small bite at a time -- thus extending the fun breakfast much longer!

Got any additional ideas on how to make this meal more fun? Just let us know in the comments section!