Monday, June 25, 2012

Electrolytes for Kids

Summer hit us fast and hard.  A few weeks ago my little one started throwing up.  So much that I had a call in to our doctor.  It was scary.  Then it clicked in my head.  No symptoms other than throwing up.  I did a quick internet search.  Perhaps she was dehydrated or over-heated.  She HAD played outside the evening before in the crazy heat.  I thought she'd had enough water once we got inside, but maybe not. 

She threw up everything I gave her...water, breast milk, etc.  Everything until I risked a home-made berry popscicle.  (Risked because, you know if it came up and landed on my carpet...yeah, yeah...)  As soon as the popscicle was gone, so was the vomiting.  We had a correct diagnosis! 

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Now time for more research...what can I give my daughter as a natural electrolyte drink so this doesn't happen again?

Gatorade and Pedialyte.  Choice electrolyte replacement drinks for kids.  But what's wrong with those drinks, in my opinion? 

Here are the ingredients for the Pedialyte Apple drink directly from their site...
Water, Dextrose. Less than 2% of the Following: Citric Acid, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Zinc Gluconate, and Artificial Flavor.

And as for Gatorade...

So what is my complaint with these drinks?  For starters...

Dextrose, Sucralose, Artificial Flavor, Glucose-Frucose Syrup, Yellow 5, Brominated Vegetable Oils, Yellow 6, Red 40, Blue 1 and Caramel 1.

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Instead of sugar, artificial and synthetic supplement drinks, why not try something a little closer to nature.  Coconut water!  Yes, coconut water.

It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink. Ounce per ounce, most unflavored coconut water contains 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 milligrams (mg) of potassium, and 5.45 mg of sodium compared to Gatorade, which has 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams of sugar, 3.75 mg of potassium, and 13.75 mg of sodium.

via Web MD

The balance of electrolytes in coconut water is nearly the same as that in the human blood -- so close, in fact, that coconut water is the only natural non-blood substance that can be safely injected into the human bloodstream. Ancient peoples knew this, and sometimes used it as an emergency intravenous fluid.

Most of the time there's no need to go to such lengths: just drink it, and you'll be rewarded with 15 times as much potassium as a typical sports drink, along with potent antioxidants. And unlike sugary sports drinks or coconut milk, coconut water is low in calories and fat free.

via Natural News

So coconut water is now our family's electrolyte replacement drink of choice!  I simply pour a small amount into my daughter's sippy cup, and she's off to play!  She likes it so much, that she'll ask for it sometimes during the day.

For the organic coconut water, it runs me $2 for an 11 oz. bottle.  It's more expensive than I'd like, but I can stretch it pretty far.  That flushed, hot from playing outside look quickly disappears from my daughter's face with just a few swigs of this stuff.  Plus, organic means a lot to me - the fewer the chemicals the better.

Have a happy and safe rest of your summer!  Stay cool.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

85 Years, 85 Cupcakes

So my Grandma turned 85 earlier this month.  When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday she said,

"Well, I don't neeeed anything!  But I'd like it if someone made me 85 cupcakes.  I dunno why.  But I'd like to see 85 cupcakes representing my 85 years.  You know your Grandma, I have a sense of humor."

And of course, you can't pass up a request from your Grandma!  *smiles*

Only problem was, we had to DRIVE to the family get together.  A long drive.  So I'd have to bake at Grandma's house once we got there.  But 85 cupcakes in an evening!?  Hence, my cousin.  My Aunt and cousin pitched in and made 50.  I made 3 batches - cherry, lemon and chocolate -  which ended up being about 50.  (The chocolate were gluten free so I could participate too!)  The popcorn pictured was for snacking - to keep little fingers and teeth away from the cupcakes.

During our drive, I made 85 cupcake toppers.  Numbering 1-85.  *grins*  I used a 2 inch punch, glue stick and stickers.  Had to think a bit on how to make things in the car, during my little one's DVD and nap times!

The party took place at my Uncle's hunting cabin.  Rustic, yes.  But always functional and fun!  Tables were set up in the "The Shelter" which my cousin had decorated.

Food - which accidentally consisted primarily of desserts - was in "The Cabin."  The plywood walls are decorated guy style - snake skin, deer head, hunting calendar, etc. - so we females tried to cover some of that up with a table cloth backdrop!  Our entire set up is complete with hamburgers on the grill, an outhouse and no running water.  *BIG grin*

And so went the birthday party.  Grandma was adorned with this cute apron from IKEA, a bling bling tiara and badge - making her our "Cupcake Princess for a Day."

Happy Birthday, Grandma!  You are loved and appreciated.
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

I Won Shades Of Grey's Giveaway!

Thank you Shades Of Grey!  I won my first ever giveaway!  Totally stoked today.  *BIG grin*

LBH Creations offered the giveaway through Shades Of Grey.  Wonderful.  Excited to pick out a new outfit for my little one.

As I just heard Pooh Bear say, "Think, think, think..."  *winks*
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Product Review - Duncan Hines Frosting Creations

Even amid the cupcake hype the last few years, we're not big cupcake people.  
Not that we don't like them, just I haven't gotten into making them.  
This was my daughter's first cupcake experience and I wanted to make it extra fun.  
So, I decided to try Duncan Hines new Frosting Creations in the Cotton Candy flavor!  (Also, I wanted blue frosting to match a color scheme (another post soon!)  and it was the only blue!  *smiles*)

Here's what it looks like when you pull of the foil seal.  White frosting.  
And what's it taste like?  Well, honestly, a hint of sweet Crisco.  *eek*

According to the package directions, 
we dug a big hole straight down the center of the frosting canister.

Next, my daughter poured the flavor pouch into the hole.  
**Warning, the blue color stained the white grout on my Grandma's table!**

Stir, stir, stir!  
Even though I whipped, and mixed, and squished and smashed, the frosting still had...

...little flecks of blue and black!
And the final analysis of the Cotton Candy flavor?  
Even sweeter Crisco, with basically no hint of Cotton Candy!

After this experiment, I give Duncan Hines Frosting Creations a huge...FAIL! 
If all you're looking for is another step in making cupcakes, something for your kids to do, a specific frosting color, then fine.  But as far as taste and quality - nope.   
Just a gimmick to get an extra buck out of their frostings.  
Sorry, Duncan Hines.  *cheesy grin*

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