Healthy Moms Blog
Are the holidays over yet? If you’re anything like me (and I hope you are), there’s been a bit of overindulging happening in the past week or two. You may also have had it up to here with cooking for large gatherings, so now is the perfect time to kill two birds with one stone: go out to eat something healthy! The Healthy Moms card has you covered in that department.
Hooray for Healthy Yummy Food That My Toddler Will Eat
Last night was a hallmark night. My somewhere-between-two-and-a-half-and-three-year-old man-in-training ate four (count ‘em, four) helpings of his dinner. During this time, he prompted me several times with “Mama, more pweeez!” and then dived in, occasionally making eye contact to nod emphatically and declare “Yummy!” with an earnestness that was a little bit heartbreaking.
Once kids become old enough to understand what the word “treat” means, they basically spend a good portion of every single day asking for one. The problem, of course, is that we can’t give our kids over-processed, sugar-laden food all the time. Well, we can but the result is less than ideal. I'm definitely running into the treat conundrum myself, even with my 2-year-old, who once (okay, last week) made his big sister late for school because of the meltdown he had when I refused to give him a treat for breakfast.
There is no denying it - my family loves smoothies! My kids love them for breakfast and afterschool snacks and I even send them to school for them to sip at their desks (disguised as water in reusable steel bottles of course!). I usually make them with a combination of fruit, a handful of vegetables, some cinnamon, occasionally a knob of ginger, chia seeds and a source of protein like some yogurt, nuts or hemp seeds. To keep costs down and variety up, I buy big bags of organic frozen fruit at Costco and toss that into the blender rather than fresh fruit.