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What I Ate Wednesday + Apple-Quinoa Mini Muffins {toddler-approved, wheat-free}

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I’m joining the What I Ate Wednesday party again today, by linking up with Jenn from Peas & Crayons.

Peas and Crayons

But first I wanted to apologize that this little recipe didn’t get posted on Monday, as I promised on Twitter last week. Oops!

Apple-Quinoa Mini Muffins

It’s a wheat-free and toddler-approved snack, perfect for little hands to grab and munch on the go.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c cooked quinoa
  • 1 c oat flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 1 container apple sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 small apple (pink lady), peeled and chopped into small pieces

Making them is so easy:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Mix the oat flour, baking powder and salt together.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients, except for the quinoa and apple.
  4. Fold dry ingredients into wet mix and stir until well combined.
  5. Add cooked quinoa and apples and gently mix together.
  6. Pour batter into a greased (and lined , if you like) mini muffin dish and bake for about 20 minutes.

I forgot to take pictures with our camera, so all I’ve got for you is the above cell phone pic. #foodblogfail

But let me assure you, these puppies were devoured by my toddler!

In addition to keeping healthy snacks around, I have been trying to keep things quick and simple in the kitchen. Here are yesterday’s eats:

B: Oatmeal with banana, cherries and chocolate chippies :)

Snacks: yogurt + fresh organic strawberries, organic peach (both are on the dirty dozen list, so I try and buy organic when I can)

L: Tuna salad on an whole wheat English muffin, snap peas

Toddler snackage:

Snap peas, cucumber, hummus and blueberries, eaten on the patio.

Dinner:

Quick and easy southwestern quinoa salad (recipe coming soon).

Your turn: What were your eats from the day? Anything fun and healthy?

We just came back from the beach, so I’m off to wash the sand off my toes as long as the little guy is napping!

Happy Hump Day!

Lost in the Stroller Jungle? {Uppababy Vista Review}

Posted on by Susan Posted in Baby, Product Review | 5 Comments

A couple of months go, when we were still living in Canada, something funny happened to me on my coffee run at Starbucks.

I haven’t had my morning cup of coffee yet, so when a lady dressed in all black with matching black sunglasses came up to me and asked: “Do you love you stroller?” I looked at her with a question mark in my face (because of my lack of caffeine, I suppose). Then I realized she was pregnant, because why else would anyone ask that question, right?

I was really excited to share my thoughts with her, because secretly I really enjoy talking about baby stuff.

Actually, I wanted to shout at her: ”Heck, yes, I’m loving my stroller!” but kept it to a short “Yes, we’re really happy with it!”

My son is riding in the Uppababy Vista. I quickly explained to the lady what I loved most, and I was inspired to share this information right here on the blog.

Image: Uppababy.com

We’re usually not huge into buying every piece of baby equipment, and have always been trying to keep things simple and to a minimum. But after a year and a half, I can happily say that this stroller was one of the best pieces of baby equipment we own. It was a gift from my mom and her partner, thankyouverymuch!! :razz:

So why did we pick the Uppababy Vista?

Pros:

  • It comes with everything you need: Bassinet for the first few months, multi-position toddler seat (can be used facing you or out and reclines into 4 or 5 positions for napping), raincover, and mosquito cover.
  • It has a huge storage basket underneath, which makes grocery shopping without a car much easier

  • It’s easy to “drive” and fold
  • There’s a huge sun cover (UPS 50) attached to the canopy, and this is the only stroller that I’ve ever seen with an attached sun cover. You will need to buy this for other strollers (little umbrellas that attach on the side or mesh covers, etc.)
  • Car seat adapters are available for a number of car seat brands (we have a Maxi-Cosi Mico), so it easily can be transformed into a travel system
  • It is comfortable for my toddler to sit or nap in, especially with the multiple recline-positions. The big wheels makes it easy to turn the stroller and shocks absorb bumps on the road to keep the ride as smooth as possible.

Cons:

  • The cup holder (purchased separately) is useless. Drinks will always spill, if the cups are close to full. It’s not a good idea to have hot drinks above your baby’s head anyway, but definitely don’t rely on this thing.
    However, it seems that Uppababy has recently released a new cup holder.
  • It’s fairly large - on the other hand it folds easily to save space.
  • It’s not cheap. I’ve seen it on a deal website for $499 a while ago, but I’m not sure if that’s a recurring deal or not, so I think it will probably cost anywhere between $600 and $800 nowadays.

When buying a stroller, it’s best to keep your lifestyle in mind: Do you like to run? Do you need storage space? Do you like to keep things small and out of the way? It’s easiest to just go to a baby store and try out a few models, before you commit to such a big purchase, but having used our stroller for the past year and a half, I can highly recommend it.

It will last from the newborn stage through toddlerhood (and up to 50 lbs). You can also purchase a variety of accessories, such as cupholders, colour swap kits, and even a booster seat for your growing family.

With my son being one and a half, we are encouraging him to walk, so we’re not using our stroller as much as in the beginning (well, in the very beginning he actually preferred his Moby wrap). However it’s definitely been used on an almost daily basis (we don’t own a car and walk a lot) in the last 20+ months.

So, thank you, mom-to-be at Starbucks, for inspiring me to share my love for the Uppababy Vista. If you’re expecting and looking into such things right now, then I really hope you find this review useful.

Feel free to comment, if you can recommend other strollers or let me know if you have a question!

Munchkin Meals & What I Ate Wednesday

Posted on by Susan Posted in Eats | 5 Comments

Happy Hump Day!!

It’s been a while since I shared some of the little dude’s meals, so today I thought I’d show you what my 17 month-old can eat in a day. Along with my eats. :)

I’m linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for another What I Ate Wednesday. This month’s challenge is to vegify our meals and to share our favourite ways to cook and eat veggies. Two words: Green Smoothies!!!

Last Friday’s eats, starting with breakfast for two:

Plain bagel with butter, gruyere cheese, scrambled egg and apple for me and the little dude and small green juice.

Lunch was quick:

Falafel salad (made with frozen falafels, spinach, cukumber, homemade hummus and balsamic glaze) and huge green smoothie – or shoud I say Nutriblast? ;) –  for an early PM snack. Both shared with my son.

Toddler Snackin’:

Organic blueberries and strawberries, cheddar-apple mini muffin (I’m on a mini muffin baking kick lately) and iogo toddler yogurt.

Afternoon Tea:

Echinacea, to fight a cold.

And finally dinner for all:

Homemade Pizza! Well, semi-homemade. :) Whole Foods pizza dough, topped with tomato sauce, cheese and Genoa Salami. Side of berries for the little man, side of ceasar salad (unpictured) for the grown-ups.

I’m sure there were a few more snacks here and there, but these are the photos I took, and my mommy-brained memory can’t pinpoint to any other specific eats from that day.

In other news, my Valentines Treats Giveaway is still running until February 14th. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks gift card and 5 amazing Swedish Dubbel Nougat chocolate bars.

Peas and Crayons

Thanks for stopping by here and have a wonderful rest of the week!

 

 

 

 

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