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It is DAY 19 of "Raw Food Recipes with Excalibur" and I am excited to share a really interesting blog I found called Food Storage Moms, where two mothers, Linda and Kendra, share ideas about food storage and emergency preparedness. They recommend affordable products and ideas to help families living on budgets to be aware of the food they are eating, stock up for emergencies and last minute needs, and make the most out of their pantries.

Linda, a mother with four daughters and seventeen grandchildren, raised her family with a huge garden, eating fresh food; she canned everything from apricots, peaches, pears and green beans to salsa and spaghetti sauce; dehydrated everything you can imagine; and baked homemade bread. Having lived in Illinois during extreme winter weather, this lovely lady knows how to preserve fresh food for use later.

Kendra, a mother of four, is also no stranger to being prepared. The skills she gained as a child, living in a family with a big food storage room, came in handy when her husband lost his job and they had to live off their food storage for a couple of months until they got back on their feet. Kendra now takes pride sharing her personal experience and expertise with the community so that they can 'weather the storm' like she did.

So these ladies know how to rock a dehydrator in a multitude of ways like nobody else! Excalibur has a great relationship with these ladies, and I wouldn’t have done this event without them. There are tons of fantastic ideas on their site, like Tips For Food Storage, Water Storage and Purification, Emergency Prep, 72 Hour Kits, and Great Recipes.

One of my favourite ideas is this fantastic recipe for homemade green smoothie fruit leathers. This is one of the BEST ideas I have seen for sneaking green vegetables into children in a fun and tasty way. What a fabulous simple idea! Get your kids to eat their green smoothie throughout the day!

For 'green phobic' kids, the best thing about these green smoothie fruit roll ups is that they are actually not green! They are a beautiful rich deep red, and look exactly like the commercial fruit roll ups you can purchase at the store. But they are full of nutritionally dense green leafy vegetables! I swear your kids will never know the difference.

In Kendra’s original recipe she used commercial organic strawberry lemonade. The recipe was delicious, but I wanted to make these completely raw without any refined sugar, so made my own strawberry lemonade smoothie sweetened with dates and the results were spectacular. These fruit rolls ups have a slightly tart, sweet flavour, and are fantastic for school lunch boxes, snacks, or treats. The adults loved them too! I am already on my third batch!

Kendra, thankyou for graciously sharing this recipe, and allowing me to post it with the modifications. You ROCK! 

Learn more about Kendra at Food Storage Moms
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Food Storage Mom’s Green Smoothie Fruit Leathers

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  • 2 cups of organic baby spinach
  • 1 cup of kale (about 2 large leaves)
  • 2 cups of fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade strawberry lemonade smoothie (*see recipe below)
  • *For strawberry lemonade smoothie blend in your Vitamix:
  • 1 ½ cups strawberries
  • ¾ cup filtered water
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup chopped pitted dates
  • *Then use 1 ½ cups of this mixture in the smoothie leather blend.
  1. Blend 1 1/2 cups of the homemade strawberry lemonade smoothie with the rest of your ingredients in a high-speed blender (I use a Vitamix) until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour over parchment paper or paraflexx sheets on your Excalibur dehydrator trays and smooth out quite thinly with a spatula.
  3. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 8-10 hours
  4. Cut or tear into strips and let the kids DEVOUR. Yummo! 

Learn more about Kendra at Food Storage Moms
Follow FSM on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and You Tube

Tip: select fresh spinach popeye would be proud of

The best tasting spinach has vibrant bright green leaves with crisp stems. This spinach also has the highest nutritional value. Purchase organic wherever possible. Avoid wilted leaves that have yellow discolouring, bruising, or a slimy coating. This spinach has passed its prime and should not be consumed.

I have fallen in love with your website big time Tess! I am learning so much from you! You are amazing! Linda

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Oh, thankyou Linda. That just made my day. Really….
ThankYOU for your amazing website.
These fruit rollups are AMAZING and I just LOVE what you and Kendra are doing.

We are doing another shout out about your website on Wednesday…I am so inspired by your healthy drinks.

Oh Thankyou Linda! I really appreciate that. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the drinks and smoothies :)

I just saw this on your facebook page and am so excited to make this for my children who don’t like to eat their greens. I don’t have a dehydrator, but my friend does.
We are going to make up a double batch together.
Thankyou for your amazing website and fantastic ideas.

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Oh. I LOVE that idea!
Can’t wait to hear what you all think.
Thankyou for your kind words too.
I am glad you are enjoying the site.

Thanks so much for letting us share on your site.  My kids LOVE this and I have a daughter that WILL NOT drink green smoothies, but she devours these!!

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ThankYOU for sharing this FANTASTIC idea. What a creative, inventive way to get kids to eat green smoothies. I just love it, and LOVE what you are doing with your site.

This makes a perfect, healthy and delicious snack that I can enjoy everyday without the guilt. Can I use variety of berries for this recipe?

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Isn’t this a fantastic idea?
You can make these with ANY green smoothie variety. Just make the smoothie a little sweeter than normal, so when it dries it has good flavour. ENJOY!

I made just the strawberry lemonade smoothie part of this recipe last night, and holy flippin hannah that was a whole lotta YUM!!! I used frozen strawberries as that’s what I had on hand and it just made for an awesome dessert! :)

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LOL! Oh Barbara, you made me laugh SO hard when you posted this comment on the Facebook page. Thanks for taking the time to leave it here. You ROCK!
I LOVE that you made the strawberry lemonade and enjoyed it. I will post this recipe on it’s own later this year in your honour. Thankyou!

Hi! How long do the fruit rolls last before going bad?

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To be honest, I have never kept them for more than a week because they get eaten so quickly. Store in the fridge in a sealed container for the longest shelf life.

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