We are Mamas on the move, always searching for a way to infuse healthy options into our kids' diet. Thankfully, we received a complimentary box of Educational Snacks by Dick & Jane (Twitter: @DickandJane_Edu) to review with our pickiest eaters - 3 girl, 3 boy, 5 & 8 girls.
The fact that the snacks are whole grain, nut free, and only 5g of sugar per serving is amazing - I needed to know that I could pass these bags to each child without sparking a ridiculous sugar attack. Did I mention my 3 year old is not interested in candy or heavily sugar based snacks? (Fingers crossed her position will follow her through high school.) But, I digress.
When it comes to trying something new - I like to present our troop with a product in a group, once they are not fighting and seemingly in a good mood. The best time presented itself after the Peanuts Movie. Grinning from ear to ear, they were excited and ready to be our "testers". So, I handed the Bilingual snacks to the 3s, State/Capitals to 5 and the Presidents to 8 (to which she replied, "I'm learning Presidents in Social Studies!".
They tore into the bags and immediately started describing each snack. I was surprised at the size of each piece. They were big enough to display the snack theme. My daughter enjoyed the "siesta" snack as we drove home - I crossed my fingers that nap time would be just as simple.
Vanilla Flavor and theme appropriate to our 3-8 year old group.
Serving size proved to be just enough - my tot ate them all.
Size of each piece displayed the theme in clear manner.
My kid refused to share.
We used them for after school snacks, lunch boxes, and between soccer practice or gymnastics. Pick yours up today!
Like most Mamas, we want the best for our troop. If you are looking for an alternative to your current snack options - check out http://www.dickandjanebakingco.com/ for the nearest store and Amazon.
Since childhood, we’ve always been taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Outside of the assumed health benefits, there’s nothing like waking up to the smell of mom or dad working the stove and starting the day off with a full stomach. For the third addition of this summer food series we are focusing on delicious meals for breakfast time. I will be the first to admit that I might skip breakfast here and there, especially during the busy work week, but I am working on being a better example for my little one by making breakfast a priority in our household.
As I have mentioned before, my 18 month old can be a very picky eater and is not a fan of trying new foods. When she first started eating table food, she loved to pick at my scrambled eggs so much that sometimes I would barely have any left for myself! However, she currently despises eggs and expects to have Greek yogurt or mandarin oranges every morning for breakfast. Although these items can be good for her, I prefer for her to have a more diverse pallet to accommodate other healthier foods. So this momma has been doing a lot of recipe research to find healthy but tasty meals to adapt to her stubborn but still changing tastes. After talking to a few other experienced moms and searching Pinterest for ideas, I have created a list of breakfast recipes that will make even the pickiest eater happy.
Banana Blueberry Parfait
Breakfast Yogurt Banana Splits
Muffin Tin Omelets
Watermelon and Berry Fruit Salad
French Toast Sticks
Sweet Potato Hash Browns
Scrambled Eggs with Ham
Cheddar Mini Pancakes
Oatmeal with Fruit
Tie Dye Waffles
I hope these recipes make breakfast time a little more fun and enjoyable for you and your children. Always remember, recipes can be modified and I for one believe in making meals cater to your little ones. As a parent, you know what your child likes or dislikes - so keep that in mind when planning their meals. I have recently discovered that introducing new food items with a food your child already likes seems to work a little better than serving it to them solo.
So make your next breakfast healthy and memorable for the whole family. All recipes can be found on my Pinterest board.
School is out and the kids are ready for some summer fun. Personally, I have enjoyed every second of my time at home with my daughter and as a result, I’ve discovered one of her favorite times of day is snack time. Snack time can be an easy time for most parents because we usually hand our little ones a pre-package bagged or boxed item. To be clear, I am not against store bought snacks (seriously Trader Joe’s has some of my daughter’s favorites) but I have time off during summer and I wanted to become more hands-on in my daughter's snack choice.
Instead of giving my daughter store bought processed snacks, I have chosen a healthier route by making her snacks. Pinterest is my go-to for finding unique snack ideas, but I also take into consideration what my little one likes to eat and create healthier alternatives for particular foods. For example, my daughter is big fan of frozen treats so I found different ways to take advantage of this, while sneaking some extra fruit into her diet. She is eating a healthy homemade snack option that both satisfies her taste buds and helps me provide essential vitamins and nutrients for my baby girl.
My goal for the summer is to encourage my daughter to eat more fruits and vegetables, so I want to share eight snack recipes that are enjoyable and healthy for our little ones to eat.
1. Peanut Butter and Apples: This classic snack can be jazzed up by adding raisins and/or granola.
2. Fruit Kabobs: You can mix and match your child’s favorite fruits with this simple snack
3. Grilled Cheese Roll Ups: Revamp the regular grill cheese sandwich for a fun roll up.
4. Carrots and Celery: A simple but healthy snack, you could even add a dipping sauce of the side.
5. Frozen Banana Pops: This snack is a good alternative for popsicles. You can dip your banana bites in dark chocolate to add a little sweetness.
6. Celery with Peanut Butter and Raisins: An after-school favorite “Ants on a Log” can be a fun snack to make with your children.
7. Cheese and Crackers: Another simple snack but a healthier option instead of a Lunchable.
8. Frozen Yogurt Dots: This is a great snack to beat the heat and fun for kids to help make and eat.
Please enjoy and share these amazing snacks and don’t forget to follow my Pinterest Board for more ideas.
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