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.
We’re a bit lazy. But clever. The next time you need to cut up some of the baby’s food, don’t get out the cutting board and knife, then chop off your manicured nails while getting the pieces small enough for your little princess. Put the food in a bowl and cut it up with scissors held vertically. Throw them in the dishwasher and voila! Manicure saved. You can also do this with our easy first foods ideas, and freeze small pieces instead of puree.
Scissors are also a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen. Even child-safe scissors are a great option, held vertically, to chop cooked carrots or beans into tiny pieces.
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!
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.