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Laughing Cow

Confession: It Really Can Be Easy Being Cheesy

EAT, lunches, snacks By October 17, 2016 No Comments

You’re going to think this is silly, but I have a recurring fantasy about snacking with a cow. I know, this is a seriously cheesy confession, but I have to be honest. For a while now I have been fixated on The Laughing Cow Cheese Dippers.

It all started in the last few days of summer. I innocently packed up a cooler full of snacks to take to our local park. Knowing all the kids would be running through the sprinklers, I skipped sandwiches and chips, loading up instead on fruits, veggies, hummus, and various snack-type cheeses.

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Serendipity Indigo is the self-proclaimed Queen of Silver Linings. She frequently writes about the struggle to find the bright side on her blog Mother of Serendipity. Although raised a military brat, she's called New York City home for the last 16 years. Now a wife & stay at home mother to her two young Rebels she can be found ranting, raving, looking for unexpected treasures, and committing random acts of photography. Most of this randomness is shared on her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and whatever other social medias the kids are into these days.

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back-to-school snack hacks

Back-to-School Snack Hacks (and lunches that look hard, but cook easy!)

EAT, lunches By August 31, 2016 1 Comment

Advertisers prove again and again that one thing in life is certain: Kids like gimmicks. And maybe moms can learn something from the people whose research proves that every new tickle-me-product or beany-whatsit has million dollar potential in the “mommy I need this” department.

It’s back to school time and our little fuss-monsters are already secretly gearing up to object to/trade/outright discard their lunches and snacks. But this year we’ll one up them, by getting creative and making healthy lunches fun. (We’re also going to make them easy and time-saving because come September, moms have enough on our plates.) So here are some quick ideas, tips, and snack hacks for our favourite moms as you prepare to head back into the kitchen.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Maple Lodge Farms Sandwiches

Storytelling Through Food for Picky Eaters

EAT, lunches By August 23, 2016 No Comments

This post is part of the YummyMummyClub.ca and Maple Lodge Farms #FamilyFirst sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.

Maybe it’s the June doldrums after months of school lunches and shuttling from soccer practice to skiing with grumpy, tired kids who seem less than appreciative. Maybe I’m in a rut trying to feed the boys creative, healthy foods with constant resistance. Or maybe parenting it just hard. I think that is probably it.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Winning lunch box wars with Quaker

Finally, A Lunchbox War You Will Win

EAT, lunches, snacks By May 26, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Take a walk down memory lane with me, won’t you? It’s the end of August (or perhaps July, depending on where you live). The new school year is fast approaching and you are STOKED, my friend. Because, while your summer break was all sorts of wonderful, you and your kids are SO READY to get back to your routine.

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Eat What You Want Day Healthy Spring Quinoa Bowl

Eat What You Want Day II: Spring Quinoa Bowls

EAT, eat, FAM, family meals, grow, health, holidays, LIVE, lunches, nourish, pregnancy, self By May 12, 2016 No Comments

Diala’s Kitchen is one of my favourite new food blog obsessions and after getting gluttonous on the (terrible, curse on whoever invented this) “Eat What You Want Day” with a bowl of popcorn to carry me through from breakfast to lunch, an inhaled curry pad thai for dinner, and half a huge bag of dark choc almonds to follow—let’s just say that I woke up this morning hungover, overcome with guilt, and looking to redeem myself.

Diala to the rescue with a dish that’s fresh, healthy, totally yummy, and makes me feel like I might not have to wear a T-shirt over my swimsuit during baby swimming lessons this summer.

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Easy School Lunches

12 Easy School Lunches the Kids Will Actually Eat

EAT, lunches By May 19, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 21 Comments

We’re almost there – the home stretch towards summer. It’s the time of year where once-nutritious school lunches become cold pizza and granola bars seem like a good choice for breakfast as you rush the kids out of the house.

May is a great time to revisit the school lunch menu in order to ensure the munchkins finish their year off on a high note. Kids (2-12 years old) should be getting 2-4 servings of vegetables a day, while teens should get 7-8 servings a day to ensure they are getting adequate nutrients through their diet. Not only do we have 12 easy school lunch ideas for you, but another ‘treat’ you can add to their backpack. Adding a multivitamin to compensate for school lunch fatigue ensures that they get the nutrients they need – even when they ‘run out of time’ to eat.

Our family has been taking IronKids Gummies and Adult Essentials for three months, and we are all noticing a difference in energy. My nails are stronger and hair is growing fast. The gummies are gluten, dairy and nut-fee, and contain no sugar coating, nor artificial flavours or colours. Because they meet strict school allergy requirements, I’ve started sending them in school lunches, so even when the kids don’t finish their lunch, they get a mid-day energy boost.

But let’s try to end the year on a great note by coming up with a few easy school lunches they will actually devour (with the IronKids Gummy on the side to make you confident they’re getting all the nutrition they need!)

Fruit Kebabs1.  Fruit Kebabs With Yoghurt Dip
2. Quinoa Turkey Meatballs in a Thermos
3. Mini egg and green pea muffins
4. Apple, Chicken and Grape Kebabs
5. Grilled Broccoli and Cheese Panini
6. Cream Cheese, Pear and Honey on mini-bagels
7. DIY Beef and Bean Tacos
8. Chicken Drumsticks with Edamame
9. Brown Sugar Apples
10. Sushi
11. Moroccan Chicken Couscous
12.  Savoury Muffins

 

“Disclosure: I am part of the Life Science Nutritionals blogger program with Influence Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Savoury School Lunch Muffins

EAT, lunches By May 19, 2015 Tags: , , , No Comments

Savoury School Lunch MuffinsThese savoury school lunch muffins can be made in batches and kept in the freezer. You can swap out your child’s favourite cheese and meat.

2 cups flour
3/4 cup grated cheese
1/2 cup finely diced ham or sausage
1 red pepper, de-ribbed and diced
1/4 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
150g butter, melted
1 cup (250ml) milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tbsp parsley, chopped

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a 12 cup muffin tray with cupcake liners.
  2. In a bowl, place the flour, cheese, capsicum, mushrooms and ham.
  3. In a jug, combine the egg, milk and butter.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Pour into liners and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Photo Credit: Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Dealing with Fickle Picky Eaters

EAT, FAM, family meals, kids, lunches By April 3, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Fickle Picky EatersOne day they like mustard and the next, it’s only BBQ sauce.

And while one kid loves gnocci the other will only eat pasta.

Sandwiches with cheese are gross but macaroni and cheese is a favourite.

Smoothies aren’t real food, but when frozen into popsicles they are perfectly good sustenance.

Deceptively DeliciousNo Cry Picky Eater SolutionDealing with fickle picky eaters can give moms and dads a bunch of extra grey hair, and at times it is hard to remember that fussy eating is a normal stage for kids when learning about themselves. Experts constantly weigh in on methods to ensure healthy eating and Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious cookbook about hiding healthy foods within meals sold millions of copies and Elizabeth Pantley’s No-Cry Picky Eater Solution is also a great resource that flies off the shelves. So you’re not alone if you’re a tad frustrated!

Personally, I’m a really (really) busy mom, and while sometimes I cook up a storm, I can’t always guarantee home cooking, nor can I ensure that the kids will eat their painstakingly prepared school lunches. (One with mustard and one with BBQ sauce). When they were babies I knew if they were eating too many carrots and squash because they’d have an orange hue to their skin. Now, I have no idea if their calcium levels are adequate, their iron is ok and in Canada (especially on the East coast this year) I can pretty much guarantee that the kids have a vitamin D deficiency. Research shows that up to 85% of people do not have adequate vitamin D levels and Vitamin D deficiency is at its peak after the winter season.

Our family has been taking Iron Kids and Adult Essentials gummies for a few months, and we are all loving it. With a wide selection of nut and gluten-free options, I give them a few per day based on what their diet has been like recently. The multivitamin is great, but usually I toss them a calcium as well. IronKids Calcium is also fortified with vitamin D to ensure that your kids can absorb and utilize the calcium they need for bones and teeth. Calcium intake can decrease significantly without daily intake of vitamin D

The boys won’t leave the house until they’ve had their vitamin treats, and they compare shapes and flavours with each other in delight. This begins my day knowing that I’ve covered the bases in case they forget to eat their lunch because the school soccer game is too distracting, and my stress level about their nutrition has been dramatically reduced.

We have a summer full of sailing, golf, soccer and tennis so the whole family needs all the nutrients we can get!

IronKids GummiesYou can learn lots more about nutrition and health on the Iron Kids website, and they also have a great bi-weekly newsletter!

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Science Nutritionals blogger program with Influence Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Chocolate Garden Cups

EAT, lunches By April 1, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

Chocolate Garden CupsThese Chocolate Garden Cups offer the perfect combination of crunchy and smooth, and they are packed with nutrients. Just make sure you have the face wipes handy!!
Serves: 2

Adorable and fun to make with the family, these Chocolate Garden cups are perfect for kids parties or an after school snack. Topped with yummy organic Choco Chimps cereal, the deliciously simple, eggless chocolate pudding is light, easy to make, and not too sweet.

Chocolate Garden Cups Ingredients

Easy Chocolate Milk Pudding
1 ¾ cup chocolate milk, room temperature
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 tbsp. corn starch
1 tbsp. maple syrup or sweeten to taste

Garden Cups
1/2 cup Choco Chimps Cereal
crushed Sprig of mint

Directions 1. Combine cocoa powder and corn starch in a small pot. 2. Gradually stir in milk and whisk until smooth. Stir in maple syrup. 3. Stirring constantly, bring to slow boil. Whisk for 1 minute until pudding thickens. 4. Remove from heat and pour into small mason jars or jam jars, leaving space for topping. 5. Chill for 1 hour until cooled and thickened. 6. Top with crushed Choco Chimps Cereal and garnish with sprig of mint and popsicle stick.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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