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…]
So, You’re Pregnant & Hungry
[dropcap]I[/dropcap] know the feeling mama-to-be. I was there – big n pregnant – not that long ago. Snacks for pregnant chicks are kind of like snacks for regular chicks but with a few exceptions.
First, there are foods that I had to give up for the time being – 10 Delicious Foods You Preggers Can’t Eat. Second, adjust the intake of nutrients that are especially important during pregnancy – folic acid (or folate), iron, and calcium. [Read more…]
Pregnancy. What a beautiful time it is – growing a life within.
[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ut just once in a while I want just a little break off of a spicy tuna hand roll or a ham sammich. Oh okay, okay. So I wanted to swim in a tub of cookie dough, sue me! Does this sound anything like you, oh pregnant one?
Wondering what to leave off the menu for the immediate future? I’ve compiled a list of the delicious foods you can’t have for some time. Sorry lady, don’t say I didn’t warn ya. [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…]
Children and Grownups Adore Mac & Cheese[dropcap]A[/dropcap]re you a parent of a picky eater or love Kraft products for their quick dinner solution in a pinch? Then, this post is for you!
You don’t have to be a kid to love the creamy, cheesy goodness of mac & cheese. Parents (speaking from experience, of course) love this delicious treat too. But before you crack open a box for dinner tonight, be aware – Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is being recalled!
A site for all things organics
I’ll keep this one short since it’s pretty much self explanatory. Organicfacts.com brings you an all in one site where the creators cover everything organic (duh!) and our world. I use it to find how the products I love interact with my life. I use it to check out whether a product is worth it’s hype. I use it, period. It’s one of those sites that are in my bookmarks so that accessing it often is easy. And I DO access it often.
A huge thank you to Dr. Madhukar Patil, PhD and Mr. Kiran Patil, B.Tech, M.Tech. for their contribution and time to the site!
A quick intro:
Consumers regularly search for detailed unbiased information on organic food (and food in general) so that they can make educated decisions while shopping. Farmers, producers and suppliers, on the other hand, constantly seek best practices prevalent in different parts of the world so that they can improve the quality of their products and efficiency of their production methods. Organic Facts aims at meeting these demands from the buyers and sellers by providing information on different aspects of organic living, including organic food, organic cosmetics, organic gardening and organic stores.
If you are health conscious like me, this is a great site to keep in your bookmarks. Trust me, you’ll love it. CLICK OrganicFacts.com
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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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It’s been a few years now since I’ve become overly obsessed with everything health when it comes to food and products that I use. Since the arrival of my little one, one can safely assume that, I’ve spiraled into the extreme. I proudly wear that label.
With that, I wanted to let you of a piece of golden news regarding organics and saving some of your hard earned cash money! We all know that organics or non GMO products are quite costly and thus make us think twice about every product we buy. Well, here is that fantastic news: Walmart has recently joined the organic game. Wait, it gets better… you can expect to pay 18-40% less for Walmart organics.
Not all of Walmarts locations have caught up with this fantastic trend but you can be sure that they are well on their way. You can look for their Wild Oats-brand organic products to be hitting the shelves soon, if they haven’t yet. I will definitely be checking this out.
Perhaps this will be a message to the rest of the food suppliers to lower their outrageously high prices for real food. Lets feed our families right without burning a hole in our pockets. GO Walmart!!!
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No one has to tell me to be ready with snacks for breastfeeding twice!
Breastfeeding is a beautiful bonding time for mama and baby. It’s also a great way to get your little one started in life providing her with valuable nutrients, healthy fats, and immunities that she’ll take with her long after you’ve stopped the breastfeeding. It is suggested that you have an additional 500 calorie intake for best results so eating healthy is a must if you want to keep it lean and healthy.
It is suggested that you have an additional 500 calorie intake for best results so eating healthy is a must if you want to keep it lean and healthy. With that in mind, make sure that your snacks for breastfeeding are healthy for you as well as delicious!
Whether it’s a snack or a full meal, breastmilk is the most incredible (and irreplaceable – sorry formula moms) substance on earth. Studies show that babies breastfed are smarter, braver, and healthier than babies who were not. Any amount of time will do, but the longer, the better.
Healthy BAM Bee, Healthy Baby
It goes without saying that what goes in is what you take out. Healthy, organic fruit, veggies, healthy fats are necessary. But how about yum? Yeah, it’s much easier to eat healthy if you love what you’re eating.
I have been breastfeeding for the last 5 months and hope to go on for as long as I can because I am aware of the amazing benefits of breast milk for my baby girl. Here are the snacks I choose throughout the day when hunger strikes. Choose organic whenever possible.
A Word on Water
Oh, and I didn’t add water to the mix since hardly any of us count it as a snack but, I must tell you, it is a hugely important part in helping your body produce a healthy amount of milk for your baby – so drink up!
Healthy Snacks for Breastfeeding That Taste Great
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Your Thoughts BAM Bees?
I really hope you got some great ideas for choosing your snacks for breastfeeding. I am sure there are millions of other ideas on healthy snacks for when you’re expecting or just watching late night TV. This is why I invite you to share your favorite snacks and recipes in the comment area below. Let’s get this party… eaten 😉
I am sure there are millions of other ideas on healthy snacks for when you’re expecting or just watching late night TV. This is why I invite you to share your favorite snacks and recipes in the comment area below. Let’s get this party… eaten 😉