Snack Date | 4 | Space Suits, Super Snacks & Slammers

Space Edith

It’s time for another snack date! This one is brought to you from the K & E Space Station. No but really aren’t these two just so cute with their “space helmets” and tutus on?

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Alder wasn’t sure what to think of the whole situation.

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Once our little astronauts got hungry it was time for the weeks snack. This week they enjoyed some Organic Slammers flavor Awesome. Long before snack dates I had been buying these for E when I saw them on sale at Target. These snacks are perfect for kids, especially ones who are always on the go because they are filled with energizing fruit including acai. Acai is also a good source of antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats.Space Date organic slammers Space Date edith slammer

E was all over the slammers and she slammed two back and left one for K to enjoy at a later date. Space Date apple - My Super Snack

K on the other hand was much more interested in the MySuperSnack granola bites and she helped herself to a few of each flavor of the bites. These little bites are non-GMO, contain no preservatives and are filled with protein and fiber. The granola bites reminded me less of a traditional granola bar or granola and more like a cereal bar which I actually think is better for the tots- easier to eat. K seemed to agree because with a little help she finished off all three bags.

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While both girls decided to go a different direction with their snacking they both really seemed to enjoy their snacks. It’s funny how their tastes/interests in food change from week to week.

Snack Date | 1 | Fruigees & Veggie-Go’s

Welcome to the start of one of our newest and delicious projects! We are going to have a weekly blog series featuring family friendly food products for Snack Dates. Basically each week our family and a few other families get together for a playdate but the thing is our growing tots and babies seem to want to spend the majority of their playdates snacking! That’s when we came up with the idea to do a snack date and each week we will try out a new snack or two and feature them on our blog.
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This week we are featuring Fruigees* and Veggie-Go’s*!

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Veggie-Go’s are also really tasty. These little fruit leathers are filled with 1/2 a serving of fruit and 1/2 a serving of vegetables and contain only fruits and veggies – no other additives. They are individually packaged which make them great to throw in a diaper bag and to take to playdates, on hikes, travel or simply just to have as a snack at home. As for the flavors they all taste great but we found that the TropiKale and Cinnamon Spiced Beet were a little tougher to eat for the tots. The overall favorite was the Mountain Berry Spinach which isn’t a surprise because who doesn’t love berries? Snack Date - 4.17.15 - veggie-gos shosh

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The Fruigees went over well with the tots and one tot, K., who isn’t always as interested in packets slurped hers up and asked for more! That right there is a sign of a good product. Edith loves packets so it wasn’t hard to convince her to try one and S. loves snacks so she was thrilled to try it as well. I found these packets to be different than others that I have tried before. They are smoother and sweeter than other packets but still good and made of quality ingredients. These would be especially great for kids who are sensitive to textures. Overall these tasted good, are easy to take along and the tots enjoyed them.Snack Date - 4.17.15 - frugiees

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Overall these snacks were a hit! Win-Win-Win! What are your favorite snacks?

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Disclaimer: This post contains no sponsored content. Occasionally I am sent products for review but they will only be featured if I truly like them and use them regularly. If these appear in a post they will be marked above with a “*”. Everything else has been paid for by me! Affiliate links will  be marked above with “**”.

Munchkin Meals: 18 Months

I haven’t participated in Munchkin Meals since Edith was 12 months! Edith is quite the eater and if you follow my instagram or our NF instagram you can see that. She is pretty much obsessed with food and loves to try new things. We try to be pretty relaxed when it comes to Edith and her eating schedule and besides lunch and dinner I provide her snacks through the day when she requests them. She has become pretty good at letting us know when she wants to eat by signing to us or if she is particularly hungry she might just have a mini break down.

munchkin meals edithSo lets take a look at a normal day for Edith:

6:30am: Breakfast: she literally wakes up asking to eat most mornings.

8am: Snack

10am: Snack

11:30am: Lunch

Post Nap (between 2-3pm): Snack

Between 5:30-6: Dinner

(yes you might have noticed that nursing did not make the schedule….that post will come soon).

We eat a variety of foods in our house and throughout the month you don’t often see too many repeat meals so Edith is getting a good variety of foods. She eats basically what we eat and while she doesn’t always love everything she does a pretty good job of trying everything on her plate. This is a habit I am happy we are getting into now because we really want to encourage her to continue to try foods over and over again.

Here are some samples of what she eats for meals and snacks:

munchkin meals bagelsBreakfast:

  • Coconut yogurt and granola
  • Two sliced of toast with coconut oil and banana
  • Mixed fruit plate (example: dates, tangerines, banana)
  • Tofu scramble with mushrooms, onions and nutritional yeast
  • Fruit and Veggie Smoothie
  • Bagels with tofutti or vegan cashew shmear

munchkin meals 18mos lunchLunch:

  • Hummus, veggies and pita
  • Beans, veggies and rice or quinoa with tahini sauce
  • Veggie Burger with mushrooms and onions and spinach, avocado and fruit
  • Avocado and hummus sandwich, cucumber slices and fruit
  • Leftovers from dinner
  • Curried carrot noodles with veggies and udon noodles

munchkin meals buddha bowlDinner:

  • Bean chili with sour supreme
  • Curried lentils with rice and veggies
  • Tofu Scramble wraps with potatoes
  • Vegan Mac and Cheeze with peas and broccoli
  • Vegan Pizza with pesto, veggies and soy curls
  • Buddha bowls

munchkin meals fruit leathersSnacks:

  • Mamma Chia Packets
  • Trail mix usually with raisins, dried cranberries, pecans and pumpkin seeds
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Smoothies
  • Apple sauce
  • Dried fruit
  • Freeze Dried Peas
  • Fruit & veggie leathers

So those are Edith’s current eats! I hope to do this post monthly now or at least not every 6 months!

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What is your munchkin enjoying right now? What were your favorite meals as a child? 

Want to keep up with what Edith is eating? Follow us on Instagram @naturallyfamily or me @runwithtongs

Thank you Brittany for hosting! You can find more Munchkin Meals on her blog.

Munchkin Meals {12 Months}

It’s been a few months since I last participated in Munchkin Meals but I had a nice reminder yesterday on my friend Kim’s Instagram account that today is the day! I also luckily snap so many photos of Edith eating or of her meals that it worked out that I have quite a bit to post for you.

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So overall not much has changed with Edith’s eating since I last post although she has tried a few new foods like peanut butter, honey and various fruits and vegetables. We had no issues when introducing peanut butter or honey (whoohoo) and they were both introduced right around her first birthday.  We had already given her tree nuts starting back around 9.5 months which she had no issues with either.

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So lets take a look at a normal day for Edith:

Between 2:30-5:30am: Nurse (unless she sleeps with us and she nurses most of the night)

7am: Nurse

7:30am: Breakfast

9am: Snack

9:30am: Nurse

Between 11am-12pm: Lunch

1pm: Nurse

3pm: Snack

4pm: Nurse

Between 5:30-6:30: Dinner

8:30pm: Nurse

10pm: Sometimes Nurse

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Breakfast:

  • Coconut yogurt with hemp seeds 
  • Toast with coconut oil
  • Blueberries, Strawberries or other fruit
  • Tofu scramble with mushrooms, onions and nutritional yeast
  • Fruit and Veggie Smoothie

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Lunch:

  • Hummus, veggies and pita
  • Beans, veggies and rice or quinoa
  • Vegan quesadilla
  • Veggie Burger with mushrooms and onions and spinach

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Dinner:

  • Avocado Roll
  • Lentils with rice and veggies
  • Tempeh with rice, mushrooms and onions
  • Mac and Cheeze with peas and broccoli
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Snacks:

  • Mamma Chia Packets
  • Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • Oyster Crackers (the soup crackers)
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Smoothies
  • Kale Chips
  • Raw Crackers

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For most all of her meals she eats pretty much exactly what we are eating except slightly toned down versions (i.e. less salt, pepper or (hot) spices). Edith is a pretty good eater and will try most anything presented to her. She is at a point where she wants to eat everything off your plate and getting her to sit in her chair can be a challenge.  I am back to the days of holding her on my lap however instead of holding her while she nurses or just hangs out she now eats all my food! We were at a wedding this past weekend and we had this amazing eggplant ratatouille dish and she literally ate 2/3 of mine so I ended up having to ask for a second plate which she promptly dug into as well!

This month I am hoping to try out some new recipes for Edith and introduce her to a few new foods.  We are lucky to have an organic delivery box come once per week with a bunch of surprise goodies inside so there is always something new for her or even all of us to try!

What is your munchkin enjoying right now? What were your favorite meals as a child? 

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Munchkin Meals: 8 Months

Wow this month went by incredibly fast! I know that I still owe you a follow up post on our approach to solids but we have been busy playing at the coast and well I can’t seem to find my baby led weaning book where I have a ton of notes about things I want to include. I wonder if Edith hid it somewhere like she hid our second set of car keys in the recycling (note to self don’t let the baby play with your car keys.) Anyways lets take a look at what Edith has been eating this month!

We did experience our first solids protest this month right around the start of March when Edith was sick and teething (still no teeth though).  It lasted a few days but I just kept offering her food at meal times and eventually she went back to her normal  eating habits.

Edith basically eats what we eat minus the salt and too much spice (except for that one time I unknowingly gave her guacamole with jalapenos in it).  Here are a few examples:

Breakfast:

  • Toast with coconut oil and fruit
  • Oats with cinnamon and banana
  • Banana and/or mango

Lunch:

  • Hummus and steamed veggies with avocado, olive oil or coconut oil
  • Beans or lentils with avocado, olive oil or coconut oil and veggies
  • Gluten Free Pasta with veggies and olive oil

Dinner:

  • Lentil soup with veggies and quinoa
  • Roasted sweet potato, steamed veggies and avocado
  • Beans, kale salad and brown rice

Snacks:

  • Fruit
  • Veggie Puffs
  • Fruit and Veggie puree packets

Her current favorite foods are: avocado, hummus and banana.

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Munchkin Meals: 7 Months

Can you believe that Edith is almost 8 months old! We are just completing month two of solids and so far things have been going well.  I know I have been talking about doing a post on our approach and don’t worry it is coming soon so let me know if you have any questions.  Now lets take a look at what Edith has been eating lately.MunchkinMeal-EdithStealingPeppers

Breakfast:

  • homemade chunky puree of brown rice, pears and butternut squash
  • berries
  • waffle with coconut oil
  • roasted pears
  • occasionally a puree packet usually one with a grain in it

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Lunch:

  • steamed veggies: zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper, peas, carrots, corn, ect.
  • fruits and berries
  • hummus or cooked beans

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Dinner:

  • massaged kale salad
  • slaw
  • gluten free pasta
  • steamed veggies

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Snacks:

  • puffs
  • fruits
  • green juice