3 July - Would You Rather?
Hi there. It's Sumari from EasyHealthyKids.com, with some fun games to play with your kids, and healthy snacks and food to give to them...
The family: Fred is a headstrong 2 year, 8 month old toddler boy, and Sarah is my sweet 6 month old baby girl.
We had a fun week with Fred helping me make dinner for the first time and Sarah finding a new favorite food (one of my favorite new baby-led weaning recipes).
Also, two great free printables to help you have more fun with your kids, and be a good role model.
Fred's favorite food of the week - This week was the first time that Fred helped me make dinner in the kitchen.
Normally I prefer him out of the kitchen (because he makes a mess). But this time I allowed it and it was a really enjoyable experience.
You just need to closely supervise your child when cooking dinner together!
We made these Baby Friendly Falafel Bites from a can of chickpeas. You blend everything together in a food processor, and then pan fry teaspoons of it.
Fred enjoyed the final product, calling it pancakes. Which is great, because he doesn't like to eat whole chickpeas but blended into these "pancakes" he loved them.
Sarah's favorite food of the week - Sarah really enjoyed this Baby's First Bolognese Recipe. At first, I thought she wouldn't be able to handle mince, so I only gave her pasta.
But then I thought, let's try giving some mince to her...
Surprisingly, she tolerated the mince well and actually got a lot of it in. I loved the yum noises she made while she was eating.
She really seemed to enjoy her first bolognese.
Tip: I grated the veggies instead of chopping to make it easier for her to eat.
Fred's morning tea box of the week - I had a busy weekend and didn't find time for baking. So this week's morning tea box was healthy store bought morning tea box I made for Fred.
It contained grapes, a mandarin, a small tub of cashews, pretzel chips and a muffin bake bar (low in sugar).
Fred's activity of the week - Fred's activity of the week happened accidentally. I like to exercise in front of my kids (trying to set a good example), and this week it really worked.
I have a printout of a No-Machine Cardio Workout that I use to exercise. This week, Fred got hold of the printout and stuck it to the wall at his level so that he can see the exercises. He then studied the exercises, and then tried to do them.
He now loves exercising with me and often copies what I do while exercising. I think it is really beneficial to kids to watch their parents exercise.
Joke of the week - We had a lot of fun this week with "would you rather" questions for kids.
I asked Fred if he would rather be a lion or a tiger.
And, of course, he answered he'd rather be a monkey and a lion.
Do you have any great recipes or fun activities that you want to share? Let me know by replying to this email.
Talk to you next week.
P.S. If you try any of these activities or recipes, let me know! I'd love to hear how you found them.