Month: July 2018

  • Avocado Day Recipes!

    Happy Avocado Day!

     

    In honor of Avocado Day, we made our own guacamole! Here’s a quick recipe so you make some for your family. As a special treat have the kids help with tasks that don’t require the use of sharp objects. 

    We found this guac to be surprisingly quick and easy to make, and we hope you enjoy!

    Guacamole

    Ingredients: 

    • 2 avocados
    • Cilantro
    • 1 lime
    • 2 medium-sized tomatoes
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 3 pinches of garlic salt

    Instructions:

    1. Cut both avocados in half, make sure to remove the pit with a knife. Scoop out the flesh of the avocado from the skin and put it in the bowl. Now discard the avocado skin and pit. Gently mash them around with a fork until a chunky texture has been achieved. Make sure the avocado is still chunky, and not creamy. 
    2. Cut and dice the tomatoes and add it to the avocado mixture.
    3. Chop up the garlic cloves (we love garlic over at KCC) and the cilantro into small pieces and toss it in with the avocado and tomato.
    4. Add freshly squeezed lime juice and the garlic salt (we really love garlic here).
    5. Gently mix all of the ingredients together until everything is evenly blended.

     

    Now you can enjoy this perfect little appetizer!

     

     

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  • Summer Barbecue Ideas for Non-Meat Eaters

    One of the best things about summer is the backyard barbecues. It’s so great to get together with friends and family and enjoy each other’s company and – of course – the food. Barbecuing is common because the food preparation and cook time are usually pretty simple. All you have to do is throw a couples burgers and hot dogs on the grill and you’re done. However, burgers and dogs aren’t the crowd pleasers that they used to be. I am a pescetarian, I eat fish but no other meats. Sometimes I feel left out at barbecues and other social gatherings because there usually aren’t any options that I can eat and enjoy. According to a study done by Credit Donkey in 2015, about 16 million Americans are vegetarian. Rise of the Vegan says that now 6% of the American population is now vegan. The pescetarian diet has also become very popular and keeps growing as well. Having non-meat meal options are now essential to the perfect barbecue.

     

    Here are my recommendations for great non-meat barbecue food, from one pescetarian to all the other non-meat eaters:

     

    Seafood:

    It’s really easy to grill fish and other kinds of seafood. Shrimp skewers are always popular and are easy to prepare. Bobby Flay has a recipe made with soy sauce and ginger – for a more Asian style flavor. All you have to do is marinate the shrimp and then grill and serve. Here is the recipe.

     

    Pasta Salad

    Whenever I go to my family’s barbecue, I always look forward to my mom’s pasta salad. It’s made with rotini pasta, roasted red peppers, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, shallots, and shredded mozzarella cheese. It’s usually served cold and is completely vegetarian. To make it a vegan option, put the cheese on the side and let guests sprinkle it into the pasta. I love this dish because it’s refreshing, light, and easy to prepare and serve.

     

    Dips

    With any good barbecue, you can’t forget about appetizers. Guacamole and mango salsa served with tortilla chips are fun options, and are completely vegan. Inspiredtaste.net has a guac recipe that I really enjoy. They suggest to add tomatoes to the dip for an extra flavor and to leave the overall product chunky instead of creamy. I personally like guacamole that is left chunky because it keeps the flavor alive, and you can really taste all the ingredients. Here is the recipe. Food blogger Kate has a recipe for mango salsa that includes red peppers, a jalapeno, and cilantro for added flavor. It’s a fresh and ripe recipe with an extra kick that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Here is the recipe.

     

    Desserts

    No barbecue is complete without dessert. The blog A Virtual Vegan has a list of vegan-friendly summer desserts. My personal favorite is the chocolate and raspberry brownies. Here is the website with all the ideas.

     

    What I love about barbecues is that it’s a great way to bring people together for a summer afternoon. And you want everyone that goes to the barbecue to feel included by having food options that everyone will enjoy. I hope these recipes serve you well and are liked by your crowd.

     

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  • First Year of Feeding

    Are you wondering when you can start your baby on more interesting foods? Look no further! We have all your answers right here in a month-by-month guide starting at breast milk/formula and ending in mac and cheese!

    Birth – 4 months

    Only feed your baby breast milk or formula – NO solid food at this time!

    Breast milk

    See “Breastfeeding Battle” to see how to know if your baby is getting enough milk.

    Formula

    A simple rule to follow for the first 4-6 months, according to babycenter.com is to give your baby 2.5 ounces of formula per pound of body weight. Therefore; if your baby is 6 pounds – you give about 15 ounces of formula in one 24-hour day. If your baby weighs 10 pounds – give them 25 ounces in the day, etc.

    Signs your baby is hungry

    Lip smacking, rooting (turning towards you), or putting hands to mouth.

    Your babies hungriest times take place during growth spurts, which occur during 10-14 days after birth, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months.

    Signs your baby is overfed

    Vomiting after feeding (spitting up is completely normal, but vomiting is not), tummy pain, drawing legs up, or a tense tummy.

    If your baby is crying or whimpering – try changing their diaper, burping them, or some snuggle time before turning to a bottle.

    4 – 6 months

    Signs your baby is ready for solid food

    Can hold head up, sits upright in a high chair, doubled birth weight and weighs at least 13 pounds.

    What to feed?

    Pureed vegetables, pureed fruit, pureed meat, semi-liquid cereal, or small amounts of unsweetened yogurt (no cows milk until 12 months). Begin with 1 teaspoon of food mixed in with 4-5 teaspoons of breast milk or formula. Increase to 1 tablespoon of food with breast milk or formula gradually thickening the mixture over time. Wait 2-3 days in between foods so that you are offering new foods one at a time.

    6 – 8 months

    Signs your baby is ready for solid food

    Same as 4-6 months.

    What to feed?

    Same as months 4-6 plus strained fruits, strained vegetables, pureed tofu, pureed legumes. Begin with 1 teaspoon fruit or vegetables gradually increased to 2 or 3 tablespoons in four feedings or 3 to 9 tablespoons cereal in 2 or 3 feedings. Again, wait 2-3 days in between new foods to watch for signs of allergy.

    8 – 10 months

    Signs your baby is ready for finger foods

    Can pick up objects with thumb and forefinger, can transfer items from one hand to the other, puts things in mouth and can move jaw in a chewing motion.

    What to feed?

    Same as 6-8 months plus small amounts of pasteurized cheese, cottage cheese, mashed vegetables, mashed fruits, small bits of o-shaped cereal, scrambled eggs, pasta, small bits of meat and beans. ¼ – ¼ cup of dairy, ¾ – 1 cup of fruit or vegetables, 3-4 tablespoons of protein-rich food. Wait 2-3 days between new foods.

    10 – 12 months

    Signs your baby is ready for other solid foods

    Swallows food easily, has more teeth, doesn’t push food out of mouth and tries to use a spoon.

    What to feed?

    Same as 8-10 months plus bite sized pieces of fruits, vegetables, and combo foods like mac and cheese. ⅓ cup dairy, ⅛ – ¼ cup combo foods. Wait 2-3 days between new foods.

     

    Happy Feeding!!

     

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  • Sun Safety Tips

    Summer is all about spending as much time soaking up as many rays as you can before the cold winter arrives. The best way to do that safely is by slathering yourself in the best sunscreen you can find. But there are so many options, it’s hard to know which kind is the best for you and your family.

     

     

    The Facts:

    Let’s start with UV Rays: what exactly are they? UV stands for Ultraviolet radiation, and it’s a part of the “electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. It has wavelengths shorter than visible light, making it invisible to the naked eye” (Skin Cancer Foundation). There are two types of UV rays: A and B. UVA rays are slightly more harmful and can cause skin damage, aging, and cancer. UVB is the shorter wave of the two that also causes skin damage and some skin cancers. Most importantly, UVB is the reason why you get sunburnt. The best way to protect yourself against these rays is by using sunscreen and wearing protective clothing.

     

    It’s important to choose a sunscreen that has a high SPF and broad-spectrum levels. SPF stands for sun protection factor. The higher the SPF on the bottle sunscreen, the longer the sunscreen blocks the UVB rays and protects your skin from the sun. Broad-spectrum protects from UVA and UVB rays, which helps prevent against sun damage.

     

     

    My Recommendations:

    When choosing a sunscreen, it’s best to check in with yourself first. What is your skin type? What kind of protection do you need? I have sensitive skin and like to use Neutrogena brand sunscreens. Their body sprays have a sheer formula that leaves my skin feeling fresh and not at all greasy. Some of their sunscreens are also waterproof, which makes it perfect for beach days. For the face, I usually stick with them, or I use Aveeno. I like both brands because they are primarily skin care companies, and make sure that their formulas are breathable and healthy.

     

    If you are more athletic (which I am not), I recommend Coppertone sunscreens.  Their SPORT brand is water resistant and stays on through sweat, making it perfect for any heavy-duty athletic activities. It also, like Neutrogena, has a breathable formula that won’t cause breakouts or clog pores.

     

    For kids, I recommend Kiss My Face brands. I used it as a kid and found no issues with it. Their formula is organic, vegan, and cruelty-free, and is safe for all skin types.

     

    Hope these tips suit you well and let you have lots of safe fun in the sun!

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