Has your mealtime become frustrating? I've been experimenting with foods with my son and finding that if it looks fun, he will eat it, including veggies! It may not always work daily, but it doesn't mean I'm going to stop trying. With all the fun suggestions on Facebook, Pinterest, and making my own visual meals that are a healthy version on a Lunchables pack, I think I'm getting the hang of it! I'm going to post a few ideas for you to try, and keep adding as we go along. Be sure to return to this page for more ideas by pinning this post!
Above I made what I call a "banana dog" by adding peanut butter and jelly to a banana inside a hot dog bun. There are lots of variations you can make with this of course, but I think the squeezable kind of PB & J work best. I would try a whole wheat bun or maybe try this with warm french toast, which can also be done to the roll. YUM!
Kids plates and cups are darn cute. But keeping them in order is my least favorite thing, especially when he can reach the drawer and pull them out at any time... however the drawer gets FULL often from not being organized or having too much in it. This is how I organize it! It's all in a bottom drawer... cups, plates, lids, all stacked on their own. It keeps a little effort to make it stay this way, but it's much easier to find things when stacked together, otherwise I would have all the containers closed with their lids on but that only works for a pack of 4! I'm planning on getting divider to make it better. Stay tuned for that update! How do you organize your child's dishware? Is this helpful to you?
(ps. his forks and spoons are inside a peanut butter jar in the adult dishware area)
Do you ever have left over yogurt after your child is done eating it? Or do you have a day where they tell you "Yes I want yogurt" and then once you open the container they turn their nose? This is when I make Yogurt Dots.
I take one of my sons baby spoon and plop and dollop onto a Tupperware lid. (I'm a little lazy... I realize this can be done with something like wax paper on a cookie sheet but I can't fit a cookie sheet in my side by side fridge/freezer) It takes only about 2 hours to freeze. He can eat as many as he wants and feels like it's a treat! Great for summer, teething gums, or for a kid with a sweet tooth.
Just don't pop them all out into a bowl and then leave the bowl lying around to melt. : )
You may pop them out and put them in a container if you aren't going to use in the same day as you make them, just be aware that they can get frost bite easy and taste not as fresh if not eating right away!
What is your child's favorite way to eat yogurt?
I received this recipe in my son Carter's magazine Highlights High Five (www.highlights.com)
and we made it this past weekend since we had most of the ingredients. It was so good (and healthy as far as muffins go!) I thought I might share it with you!
Muffins for Mom
By Sarah Smith
Makes 1 Dozen
Before You Begin:
Put paper baking cups in a 12- cup muffin tin.
Adult: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2) In another bowl, mash the banana. then add the butter milk, egg, oil, and vanilla. Stir.
3) Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix just until blended.
4) Put the mixture in the muffin cups.
Note: We added a sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar to the top for visual pleasure.
5) Adult: Bake for 15 min to 18 min or until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly touched.
Sat. Fat: 0.7g
Cholesterol: 20.8 mg
Hi! My name is Crystal, and I have been a SAHM for the past 3 years to my son Carter. I strive to keep him occupied without the use of a TV. Here is where I will post the ideas and projects we have used. I am big into living healthier and having homemade items in our house to save money and have less toxins in our home. I hope you enjoy our endeavors!