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Kids Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast Ideas

Babies eating solids, toddlers and kids on up!! It’s sometimes a struggle to make a healthy meal first thing in the morning. If your child is anything like my son, he wants food RIGHT when he wakes up. Gee….I wonder where he gets that from 😉 So this was my attempt at giving myself some motivation to switch it up with healthy options. It’s so easy to just grab a yogurt or make a quick piece of buttered toast, which I’m learning is just going to have to be okay sometimes! But I also want to make an effort to give my son healthy eating habits.

It can be hard serving kids healthy meals when they are picky! Especially toddlers who love something one day and are totally disgusted by the exact same thing the next! My son is so hard to feed sometimes. One night he CHOWED down on sesame chicken, white rice and crab rangoons (I was shocked to say the least!) and the next night turned his nose up over simple spaghetti. Anyway…I do my best with feeding him healthy meals as much as I can!

What’s nice about these breakfast ideas is that they are really simple! Nothing too complicated or time consuming here!

Simple Breakfasts:

1) Simple buttered toast with slices of avocado.

One of the easiest! My go-to breakfast with my son.

2) Breakfast pancake muffins with grapes.

These pancake muffins were so easy to make and you can make them up ahead of time, stick them in the fridge or freezer and simply pop one out anytime you want! To see my recipe for them click HERE. You can add in anything you want such as blueberries, banana, spinach, etc.

3) Oatmeal and blueberries.

Bananas are a great add-in as well along with some cinnamon. Another one of my son’s favorites. He’s OBSESSED with blueberries. I prefer using plain cooked rolled oats versus instant oatmeal and just adding in whatever I want.

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4) Scrambled eggs and kiwi.

Also quick and easy!

5) Peanut toast and oranges

Make faces or fun pictures out of food to make it look more fun and appealing! I look forward to my son actually being old enough to appreciate fun things like this! 😛

6) Pineapple shaped pancakes w/ chocolate chips and bananas

Obviously they don’t have to be pineapple shaped! But have fun with it and make pancakes into shapes or characters! This is definitely not a talent of mine. I’ve seen videos where people make faces or detailed images with pancakes…crazy!

7) Eggs (switch it up from scrambled!) with cantaloupe and pineapple!

8) Avocado toast and yogurt

If you’re using an avocado that is in a really soft stage (or you can just mash it up) its perfect for spreading on toast. It’s considered a healthy fat and a super food!

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9) Strawberries and pancakes!

Clearly I just like making faces out of food! I think I’m still a kid myself! Switch it up with waffles too! Add fruit or shredded spinach for added nutrients as well.

Another fantastic option…Smoothies!!! Here are some great smoothie recipes!

Blueberry – Pear Smoothie

Berry Avocado Chia Smoothie

Celery N’ Greens Fruit Smoothie

Click on Healthy Smoothies in the menu for more smoothie ideas!

Enjoy!

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Homemade Orange Gummy Bears

Orange Gummy Bears

Okay, it has definitely been way too long since I have done any blog posts! It is so difficult to keep up with everything but I’m doing my very best! I’ve really been focusing on my new Etsy shop lately, however, I really enjoy the blog so I want to keep it up to date as best I can!

As I have mentioned previously, I am probably going to be going crazy with making all different kinds of homemade gummy bears and fruit snacks since it was such a hit with my son! Such a perfect snack and a much healthier alternative to store bought.

These orange gummy bears are exactly as it sounds, full of orange goodness! I thought they tasted great and so did my son!

How to make:

Orange Gummy Bears

Homemade Orange Gummy Bears

Use:

– 1/2 Cup orange puree (use 1 large orange to get approximately this amount)

– 1/2 Cup Orange juice

– 3 Tbsp powdered gelatin

– 1 Tbsp honey

Peel and slice the orange and blend well in the blender. No need to add any liquid since there is already enough liquid in it to puree it well. Measure out 1/2 cup of the puree and set aside. Heat juice along with gelatin in a small saucepan for about 5 minutes while stirring. Do not bring to a boil. Add juice mixture to the puree slowly while stirring. Add 1 Tbsp honey and stir it in well. You could add any other add ins you would like as well such as chia seeds for example! Poor into a pan wide enough so that the gelatin mixture is fairly thin. An 8×8 pan works well. Let mixture set in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. Cut into gummy bear shapes or any other small cookie cutter shapes you want!

That’s it! Quick and easy. Best of all, this recipe just uses honey for a sweetener to make it that much more healthier for those little tummies! Remember not to give honey to babies under one year old.

Enjoy!!

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New Slouchy Beanies Available

Slouchy Beanies

I’ve added a few new patterns for the reversible slouchy beanies!! Available in sizes newborn – 5/6T.

 

Check them out at:

http://www.whippersnappersusa.etsy.com

You can also find the link in the blog menu by clicking on “Etsy Shop.”

Blueberry – Pear Smoothie

Blueberry - Pear Smoothie

Back to smoothie-making for me! I have gotten so much use out of that Sili Squeeze I got to be able to easily feed my 1 year old smoothies. Definitely got my money’s worth out of that one. He absolutely loves smoothies and loves using it! Except for the fact that I still am not at the point where I can just give it to him and walk away or else he would just squeeze it eeeverywhere! So I still just hold it for him but it’s still way more convenient than using a spoon or just a regular cup and straw.

This smoothie isn’t just for babies and kids…I thought it was delicious too! Make a whole blender full and you could share it with the little ones 🙂 And since there is kale in it, even though it looks and sounds so unappetizing, you really don’t taste it so it is super healthy too!! All I could taste was blueberry, pear and yogurt goodness! I used 100% pure pomegranate juice for my liquid, which also has many health benefits.

Blueberry - Pear Smoothie

Blueberry - Pear Smoothie

 

Blueberry - Pear Smoothie

How to make:

 

Blueberry-Pear Smoothie

– 1 Pear

– 1/2 Cup Blueberries

– 1 Stalk Kale

– 1/2 Cup Yogurt (When making this for my son I used Stonyfield YoTot Whole Milk Blueberry Yogurt)

– 1/2 Cup Pomegranate Juice

– Handful of Ice

Make sure to wash off fruit and kale. Peel and core the pear. Add everything to the blender and blend well adding more pomegranate juice if you need more liquid.

This tastes so amazing! I really think that blueberry and pear is a great combination! If you have younger babes, check out my Blueberry-Pear baby food puree on my Homemade Baby Purees page. I made this a while back when my son was still itty bitty and he loved that combo even then too!

Enjoy!

 

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Banana – Coconut Homemade Gummy Bears!

Banana - Coconut Gummies

Any sort of snack that is an easy grab n’ go snack or something that I can simply give my son without having to feed it to him has become a staple in our house! The homemade gummy bears that I made a few weeks ago was a complete success! My son loved them and the great thing is that they don’t have a ton of added sugar or artificial ingredients like store bought gummy bears or any other sort of fruit snack. In fact, they’re purely fresh fruit puree, juice, gelatin, honey and any other healthy ingredients you may want to add in! So needless to say, you can expect that I am going to have fun with this and experiment with different flavors 😛

I whipped up these banana-coconut gummy bears at the same time I made my strawberry-pomegranate gummy bears and am finally finding the time to write about it! Find the strawberry-pomegranate gummy bears HERE if you are interested.

These actually became somewhat of a joke in our house since my husband and I were digging into them just as much…they are quite addicting!

How to make:

Banana - Coconut Gummies

Banana - Coconut Gummies

Banana/Coconut Gummy Bears

Ingredients:

-1/2 Cup pureed bananas

-1/2 Cup Pineapple – Coconut water (plain coconut water would work just fine).

-1 Tbsp Honey

-3 Tbsp Gelatin powder

 

Add 1-2 bananas to the blender (depending on how big your bananas are and about how much will make 1/2 cup pureed) and puree until very smooth. Add a small amount of water if needed to puree smoothly. Cook coconut water and gelatin powder in a saucepan over low heat until the powder has dissolved (4-5 minutes) while stirring. Do not let mixture come to a boil. After the powder has dissolved take the liquid off of the heat and slowly add it to the banana puree while stirring. Add honey and stir until combined. Pour the mixture into a pan or gummy bear molds. If you use a pan you want to use a size that will make it so the liquid is fairly shallow. An 8×8 or 9×9 inch pan would work well.

I did find that these did not last as long as the other gummy bears I had made. Bananas kind of get gross if left out so I suppose the same things happens when in gummy bears! They last about a week or less in an air tight container in the fridge.

Enjoy!

 

 

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More to Whippersnappers!

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I have recently added the new tops to the Whippersnappers Etsy shop! There are now two new colors in the submarine tank and a few more completely new designs. Soon to be added will be handmade leggings, harem shorts, top knot headbands and slouchy beanies. It has been a process getting everything that I want in my shop up and ready but I am excited that it is all coming together.

In the meantime, head on over and check everything out! Modern and stylish clothes for the little kiddos in your life 🙂

Click HERE or you can find my Etsy shop by clicking on the “Etsy Shop” tab in the main menu of the blog.

 

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Dr. Seuss – Cat in the Hat – 1st Birthday Party!

First Birthday Party

Oh what fun, Sawyer is one!! This is a bit overdue since he turned one on the 10th but I figure, better late than never!

We had a blast throwing Sawyer his very first birthday party! It was so much fun since both sides of grandparents could both come! With living so far away from everyone, that sure doesn’t happen very often! You could really tell that Sawyer was loving all of the attention, almost like he knew that the day was all about him. I knew that I wanted to do a Dr. Seuess – Cat in the Hat theme because he has so many of the books and loves the “Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That” TV show. He grins and dances every time it comes on!

 

First Birthday Party

First Birthday Party

I was so excited to make all kinds of food and especially his very first cake! I decided to make him his own smash cake and then make cupcakes for everyone else! I even made “Green Eggs & Ham” by making the filling inside of deviled eggs green and making ham wrapped pickle rolls to go along with. My husband and I came up with some cute “Seusical” names for name tags for the food. We had things like:

Punchalafizzer (Punch)

Green Eggs & Ham

Oodles of Noodles (Pasta Salad)

Trufulla Trees (Veggies)

Barbaloot Fruits

And a few others too. It was fun and really brought out the kids in us! Well…that doesn’t really take a lot 😛

First Birthday Party

First Birthday Party

First Birthday Party

 

For the cupcakes I made Thing 1 & Thing 2 inspired cupcakes. The use of cotton candy for blue hair wasn’t really my own idea…I had seen this on Pinterest a few times! I made red velvet cake and a vanilla buttercream icing toped with blue cotton candy. Then glued on little circles to the paper but instead of saying Thing 1 & Thing 2 it said “Sawyer is 1.” Little tip, if you ever want to make cupcakes with cotton candy on top, make sure to put the cotton candy on shortly before serving. Luckily I did this so it worked out okay but after sitting for awhile the cotton candy kind of just dissolves into blue crystals on the cupcakes. This oddly enough worked out and gave it a nice texture anyway! I think it just depends on what the humidity is at and the fact that it is sitting in icing.

First Birthday Party

First Birthday Party

For Sawyer’s smash cake I made a white cake (Okay, I’ll admit it, I used boxed cake! But hey, I didn’t have a lot of time and to be honest, I think boxed cake tastes delicious!) iced with vanilla buttercream. For the buttercream I just used 1 C butter, powdered sugar, 2 tsp vanilla and milk. For the powdered sugar and milk I didn’t really measure. I just added until it all mixed together with a good taste and consistency. I made the Thing 1 & Thing 2 characters by melting white chocolate and adding color to it. The chocolate tends to harden back up a bit when you add food coloring so I added just a tiny bit of coconut oil and it melts it right back up really smooth. I had printed the characters out on paper and layed wax paper over top so that I could see the characters through it. Then I just piped the melted chocolate on the wax paper tracing the characters. I wasn’t sure if it would turn out or not but they ended up looking great!

First Birthday Party

The funniest part about the whole party was Sawyer eating his cake! We literally just sat and watched him for so long! We sang him Happy Birthday, blew out his candle and then gave him his cake. I kind of expected him to be a bit iffy about it because he doesn’t like getting gooey things all over his hands. But I mean c’mon, it’s CAKE! So I thought he’d be diving in at least a little! Nope, after nearly poking it he already has a completely disgusted look on his face! My husband goes and grabs a baby fork and to my amazement he actually uses it! He sits there and eats his cake with a fork! I love that little stinker so much!

First Birthday Party

First Birthday Party

First Birthday Party

First Birthday Party

 

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Birthday Pancakes!

Birthday Pancakes

Today is my son’s very FIRST birthday!! I wanted to start out the day extra special by making him some birthday pancakes!

These were super quick and easy to make and taste delicious too! Of course I knew he would only have a few bites so…oh, darn! More for mommy! 😛

 

Pomegranate Birthday Pancakes N’ Berries

For the pancakes I just used a simple plain pancake recipe from FoodNetwork.com found HERE.

 

 

Birthday Pancakes

Birthday Pancakes

Here is the recipe from Food Network Kitchen

 

Use:

-1 C flour

-1 Tbsp Sugar

-1tsp baking powder

-1/2tsp baking soda

-dash of salt

-1 C buttermilk

-1 egg

-3 Tbsp melted butter

 

Beat all ingredients together well. Heat up a skillet sprayed with non-stick spray. Pour small amounts of pancake batter into the pan at a time. I added sprinkles to each pancake. Add whatever fruit or toppings you would like! I chose strawberries and blueberries! Blueberries are my son’s absolute favorite so he of course picked all of those off right away! I think he would just continue to eat blueberries for as long as I gave them to him!

 

For the syrup I reduced pomegranate juice (bring to a simmer until it reaches a syrupy consistency) then added maple syrup for a pomegranate maple syrup. I had never tried this before (usually just stick to good ol’ maple syrup) but it was really delicious!

Enjoy!

 

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Birthday Pancakes

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Apple N’ Greens Kids Smoothie

Apple N' Greens Smoothie

Smoothies have been a great go-to lunch option lately! Of course, I’ll admit sometimes it is much easier to throw together a quick sandwich or hotdog but most of the time I try to be more healthy and my son is my biggest motivation for that! So…GREENS! Super hard to get kids to eat, right?! Turn to smoothies, it will work! Even smoothies that are visibly green or maybe even a little gross looking are some of the tastiest smoothies! Throw some spinach or something in a smoothie and you really can’t even tell at all! Needless to say, don’t even mention that it’s in there and they won’t even know!

I whipped up this one the other day, kind of just trying to use stuff I had around the house. I realized that for some reason I have never used apples in a smoothie before. I don’t know why because it sounds great to me!

Apple N' Greens Smoothie

Apple N’ Greens Smoothie

 

What to use:

-half of an apple (peeled and cored)

-one banana

-handful of kale

-favorite yogurt of your choice (if making a baby smoothie, use whole milk yogurt. I use Stonyfield YoBaby)

-Splash of coconut water

-ice

 

Add everything to the blender and blend well!!

Apple N' Greens Smoothie

I accidentally used way to much kale this time so it was pretty chunky :-/ Surprisingly enough, Sawyer gobbled it down anyway! Works for me! (By the way, I did not use all of the kale in the picture! Just use one stalk or so…that would be waaay excessive :P)

Try this one out, the apples are great in it!

Enjoy 🙂

 

Apple N' Greens Smoothie

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Getting Into Things

What I am about to say, I still can’t believe…Sawyer is starting to walk! WALK! Okay, how in the world did that happen?! Wasn’t I just bringing him home from the hospital? It is only a week and a half away from his first birthday. No doubt, that will be an exciting yet teary day!

He isn’t fully walking yet or standing up on his own but he will take a few steps after letting go of my hand. Everyone always says, “ooh boy, now you will really have your hands full!” Which, is true but thankfully Sawyer is a mega crawler…super fast, stands up on everything, climbs everything ands gets into eeeverything! So hopefully that has accustomed me to the “having my hands full” stage even if just a little bit 😛

The dvd’s is a big thing to get into right now. They are low and easy to access and I haven’t thought of a new place to put them. To be honest, half the time I just let him pull them all (and I do mean ALL) out of the shelves and play with them. I mean, he’s sitting there entertained for a good amount of time and not harming anything…go for it! But the other struggle, dog food. Oh my goodness the dog food!!! Is anyone else’s child obsessed with dog food?! We have a huge great dane so his bowls stand up from the ground. It all started with him standing up to the bowls and digging his hands all in his food and putting it in his mouth. Gross. So finally I’ve been putting the bowls up if he is venturing around and playing. So that helps. But now the problem is he somehow finds any itty bitty piece of dog food crumb on the flood. Doesn’t matter how much I sweep or vacuum. He will find it! And yet, won’t touch the perfectly clean and cooked peas I try to feed him, go figure.

As crazy as things can be with a little one crawling around, it is my  favorite thing in the world! He is so entertaining, makes me laugh and I am constantly having new stories to tell ❤

 

 

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