My Kiddo’s Lunch

Early this year, I have been preparing my kiddo’s lunch box daily since starting formal school. (Or nightly since I don’t have time in the morning 6 plus-ish) Below are memories of my kiddo’s humble lunches. Enjoy! image image image image image image image

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A Colourful Loom Holiday

During the June holiday, I thought of getting the kiddo involved in some activities. So I bought a loom kit for beginners. I thought as long we finish it, that’s it, at least we would have done something interesting during the school holidays. Never did we know that we’ll be hooked after that first kit was finished!

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Isn't it interesting that rubber bands can be made to these?

I realised doing the loom can train the kiddo’s fine motor skills. I am surprised that she knows the fishtail method better than the single band method. I salute the creator of rainbow loom who can come up with such brilliant idea of turning simple rubble bands into something nice. Not forgetting the many creative creators who made so many charms, bracelets and many things on YouTube for people to follow.

Before we know it, our first kit finished. So I ordered more loom refills. While waiting for the loot to arrive impatiently, we started another “project”. A proper “house” for the loom bands, as the kiddo puts it.

We started to look for nice box and finally found a transparent box at the local $2 shop. It’s about the size of a shoe box. First thing we checked was to ensure the loom board can fit inside the box. It did. Next, the partition. The partition we found could not “stand” properly and would wiggle and fall when reaching for the bands. The bands would also “shift” beneath the partition. Out!

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Original "design" of our loom house

Our search for smaller boxes or partition yielded nothing. We cracked our heads and finally thought why not make our own partitions or little boxes. So we used coloured art and crafts paper to fold into half boxes and tape four together to form a single tray. Like the orange one below. You know the folding method is like those where the aunties usually fold the boxes to collect rubbish from guests during CNY.

Ta – da! Our colourful trays of colours!

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Love the colours!

When the loot finally arrived, we can’t wait to tear them open!

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Seen the torn sign?

About the segregating of colours. Initially I wanted to categorise them by the types of bands. Eg. Glitter, jelly, neon etc. But the kiddo wanted to categorise by colour family. I realised her idea was better since I can see the colours within the colour family easier.

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Are they colourful?

The boxes fit nicely into the biggy box, including space for the loom board and hook.

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Nice?

It’s also convenient to just remove the specific tray that I want to use and keep the rest in the biggy box.

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" Our Loom house"

Looks like this activity is here to stay. Very interesting and fun. My most satisfied “product” so far.

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Baby Ariel

So are you looming yet?

Overnight Oats and Oatmilk Powder

I have been introduced to overnight oats and oatmilk powder recently. Oats is low in Glycemic index (GI ) and its “may-reduce-weight” possibility attracted me.

A family member told me that her nutritionist recommended oatmilk powder as a dinner replacement if dinner time is after 8pm. Plus I remember an ex-colleague who had reduced her weight because she had oats for breakfast every morning. Too bad I didn’t get to ask the details of how she did it and we had no contacts since.

So I set off to google about overnight oats as my breakfast and searching for oatmilk powder as my dinner replacement. (Probably not daily but few times a week should help?)

There’s lots of recipes out there about overnight oats. I tried it and love it since. Now I don’t really follow any recipe. Just variations of how thick or diluted you want your oats to be. It is not restrictive and up to your creativity.

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Coffee flavoured with chia seeds

I must say this overnight oats is much more interesting and yummy than the typical instant oats I had in the past. In the past, I just mixed instant oats with hot water, milk and honey. But I dislike the slimy aftertaste. Somehow I tasted less of the slimy aftertaste with overnight oats. Plus now I use rolled oat which is supposed to be better and less processed than instant oats.

To do the overnight oats, just combine oats, pinch of salt, raisins, dried cranberries or any nuts you can find in your pantry. When ready, just pour milk into the oats and mix. I have made varieties of this overnight oats including chocolate and mocca flavour. Just mix hot water with cocoa powder/coffee granules before adding into oats followed by milk. One day I should try macha flavour. (Yucky?) I even added chia seeds for the pudding feel. Overnight oats will taste better with some honey added though.

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Getting ready to put them all together

Now about oats milk powder, it’s really expensive. Over here, a tin can sell for over $30 to $40. I like the taste. It has this beta glucan which is the fibre which makes it more expensive. The oatmilk should help to last thru my dinner but I found myself getting real hungry nearing midnight. (I don’t sleep that early u see…) So this didn’t last as being my dinner replacement. (I have in fact avoided carb at dinner time, see if it helps me)

Not willing to spend more on oatmilk powder, I started to explore and “d-i-y”. I thought maybe if I “process” the rolled oats in my blender into powder form, I should get similar oatmilk powder. Not exactly but similar. So yesterday I took out my dusty blender,  blitz thru the oats into powder. Mixed it into milk, just like overnight oats. It tasted as good too. Just don’t have the chewing part.

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Coffee flavour oats (see the powder at the bottom?)

Then I read my rolled oats packaging, I realised it has beta glucan! My rolled oats cost me only $3 plus! No other addictives and chemicals if I processed them myself! The good thing is it still taste as good. Taste more like smoothie then oats. Hmm…. more varieties for my breakfast now.

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Packaging of my rolled oats

I am so excited that I planned to blitz more of my oats into powder tonight. Maybe I will explore adding this “special” powder into my baked goods in future. 🙂

Update:

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Spot the difference

Can you spot the difference? The one on the left is commercial oats milk powder (received some samples from someone) and the right is the oats that I blitz. Commercial oats is more refine and mine not. Other than that I am not sure what other ingredients are added to the commercials but I know mine is mainly oats.