Munchkin Meals 21 Months

I just can not believe my little baby is going to be TWO in 3 months! Where has the time gone!?????


Anyway, I am going to keep it quick and to the point here! Thank you Hailey’s mom for hosting Munchkin Meals! Weezy and Mommy always enjoy sharing and seeing what other tots are enjoying as well!


Most days she has some variation of a hemp seed muffin that I make for her, I keep them in the freezer for easy, quick meals especially when I am running out in the AM. On days I AM home, I usually make something more special for us to share. She usually just wants what I have, no matter what it is!

These grain-free chocolate chip waffles were a big hit. I froze a bunch and toasted them for the next few days for us too…much better than GMO-laden Eggo’s! I can’t wait to try them with blueberries next!

Grain Free Waffle with Fage_edited-1


Lunch: leftover chicken soup, no noodles. It’s been pretty cold so we’ve been loving soups and bone broths lately! So warming and nutritious!



Reason 1,737 that I need a dehydrator. I was never a macaroon person, ever. But these things are amazing.


Ella and I could finish a bag in a day.


This girl LOVES olives. It’s so funny because I HATED them until I became pregnant with her. Now I am obsessed. As is Weez.


We have been doing a lot of apples since they are in season and so delicious right now. Recently I tried soaking them in fresh hand-squeezed orange and lime juice, and they not only add a nice little flavor, but they don’t turn brown even after a while! This photo was taken when E was taking her good old time munching on her snacks. I sliced these up at 8am, placed them in a baggie in the fridge marinating in the juice, and she munched on them around 11 and they never turned!


Yes, on the side those are Brad’s Raw Crackers. She goes through 3 bags a week at this point. So nutritious. So expensive. Worth it but reason 1.738 I need a dehydrator! Someday I will make them myself and save some $.


Rock Fish and Roasted Veggies. Ella loves roasted veggies, and she really enjoys rock fish! I had this for the first time ever a few weeks ago, and after that E and I have had it a couple more times! I highly recommend it!


There’s Ella’s recent eats! We pretty much just eat the same things, and she still is pretty adventurous too. We’ve been lucky. We also don’t make a big deal out of food, force her to eat, bribe her, and she gets “sometimes foods” like pizza, ice cream, cookies without us making a big deal. Once over the holidays she had a delicious fresh baked cookie, ate half of it, placed it down and went over to finish off some broccoli. I just try to lead by example and truly believe that it’s just as important to model to her that I will eat “sometimes food” and not make a big deal out of it, just as much as we eat healthy nutritious foods that are going to help us grow and stay healthy! I still have some constants I try to avoid like GMO’s, conventional animal products, “dirty dozen” no food coloring, highly processed junk food,  etc…sometimes it is tough if we go out to eat, not knowing what they cook with or where meats came from but I can’t be insane about it. Anything that has been clearly poisoned with food dyes, and other obvious things I typically still avoid though.I think it’s so much more worth it to make home made dessert with real ingredients that processed GMO candies (blech), or house made dessert from a restaurant than a packaged processed cake.

I am definitely not going to be a nutty mom about things when she goes to birthday parties and stuff like that. Once she turned 18 months I started really relaxing on those things because now she really knows what’s going on! It’s a balance between feeding her for her health and making sure she has a healthy relationship with food– and sees that I do as well. At home mostly her choices are between healthy food X and healthy food Y; I also expect this at families homes as  they are both usually something  delicious Smile I save the “sometimes” stuff for when we go out to eat and cant control it, or when I am in a baking mood!

All in all, I think I’ve been doing okay,  she has been a great eater.


Okay, let’s talk about carrageenan for a moment, shall we?


Carrageenan is a seaweed extract (Chondrus crispus, which is popularly known as Irish moss) common in the Atlantic Ocean near Britain, Continental Europe and North America. It is used as a thickener or an emulsifier to improve texture in alternative milks,  some cow’s milks, yogurts, cheeses, ice cream, cottage cheese, and other foods.

When I first started researching an alternative milk for Ella the name on the carton stood out to me.


I did some research and didn’t find too many negatives. I found what I already mentioned above, and any negatives did not have too much in the fact of supporting studies or sightings to back up the claims. With that said I am usually in the camp of playing it safe rather than sorry, especially with my daughter. At first I thought the risks in carrageenan outweighed the negatives I researched about homogenized, pasteurized cows milk. So I continued to give store-bought unsweetnened hemp milk to Ella in between making it myself for the convenience and the fact that she loved it.

I decided to go with hemp milk for the fat content and endless nutritional benefits of hemp seeds. The unsweetened hemp milks were the best because they do not contain brown rice syrup, which has caused a lot of controversy due to the arsenic levels.


A few moms have emailed me recently to ask me my thoughts on carrageenan. More and more is coming out about links to cancer and stomach/digestive problems. Not fun, and quite exhausting that we really can not trust any processed foods…even “healthy” processed food.

Once I discovered “Simply Hemp” we started drinking that more, but honestly I love making my own hemp milk as well. Store-bought hemp and almond milks are so convenient and do not go bad as fast, but they will come with added junk. My simple answer to moms who do not want to use cow’s milk is to just make their own hemp milk: (3/4 cup hemp seeds + 3 to 4 cups filtered water, 1 tsp vanilla, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of sea salt and dates to sweeten if desired. Blend. Boom. Done)  Cashew-Hemp Milk is also a favorite around here!

Be sure to consult your Pediatrician on supplementing your child’s diet with Vitamin D as they tell you do while breastfeeding.

I also love fermented cod liver oil (a recent addition) and probiotics for my little gal! Tip: for the cod liver oil, break it open and smooth some on your little one’s bum. It will absorb through the skin just as well, maybe even better than if swallowed! Best on the toosh under a disposable diaper because otherwise it will ruin their clothes.

I strongly believe that as a mother you need to do your own individual research, talk to your spouse, talk to your Pediatrician and come to a conclusion as to what is best for your child. I came to the decision that homogenized, pasteurized cow’s milk was not for Ella. Of course, again too speak with your Pediatrician, and come fully prepared and informed. When I spoke to E’s about my decision he felt much more comfortable with my knowledge in nutrition, my dedication to her diet, and how I assured him I was planning to get plenty of healthy fats in her diet with things like coconut oil, fatty fish, seeds, and so on. I also still will give her more digestible forms of dairy now like (raw, fermented) like raw cheese and plain Greek full fat yogurt (intro-ed after 14 months). Our Pediatricians main concern was fat for her growing brain and I have had that covered! I will also disclose that I AM still nursing, although it has become much, much less at this point and even though my milk has changed to benefit her nutritionally, she doesn’t rely on it. In short, she still gets benefits, but it’s more for comfort at this point.

If you want to talk about calcium just ask me in the comments section or shoot me an email! For now I have to cut out and get my butt in bed.

PS—anyone who have extensively researched carrageenan and have anything to add please let me know! I spent a little time reading about it, but I am sure I missed a lot. Any studies, or supporting info you want to share I would be interested in learning or hearing your thoughts either way!


PPS-sorry for typos and grammar errors, I am too lazy to proof read right now.


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  • Reply Colleen

    I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you sharing all your knowledge. I just started introducing solids to my little guy, and I’m really feeling the weight of “I am shaping his relationship with food for his entire life by what I feed him now.” It is also really overwhelming to not be able to trust that the food that is available in the grocery store is safe for him (and me!) I am really grateful that you have done so much research and are willing to share your experiences, it makes it so much easier for me to make my own decisions and decide how best to nourish my sweet little man!

    February 7, 2013 at 7:43 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, Colleen! I am happy to share what I learn along the way! What an exciting time too for you! It’s just “fun” to watch them discover and play with food, tasting new things, watching 3/4 of it land on the floor 😉 I agree, it gets overwhelming but I am sure you will do the best to feed your little guy. The greatest thing at this stage is just how easy and cheap it is to make your own purees of avocado, mashed banana, fruits, veggies, etc. BLW is great too if that’s what you decided for a lot of the same reasons! Best of luck!!

      February 7, 2013 at 7:17 pm
  • Reply danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness

    You have the healthiest little girl ever! I love all the healthy foods she eats and am so impressed with how much she loves them! You are totally setting her up for healthy success in the future!

    February 7, 2013 at 8:40 am
    • Reply laury

      Aww thanks, Danielle!

      February 7, 2013 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    I just pinned those waffles- they look fantastic! Your daughter eats so well. We follow the same guidelines as you, and I also recently posted about cutting carageenan out as well and finding brands without it.
    I LOVE the idea of making your own hemp milk… must try that!
    And yes, the “letting go” is a little tough… we’ve had so many birthday parties this past year with rich cupcakes and sweets that she now asks for dessert regularly, but we talk about how dessert is a treat. Sometimes I’ll call frozen blueberries or a smoothie a “dessert” or let her have a few dark chocolate chips. Unlike your daughter, mine DEVOURS the cupcakes when they’re offered to her elsewhere. 🙂 But at least we’re doing what we can at home to keep her diet mostly healthy.

    February 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks! Oh, she will devour a dessert too don’t get me wrong! Letting go really is tough but you just can’t react yah know? But sometimes she can walk away from it go back to her dinner, then back to dessert. We will see how long that lasts though hahaa. It’s good we just don’t keep junk around! I totally agree that you just do what you can at home!

      February 7, 2013 at 7:13 pm
  • Reply Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life)

    Where to start, where to start… I love all the information you give and I really love Ella’s little ponytail!!
    I can not believe you don’t have a dehydrator. I would have sworn you did with as healthy as you eat 🙂 I’m making kale chips in mine this afternoon!
    I also need to get more olives. I forgot about them and how much H liked them. I share your philosophy on raising healthy eaters. There are sometimes foods that are fine to eat, but it’s what happens day in and day out that makes a BIG difference.
    Thanks for sharing!

    February 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks so much, Brittany! I know! I need one! Lack of space and funds $$$ but I am hoping to get one this spring!

      February 7, 2013 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply the delicate place (@misathemeb)

    i’ve never tried those macaroons but i love the emmy’s lemon ginger ones! 2 already? WUT. crazy. mmm send me some of that chicken soup, looks great! i love the oil cured black olives and the green ones with orange rind and tarragon from whole foods olive bar!

    honestly, she prob won’t be a huge junk food lover because once your taste buds are used to healthy and nourishing foods, they just don’t have the same appeal!

    from personal experience when i get too much carrageenan (usually when i am frequently consuming dairy free ice cream) it gives me a stomach ache! i buy hemp milk in a pinch but def prefer making my own sans stabilizers!

    February 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yumm I need to try that!

      Thanks, I agree. Well, I hope so!!!

      February 7, 2013 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply Molly

    Have you made your own hemp milk? Do you need to strain it… or just blend?

    February 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm
    • Reply laury

      All of the time! No straining, just blend! I love cashew-hemp milk as well (recipe on my blog just look on recipe page or enter in search bar). That doesn’t need straining either 🙂

      February 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply purelymichelle

    she is getting so big!!!

    and love these post 😉

    February 7, 2013 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    I know basically what you know about caraganeen. I do try to stay away from it in most things but it’s in my almond milk and I think in my coconut milk…unsweetened So delicious brand!? I forget and we are not stocked in either category right now so I can’t even check. Anyway, for the 1/2-1 cup I drink a day…I’ve never had a problem with it so for now, I’m not too worried. As for Hannah consuming it? Not sure. I know I don’t want her to have cow’s milk but I’ve still got a lot of thinking to do. I love your approach to “sometimes foods” with Ella too. I hope to be that way with Hannah. For now, while she doesn’t know, I am super strict, but after a year I’ll slowly ease up and have her eat basically the way I eat. I have my sometimes foods too! I just come off as a prick so my family members know I’m serious about Hannah’s eats! I’ll be better as she gets older!

    February 7, 2013 at 11:30 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yea I definitely would not risk the carageenan with Hannah. Ella has drank a lot of it, and I am trying not to bug out–I figure it could be worse at least everything else is great in her diet! I was very strict with her until she hit about 17-18 months. She still eats very, very healthy but I am much more relaxed about certain things. I still have to be tough and a prick with family as well. I think many times they think an “inch” I am giving opens up the flood gates and it’s simply not true. Luckily everyone has been pretty respectful and always asks me what she can and can’t have. I still have a few battles and worries for when she gets older with some other behavioral things other adults in the family do, but I can only do my best and control what goes on in my house. Hopefully Ella keeps down the path she’s been going! It is all very nerve wracking, especially when your family surrounds themselves with the worst processed foods ever. Trust me I get ragey in my head about certain things but I just can’t do it outside of my head-it’s hard! I also thin kit’s important for ME to be the one (and Michael) taking her out for pizza or giving her dessert, as opposed to family giving her junk, so it’s not like mommy never treats me…you know what I mean? As long as they respect what I am doing and understand why then it’s all good!

      February 8, 2013 at 12:12 am
  • Reply jen

    I have crohn’s and the only dairy I can have is some cheeses and yogurt. due to the crohn’s I have to avoid carageenan, I’ve heard of peopling with GI issues having bleeding from it. It drives me nuts because its in a lot of things almost all frozen yogurt and vegan dairy alternatives contain it. trader joe’s and silk almond milk do not have it. I don’t care to buy silk brand due to GMO’s but trader joes is 45 mins away I normally buy 3 almond milks each trip, but if I run out before my next trip then I have no choice but to use silk, have yet to try making my own. My GI tells me there is a doctor at the moment doing reasearch on humans and carageenan so far its only been tested on rats. I hope these companies reliaze that it is causing issues and remove it from there products.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:05 am
    • Reply laury

      Jeez, stories like yours are what make me want to fight, fight, fight to get our food in control!!! It makes me so angry for you! Definitely just try and make your own because it is cheaper and easy, more delicious and healthier! Are you okay with sunflower lecithin? I heard adding that can make it last longer like store bought.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Katy

    You are a great mom! I don’t have kids nor do I think I want any in the future, but if I ever do, I think I’d be obsessed about setting an example about living a healthy lifestyle. I grew up in a Chinese household so we ate a lot vegetables which I loved but we also had a lot of junk. I was always lean growing up but I gained so much weight in later teenage years and college.. but I ended up finding my own way and now I live a pretty healthy lifestyle. If I ever be a parent, I would definitely want my kids to get use to living a healthy lifestyle from a young age.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:43 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Katy! We had a lot of junk growing up and it caused me to have lots of eating issues as a teen. Learning about how to nurture my body was what helped me on my path to true healthy living! I just hope what I am doing with Ella is right, trying to keep her balanced! I never ever want to see her have food issues! Healthy eating is key all around 🙂

      February 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm
  • Reply Casey

    Thanks so much for all of the info on carageenan. I’ve read a few things, and have definitely been looking for it on labels more in the past few weeks. I’m trying to avoid cows milk for my son also, which has been relatively easy since I don’t drink it so it’s never in the house. have found that the SilkAlmond milk (original, unsweetened) does NOT have any carageenan in it, making it my new personal favorite, but for Ben I’m still looking for a brand of Hemp milk that doesn’t have it to up his healthy fats! I did find Pacific brand which doesn’t have it but is sweetened with Brown Rice Syrup… ugh!
    Also, great idea about the apples! I’ve been peeling one and giving it to Ben whole and he LOVES it, but soaking it to keep it from browning is brilliant!

    February 9, 2013 at 8:19 pm
    • Reply laury

      I know, I saw that on Pacific brand as well. Nothing is safe anymore!!

      February 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm
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