Coaching a toddler to eat eggs can be a challenge. One day your three-year-old may like scrambled eggs for breakfast and not like them the next day. I found a way to interest my little granddaughter in eating egg salad. [Read more…]
Grown-up Girls Like to Color
Have you seen these coloring books for grown-up girls? Some of my writer friends got one. When I saw this one (of course, it’s about food and the kitchen, so I love it!), I just had to get it. I’m getting ready to hang out with my little granddaughter to do some artsy recipes.
When I was a young girl, I loved to color. Now my oldest granddaughter likes to color. So I got the coloring book to color with her.
Kitchens are for Food and Fun
Kitchens are for the whole family to gather to do activities other than just eating. It’s good for creating art projects. I gave my granddaughter some yogurt to eat one day at the kitchen table. She got really quiet, and I looked over to see why. She had spread the yogurt all around her on the table and had it all over her face. I’m not sure if she ever actually ate any. It was so funny. That day I decided yogurt is a very inexpensive and fun way for kids’ art in the kitchen.
Yogurt Recipe Round-Up
It’s time for a five-recipe roundup! Yesterday I posted a pudding and strawberry roundup. Today I’m doing a yogurt and yogurt art roundup. Yogurt art is fun (try it with your grandchildren) especially when you get to eat a special yogurt treat while you play. So I’ve gone on a search for amazing yogurt recipes. Here goes:
- How to Make a Stripy Parfait – Oh, WOW! I will have fun with the grandkiddos making this edible project
- Yogurt Silly Putty – Grandparents and grandchildren can have a good time with this homemade silly putty.
- Breakfast Banana Split – A fun breakfast with bananas!
- Strawberry Yogurt Bark – Let the little tots help you make this yummy snack.
- Rainbow Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Dip – You want a colorful and pretty treat? Make this beauty.
That’s today’s roundup. I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me if you try one of these artsy recipes with your little ones or grandchildren. I’ll be trying some out with my granddaughters soon!
Healthy Easter Treats
What treats can you make your grandchildren when their parents have put them on a strict diet – one without sugar?
Many children and adults are required to maintain a diet without sugar all of the time, every day of their lives. It’s like a culture shock for a person used to eating sweets to change over to a healthy way of eating without sugar. But imagine if everyone agreed to live without sugary foods. That would change everything, wouldn’t it? How would candy, bread, dessert, and everything-else-loaded-with-sugar-in-it companies make it? They would close their doors.
I love sweets, and so does my toddler granddaughter. So when her mom asked me to not give her anything sweet during my next visit (how do you NOT eat anything sweet on Easter?), I started looking up recipes I can make for her.
Supporting my daughter in cutting down sugary treats for her toddler reminds me of when my mother helped me in my teenage years when I went on a strict diet without sweets and bread. One day I got so dizzy that I fell into my closet. That day is when my mother put her foot down and said I could not get up from the table until I ate a piece of bread or potato. I ate a slice of plain bread.
One of my favorite “desserts” Mother made me when I was on diets was a pear dessert (see recipe below). It was a healthy snack and satisfied my dessert cravings.
Fresh Pear Dessert
- 1 can sliced pears
- 2 teaspoons Mayonnaise
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese
- Open can of pears and drain.
- Place two pear halves in a bowl.
- Put a teaspoon of Mayonnaise on top of each pear slice.
- Sprinkle cheese on top.
Option: Use a fresh pear, peel, take the seeds out, and cut in several slices. Top with Mayo and shredded cheese.
Until this day, I love that fresh fruit dessert. Maybe I’ll include that on my special treat list for my little grand.
If you feel inspired to share a treat that would be a good Easter sweet or snack substitute for toddlers, I’d love to know about it.
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Link Parties today – Full Plate Thursday
Toddlers get bored easily with the same food all the time. So do adults. Imagine if you had to eat chicken nuggets and fries for dinner every day. You’d get tired of it pretty fast, too.
Help your toddler’s day start off with a hearty breakfast. One way to do this is to create fun ways to prepare eggs like these:
- Scramble an egg and sprinkle grated cheese on top
- Bake in a quiche
- Make an Egg-in-the-Hole – See the perfect recipe at pepperbowl.com.
- Make a scrambled egg and cheese sandwich, mayo on bread, sandwich cut into triangles
- Cook an omelet and add vegetables that your child will eat.
Food that looks attractive on a plate is inviting to all of us. If it looks unattractive, don’t be surprised if it’s snubbed. The nice thing about preparing meals for toddlers is that you can find cute plates with three sections. Serve two foods that your little one currently likes. Introduce a new food (or one not tried in awhile) in the third section.
My 3-year-old granddaughter used to love eggs. Then she went through a stage of never eating them. I tried eggs in a variety of ways. She didn’t like scrambled anymore. I tried a fried egg and cut it in small pieces. She ate a couple of egg white pieces but decided she didn’t like them after all. One way she liked above all other things with eggs, without a doubt, was French toast (Hey, it counts! It’s got egg in it.) She LOVES it. At first, she called it her “French fried toasties”.
Twice, I asked my grand-toddler if she would like an egg sandwich for breakfast. “Yes,” she said. The last time I made one for her I cut it in triangles for her and cut mine in half and placed some blueberries on our plates (she went through a small carton of blueberries almost by herself in less than 24 hours). It was a breakfast filled with great nutrients: protein, Vitamin A, calcium, iron, antioxidants, and according to research, helped my grand-toddler’s vision, acuity, and brain development.
I saved two little triangles for that egg and blueberry breakfast and put them on my plate, thinking that perhaps she would want mine. It worked! She wanted one from my plate. The outcome was that she ate, at least, one-half to three-fourths of a sandwich.
Trying to get a toddler to eat nutritional food is a challenge. My daughter remembers liking salad because I always ate salad and she wanted what was on my plate. That was years ago, and I only recall that she loved salads.
Fruit is an excellent choice, and it can be served with any meal or as a snack. It’s good to keep fruit on hand and to try a new one periodically. Keep fruit on the kitchen counter within view.
Try varieties of egg recipes. Make the plate of food look like art when you place it in front of your toddler – and fill up a section with scrumptious-looking fruit.
Now, go stock up on eggs and fruit – two foods edible any time of the day.