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Much is written for moms by moms about snacks for kids but what about snacks for moms? Moms get hungry mid-morning and mid-afternoon too and are always looking for something healthy and filling, and ideally purse or diaper-bag friendly…no refrigeration, no special container, and non-squishable. Simply impossible to find, you say?

The Simply BarWe thought so too until we found the Simply Bar from Wellness Foods, which has the most protein with the least calories of any natural food bar, and is made from pronounceable ingredients like soy and brown rice syrup, no weird fats and no artificial sweeteners. There are five yummy flavours—Cinnamon, Cocoa Raspberry, Lemon Coconut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Cocoa Coffee—and they all make for a great on-the-run snack. I’m keeping one in my bag at all times now—might save me from scarfing down that chocolate bar at 4 pm when I realize I still have not had a chance to eat lunch!

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Mother's Day breakfast ideas
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We think you would agree that when it comes to Mother’s Day, one of the best gift ideas for Mom is time away from the kitchen. Make it easy for Dad and the kids to show you how much they love and appreciate you this Mother’s Day by giving them the ideas and the tools they will need to prepare a delicious breakfast for you.

If you feel your family needs some inspiration or the kids are ready to do it all on their own, pick up a copy of Jennifer Low’s Kitchen for Kids: 100 Amazing Recipes Your Children Can Really Make and leave it out on the kitchen counter. Kitchen for Kids is a wonderful cookbook full of recipes your kids can actually make themselves. There is no need to worry about safety, because these recipes require no sharp knives, stove tops, blenders or food processors.

As a friendly reminder, print and post this checklist on the family bulletin board or fridge ASAP. Don’t forget to include the directions to the nearest Tim Hortons, Starbucks or Second Cup in case they need a back-up plan.

Checklist (for Dad and kids):

  1. Decide on the menu together. (See ideas below or refer to the above book.)
  2. Make sure you have all of the ingredients and supplies on hand.
  3. Find something relaxing for Mom to do while you prepare the breakfast (newspaper, magazine, book).
  4. Try and get everyone involved. From little to big, kids can scramble eggs, wash fruit, add ingredients to the blender, spread the cream cheese, make place cards or thread fruit on skewers.

Presentation is everything, so make Mother’s Day breakfast pretty—a tray (if it’s breakfast in bed), fancy napkins, hand-drawn placecards, flowers…and don’t forget about the clean up after breakfast—CRITICAL step.

Breakfast ideas kids can make (with a little to a lot of help):

Here’s wishing you a wonderful Mother’s Day morning. I would love to hear how your Mother’s Day breakfast turns out.


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Jan Scott
February 17, 2012
Jan Scott
Doughnut Muffins
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While reading the new SavvyStories feature on our website last week, I was introduced to Kristine Fretwell, a food blogging mama from beautiful British Colombia. Kristine’s blog, Busy But Healthy, is a collection of family-friendly recipes peppered with a touch of personal anecdotes about her life as a mom.

One of my favourite things about this blog is that every single recipe Kristine shares is geared towards being as healthy as possible. Which makes her doughnut muffins a must-try for me, seeing as they’re totally good for you, not to mention gluten-free.

I asked Kristine if she would take some time to answer a few questions I had for her. Thanks for participating, Kristine!

Q: Which ingredient do you love these days?

Kristine: Oat flour. If you’ve seen any of my baking recipes, it’s definitely a staple. It’s so easy to make at home for cheap (just grind regular oats in your blender). I love that it’s a whole-grain flour, but doesn’t taste ‘bran-like’ unlike with other flours. The texture comes out great, and it still surprises me how versatile it is.

Q: What is the last meal you cooked for your family?

Kristine: One of the last things I cooked was my foolproof recipe for Peanut Butter Chicken. So easy and quick to throw together, the sauce is amazingly good, and the chicken comes out so tender. I served it with squash. I had some kabocha squash that night (sort of like Butternut squash), and the combo was great!

Q: What is your ideal cooking soundtrack?

Kristine: My ideal cooking music would be something calming like Adele, or spa music or some relaxing jazz-type music. The reality is the Treehouse channel is the typical soundtrack in my house, since I have a 3 year-old.

Q: Which do you prefer: chocolate or cheese?

Kristine: That’s a tough one. I could not live without goat cheese and feta, but on the other hand, I couldn’t imagine baking without chocolate chips or using cocoa powder. I think I’ll have to go with chocolate.

Q: Name the one cooking utensil you can’t live without?

Kristine: It’s got to be a spatula. How else would you get every last bit out of the bowl? I hate wasting even a little bit of a great batter. I’ve got four, so I would be quite panicked if they were all gone all of a sudden!

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