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Lunch box ideas?

School lunch box ideas.

With the school term fast approaching I’ve been thinking of different foods that I can use in my little mans lunch box that are nutritious and yummy.

He is a very fussy eater so coming up with different food ideas that he won’t get ‘bored’ of but foods that will also sustain his hunger, give him energy, are healthy options and are a nice variety.

He is only 3 but is very picky. He used to be a great eater and ate everything I have him, right up until he was about 2.5 years old. Then, like a switch, he ‘didn’t like anything’.

I try many options in his lunch box but the majority of the time, the lunch box comes back with the prepared food still not touched. Such a waste of good, wholesome healthy food.

I’ve tried asking him what he would like to eat. He still won’t eat it. I end up packing things that I know he will eat. Not always the healthiest options but he will eat it.

It makes me question, is it better to feed them what they like and want knowing it will get eaten?

Or pack him what I think is a better and healthier option knowing that it may possibly come back home untouched and know, my little guy went hungry as he didn’t like what was prepared for him?

He isn’t one of those children that sees other children eat and decided he wants to eat the same. He isn’t swayed by peer pressure. He is very head strong and is very confident.

So below are some options that I pack for my little guys preschool lunch box. I’d love to hear what you pack in your little ones lunch boxes.

Vegetable pancakes –
Yes I purée vegetables and put it in a pancake mix then make ‘regular’ pancakes. Great way to hide vegetables as my little man loves pancakes but ‘doesn’t like vegetables’.

Cereal –
I pack either Nutri grain or mini wheats. Yes I know they have sugar, but not as much as Cheerios or fruit loops and many other cereals. My little man will eat both and it’s a good easy way to get him to eat whole grains.

Crackers –
I make home made ones with my ThermoMix, they are quite healthy and really tasty. He eats them plain. If I have made a batch I will pack brown rice crackers or vita wheats. Again he eats them plain. Another easy way to have him eat while grains.

Cheese sticks –
A good source of dairy and protien and they keep well. If I have no cheese sticks I will cut up cubes of cheese. Full day of course.

Yogurt squirts –
I pop these in the freezer the night before school to ensure they stay cold for his lunch box. He will only eat vanilla and that’s fine. It’s another way to get dairy in his lunch box and brewing a squeeze pack, no mess and no need to pack a spoon.

Fruit squeeze pack / jelly squeeze pack –
I know some of you will think SUGAR but, I go for the lowest with no added sugar. He refuses to eat solid fruit even if I cut it up, so this way he is still getting fruit, some fibre and it’s a ‘sweet treat’.
I have tried making my own and using the refillable squeeze packs but he won’t touch them. I’m happy to buy them as its something I know he will eat.

Left over cold meats –
Example of i make mini meatballs for dinner, I will cook extra and pop those into his lunch box. He happily eats them cold. Or an extra sausage. Again if u cut it up he will eat it cold. Or even chicken tenders or home made chicken nuggets. So easy to make, good source or protein and iron and he will eat them cold.

Cold pasta –
Befor you think I’m nuts, it’s easy. I cook either shells or spirals, let them cool and put some in his lunch box. He likes cold pasta. I usually do while grain pasta or spinach. He won’t eat the ‘red’ but I find he doesn’t mind the ‘green’ or ‘brown’. Good carbohydrates and being low GI keeps his energy levels up.

Banana bread fingers –
He thinks it’s cake 😉 occasionally he will eat it. Plain though, no butter and it must be cut in rectangles. I again make my own in my ThermoMix so has almost no sugar and I again make it on half kamut and half wholemeal flour rather than plain white. Kamut flour is high in protein. You could also use chickpea flour.

An alternate in the banana bread fingers could be mini fruit muffins? If you make them yourself you can cut down in the sugar. I know some may question why cutting down on sugar in children.

Well 1 it rots teeth, 2 it can cause health issues and 3 if sugar is not burnt within the body from activity or exercise its stored as fat and our nation is already overweight. I don’t see I big issue in using either natural sugar sources such as fruit over refined sugar and I also think so much food has hidden added sugar that by cutting down on some can not hurt.

I don’t send my little man to school with muesli bars as its a nut free environment. I also don’t like the idea of roll up as its loaded with refined sugar.

I’d love to hear your ideas for fussy eaters that won’t eat a sandwich or cut fruit and vegetables.

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Pregnancy snacks – healthy options.

Healthy pregnancy snacks!

Firstly let me start by saying, these are not just snacks for pregnant women. However when your pregnant there are many restrictions that you perhaps should and shouldn’t have within your diet, so finding healthy options to curb your craving and stop the nausea can sometimes be difficult.

Below are my trusty snacks that are a healthy option – so that I’m not packing on too many extra kilo’s but also eating the right foods for both bub and me.

I understand cravings can override health and you just want to reach for a burger and fry’s, well I’m not saying don’t, what I’m saying is choose better choices. I sometimes find that if I’m craving hot chips / fry’s and I make my own oven baked rather than deep fried, they succumb the craving and I don’t generally eat the serving that I made for myself anyway.

Green apples – I love crunchy food during pregnancy, not sure why but I do.

Vita wheats – just plain, nothing on them, again crunchy but filled with many vitamins, seeds, whole grains and good stuff.

Cheddar / tasty cheese – yes unfort they say to stay away from soft or light coloured cheeses due to homogenised mill etc but a sharp tasty is just as delicious either alone or on crackers.

Yogurt – extra dairy which is great calcium, just watch the sugar content. Sometimes it best to have natural Greek yogurt and add your own fresh fruit for the sweetness.

Toss Salad – easy and healthy and crunchy packed with vitamins and minerals. A simple tomato, half an avocado and some chopped cucumber, cold, fresh, crunchy and delicious. I sometimes squeeze fresh lemon juice in for extra kick. This will satisfy both sweet or sour cravings.you could also add cheese.

Carrots – Yep trusty old crunchy carrot sticks! Cold and full of fibre and good vitamins.

Potato chips / wedges – Yep you can indulge – make your own. Cut your potatoes in either wedges or strips/chips and put on a non stick oven tray and bake for approx 25 minutes or until golden. You can use white or sweet potato. Add some salt and munch away!

Cold sausages – yes I said it. I know some women can’t stand the smell of cooked meat so have someone else BBQ these for you and store them cold. It’s important to keep up unite proteins and iron levels during pregnancy so try not to cut out red meats. Eating them cold generally helps subside the aromas.

Orange – I like mine cold, I also find it hard to keep my fluids up as I suffer terrible morning sickness. By eating an orange I’m getting lots of vitamins especially vitamin c and it’s also helping with my hydration.

Boiled Eggs – Packed full of lots of good things, boiled eggs are great to have in the fridge. I do a batch and just leave them. Again once cold the aroma isn’t too bad and these little babies are full of goodness. One large egg contains (1):
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin): 9% of the RDA.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 15% of the RDA.
Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 7% of the RDA.
Selenium: 22% of the RDA.
Eggs also contain small amounts of almost every vitamin and mineral required by the human body… including calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, manganese, Vitamin E, Folate and many more.
A large egg contains 77 calories, with 6 grams of quality protein, 5 grams of fat and trace amounts of carbohydrates.

Sunflower or pumpkin seeds – full of magnesium these are a good nibble.

Pork – an excellent source of thiamine. Have the occasional good-quality grilled sausage or slice of lean ham. Even on toast this is also helping with protein.

Beans (baked beans) – high in fibre these will help stop the dreaded constipation that most women experience during pregnancy.

Pikelets – I personally love the golden ones from the super market and I eat them dry. I find that they are light, fluffy, not dense and with minimal flavour eaten dry they seem to calm my nausea.

Snacking ideas for everyone.

Healthy options for a snacking toddler!

My little man is pretty good, he will pretty much eat anything u give him, however I do like to mix it up and give him a variety of different foods so that he can experiment with textures and flavors of different foods.

If you – like me, get stuck for snacking ideas, here are my favorites.

Breakfast cereal – a handful of Cheerios, nutri grain, sultana buds, mini wheats, fruity bix or anything that your little one likes. I choose these as they have less sugar than most and have high fibre and fruit.

Dried fruit – my little doesn’t really eat fresh fruit so I give him the dried variety. Sultanas, dried apple, dried pineapple, sultanas, dried apricot anything that’s dried he will munch on.

Fruit – if your little one will eat fruit – make it fun for them, put some in skewers, make pretty patterns. Use strawberries, blueberries, grapes both green and purple, quarters of apple, mandarin pieces, pineapple chunks (can use from can if you like) cherries etc

Cold sausage – I must admit my little man is a bit of a meat-a-saurous! Loves his meat, very much a carnivore! I often cool extra meat and keep it cold in the fridge – thus also helps with teething as the cool food relieves the inflammation of the gums. I boil sausages to eliminate as much fat as possible then allow them to cool and cut into small rings. These will store for approx 2 days in the fridge in an air tight container – if not eaten prior 🙂

Carrot sticks – again a great munching food for teething ESP when cold. I cut these into smaller sticks by slicing the carrot in half length ways then cut in half again across ways. The carrot is then basically cut into quarters meaning it’s more manageable for toddlers to munch on. Full of vitamin C, fiber, vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc. To read more about these health benefits click on the link below.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270191.php

Jatz Crackers – simple and plain yet very tasty and ‘old school’ again easy to access – most supermarkets will sell these and my little one LOVES them.

Cheese sticks – much like cold sausage and carrot sticks cheese are great when teething. Added extras is that it’s full of calcium and protein so not only tasty but good for them. More on cheese sticks health benefits can be found on my post about teething toddlers or in the link below.

http://pediatrics.about.com/od/nutrition/a/cheese-nutrition-facts.htm

Cherry Tomatoes – my little guy doesn’t go nuts on these, he generally likes to play throw with them and pushes his finger through them until the seeds go everywhere! So to stop the seed release, cut the cherry tomato in half and take the seeds out with a teaspoon then give them to eat. A lot less mess! Cherry tomatoes are also high in vitamin C and other wonderful goodness.

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2682/2

Air popped popcorn – delicious!
Just like at the movies. Make your own. You don’t need to add salt nor butter. Simply buy the kernels and pop in a dry pan but remember to cool before serving.
Other ideas can be found at this very fun website 🙂

Happy snacking!!

Keeper of the home
http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/02/10-on-the-go-healthy-snack-ideas-for-toddlers.html

Super healthy kids
http://www.superhealthykids.com/healthy-kids-recipes/category/snacks.php

 

Teething toddlers!

Well I’m sure most of you have experienced this, those of you who are mummy’s that is – the others – if you are planning on becoming a mummy – I hope this helps!

We are currently going through getting our molar teeth. My little cherub is almost 16 months old and for the most part the  days are wonderful but on the odd occasion we have had terrible ones where the days never seem to end and the wakes during the nights seem longer!

Getting teeth is tough and very painful, I understand so I’ve been trying to find alternates to pain relief that are not pharmaceutical.

Im not so much an organic mummy so to speak however the thought of giving my little one nurofen or panadol every 4 hours as the back of the box prescribes worries me a little as I am an over thinker and wonder what repercussions it may have on his health?

I understand that most are harmless but they do contain sugar and other things that I don’t necessarily want to give him daily – but then again – when nothing seems to relive his screaming pain – I do pull out the medicine box.

I have however tried and had success with the following so here are my tips to you:

Brauer Calm -I love this product. Its kind of like a natural panadol and it works for many things including teething, restlessness, sleeping and general irritability. Its all natural ingredients also ease my mind and I have used it for sleeplessness, teething and when little one is having a very shocking day! Being herbal I don’t feel like I’m drugging’ him but also helping him when he is almost pulling  his ears off from thedeferred  pain that occurs with teething.

https://www.brauer.com.au/products/baby-child-calm-100ml/

Amber necklaces / bracelets. – My hubby isn’t a fan as he doesn’t quite like the thought of his ‘little guy’ wearing a gemstone necklace, or any form of female accessory, so I actually have 2 and wrap one each around my little boys ankles, a little controversial but these I do feel help. Amber apparently has healing powers, and if you are anything like me – you are willing to try anything. Here is a link to help explain these ‘healing powers.

http://www.amberartisans.com/amtene15.html

Crushed Cloves – Now this I am still unsure – I appreciate that its a pungent flavour and my little one certainly doesn’t appreciate it but again – the cloves have some aesthetic values and it did in-fact work for us! Cloves are naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Simply crush the cloves with a mortar and pestle and add a small amount of cooking oil to create a paste – use your clean finger and rub along the swollen red gums.

http://voices.yahoo.com/using-clove-tooth-pain-gum-issues-herbal-health-6723676.html

Cold Cheese Sticks – Again not everyone’s cup of tea, however my little one loves cheese and when he is teething he tends to go off his food a little so having really cold cheese sticks available means he is still eating and providing you choose a good cheese rather than those that I believe taste like plastic, they are still getting calcium, proteins, vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin B12. I prefer Bega Cheddar Sticks – I purchase these from the cheese section at our local Coles supermarket.

Cold wet face washer – This again is really good – tried and tested. Get a clean face washer, wet it with cold water and place in the freezer for approx. 30mins. Once its really cold take out and let your little one bite on it. Its cold on their gums which relieves the inflammation and helps sooth. An added bonus is that its free and if your little one bites like mine does, this is a great deterrent!

Otherwise there are always great products Bonjela, Nelsons Teetha Gel, SM33 and other gel like solutions that I have also used and found helped.

If all these are of interest to you, great or perhaps read the links below for other ideas.

If you have any tips – please let me know 🙂

Happy Teething!

http://mommymay.hubpages.com/hub/Helping-A-Teething-Baby-Naturally

http://www.myhomeremedies.com/topic.cgi?topicid=201

http://www.healthymuslim.com/articles/cmnlo-cloves-provide-natural-pain-relief.cfm