Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sheep's milk yogurt

Since the twins liked goat milk yogurt I decided to let them try sheep's milk yogurt. Nothing odd or 'off' about it - the kids didn't notice anything different and when I tasted it neither did I.

I was looking up sheep's milk and there was an interesting table comparing milks of cow, goat, sheep and water buffalo. Sheep's milk has more of everything except cholesterol!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Colocasia or Taro root

Colocasia is the only vegetable the twins get to eat fried. For now at least. Cooked in a liquid they tend to be slimy which the twins absolutely hate. A traditional Indian recipe calls for them to be stewed in tamarind which reduces the slimy-ness. The stew though is spicy and the twins are not at that spice level yet.

When I tried to bake them, they came out rubbery! So any tips on cooking them slime-less will be very welcome.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Bottle gourd

Calabash or the bottle gourd is another mild vegetable we cook a lot with. After washing, peeling and pressure cooking, they eat it straight with a little salt. Sometimes I mix it with a lentil or a carb and the twins have no complaints.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Blueberries

Just like the edamame, my daughter took one look at the blueberries and screamed bloody murder. I even tried to entice her that they were buggies. My son had no problem - he ate them with relish.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Blackberries

The twins liked the flavor of blackberries but not the texture. Both of them would eagerly pop a berry, chew on it and then spit it out. This went on for some time till my son figured out it was more fun squishing them and smearing the goo all over. A couple of minutes later his sister caught on and that was the end of that. I will re-introduce them towards the end of summer.


Friday, June 25, 2010

Corn cunch-ems from Health Valley

Another cereal to add to the kids list of snacks and finger foods. These corn crunch-ems from Health Valley have 2 grams of sugar and zero fats. They are also made with all natural ingredients and have no artificial preservatives. They are small and crunchy, and break down easily when the kids munch on them.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Peanut butter pows from 365 Organic

Like the gorilla munch, these peanut butter pows are really hard. Even after soaking in milk for an extended period of time. The twins could not eat them - will re-introduce them later sometime.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Moroccan chickpea bisque from Imagine Bistro

One more soup to try to sneak protein into their diet. This Moroccan chickpea bisque is a big hit with everyone.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sweet pea soup from Imagine Foods

The twins have never liked milk and my daughter has not been finishing the one bottle she gets before bed. To make sure they get enough protein I have been looking into ways to sneak it in. Since I am going through a soup phase I searched and found this creamy sweet pea soup from Imagine Foods.

I personally didn't like it but the twins had no problem. They liked it with other vegetables and their carb.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Shelled edamame from Seapoint Farms

I like to snack on roasted seasoned edamame. Since the twins cannot eat the hard roasted ones I decided to pressure cook (steaming works too) these shelled soybeans and offer them as a snack.

My daughter refused to even touch them. When I tried to hand feed them to her she screamed and screamed. My son meanwhile had great fun popping them out of their skins and flinging them all over.

So, I pureed and food cubed them and they eat it for lunch or dinner mixed with a carb.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Rhubarb

I had no idea rhubarb was that tart. I mean I have had rhubarb pie and jam before but that was it. I never even knew what it actually looked like.

When I saw this frozen cut rhubarb from Island Farms I got all excited about introducing it to the twins. As with everything new I threw it into the pressure cooker first and then when I was fork mashing it I casually popped a piece into my mouth to see what it was like and ….it was like chewing on a slice of lemon.

I made very small food cubes and use it as a flavoring agent now. I mix it with lentils, bean mix or a carb and the kids are OK with it.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pear butter from Toigo Orchards

There is a whole world out there of fruit butters. They are different from conventional jams/jellies in that they have less added sugar, (works for me!) are creamy and spreadable at room temperature, (just like butter and hence the name) and traditionally the fruits are used whole (except the seeds/pits.)

I knew of apple butter since I use it to make bread but once I came across this pear butter from Toigo Orchards and started looking into it I realized that they are better alternatives to jam/jelly/preserve.

Some fruit butters do have added sugar so I watch the labels. And some brands remove the fruit skins to decrease the cooking time and for a smoother consistency.

I swirl in a teaspoon into a cup of yogurt and dessert is ready. No complaints from either one of them.

Friday, June 18, 2010

kiwi

My daughter loves to eat 'buggies.' She ate up the pieces of kiwi with glee calling the little black seeds 'buggie, buggie.' I want my kids to be adventurous eaters but I am not so sure about her fascination with eating insects.

My son kept searching for the bugs on his plate the whole time she kept squealing about buggies. He puckered up for the first couple of pieces but was OK after that.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Raspberries

My daughter really likes raspberries and she eats them straight - no honey, graham cracker coating or anything. In fact when I gave them a 'fruit salad' of strawberry, raspberry, papaya and mango bits, she picked out and ate all the raspberries and yelled for more. To her brother they are just some interesting fruit that are acceptable to eat.

Also, a great big thank you to the mommy of twenty little toes for my award!



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sweet potato

The twins really like sweet potatoes but I don't know what to do about the fibers! I still have to puree them because the kids gag on the fibers if I fork-mash them.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Eggplant

This eggplant is the easiest one to find, but the kids have had about a half dozen different kinds of eggplant so far.

After washing and removing the skin, I slice them really thin. This breaks up the strands of fiber so I can just fork-mash them after cooking. They eat it with either a carb or a protein (lentils, garbanzo, bean mix etc.) and a little salt.

The twins flip-flop with eggplant - somedays they ask for more and somedays it's gag-inducing at the very first spoonful.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Peanut butter puffins from Barbara's

I wanted to branch out beyond honey sunshine and chocolate cheerios, and these peanut butter puffins from Barbara's looked good. They are big - I mean about 4 times the size of a honey sunshine.

The kids tried but they are just too big for them to eat and biting into them shatters them. Since they didn't seem to like them too much it's not worth the clean-up. So, will try them again in a couple of years.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Tangerine and Clementine spread

This Tangerine and Clementine fruit spread from Les Comtes De Provence is actually a marmalade - it even has bits of rind in it. I thought the bitter aftertaste might turn the twins off but it didn't. A teaspoon of it mixed in yogurt and they slurped down their dessert happily.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Cashew carrot & ginger soup from PacificFoods

I use cashews sparingly even though everyone in the family likes them because of the high fat and cholesterol. So, when I saw that the nutrition information for this cashew carrot ginger soup from Pacific Foods has zero cholesterol, I thought maybe they figured out a way to remove the cholesterol from cashews now.

I went online and I learned something new - that not only do cashews have a lower fat content than most nuts, they have zero cholesterol (some sources say they have trace amounts of cholesterol.)

Everyone liked this cashew carrot ginger soup from Pacific foods - it got a 'yummi-yummi' declaration from both of them.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Lychees

I think lychees are the most artificial-tasting natural fruit. Or at least that is what I remember from a couple of decades ago when I first and last ate them. I saw canned ones in a lot of Asian grocery stores but never bothered to buy them. This time though I wanted to see if I remembered the flavor right and also get the twins to try.

I could not find lychees packed in anything other than heavy syrup. The flavor was exactly as I remembered and they were rubbery to boot. The kids rejected them in all forms - whole, pieces, mashed and pureed.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bolthouse Farms 50/50 passionfruit and carrot

Even with 50% of it vegetable, this 50/50 passionfruit and carrot juice from Bolthouse Farms manages to pack in 28grams of sugar per serving. There is no added sugar but still…..I have started cutting back on Bolthouse Farm juices because of their high sugar content.

I diluted it sometimes with water and sometimes with milk and they were very happy with their 'juichh.'

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Gerber lil' crunchies

If they look like cheetos and taste like cheetos, then are they cheetos? I bought these lil' crunchies from Gerber because most of the snacks the twins eat are sweet and I wanted to add some healthy savory ones.

The twins liked them fine after they got over the texture of the first couple. Iam not sure I will buy them again…..they just remind me too much of cheetos.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cantaloupe with Vanilla by Les Comtes de Provence

This Cantaloupe with vanilla fruit spread by Les Comtes de Provence is one of the best I ever had. It does not really taste like cantaloupe or vanilla and has 9 grams of sugar per tablespoon.

I mixed it with full fat yogurt for the twins dessert and they liked it very much. My son at the time was playing with something and when I fed him a spoonful he looked up, smiled and peered into the bowl to see what I was feeding him. My daughter gave it a 'yummi yummi.'

Monday, June 7, 2010

Uchuva fruit spread from Natural Nectar

Uchuva, or Cape Gooseberry is one of those exotic superfruits which apparently has more fiber than figs, dates or prunes.

The spread was mildly tart, pleasant so, and has 7 grams of sugar per tablespoon. I mixed it into plain whole milk yogurt for dessert and the twins ate it without any complaints.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Kefir II

This kefir from Helios is thicker (it blobs out when you pour)and more tart than the one from Lifeway.

My daughter just does not like kefir! To me it tastes like buttermilk, (no weird after-tatste or anything) only a bit more tart - but for some reason she just does not like it.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Betty Lou's fruit bars

This Cherry bar from Betty Lou's has 23 grams of sugar. Also it has a ton of ingredients, the first of which is "Cherry Fruit Filling [Fruit Juice Concentrate (Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Apple), Cherries, Apple Powder, Tapioca Starch, Inulin, Natural Flavors, Water, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum, Citric Acid, Red Cabbage Extract, Red Beet Juice Concentrate and Annatto for color.]"* An impulse buy while standing in line at the organic store, I was not happy with it.

I decided to see how the kids would react because they are not doing well with stuff that is too sweet (YAY!) They both rejected it at the very first bite. If you have a sweet tooth though it is great - thick gooey sweet filling inside a very thin crust.

*Description from bettylousinc.com

Friday, June 4, 2010

Oohmega cherry pie bar

Another snack great for on the go and not loaded with sugar (8 grams for the whole bar.) This Oohmega cherry pie bar is made with all organic (and natural) ingredients and has 1000mg of omega-3s, so no complaints from me. No complaints from the twins either.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Cuban black bean bisque from Imagine Bistro

The potato leek soup made me want to try an actual bisque. This Black bean bisque from Imagine Bistro line is not so much a bisque but a paste. I actually scanned the entire carton twice to make sure it wasn't a condensed form of it.

In my enthusiasm I fed it to the twins straight and they ate it fine. So much beans - let me just say I did not look forward to the trips to the changing table for the next day and a half.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Crofter's superfruit spread II

Another superfruit spread (they make 5 varieties) from Crofters - Acai, Morello Cherries, Pomegranate and Red Grapes. This does not have added sugar and is also tart. Other than spitting out the bits of cherry, the twins ate it mixed with yogurt without any complaints.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Crofter's superfruit spread I

This superfruit spread from Crofter's has Maqui berries, Passionfruit, Morello Cherries and Red Grapes. It does have added (cane)sugar but only 7 grams of it per tbsp.

This fruit spread is tart, not overly so, but tart. Both the berries and cherries in it are the sour/tart variety. I mixed a tablespoon into their yogurt, and the tartness did not turn them off - they looked at me quizzically for a few spoonfuls but then it was business as usual. Also it had bits of cherry in it that the twins really didn't like.