Making Food Fun for Your Littles

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Kids are weird. Let’s face it. We all know it’s true. Parents know it the best- whether your kid is 2 or 22, they always have some weird quirks. I know that with a toddler, those quirks seem to stand out much more and they usually involve food. My kid will eat 85% of something on her plate, then, make a face and declare “I don’t like this!” Ummm….you just ate almost all of it. I’m pretty sure you liked it that whole time. It’s bizarre.

I’ve found that sometimes you need to mix up the routine as well so they have some fun while eating. The best part- it’s super easy to do! My favorite trick is cookie cutters.

Check out the ideas below thanks to Family Fun!

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Easy Recipes for the School & Work Week!

It’s hard to get creative sometimes! Even worse is falling into a slump when it comes to your daily breakfasts and lunches. That just leads to bad food choices or eating out! Check out the easy recipes below for a little twist in your everyday food routine!

Easy Frittatas
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Ingredients
  1. 6 eggs
  2. ¼ cup milk
  3. ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  4. ¼ cup chopped veggies
  5. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Mix together all ingredients
  3. Pour into muffin cups, filling about ¾ full
  4. Bake 18 to 20 minutes
Notes
  1. Photo courtesy of RachelCooks.com
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Pumpkin Spice Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 heaping tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1 teaspoon baking power
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 can pumpkin puree
  7. 1/2 cup honey
  8. 5.3 oz container plain Greek yogurt
  9. 2 large eggs
  10. 6 tablespoons melted coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease baking molds with coconut oil.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, honey, Greek yogurt, eggs, and melted coconut oil.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into the flour mixture; stir to combine.
  6. Transfer batter to molds.
  7. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size; check using a toothpick.
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No Bake Granola Bites
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  2. 1/4 cup raw honey
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1.5 cups rolled oats
  5. 1 cup chopped nuts
  6. 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (grind fresh to avoid spoilage)
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil, honey, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. When it bubbles and foams, turn heat to low.
  3. Add rolled oats, chopped nuts, ground flaxseed, and cook on low for 2 minutes, stirring to coat. Pour granola into the mold; press in firmly.
  4. Cool at room temperature for an hour; remove and add toppings if desired.
  5. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
  1. Tips for Toppings: Dip in melted dark chocolate or yogurt chips; sprinkle with coconut flakes and freeze-dried fruit pieces
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Peanut Power Bites

With toddlers, it’s not always easy to get plenty of protein in their diet. My daughter is a pretty good eater, but, she has those days (just like we do!) when she doesn’t want anything super nutritious. I love finding recipes that are tasty and incorporate healthy proteins! The recipe below can be tweaked to fit your needs as well!

Peanut Power Bites
Kid-friendly protein bites!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups oats
  2. 1 cup nut butter (salted)
  3. 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (or currants, cranberries, etc.)
  4. 1/2 cup honey (or preferred sweetener)
  5. 4 scoops Kids Daily B-Centered Nutrient Booster Powder (or your protein powder of choice)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into bowl. Mix well. Mold into small 1 inch balls and refrigerate overnight in tightly sealed container before serving.
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5 Simple Eco-Friendly Stain Removers

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Stains. As parents, stains are part of every day. Even if you aren’t a parent, I can guarantee you’ve ruined a shirt here and there and buried it deep in your closet because you couldn’t figure out how to get a spot out! Our guest blogger from HireHouseCleaners Kensington, explains some of the best eco-friendly stain removers below. I bet you’ll find one that you didn’t even think of before!


 

You are probably well acquainted with all those unpleasant and stubborn stains that cannot be removed from surfaces at home. It is true that nowadays there are a lot of strong detergents that promise to remove all spots, no matter of their origin. In spite of their innumerable benefits, commercial stain removers are often more toxic than you can imagine.

Another alternative that has recently become very popular is to use eco stain removers. They are a cost-effective decision and are easily applied on a wide range of surfaces.

In case you have still not explored all the advantages of non-toxic stain removers, read below to find out some valuable tips!
You do not need to be an expert to remove nasty stains – as long as you are acquainted with the right instructions and with the best eco friendly stain removers, you’ll get rid of those stains in no time!

Do not feel panicked when you observe a stain on the surfaces- the most important thing is to treat it right away, because, if you wait for a longer time, you do not stand a very good chance to remove the stain.

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Here are several effective eco stain removers:

Baking Soda

Baking soda has proven its efficiency for removing stains from almost every origin. It is especially suitable for cleaning biological stains like vomit and urine, and, baking soda effectively neutralizes the unpleasant odors. One effective recipe is to mix baking soda with water and to rub the stain with the paste that you have made. If it is a really nasty stain, you may need to alternate with vinegar.

White Vinegar
White vinegar always tends to be an excellent decision when it comes to eco-friendly stain removers. It is particularly suitable when you treat plant-based and dye-like stains as well as stains from coffee and tea. You can also apply it for stains caused by mildew and mold. It is inexpensive and it is also easily found in the nearest stores. The acetic acid in the vinegar makes it one of the best homemade stain removers.

Enzymes

You have probably not tried the amazing properties of enzymes but I assure you that they are great when it comes to breaking down substances like carbohydrates and proteins. This means that they can be ideally applied on a wide range of food stains. Of course, you may also search for laundry detergents with enzymes, but it is always better to spray the stain with a cleaner solution that contains enzymes such as ones from HireHouseCleaners Kensington.

Oxygen Bleach
What differs between oxygen bleach and the extra toxic chlorine bleach is that it consists of natural soda crystals and hydrogen peroxide. When it is mixed with water, the oxygen bleach releases and works perfectly for the removing of a wide range of stains. It is usually found in a dry powder-like form or crystals.

Rubbing Alcohol
This is another eco-friendly stain remover that is able to dissolve stains from ink and other similar substances. Instead of turning to commercial products, feel free to apply it and enjoy the incredible results. The ink stain will quickly disappear and your carpets and surfaces will become cleaner.

These are several eco-friendly stain removers that will help you to get rid of stains in an easy way. Instead of spending a lot of money on commercial cleaning products that are often harmful for your health, do not hesitate to try these natural cleaners. Stains on clothing, carpets, tablecloths, and more will easily disappear thanks to these magical stain removers.

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Fun Halloween Treats!

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Halloween-time is full of sugary sweets and not-so-healthy snacks! I have SUCH a sweet tooth, but, I am trying to limit my daughter’s sugar intake, even on holidays! Moderation is key, but, that rule is typically ignored during Halloween! Did you know that 4% of all candy eaten in the U.S. occurs on Halloween night, making the average trick-or-treater’s bag of candy equivalent to 4,800 calories and 3 cups of sugar!? Yikes. 

Thankfully, there are ways to still indulge with some healthier snacks AND minimal candy without going overboard. No one wants to deal with upset bellies, right!?

Check out these super cute and healthier Halloween treats from Chef Anthony Stewart!

Candy Corn Fruit Cup
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 cups mango cubes

2 cups clementine segments

2 cups fat-free, plain Greek yogurt

Assemble ingredients in a dessert or drink glass with mango on the bottom, clementines next, and Greek yogurt on top

Top with zest of clementine

Pritikin Candy Corn Fruit Cup

 

Chocolate Jack O’Lantern
*I swapped out the Splenda sweetener for Stevia since I can’t tolerate Splenda- you can use whatever sweetener you choose!*

Ingredients:

1/4 cup water cold

1/2 cup cocoa powder unsweetened

1/4 cup *Stevia granulated

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

12 ounces tofu silken, extra-firm

Instructions:

In a medium saucepan, add water and warm over low heat, bringing to a low simmer.

Add cocoa powder to saucepan, stirring constantly until the mixture becomes a fudge-like consistency.

Remove from heat.

Add Stevia to fudge, mixing well. Add vanilla extract, mixing well.

In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, add tofu and chocolate fudge mixture. Process until mixture is smooth and creamy.

Pritikin Pumpkin Chocolate Mouse

Halloween Kabobs

Simply skewer cantaloupe cubes and blackberries. These are SO easy for the kiddos to pick up and snack on!

(We’re not guaranteeing they’ll forget the sugary treats in their bags, but these colorful kabobs just may do the trick.)

Pritikin Halloween Kabobs

How do you limit your kiddos sugar intake on Halloween? Tell me your best tip! :)

 

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