Last night may have been our last house showing. We won’t know for sure until Friday, but even though it is not 100% guaranteed I already feel like jello. I feel better than if I’d just received a two-hour massage, all because there’s a possibility I will soon get to stop planning my life around real estate. For the past few months I have:
- Hidden messes in places I will not admit publicly
- Stalked my house from around the corner to see how long people stay
- Vacuumed so furiously I started having contractions
- Disrupted Katie’s schedule more times than I can count
- Made entire meals that ended up being eaten in the car. Katie now believes that the proper definition of a “picnic” is eating in the backseat with me.
Speaking of food, our misadventures in trying to sell our house has not deterred me from my sacred mission to find new and interesting things that Katie will eat. I have found that one of the most effective strategies is to let her help select the produce at Whole Foods (this week she picked out some deep purple heirloom cherry tomatoes), but sometimes it takes a little more creativity. Here are my two latest loves, humbly offered to your child’s palate for approval ; – )
Maybe you are thinking to yourself: “Wait! She already covered popsicles!” And you would be right. But the thing is, that was just one recipe. It took me awhile to start making them myself because I wanted stainless steel popsicle molds, but they weren’t in my budget. When I found these cheap BPA-free ones from Bed Bath & Beyond I decided to compromise, and boy was it worth it!
I discovered just how versatile popsicles can be. You can blend kale into them (or in Katie’s case, raw calcium and a daily dose of supplements) and kids think you are giving them a SPECIAL TREAT. I love that my daughter oozes with gratitude and affection when I hand her a nutrient-laden pop. She enjoys it, and I enjoy getting those supplements into her without having to make a huge production of it. Maybe I can finally put those tap shoes away now.
Plus the Texas summer heat lasts until mid-October, so we have plenty of time to enjoy the new recipes I’ve run across. Here’s my new favorite from a book I recently reviewed called Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers. Oh, and just FYI, Anni is coming out with a whole new book just devoted to popsicle recipes!
Rigel’s Rockin Fruity Veggie Pops
- 1 mango, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 bananas, peeled and cut in half
- 1 small whole fresh pineapple, peeled and cut into small pieces (We didn’t have any pineapple so we omitted this)
- 1 cup chopped kale
- 1 cup chopped spinach
- 2 cups water
- Combine the mango, blueberries, bananas, pineapple, kale, spinach, and water into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Add a little more water if the consistency is too thick for you.
- Pour the mixture into BPA-free popsicle molds. Place the molds in the freezer. Serve when frozen.
Other great recipe ideas:
Nature Mom’s Blog has two recipes: The Almond Banana Smoothie (which is sweet enough without the honey), and the Green Pineapple Paradise (which I haven’t tried).
As I mentioned in my other post, there’s also The Nourishing Gourmet’s Homemade Creamy Tropical Popsicles
I’ve mentioned the benefits of seaweed before, but I wanted to bring this particular brand to your attention for two reasons. First, the way it’s packaged makes it very portable. I keep one in my purse at all times ; – )
I know it sounds crazy, but kids like these! When I pull one out for Katie at my mommy group on Wednesday morning kids start swarming. I kid you not.
Second, my friend Esther just showed me how to save some money ordering in bulk, which drops the price from a measly $.99 per package at Whole Foods to a super-measly $.67 – $.79 per package with FREE SHIPPING TO YOUR HOME on Amazon! Why do I feel like I just did a mini-Geico infomercial with that statement?
To get the best deal, order two cases of 24 (to get the free shipping) and sign up for autoship. You can set the intervals anywhere from 1 month to 6 months, so it’s not like you’re going to end up with way more than you need. Or you can pass on the autoship and still save money without having to make a trip to the store. It’s a win-win!
So what have I missed? Please share your toddler snack ideas in the comment section!
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