Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What Kids Eat Wednesday


Welcome back to What Kids Eat Wednesday!

We were so excited to see the amazing entries last week, feel free to check through the link for food inspiration for your family too!

With so many great entries, it's always hard to pick just two or three to feature, but thankfully, my cohosts picked a few of their own too.


These are just a few of our favorites from this week!
Every Wednesday, you can look forward to finding the best kids kitchen ideas, bento lunches, easy healthy recipes for your family, and even learning and sensory activities for kids involving food! We will check out every link and feature our favorites the following week, if you're looking for some quick inspiration!

I hope you find great inspiration here, and be sure to check out my awesome co-hosts -- especially the Pinboards!

Shannon Carino, BentoLunch.net
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Grace Hall, Eats Amazing UK
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Jennifer Tammy, Study at Home Mama
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 Let's Start the Party:


Monday, August 31, 2015

On-the-Go Husband Snacks


It's not just the kids who need snacks on the go!

With my husband's current job, he's out and about for a fair number of hours at once.  Stopping into the convenience stores is expensive and not-so-healthy, so I've been trying to keep him stocked up with healthier, more filling snacks!


Since we're leaning towards healthier options for both of us, we are really liking the Skippy Natural Singles for a bit of extra protein during the day.  Even better, it doesn't have to be kept in the refrigerator, very important since he's in a vehicle a LOT.

As for ideas what to eat with it, we're sticking with the non-refrigerated options still.  Sourdough pretzel nuggets, carrot and celery sticks, apples, pita chips, and assorted crackers are some of our favorites!  Portable, non-messy, and room temperature works. :)

What are your go-to snacks during the day?

Disclosure: I have received product and information from Hormel Foods in exchange for being a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger. No other compensation was received and all opinions expressed within the post are my own.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hummus Chicken Salad Remix

The husband and I decided to jazz up the rest of the hummus chicken salad we made the other day.

  • Add diced green onion and a teaspoon of mayo to the chicken salad
  • Sprinkle with non-salt seasonings
  • Top with green onion and a piece of cherry tomato
  • Served on sea salt pita chips

Friday, August 28, 2015

Lunchtime Fun and New Bento Box Ideas

This post is sponsored by hhgregg, all opinions and ideas are my own.

We've been having lots of fun coming up with a few new lunch ideas for this year, along with reworking some of our old favorites.  With the move, we reorganized the bento cabinet and found a few things that had gone missing over the four years in Colorado.  We've added some fun new tools and we're all set for another year of lunches.

Today, we've got two new ones to show you and some tips on how to recreate them for your kids.


Everyone loves a teddy bear, so why not a teddy bear sandwich?  Lunch consists of a turkey and cheese sandwich, cut into a teddy bear shape using one of our Cutczcute sandwich cutters, grapes, strawberries, and a granola bar.


Would you like a trick to making these sandwiches?  Cut each ingredient separately.  If you make the sandwich, then cut it out, the bread often tears from the thickness.  But cut the bread, the meat, and the cheese separately, and assemble it for a perfect fit.  And since one of the concerns about sandwich cutters is the waste, just cut the extra meat or cheese and tuck it inside the sandwich like we do.

After we made the sandwich, I sliced the strawberries and tucked them into a silicone muffin cup so they didn't leak onto the other food.  I placed those items as far from each other in our box, just in case.  I cut the granola bar was cut into two small pieces so it could help keep the strawberry cup from moving, then packed grapes in all the open areas to make sure the food didn't shift while carrying.


Our second lunch is a favorite style with a new recipe.  While we were out and about the other week, they were giving out samples of a chicken salad, mixed with hummus instead of mayo.  Faith and I feel in love with it and immediately, it was an "I can make that" moment.  So in honor of our new discovery, this lunch has chicken salad and crackers mix.  The chicken salad is tucked into one of our jumbo silicone cups, since those touch the lid of the box and don't move or spill.  I added crackers to go with it, but it could make a great sandwich too.  Sliced kiwi and blueberries filled our fruit compartment and strawberry yogurt rounds out the meal.


How to Make Hummus Chicken Salad:
1 large can cooked chicken breast, packed in water (you can also cook a chicken breast)
1/2 cup roasted red pepper hummus
1-2 teaspoons mayonnaise, optional

Drain the canned chicken and rinse it with fresh water, press through a strainer to remove excess liquid.
Add chicken in small batches into a mini chopper to finely chop/shred. We like the chicken very small.
Place chicken in a bowl and mix well with roasted red pepper hummus.
Optional - add in a little mayonnaise to make it more "spreadable".
Serve with crackers.   We also love it with pita chips, mini toasts, pretzels, and mini croissants.

Are you ready for back to school yet or has school started where you live?  In Washington, we're still on the last week of summer vacation, so the kids are outside most days, soaking in the sunshine (it's been really nice since we got here, with minimal rain).  We're living in a family-friendly neighborhood, so there are always kids to play with, it's like recess all day long!

What was your favorite recess game as a kid?  I remember jumping rope, playing 4-square or basketball, depending on the age, and rolling down the one hill at the back of our school!  The little town we live in now is conducive to this kind of play and I love seeing my kids out there having the 1970s/1980s childhood.

The fun quiz above will tell you what recess game you are! In case you wanted to know,  I am Duck Duck Goose!  Leave me a comment telling me yours too, I can't wait to see what the other options are!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Support Local Charities with SUBWAY® Restaurants' #YouShareWeShare Campaign

I love seeing companies give back to the community.  There are so many worthwhile causes and it's great to find ways to give locally.  It's even better when that way to give comes with yummy food.

The boy is currently on a SUBWAY® Restaurants kick.  I swear, every single time I ask him where we should stop for food, that is the answer.  I will admit, it's very convenient and I do prefer him having a sandwich to many other options.

And, right now, when you eat at your local SUBWAY® Restaurants  you can also help support a local charity!  In Colorado Springs (and Denver), it's Special Olympics Colorado.  There are 91 stores in the Colorado Springs/Pueblo area, with a potential $65,000 donation to Special Olympics Colorado, based on their increases in weekend sales!


Hurry in because this promotion ends August 31, 2015! The campaign has more than 7,800 local SUBWAY® Restaurants across the US and Canada participating in "You Share. We Share." to help support different local charities.

Would you like to participate in the SUBWAY® Restaurants "You Share. We Share." campaign and support your local charities?  Here's how:
  • This weekend eat at your local SUBWAY® Restaurant participating in the "You Share. We Share." campaign. Find your local stores here: SUBWAY® store locator
  • Follow SUBWAY® on Facebook.
  • Share the #YouShareWeShare message on social media, post your own photos, your lunch, and share the campaign with your followers.
  • If you'd like to know more about our local charity, Special Olympics Colorado, you can visit the official website or follow Special Olympics Colorado on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.  If you aren't local to me, check out your own area to see how Subway is giving back and supporting a charity near you.
  • Leave me a comment telling me your #YouShareWeShare story!  I'd love to read it.
So when you're heading home from your sporting events this weekend and need to stop for a snack, you can help give back to some other talented athletes all while enjoying a sandwich!

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Subway blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

What Kids Eat Wednesday


Welcome back to What Kids Eat Wednesday!

We were so excited to see the amazing entries last week, feel free to check through the link for food inspiration for your family too!

With so many great entries, it's always hard to pick just two or three to feature, but thankfully, my cohosts picked a few of their own too.


These are just a few of our favorites from this week! It's sweets week apparently!
Every Wednesday, you can look forward to finding the best kids kitchen ideas, bento lunches, easy healthy recipes for your family, and even learning and sensory activities for kids involving food! We will check out every link and feature our favorites the following week, if you're looking for some quick inspiration!

I hope you find great inspiration here, and be sure to check out my awesome co-hosts -- especially the Pinboards!

Shannon Carino, BentoLunch.net
BLOG | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Visit Shannon Carino's profile on Pinterest.

Grace Hall, Eats Amazing UK
BLOG | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Visit Grace @ Eats Amazing's profile on Pinterest.

Jennifer Tammy, Study at Home Mama
BLOG | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Visit Jennifer Tammy's profile on Pinterest.

 Let's Start the Party:


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Repurpose Your Thermos Funtainer with Duck Tape


My friend Erin, from Feeling a Little Lunchy, gave me this brilliant idea.

We originally bought our Thermos Funtainers when the kids were little, so they are cute cartoon characters.  The Thermoses themselves are in awesome shape and really don't need to be replaced.  That said, someone is no longer wanting to bring Disney Princesses patterns when she is out and about, so we went ahead and redesigned her Thermos with cute patterns.  It holds up well in the wash and, if she gets bored, we can simply peel it off and make a new design.


To start, pick a pattern or two of Duck Tape.  A single roll wasn't quite wide enough to cover the main area, so Faith wanted to trim hers with purple since it's nearly impossible to line up the circles on her main pattern.


Wrap a layer of tape around the middle of the Thermos, overlapping the ends. Cut and make sure it's smoothed in place.


Cut strips of a second color (we used Duck Tape sheets, but you could also use a smaller roll) and wrap around the top and bottom of the main area, to cover up any remaining exposed area.  We started and stopped along the same seam so only one line shows.


We left the plastic area alone, only covering the metal with tape, and it's like an all new Thermos.  This would be a great idea if you ever find some on clearance with the wrong pattern too, it's such an easy fix!
 

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