This past weekend, I was lucky enough to co-host a beautiful, intimate brunch with Annie’s Homegrown Foods at my home here in LA for some stunning mamas. If you haven’t heard, Annie’s is transitioning to offer ALL organic products! I’m stoked for this since organic items are such a staple in our home. I’m also super excited to give you a recap of our morning, along with all the fun tips + tricks us moms exchanged. Having open, honest conversations about our kids’ diets, our fears, our concerns, and our wins helped us grow so much as parents!
Give your kids a bowl of Annie’s Whole Grain Cocoa Bunnies.
As we’re running out the door to make it in time for school, Leo is always chowing down on a bowl the size of his head filled with this yummy cereal! It's super filling and feels like a treat, even though it's packed with fiber to give him a steady stream of energy to FOCUS in kindergarten. Plus, the shapes are so fun!
Sneak fruits + veggies into kids’ meals by making nourishing sammies.
A main theme of the morning was how to get our littles to eat more fruits + veggies. To sneak fruits into their tummies, I’ve found that the secret is finding a nutritious bread and then adding nut butter, bananas, apples, and a drizzle of Cacao Bee Honey. It makes the perfect school lunch!
Make leftovers–on purpose.
We are all busy families constantly on the go, so left-overs was another tip that we all agreed on! When roasting sweet root veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes for dinner, make extras so that you can create healthy snacks or sides for later. Make sure to sprinkle Green Dream on top to really pack a nutritious punch!
Fill up your kids with Annie’s Yogurts.
I had quite a few moms say they struggle with getting their kids to eat ENOUGH food, so I recommended that they pick up Annie’s full fat, low sugar yogurts. This is a wonderful way to add healthy and filling fats to a kiddo's diet who may need a few extra nutrients! I recommend taking Annie’s Yogurt, adding a drizzle of Berry Bee Honey, a spoonful of Berry Bliss, and some sliced strawberries for the sweetest princess treat! For boys, adding Green Dream and Green Bee Honey to the yogurt was a total “Hulk” hit!
Make breakfast for lunch + lunch for breakfast.
In our house, breakfast and lunch are totally interchangeable! Overnight oats can also be a school lunch. I’ll make a batch of muffins and add a teaspoon of superfood powder for a bonus nutritional boost, while also tossing in a bit of Annie's Yogurt into baked goods (which makes them super moist). Smoothies and chia pudding so great too as easy and fun kid-approved meal options! Toss in berries, Coconut Bliss Coconut Butter to make it extra creamy, and Annie’s Organic Very Vanilla Whole Milk Yogurt to make it a “Cheesecake Smoothie!”
It was such an honor having this group of inspiring women over, noshing on the yummiest spread! My friend Kara Elise also helped curate the menu, which was also THE BEST treat. I hope these recipes and tips will help you along your food journey with your babes! If you have anything to add or ask, don't hesitate to reach out :)