Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Healthy breakfast idea: Your child can now eat oatmeal in the car completely mess-free

Breakfast is a very important meal for everyone especially children. A nutritious breakfast fuels kids up and gets them ready for the day.
Although making breakfast is probably the last thing on our minds when we parents are running around the house trying to get everyone ready, it is important that we stop and do it.  
In general, toddlers and kids who eat breakfast have a lot more energy, do better in school, and eat healthier throughout the day. Without breakfast, kids can get irritable, restless, and tired and probably will not do as well in school or daycare as they would have if they had simply eaten breakfast. 
Making children waffles, bacon, eggs, and orange juice is pretty much out of the question for many of us most days out of the week but there are still other choices.  One in particular is oatmeal. My children love oatmeal, and I love it because it's healthy!  
But have you ever let your child eat oatmeal in the backseat of the car on the way to school? I doubt you have especially if your children are between the ages of 2 and 5.  The mess alone would probably not be worth it for you!

Fortunately, your child can now eat oatmeal in the car completely mess free by pouring the oatmeal into a reusable food pouch such as the Little Hands Reusable Food Pouch.
The reusable food pouches are awesome because you can fill them with what ever pureed food you wish.  Since the food pouches should not be microwaved themselves, you simply cook the oatmeal like you normally would.  Once the oatmeal is done, pour the oatmeal into the reusable food pouch and give it to your child.  Your child will then be able to eat the oatmeal from the spout on the side of the pouch which will prevent them from making a mess while eating.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wholesome baby food - Make your own plum organics and save money!

Parents want their babies and children to eat as healthy as possible. Unfortunately it's becoming harder to do because of the increases in food prices and the decrease in amount of time parents have in the day.  Handing a child chips is a lot easier than having to physically make something nutritious when a parent is short on time and already running late.  It's also easier to give a child a cereal bar instead of yogurt or oatmeal in the morning because they can feed themselves the cereal bar and not make such a mess!

Plum Organics, Beachnut, and Gerber figured this out and created baby food pouches. These are awesome and perfect for busy families who want to make sure that their children eat healthy!  The downside to these are the price.  
  • A single plum organics baby food pouch costs $1.39.  
  • A beachnut baby food pouch costs $1.00 at walmart.  
  • Jars of baby food cost anywhere between .74-1.51 per jar so they are close to the same price.  Although this doesn't sound expensive, it adds up quickly.  
  • Most parents will feed their children at least 2 jars of baby food at each meal so that's an average of 6.72 a day on just those 3 meals. 
  • Snacks will easily up that to at least $8.00 a day so that's $56.00 a week on the low side just for baby food.  

Little Hands Reusable Food Pouch

Reusable baby food pouches such as Little Hands Reusable Food Pouches are perfect for feeding babies, toddlers, and children wholesome homemade baby food and save you money compared to the store bought baby food.  You can puree what ever foods your child enjoys such as fruits, vegetables, or oatmeal and pour it straight into the food pouch.  You can either freeze for later or give it to your child to eat immediately. The great thing is that the food pouches are reusable, bpa free, and phosphate free. After the child is done eating, simply wash the food pouch and reuse.

Ethan and Adrianna love the Little Hands reusable food pouch.  They enjoy eating applesauce, yogurt, and even oatmeal out them.  I love them because they save me money and they are not messy at all.  Now I let them eat as much yogurt as they want!