Breakfast

I like to give Layla eggs at least every other day because its a good source of protein and the yolk is rich in iron. Usually I make scrambled because its easier for her to pick up the chunks. With every meal I give her a side of fruit as well.

Quick and Easy Organic French Toast Breakfast

IMG_0097We are all about breakfast in our household…if you can tell! But with work and play date schedules we’re always on a time crunch so I’ve tried to find quick but hearty breakfasts I can make for the whole family! We all love French Toast and eggs and this recipe literally takes under two minutes to make.

What you need: 3 eggs, 3 pieces of toast (any kind you like…we use multigrain, but some like cinnamon or other sweet breads), cinnamon, milk and maple syrup. I like to use all organic products.

1. Beat 3 eggs and apx 2 tblsp of milk (you can add 1/2 tspn of vanilla and 1/2 tspn of brown sugar for a sweeter egg batter)

2. Soak your toast in the mix for apx 1 min (make sure to get both sides)

3. Cook both sides on a heated skillet and your done!

4. Sprinkle with cinnamon and your favorite maple syrup

I made scrambled eggs with the leftover egg batter. I like Layla to have fruit with every meal so this AM we had fresh squeezed organic OJ. IMG_0099

Daddy loves a sunny-side up on his French Toast! IMG_0092

 

Lunches Around the World

slide_405630_5063818_freeI just came across this article posted in the Huffington Post comparing lunches served in schools around the world versus the US and wanted to share it with all of you. It’s so important what we feed our children. After getting pregnant, Keyvan and I really tried to change our diet at home, buying mostly (if not all) organic non-processed products. Now, especially that Layla eats everything we do, it’s even more important that we are aware of foods we have in the house. Unfortunately I can’t always control what she will eat and I try not to be too picky when we are out…I’m not going to stop her from enjoying ice cream at Disneyland or having french fries… but I do get nervous thinking how bad the food could be that she will potentially one day receive at school every single day. Just comes to show you why we are a leading country in obesity and cancer. I really hope a greater effort is taken to change the foods that are offered to our children. It is important to instill healthy eating habits in our kids from a young age.

Recipe: Easy Organic 3 Cheese Mac and Cheese

IMG_5998 IMG_5993 IMG_6003 IMG_6021Layla loves anything with cheese. Yesterday she had a lot of protein with her lunch so I figured I would give her a vegetarian dinner, so I made her a quick and easy mac and cheese with a side of broccolini aka baby broccoli. I like using broccolini because the florets are smaller and the stalks are longer so it makes it easier for Layla to feed herself. For the mac and cheese, I had three different types of organic cheese so I mixed it with some pasta, milk and sliver of butter and dinner was made. Layla loved it!

Three cheese organic mac and cheese:

1. Boil 1/2 a cup of organic pasta (I like using Trader Joes Organic Vegetable Radiatore pasta) until cooked completely and drain.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of each: shredded mozzarella, shredded monterey jack and fresh parmesan (I only use organic cheeses, but you can substitute with any type of cheese you like)

3. Add 1 teaspoon of butter and 4 tablespoons of milk

4. Stir until creamy

5. Serve with your little ones favorite veggies and/or protein

Recipe: Homemade Organic Popsicles

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I love making Layla organic fruit popsicles. They are the perfect snack for a warm day (basically everyday in SoCal) or when she is teething. The best part is they are quick and easy to make, yet super healthy. This time I made strawberry apple pops. Usually I just use any organic fruits I have at home.

Recipe:

1. Chop up 5 organic strawberries and half an organic apple and add 2 tablespoons of water (you can add milk or yogurt for a creamier texture)

2. Puree in a blender

3. Add to your favorite Popsicle mold and put in the freezer (I use the Nuby Garden Fresh Fruitsicle Pop Tray from Amazon that I got for under $10 and I have already used it so many times)

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Acai Bowls With My Gal

Our family loves acai bowls. Layla especially loves the banana berry bowls. They are fresh and health, yet filling. There is a Nekter Juice Bar near our house that sells acai bowls so we try to go at least once a week, but lots of places sell acai bowls these days. Since Layla was around 10 months, I started giving her some of just the frozen acai and fruits. Now that she is older she eats all the granola and I even get the honey agave syrup on top. Before I was hesitant because you shouldn’t give children under the age of 1 any honey, but now she eats basically everything! This morning my little date and I went and had a bowl together. She couldn’t wait to get her hands on it. IMG_5282IMG_5285 IMG_5283

I found some recipes online and want to try to make our own organic bowls at home. Here is the recipe I came across on “Low Fat Vegan Chef” that I’m thinking of trying. I’ll let you know how it turned out!

Bowl Ingredients:

4 oz/ 1/2 cup apple juice (unsweetened if desired)
2 100g packets of frozen Acai (I used Sambazon Original Smoothie Packs)
1 frozen ripe banana (sub a fresh banana if you do not have a high powered blender such as a VitaMix or Blendtec)

Garnish Ingredients:

1/3-1/2 cup low fat granola of choice
1/2 -1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
handful of blueberries or other berries
Drizzle of honey or agave *optional

 Directions:

1. Remove packets of acai and frozen bananas from freezer.

2. Wash and slice the strawberries, slice the banana and wash the blueberries and set aside.

3. Add apple juice to your blender. Break up the frozen acai into smaller pieces and cut the plastic open and pour into blender. Add the banana. Blend on low or pulse to break up the frozen fruit. If you have a VitaMix use the tamper to puree into a soft serve. If you have another type of blender you may have to stop and stir and keep pulsing to combine. Stop blending when smooth.

4. Scrape acai mixture into a bowl.

5. Top acai with granola.

6. Top with bananas, strawberries and blueberries.

 

Recipe: Easy Breakfast

Breakfast seems to be a favorite in our household, but sometimes (or a lot of times) we are in a rush, so making eggs, pancakes and the whole shebang is not an option. Oatmeal is quick and easy…under 5 minutes. Bring half a cup of organic rolled oats to a boil (sometimes I add some milk as well) and let it simmer for a few minutes. The time it takes to cook varies depending on the brand of oats you buy. Top off with small bites of your favorite fruit. We usually do strawberries, blackberries, blueberries or bananas. Top it all off with a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy with your little one. Mommy tested, Layla approved. IMG_4558 IMG_4509 IMG_4521