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Healthy Eating Habits for Toddlers: Getting Toddlers to Enjoy Nutritious Meals

There is little doubt that trying to get a monkey to learn new tricks is easier than getting a stubborn little two year old to eat a plateful of veggies. However, there are ways to encourage and build healthy eating habits in toddlers and you can do it without losing your hair or your mind.

To begin with, accept the fact that toddlers are unique individuals with minds of their own. Therefore, if broccoli is not what they want, you wouldn’t be able to get them to open those tightly clamped lips. However, you can get them to eat it by exercising a little ingenuity and a dash of imagination. Here are a few ways to do just that.

Use Nutritious Favorite Foods

Every toddler would have a few favorites which would often be somewhat healthy. So, try and give the offending vegetable or fruit along with that favorite. For instance, if bread is the food of the day and banana is not, then try making banana spread and putting it on bread slices. You could do the same with any vegetable, after boiling and pureeing it.

Make Meals Interesting and Healthy

Toddlers enjoy meals that offer something to look forward to. Sometimes, simply dressing up the food would do the trick. So, you could make sweet potato smilies, or clown-faced sandwiches, submarine fish fingers, cutlets in various shapes and so on. That would give them an element of fun along with good nutrition, encouraging them to eat well.

Juices and Soups

Toddlers who don’t enjoy eating fruits would normally drink those in the form of juices and smoothies. So, experiment with a single fruit to begin with and then start mixing them up. The same is true for vegetables and soups. If your toddler is game with food floating in his soup, put in small pasta shapes and have him fish them out with his spoon. Make it interesting and appealing to his tiny but demanding tastes.

Use Variety for Nutrition

Toddlers tend to get bored with the same type of food. So, vary the form and type of dish. Giving them carrot sticks once, carrot cake the next time is bound to keep the element of interest alive and give them additional nutrition as well. You could even use different types of breads and cereals to provide them with both nutrition and variety.

Experiment With Food Temperature

Usually, toddlers who don’t enjoy a food when it is served warm, may take to it when served cold or vice-versa. It may not appeal to or agree with more grown-up tastes, but then, in the toddler world, it is a whole different ball game. So, if vegetable soup is not liked hot, chill it. Try the same with cereals and even, casseroles and other main dishes. Chances are they’d be more appreciated at temperatures different than what they are originally served at.

Make Meals Fun and Pleasant

Mealtimes should always be enjoyable experiences. Threatening, yelling and bribing don’t make for healthy eating experiences. So, make dining a delightful time with smiles, laughter and conversation. Toddlers, like adults, enjoy good company. And if your toddler is extremely social, get a friend, who eats well, over for dinner. It may be extra work, but chances are your toddler may start eating well, just looking at his friend eat.

The book What To Expect The Toddler Years by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Murkoff and Sandee Hathaway [Workman, 1996] is extremely helpful and loaded with tips and tricks to get demanding and picky toddlers to eat healthy.

Fussy toddlers and odd eating habits are like most things, a part of growing up. While it is important that they get the best nutrition possible, they should also, enjoy that meal. So, do use these steps to encourage healthy eating habits but also, remember that to let toddlers enjoy food and the experience of eating is most important.

Gluten-Free Banana Pancake Recipe: a Healthy and Tasty Breakfast

Few things are more difficult to give up on a gluten-free diet than the beloved pancake. There are quite a few gluten-free pancake recipes floating around, but most of them lack the fluffy cake texture found in the buttermilk varieties.

This gluten-free pancake recipe has a fluffy, light texture that is usually found only in a wheat flour buttermilk pancake. They fluff up in the pan as they are cooked, just like their gluten-filled cousins.

Use a whisk for stirring: it is very useful for smoothing out the lumps that are in coconut flour, beating the eggs, and combining all of the ingredients together.

Spoon the batter into the pan so the pancake will be a little larger than silver-dollar size at the largest. This ensures that they will cook evenly and will be easier to manage in the pan.

A common way to gauge when a pancake is ready to flip is by the bubbles produced in the batter when it is in the pan. Gluten-free pancakes do not have the consistency to produce those bubbles, so it is necessary to keep watching to make sure they do not become overcooked. Flip once, as soon as the pancake is cooked on one side and sturdy enough to flip. Then flip two or three more times until the pancake is fully cooked. These pancakes darken quickly, so it is important that you do not leave them unattended.

Add a favorite topping. A little maple syrup goes a long way, as the banana provides a natural sweetness. Also, a small amount of maple syrup is included in the mix. Butter or fruit also complement this pancake nicely.

Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk (or whole milk, heavy cream, or half and half)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 banana, mashed

Directions:

  1. Heat a pan over medium-low heat with butter or oil.
  2. Whisk together coconut flour, flax seed meal, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, egg yolk, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, coconut milk, and coconut oil.
  4. Mix banana in with the egg mixture.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Stir together well.
  6. Portion into heated pan in spoonfuls. Be sure to keep the size no larger than about three inches in diameter.
  7. Flip when the pancake is sturdy enough. Flip a few times to keep the pancake from getting too dark.
  8. Serve with butter, maple syrup, or fruit.

Cleaning Your Home – End of Tenancy

It is necessary for you to maintain the carpeting in your house constantly tidy, fresh and also in good condition. This is not just vital for look factor, yet it’s additionally necessary to shield your indoor environments and this fairly huge flooring covering financial investment. The end of tenancy cleaning market is increasing nowadays, since most people are installing this flooring in the house, plus it needs to remain clean to avoid smell. It is now preferred to get visual cleansing helps to demonstrate exactly how it must be done effectively in the form of carpet cleansing images.

This is something to think about if you want to create revenue in this market. As a matter of fact, a number of end of tenancy cleaning services and products was released to generate cash as opposed to scientific and chemical engineering.

Despite the fact that some services are classified as completely dry carpet cleaning, this is not entirely completely dry. Virtually all compounds require a degree of wetness to execute the job. A few of these compounds are damp, whilst others have pre-cleaning sprays to apply prior to making use of the completely dry compound.

What is completely dry carpet cleaning?

This is truly a method to clean carpets with clothes dryer remedy than the vapor cleaning. A couple of business supplying this services call this “measured moisture”. The initial step in completely dry cleaning involves vacuuming. It is reported that 80 to 90 percent of the pollutants in carpet is very easy to eliminate with vacuums. It is necessary to maintain carpeting regularly with extensive and comprehensive vacuuming process.

Clearly, it is risk-free to use chemicals with complete self-confidence on all prominent carpeting fibers despite whether it is organic or artificial. On top of that, some procedure of passing away and sorts of color used must not be an issue either. Nonetheless, it would certainly excel concept to examine the warranty or any type of seal of approval from makers or independent agencies before cleaning.

Due to that you’ve spent a very long time using water for washing points such as clothing, vehicle, hair or body, you have to shift your point of view to identify just how a dry cleaning could be effective. This might also be stated for most of the cleaning materials available on the marketplace.

A few are powders or granules which can be spread out all over the carpeting. This will certainly allow the chemicals pass through to the bottom of the carpeting fibers, break down filth and get rid of unappealing discolorations. The demolished dirt is kept in suspension or submersed with the cleaning agent prior to it could end up being trapped a vacuum.

The entire process is very easy enough for you to perform by yourself and conserve money that you are spending on cleaning services. There are also sources with carpeting cleaning photos to provide support.

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Blackburn and District Mountainbikers Ride Report

Sunday 5th March 2016 – Garburn Pass
Riders:… Sean, Nigel, Jimmy, Donna, Peter, Bill & Matt

We’d grouped at Roe Lee around 9am and left there about 9.15 with bikes and cars juggled for the journey to Ings. Billed to be a Stavely start for the ride, we actually conveniently parked in Ings just beyond the garage and church near the Windmill Pub.

We left the cars about 10.40 am. crossed the road and unwittingly started out on the intended back leg first, but decided to continue with this clockwise direction. This route takes a NW bearing from the A591 and heads towards Moor Howe on tarmac.  It’s a steady ride with gentle climbs.  We pass two tracks leading off right…the first leading to Grasgarth, and the second to High Borrans.

 

The track we required is called Dubbs Road and passes Dubbs Reservoir on the left side.Unfortunately we discovered there is little to distinguish this track, which leads away right from a left bend in the road. The snow was evident as it still laid on the track and there were accompanying massive puddles with crushed ice from the wheeled traffic, spanning the width of the track.
The track narrowed, became more technical for patches and there were spectacular views from along the open stretches looking west to Coniston and NW towards Hellvellyn.We followed this track through a few gates and quite quickly we joined the lower section of the gated Garburn Pass.The bridle pass was three side turned sleepers. We immediately stopped to admire views towards Kirkstone Pass Troutbeck side and the snaked trail up which we’d ridden in thick mist to High Street a couple of years back.
Re-grouped, we started the climb and encountered ice slicks and crept around the edges – this was quickly labelled the Garburn Glacier!  Much of the stoned part of the track we rode and some was just too challenging either because of the ice or gradient or rock – in equal measure. However we all agreed on reaching the summit that actually we’d never ridden so much of it!
This was in part because of our increased experience, low gears available, some “sanitization” of the track, and to some degree thanks to the presence of Donna in the group since we all had time to rest and recuperate and prepare mentally for each section ahead.
Down the other side it was brilliant.  The sun had warmed our backs during the early stage but it was only just arriving on the trails on the up side. Here it was lovely! Ice flows were minimal and where it existed there was normally loads of opportunity to edge down the side or cross gingerly. Matt and myself flew down and grinned at each other at the bottom. Looking back we could see Donna walking her bike in the highest visible rocky & technical bit so we decided to walk it back up as far as we could to meet her and then to ride back down.  Wheeeee!
Below the Z’s we stopped in the sunshine to take on board some food and fluid. Brilliant! We then continued to the fallen rock and then descended all of the way to the church in Kentmere. On the way up to Maggs Howe Donna spotted deer & they stayed long enough to get a snap We just followed the signs to Maggs Howe!
It’s high up on the hillside above Kentmere on the east side and is a real treat.It’s in the picture…somewhere! Today we arrived as a cloud passed and so we retreated into the conservatoire for hot chocolate, scones, cake, and tea cakes – yummy. We actually sweated there in the sunshine trap, doffed outer layers and still had to open the window! It was a haven! Outside were wonderful views Then it was off for the return to Ings
We climbed steadily to Whiteside End, passed through a gate ..then we enjoyed some crisp single track to marshy puddles at Mickle Moss, and with time in hand detoured towards Hugill Fell, and were rewarded with a spectacular final descent down a narrow iced lane from Hugill Hall nearly all the way to the cars…Brilliant!
Another good day was completed with a spectacular choice of ales at the Windmill Pub, which brews its own beers and imp[orts the best of the country’s offerings – my choice Moonraker @ 7.5% – good job I wasn’t driving
And the choice of route. Actually it has major benefits over the intended anticlockwise direction.The morning is harder and provides a longer day to deal with the unexpected along the Garburn pass. In this direction it’s actually more ride-able on both sides! To arrive at Maggs Howe after completing the major assault could offer a recovery from exposure if the weather was not as good as we enjoyed today. Then in the afternoon, Mickle Moss is an easier option thus a gentle return, with choices depending on the weather. whereas – facing the climb over Garburn after relaxing in Maggs Howe is probably not the best idea..with the day more gone you still have the hardest work to do!
  • Trip miles 12.3
  • Ride time about 3 hours
  • Actual time out  4 hours 20 mins. – the difference enjoyed looking at splendid views, taking photos, eating buttered tea cakes and drinking chocolate at Maggs Howe! All paid for by Nige!
  • You can’t beat it!

 

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