Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Butternut Squash and Plums!

My son is 1.5 years old right now and snacks ALL DAY LONG. He never really eats "meals" but will snack every hour or so. Personally, I believe snacking can lead to obesity and an unhealthy life style (when combined with the 3 meals a day). Even without eating is 3 meals a day, I still want to make sure he is getting all the proper nutrition his "little" body needs.

That is why squeezie packs are a LIFESAVER! But I absolutely refuse to buy them from the store. Why trust food that can sit on the shelf that long! Have you even counted the number of days it was in a warehouse or 18-wheeler being shipped to it's final location? It scares me so I try not to think about it.

Moving on from that little rant of mine....this recipe I just through together and it is awesome! It isn't really sweet, which I am a huge fan of. When you make everything sweet, of course you child will eat it. BUT, then they will turn town those delicious savory foods you make because it isn't sweet enough for them.

Here is the recipe:
1 (2lb) Butternut Squash
2 Black Plums
Olive Oil
1/4 c Bolthouse Strawberry Banana
8 Squeeze packs



This Recipe costs about $5 to make 8 Squeezies!

Organic Squeezies at the store cost anywhere from $0.98-$1.78 EACH

Here is how to make this:
1. Preheat oven to 400F
2. Cut Squash into 5-6 pieces (hamburger style) and remove seeds
3. Place on Sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil
4. Cook until you can easily slide a fork into the thickest piece
5. Wait until they are cooled
6. Cut off skins and cut them into 1-2 inch cubes (they don't have to be perfect)
7. Place into blender, food processor, or bowl with the 2 plums already cut (if you are using a Emulsion blender, that is what the bowl is for).
8. Add in 1/4 bolthouse juice
9. Puree
10. Distribute into Squeeze Packs

After that let your little one have at it!!

Hope y'all enjoy!! God Bless💗

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Juice for your infant

You can start to introduce juice at the age of 6 months to your child (watered down). What is the first kind of juice that parents usually give their children?

I would say that apple juice is probably the first juice introduced to little people. That was not the first juice I gave to Carter. I gave him the Bolthouse Farms - Green Goodness.


INGREDIENTS

Pineapple Juice From Concentrate (Water, Pineapple Juice Concentrate), Apple Juice From Concentrate (Water, Apple Juice Concentrate), Mango Puree From Concentrate (Water, Mango Puree Concentrate), Banana Puree, Kiwi Puree, Spirulina Powder, Natural Flavor, Green Tea Extract, Spinach Powder, Broccoli Powder, Barley Grass Powder, Wheat Grass Powder, Garlic Powder, Jerusalem Artichoke Powder, Nova Scotia Dulse Powder.
Contains Wheatgrass, Barley Grass.
 
Which as you can see in the nutrition facts and ingredients, Is much better than just apple juice that is probably loaded with extra sugar.
Bolthouse Farms has a lot of delicious products that are great for kids and adults. Don't just settle for the usual Apple Juice, Expand your horizons.

God Bless Y'all💝

Monday, August 13, 2018

Let's talk about Apple Sauce

I used to buy apple sauce from HEB (the organic kind of course) but it was getting expensive because my chunky monkey son LOVES his apple sauce.



So I began to make my own. I experimented with two recipes of my own and I just recently found my favorite! But I will list both of them for you so that you can take your pick.

Both of the Recipes include these ingredients and tools:

-Honey Crisp or Fuji Apples (Use Honey Crisp if you can, they are the best just pricey)
-Local Organic Honey (preferably raw)
-Emulsion Blender or food processor (Emulsion Blender works best)
-Big Pot
-Plastic or Glass Bowl
-Stove Top

This is an Emulsion Blender if you are unfamiliar with it. The Kitchen Aid one costs about $40 on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005MMNB6G/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1


RECIPE #1

1. So with this recipe all you have to do is core the apples, cut them into chunks about an inch thick and throw them in a pot of water.
2. Let the apples boil until you can stick a fork in them easily.
3. Remove apples from boiling water and place in a separate plastic or glass bowl.
4. Add about a Tablespoon of honey per 5 apples. (So if you have 10 apples put 2 Tablespoons)
5. Use the Emulsion Blender to puree the apples.
                   You can also put the boiled apples and honey in a food processor to puree.
6. Once it is pureed you can put it into bowls or squeeze packs.
       -For little babies (4-12 months) it is easier to use bowls/small containers. Base the size               of the containers on your baby's appetite. You know your baby best.
      -For babies/toddlers 12+ months Squeeze packs are easiest.
7. I like to use my Squooshi!! See picture below.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N7JXNUR/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&th=1

The filling station costs about $19 on amazon


Recipe #2 - My Favorite

1. Core the apples
2. Cut into about inch thick pieces and place in empty, already hot pot.
3. Pour in Honey, again 1 Tablespoon per 5 apples
4. Let simmer and mix every so often (DO NOT ADD ANY WATER)
5. Once you can put a fork easily through it with a fork place ALL contents in bowl
FOLLOW STEPS  5 through 7 in recipe #1


The reasoning why Recipe #2 is my favorite:

When you boil the apples and remove them from the water, you leave  most of the flavor in the water.

I hope you and your little munchkins enjoy this apple sauce as much as we do!

God Bless💖

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Let the investigation begin! - COMPLETED!

My son, as mentioned in my last post, is teething extremely bad right now. I didn't want to give him Tylenol so I went to HEB (my grocery store) and bought some Hyland's Baby Products. 
I purchased both the Oral Pain Relief Tablets, one for nighttime and one for day time. I have used Hyland's Brand before and I LOVE their stuff. They are homeopathic and all natural which is why I love them. I bought these on Sunday the 24th. He got 2 doses of the daytime and then 1 dose of the night time later, before bed.
I also recently got Skin So Soft because it is notorious for repelling mosquitos, which we have a lot of down here in Texas.  I also put that on him on Sunday, for the first time, because he really wanted to be outside. 

Now, flash forward to Monday morning, he wakes up and has a small rash. Well this ends up spreading all over his back, front, neck and face by noon. So, some kind of allergic reaction. Now I have to figure out what it is! 

There is no rash on his arms or legs so I don't think it is the Skin So Soft. 
He had no reaction during the day on Sunday when he had the daytime tablets from Hyland so I don't think it could be that.
So only thing left is the night time Hyland's. Easy enough, right? WRONG!
The only ingredient in the night time that he hasn't consumed in the past is the " Magnesia Phosphorica 12X HPUS." This ingredient is used to temporary relief from teething, cramps and dry cough. 
I have been researching this for over an hour and I can't find any known side effects from it....So the investigation continues..

I will keep y'all posted!

God Bless
To Be Continued...

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7/2/18
Alright, the investigation is completed!!
The rash started to fade on Thursday last week and was completely gone by Friday.

It turned out to neither be the Skin So Soft or the night time tablets.
As I did my research on rashes, I concluded that is must have been "Fifth Disease" also known as Erythema Infectiosum. It is a virus infection that symptoms match up perfectly to Carter's; low fever, cold symptoms, rash (on arms, legs, and trunk) and "slapped cheek."
According to my research, it is a typically mild virus that resolves on its own. However, if you're pregnant, anemic, have cancer or a week immune system it can be very serious. Luckily in Carter's case he has none of these.

This can last for 2 weeks sometimes. I was giving Carter Immune support by Zarabee's and I think that really helped move things along quickly.

So, there it is! Case Closed!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Childrens/Infant Tylenol

I discovered something the other day.

I was stunned and frankly a little angry.....Tylenol (children's/infant) has high fructose corn syrup. I mean I expect this to be in most foods these days but in my child's medicine?! Are you kidding me?!

I am not the kind of person to give my child medicine (over the counter or prescribed) every time he gets a cough or slight fever. But my son has been miserably teething for the past week and a half, so I went to purchase some Tylenol. He eats so healthy and a little bit every now and again when needed isn't going to hurt him but it is the principle of it.

This whole situation just makes me furious!
I just needed to vent and warn y'all

God Bless💕


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

PUDDING!

I made this AMAZING pudding today and I just have to share it with y'all! (I even ate some) 
It is just 2 simple ingredients and it is actually good for you and your little one!!


Organic Chia Seeds and Chocolate Almond Milk

All you have to do is put about a tablespoon of chia seeds with a 1/3 cup of almond milk (it can even be chocolate or even coconut milk) and let it sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes. 
I like to add a variety of things to it when I take it out of the fridge, like;
Blueberries
Honey
Banana
Goji Berries
Strawberries
Dark Chocolate Chips

And I'm sure y'all could think of plenty of things to throw in there if you don't care for any of these. 😏

I hope you enjoy!

God Bless Y'all!💕


Monday, May 21, 2018

Let's talk Manners

I was at a family gathering yesterday with my husband's side of the family. It was a baby shower and his family always has men, women and children there so there were a lot of people. Most of the people there know I am a very aware of the food that my family and I consume - especially my son.

The reason I am writing this post is because something happened that really got under my skin. There were these fruit cups and they put this chili candy powder crap in the fruit cups for a snack. (Basically ruining the fruit in my opinion.) Well, one the cousins was about to feed a piece of this fruit covered in chili candy crap to my son. They didn't even think to ask my husband or I if he could have it. Luckily, I keep a VERY close eye on him at family gatherings so I quickly jumped up and said, "do not give the to my son."
His response was priceless, "Is he not aloud to have fruit?" That is actually what he asked me. Word for word.
So, as kindly as I could, I responded, "Yes, but not with that chili crap on it. I don't know what is in that and I don't know if he could be allergic to it. You need to ask before feeding someone else's child."

The part of this situation that bugs me the most is the fact that my son could have been allergic to this certain fruit (he isn't) and they didn't even think about asking if he could eat it. The culture we live in now is absolutely insane. People don't think before doing anything! Even when it comes to children! Personally, I have always asked kids' parents before giving their kid something eat that is a simple way to show that you respect them. You never know the dietary restrictions that kid might have.

So, in conclusion, have some manners and ALWAYS ask the child's parents before giving them food.

Thank y'all and God Bless💕

Butternut Squash and Plums!

My son is 1.5 years old right now and snacks ALL DAY LONG. He never really eats "meals" but will snack every hour or so. Personall...