Yummy Mummy Monday: Fresh Fruit Popsicles

The amazing Spring weather has had me daydreaming about Summer & I thought what’s a better warm weather snack than popsicles??? They’re a super easy & healthy snack idea perfect on days when you need to cool off (bonus idea: sneak in some kale or spinach for a nutritional punch). They also make a fun little foodie project to do with the kids. I recently discovered kefir (a fermented milk drink, like liquid yogurt) and have been enjoying it with Ari. (Because it’s like yogurt, even those with dairy sensitivities can eat it on occasion since the fermentation breaks down the lactose). 
Fresh fruit of your choice (I used strawberries, kiwis, & pineapples for these)
Coconut milk, yogurt, or kefir
For fruit slice popsicles:
1. Slice up the fruits you’re using into pieces small enough to fit your popsicle molds.
2. Layer the fruits as desired 
3. Pour in enough coconut milk/ yogurt/ kefir to fill the mold & cover the tops of the fruit; tap the mold to get out any air bubbles
4. Freeze & enjoy!
For fruit smoothie popsicles:
1. Pop your desired fruit & coconut milk/ yogurt/ kefir into blender until fruit is pureed (this is a great chance to sneak in some greens!)
2. Pour mixture into mold & tap it to remove any air bubbles
3. Freeze & enjoy!
Could it get any easier??? 

April posts sponsored by Little Dreamers Consulting

Yummy Mummy Monday: Baked French Toast

With Valentine’s Day around the corner I thought it was time to serve up something sweet on Yummy Mummy Monday. Since I wanted a fresh idea, something a little different, I asked my girlfriend Bronwyn from Momma B’s Treats if she had any ideas (check out her recipe for gluten free brownies 3 ways here). She gracefully shared this delicious take on a classic brekkie with me. If a date night isn’t an option this year, how about making breakfast into your Vday date? A date that includes pjs and breakfast? I’m in.
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Baked French Toast
My favourite part is that I can make this the night before and a delicious breakfast is ready in the morning! 
Serves 4-6
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp. corn syrup
3 apples or 2-3 bananas, peeled and sliced 
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup milk (coconut or almond milk also work great)
1 tsp. vanilla 
6 slices Texas Toast or 12 slices of your favourite bread
1. In a microwave safe bowl melt butter.
2. Add brown sugar and corn syrup to butter and mix until smooth. 
3. Pour into 9×13 baking pan.
4. Arrange sliced fruit on top & sprinkle with cinnamon. 
5. In bowl beat eggs, milk, & vanilla together. 
6. Dip bread into egg mixture, then place over fruit (set up 2 deep in dish). 
7. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight. 
8. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes (or until corners and top are golden brown).
Since there’s already sugar, you don’t even need to add syrup when you serve, it’s all ready to go!
Tip: Cut it all in the pan along the bread lines, then flip the pieces upside- down onto a plate to serve. 
<3 Momma B
A big hug to my friend Bronwyn from Momma B’s Treats for sharing this sweet brekkie with us! Click here to check out her website & find her on Facebook!
January posts sponsored by Little Dreamers Consulting

Yummy Mummy Monday: Popsicles!

Wow. Summer is in full swing. And it’s hot! 
If you live in the Lower Mainland or surrounding areas, you know what the temperatures have been like lately. And while we definitely appreciate a change from the grey & rain we get for most of the rest of the year, we appreciate a cool treat to help us cool down. What could be better than a classic popsicle? Why not try your hand at making your own healthy versions? Take advantage of all the delicious berries & fruit in season and whip up some healthy sweet treats. Whether you make them for your kids or for the kid in you, these delicious pops are a Summer must- have. 
Each recipe makes 6 popsicles. 
Tip: If using popsicle sticks, freeze for approx 30 minutes before inserting sticks. Allow 3- 4 hours for popsicles to freeze completely.  
Sparkling Fruit Popsicles
A fun way to get your kids to eat fruit!
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 kiwi, sliced
1/2 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, quartered
Sparkling water or coconut water (for a grown- up version, try with champagne or sparkling wine!) 😉
To Make
Fill popsicle moulds 1/4 full with sparkling/ coconut water, followed with alternating fruit pieces
Fill the rest of the mould with sparkling/ coconut water & tap lightly to remove bubbles
Freeze & enjoy! (the carbonation of the sparkling water is refreshing on a hot day!)
(Tip: Add the fruits by colour to make a rainbow popsicle)
Blackberry Coconut Popsicles
A delicious dairy- free option!
Coconut milk
2 cups blackberries
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp honey
Juice of one lime (optional- but adds a refreshing kick!)
To Make
Wash & strain blackberries, then puree them in a blender. Pour through a strainer to remove seeds.
In another bowl combine coconut milk, vanilla extract, & honey (and lime juice if using)
Pour alternating layers of the two mixtures into the moulds
Freeze & enjoy!
(Tip: If in a hurry, you can blend everything together in one bowl & skip the layers)

Berry Yogurt Popsicles
Enjoy seasonal berries in abundance!
1 1/2 cups yogurt 
1/2 cup milk (sub with coconut milk for a tropical twist)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, & blackberries are great local options)
To Make
Mix yogurt, milk, & vanilla in a blender
Mix in berries and pour into moulds 
(Like with the blackberry coconut popsicles, you can blend the berries with the yogurt mix if you prefer everything blended)
What’s your favourite way to cool down in the Summer? Have a favourite popsicle recipe? We’d love to know about it!

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July posts sponsored by Cutie Pie Boutique

Feature Friday: Green Earth Organics (& Giveaway!)

I love finding new ways of eating healthy and incorporating these ideas & recipes into busy family life (did you see my post on She’s A Valley Mom on how to sneak healthy foods in for your kids???). A little while back when I attended the Mommies N Munchkins Fair I met an amazing local Vancouver company that delivers fresh organic produce right to your door, Green Earth Organics. A perfect option for busy families trying to balance healthy meals with work, school, and other activities, how much easier could it be than to have the groceries brought to you? The best part is the affordability- produce bins start at $30/ week, making this a budget- friendly way to get in your (organic!) greens.
With a selection of 100% organic fruits & veggies and a growing list of environmentally friendly items, the company’s goal is to help families save time & eat healthier while making less of an environmental impact. With an option to meet your family’s needs, whatever the size (small, medium, or large bins are available), this is a great way to help make meals healthier & grocery shopping easier.
I am excited to announce a giveaway with Green Earth Organics for TPB readers! Go to our Contests Page for a chance to win a medium bin (a value of $38) delivered right to your door from Green Earth Organics! Green Earth Organics has also generously offered TPB readers a special discount: use promo code Pampered Baby at checkout to receive a $10 discount on your first order!
A medium bin of organic goodness from Green Earth Organics
For some great ideas about how to incorporate fresh veggies & fruits into meals, check out our article Cooking With Your Kids: How to Make Healthy Food Fun on the Green Earth Organics website

Delivering fresh Green Earth Organics is a home and office organic grocery delivery service that strives to provide customers with the freshest and vary best organic products available with weekly or bi-weekly free deliveries direct to your door. For more info, check out their website, or find them on Facebook & Twitter
May posts sponsored by Noah’s Ark Hypnotherapy

Healthy Snacks- Brother’s All Natural Giveaway

A while back when I attended the Modern Family Expo, I was introduced to Brother’s All Natural. These delicious freeze- dried fruits have the same nutritional value as fresh fruit- with 2 servings of fruit per bag- are free from sugars & additives, are GMO- free, and allergy friendly (gluten & peanut free). There’s a variety of options including apple, apple cinnamon banana, pineapple, & pear, to make sure your kiddies find one they like. They’re a great on- the- go nutritious snack for busy families. 
To help give families some fresh snack options for the final stretch of the school year, Brother’s All Natural is offering up a 24- pack of assorted fruit crisps to The Pampered Baby readers. Go to our Contests Page to see all the ways to enter. If you’ve been looking for something new to add to your kid’s lunches & sports bags, these are a convenient way to ensure your kids are getting those valuable servings of fruit.
Big thanks to Brother’s All Natural for this great prize! You can learn more about the company & see all of the flavours available on their website & Facebook page.
April posts sponsored by Gary Gallant Travel

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