Here at Aston Childcare we have had great fun growing these fun Cress Heads.
We filled our pots with soil and sprinkled a generous amount of seeds on top. We watered our pots and then covered them with a piece of paper and secured with an elastic band. We then popped them up on a sunny windowsill and waited. In just a few days the paper on my sons pot was bulging and he was so excited to take the paper off and see the cress beneath. My seeds took a few days longer to grow but still a great result.
These are great for kids as a first gardening project and super easy. These pots just have mine and my sons name on but you could go to town on your plant pot with stickers, paint and pens to make them extra fun if you wished.
In 2018 as well as planting and growing our annual sunflowers which, this year were a mixed success(!) we also planted some herbs, fruit and vegetables. We had some success with rhubarb and also with mint. However, despite also planting some peppers, courgettes and onions, only the carrots proved fruitful – I blame the weather!
We will be having another go in 2019 and hope to report better success!!
Today’s lunch was Tomato Soup from Annabel Karmel’s ‘Feeding your Baby and Toddler’ recipe book. This recipe uses tinned rather than fresh tomatoes making it much quicker and easier to prepare than previous versions I have made that require skinning fresh tomatoes. It is so difficult to get my son to eat any vegetables so the fact that this contains carrots is great. He absolutely loves tomato soup and to hear him say “More soup Mummy” upon finishing is very satisfying! I served this up with wholemeal bread for my youngest mindee (21 month old) and with garlic bread for my son and other mindee who are both nearly 3.
Today’s lunch was once again from Annabel Karmel’s ‘quick and easy toddler recipes’ book. It was another pasta dish, this time Ham and Pea Pasta. This is another meal that I can cook fresh and serve in under ten minutes!
Here at Aston Childcare I serve up a lot of pasta based dishes at lunchtime. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy. The body breaks them down to release glucose, thereby providing itself with energy. There are two main types of carbohydrates: slow burning and fast burning.
Pasta is an example of a slow burning carbohydrate and peas a slow burning vegetable.
Slow burning carbs are digested and absorbed — burned — more slowly than carbs with a high glycemic index. Eating slow-burning carbs also keeps hunger away and helps with blood sugar control.
According to this story in the BBC news today, Public Health England say that “Children are packing in so much sugar at breakfast that half their daily allowance has already been eaten before school” which is slightly worrying.
My sons cereal of choice is Weetabix so using the “Food Smart” app they recommend, I scanned the barcode of the Weetabix box to find out more.
I was relieved to see that Weetabix is listed as a great choice and scores low on their traffic light system for Sugar, Saturated Fat and Salt.
I will definitely be using the app to review all the foods I am offering the children as part of my commitment to providing the children in my care with a healthy diet