We’ve been on a rampage lately. Not to get the kids to pick up their socks, put the toilet seat down, or call if they’ll be out past ten (just kidding). We’ve resolved to find some healthy snacks. We thought it wouldn’t be a problem. Whoops. I will never forget my first outing to a ‘special event’ when Thomas the Train was in Squamish, and I took my 1 year old to see him. I actually remembered diapers that day, but forgot the snacks. I thought I’d be fine to purchase something. After combing the grounds, I found cotton candy, chips, and mini doughnuts.
Yields 4 servings.
2 cups fettuccine noodles
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh chopped garlic
½ cup sliced onions
½ cup chopped green bell peppers
½ cup chopped red bell peppers
1 ½ cups sliced button mushrooms
1 ½ cups quarter chopped artichoke hearts (canned)
¼ cup white wine
2 cups raw spinach
1 ½ cups Stock Up Vegetable Stock
salt and pepper to taste
2 fresh chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon fresh basil
Yum. What’s the next best thing to Mother’s milk? Check out Vitala. Vitala Milk is BC’s only all-natural milk and it gives you the additional health benefits of DHA Omega-3 and Conjugated Linolic Acid. The special Abbotsford Vitala cows are fed with enriched grain, and treated with kid gloves. Or plastic ones, anyway. (Are you laughing?) The great thing is that this milk is especially perfect for children who are transitioning from breast milk or formula.
With meals this good, we certainly won’t say a word. One of the golden rules of pregnancy is to stock your freezer for those first few months. If you’re not the chef-type, or are simply too busy (or ill), you can still check this one off your list. Dinnerworks and Fresh Dish allow you to assemble meals in advance – either in person or have them delivered to your door.
Costco offers a box of twelve packs of frozen edamame (soybeans). We throw ours in a frying pan without oil or butter. Simply heat through and spice with salt, pepper, or any herbs and spices your kids desire. Squeezing the beans out is fun for the kids, and it may just buy you enough time to make dinner!
“Take no advice.. follow your own instincts.. use your own reason, to come to your own conclusions” – Virginia Woolf.
This week is shaping up to be “postpartum visit week.” Lots of wee boys (and their tired mums) to visit. I’ve also heard from clients whose babies range in age from three to eight months.
French Toast for Kids. Try this one with cinnamon raisin bread for a fun twist to the traditional. Changing things is a great way for kids to ‘rediscover’ foods that they may not have liked the first time.
Once in a while, when my 8 month old starts to go a little batty while I’m cooking in the kitchen, I’ll stop what I’m doing to make something with him. He can totally be my co-pilot on this recipe. He helps me peel a banana and plop it in the blender. Then, I’ll wash and scoop the avocado and yogurt into the blender and then let him press the buttons so he can watch it all mix together.
Whether you are a first time mom with questions about feeding your baby or a seasoned veteran, read on to learn more about organic baby food and the benefits for your baby and the environment.
Head nutritionist for Sweetpea Baby Food, well-known author and mom, Dr. Joey Shulman has compiled the Top 10 Reasons to Feed Your Baby Organic.
Top 10 Reasons to Feed Your Baby Organic
1. Reduces your infant’s exposure to harmful herbicides and pesticides
2. Protects your child’s developing immune system
3. Improves the quality of your baby’s nutrition
4. Provides your baby with better tasting food
5. Helps protect your baby against the onset of future illness
6. Reduces the amount of harmful residue found in the meat your baby eats
7. Decreases soil erosion, thereby enhancing the nutrients in your baby’s food
8. Organic certification is strictly monitored to ensure your baby is receiving the highest standard of food
9. Protection of future waters through use of natural ingredients in the soil
10. Protects the environment for the next generation
Reprinted with permission from Sweetpea Baby Food www.sweetpeababyfood.com
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