Summer snacking with the kids!

Friday, 30 June 2017 by

What are you go to summer snacks for kids? I would love for you to share them with me! Today it’s official school is out but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to pack the kids lunches anymore! Day Camp, weekend activities, soccer, baseball, dance. I could go on.  It’s tough finding the right thing to snack on. My kids love granola bars and healthy snack bars. However, have you ever read the packaging on the bar to see how much sugar is in them!? I try to!  Recently, I did a Facebook live with Dietician  Amanda Lapidus about healthy snacks for kids. She gave some great options. The video s below. I loved the smoothie bowl idea for the summer. My kids love making their own food and their own mess! One of the products that Amanda mentioned was Kind Bars. I’ve seen them at Loblaws, Costco and when I’m running late at Starbucks it’s my go to! A Soy chai latte and Kind Bar to go please and I’m a happy camper. They are delicious and you can recognize the ingredients on the packaging! Kind Snacks recently did a sugar survey and Amanda Lapidus shared the survey with me. It’s below. See if any of these stats are true for you!

 

 

Canadians are concerned about eating too much sugar and they’re trying to take steps to understand sugar amounts in the foods they are eating

  • According to a survey conducted by KIND and Leger, 77% of Canadian women say sugar is a “very” or “somewhat” important consideration in choosing a snack for themselves and 89% say it’s “very” or “somewhat” important for choosing a snack for their kids.
  • 64% of women strive to choose snacks that contain between 0 and 10 grams of sugar for themselves and 72% strive for this amount when choosing snacks for their kids.
  • Women estimate that one-third of the sugar in their diets comes from fruit and vegetable sources. 2. “There is a lot of confusion over what a healthy amount of sugar looks like in people’s diets.”
  • Canadians underestimate the amount of sugar they are consuming from “other” products such as snacks and beverages by 15 per cent.
  • One in four Canadian adult women don’t know how much sugar is an appropriate amount in a snack for themselves; one in five women don’t know how much sugar is appropriate for snacks for their kids.
  • 45 and 30 per cent of women, respectively, first look at the Nutrition Facts Table or read ingredient lists to determine how much sugar is in a prospective snack. 7% of women don’t know how to tell how much sugar is in a food.
  • 42 per cent of Canadian women don’t know what upper sugar limit to strive for each day. 3. “KIND bars can be a good snack option for moms who are looking to limit sugar in their (and their kids’) diets.” ● With 5 grams of sugar on average in KIND’s leading bars, they contain less than one quarter of the amount of sugar of competing nutrition bars and less than one fifth of the sugar in chocolate bars.
  • KIND is continuing to work tirelessly to make snacks that are both healthy and tasty – not one or the other – and have updated four flavors within their Fruit & Nut and Healthy Grains lines to contain between 17 and 36% less sugar compared to the prior recipes. Look out for these new & improved bars in retail locations in 2017!

● Many flavours of KIND contain dried fruit, meaning that some of the total sugars in a bar are naturally occurring while also providing nutrients such as fibre and iron.

Do you have nicknames for your kids? As you know I call my girls my Special Kayes! That is their nickname on social media! It’s easier then saying “little 1” “little 2” and “little 3”. Plus, my “littles” (which I’m not sure I love that name on social) are not that little anymore. I have a 10 year old now! I know I’m in shock to! I also have a 7 and 5 year old! My 10 year old is becoming more body aware. I almost cried the other day when she said “Mom I’m sorry I can’t wear this Elsa Frozen top anymore I’m too old for that!”  She’s also asking about her body and they’re discussing it in school. As I am a mom of 3 girls and a mom with a Kinesiology degree I want to make sure I can control the conversation of body awareness at home so there is no “fake news” coming from friends! We’ve already dealt with the “so and so called me fat” just last year. Plus, I have 2 out of 3 kids who wear glasses and we’ve dealt with the teasing that came along with that. Last summer I was part of a Dove campaign and I found out about their Dove Self Esteem Program. I thought this year it would be a great idea to sit down with my girls and do the activities in the program. It’s called Mindful Me.

Even when the girls were toddlers and pre schoolers I would talk to them about making someone feel wonderful today with nice words. My middle one wins the gold star with this one! All my daughters try and compliment someone daily. However, my middle Special Kaye is constantly complimenting women and men. Whether we’re at the store and she compliments someone’s glasses or their hair. She knows how special that person feels when they hear good things. I’ve explained to the girls we should also be complimenting ourselves! In the “Mindful Me” activity pack the kids and I placed pictures on how fabulous they are, we even drew pictures of our bodies and talked about mindful eating.  The package takes about 2 hours to complete. We took our time doing the activities. The first one  activity you need a pen, glue stick and scissors. Your daughter also needs a photo of herself. You cut out the photo and place in the frame in the package. Then you write how unique you are, 3 things you enjoy doing and 3 things you’re good at! Then the next time you’re daughter is frustrated or disappointed about something you both can go back and review how fantastic she is! You may do this already at your home without the Mindful Me activities but what I loved about this booklet is that we did it together and the girls talked more and it opened the conversation up! There are so many amazing things to do in the “Mindful Me” booklet. Another activity that my daughters enjoyed was writing and drawing about their “Brilliant Bodies”. What we did  was draw an outline of our body and the amazing things our body can do from our legs to our lips. Then in different colours we wrote down where on our bodies we experience feelings – like happiness, anger, fear, sadness, love and surprise. Finally, we wrote a love letter to our body. You can do a poem if you like as well! My daughters wrote a song to their bodies! These are just a few of the activities in the package.

Sometimes it’s tough getting kids to talk and maybe they just want to draw or write how they feel. There’s even a mini meditation exercise! The girls already meditate at school and have been telling me I need to do it more! My Special Kayes and I loved the power poses as well at the end of the booklet. They were giggling throughout! Here is one of their power posing pics!

 

We have one more activity to do. We plan on finishing it this week. Our gratitude letter! I’m also going to write one and send it to someone who has made a positive impact on my life. My mom! I’m so happy we did this together as a family. We also started doing  daily affirmations with the cute Doves below. Try it for 2 weeks! It’s simple. Print off the Doves  and cut them out. Then with your daughter write down something daily she wants to celebrate. We would do it in the morning before we went to school. My daughters would write what they wanted to celebrate doing well. Below are 2 of the Doves we wanted to share with you!  You will definitely see a difference in your daughter’s confidence!

Place the Doves somewhere where your daughter will see it throughout the day.  This is just one way you can help #InspireConfidence in your own home with your daughter, niece or granddaughter! Did you know 60% of girls worldwide feel their body confidence is holding them back? It’s been 10 years since Dove began a mission to do something about it. Here are some of the resources we used in our family. You can download them here selfesttem.dove.ca. Try the Mindful Me activities and give your daughter the printable decal daily for 2 weeks and write something to celebrate herself. You can write the first couple and maybe get your daughter to assist you. Watch her confidence grow. Dove has reached over 2 million girls with The Dove Self Esteem program. Watch some of those amazing girls’ stories below who are now women! Oh and don’t forget we would love for you to join our Twitter party @ymcbuzz on Thursday May 18th at 9pm to win prizes and talk to some about the DSEP.

 

This is part of the YummyMummyClub.ca and Dove 10 years of Beautiful #InspireConfidence sponsored program. I’ve received compensation as a thank for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.

 

 

 

tiff

Today win a gift bag filled with goodies from TIFF! TIFF is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers. What began as the Festival of Festivals over 40 years ago, has become the world’s most important publicly attended film festival and grown to embrace programming 365 days a year. TIFF also offers movies, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops, industry support and the chance to meet filmmakers from Canada and around the world year-round. For the film lover in your life the TIFF Shop also has amazing gifts check them out here Gift Guide

Today win the goodies below:

*A mug to celebrate Canadian talent: Drink up with this Canada’s Top Ten limited edition mug! The 16th Canada’s Top Ten    Film Festival (January 13 to 26) celebrates and promotes contemporary Canadian cinema and raises awareness of Canadian  achievements in film.
* Studio Ghibli “No-Face” plushie – Spirited Away: The Films Of Studio Ghibli runs from December 24 to January 10.
* Tom Hiddleston colouring book. Hand drawn illustrations by Mel Elliott of I Love Mel.
* My Cinema Lightbox, an LED light box reminiscent of retro cinema signs.
* TIFF Family Membership: TIFF Members enjoy the very best in film programming, exhibitions, special events and festivals,      and help TIFF deliver its charitable mandate, 365 days a year. See membership benefits here.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

No purchase necessary.  Open only to residents of Ontario, Canada. Must be at least 18 years of age. Contest closes December 19th. Odds of winning a prize depend on number of eligible entries received per contest period. By entering this contest, you agree to abide by Contest rules and agree to accept any prize as awarded and agree that all decisions by the www.taylorkaye.com team in regards to this contest are final. See more details at www.taylorkaye.com

tea

Today we are giving away some fabulous gifts from Davids Tea! The SpecialKayes and I have one in our neighbourhood and we are in there often. When we renovated the kitchen I made sure I had a tea drawer and not a small one. I should really be putting pots and pans in my tea drawer it’s that deep! I put the pans in the closet! One tea I love having with my kids is Birthday cake tea. No caffeine and it is has sprinkles!

Now you can have your own tea party at your house! We are giving away $250 dollars worth of Davids Tea gifts! Team Taylor went into David’s and picked some great gifts just for you! Enter below. The draw is happening December 19th! Good luck!

 

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

No purchase necessary.  Open only to residents of Ontario, Canada. Must be at least 18 years of age. Contest closes December 19th. Odds of winning a prize depend on number of eligible entries received per contest period. By entering this contest, you agree to abide by Contest rules and agree to accept any prize as awarded and agree that all decisions by the www.taylorkaye.com team in regards to this contest are final. See more details at www.taylorkaye.com

dove

Today win an amazing ultimate hair care package from Nexxus and Dove! These fun lines would make great stocking stuffers! Find out below which one is the best for you and your family!

 

 

Nexxus  Oil Infinite is designed to replenish and deeply nourish each hair strand. The Oil Infinite line is formulated with Babassu and Marula oil, known for its antioxidant properties, that helps seal in luminosity and radiant shine.

Also below is the Nexxus Emergencee  product line. It was created with Marine Collagen and  concentrated Elastin Protein, the Nexxus Emergencee product line strengthens hair internally by rebuilding the hair’s protein, reinforcing each strand to make hair strong and resilient.

 

Below is The Dove Regenerative Nourishment this series has five unique collections, Dove Advanced Hair Series ensures tailored care for women’s specific hair needs. Dove Advanced Hair Series offers advanced technologies and nourishment solutions for hair in need of extra care!

 

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 
No purchase necessary.  Open only to residents of Ontario, Canada. Must be at least 18 years of age. Contest closes December 18th. Odds of winning a prize depend on number of eligible entries received per contest period. By entering this contest, you agree to abide by Contest rules and agree to accept any prize as awarded and agree that all decisions by the www.taylorkaye.com team in regards to this contest are final. See more details at www.taylorkaye.com

 

 

TOP
Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On PinterestVisit Us On Linkedin