Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Now that my little guy has started preschool, we have a lot more going on in the mornings than before! It wouldn’t seem like it, but just knowing there is somewhere we have to be makes the whole morning seem a little more pressed for time. As we’ve been in a new routine, I’ve noticed myself getting bored of the same old things that I make my boys for breakfast. Plus, because most of the time, I end up eating whatever I am making for them, so then I get bored of a frozen waffle every day. Most of the time, I make my boys any combination of these:

frozen waffles
cheesy scrambled eggs
breakfast sausage
toast
fruit
those things that look like a corndog, but it’s a piece of sausage with a pancake around it (I don’t know why, but my 3 year old loves them.)

And thats it. Boring!

I need to try some new stuff! I found a great article on parenting.com about 15 on-the-go breakfasts for kids. Now, we don’t need them to be on-the-go, and I would never give a young child an open topped yogurt with nuts and honey to eat in anything that is moving, but the new ideas for breakfast are great! I wouldn’t even use them just for kids. They all look delicious.

How simple it can be! Homemade granola bars! Egg burritos (my kids LOVE burritos!), a bagel with cream cheese (duh, talk about easy!), so many good options! And along with every new idea, each one includes the whole recipe too! Score!

Check out these inspiring new recipes here!

It’s time to revamp breakfast!

Muffles for Breakfast!

Have you ever had a muffle? Let me tell you, it’s quite possibly the easiest and most delicious breakfast you can make that looks like it took you a lot of time and effort.

Now, I’ll begin by saying that I’m completely OK with using quick and easy, prepackaged things. Ya, I make homemade things from scratch too, but there’s not always time or the desire to. These Betty Crocker muffin mixes are great because they require only water and some stirring. They come in different varieties such as blueberry, chocolate chip, and triple berry, which is what I used. Oh, and they’re inexpensive. We used 2 pouches and got 3 large waffles, so you almost need a pack per person.

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Grab a few bags of these babies, mix em up, and pour them into your waffle maker.  MUFFLES! They’re SO good and SO easy and I like them even better than making them into actual muffins. We ate them so quickly that I didn’t even stop to take a photo of how pretty they turned out!

Top with fresh berries, maybe some powdered sugar or whipped cream, and you’ve got an amazing breakfast that only took a few minutes! Plus, my toddler loves to help make waffles muffles in the Belgian waffle maker, so it’s fun and keeps him involved too! Ours is the kind that you get to flip over, so it’s pretty much the best thing in the world if you’re three years old. If you don’t have one, it’s not a bad thing to get. You can pick one up right at Walmart.

Enjoy your muffles!

*The opinions in this post are entirely my own and are not influenced or endorsed in any way by Betty Crocker or any products or stores mentioned. 

I Love You, Hydro Flask

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Welcome to the best water bottle ever. The Hydro Flask keeps hot things hot and cold things cold forever! Up to 24 hours and your water is still cold! I can fill it up with ice and water before bed and then it’s still icy in the morning! Pretty much everyone in Arizona needs one, but no matter where you live, I bet you’ll love it. Here’s the beauty I got…

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You can get the amazing Hydro Flask at Dick’s Sporting Goods, but also on Amazon. If you decide to get one, you might want to also throw a straw lid in your cart. That way you don’t have to unscrew the lid, you can just open it up and hydrate!

As you can see, I’m a little smitten. Ok, not a little. I’m in love! I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!

They’re a little pricy, but I promise, it’s worth it. Mine was the first thing on my Christmas list. If you’ve got a birthday coming up, it’s a great thing to ask for. Bat those eye lashes and work some magic!

I’d love to hear your feedback if you try one out!

 

The opinions in this post are entirely my own. I have not received any compensation for this review.  All images are property of Hydro Flask.

The Best Bloody Mary Ever

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If you love Bloody Marys, this is one worth trying. If you don’t love Bloody Marys, this one’s worth trying! It’s WAY better than any store bought mix you can buy and it’s NOT just for alcohol drinkers! Even though I do drink, I actually prefer my Bloody Marys without alcohol. The flavors of everything in this are just so good! Lemony, peppery, zesty from the olive juice, a little spicy from the hot sauce and horseradish…mmmm.

Here’s what you need to make the BEST Bloody Mary ever:

16 oz tomato juice
4 oz vodka – optional
2 tbsp. horseradish- the real stuff in the little jar, not the creamy!
2 tbsp. olive juice -the juice right from the jar of green olives
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning -this is what MAKES it!
1 tsp. Hot sauce – we use Cholula
Some pepper
The juice of one lemon

Mix it all together in a pitcher. Throw some green olives, celery, beef jerky, or whatever you want, in your glass and pour it over ice! Well, you don’t have to use ice, but that’s how I like it.

Unless you’re completely repulsed by tomato juice (to which I say, “pffft!”) then you have to try this ASAP! Like today. A Thursday is a perfectly good time for a Bloody Mary.

And just in case you were wondering, I completely count this beverage as “healthy eating.” 🙂

 

Acai Bowls

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We love Acai Bowls. If you’ve never had them, maybe it’s something you should go try…today.  Lots of places offer them now, such as Jamba Juice, Nekter Juice Bar at Dana Park, Thrive, etc. All you have to do is google Acai Bowls and you’ll be presented with multiple options. The best acai bowls we’ve ever had are from a little place on Ocean Beach in San Diego. Every time we go to California, we make sure to stop and get one on our way home (along with lunch from Hodad’s, which we eat sitting on the beach and it’s always the best day ever! But that’s for another post.)

Well, since we don’t live in San Diego, or even California for that matter, and we haven’t found any acai bowls in Phoenix that we love as much, we make our own!

Here’s how you do it…

You’ll need:
– A large container- We steal a few of the {free} deli containers from the super market by the olive bar.
– Sambazon Smoothie Packs – 51ShVRvyjML._SX425SX425_SY445_CR,0,0,425,445_PIbundle-28,TopRight,0,0_SX425_SY445_CR,0,0,425,445_SH20_They had them at Costco for a while, you can also check Trader Joe’s. If you can’t find the frozen smoothie packs, buy the juice and put it in an ice cream maker to make it into sorbet. Also, found sometimes at Costco, Walmart, and grocery stores- found in the refrigerator section.
– Sliced Strawberries
– Sliced Banana and blueberries (optional)
– Your favorite granola
– Honey

Here’s what you do:
1. If you’re using the frozen packs, use apple juice and blend together using the directions on the packaging.
2. Put your Sambazon sorbet into the bottom of your container. Don’t be shy.
3. Add your granola on top of the sorbet. A good couple of inches worth.
4. Pile a whole bunch of sliced strawberries on top of that.
5. Add some bananas and blueberries if you’d like.
6. Drizzle honey over the top! This is the most important step and makes it what it is! It’s so good. After you drizzle what you think is a good amount, drizzle a bunch more and that’s about how much I use.

The result is a healthy, delicious, filling, and amazing treat.  We’ll eat them for breakfast, dessert, and anywhere in between.

Give it a try!

Local Food and Drink Favorites

If you’re local in Arizona, here’s a list for you!  I’ve compiled our favorite local restaurants, old and new, and why we love them.

If you’re not local, I challenge you to compile and share a list of your favorite food and drink spots in  your area!

Budgeting can be difficult when there’s so much good food around! Here they are in no particular order…

af8a39668d7e24ecae40b58a3525aeda1. Mangos– Mangos is located in downtown Mesa on Main Street. It’s right next to Milano’s Music store. I’ve been going there for almost 15 years now and I love it every time. When Josh and I first started dating, I brought him there and it instantly became one of his favorites too. They have the BEST salsa and chips which they bring to your table right after you order. (Any Mexican restaurant that doesn’t give free chips and salsa makes me sad. It’s only the best part.) Back in my meat eating days the shredded chicken tacos were so delicious, and you can never go wrong with a plain old bean and cheese burrito wrapped in a soft flour tortilla. From the Killer Burrito to the fish tacos, you shouldn’t be disappointed!

 

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2. So Cal Fish Tacos– Do you see a theme? Mexican food? We can’t help it. Arizona has Mexican food like nowhere else.  We probably have some sort of burritos, tacos, or quesadillas at least half of the nights in a week. Our quesadilla maker hardly leaves our counter top. But back to So Cal…located in downtown Gilbert, So Cal has not only great food, but the best atmosphere. A laid back, calming, Southern California surf themed restaurant that makes you feel like you’re a mile from the beach, not in the middle of the desert. They even have a great patio in the back. We liked the feel of the restaurant so much, its what we based M’s room on when we moved into our new house. If you go, you have to try the Mexicali Shrimp Cocktail. Tomatoes, onion, cucumber, jalapeño with delicious shrimp served with tortilla chips. Mmmmm.

 

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3. Postino– Postino is a wine cafe and has more than one location. We go to the one in downtown Gilbert, just steps away from So Cal.  Postino is famous for their bruschetta boards. You get to pick four different types of bruschetta and they make up your board. It is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. My favorites are the warm artichoke, white bean hummus, traditional tomato, basil, and mozzarella, ricotta with pistachios and dates, and the brie with apples and fig. I’ve also heard good things about the one with salami and the prosciutto one too. Josh was hesitant the first time we went thinking it was going to be food that he wouldn’t care for based on what I had told him. He ended up loving it and now we spend quite a few date nights there. Just thinking about it makes me want to get in the car and drive there right now. But the sleeping baby and toddler with no pants on tells me otherwise.

 

EhsxLQrS4. The Soda Shop– This one is brand new and has become an instant crowd pleaser. The Soda Shop is located in Milbert (the border of Mesa and Gilbert) at Greenfield and Baseline. It’s in the same plaza as the new Fat Cats amusement center. They have all sorts of sodas, flavors, fruit purees, etc. that are mixed into the most wonderful creations. The last one I got was the Life’s a Peach- I think it had Dr. Pepper, mango, peach, and half and half. And you can make your own! They also sell heavenly cookies which I hear are from the Sweet Tooth Fairy Bake Shop, also located in the same plaza. Such a great place to go for a date, after school treat, or just whenever! Oh, and they also have a drive thru which makes me love them a hundred times more because no one has to get out of their car seats! Yessssss!

 

6. Burgerfi5. Burger-Fi– First of all, you can order their fries in a size called a bucket or whatever they call it and you can order them either limp (soft) or crispy, and you can get them with cheese. They also offer other toppings for fries like salt & vinegar, parmesan & herb, cajun, and chili. The fries are all I really need, but since their veggie burger (made with vegetables and quinoa) is amazing, of course, I get that too. Burger-Fi has become one of my favorite places over the last year or so. The first time I went I thought, “Yeah, it was good.” The next time I thought, “Wow, that was even better than last time.” and by the third and fourth times, I was so looking forward to it and it just kept getting better. Their “Fi-sauce” is full of flavor and is one of the best parts. I even get extra on the side to dunk my cheese fries in. They also have hot dogs and dreamy custard shakes and treats. There’s 75 locations, but only one in Arizona located in Mesa on Val Vista right across from Dana Park.

 

0906407c-8659-4eb2-89d8-c17507cb3a92.jpg6. Salsa Cabana– Again, Mexican food. Sorry, not sorry. Salsa Cabana is one of those small, hidden gems with the BEST burritos. They are well priced and portions are huge. I’ve never heard anything other than great reviews about their food and some of our favorites are their breakfast burritos, the Burrito Mexicano, the fish tacos, and the taco salad. My favorite is the Burrito Mexicano. You can call in your order and pick it up right on your way home. Or even if it’s not on your way home like me, you just go get it anyway. Located on Greenfield and Brown.

There you have a few of our favorite places to eat. Have you tried any of them before? What’s your favorite things to order?

If you’ve never been to these places, maybe it’s time you try something new! Let me know how you love them!

Mangos photo from mangosmexicancafe.com

So Cal photo from @dished_out on instagram

Postino photo from East Valley Tribune

Salsa Cabana photo from ezlocal.com