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Snack time… all the time! Ava is going through a very picky eating stage. I am lucky to get a full meal into her tummy once a day. To add to my anxiety she is falling off the weight chart. According to her last Doctor visit she has gone from the 50% to the 5% since birth. Although she is busy I have to admit I am slightly worried. When she does eat we load her with cheese, whole milk yogurt, eggs, avocado and other high fat foods at least what we can. AHH so frustrating!  We are also trying to cut back on the snacks in hope that her meals look more appetizing.  Of course snacks are still important and with a toddler on the go a necessity! So here is one more Costco find to add to your diaper bag of tricks! Ava’s new favorites!

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Garden Veggie Straws– much healthier than chips but oh so yummy! I cannot keep Larry away from them!  Costco sells a large box with individual bags of various chips and straws.  Hope your little one loves them as much as mine!

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The endless question: What can I pack in the diaper bag that will be somewhat healthy, fast and NOT messy!!!??

Here are Ava’s four favorite answers…

AA13321. Fruit Crisps– Individually packaged bags of both apple and asian pear. Careful to not crush and yum a perfect healthy on the go snack! Found at Costco.

pack_12. Mum Mum rice husks- Come in original rice and vegtable. Ava loves both! Again do not let those grabby toddler hands crush into pieces before opening! Hard to find great deal if you order in bulk on Amazon!

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3. Annies Organic Bunny Variety Snack Pack- Contains individually packaged bunny snack packs: chedder bunnies, chocolate, honey, chocolate chip. Need I say more. Found at Costco

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4. Organic Animal Crackers and Whole Grain Goldfish– Create your own snack pack of these two yummy favorites. Both can be found at Costco.

Do you have any favorite?  We are always looking for something new!

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I am a regular at Costco and despite the fact that it is ALWAYS busy, I most often enjoy my visits. As time passes I am noticing that they are carrying more and more organic options at much lower prices than the grocery store; chicken, eggs, animal crackers, peanut butter just to name a few. This week I was excited about two new finds at very reasonable prices:

flax-seedOrganic Cold Milled Flax Seed– I have been buying whole flax seed which then had to be ground up right before use and immediately eaten. What a pain but great for all those omega-3’s, brain food for Ava! Now they have found a way to pre-grind it without releasing all the “good stuff” and it keeps in the cupboard for 22 months! Yah so easy to use that Ava gets her daily does regularly!

snackFreeze Dried Fruit Snacks– My friend Mariah has been feeding these to her daughter for months and at last I found them at our store! These are all natural, no sugar added dried fruit snacks, conveniently packaged in 1 serving pouches perfect for the diaper bag! They come in an assortment of apple, Asian pear, banana and strawberry.

Now Costco  just needs to start carrying organic produce and organic whole milk and I will be in heaven!

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Is feeding a baby supposed to be this difficult or am I totally over thinking the whole thing? Don’t answer I know it is the latter but that is me, I am an over thinker by nature.

I did not jump on the whole food, organic train when it hit the northwest several years ago. When I had Ava however, I reconsidered my own eating habits and thought about what exactly I wanted going into her little body. Thus far Ava has had a mostly organic diet. I believe that the less processed our food is the better but at the same time, I have a monthly food budget that the organic world could totally through off balance. So what is the deal? Where should my priorities be?

I decided to do a little research on-line and see where exactly the highest levels of pesticides, hormones and other toxic ingredients are found: I read several articles but the site with the most information and descriptions of how they tested was the environmental working group.

If you do choose to buy organic dairy and meat should be the priority, of course the most expensive items. It makes sense though; you are what you eat right? All those hormones and antibiotics right into your food…yuck. I have actually noticed a difference in appearance and taste!

As for produce the EWG put out a list of the dirty dozen; produce you should by organic. They also listed produce less likely to be affected and alright not to buy organic.

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Good news: they have found no real benefit to organic food such as; cereal, pasta, flour and bread!

Local organic farms or Co-Ops tend to have lower prices than larger grocery stores. We are lucky to have a great Natural Food Co-Op right down the street. Plus you never have to worry if you are in the right section, it is all organic!

The bottom line is that you can buy into this organic kick or not there is no scientific proof of what these chemicals do to our bodies or our children’s over time. The research is on-going and pesticides are regulated to an extent. The pro-organic groups search for connections to cancer and other health issues and then there are the non-organic companies working to prove them wrong. Good Luck finding answers. I guess my answer is: Why take the chance? But I am not going to be crazy about it either. Not everything Ava eats will be organic and not everywhere we go will have organic options…and that is perfectly alright!

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