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6 Survival Tips when Dining Out with Toddlers

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The idea of taking your little one out to eat can seem daunting and stressful. What once used to be a relaxing experience you and your hubby would look forward to, it’s now just one big gamble. However, after over a year of experience with this endeavor, I’ve figured out some critical tips that can make or break your experience when dining out with your toddler.

 

Tip #1: Choose the RIGHT Restaurant

When deciding where to dine at, you want to consider the overall ambiance of the establishment and what kind of “scene” you are getting yourself into. You want to avoid overly “quiet” places so you won’t cause a total scene if your little one makes even a peep. You also want to avoid “romantic” settings in which couples are trying to enjoy a quiet and peaceful date night. The best types of restaurants are going to be “lively” in which there is a lot of chatter and music playing in the background to drown out your little one’s random outbursts that are inevitable. It’s also helpful when there is a lot for your little one to look at such as TVs, interesting lights, things on the walls, etc. to help distract them while you decide what to order, enjoy each other’s company, and hopefully be able to eat in somewhat peace.

 

tip #2: bring the right supplies

The days are over when you could just put your essentials in your purse and go. Now it takes some planning to make sure you pack everything your little one could possibly want or need on your 45 minute restaurant mission. Here’s some essential supplies that will make your dining experience as painless as possible:

  1. Snacks: The best snacks are things that aren’t messy and easy to transport such as yogurt melts, cheese sticks, oyster crackers or any kind of bit-size cracker
  2. Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder: These are a great with either fresh/frozen fruit or even ice cubes. My little guy loves these and it usually occupies him for 5-7 mins or so
  3. Munchkin Miracle Sippy Cup: These are perfect spill-proof cups that are great for training your little one how to frink out of a normal cup
  4. Baby Mumbo Children’s Place Mat: These spill proof accident trays are lightweight, easy to transport and easy to clean. You will never be embarrassed again about the mess your little one has made on the floor.

 

Tip #3: Never go out to eat if your little one is tired

This tip is fairly self-explanatory. When your little one is tired, the last thing they want is to be confined to a high chair. The best time to go is shortly after they wake up from their nap to ensure that they’ll be in the most patient and easy-going mood possible.

 

Tip #4: toddlers like people watching too

Try to request a table where you can position him in a good spot at the table that allows them to see all of the people and the restaurant in general. This will surely keep him entertained for much longer than if you face them toward a wall. My little guy loves to see all of the other kiddos, wave and make funny faces at everyone.

 

Tip #5: order quickly

My hubby and I always like to look at the menu before we go so we are prepared to order as fast as possible. The quicker you order, the faster you get your drinks and food so you’ll have a better chance of getting to eat in peace before your little one says “I’ve had enough” and starts crying and trying to get out of the high chair.

 

TIP #6: BE PREPARED TO LEAVE

Let’s be honest, your little one really only has a 30-45 minute window (if you’re lucky) of sitting still in a high chair until they’ve had enough. So if you can sense that time is coming, don’t hesitate to have your hubby walk him around outside or worst case scenario, get your food to go and bail on the scene.

In summary, when taking your little one out to eat, follow these tips and your sure to make your dining experience as smooth sailing as humanly possible.

 

 

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Jessica’s Green Power Smoothie That Your Kids Will LOVE

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My Famous Green Smoothie FOR KidS

The key to a good green smoothie is balancing the flavors. So in addition to greens, I add strawberries, pineapple, and tasty green juice to add more flavor and sneak in even more green goodness (such as spirulina, chlorella, and barley grass).

This smoothie is ideal for a morning get up and go breakfast or for a post workout meal. It’s also a great way pack in the greens for your little ones and they’ll never know. This is one of my son’s favorite snacks – perfect for morning or afternoon. He literally chugs these like his life depends on it – it’s the cutest thing.

I’ve never been a huge smoothie fan, and often find that I’m forcing myself make them because I don’t enjoy what I’m drinking, but this one I’m slightly addicted to. Not only does it taste great but it truly gives me unbelievable energy and a pep-in-my-step when trying to get through a long afternoon with my crazy and high-maintenance 15 month old.

green smoothie for kids Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 c. frozen pineapples
  • 2 handfuls of fresh spinach (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 c. green juice (Trader Joes “Green Plant” juice  – green food juice blend or similar product)
  • 1 scoop of protein powder of your choice

GREEN SMOOTHIE FOR KIDS Directions

  1. Gather your ingredients and place them all into a blender
  2. Blend on high for about 30 seconds or until it’s completely blended and you see no chunks
  3. Serve!

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Keto Chinese Food Dishes No One Talks About

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Keto Chinese Food Dishes

You’re on a keto diet. It’s a Friday night and your chowhound girlfriends want to to the local Chinese shop at the strip mall. Yikes!

Don’t worry here are some keto friendly Chinese food dishes you can order without breaking ketosis.

Keto Chinese Food

  • Egg Foo Young – Ask for extra chicken and no sauce. Egg Foo Young usually clocks in at 10 to 12g of carbohydrates and up to 50g of protein
  • Moo Shu Pork – Another great keto friendly Chinese dish! Pork, bok choy, snow peas, bell peppers, shiitake mushrooms, and celery makes this a must try keto Chinese food menu item (request no sauce)
  • Stir-Fried Beef & Broccoli – Not only keto friendly but healthy as well. Just make sure to ask for no added salt or MSG (many times Chinese shops will make broccoli unhealthy by soaking it in salt and MSG)
  • Keto Mongolian Beef Stir Fry – Beef, garlic, red chili peppers, garlic, thinly sliced carrots… what’s not to like here? (again ask for no sauce as Chinese shops love to cover anything in a sauce)
  • Zucchini Chow Mein – This a rare menu item but definitely worth a shot if you can find it. Its chow mein but the noddles are made from zucchini!

Non-Keto Chinese Food Dishes to Avoid like the Plague

Worse Keto Chinese Food

  • Anything with rice in it (fried rice, chicken fried rice, vegetable rice etc)… just say no!
  • Any type of fried dreaded meats, such as in hot braised chicken or general tso’s chicken. Not only are these high in carbs but they are also some of the worse Chinese food you can eat period.
  • Egg rolls and crab rangoon – two extremely popular appetizers that must be avoided at all cost
  • Pork dumplings – Not as bad as the previously mentioned items but stay far away

Keto Chinese Food Dining Out Recap

Stick to simple meals like sauce free meat and veggies.

Avoid Chinese dishes with rice and the word “fried” in them.

Also, pass on the fortune cookie but load up on the hot tea!

Enjoy!

 

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