What’s so great about meal planning anyway?

I used to think meal planning was just for SUPER organised mums (or dads). Mums with lots of kids, high-pressured careers, and, well, basically Type A personalities. I’m not one of those mums. I’m a stay/work at home mum, and I like to think I’m creative and spontaneous. But…I’ve gradually come to reluctantly realise that kids plus spontaneity is really just a recipe for disaster.

I’m not a planner. For me, planning is dull. Planning takes time. Planning takes away the fun. So, what’s so great about meal planning anyway?

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Summer Berry Jelly

summer berry jelly

This is a guest post by our lovely friend Amalie Pearce  from Lifespan Nutrition 

I love this one because it is fun for little ones who want to get involved in the kitchen, yet fairly quick at the same time. It also relies on the stevia for sweetness as well as the natural sugar in the berries so can be a great option for those wanting to keep added sugars to a minimum.

Every year around Christmas we go berry picking as a family and usually end up picking way to many berries. By the time we get to some of them they are a little mushy so I was looking for a fun recipe that we could use them for and this is just the one!

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Edible gift ideas for teachers

M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar - Edible Gift Ideas

Have you been looking for edible gift ideas for teachers? Well, hunt no more. We’ve got you covered in this post!

Firstly, how is it almost the end of the year already? I probably ask myself that same question every year, but I definitely think time goes soooo much quicker when you have kids. Don’t you agree? Family life is ridiculously busy. 

This is the second year that I’ve wanted to give gifts to my big boy’s kinder teachers. Last year I had NO idea what to get (plus I had a baby, and decision-making wasn’t my strongest trait then!), so I picked up some chocolates along the way to kinder on the last day of the year. 

This year, however, I want to make a bit more of an effort. I recently started digging around Facebook groups for some edible gift ideas for teachers. I keep hearing how much they loved receiving something homemade/handmade. Definitely time to up my game then! 

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Easy cheesy bean burgers with homemade tomato sauce

Easy cheesy bean burger recipe

These easy cheesy bean burgers with a wholesome homemade (cheat’s) tomato sauce are a yummy meat-free dinner option. Burgers are a big hit with a lot of kids, probably because they can assemble them themselves, and add whatever they like. Oh, and let’s not forget about the fact that they can eat them with their hands!

So, if you’re looking for a vegetarian alternative to your usual burger repertoire, these bean burgers are super simple to make, freeze well, and are awesome lunchbox fillers. The homemade tomato sauce recipe is optional, but if you’d rather not use commercial tomato sauce, you can whip this up and keep it in the fridge for about a week. We’re using tinned tomatoes for convenience, but you could always use fresh and simmer it for longer. It’s sweetened with a little apple, so your kids should love it!

 

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How to make food fun and enticing for kids

How to make food more fun and enticing for kids

This How to Make Food Fun and Enticing For Kids post is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eats and Kind to Kidz. Images are of the Re-Play range, which can be purchased here.

Kids eat with all five senses, and usually eat with their eyes first. You probably know the scenario: they come to the table, take one look at the meal, and declare that they don’t like it before they’ve even tasted it. So, a great way to make a meal more appealing to kids is to make a habit of serving it in a fun, colourful way. 

Little peeps are drawn to bright colours, and young children especially equate eating with playing. To them, it’s all one and the same. It’s great if we can encourage a playful and positive attitude towards food, and allow them to view it as something interesting and fun, rather than overwhelming and stressful.

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Best toddler approved snacks to pack for the plane

Yumbox MiniSnack Cannes Blue with toddler snacks

This blog post, Best Toddler Approved Snacks to Pack for the Plane, is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eats and Bambino Love. The snack box images are of the Yumbox MiniSnack, which can be purchased here.

As a mum who is preparing to go on a long-haul flight with a toddler in a few weeks, I want to be armed to the teeth with all of the best toddler approved snack ideas for the plane. I also want to know as many travel tips and tricks for keeping sane. Twenty-four hours of being confined is not a two year-old’s idea of fun…for anyone on the plane!

So, please share any extra tips you have over in our group, we’d love to hear them. 

It’s definitely not my first time flying with a toddler, and after our last flight with my then three year-old, I learnt a few things about what food I should be offering, and what I shouldn’t (more on that later!). 

I’ve put together this list of healthy and toddler approved snacks to pack for the plane to help you if it’s your first time flying with kids, or you’re just looking for some inspiration for next time. It really does pay to plan ahead when you travel with kids. Like anything we do as parents…we get caught out if we don’t prepare for every scenario. There’s not so much room for spontaneity these days…how dull is adulting! 😂

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Healthy chocolate crackles – a kids party favourite!

Healthy chocolate crackles recipe

This delightful Healthy Chocolate Crackles recipe has been kindly contributed to Little Peeps Eats by the lovely Jen from Happy Little Minis 

Kid’s parties are fun but they can easily get out of control with all the sugar, not to mention the
artificial colours, flavours, additives and preservatives, which are seriously not good for little
tummies. With a few simple ideas and recipes up your sleeve, it is possible to create a party for
the little ones that is fun, delicious AND healthy.

First things first – keep it simple. There are a lot of interesting things you can do with fruit and
vegetables that will catch the eye of little party go-ers, and you really need to add just a couple of
savoury and sweet (healthy) treats, and you have satisfied little minis and happier parents who get
to avoid the sugar crash!

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A quick guide to packing healthy preschool lunchboxes

Quick guide to packing healthy preschool lunchboxes

This Quick Guide To Packing Healthy Preschool Lunchboxes is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eats and Bambino Love. Lunchbox images are of the Yumbox Original (6 compartments) and Little Lunchbox Co Bento 5, which can both be purchased here.

Is your little peep about to start preschool or kinder? Whatever you might call it where you are, I’m referring to the year that kids do before they start school. The year of play that prepares them for big school. If you have to pack preschool lunches, you might be wondering what on earth you’re going to give them, how much they’ll need, and what a good sized lunchbox might be for the three to five year age group. I’ve had fun testing out two lunchboxes from Bambino Love lately with my preschool-aged kids (well, one of them’s not quite two years old, but he sometimes eats more than my 5 year-old!), and I’d love to share my quick guide to packing healthy preschool lunchboxes with you.

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How to get more vegetables into your kids lunchboxes

How to get more vegetables into kids lunchboxes

This article on Getting More Vegetables into Your Kids Lunchboxes is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eats and Adventure Snacks. Lunchbox images are of the Go Green Snack Box, which can be purchased here.

One challenge that a lot of parents face is finding new and fun ways to get more vegetables into their kids’ lunchboxes. Packing sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, and baked goodies can sometimes be a little more straightforward, but beyond a few carrot and cucumber sticks, it gets tricky (and a bit monotonous!)…particularly if you’ve got a picky kid. So, we’ve done some experimenting in the Little Peeps Eats kitchen to come up with some simple and interesting ways to get more veggies into lunchboxes for your kids.

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