It’s a challenge for every parent to get veggies into our kids one way or another. This is a quick and simple breakfast recipe that we’ve come up with in an effort to use all the tomatoes and zucchini that our garden provides. It’s an ongoing effort to try’n use all these veggies as much as possible (check out how I cope with this in The Veggie War — Why & How to Get Your Kids to Love Vegetables). This breakfast provides lots of healthy value to a busy toddler who needs all the energy they can get. [Read more…]
Serve Up Summer with Healthy Baby Food
Super easy, fast, and delicious! What else could you ask for?[dropcap]E[/dropcap]ver make healthy baby food so good you have to remind yourself not to finish it before your kid is full? This Cauli Mash is a recipe for such baby food that will leave your little one (and you) wanting more! It’s really DELICIOUS so feel free to make extra.
With few ingredients you are likely to find in your fridge right now, you can set out to make this yummy, hearty, smooth meal for your baby or toddler.
Just choose mashed or pureed versions according to the age or taste preference and serve along side some lean meat or wild caught fish. You can even leave it cubed and toss it together as a side for yourself. Did I mention that you should probably make extra? [Read more…]
In our kitchen, recipes are a living thing. They never really last too long any one way. Often times, they are reshaped around what my little one is in the mood, her taste preferences, and what I have on hand at home. We like to have fun playing with flavors, building up tastes and textures, and enriching our pallets as we both grow together, mother and daughter.
I decided to share one of our favorite breakfast recipes. She really loves this one. No, really, I can barely spoon it in fast enough. I bet your kids will love it too! This is a fun twist on the plain old oatmeal with yummy spices and wholesome ingredients. The steps are easy, the ingredients as every-day as they come. Let’s get cooking! [Read more…]
Ah yes, the late night craving
We all have those nights where your hunger takes over and overrides the “I just ate” feeling and nags, and nags, and nags until you have something salty, sweet, or spicy in your face.
Well I am here to tell you about my favorite (almost) guilt-free snack that I rely on quite often. It’s easy, it’s healthy, it’s popcorn!
Popcorn is a whole grain with 1 gram of fiber per cup. Air-popped popcorn also contains a small amount of some B vitamins, which help with energy production. Popcorn provides a number of minerals, including magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and manganese.
One cup of air-popped popcorn has just 31 calories and 0 grams of fat. Oil-popped popcorn has more fat and calories per cup, at 3 grams and 55 calories. Traditional butter-flavored microwave popcorn contains about 42 calories and 2 grams of fat per cup. If you are watching your calorie intake, air-popped popcorn is the best option as you get the nutrients and fiber in popcorn, with added fat and salt.
Lets get Started
First off, let me just say, I never, ever buy the microwave, prepackaged popcorn. Check out the Food Babe on why microwave popcorn is an absolute health nightmare (and check out the rest of the site – it’s pretty incredible and worth a bookmark (I’ll be adding the site to the “BAMs favorite sites”)). Instead, start with a cup of air-popped popcorn and season to taste.
Second, you don’t need a popcorn machine to get the job done. In fact, it’s much easier to use a pot with a lid instead of having to clean a complicated machine all you do is rinse the pot and you’re done n ready for snackin’.
Seasoning Ideas (mix and match these as you see fit):
- sea salt
- butter or olive oil
- melted butter with marshmallows (melt together then add to popped popcorn)
- chilly powder
- herbs (think rosemary, thyme, and other favorites)
- parmesan cheese (especially yum with olive oil)
- brown sugar and cinnamon
- dark chocolate chips (toss in after it’s popped but still hot)
- caramel chips (OMG I am salivating already)
- a spritz of lime juice
How to prep your popcorn snack:
- on medium high heat a large pot with butter/oil (if you’re using any)
- add 1 cup of unpopped popcorn (serves about 6)
- cover with a lid
- wait until there is 2-3 seconds between pops and remove
- add your desired ingredients
Make it your own
There are countless of ways to make popcorn more fun and interesting without all the chemicals. So, have you tried it yet? C’mon stop holding out on me… post in the comments your success story, your thoughts on taste, and your own popcorn flavor inventions!
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I make baby food. Do you?
My mother inspires me in many ways. This is just one of them. As I grow older more and more reasons to look up to her rule my world.
Making baby food in your own kitchen brings back memories of my wonderful mama telling me how she loved to make me food and all the different yummies she’d put together into a delicious concoction. Well the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I couldn’t bring myself to buy the jars.
I’ve been making homemade baby food for a few months now and I really am perplexed as to why anyone would ever buy jars of baby food from the store.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to step into anyones shoes or tell them how to feed their baby. I am not at all judging those that don’t have the time or energy. All I am sharing my so very easy method to make wholesome, homemade food. Food which you personally have control over in terms of what goes in and how much of it makes it there.
Further, The Center for Science and Public Interest released a report entitled Cheating Babies: Nutritional Quality and Cost of Commercial Baby Food. They find that commercial baby food companies routinely dilute the nutritional content (and value) of baby foods with fillers such as starches, known allergens and water. And I am sure that it’s no surprise that the report finds “parents often pay more than double for baby food fruit juices and applesauce. Gerber Graduates diced fruits and vegetables are also more than twice the price of comparable products available in the canned goods aisle.” This is a finding that Consumer Reports echoes as well.
How this post came to be
Bean is 8 months old (I know, I can’t believe it either) now and has been eating solids for a good 2 or two and a half months (my calendar of every minuscule detail isn’t near, lol) and she’s been loving trying new things and textures.
As a friend and I were hanging out while I was preparing food for the next few days, she noted how fast I went from A to Z in the whole entire process. “I can’t believe you’re done,” she exclaimed as I put a lid on the last of the storage containers labeled lunch, “I really thought it was a much more in depth process.”
I was glad she was there to see that there really isn’t much to this baby food process. She isn’t the only one to have commented on the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of my system so I wanted to share the light. With that, I decided to share with you gals and pals the process of my baby food makin’.
I will make it a point to share with you as many meals and recipes as I can fit into my crazy days. But in general, it takes me 30 minutes to make breakfast and lunch for 3-4 days. Most of those 30 minutes is spent watching the water boil and making myself something to eat as I prepare her food after she is down for the night.
Things you need to start making baby food now!
Here is what you’ll need to make baby food like a pro:
- Organic fruit and veggies
- Organic grains (think oatmeal, buckwheat (not a grain but just let it be, lol) and the like)
- Wild caught fish (I give the fish separately and prepared right before serving)
- Filtered water
- Ninja Pro (or any other food processor… they really are all very similar in what they do despite the claims)
- Storage containers (glass or BPA free plastic)… we use Baby Brezza octo containers … the serving size per container perfect and I love the tray that everything fits so neatly into. But you can use any old tupperware containers that you have on hand.
The recipes will follow as I make’em through the week. Please feel free to share your own in the comments area. I am always up for something new.
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