Last Minute Witches’ Fingers: Sensory Play for the Brave Only!

This quick sensory activity is all fun…and takes only 5 minutes.

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First get a pen and a label. If masking tape is all you have, no problem.

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Make a label that says “Pickled Witches Fingers”

Next, get some water and some carrots, preferably not peeled! Also, long and thin work best.

Add the label to a mason jar, fill the jar with water and carrots and put a lid on the works!

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Lastly, I put them on the table with dinner.

Everyone giggled and was grossed out! But, they still wanted to touch them.

  I have found this jar in strange places all over the house since then. Apparently little ghouls trying to spook mommy.

Looks like it’s this family’s Halloween favorite! Maybe it will be your family’s too!

Respectfully, if you don’t celebrate Halloween, you can change the theme to Farmers’ Fingers to celebrate the harvest, or use skeleton fingers made of white carrots for Dia de Los Muertos!

Enjoy the Season!

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Bananas On the Beach Or On Your Kids Plate!

healthy breakfast snack banana Our kitchen is spotlighting healthy foods in an effort to make a Nutritional “FARM”acy we can use when meal planning.  Good things are in the foods we eat, and we want to know what they are. We want to know how to cook them up tasty, and as an added bonus were asking kids why they love them! So get your cutting board ready, whether you have a picky eater or athlete to feed; this week we are focusing on Bananas!

What’s in Bananas?:  This fruit has B3 (Niacin) for good overall health; B6 which is good for clearing away waste; Vitamin C for immunity enhancement; and manganese which works with the vitamin C to create virus fighting substances.  This fruit can give the whole body a boost! Bananas have fiber and potassium which regulate body fluids. They also contain magnesium, which is good for relaxing muscles and plays a huge role in the metabolism of food!

How To Eat Bananas: You can sautée a banana in a bit of butter with brown sugar, make frozen banana chocolate covered popsicles, and make smoothies. You can also cover them in peanut butter and roll them in chocolate for a sweet treat or roll them in Rice Krispies for breakfast sushi! Lastly, you can dip bananas in chocolate fondue.

Why Do Kids Like Bananas? “Bananas are sweet and they look delicious!”  “You can make “Banana Splits!” and “You can make fruit salads with them!” Did we mention they are really easy to carry and work great for toddlers on the go?

Make sure to check out Swami Mommi on Pinterest! The “Great Desserts” board has several banana recipes to kick start the fun!

Carrots: Not Just for Peter Rabbit!

Carrots: A healthy snack for kids!

Carrots: A healthy snack for kids!

Carrots:

Our kitchen is spotlighting healthy foods in effort to make a Nutritional “FARM”acy we can use when meal planning.  Good things are in the foods we eat, and we want to know what they are. We want to know how to cook them up tasty, and as an added bonus were asking kids why they love them! So get your cutting board ready, this week we are focusing on Carrots!

Carrots:  Beta Caroten is converted into Vitamin A that is beneficial for vision and heart health. Cells are also protected. We use Vitamin K for blood clotting and the healing of wounds and to help with digestion. Chromium found in carrots helps control blood sugar levels too! It also has zinc, folate, calcium, iron and fiber.

How To Eat Carrots: One easy way is to eat carrots raw with hummus. Remember that whole carrots are difficult to digest so grate or chop them finely before eating. Carrot juice is also a great thirst quencher plus an added blood sugar stabilizer.

Why Do Kids Like Carrots? Because we can go “num num num” like Peter Rabbit, eat them with hummos, and grate them to eat  in salads. Juicing carrots is a fun thing to do too!

Kale: A Mighty Food Kids Love!

Our kitchen is spotlighting healthy foods in effort to make a Nutritional “FARM”acy we can use when meal planning.  Good things are in the foods we eat, and we want to know what they are. We want to know how to cook them up tasty, and as an added bonus were asking kids why they love them! So get your cutting board ready, this week we are focusing on Kale!

KALE

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KALE has: many vitamins and phytochemicals.  Kale is an important immunity booster. It has lots of Vitamin A, B vitamins, iron, zinc and K1, is good for your eyes, and it helps to make smooth skin. It is big on repair and detoxification, as well as a help keeping cholesterol level healthy. Improves energy levels too and keeps cell membranes healthy.

How to eat KALE: Kale can be eaten raw, steamed, or lightly sauteed or stir fried. We add broth, a little butter and salt in a saute and it’s great!

Why do kids like KALE?: Because you can eat it with cheese, it might have lemon squeezed onto it (YUM!) or if mom or dad cooked it it might have “extra love” in it!

5 Minute Valentine Freezer Candy: Filled with Protein for a Healthy Snack!

Boxed and ready to eat, this snack is a Love filled delight! I wanted more, and decided to make a second batch!

Boxed and ready to eat, this snack is a Love filled delight! I wanted more, and decided to make a second batch!

This was so easy! So quick! So full of good stuff to eat- full of protein and anti-oxidants while also being GF/DF/Egg-free!! The Valentine Solution for keeping the whole family on the right track to good nutrition!

It is also a great kids activity! Super easy so they could really do it themselves. A great way to have fun and help kids learn about cooking and sharing the Love this time of year! They will probably request these for their lunch box too!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup nutbutter (peanut, almond, cashew, etc.)

1 1/2 tablespoons Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy life because they are allergen free) or other chocolate chip variety

1 1/2 tablespoons Dried Goji berries

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Mix well and spread into a small freezer proof dish or mold into any shape with a candy mold tray. I used a plastic tray with little hearts. ( I would try silicon next time to eliminate the small bit of effort I had to use with the butter knife to pop them out of the tray. )

Wrap in wax paper, box, or tie in a pretty bag with ribbons. That is if you can wait to eat them! We ate 2 or 3 before they even hit the Valentine Box!

Enjoy! These are Yummi!

Easy Toddler Recipe: Strawberry Cones!

Strawberry cones!

Strawberry cones!

Sometimes I work so hard to think of healthy food for myself and my family to eat. My daughter taught me how simple it can be when she was just a toddler, putting parts of her lunch together to make a healthy snack that not only tastes great, but looks appetizing too. Her toddler recipe makes for a truly beautiful food!

This recipe could also turn into a fun cooking game for kids! Kids can try to make a  super tall strawberry tower or just add nut-butter to “glue” other fruits to the cone to make Creative Cone Creatures! Cooking games for kids make eating fun, especially for toddlers who sometimes like to have a say in what they eat. Giving toddlers a fun cooking game will make the fruits go down easier!

Ingredients:
Fresh Strawberries (sliced)
Ice Cream Cone (GF if needed)

As a safety reminder, make sure pieces are cut to the size that is safe for your toddler. (Bigger pieces are for bigger kids.)

Assembly. Enjoy! Yummi!