VOTE & WIN!

Melissa, February 22, 2012

Watch the Baby Guy NYC present Wean Cubes on Martha Stewart Show HERE! Thank you so much for your support & votes! It means the world! ~Melissa

Picky Eaters (part 1)

Melissa, February 8, 2012

Feeding struggles are common between parents and children of all ages. It is understandable that as a parent, you are concerned if your baby refuses eat meals, or never wants to try a new food. As a parent, you act as an important role model for your child when it comes to eating. It is important to enjoy healthy foods with your children, to encourage healthy eating for life. But attempting to exert too much control, such as forcing your child to eat, can negatively affect their eating practices throughout their life. It can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food, not listening to hunger/satiety signals and potentially overweight and obesity issues as an adult. The biggest hurdle that I see for parents to get over is trying to control how much their child eats. And this is often a cause of picky eaters. We just want to control our kids. Including how much they eat. WHY can’t we control our kids?! And what happens when we try our darndest to get this control? Power struggles & fight back. How do you feel when someone tells you that you need to do something? It probably gives you even less motivation do that that exact thing. Regardless of if we think our child is eating too much or not enough, we really need to let it go. This is taking a leap of faith, but trust that your child will eat the amount he/she needs. The vast majority of children are good at this – if you are concerned or your child is not growing well, check with your doctor. So offer a variety of healthy foods, at the family table, during regular snack and meal times. If your child doesn’t want to eat, fine. If they want more, fine too! Why do we need to let this go? Not only will it decrease stress of everyone around the table, but it will help your child to grow up having a healthy relationship with food. The problem with forcing children to eat is that they aren’t able to listen to their appetite and will have negative views of some foods. And this will carry with them throughout adulthood. For example, who was forced to clean their plates as a child, and now still clears their plate regardless of satiety? Continue to offer them (no pressure!) again and again, and be a good role model by eating a balanced diet yourself.

Weantailer Spotlight- Monkey Bars

Melissa, February 1, 2012

Since being in the ‘biz we have noticed what a huge difference a little spunk makes. Monkey Bars is our #1 example of this little business tip. Wicked owner + funky business = Monkey Bars in Alameda California! Here is our Q&A with Heather, the owner of Monkey Bars 1. What is your favorite kitchen accessory (besides Wean Green)? Hands down, I’m going with The Immersion Blender. I use mine all the time. Sauces, veggie purees, soups, you name it. Great for baby food too, and because we’ll be revisiting that stage in less than a year now, I’m keeping it handy for my homemade baby food (which then gets promptly popped into some wean cubes – naturally) 2. What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? Well lately, it’s been my uncontrollable urge to pee, but before this pregnancy I’d have to say it’s the thought that I truly love what I do, and no matter what I look like each morning (or if I’ve even showered) I get to go to “work” and help people all day. This is really a tough one though, because we all have our crap days & if I didn’t have to pee or I wasn’t starving for breakfast, getting going in the morning can suck! My 6-y-o has become very adept at making his own breakfast, thus easing the pre school craziness. He knows how to use a toaster oven, and he’s got his own set of kid-friendly butter knives. That dude makes a mean PB&J. 3. If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you like to do instead? Ironically, this is in the works. I love food. Eating it, cooking it, sharing it with friends and family. Cooking honestly relieves my stress at the end of the day. I’ve launched (well almost launched) my long awaited food blog! If I had my way though, I’d have a cooking show. It would be a cross between Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” & Kathy Griffin’s “My Life on the D List”… Stay tuned 🙂 4. What is your favorite Wean Green size and why? I’m personally a pretty big fan of the Lunch Cubes. I think the first question I asked Melissa when we met was “ooo! do they come bigger?”… Again, I prefer these for grown-up/bigger kid stuff. When it comes to making baby food however, the 4 pack of cubes is the way to go. I’ve also managed to use these guys for my daily stashes of salad dressing & my at-work stash of prenatal vitamins. 5. Why do you sell glass? I’ve been a fan of glass since I can remember. I was raised in the microwave era, and even as a 7-y-o latchkey child, I knew something was wrong with putting plastic in the microwave. Now with glass, I rarely worry about temperature changes or staining. This is especially awesome for someone who hates doing dishes. Glass is so easy to clean! Plus, there’s the whole […]

Litterless Valentine’s Day

Melissa, February 1, 2012

Lovin’ the Earth a little more this  February! Some ideas on using Wean Green to give a littlerless Valentine’s day. Additional Tips for a Litterless Valentine’s Day:  1. Instead of making paper cards make edible cards! Add the name to the cookie and place it in a cube. There are some great organic cookie recipes out there! 2. No gift wrap. We don’t want to sound like a broken record but don’t wrap a gift with the traditional wasteful pile of paper, try something creative like using a personalized t-shirt to wrap up a yoga mat….hint hint Kevin… 3. Support Local Businesses! Show some love for the peeps in your hood. 4. Rethink your Presents. Another holiday that has gone down the drain to consumerism;( Rethink the presents you buy and give. Try replacing perfume with some nice organic bath soaps, replace the regular chocolates with some organics (or even make them yourself…Dana-where is the recipe?). What are your tips to add a little more Earth Lovin’ for this V-Day? Love, Melissa

5 Fun Ways with Food!

Melissa, January 31, 2012

One of the biggest issues parents seek advice for is enticing their children to eat. First and foremost, keep in mind your child knows when they are hungry and when they are not, and they have days, just like we adults do, when they eat lots and other days when they don’t eat so much. Food often becomes a battle between parents and children and I challenge parents to not let that happen – it only creates a power struggle which is no fun for anyone. Food should be something which is enjoyable and fun, and from my perspective support growth and development, as well as promote health and well being in our children. So how do you make the change – easy, make a deal with yourself to not say anything. Serve the food you have prepared, sit down to dinner and enjoy it. Make conversation, ask about your child’s day, eat your dinner, but don’t say anything about the food. Let you child decide what to eat and how much to eat. I know it won’t be easy, but just try it, see what happens… You can make this process a little easier and much more enjoyable by having fun with your meals as well. Here are five ways to make food fun for you and your family: Silly Faces and Funny Names Make silly faces out of your child’s meal, spell their name with spaghetti noodles, come up with funny names for food —- do whatever it takes to make the meal fun and take the emphasis off of eating. Use Wooden Skewers These are not just for barbecuing; why not use them to serve dinner any night. You can load up a skewer with your child’s favourite raw veggies, serve with some dip and voila – lots of fun. Serve up fruit kabobs for an afternoon snack or load up a skewer with bite sized chunks of steamed veggies and serve alongside the main dish. It is simple, but effective and the kids will love it! Change up Meal Time Does your child love pancakes? Why not serve up pancakes for dinner; served with a fruit kabob I bet it would go over very well. If sandwiches are a hit with your child – serve it up for dinner with a bowl of soup…perfect match. Think outside the box and take a risk, it just might pay off. Serve Yourself Night Instead of always plating your children’s meals; set up a serve yourself night. Put all the food on the table and let everyone decide what they will put on their plate. You will be surprised to see what they choose to eat when they have the control. It is fun for your child to be in control and making the decision about what to eat. Don’t Eat at the Table Yes eating together at the table is important; yes it has many, many benefits for both you and your children, but once in a while […]

Compartmentalizing.

Melissa, January 11, 2012

Ever thought of compartmentalizing your meal? This means breaking your meal down into smaller more sizeable components and portions. Let me give you an example. When you make a recipe let’s say it is a quinoa dish with beans, veggies and a yummy sauce. Maybe it’s a salad with veggies, lettuce or kale, some toppings like cucumber, avocado, seeds and then you have a delicious dressing to put on it. You don’t want everything all mixed together especially if it’s for lunch the next day. In this case you want to have these items for a day or two and don’t want everything to be all dressed up only to get soggy. Then you should separate each item into a container or two. Almost like a salad bar in your fridge or your lunch bag. You can have sauce or dressings in one, veggies in another, grain in one and maybe beans in another. You can either combine them all when your ready to eat them in another empty container or bowl or leave them to be consumed on their own. This will surely make mealtime easy, tidy and fun. This is perfect for those people who don’t like their food to touch on their plate – as this method ensures complete separation. Also there is no cross contamination of ingredients. Maybe you or someone in your family is allergic to dairy, wheat or is a vegetarian. This way you can put those items in a separate container, yet you can all enjoy the same “relative” meal. Not only will your items stay fresher longer, but also you can mix and match items. What was once one meal can now be two or three different meals. Whether you have mixed and matched different items to come up with new combinations. This allows for creativity and some spontaneous fun when it comes to mealtime! For example: You’ve got sprouted beans, brown rice or quinoa, kale, baked sweet potatoes or raw carrots, dressing or sauce and hemp seeds as your meal. Combo # 1: Brown Rice + Kale + Carrot + Hemp seeds + Dressing Combo # 2: Beans + Brown rice + Kale + Sauce Combo # 3: You’ve decided to combine all the items together and put into wrap or in a large bowl. The combinations are endless!

Weantailer Spotlight- Mighty Nest

Melissa, January 4, 2012

This month we are sending some retailer love to Mighty Nest in Evanston Illinois! This wicked Weantailer is owned by Kristen & Chris. Parents who would like to see a difference. Countdown to our favorite things about Mighty Nest: 5.  “Learn” section on their site rocks! Educating consumers to make wise choices…. 4. Foodies can buy their Wean Green paired with other awesome kitchen accessories like bamboo kitchen utensils, glass straws, stainless steel wine glasses, or even a nice dutch oven. 3. Free shipping for all orders over $50! 2. Da blog. 1. Andi. You will have to go in to the store to solve this mystery. 0:) The Mighty Nest Trusted Seal

New Years Contest

Melissa, January 4, 2012

This January we challenge you to recycle all of your plastic food containers and replace them with glass! We want to see all your cupboards filled with safe, environmentally friendly food storage options. If you are not sure why you should be ditching the plastic containers check out some of these posts from last year:chemicals in plastics, BPA free does not make it safe, and the benefits of using tempered glass food storage. How to win the Wean Green Glasslock restock your cupboards prize pack! 1. Get all your plastic food storage into your recycling bin. 2. Take a picture of you getting rid of your plastics. 3. Send us your picture via email, facebook or even twitter. We will update the blog weekly with all the awesome entries. 4. Share the picture with friends and family with the contest link to encourage them to do the same. 5. Contest Closes January 30th at noon mst. 6. There are 2 prize packs. We will randomly choose one winner. The second winner will be chosen for the most ‘creative’ entry! 7. All contests are open to everyone. If you know someone that needs to clean the plastic out of their home please share this!  

New Years, Fresh Beginnings

Melissa, December 28, 2011

I used to mouth off to anyone that would listen that resolutions are ridiculous.  Why would we not choose to be the best we can be ALL year?! Why would we wait until January to quit smoking or to lose weight?  What is wrong with RIGHT NOW??  As most of us do, I mellowed and grew with every year that passed me by.  Looking back I can see that I was so ANTI-resolution because they never went well for me…hence the reason I thought they were silly.  😉 As we approach 2012, I feel excited and hopeful for the upcoming 366 days.  For me personally, the word Resolution is related to not following through with a goal….I much prefer to plan my Fresh Beginnings.  New habits, new rituals to take care of myself, new ideas – all to be launched in the New Year!  Striving to be the best you can be regardless of the time of the year is important, but let yourself be swept away by the anticipation of a new calendar year.   It’s exciting to plan and create our 2012 self.  So get a piece of paper and get busy, with the extra day in the coming year we just *might* have time for it all!  Happy New Years!!!! One of my Fresh Beginnings is a monthly newsletter for my work as a Life Coach.  I envision it as a helpful resource, full of valuable information for my audience.  If you would like to receive it please enter your email here.  Much gratitude!

Getting Your Kids Involved

Melissa, December 21, 2011

Getting your Kids Involved Get your kids involved in with food – growing it, buying it, preparing it, eating it and cleaning up! Home economics isn’t taught in schools anymore, so many teens are sent off to dorm-life only knowing how to cook Kraft Dinner. Think of cooking & appreciation of food as a skill you should be teaching your children as they grow. They will thank you when they are older (and so will their spouse!). Here are some things you can do to get your kids involved. As a bonus, getting young children involved means they will be more likely to actually try the food they helped grow/choose/prepare. – Ask each family member to pick out what they would like for dinner one day of the week, to help meal plan. – Grow a garden. Even herbs in little planters! – Visit a u-pick or farm, so your kids know where their food comes from. – Let them pick out a new fruit of veggie to try at the store. – Let them help cook. Even little kids can rinse lettuce or stir muffin batter. Teens can each be responsible for cooking one night per week. – Get them to help you with setting the table and clearing it. And then, most importantly EAT with your family!! Children who have regular family meals not only have better nutrient intake, but they are less likely to have eating disorders, they do better in school and are less likely to be involved with risky activities like drugs and alcohol. This is not necessarily all due to proper food intake, but family communication, which is especially important as your babies and toddlers grow into adolescents. To get in the habit, start family meals when your child stats solids, if possible. I see many moms who feed their baby first, and then eat after by themselves or with their spouse. One drawback of this is that the concentration is 100% on your child eating, and this can lead to too much pressure on your child to eat and picky eating battles.

On the Go with your Toddler

Melissa, December 14, 2011

Life with a toddler is busy! From early mornings, to preparing meals and snacks, to playing…there is never a moment to stop. In our home, my little man and I are always on the go. Because we live out of the city in a rural community, any trip we take is at least 30 minutes in the car, which means we are usually never home for lunch. In the summer I pack a picnic and wherever we end up we have a delicious, healthy, home cooked meal. Our picnics usually occur in our favourite parks, depending where we are, and always include water. We both love being by the water and enjoy sitting on a blanket, usually under a tree, eating and watching the water. Bliss. Here’s a peak at what it usually looks like once I have prepped our picnic and we are ready to go: As you can see, our Wean Green cubes always head out with us. On this particular day, they were filled with cashews and a homemade muffin. Inside the large tiffin was a salad for me, raw vegetables, hummus and crackers and fresh fruit. The smaller stainless containers held snacks – a crispy rice square and more fruit. It doesn’t matter where we are; my little man and I always enjoy a wonderful lunch together. And just in case you too are leading a busy life with your toddler, here’s an easy to prepare kid friendly snack which can be taken on picnics, in the car or enjoyed at home. Crispy Rice Squares! ½ cup brown rice syrup 1 tsp vanilla 2 tbsp coconut oil ½ cup almond butter, cashew butter, pumpkin seed butter or tahini (could also use a combination of these) 5 cups organic brown rice crisps cereal ¼ cup sunflower seeds ¼ cup pumpkin seeds 2 tbsp hemp seeds 2 tbsp chia seeds 2 tbsp sesame seeds Heat brown rice syrup, vanilla and almond butter in a saucepan over low to medium heat until the mixture is easy to stir.  Remove from heat.  Working quickly, add the dry ingredients and stir well to coat.  Divide mixture into a baking pan and press flat.  Let cool and cut into squares.  Extras keep well in the freezer. Enjoy!

Wean Green’s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Melissa, December 8, 2011

Perfect Personal Portions

Melissa, December 7, 2011

For those of you looking to keep your food in portions in check this is the perfect solution. It’s not about counting calories, but rather being mindful of what a true portion size is, even for the average adult. Whether your goals are lose weight or just to have an efficient metabolism a good collection of wean green containers can help you get on your way. Some containers may appear to be on the small side, but fear you not, as you can build them into quite the meal by using multiple containers   Let’s just say. In one container you’ve got your all in one soup all ready to go. Filled with lentils and cumin and hearty veggies. Not to mention this is an all-in one meal – making it very easy for meal planning this wintertime. Then to make it more complete have some kale or another whole grain in another container and it’s all portioned out. These containers make it very easy for you to mindful with your meals while keep your personal portions in check and filled with delicious food!   Lentil Cumin Soup 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1.5 cups diced yellow onion Pinch of sea salt 2 carrots, peeled and diced 1.5 cups celery, peeled and diced 1 tablespoon garlic 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 cups red lentils, rinsed well 8 cups water or homemade vegetable stock 2 bay leaves 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon maple syrup How It’s Made 1. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and pinch of salt and cook until golden brown. Add the carrots, celery and garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds 2. Add the cumin, lentils and pinch of salt 3. Add the broth and bay leaves. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the vegetables are softened and the lentils have cooked through, about 30 minutes 4. Add lemon juice and maple syrup, and serve   Delicious Knowledge by Marni What I love about lentils is that they don’t need to be soaked overnight. So if you are in a pinch and wanted a bit pot of lentil soup for dinner, cook them right into your broth! This soup has a flare of Indian spices that are warming and satisfying. Complete your soup with a bowl of basmati rice and steamed greens!        

Mom Talk Radio Interview

Melissa, December 3, 2011

We had such a great time at the ABC Kids Expo in Louisville Kentucky and were lucky enough to stumble upon Maria from Mom Talk Radio. Whilst completely unexpected we were excited to speak with Mom Talk Radio!

Trim your Waste

Melissa, November 30, 2011

It takes approximately 20 seconds to put our food into take out containers. As the packaging can remain in our landfills forever, how can that possibly be considered convenient?! 3 things you can do to fill your stomach, but not the landfill: ReFuse Unnecessary Stuff When taking out, refuse the unnecessary packaging! Think about the containers, spoons, forks, straws, and napkins that you get served (why do they give you enough for a family of 20 when eating alone?). Ask yourself, “Do I really need all of this?”, “Am I going to be eating this right away?” (If so, why take the bag or the napkins?). ReTake Your Own Reusables Bring your own reusables (BYOR) and you won’t need to use the can – garbage, that is. Bring your own containers (like Wean Green), straws, cutlery, mugs, bottles and bag – check out this Guide for ideas on how to pack eco-delicious lunches – http://bit.ly/uqCZxG . ReConsider Your Habits It’s easy to fall into a routine, so why not create a new one? Reconsider and readjust your habits and adopt healthier eating strategies – it might be challenging at first – but it will save you time, money, your health, and our world. The bonus? You’ll feel like an eco-hero and will inspire others around you to follow suit. Together we can change the outrageous amount of unnecessary waste we create everyday as well as drastically reduce it. Take action and join the TakeOutWithOut Campaign (www.takeoutwithout.org). You can eat up and fill up, and leave our landfills alone.  

How We Raise ‘Em!

Melissa, November 23, 2011

From birth, we watch over our children with a fierce protective instinct.  We love them, we nurture them, we gently guide them as they grow.  Wean Cubes are a great example, doing our best to eliminate toxins from their food while protecting the environment we pass on to them. There is NO question that we love our kids, but what do we model for them, what do they see?  Do we show them how to set themselves up for a life complete with a healthy body and overall wellness?  Do we model a physical, well rounded lifestyle?  If we do model it, which many of us do, I believe another important question to ask ourselves is…do we include them in it? My honest answer to this question is not always.  I have three girls, Grade 6, Grade 5 and a Kindy.  When they were younger and I went out for a run, I wanted solitude, this space was sacred to me…is sacred to me.  I planned all of my activity sans children.  I would see Mom and Baby classes and said ‘No thank you!’.  During the crazy years when the kids were all small, exercise was my getaway.  Not that there is anything wrong with that..in fact, it kept me sane during those years!  But as our family evolved, my fitness wasn’t just about me any longer.  I started to feel guilty as I headed out the door and they were watching Sponge Bob. As they grow, there is no excuse for me to leave them behind….and now, I have three blue-eyed sidekicks!  We go to the park and all try pull ups…we sprint with the dogs, we do insane little intervals of jacks, squats and crunches.  I drag them to nutrition seminars, I involve them in choosing and preparing our foods.   And when I run, I invite them to ride their bikes with me….well sometimes I invite them…running is still my ‘alone’ time… My intention for my girls is that they know how good it feels to take care of their health, and that as adults they that don’t even have to think about how to live a healthy life – they just do it, it’s ingrained in them, it’s just how they were raised. 🙂 Stevie

What prizes fit under your me wee tree?

Melissa, November 23, 2011

Multiple Contests, Multiple Ways to Win! Wean Green’s Grand Prize 1. Download the app for your iphone or android. 2. Grow, love, feed and water your tree EVERYDAY. 3. When you get enough points you can start to decorate your tree. 4. Upload your awesome tree to our facebook page and encourage your friends and family to ‘like’ your tree. Every ‘like’ counts as a vote and the tree with the most votes will take home our awesome grand prize! Included in this grand prize…a new ipod touch! 5. Voting will be closed on December 15th and the most likes wins!! We will ensure we get this prize to you in time to get it under your wee tree! Weekly Giveaways 1. Download the app for your iphone or android. 2. Review the wicked app and ensure you include ‘wean green’ somewhere in your review. 3. Every Friday we will randomly draw a name from the ‘wean green’ reviewers and they will win. Super easy! You may even take home an ipod shuffle for under your tree! 12 Days of Prizes, Chance to win a ModMom Toy Box, Bugaboo Stroller and Wishbone Bike! 1. Check out Babybot’s rules and instructions on how you can take home the goods this Christmas! Wouldn’t it be great to throw a Mod Mom Toy Box filled with some of the best modern kids products from top companies like Boon, Skip Hop and of course Wean Green?!!   **HOW TO GET YOUR ME WEE TREE OFF YOUR PHONE AND ONTO OUR FACEBOOK TO WIN! iPhones: In order to take a screen capture of the iPhone or iPod, press and hold the Home button that is located at the bottom center of the iPhone and is more often used to return to the default screen of your iPhone. While your hold the home button, also press the Sleep / Wake key on top of iPhone and a screenshot of the existing screen will get saved to your iPhone or iPod photos folder. The iPod / iPhone screen will flash momentarily to indicate that a screenshot has  been captured. You can then either upload the photo straight from your phone onto our page OR you can email it to yourself and do it when you get back to the big screen! Android: Check out this tutorial! http://www.pcworld.com/article/208566/how_to_take_screenshots_on_an_android_phone.html

Making Your Baby Food

Melissa, November 16, 2011

There are many benefits to making your own baby food: To start teaching your baby that homemade foods are enjoyable, and the easiest choice. To save money. If a jar of baby food is $1.50, and you go through even 1 per day from ages 6 months – 12 months, that’s about $270. To allow your baby to eat a greater variety of food. Do you see baby avocado or baby buffalo on the shelf? Thought not! To avoid additives and preservatives. Some of the store-bought baby food no longer contains these, but you still have to read the labels. I recently accidentally purchased 6mo+ “Organic Blueberry Dessert” thinking it was prunes. It contained many ingredients that I would not want a 6 month old to eat, including added sugars & dairy. You can mix homemade baby food with breast milk or formula, instead of water. This adds extra nutrition as well as giving baby a taste they are familiar with. Another major benefit of making your own baby food is to help make the change from pureed to mashed foods easier. Even higher “stages” of store bought baby food are quite mushy and pureed. It is far easier to add texture to your own baby food. Simply blend less and add less fluid to gradually increase the lumpiness of the food. Soon you won’t need the blender at all, and can just use a fork (i.e. to mash beans, canned salmon etc). There is a “window of opportunity,” around 9 months of age, in which it will be much easier for your baby to learn to accept different textures. Learning how to chew does take time and practice – be patient!  Use a proper chair and small spoons, in a relaxed atmosphere with no distractions to feed your baby. Some babies may prefer to use their hands, and this is ok! Your child will make a mess playing, and poking at their food, so be prepared and enjoy this exploration. Besides all of these benefits, making your own baby food easy! Here are the steps: 1)    Prepare: wash and peel fruits and veggies with tougher skin. Soon you will be able to leave peels on fruits like pears and apples, to add more texture to the food. Rinse canned beans. Trim fat from meat. 2)    Cook: I like to boil meat to add more moisture. Steam fruits and veggies in a steamer basket on the stove or in the microwave as opposed to boiling, to retain vitamins. 3)     Puree: in a blender, food processor or hand mill. Add breast milk or water – the more fluid you add, the finer the puree will be. 4)    Portion into your Wean Green cubes and freeze! Here are some examples of food cubes that taste great together: Peas and pork Green beans and beef Sweet potato and chicken Butternut squash and tofu Mango, Papaya and banana

Movember-More than Ugly Mustaches

Melissa, November 12, 2011

Kevin, our token daddy blogger, has eagerly signed up to help raise funds and awareness for mens health and prostate cancer. Check out Kevin’s Mo’Bro page: http://ca.movember.com/mospace/2515572/

Quick Toddler Snack

Melissa, November 9, 2011

With a ton of energy and a tiny tummy, your toddler needs at least two, or maybe more, snacks per day. Snacks should provide nutrients to support energy needs, growth and development and health and well being. Snacks should come from real food, in its natural state. I am not a big fan of the quick toddler snacks you will find down the baby food aisle, I just think we can do so much better for our children. So with that in mind, here is a quick toddler snack to provide quality nutrients and energy. Stuffed Dates Remove the pit from a medjool date. Carefully fill with nut or seed butter, close and serve. It really couldn’t be any easier. We served ours up with some fresh organic blueberries and raw organic cashews. Delish! Hope your toddler (or you, this makes a great mom or dad snack too) enjoys it!

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