A delicious “Gnu”tritious drink the kids will love! {Giveaway} #simplyhealthykids

As parents, we all know that sometimes it can be a real battle getting our kids to eat nutritious foods.

Produce protest!

Produce protest!

My littles fight me every meal when I try to get them to each their fruits and veggies.

I’ve tried being sneaky with my meals by adding purées and making smoothies, but the littles use their “produce-dar” and can detect any minute amount of the “good stuff”, and turn their noses up at it.

Now that our daughter is starting Kindergarten this year, I now have the task of coming up with nutritious snacks and lunches that she will eat.


Locally based out of Vancouver, Gnubees by GnuSante are delicious nutritious beverages made from 100% non-GMO, nut-free and Kosher certified products. Each nutritiously balanced pouch contains 15% of all recommended vitamins and minerals, plus 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fibre. They are also low in GI (glycemic index) and each serving contains all 9 amino acids that children require for development.

They come in three super yummy flavours; Rockin’ Raspberrita, Orange You Glad?, and Go Bananas! And the great thing is that they are sweetened with honey, so your kidlets won’t experience the sugar high and crash that many snacks create.

Our wee lad is partial to the Go Bananas!


You can enjoy Gnubees straight from the pouch (they are especially yummy when they are chilled!) or add them to a favourite recipe to up the nutritional content and bring some pizzazz to the flavour!


Until September 30th, 2014, you can enter to WIN a one month supply of Gnubees, valued at $95!

You may enter the following ways:

Go to http://www.gnusante.com/simply-healthy-kids and via the Rafflecopter link below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Grocery shopping with small children in tow. #YMCCommunity

I’ve never minded going grocery shopping.

I enjoy cruising the aisles, checking out new and different types of foods to try out. And if you go to some of the bigger grocery stores, there’s more than just food to get you excited!

There are toys, make-up, baby stuff, housewares, clothing, the list goes on. I prefer the convenience of this kind of shopping…especially when you have your kids with you.

On our last visit, we went after swim lessons, when the kids are starving and it’s nearing nap time.

I had a smallish list, but of course, as we’re racing through the store, dinner ideas are popping into my head and extra items are grabbed. Probably not the best idea to have when the weelets are getting antsy and hungrier by the minute.

Soon, the little Dude is reaching nuclear meltdown range and the diaper bag with snacks, is sitting safely in the van. He’d already destroyed the shopping list (which is now making our shopping trip even longer because now I have to decipher what it says through the drooly, chewed paper and running ink) and thrown my keys and his soother across the store SEVERAL times.

My "once was" grocery list.

My “once was” grocery list.

I gave him assorted items from the shopping cart to keep him distracted, but this didn’t work for long. He even gnawed through the bag of Babybel cheese!

Was there a mouse in that bag?

Was there a mouse in that bag?

Normally I would NEVER open an item that I’ve put in the shopping cart, before I pay for it, but wee man needed something to eat, stat! I gave him a fruit and veggie pouch and that bought me a few more minutes while we went through the checkout.



Then as we’re putting the groceries on the conveyor belt, my daughter advised me that she needs to go potty “VERY BADLY MOM!”, and she’s holding her backside. She did have a bit-o-the-runs in the morning before swimming, so I’m thinking that she hasn’t quite finished what she had started before we went swimming.

Mom, I need to go potty!

Mom, I need to go potty!

Perfect, all I need now is a screaming and kicking toddler and a 4 year old with poopy pants, drawing attention to us in the grocery store.

Fortunately our cashier overhead our predicament, and blazed through ringing in our lot, so that we could dash to the loo post haste.

We made it!

No accidents, no tantrum, now just to get home before something else happens to make it even more of a stellar day.

Do you have a funny or not-so-funny story about shopping with your kids?