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Sweet Potato Mini Muffins

wpid-img_20150226_155944.jpgI’m so excited to share another “Toddler Approved” recipe with you! Once in a while, I like to give L.B. a little treat to enjoy but preferably something that is not loaded with sugar or additives¬†i.e. (packaged snacks). These sweet potato mini muffins are perfectly sized for little hands and the ingredients used are very simple & healthy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp of Butter (soften)
  • 2 Farm Fresh Eggs
  • 1 cup of Puree Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 cup of Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Instructions To Make Puree Sweet Potatoes:

  1. Peel & cut up a Medium Sweet potatoes
  2. Toss with 1 tbsp of Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  3. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp of Cinnamon
  4. Bake for 25-30mins (uncovered)
  5. Remove and Let it Cool
  6. Combined Baked Sweet Potatoes with 10-12 tbsp of Organic Milk
  7. Puree until you get a smooth texture

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Instructions for Baking Mini Muffins:

  1. Preheat for 350 degrees
  2. Butter 24 cup mini muffin pan
  3. Using an electric mixer on low, Whip butter for 1min. Add eggs (one at a time) and continue mixing for another minute
  4. Gently fold in Puree Sweet Potatoes
  5. In a separate bowl sift flour,baking powder & cinnamon.
  6. Add dry mixture to the wet ingredients gently combine (DO NOT OVERMIX)
  7. Bake for 10-13mins

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I was hosting a women’s bible study group in my home today, so I didn’t get a chance to take photos of filling the pan but this was the remains of my freshly baked sweet potato mini muffins. So, I’m glad that these sugar-free muffins were adult approved too ūüėõ

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*Quick Tip: For a mess-free way of filling the mini pan. Scoop the mixture into an icing bag and pipe the mixture into the muffin wells.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Please feel free to share…

 

 

 

 

 

A Meal Plan for Nursing Moms

Breastfeeding my daughter has been one of the most wonderful experience of being a mommy. The benefits of breastfeeding are endless but here’s a few reasons why I feel that “Breast is Best”

  • I’m 100% confident that my daughter is getting the best nourishment.
  • Breast milk contains antibodies and lymphocytes that helps my baby resist infections.
  • It’s available whenever and wherever she needs to eat
  • Breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of (SIDS)
  • It’s Free ūüôā

The only downside to breastfeeding is how hungry I feel ALL THE TIME. It’s true that breastfeeding may help your body burn up to 500 extra calories a day (without exercise). This is not the time to start eating whatever you want. Keep in mind – good quality foods that you consume will produce good quality milk for your baby too. So, start thinking about the importance of healthy eating and consuming nutritionally dense meals before your baby’s next feeding.¬†This is also not the time to be cutting calories or going on a crash diet in hopes to shed that baby weight quickly (my biggest pet peeve). Do you really think your baby cares about what you look like before you had her? The answer is probably, NO!

Important Nutrition Tips:

  1. Drinks lots of fluids to stay hydrated (limit beverages that has added sugar, like sodas or fruit drinks) stick to lemon with water, skim milk or homemade broth.
  2. Meals should contain a lean source of protein, complex carbs and healthy fats.
  3. Snacks between meals.
  4. Talk with your doctor to find out if you need a multivitamin.

Here’s a sample of my meals:

Pre-Breakfast: Squeeze half a lemon into a full glass of water (lemon juice naturally detoxifies the body and gets your digestive juices flowing to help with better absorption of nutrients in your meals) Drink this 10-15 mins before your first meal.

Breakfast:

  • 2 egg whites + 2 whole eggs
  • 1 cup of red, green, & yellow peppers (or any kind of vegetables you like)
  • 1/4 cup of onions (minced)
  • 2 slices of multi-grain toast with 1 tsp of Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup of skim milk
  • Prenatal Vitamins & Fish Oil Supplements

Breastfeeding Breakfast

 

Snacks: Breastfeeding burns calories, so keep healthy snacks on hand to help refuel throughout the day. I usually snack before lunch and dinner and depending on how long my nights are (when baby is teething) I will have another snack right before bed.

Healthy Snack Options:

  • Edamame
  • Homemade Coconut Bran Muffins
  • Greek Yogurt Parfait (Raisins, Plain Granola and Unsweetened Coconut)
  • Hummus, Carrots, Multigrain Toast & Hard Boiled Egg

 

Lunch:

  • 2 spinach egg muffins
  • 3 cups of mixed baby kale greens
  • 1/2 pear (chopped & slice)
  • 1 slice of multigrain toast with real butter
  • 1 cup of orange juice (not shown in photo)
  • 1 cup of Water (not shown in photo)
  • 2 capsules of Fish Oil Supplements

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Dinner:

  • 3 oz grilled salmon steak ( 2x a week)
  • 1/2 of green beans (steamed)
  • 2-3 small boiled potatoes (usually with the skin)
  • 1 polish turkey sausage ( or another source of lean protein)
  • 1 cup of orange juice (not shown in photo)
  • 1 cup of water (not shown in photo)
  • 2 capsules of Fish Oil Supplements

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This is just a sample meal plan. I DO NOT eat the same foods everyday because it’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and different source of protein.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kale Pasta for Toddlers

I’ve been a very lucky mom, for the past 7 months my daughter has been an excellent eater. Recently, she has discovered that playing and exploring is much more fun than eating. So, trying to get her attention and keeping it long enough to feed her a¬†meal has been a challenge. The fun part is learning new ways to make her meals colourful, nutritious and appealing.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of miniature star pasta
  • 2 cups of frozen kale
  • 2 tbsp of boiling water
  • 1 tbsp of flax-seed oil

Bring water to a rolling boil, add pasta. Reduce heat and cook for 10 mins

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Add 2 cups of frozen kale and 2 tbsp of water. Blend for 10-15seconds.

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Strain pasta and add 1 tbsp of flax-seed oil and mix in the purée kale.

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This recipe will give you about 24 cube servings. In my home this will last for 4 days!

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Beautiful little green flowers are very appealing to little fussy eaters.

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Care to Share:

How do you deal with little fussy eaters?

 

 

Peach Mango Mini Muffins

Here is a quick & easy baby muffin recipe that I’ve whipped up tonight. I’m not a big fan of pre-packaged foods (especially for baby) but we got these Earth’s Best Organic Baby Food Puree for FREE, and I’m not a big fan of wasting food either. So, I revised the recipe from the back of the package of Artisan Flour Blend and baked up a batch of these delicious baby muffins perfect for a healthy snack served with a cup of milk.

Ingredients:

  • 3tbps butter, melted
  • 1pkg of Earth’s Best Organic Baby Food Puree
  • 1egg, large
  • 1/2tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 110g Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend
  • 1.5tsp baking powder

Directions: 

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Lightly grease muffin tin with butter
  3. Mix flour and baking powder and set aside
  4. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer beat together butter, puree, eggs, and vanilla
  5. Gently fold in dry ingredients to wet ingredients (Do Not Overmix)
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let it cool completely before giving to baby.

Makes 12 mini muffins.

*These mini muffins can be stored in an air-tight container in the freezer (up to 1 week).             * Thaw at room temperature in the morning in a ziploc bag for a quick on-the-go afternoon snack at the playground.

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 Enjoy!

 

Sample Day Meal Plan for 1 year old

This is a sample day meal plan for our daughter.

Breakfast: 
3 tbsp of Quinoa Flakes (cooked)
1/2 Organic Banana
1 tsp of Hemp Seed (great source of essential fatty acids)

Snack: 
Homemade Apple Baby Muffin
1/2 Organic Banana

Lunch: 
2 tbsp of Baby Chilli (Ground Veal & Veggies)
2-3 tbsp of Cooked Pasta (Acini di Pepe) this pasta is perfectly sized for little eaters!
3 tbsp of Sweet Peas (excellent source of iron)

Snack: 
1/2 Organic Avocado
1/2 Cut-Up Fruit (Peaches, Apples, Pears) served with
3-4 tbsp of Plain Yogurt

Dinner: 
2 tbsp of Baked Chicken Thighs (dark meat is higher in iron than white meat)
3 tbsp of Red Quinoa
3 tbsp of Baked Organic Root Vegetables

Her meals vary from day-to-day, but here are some “healthy guidelines” we aim for our 1¬†yr old.

  • Aim for a serving of protein, veggies, nutritious grain at every meal
  • Include healthy fats such as avocado, full-fat milk & yogurt in snacks
  • Eliminate added sugar (avoid pre-package foods & read ingredients carefully)
  • Best choices for hydration is water & homogenized milk

 

 

 

Baked Organic Root Vegetables

Organic carrots are on sale this week, so we decided to harvest some of our own fresh organic beets from my husband’s garden of love, and bake this mixed root vegetable dish for our daughter.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Medium potatoes
  • 6 Organic Carrots
  • 1 Large Organic Beet
  • 2 tbsp of Pre-made Chicken Stock

Baking Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. cut up the carrots, potatoes and beets into bite sizes pieces (the smaller cubes cooks faster)
  3. Place all vegetables into a heat-safe baking dish,
  4. add 2 tbsp of pre-made chicken stock and cover.
  5. Bake for 60 mins

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Done! These vegetables were so tender, I end up mashing it with a rice scooper instead of using the magic bullet.

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2 Full Tray of Homemade Baby Food ! (once frozen, try to use within 10 days)

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Hope ya’ll enjoy this post and be inspired to make-your-own baby food for your little ones. ¬†ūüôā

Apple Baby Muffins

This is my 1st attempt at making muffins for baby, it was important for me to keep it sugar-free and trans fat free. So the ingredients used here is very basic. We like to use whole wheat flour instead of refined all-purpose flour for most of our baked goods. Oatmeal is a staple in our home, so I thought it would be a good idea add this into the muffins for baby.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 tsp¬†baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Omega-3 Whole Egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (baked apples pur√©e)

 Baking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350¬įF.
  2. Lightly grease a muffin pan with coconut oil.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda.
  4. Make a well in the center and add a slightly beaten egg and applesauce.
  5. Stir until well combined.
  6. Divide batter evenly among the 6 muffin cups.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes until slightly brown around the edges.

Apple Baby Muffin Batter

Let muffins cool completely, before storing in air-tight container.

 

This is a perfect “grab & go” snack for those long days at playground.Apple Baby Muffins

*My daughter just couldn’t wait to get her hands on some fresh baked apple muffins made just for her!

Quinoa For Breakfast

Feeding baby is so much fun. I love how our little darling is such a good eater, she’ll take big gulps of her favourite foods like Bananas, Apples, Pears & Sweet Potatoes (basically all the sweet stuff) ūüėõ . She’ll also eat the less yummies foods like Lentils, Peas, Chicken & Turkey but taking much smaller bites & sometimes pretending like she is too busy to eat, LOL (such a smart little monkey). The not-so-fun part of starting solid foods is suspecting that she might have a gluten intolerance. Since our daughter is half Asian, the first grain of choice was naturally white rice ūüėõ ¬†unfortunately she had a hard time digesting it. So, we switched her to pearl barley in hopes of providing her with a grain with more fibre and she ended up getting a mild rash after every meal. Luckily, we had stuck to the 2-3day rule of trying a new food and so it was easy for us to figure out the culprit for her rash.

Since, we have decided not to start her with commercial baby cereal, (base on our own research and parental choice) we had to find an alternative way of providing her with a good source of iron. There are many options of providing baby with iron-rich foods without having to give them commercial baby cereal.

Introducing: Royal Quinoa

Royal Quinoa + Bananas = Gluten-Free Baby Breakfast

How to Prepare:

  1. Bring 150ml of water to a boil
  2. Add 1tbsp of Royal Flaked Quinoa & stir
  3. Cook gently for about 2mins
  4. Remove from heat
  5. Cover and let stand for 3mins
  6. Mix in 1/4 ripe banana (mashed)

Gluten-Free breakfast preparation

Quinoa Flakes, Banana, Bowl & Tablespoon

All this food in that little tummy!

All this food in that little tummy!

Gluten-Free & Baby Loves It !

Gluten-Free & Baby Loves It ! Win Win

Care to Share ?

What’s your favourite gluten-free baby food recipe?

Feeding a 7 Month Old (Step-by-Step Guide)

Good Morning ūüôā

So, last Friday my mother-in-law had offered to babysit for me while I went out to lunch with my mom. Since my little darling is now on solid food she requires more that just an emergency¬†bottle of formula (if I didn’t make it home in time). So, I nervously draft up an email with these step by step instructions for my mother-in-law before she came over. I say nervously because I wasn’t sure how well received such an email would be to a woman who has raised a healthy grown man of her own for the past 36¬†years.

After I press sent, I paced around the house nervously waiting for a reply. My mother-in-law wrote back and told me that the instructions were “FANTASTIC” and for me to go have a good time! This did not come as a surprise to me, because this woman ALWAYS handles every situation in life with Grace & Gratitude. And now, I don’t even know why I was so nervous in the first place. ūüėõ

So, here’s a step by step guide on how I feed my own little darling.

Preparing Food:

1.       Turn off the radio, lock the dog (Baby can get easily distracted)

2.       Take heat-safe glass bowls out of Tupperware containers in fridge

3.       Pour 1 cup of hot tap water into small sauce pan

4.       Place heat-safe glass bowls in pan

5.       Turn heat on high (7-8)

6.       Set Timer for 5 mins

7.       Remove from heat and stir to cool (test on inside of wrist for correct feeding temperature)

8.       Use washcloth for cleaning baby’s face (wiping with tissues can dry out baby’s delicate skin)

Feeding Baby:

1.       Take Baby to her high chair, fasten seat beat (never leave baby unattended)

2.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Put on her bib and tell her that ‚ÄúWe are going to start lunch now‚ÄĚ

3.       Describe to baby what you will be feeding her today. (name of food, colour, texture)

4.       Put a small amount of food on the spoon to help baby get interested in eating

(Once baby starts to show interest in eating, add more to the spoon)

5.       Do not play games or make baby laugh while feeding (this is a choking hazard)

6.       If baby starts to cry, STOP FEEDING and try to calm her down before resuming to feed

7.       Total feeding time should not exceed  20-30 mins (Babies become bored very easily)

8.       Try to finish feeding main meal (Veggies & Meat) before offering dessert (Fruit)

9.       Do NOT force feed, Baby will let you know when she is full (turning away or refusing to open her mouth)

10.    When meal time is over, praise her and remove her from high chair.

Congratulations, Baby is now well feed and happy!

Did you ever have to let someone else feed your own baby?