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Apple Sandwiches {An Old Favourite}

Apple Sandwiches | Mama Papa BubbaI’ve been making these fun and easy apple sandwiches for Miss G for a long time now (we didn’t follow the usual no nuts until the age of 2 rule) and they’ve always been a total hit.  And because we load ours up with all kinds of healthful fillings, they make a perfect breakfast or even lunch!

IMG 8812You certainly don’t need all of these things, but since we almost always have them all on hand and Miss G enjoys the variety, we usually go for it.  In today’s lineup was peanut butter, almond butter, and a pink lady apple, plus unsweetened coconut, pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, old-fashioned oats, sunflower seeds, and hemp hearts. Also needed is a sharp knife and small cookie cutter of some sort (though you can do without if needed).

IMG 8814Apple sandwiches are really so simple to throw together that I’m sure instructions aren’t needed, but this is how we normally make ours…  First off, I slice them up quite thinly.  We usually get 8 or 9 slices (not including the 2 end pieces) per apple.  Then we separate them into two piles – one where the seeds have to be cut out, and the other where there really aren’t any seeds at all.

IMG 8815Next, we use our small heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the centres out of the seedy slices. You can use an apple corer or a sharp knife to the trick too.  These pieces will become the sandwich tops.

IMG 8816On to the bottoms!  Since these really don’t have any seeds, there’s no cookie cutter needed.  Just slather them with your favourite nut butter…

IMG 8817And have your munchkin sprinkle them with the toppings of his or her choice.  

IMG 8823Then pop the tops  on and you’ve got a yummy snack or meal ready for your little one (or you!) to gobble up!

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Flower Garden Yogurt Parfait

Flower Garden Yogurt Parfait | Mama Papa BubbaThe other day, while quickly picking up a couple of craft supplies at the dollar store, Miss G and I stumbled upon these adorable miniature clay pots.  We both laid eyes on them at the same time, and just as I was thinking, ‘Oooh!  I must have those pots!’, she asked, ‘Mama, can we please take home those baby pots?’  Ummm, yes – we certainly can, baby girl.  

At the time of purchase, I really had no idea what we’d use them for – all I knew was that there were tons of possibilities.  This morning when I poked my head into the refrigerator to give Gracen some breakfast options, however, I knew exactly what they’d be good for…. Creating tiny edible flower gardens, of course!

IMG 8383To get started, Grae helped me gather up some things – plain organic greek yogurt, homemade granola (muesli would work too), some pineapple and melon slices (about a 1/2 inch thick), some cinnamon, our clay pot, some tiny wooden dowels (short skewers or food picks would work too), and daisy-shaped cookie cutters – then she was off to play dress-up.

IMG 8404While she was busy playing, scrubbed the pot well with hot soapy water.  Then I mixed up approximately one part yogurt with one part granola, and scooped it into the pot.  Next up, I covered the yogurt mixture with a little bit more granola and generously sprinkled cinnamon on top.

IMG 8389Using a daisy-shaped cookie cutter Miss G got in her Easter basket, I cut little flower shapes out of pineapple, cantaloupe, and watermelon.

IMG 8408Then I carefully speared them onto our tiny wooden dowels.  I did contemplate colouring the dowels green beforehand, but I didn’t have any natural green food colouring on hand and didn’t feel comfortable using the real stuff since it would be directly in the food.  Oh well!  Maybe next time…

IMG 8415To put it all together, I simply placed the ‘flower lollipops’ (as G calls them) into the yogurt mixture.  Because of the thickness of Greek yogurt, and the fact that it’s 1/2 granola, the flowers stayed up really well.  

IMG 8418Gracen was tickled pink with her edible flower garden, and not only did she request additional flower lollipops during breakfast, but she also requested another flower garden yogurt parfait for afternoon snack. Yay for healthy and fun munchkin meals!

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Healthy Breakfast Banana Split

Healthy Breakfast Banana Split | Mama Papa BubbaBased on my beginning Toddler Food posts, this breakfast is an old favourite, but for one reason or another, I haven’t made it in a very long time.  I guess I kind of forgot about it.  But the other day, when Miss G’s breakfast request involved only one stipulation – something with bananas – it was the first thing I thought of.  I made her her first breakfast banana split in a long time, and she absolutely gobbled it up.  When lunch time rolled around, she requested another and convinced me with a “But Mama, I looooooooved that banana split.  You made it soooo yummy.”  I finally drew the line at dinnertime when she requested a third, but she’s had it for breakfast several times since.  

Breakfast Banana Split Ingridents | Mama Papa BubbaIt’s such a simple morning meal, but it’s healthy, can be made a ton of different ways, and almost tastes like dessert for breakfast. ☺  They change from one time to another, but here’s our usual line up of ingredients…  1/2 a banana cut lengthwise, plain organic greek yogurt (you could use sweetened yogurt if that’s what you’re used to), some almond butter (any nut butter would be delicious), a strawberry sliced up, and something to serve as sprinkles (today we used unsweetened coconut, but we’ve also used chia seeds and hemp hearts). 

IMG 8276This morning, I set out the ingredients as a little ‘build your own breakfast’ station and Miss G assembled her own banana split.  Just as we’ve done together previously, she laid the banana pieces down first, added a couple of big scoops of greek yogurt, topped them both with almond butter and strawberry slices, then sprinkled the whole thing with coconut.

IMG 8282Breakfast is served!

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{Green} Banana Nut Milkshake Smoothie

Green Banana Nut Milkshake SmoothieMiss G and I have been loving this simple twist on the first ever smoothie we really made together.  Unlike many of our other green smoothies, this one is creamy and milk-based {and tastes more like a milkshake than a green smoothie}. 

Photo copyFor extra flavour and an extra burst of nutrients, my little smoothie lover and I top our drinks with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.  Of course she just slurps it all up. 

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{Green} Banana Nut Milkshake Smoothie

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 3 large kale stalks, stems removed (or a couple of giant handfuls of spinach)
  • 1/4 cup of old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons of all-natural nut butter (we usually use peanut)
  • 1 tablespoon of hemp hearts
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
  • 1/2 a cup of plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups of the milk of your choice (we often use an unsweetened vanilla almond)

Blend on low until everything is combined, then blend on high for an additional 45 seconds.  Serves two.

Enjoy!

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Lime Refresher Green Smoothie

Lime Refresher Green SmoothieMiss G and I continue to start most of our days with a big green smoothie each, and I must say, we’re loving it.  It’s become a morning routine for us… Grae retrieves the blender and fresh produce, I grab the freezer ingredients and chop things up, she puts everything into the blender, and together we enjoy our mason jars of green goodness.  

I really shouldn’t even say this, but we’ve managed to make it through the season of sickness, with friends and playmates all around us dealing with endless bouts of flu and colds, without getting sick once (*knock on wood*).  And I have to say, I think these vitamin/nutrient-packed immune boosters may just have had something to do with it. 

Here’s our newest favourite…

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Lime Refresher Green Smoothie

  • 1 banana, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 an apple
  • 1/2 a pear
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mango
  • 1 large lime, peeled
  • 3 stalks of kale, stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 – 1.5 cups of cold water, depending on desired consistency

Blend on low until everything is combined, then blend on high for an additional 45 seconds.  Serves two (plus a wee one if you’re willing to share a little).

Enjoy!

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Toddler Food: What Miss G Eats {27 – Valentine’s Edition}

IMG 5481Breakfast // Heart-shaped wholewheat flax oat pancakes with a tiny drizzle of pure maple syrup.  Strawberry hearts.

IMG 5484Special drink // Frothy strawberry milk (made with freeze-dried strawberries) with heart-shaped milk ice cubes.

IMG 5512Lunch // Veggie and wild rice soup with heart-shaped carrots (aka “love soup” according to Grae).

IMG 5528Dinner // Roasted veggie and feta pizza on a thin wholewheat crust.

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‘Heart in a Hole’

Heart in a HoleThis morning Gracen and I made one of our go-to breakfasts… Eggs in a hole.  Except we always make ours with a fun shape instead of a plain old circle and then change the name just a tad. ☺  On this morning’s menu?  Hearts in a hole. 

IMG 5136 I love this breakfast because it’s so easy, but it’s more fun than just plain eggs and toast.  Plus Grae gobbles it up every time and all you really need is eggs, bread, a little bit of oil, and a cookie cutter of some sort.  

IMG 5138This is really so simple that it doesn’t warrant instruction.  Just place the cookie cutter in the middle of the bread…

IMG 5141And really push down.

EggsThen place the bread, along with the cut out in an oiled pan warmed over medium heat and carefully crack the egg into the hole.  Because we like our eggs cooked hard, we cover the pan right away.

CookedWhen the white appears cooked through, flip everything over and let it cook a couple more minutes.

IMG 5146That’s it – breakfast is served.  And today, just for fun, we added strawberry hearts too.  (This meal may just have to be repeated on Valentine’s Day.)

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Toddler Food: What Miss G Eats {25}

Toddler FoodIMG 2207Breakfast // Organic shredded wheat cereal with hemp hearts, frozen blueberries, fresh raspberries, and organic milk.

IMG 2502Breakfast // French toast (made with omega seed bread) with plain organic yogurt, frozen blueberries, a TINY drizzle of pure maple syrup, and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

IMG 2318Breakfast // Wholewheat cinnamon raisin English muffin with all-natural peanut butter.  Kiwi slices.  Fresh raspberries.

IMG 2128Breakfast // Parmesan basil scrambled eggs.  Homestyle potatoes with onions and peppers.  Flaxseed toast.

IMG 2434Breakfast // Wholewheat raspberry scone.  Kiwi slices.  Fresh raspberries.  Raspberry tea.

IMG 1789Breakfast // Flaxseed toast with all-natural peanut butter, chia seeds, and hemp hearts.

IMG 1509Breakfast // Wholewheat ‘Gracen’ pancakes.

IMG 0892Lunch  // Southwest turkey chili with sour cream.  Avocado couscous salad.

IMG 2431Lunch // Black bean veggie quesadilla on an Ezekiel 4:9 tortilla with sour cream and fresh avocado.

IMG 2210Lunch // Parmesan and avocado toast. Carrot sticks and hummus.  Apple slices.

IMG 2029Lunch // Wholewheat elk pasta with baby peas, edamame beans, and fresh parmesan.

IMG 1162Lunch // Chicken, tofu, and veggie stir-fry on fresh rice noodles.

IMG 1534Lunch // Curried tuna and apple salad on a tomato wrap.  Red pepper slices.  Roasted squash.

IMG 1787Lunch // Potato and leek soup with chickpeas and veggies.  Wholewheat naan.

IMG 2119Dinner // Wholewheat spaghetti with spicy turkey tomato sauce and fresh parmesan.  Roasted Brussels sprouts.

IMG 2127Dinner // Creamy corn and veggie soup.  Multi-seed flatbread with humus.

IMG 2267Dinner // Harvest grains, steamed veggies, and sesame tempeh.

IMG 2317Dinner // Parmesan and walnut encrusted chicken.  Roasted Brussels sprouts.  Roasted golden beets with feta.  Cheese ravioli with herbs and spices brought home from Italy.

IMG 2500Dinner // Tuscan sausage soup with shell pasta, spinach, and white beans.  Parmesan rye spears.  

IMG 3154Dinner // Homemade pizza (BBQ chicken and roasted veggie and feta).

IMG 2528Dinner // Wholewheat penne with tomato basil turkey sauce and feta.

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