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BREAKFAST FOR DINNER — AKA BRINNER

We usually eat the same 4 or 5 meals for dinner every week around here. It’s not easy finding things that a toddler, vegetarian and sometimes meat eater all agree on, but we make due. Usually it’s lots of pasta, tacos, stir fries and one of our favorites, breakfast. Or brinner as we like to call it.

It’s quick, it’s easy and there’s no complaining what so ever. That’s a win if you ask me.

We usually stick to eggs and pancakes, but sometimes throw in a side of crispy hash browns depending on how hungry we are. Yesterday we decided to skip ’em, and add some extra toppings to our pancakes instead (blueberries and walnuts).
DSC_0307I actually meant to add the blueberries into the pancakes, but I got distracted and totally forgot. #momlife
DSC_0301We like our pancakes thick and fluffy around here. Next time you make a batch add in some cinnamon and a splash of vanilla extract. Trust me on this one.
DSC_0311 (1)Oh and big pats of butter and real maple syrup! Hey, I didn’t say it was healthy, but it is delicious.
DSC_0314Don’t forget to break out your fancy glasses either. Anything worth having is worth using and it makes the whole thing feel a bit more like your eating out and a lot less like you just made the easiest thing you could find. Especially when your husband does the dishes 😉 If only there was champagne in there too…
DSC_0317This is the best instant mix we’ve tried so far (and we’ve tried a bunch because who really has time to make them from scratch?). They have no artificial anything and super that’s important to us, even more so if Cooper’s having some too.

Add in a little more batter than the recipe calls for to get extra fluffy pancakes. I also have a box of their heart healthy mix just asking to be made with some ripe bananas.
DSC_0325Here’s a coupon for $.50 off one box too. Hey, every little bit helps!

Now go make some pancakes! It is national breakfast month after all (side note — who comes up with these holidays and where do I apply?)

|this post was sponsored by Krusteaz but as always, all opinions are my own. 

A PICNIC IN THE PARK

IMG_1654Florida in the fall is just delightful. I would be one happy woman if the weather was in the low 80’s and breezy all year long, but we only get a few short months before it’s back to perpetual summer. This morning was a particularly good one and so we packed a few essentials (i.e., snacks and Tow Mater) and walked to the park for a picnic.

We had the entire place to ourselves (just the way I like it) and were promptly greeted by Lenny (the lizard) who lives under the belly of that green plastic alligator. We’ve been going to the park pretty frequently in the mornings and this little guy is always in the same spot.IMG_1653We tried to feed him a cheese puff the other day. He was not amused.  IMG_1659I’m constantly trying to find new (healthy) things for Cooper to eat because he sure is finicky. One week he loves something and the next week he hates it. But he loves old fashioned donuts all the time. Lately we’ve been doing lots of whole wheat muffins, broccoli mac and cheese and cheese quesadillas with a side of black beans (he’s recently discovered the joy of dipping in the sour cream).

A new favorite has been these Organic Slammers. The people at Slammers Snacks were kind enough to send us two flavors to try (pomegranate grape crush and yumberry/banana/blueberry) and they’re both so good! IMG_1657I came home from the store with Cooper the other day and Corey was washing a bowl in the kitchen with this guilty look on his face. When I questioned it he said he had a confession to make: he ate one of those “baby food” packets in the refrigerator. I laughed because I ate one the day before. We’ve since been mixing them with our greek yogurt and topping with granola. Yumm.

With 7g of protein (in the Pomegranate Grape Crush one, the other has 1g), a whole serving of fruits and vegetables (one has purple carrot and the other has butternut squash), no added sugar, and are completely organic – it’s not baby food. It’s just food. And that’s something I can get behind.

Especially when it gives this boy all the energy he needs to power through a 2 hour trip to the park.IMG_1668That face! My goodness. IMG_1686And what good is an early morning trip to the park if not for getting the perfect lighting on your selfie?

IMG_1697His hair is so crazy right now, but I’ve been trying to hold off on a haircut until closer to his birthday and our trip to Disney next week (any tips for first timers?)
IMG_1704We will definitely be packing a few of these for the trip!

|Product received c/o Slammers Snacks, but all opinions are my own 🙂

EAT YOUR VEGGIES, KID! #chobanikids

A few weeks ago I got an email from Chobani asking if I’d be interested in participating in their #chobanikids campaign and share my thoughts, tips, and ideas on how to get kids to eat healthy. We don’t actually have any of the Chobani kids products at our Publix or Target (although after searching Chobani’s website I see that they’re at Walmart) but we’ve been eating it ourselves for years and why not?

I’m certainly no expert and Cooper is only 17 months old (today!) so I haven’t been doing the whole mom thing long, but making sure he’s getting all the stuff he needs to make him grow up healthy and strong is really important and so here we are.

This is what’s (mostly) working for us right now:

MAKE IT FUN

When it comes to babies, the one thing I’ve learned is that mess = fun. While I might be standing by cringing at the thought of washing all that black bean juice off his face and arms and legs and you get the point, if it gets him to eat the beans than I’m all for it. If I try and keep things clean and feed them to him, he just shakes his head and tells me no. Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to reason with a 17 month old, but it’s pointless. So, I just put a few spoon fulls on his tray and let him go to work. Bath time is fun anyways!

Black bean faceIMG_8406Another fun option that Cooper is loving these days is popsicles! I’ve been buying the Outshine Fruit Bars since they are made with only real fruit and no added sugar. One of those popsicles only has 1 gram of sugar. And an added bonus, it keeps him occupied in the high chair for a good 30 minutes. In Mom time that’s like a lifetime! Popsicle

PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH

We’ve reached the point where if we’re eating something Cooper comes running and demands that we share. I have no problem sharing and love watching him eat and try new things. That being said, I don’t think it’s fair to snack on chips and cookies and tell him that he can’t have any so we just don’t do it. If I’m having a snack when he’s around, I try to pick something that I’d be fine with him having too.

Now, that doesn’t mean we don’t indulge every now and then when Coop’s sleeping, but we try to keep it at a minimum. However, in our attempts to only keep healthy snacks in the house as a good example, I’ve found a few snacks that I literally can’t wait to open. The Chobani Flips are amazing. The key lime pie one has been a long time favorite but I picked up the salted caramel crunch flavor the other day and I was so sad when I ate the last bite. I’ll definitely be emptying the Publix shelf this week.IMG_9295

CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES

One of the things we’ve been doing for a while is letting Cooper pick what he wants to eat. If he’s going to have a fruit/veggie packet I’ll grab two or three out of the cabinet and give him whichever one he goes for first. Or if I’m going to cut him some fruit I’ll open the fridge and lay out his options. We don’t want someone dictating exactly what we have to eat, so why should we?IMG_9147IMG_9005

Cooper’s not a huge fan of milk and is on toddler formula, per our Dr’s recommendation, but after giving him a few sips of my Naked mango juice one morning he just can’t get enough. Since it’s full of the good stuff, I’ll happily pour him a cup and now “juice” is the first thing he asks for in the morning although it usually sounds more like “ushhhh” but I gotcha, kid.DSC_0097

JUST GO WITH IT

There’s some days when getting him to eat all the fruits and veggies I want him to, just isn’t happening. So, if I have to bribe him with a few crackers I try to at least make sure they’re whole grain. Or, we’ll eat outside or in his room for a change or scenery. Sometimes I’m chasing him around the house with the plate saying “bite” like a crazy lady. It happens.

I also found a great free app for the iPad called Toca Monsters where you get to feed one of two monsters and you can microwave, blend, or chop the food too. It might not be super educational but it is really cute and Cooper loves hearing the monsters say “Yummm” as they chew and it gets him to take a few bites of his own food at the same time. Hey, whatever works. Right?