{Tyke Bites} Banana Bread, Go Bars & Italian Chicken!

Hello my foodie friends! I'm back with another installment of Tyke Bites, which features a random day of meals for my quad squad....

Breakfast was a yummy serving of homemade banana bread (I've been using this recipe lately and the whole fam loves it!) with full-fat Greek vanilla honey yogurt and fresh strawberries. The kiddos enjoy eating their yogurt with spoons and are definitely becoming more adept with cutlery. But not at making less mess. That's what momma is for right? Clean up, aisle 4.

Lunch was a hodge podge mix of leftovers, since that's how we roll some days! We had leftover chicken nuggets, veggie chips, a couple whole grain goldfish, cheese, blueberries and cantaloupe. They ate every bite! I have to remember sometimes that kids don't find random food pairings odd at all, unlike we adults. ;)

I always struggle a little with snack time. Some days we do applesauce out of a community bowl, some days grandma is over and does a tea party with tea biscuits and other days I resort to my trusty goldfish. The quads love them, I just wish I could cut down on the carb-based foods I give them! But I've tried various things to no avail, so I have to feed them something they'll actually eat. I was very happy to find Plum Organic Go Bar's that have oats, chocolate chips and veggies at Target. The kids gobbled them up and they're easy to eat with minimal mess. 
Dinner, however, was a freshly baked home run that I'll certainly be repeating. I made this delicious Italian chicken bake, paired with mini penna pasta tossed with a little melted butter, garlic salt and fresh ground pepper, a couple of the baked tomatoes and sweet blueberries. Yum!

Got a recipe or snack idea you love? Leave me the dish in the comments section puh-lease!
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  1. Harper eats a lot of those bars, I even love them! Always a staple for her lunch box. :)

  2. AnonymousJuly 18, 2014

    These are a few snack and or desserts my kiddos eat, all found at Costco and are nutritious and delicious:

    Larabars (one of my favs)
    Cashew/yogurt drop trail mix
    Rice Rollers
    Fig Bars
    Apple chips (one ingredient)
    Frozen mangos
    Kind bars

    1. I will have to look for that trail mix - thank you!

  3. I don't kids, but my sis-in-law make a huge fruit and veggie smoothie batch and uses it for snack time throughout the week.

  4. I don't have a recipie but my two youngest Grandsons love Go-gurts frozen, they eat them like a popsicle pushup.
    Your chicken dish looks really yummy, going to try it.
    Thanks for sharing, and have a Great Weekend:)

  5. My 1 1/2 yr old loves olives which are really easy to quickly drain and handout. He also sometimes loves black beans and chickpeas right out of the can, easy and not that messy.
    He loves yogurt but unfortunately is not good with cutlery so that is a right before bath food!
    Thanks for sharing what yours are eating, gave some ideas.

  6. AnonymousJuly 20, 2014

    I usually do fruit with a little protein snack like a cheese stick or a yoghurt pouch. In summer I do homemade push up pops - coconut milk, blueberries, spinach and some nut butter blended really well. Great way to sneak in a salad serve! You can make little protein balls with ground nuts, dates and a bit of coconut oil for a snack too. Shape into balls and roll in desiccated coconut.

    In the mornings I often give homemade veggie and cheese muffins. Still carbs but with veggies!

  7. AnonymousJuly 20, 2014

    I just wanted to say thank you for your blog. I have a fresh set of twins and a six year old, and I've been getting a ton of homemaking ideas from you! I especially love all the little time saving tips you add in. They've been really helpful. Thank you, and I wish you the best!


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