Seeing as we are all still stuck at home with extra time on our hands, here is a recipe that is not only delicious but also nutritious and low fat with no added sugar. Homemade low fat granola is a great way to start your day and perfect for a mid day munch. With the kids learning from home, I tend to deliver mid-morning snacks to keep their attention focused on the virtual learning. (Sometimes I make it with some dark chocolate chunks to brighten the day – of course…) You can add goji berries, dried fruit, chia seeds or coconut. Whatever you have in the cupboard that can add some interest to your pandemic cooking!
Besides getting my car detailed and wearing noise-cancelling headphones, there is little more I require for Mother’s Day. But since the kids asked… we scoured our favourite Etsy shops for some great gift ideas. Check out ten of our favourite Mother’s Day Picks from Etsy!
1. Vintage Milk Glass Colony Harvest Goblets. Because you can fit lots of wine inside.
2. Letterpress Recipe Cards and Recipe Box. Because letterpress.
3.Custom Recycled Sail Diaper Bag. Recycling as well as a stylish, waterproof and unique bag.
4. Organic Linen Cloth Napkins with a Chickadee Screen Print
5. Minimalist Brass Case for iPhone.
6. Floral Hair Clip.
7. White Peignoir.
8. Ornate circle – one-page-per-day agenda inserts
9. Purple Wise Owl Hand-Stamped Wrapping Paper
There’s nothing as soft as baby skin. Especially if you are washing your diapers, throwing a few wipes into the laundry isn’t a big deal. When my kids were small I would fill a thermos coffee dispenser daily with warm water and always have cloths as baby wipes. This Natural Homemade Baby Wipe Recipe would have made things even easier!
Natural Homemade Baby Wipe Recipe
Homemade Brown Rice and Quinoa Baby Food is fun and easy to make – and packs a huge punch for your little one as they begin solid food. You can also make this first food recipe in a rice cooker in bulk and freeze individual spoonfuls in ice cube trays. Once froze, pop the cubes out and keep them together in a big labelled ziplock bag. Just make sure when you thaw in the microwave that there are no hot spots.
½ cup brown rice
½ cup quinoa
2 cups purified water or organic free-range chicken stock
1 jar (4 ounces) organic meat baby food, any flavour
Put the rice, quinoa, and water or stock in a small pan
Bring to a boil over medium heat
Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 40 to 50 minutes, until the water is absorbed
Fluff with a fork and add the baby food
Cool before serving
Variation: Add peas, other soft cooked vegetables, or fruit
Truly the most important meal of the day, breakfast should not be skipped – especially for kids heading off to learn at school. We’ve put together 12 healthy breakfast ideas, some of which can be made in advance and frozen. Moms need to save all the time possible in the morning!
Smoothies are a fabulous option and a great way to add fruit and vegetables to the diet. We like to ‘hide’ spinach in smoothies and disguise it with dark fruit like blueberries.
Mini quiche are great to make in mini muffin tins and an easy place to throw in tiny peppers, cheese, bacon and herbs.
Shaped pancakes are fun to make in huge batches and keep in the freezer. You can pull out a few at a time for the kids and heat.
Breakfast wraps (we call them ‘hand snacks’) are fun with scrambled eggs, cheese and salsa. Wrap the end in tinfoil and they become a great portable breakfast option!
Oatmeal from scratch is easy when you add mil to the oats and finish with with cinnamon and brown sugar.
Homemade muffins are fantastic for hiding pureed or grated veggies such as zucchini and carrot. Here are our zippy zucchini ones.
Whole grain waffles that you can pop in the toaster make a great start to the day. Try to opt of real maple syrup over the artificially flavoured ones..
Poached eggs on whole wheat toast are a favourite in our household. You can skip the hollandaise to save a few calories. And a ton of time!
Granola with a few hidden chocolate chips at the bottom of the bowl helps my kids eat everything. Wink.
Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon on brown toast is a great way to start the day, and packs a ton of lean protein.
Ham and Eggs is a great way to begin a day and the protein boost will help the kids retain the juicy tidbits they learn at school.
Cut up fruit with Greek yoghurt dip is a healthy snack, and you can make fun patterns with different shapes of fruit – a sailboat scene for instance. Sprinkled with chia and hemp seeds, it packs a ton of omega 3’s. Enjoy your breakfast!!
Granola is, in our popular consciousness, the ultimate health food–and it’s hard to deny that this compact, easy-to-eat food is chock-full of good stuff. Sure you can buy it in the stores, but if you have a little time, you can make it at home, without all the preservatives and additives found in the commercial offerings. Here is our basic homemade granola bars recipe, feel free to elaborate!
Muriel Swetnam used to bake this unbelievable bread the old-fashioned, Nova Scotian way: using huge recycled coffee cans for the actual baking. She would sell it at church bake sales and I remember one day, she popped over to the house with a few loaves which we devoured in one evening. Eat it warm with real butter. Here’s Muriel’s Famous Brown Bread recipe.
Chances are your baby isn’t yet bored with the cereal and fruit but you probably are. Porridge is a great breakfast treat that your baby will happily eat!