April 10, 2014

Toddler Lunches and Smoothies

We've been on a lunch rut over here lately! Do you have those weeks where you eat the same things over and over again? I don't mind it when it is just myself, but I want Logan to be an adventurous eater who is open to trying lots and lots of new things. (I know, lofty goals for a 15 month old) I also need food in the middle of the day to be quick and easy to prep/throw on the table. We are still figuring out this middle of the day nap, one nap deal when it comes to food. He eats a small snack before going down (usually before we leave whatever activity we are doing in the morning) and a larger snack when he wakes up.
Our veggie nuggets are a big hit but we eat them all the time. So, this week I tried something else new and different.

Crescent Rollwiches
I took a roll of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Filled 4 with a mix of Tomato Sauce and Cheese
Filled the other 4 with Ricotta cheese, cut up Strawberries and a drizzle of honey.
Baked for 12 minutes at 375 on a greased cookie sheet and they came out perfect.
I added edamame on the side and he gobbled up one of each kind. If you Pinterest these, there are so many ideas and combos ranging from little hot dogs to nutella and peanut butter. Quick, easy and delicious!

Along with lighter lunches, I've been embracing the warming weather and breaking out the Vitamix for some afternoon smoothies. Logan was sick a few weeks ago and really not eating much. I decided that smoothies were the way to go since I could sneak in some spinach or kale along with the fruits. They were sort of a hit... he would drink half and then pull the straw out of the cup and walk around laughing each and every time we tried them. Maybe I need a different smoothie cup?

 I was offered to try out some Organic Matcha, a Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics through Tomoson. I've been seeing information on Matcha show up everywhere lately so I thought why not!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I tried it a few different ways
Mixed with hot water... not my favorite

 Faux Starbucks Matcha Tea Latte off Pinterest (adapted from this one)
almond milk, honey and matcha green tea.... much better

Thrown into my smoothie
almond milk, vanilla protein powder, banana, matcha green tea... my favorite combo.
(I made a large batch of the smoothie and dished out Logan's half first, then added Matcha to mine and re-blended.)

It states that you can mix it into baked goods as well which I haven't done since I share a lot of my foods with Logan and don't know much about the safety of my little eating it.

In my latest Women's Health Magazine, they had a small blurb on it as well!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Taste wise, when mixed into a latte or smoothie, it was perfectly fine! I love green tea and feel like there are a lot of benefits to drinking it, so I was happy to give this a try!

Any tried and true toddler meal ideas or smoothie recipes you love and care to share?

*Also, I have been thinking about the direction I would like my blog to go. I was thinking of adding in more of what we are eating each week. I also would like to take a little more time with my photography as practice- instead of just uploading quick snaps from my iphone. I would love feedback anytime if there is something you would love to see/hear more or less about! Anyways... thanks for reading! 

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