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FAST & FABULOUS: POTATO NACHOS FAST & FABULOUS: POTATO NACHOS
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Meet the potato nacho! Nachos are a delicious meal or snack but unfortunately they are generally calorie loaded with very little nutritional value. These potato nachos however are a much better option providing your family with the nutrients they need, plus they are super easy to prepare - LOVE! 

What you will need:

1 ½ pounds russet potatoes
1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
½ teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon Mexican seasoning blend
1 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese
¼ cup rinsed and drained canned black beans
¼ cup diced tomatoes
¼ cup sliced black olives
¼ cup sliced green onions
3 tablespoons canned diced green chiles
Salsa, guacamole and sour cream (optional)

What to do:

Click here for the full recipe. 


PER SERVING: 308 calories, 13 g protein, 35 g carbohydrate, 16 g total fat, 32 mg cholesterol, 659 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 37 mg Vitamin C, 913 mg potassium.

 

[via babble]

GUEST POST: KIDS ACTIVITIES BY SHOP FOR TOTS GUEST POST: KIDS ACTIVITIES BY SHOP FOR TOTS
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Some stores have the greatest Facebook pages full of insightful, inspiring and useful info and Shop for Tots is one of these. Shop for Tots is an Australian owned online store run by Kate, a mother of three year old twins and their Facebook page is run by Jo, Kate’s sister-in-law, who has 16 years of early childhood teaching experience. It is a buzzing hive of activity and a place where their followers can find out about product releases, exciting new brands, sales and discount codes. It also offers lots of hints, tips, activities and ideas to do with your little ones. We love seeing their posts pop up on our news feed, and so we asked the uber creative team at Shop for Tots to guest blog on TSN with some of their favourite kids activities.

 

SHOP FOR TOTS LOVES….

HOMEMADE NO- COOK PLAYDOUGH!


Why cook playdough on a stove when you can use this recipe with simple ingredients in your kitchen? Just combine 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 2 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon cream of tartar & 2 cups boiling water (coloured with your favourite food dye). Mix together in a large bowl and enjoy! For added sparkle you can always add some glitter for the special little one in your life. This recipe lasts for a number of weeks if stored in an airtight container or bag in the fridge.

 

A LETTER FROM THE TOOTH FAIRY


When a child loses their first tooth, it is a very special time in their life. Why not make it even more memorable with a tiny letter from the tooth fairy? A letter printed in a size 2 font on a computer or a handwritten note reduced in size on a photocopier will be perfect.

 

HOMEMADE FINGER PAINTS


This recipe for homemade finger paints is tried and tested with amazing results. Why spend a fortune on paints when these paints can be made with simple ingredients already in your kitchen? Fully washable and long-lasting, these paints are amazing! All the information can be found at easie peasie.

 

RAINBOW RICE SENSORY TUB


Rainbow rice is super easy to make with only 3 ingredients - rice, food colouring and rubbing alcohol. Your kids will love colouring the rice and playing with the finished product. The simple instructions were originally found at Share and Remember. Have fun!  

 

www.shopfortots.com.au sells amazing products for babies and children and they stock an expanding range of clothes, shoes, toys, games and everything in between! Shop for Tots just celebrated their 1st birthday and they love to bring you stylish products from Australia and around the world, with super fast delivery and exceptional service. If you are yet to check it out, be sure to click here now – we promise you will love it! 

 

STELLA MCCARTNEY KIDS COLLECTION AT SMALLABLE STELLA MCCARTNEY KIDS COLLECTION AT SMALLABLE
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Loving the Stella McCartney Kids collection available at Smallable. How cute is it!?! Sizing: baby – 12 years. Pricing: approx. AU$24- $127. Love it! 

5 ENERGY BOOSTING SNACKS 5 ENERGY BOOSTING SNACKS
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I generally eat very healthy however of late I have found my snacking to be a little out of control and I just can’t seem to help myself when it comes to sweet biscuits. Just like planning your meals, planning your snacks is a great idea too because it will save you from reaching for processed and/or sugar loaded options.

This week I’m making a conscious effort to ‘snack right’ so here is my list of energy boosting snacks:

1. Hummus dip with carrot sticks [preferably make your own, or, buy a preservative free one from the store]

2. Cheese & gluten free crackers – I’m not gluten intolerant but I think the less gluten you eat the better

3. Fresh yoghurt with berries

4. Wholegrain muesli bar – I like Carmen’s fruit muesli bars, great for ‘on the run’ days

5. Other great on the run options: fresh fruit, nuts, smoothies, fresh juice

And water, water, water!