‘Tis the season…for chocolate! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here’s Daily Mom’s spin on on a healthy, protein-packed treat that is delicious and easy for little hands to make. The oats, flax, and almonds are nutritional powerhouses while cocoa powder lends that rich, chocolate flavor we love this time of year.
Elizabeth is a Midwestern transplant who still calls Michigan “home” after nearly 10 years in New York City. Her work has taken her from Wall Street to the non-profit sector and she’s currently experimenting with life as a stay-at-home mom to a new baby girl. She loves a sweaty workout, Starbucks and the Sunday New York Times, and seeing the world with her husband Stephen.
It’s no secret that life changes in many amazing and challenging ways when a little baby arrives on the scene. Parents have nine months to stock the nursery, wash the onesies, and read the parenting books before bringing home their bundle of joy. However, not much is said about how Junior’s arrival will impact perhaps the most important relationship in the family: the parents’ marriage.
Lentils are a high-protein, inexpensive food the whole family can enjoy. They can be pureed for new eaters, cooked and stored in the fridge to be added to other dishes throughout the week, and are a great base for introducing infants and toddlers to various flavor combinations.
Take a deep breath, mama, and pat yourself on the back. You’ve officially made it through your first year of motherhood! That’s 365 days, 8760 hours, hundreds hours of feedings, and thousands (thousands!) of diaper changes.
Your year also, no doubt, included a few tears, some stressful moments with your husband, and a few panicked phone calls to your best friend to ask “what on earth have I gotten myself into?” In short, it’s been a year of hard work. However, we hope it’s also been a year of joy, happy surprises, and sweet snuggles as you’ve gotten to know the newest member of your family, refined your talents as a mother, and settled into your life as a mom.
‘Tis the season for latkes and Swedish pancakes, among other goodies. Here’s our take on a pancake/fritter hybrid that delivers a good dose of protein and veggies during this season of indulgence. High in protein – and flavor! – this recipe is an easy one and the results are easy to freeze and reheat for future enjoyment.
For a quick weeknight addition to your little one’s meal, head to your pantry for tomato sauce, bread crumbs, and black beans. Mix in a few fresh ingredients, let little chefs help you do the mixing, and in no time you’ll have a high-protein, kid-approved muffin.
Nothing says Christmas like the combination of spices and molasses. Whether in the form of gingerbread houses, gingerbread men, or simple molasses cookies, the sweet + spicy mix is one that usually appears only around this time of the year.
As little ones age out of purees but are not yet able to handle foods which require more chewing, parents are often stumped about what to offer during meal times. Foods that are firm enough for tiny hands to grab but soft enough for tiny mouths to chew are the perfect solution and this Italian Lentil Loaf does the trick.
Selecting books for little readers can be difficult, overwhelming, and frustrating. This holiday season, whether you’re shopping for your own children or for gifts, check out Daily Mom’s favorite books for children ages 12-24 months. Our list features books with textures, flaps, and other surprises – along with a few classics – and trust us: you can’t go wrong with these great reads.
Yes, the turkey is important. Yes, pumpkin and pecan pie are staples on many Thanksgiving tables. But what really makes the Thanksgiving meal? Side dishes!
Here are three classic side dishes with a Daily Mom twist – slightly healthier, and featuring slightly different flavors, but sure to please whoever is joining you to give thanks this Thanksgiving.
Nothing says fall like a kitchen that smells of cinnamon and pumpkin. This recipe calls for ground almonds, which add a healthy dose of protein and fiber, and does not contain any added sugar, making it a great option for parents who have chosen to eliminate it from their children’s diets – or their own!
Not all snacks will appeal to both moms and babies – hello puffs! – but these energy “bites” are a great snack to share with your little one. At approximately 120 calories and 3 grams of protein per ball, these are a great snack for on-the-go kids or little ones needing a filling snack to tide them over to their next meal. For moms who fall prey to the all-carbs-all-the-time diet that is so easy when you’re home all day, these bites are a quick and easy way to fuel your body during the long stretch between lunch and dinner.
Kids frequently want to share whatever their moms happen to be eating and it is sometimes a challenge to find healthy snacks that work for tiny hands and teeth and also nourish moms. This is especially true when it comes to things like crackers, pretzels, and nuts. This recipe makes a perfect snack for moms and toddlers alike and might even make it onto the table at your next cocktail party!
Sometimes the best recipes are a result of ingredients in the fridge which taunt you with “use me!” every time you open the fridge. These easy, sugar-free muffins are one such recipe and are a great one to make with your kids in the kitchen. Plus, the recipe lends itself to whatever “tweaking” you and your little chefs might want to make!
There’s a certain kind of animal cracker that comes in a red box with zoo animals on it which finds its way into many diaper bags for on-the-go snacks. Unfortunately, these animal crackers also come with corn syrup and the always-mysterious “natural and artificial flavors,” making them more of a sometimes snack instead of an all-the-time snack.