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5 kids Summer Drinks Recipes for Kids

Summer holidays are finally here, we are already enjoying all the warm weather activities. This means that kids can get out and start enjoying some fun in the sun. However, when kids are outdoors, running around, and playing in the heat, it’s important to make sure your kids are staying hydrated.

While drinking water is still the best approach to helping kids stay hydrated, Mocktails, Smoothies, and Old-Fashioned Lemonades are also a refreshing way for the kids to cool off and a fun kitchen activity, too.

Toddlers love having a bright and colorful drink and these five recipes are sure to do the trick. Try them all, and feel free to mix and match ingredients to create your kids’ favorite summer drink that they can share with family and friends!

Strawberry Milkshake

Ingredients you will need: Milk (cow milk or vegetal milk), strawberries (fresh or frozen), dates (or honey), frozen bananas and vanilla extract

1. Pop all the ingredients into a blender

2. Blend until smooth and creamy

3. Serve immediately & enjoy!

Watermelon lemonade

Ingredients you will need: 1 litre of sparkling water, 300g cubed watermelon, the juice of 2 lemons, 2 tsp honey & fresh mint and ice to serve

1. Add the sparkling water, watermelon, lemon juice and honey to a blender and blitz until smooth.

2. Strain the lemonade through a sieve into a jug to remove any seeds.

3. Serve immediately over ice and with a sprig of fresh mint.

Apricot-Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients you will need: 190g fresh apricots, 60g natural plain yogurt, 240 ml milk (cow milk or vegetal milk), 2 teaspoons honey (or agave syrup), 190g fresh strawberries

1. Pop all the ingredients in a blender. Mix for a few minutes until smooth.

2. Pour carefully in the cup. It’s ready, enjoy!

Pineapple Sunrise Mocktail

Ingredients you will need: Pineapple juice, sugar free lemonade, grenadine, orange slices, or other fruit for garnish

1. Cut slices of orange or other fruits of your choice ready to decorate the glasses.

2. Stir together the pineapple juice and lemonade. Pour over ice.

3. Carefully pour grenadine into the drink so it settles on the bottom. 

4. Add a slice of orange to the side of each glass. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Peach Iced Tea

Ingredients you will need: For the syrup: 200g organic cane sugar, 250 ml water, 5 ripe peaches (4 stoned and chopped, 1 sliced to serve). For the tea: 3-4 tea decaffeinated black tea bags (depending on how strong you prefer it), 1900 ml filtered water

1. Combine sugar, water, and peaches (pitted and chopped) in a small pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved, about 6 minutes.

2. Once the sugar is dissolved, cover, remove from heat and let steep for 25-30 minutes.

3. In the meantime, brew your tea. Try not to let it steep longer than 4-5 minutes or it can get bitter. Once brewed, remove tea bags and transfer to a pitcher. Refrigerate to cool.

4. Once your syrup is ready pour into a container over a fine mesh strainer to strain out peaches. You can reserve the peaches for later use, like over oats or ice cream.

5. Stir the peach syrup into the tea with some ice, or pour a little of the syrup into glasses and add the tea. Top up with more ice. Add peach slices to serve & enjoy!

Chose your kid’s favorite sippy cup and serve the drink in it!

Once you’ve chosen your kid’s favorite recipe and made the drinks, serve it in our 1-2-3 Sip Cups. If you have different colors of cups at home you can mix & match the cup and drinks to add to the festive feeling.

Those sippy cups are perfect for enticing little ones to drink. It transitions from straw to sippy cup to “big kid” cup for all of your kiddo’s stages of development.

You’ll see their drinks will only taste better with our our 1-2-3 Sip cups!

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Summer Safety: How Much Water Should Babies Drink?

We all know our bodies need water to survive and thrive, but with the arrival of hot weather and summer heatwaves, you may be wondering how much water should babies drink to stay safely hydrated? After all, adults greatly increase their water consumption during hot summer months, especially with increased activity levels, so shouldn’t baby? However, the answer depends on the age of the child. Staying hydrated helps the body flush waste, keeps bowel movements regular and helps the body regulate temperature, so it’s important for children and adults to get a healthy amount of water each day.

0-12 Months

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) health guidelines recommend against giving newborns and infants water. A properly fed infant, either through breastfeeding or formula, will get all the hydration they need through eating due to the high water content in both. In fact, giving water to newborns can be harmful! Water intoxication occurs when too much water flushes out critical nutrients, especially sodium. Although rare, this condition can affect children and adults. Giving newborns and infants water also makes them feel full and less interested in eating which can result in nutritional imbalances.

As your baby gets older and begins to transition to pureed foods, it’s a good time to introduce sip cups with small amounts of water. Babies at this age may not need more than 2-4 ounces of water per day. The less breastmilk or formula your baby consumes, the more water they need. Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula for figuring out the exact amount of water babies need, so use your child’s solid/pureed food intake, activity level and their thirst as your guidelines!

One Year +

By around one year, your baby’s milk or formula intake will typically reduce to the recommended 16 ounces per day. At this point, a one-year-old should have approximately one 8-oz cup of water daily, increased by one cup for every additional year. A two-year-old should have two 8-oz cups, a three-year-old, 3 cups and so on. Again, you should let your baby’s activity and thirst levels help dictate the proper amount of water for their unique needs.

Hydration Tips for Babies

Between 12-15 months, babies develop their grasp and coordination enough to begin holding a cup and practice sipping. Covered sip cups are a good way to introduce water and help your little one master drinking. Here are some tips for keeping kids hydrated during the summer:

Encourage small, frequent sips. When your child is overheated and thirsty, they’re more likely to gulp water which can cause abdominal discomfort. Instead, encourage them to take small sips regularly as they play and throughout the day. This will also keep them hydrated without feeling full and reducing healthy food intake.

Make sipping fun. Sippy cups in kid-friendly colors or with the addition of a fun accessory like a straw will help your baby be excited about drinking water. Older kids will want to use the same dishes as their parents, so try matching cups and make staying hydrated a family event.

Supplement water intake with water-rich foods. Yummy summer snacks like watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, peaches, and pineapple are all hydrating.

So, how much water should babies drink? There’s no perfect answer. But for active babies who’ve begun the transition to pureed and solid foods, the key is frequent, small amounts. As kids get older, they’ll need regular reminders to drink water before they get overheated. It’s much easier to prevent dehydration than treat it!

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Is BBQ Healthy? With These Kid-Approved Grill Favorites, It Can Be!

Grilling is one of the favorite summer activities. The most popular items to grill are often hamburgers, followed by chicken, hot dogs, and steak. All that meat makes one ask, is BBQ healthy? If you’re looking for delicious options for healthier and lighter BBQ fare, we’ve got you covered with some kid-approved burger substitutions.

Burger Alternative Recipes: 

Salmon Burger with Avocado Salsa: Salmon is a fantastic addition to any grill and it’s full of health benefits for growing bodies! Salmon is rich in B vitamins and fatty acids which are great for brain health, improved cognitive function and thyroid/heart health. This yummy recipe from Laughing Spatula includes the added benefits of heart-healthy, high fiber avocado. If mild poblano peppers aren’t your thing, sweeten things up with some chopped mango in your salsa!

The Humble Black Bean Veggie Burger: There are plenty of delicious veggie burgers on the market if you need a quick dinner but homemade always tastes better. The beauty of this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction is that you can flavor these black bean burgers any way you choose. They’re also the perfect platform for all kinds of burger toppings. Black bean burgers are nutritious as well as tasty. The high fiber content helps keep kids regular, reduces digestive issues and helps keep cholesterol low.

Savory Falafel Tahini Burgers with Tzatziki: Looking for another healthy vegetarian option for grilling on the BBQ? Try these falafel tahini burgers from Evergreen Kitchen served with a dollop of fresh tzatziki sauce. They’re filling, rich in plant protein and high in fiber, something most kids and adults could use more of. Instead of pan-frying, cook your falafel burgers on a cooler grill for 4-5 minutes per side. Don’t forget to oil the grill to prevent sticking! Serve on a pita, bun or in a lettuce wrap with your favorite veggie toppings.

Sweet Potato Coconut Patties: If your family loves exotic flavors, they’ll love these sweet and healthy sweet potato coconut burgers. Sweet potatoes aren’t just a kid-favorite for their sweet taste, they’re healthy too. Rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, sweet potatoes boost the brain, eyes and immune system. Coconut has its own health benefits too. Coconut is high in healthy fats and provides quick energy to the brain and body while increasing HDL cholesterol, which helps keep heart disease at bay. Try this recipe from Foodal and grill them as you would black bean or falafel burgers.

Healthy BBQ Ideas That Aren’t About The Meats: 

Substituting out ground beef or hot dogs isn’t the only way you can boost the healthiness of your next BBQ meal, here are a few more ideas to keep things light and fresh:

Always grill vegetables when you BBQ. Grilled veggies can make fun and healthy finger foods, burger toppings or side dishes. Try grilling things like beets, squash, corn, eggplant, green beans, mushrooms and tomatoes. Whichever vegetables your kids love most, they’ll love even more on the grill!

Grill fruit for a healthy dessert. Many fruits taste amazing on the grill. Grilled pineapple is a given but don’t forget about grilled peaches, pears, apples, figs, bananas and even watermelon!

Dump the bun. Opt for healthy lettuce wraps instead of a carb-heavy bun. Romaine lettuce is a good choice for wrapping up patties but lettuce isn’t the only option. Get creative! Serve your patties between grilled eggplant slices or portabella mushrooms for a healthy twist.

Make your own condiments. It’s easy to make your own condiments like mayonnaise and ketchup at home with any preservatives or extra sugar. Try this homemade ketchup recipe from The Pioneer Woman and rediscover what ketchup should taste like!

With a little ingenuity and some fresh ingredients, now when people ask, “is BBQ healthy,” you can say yes!

Earth-Conscious Plating:

Ditch the paper plates! Minware’s Sandwich Plate with Divider is the perfect BBQ plate for kids. It’s sturdy and shatter-proof, great for outdoor settings and the smart divider is ideal for creating a healthy plate of varying foods while keeping sauces and foods separate. A must-have for picky eaters! Durable, eco-friendly and dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up.

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Special Midsummer – How to Celebrate like a Swede?

At Miniware, Sweden is part of our heritage, and as soon as June comes around we can’t stop thinking of Midsummer. In many cases, a lot of families gather to celebrate this traditional high-point of the summer through traditional midsummer dishes, and dances!

Discover the top 5 traditions of a Swedish Midsummer, and follow our tips if you wanna celebrate like a Swede. 

Pick some colorful and pretty summer flowers and some green leaves!

Midsummer Eve often starts in the morning by picking flowers. It’s a tradition to wear a midsummer wreath on midsummer eve. Most people make these themselves by picking flowers and binding them around a steel thread. Some use the flowers for decorating the pole.

Gather and raise the maypole!

The Midsummer celebrations usually start around noon, when friends and family gather to enjoy a small picnic often in the countryside or the archipelago. Symbol of fertility, the “Midsommarstång” (the maypole) is decorated with greenery and flowers and raised in an open spot for people to dance around. 

Let the dancing begin! 

Many traditional ring-dances follow around the maypole. Make sure to take part in the “Små grodorna” (The Little Frogs) dance, one of the most popular dances during midsummer. People of all ages jump around the pole while singing about little frogs and mimicking little frogs, it looks as fun and crazy as it sounds!

Make sure that herrings and strawberries are on the menu! 

Later in the afternoon, it’s time for midsummer food! Must-haves are gravlax or salmon, different kinds of pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, soured cream and chives and of course, for dessert, a strawberry cake and the first strawberries of the summer. 

If you’re a single parent, don’t forget to pick up seven flowers before going to bed! 

According to the legend, you should collect seven different kinds of flowers to put under your pillow before you go to bed. If you do this, the legend says that the person of your dreams will appear!;)

How Miniware can help you to enjoy this day with your little ones?

Photo by IG @raisingislaelyse_

Forget about the paper plates! Miniware’s Healthy Meal Set is the perfect plate for toddlers. It’s sturdy and shatter-proof, great for outdoor settings and the smart divider is ideal for creating a healthy plate of varying foods while keeping sauces and foods separate. A must-have for picky eaters! Durable, eco-friendly, and dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up.

Toddlers also want to join the fun and all the midsummer toasts! So why not serve them their favorite smoothie in our 1-2-3 Sip Cup! Success guaranteed! 

Among your picnic essentials don’t forget to pack some snacks, water, wipes, and extra clothing/diapers. Some games are also a must to keep your kids entertained, take your favorite game, like a frisbee, bubble soap, a ball, or for our Swedish families a kubb. 

We have prepared great bundles and free gifts especially for you so that you can be ready for the celebrations and set a beautiful and colorful table. Enjoy a composition of our best sellers, and a special 20% discount on a selection of products! 

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Unplugged Travel with Toddlers: Road Trip Edition

Summer is nearly here and for many families that means road trip season! There are so many wonderful things to do and see, from family reunions and weddings to camping trips and beach adventures, most of us spend a lot more time in the car during this time of year. While watching movies or playing tablet games can be fine for some, we like to focus on unplugged travel with toddlers. By working with your child’s natural cycles, you can turn a device-free road trip into engaging, quality, family time and provide a childhood full of treasured memories instead of just another viewing of Frozen.

Don’t rush.

As adults, we usually plan a long-haul drive trying to get to our destination as soon as possible, but we have to change this mindset when traveling with kids.  Planning is key when it comes to road trips with toddlers. Kids have three main cycles; eat, sleep and play. The length of these cycles varies by age, but for infants and toddlers, the time in between can be quite short. Plan to stop approximately every two hours to stretch everyone’s legs, enjoy a snack and a bathroom break, especially important for toddlers in potty-training! Frequent breaks and taking your time will ease the stress of your child having their normal routine disrupted and help them enjoy the experience more. Try to end your day at 4 pm so that your child can eat dinner at their normal time and maintain their bedtime schedule. You can’t expect them to fall asleep right after checking into a hotel!

Pack accordingly.

Depending on the length of your road trip, it’s important to prepare for the unexpected. For short trips (under 3 hours), snacks, water, wipes and extra clothing/diapers are a must. For longer trips, several changes of clothing may be necessary along with extra wipes. Don’t forget a leak-proof storage bag for dirty clothing! Motion sickness can be unpredictable, so a few sick bags may also be in order. A thermos of warm milk is a surefire way to get toddlers to fall asleep once the car gets moving! Get a full packing checklist here!

Anticipate their needs.

Place a bag or other container that your toddler can reach next to their car seat and fill it with all the things they may want or need. Healthy, car-friendly snacks like sliced fruit or cheese (think non-crumbly) and water to keep them hydrated are important. Favorite sleeping comforts such as blankets or soft toys along with the white noise of the car is enough to put most toddlers to sleep. Coloring books or picture books with few words are a good choice for the car as reading will often lead to motion sickness. Audio books are something the entire family can enjoy. Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, Frog and Toad are Friends, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are toddler-approved (over 4 years old) and enjoyable for all!

Make the most of play time.

While many parents aim to drive when their kids are sleeping, playtime in the car helps kids stick with their regular daytime schedule much better. Here are some activities you can do with your kids while still keeping your eyes on the road.  

What would a road trip be without sing-alongs and car games? When your toddler is at their most active, it’s a great time to engage with them and build those road-trip memories! Make a couple of playlists in advance, especially if your child enjoys calming music before bed or naptime. Fill another with road trip classics and your toddler’s favorite dance music for a robust sing-along and in-your-seat dance party! It’s a great time to teach your kids the songs you sang at camp or in the car as kids and relive a little of your own childhood too.

Age-appropriate road trip games can be fun for kids of all ages. Simple scavenger hunts such as car colors for young kids and state license plates for older ones or a game of I Spy are good diversions. The Alphabet Game is great for toddlers, either spotting items outside the car that begin with each letter or through a scenario such as “I’m going on a picnic, I bring…” something beginning with A and so on. Twenty Questions is another classic your toddler will enjoy!

There are a lot of benefits of unplugged travel with toddlers, including building memories. Skip the DVDs and tablet time and help your kids be present. Also, work with their schedule to make naptime work for you. What are your best tips for road trips with toddlers? Let us know in the comments below!

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Celebrating our Mini’s Moms! ♡

Being a mom is fantastic, and means a lot, it is all about joy and love, watching them grow up, and supporting their dreams.

As Sweden is part of our heritage, and the 30th of May is Mother Day here in Sweden, we thought we’d take the opportunity to celebrate all mothers by sharing the portraits of some wonderful moms.

♡ Discover the portrait of our Mini’s Mothers ♡

They share what they love to do with their little ones!

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3 Easy Breakfasts Kids Can Make for Mother’s Day

Kids often delight in cooking a special breakfast for mom on Mother’s Day, with or without the help of another parent. It gives them a sense of pride in the food they create and good feelings from doing something special for mom.

Kids, like our partners, don’t just magically know what we want so it’s important to tell them. As parents, we often put our own wants and needs aside to focus on our families but being clear about what you’d like teaches your kids very valuable lessons. First, how to ask for things they need and want themselves and that it’s okay to do so, but also it teaches them how to be better partners. Mom and dad are the first people they strive to please but someday they’ll need to make boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses, and their own kids feel special and appreciated. What you teach them now about doing loving acts of service and giving thoughtful gifts will carry into those relationships.

Of course, we want our kids to be successful so although your favorite breakfast may be eggs benedict, it’s best to keep things simple for them. Egg poaching can take time to master! Thankfully there are some easy breakfasts kids can make for Mother’s Day that won’t leave the kitchen a disaster or anyone in tears. They’re both delicious and “fancy,” so your kids can make you feel like a queen!

Fancy Toasts

For kitchen novices, fancy toasts are a simple yet elegant breakfast perfect for Mother’s Day. Avocado toast is hugely popular and only requires toasting bread, smashing avocado and spreading it, something older children can do on their own or smaller kids with supervision. Other fancy toast ideas could include cream cheese and sliced veggies, pesto and egg, smoked salmon or pear and honey.

Quiche

This dish most likely requires adult supervision unless you have older, more experienced kids in the kitchen. Young children can whip eggs, sprinkle cheese and wash vegetables to help. Teens can follow a simple quiche recipe, many of which can be found online. Quiche possibilities are endless; vegetarian and with meat. Use cooked hash browns as a crust or frozen pie crust for an easy shortcut. A variety of colorful vegetables like diced peppers makes for a festive Mother’s Day meal!

Waffles

You can get as fancy or as simple as you want with waffles. Young kids can make frozen gourmet waffles in the toaster and decorate them with washed berries and whipped cream or chocolate chips or both. With supervision they can help mix batter for fresh waffles, spread softened butter and pour syrup. Other kid-friendly Mother’s Day waffle suggestions include peanut butter and banana, Greek yogurt and berries, blueberries and cream, and whipped ricotta and strawberry.

Create Breakfast Together Beforehand

One way to make Mother’s Day breakfast both exactly what you want and easy for the kids is to prepare it together beforehand. Bake your favorite morning pastries together the day before and the kids can warm and serve them to you. Or create a more complex dish like breakfast burritos that they can simply reheat and serve. They’ll still get the joy of creating a pretty place-setting or tray and serving up something they helped create with mom!

Skip Cooking Altogether

Send your partner and kids on a breakfast run to your favorite bakery or brunch spot or get something delivered from one of the many services like DoorDash or GrubHub that deliver from a multitude of restaurants. Just make sure the kids can still add their own special touch on breakfast with fancy plating, decorations or a special drink!

Don’t Forget the “Momosa”

Even if champagne and orange juice isn’t your thing, there are still plenty of festive drinks your kids can make as a colorful addition to Mother’s Day breakfast. Try peach nectar and ginger ale for a mock Bellini, sprinkle in a few berries for color! Other fruity morning favorites include citrus juice with a splash of pomegranate, pineapple and strawberry juice or a refreshing “mojito” with seltzer, lime, and mint. Kids can serve it in a fancy glass!

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day breakfast? Do you have ideas of breakfasts kids can make for Mother’s Day? Share your experience on our Instagram!

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The Importance of Outside Time for Babies

It’s that time of year when the weather is pleasant and mild, plenty of beautiful spring days to enjoy outside with your kids. Sunlight is crucial to human health and outside time for babies can provide some valuable benefits! However, due to the delicate nature of their skin and susceptibility to UV rays, it’s important not to spend too much time in direct sunlight. Read on for some guidelines for infant sun exposure for vitamin D and tips for protecting your little ones during these warm spring and summer months!

The Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is produced through exposure to UV rays. It’s a crucial element to developing healthy bones and muscles. Lack of sunlight can lead to low vitamin D levels and cause health problems like rickets in children and osteoporosis in adults.

Breastfed babies of vitamin D-deficient mothers may also develop a deficiency and children with darker skin naturally produce less than fair-skinned kids due to their skin pigment’s higher resistance to UV light. Dark-complected children can spend more time unprotected in the sun than fair children but still require sunscreen and are susceptible to sun damage.

Vitamin D is most notable for helping us absorb calcium, but it plays an important part in other systems as well. It aids in regulating your immune system and blood pressure while also helping prevent diseases like cancer and multiple sclerosis.  

Sunlight also has powerful mental health benefits. Exposure to natural light increases the production of serotonin which plays an important part in many complex biological systems. Most noticeable to us is an improvement in mood and a sense of well-being. It’s the “happy” chemical!

Safe Sun Exposure for Infants and Children

Too much UV exposure can damage the delicate skin of babies so it’s important to keep direct sun exposure limited throughout the day. However, to get a healthy dose of vitamin D, you and baby will need some direct, unfiltered sunlight. After your sunning time, be sure to follow good sun safety guidelines to prevent permanent sun damage:

  1. Limit direct sun exposure to 15-30 minutes daily unless you’re in a southern region, then just 6-15 minutes will do. It’s a great time to air out any diaper rash or let the little ones run around in the buff or a diaper. Expose some skin to soak up those vitamin D-producing rays!
  2.  Get your sun exposure in the late morning. UV rays are most powerful during midday. Try to get your vitamin D just before noon to get a dose of sunshine just before it gets too hot.
  3.  Stay in the shade. When you’re not out getting sunlight for vitamin D purposes, you’ll want to limit your time in the sun.  Skip the heat and UV exposure between noon and 3 pm entirely if possible. Hang out in the shade, under trees, an umbrella or tent.
  4. Cover up. After sun time, make sure the kids are covered up. Although we may feel comfortable in tank tops and shorts during the heat, our adult skin can handle a lot more sun exposure than kids can. A loose, tightly-woven, long-sleeve shirt and loose pants in a breathable fabric will protect their skin during all-day outings. A hat is a must!
  5. Don’t forget the sunglasses. They’re more than a fashion statement, they protect young eyes from UV damage and help prevent ocular diseases like cataracts later in life.
  6. Sunscreen for you and baby. Once you’ve got your vitamin D for the day, don’t forget to thoroughly apply a child-safe sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin, even small areas like the tops of the feet, backs of hands and ears.
  7. Stay hydrated. Warm weather increases our need for hydration, so make sure your kids drink plenty of water. Although plain water is the best hydrator there is, kid-friendly alternatives include coconut water, organic juices, and flavored, unsweetened seltzers. Don’t forget water-packed snacks like watermelon and berries!

If you suspect that you or your baby are deficient in vitamin D, check with your doctor who can perform a test to check. Supplements are available for breast-feeding moms with low vitamin D to help ensure their babies get proper nutrition from their milk.

Throw a blanket on the lawn and enjoy your morning coffee while spending time with the kids or pack a picnic and head to the park, there are many places to enjoy the nice weather and get your daily vitamin D. Make this outside time for babies free from distractions like cell phones and tablets. Instead, make these 15-30 minutes of outside time part of a new daily routine to spend appreciating nature and each other.

How do you like to spend outside time with your kids? Do you have sun-safety tips to share? 

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Healthy Picnic Food for Kids You Can Prepare and Pack in a Flash

It’s time to make the most out of the remaining summer days and nights. From beach day trips to movie night at the park, there is still plenty of summertime fun left to be had. Of course, all this fun is bound to work up some appetites! Picnics and BBQs are a great (and delicious) way to enjoy outdoor time with kids. Fresh air, healthy food, and a beautiful setting are things the whole family can enjoy while being unplugged and joyfully disconnected from electronics and devices!

Parents are too busy to spend hours in the kitchen preparing for a picnic, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite healthy picnic food for kids. All our picks are easy to prepare and pack, no fuss foods kids will love!

Healthy Picnic Food for Kids

Yogurt Parfait

Try layering your child’s favorite flavored yogurt with fresh summer fruit like peaches or berries for a healthy snack rich in protein, vitamins, and antioxidants. Low-fat vanilla yogurt with mixed berries is a great way to take advantage of berry season before it’s gone and makes a simple snack or dessert. Worried about it getting too warm? Freeze yogurt into cubes before packing. Pack reusable spoons and skip the plastic!

Edamame

Steamed, unripe soybeans may not sound delicious to kids, but they are! A favorite appetizer at Japanese restaurants, you can purchase bags of salted or unsalted edamame to toss in the freezer and store for a 3-minute snack anytime. A few minutes in the microwave to thaw and you’ve got a high protein, low cal snack that’s rich in iron, magnesium, and antioxidants. Kids will love sucking the soybeans out of the pod and eating with their fingers!

Peanut Butter and Apple Sandwiches

Protein-packed peanut butter spread between crisp apple slices makes for an easy, healthy snack. Core an apple, slice into rounds then add your fillings. For a little extra crunch, you can add a layer of granola or dry cereal to the peanut butter. Apples are high in fiber which is good for digestion and regularity. Two kid-favorite foods in one snack!

Popcorn

High in fiber and low in fat, popcorn makes a great snack any time of day. For the healthiest popcorn, use an air popper and skip the microwave bags. Popcorn’s delicate, nutty taste is perfect for pairing with creative flavored toppings, like ranch, truffle butter, parmesan, curry, Cajun, BBQ, cinnamon sugar, kettle corn, and maple pecan, just to name a few. Popcorn is simple and inexpensive to make so pop some extra for your child to share with new friends!

Hummus and Veggies

Hummus is a delicious snack that comes in many flavors and is packed with plant-based protein. Not only is hummus a filling snack from the protein-rich chickpeas but it’s high in fiber for healthy digestion too. Add in your child’s favorite fresh vegetables and some pita chips for a hearty and healthy dish. We love sliced red peppers, cucumber, baby carrots, sliced apples, cauliflower, celery sticks, and cherry tomatoes!

Picnic food for kids doesn’t have to take a lot of time or prep work. Simple, healthy dishes that parents can quickly pack to go are perfect for providing kids with plenty of energy and maximizing family time.

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Creating Balanced Meals for toddlers

Creating Balanced Meals for toddlers is a Snap with Miniware’s Healthy Meal Set with Smart Divider

The foods we choose for our babies have a big impact on their health and development. Their systems are evolving rapidly and they need healthy, nutritious food to convert into important building blocks for a strong foundation. As parents, one way to support our baby’s growth is through creating balanced meals.

Tips for Creating Balanced Meals for Kids

  •       Small regular meals are the best. Little tummies and growing bodies need small but steady fuel. It’s recommended toddlers eat 3 regular meals and 2-3 snacks per day as well as have 6-8 healthy drinks (water, unsweetened herbal tea)
  •       Load up on veggies! It’s recommended kids eat 1-2 cups of vegetables per day. Raw, steamed, baked, roasted, stir-fry; get creative!
  •       Include 5 toddler-size portions of starch per day. In addition to creating energy, your baby will get valuable vitamin B and calcium from bread, pasta, rice, cereal, and potatoes.
  •       Eat a rainbow. When it comes to fruit and veg, aim for a mix of colors to get the widest variety of vitamins and minerals. From ripe, red strawberries to purple carrots, beets and blueberries, try to feed your baby a rainbow each day! Aim for 5 kid-sized portions of fruit and vegetables daily.
  •       Aim for a moderate amount of full-fat dairy. Growing bodies use healthy fat from dairy, so skip the skim milk and low-fat yogurt. Doctors recommend 2-3 kid-size portions of dairy foods like milk, cheese, and yogurt per day. Remember, no cow’s milk for babies under 1 year old!
  •       Two servings of protein are typically enough. The American diet is protein-heavy, but kids only need about 2 servings of protein per day through lean meat, fish, eggs, nuts, or beans (soy or otherwise). It’s also beneficial to include a serving of oily fish like salmon, trout, or fresh tuna once per week for a dose of ultra-healthy fish oil plus zinc, iron, and vitamins A and D. 

Removable Suction Foot Means Less Mess for Parents

We designed Miniware’s Healthy Meal Combo Set to support both balanced meals and baby’s self-feeding training. The sandwich plate comes with a removable suction foot which locks the plate in place during feeding time. Even the most energetic eater can’t get it to budge! This keeps the plate on the table or tray where it belongs and means less mess for parents. When your child is ready, just remove the foot for a “big kid” experience.

Say Good-Bye to “My Food is Touching”

You can use the plate on its own or combine with our Smart Divider to transform the plate into 4 compartments. Just snap in place! The Smart Divider is perfect for self-feeders as each section can be filled with different foods types or sauces. Many kids don’t like their foods touching so this keeps soft/liquid foods in place for a clean eating experience. Both the sandwich plate and divider have curved edges to help new eaters pick up and scoop foods.

Portion Control the Way You Like It

You can also use the compartments as a guide for creating balanced meals. Portion a main dish into the larger section and add sides/dessert to the others. Grains and vegetables are recommended in larger portions than protein and fruit, which can go in smaller sections. You can even remove the divider and use it as a separate dish. How you decide to portion the meal is entirely up to you! The Healthy Meal Set is portable and great for picnics and outdoor eating. Just toss in the dishwasher to clean!