Why I Bought Boys’ Underwear for My Daughter

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on May 19, 2016

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It’s no secret that the husband is a huge fan of Star Wars. When Layla was born, the husband was so excited to share his love of Star Wars with her that he talked to her about it all the time. And now, I can honestly say that Layla has become a Star Wars fan in her own right. Ask her about any of the movies, and she’ll be able to tell you who all of the characters are: From Darth Vader to Yoda to BB8 to Rey to Boba Fett. She can tell you what the Death Star is, and identify all of the ships (Millennium Falcon vs. X-Wing vs. Tie-Fighter anyone?) on her own. She even knows the tagline “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” by heart.

And actually, after seeing the newest movie and reading Layla the books about the original movies, I have to say I’m a pretty big Star Wars fan myself.

We’re a Star Wars family. Pretty much.

So when Layla started becoming interested in going pee on the potty, we immediately thought of getting her Star Wars themed underwear – since we figured the reminder “Keep Yoda Dry” would help motivate her to go on the toilet instead of in her diaper.

I thought that would be easy to accomplish through a simple search on Amazon, right?

Wrong.

Do a search for “Star Wars Toddler Underwear” on Amazon, and all you get are boys underwear.

Do a search for “Star Wars Girls Toddler Underwear” on Amazon, and you get no results.

Do a search for “Star Wars Girls Toddler Underwear” on GOOGLE, and across all merchants there is just one option for older girls (not toddlers) where the primary colors are pink and purple. So basically, when clothing manufacturers finally provided a Star Wars underwear option for girls, they made Star Wars pink and purple because, of course, girls will only like light sabers and Darth Vader if they are pink??

I was shocked that clothing manufacturers somehow decided that only boys would enjoy having their favorite Star Wars characters on their underwear. That only boys would be interested in sci-fi and space. That only boys would like underwear that’s multicolored instead of primarily blue (vs. girls, who of course would only prefer underwear that’s pink and purple). That only boys should have access to the identities and themes in Star Wars: that of intelligence, engineering, problem solving, space exploration, adventure, strength.

And then again, I shouldn’t have been too surprised because of the recent #wheresrey debacle – where toy manufacturers failed to create a Rey doll for Star Wars, despite the fact that she’s the HERO and the MAIN CHARACTER.

Layla is a girl who loves Star Wars. We talk about space at home. She enjoys learning about planets, pretending she’s an astronaut, and pretending to “fly” around our house. She likes all colors, not just the color pink. She also enjoys skirts and dresses, and especially enjoys wearing those skirts over her favorite Star Wars pajamas.

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Layla can’t be put into a “girl” box, just because she happens to be a girl. Here she is, wearing her favorite space t-shirt (note: I had to buy that from the boys’ section) underneath a pink fluffy sweater.

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I was originally going to write a post about how we potty trained Layla (potentially using healthy snacks as bribes, and healthy treat ideas for potty training) – and that post will come eventually. But in the lead up to potty training, this was so outrageous that I had to write about it.

So, when Layla asked for underwear, and we wanted to get her Star Wars underwear, we ended up just buying her boys underwear. Because 1) who cares about that little flap in the front, she won’t know the difference and 2) she deserves to have access to the same interests and identities that boys her age do.

Clothing manufacturers, get on board. Girls like Star Wars too.

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#makestarwarsunderwearforgirls

#wheresmystarwarsunderwear

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Thai Peanut Curry with Chickpeas

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on May 17, 2016

Sauces made with nut butter are a total hit in this house. The husband loves them, Layla loves them, these types of sauces are super easy to make and they are rich and delicious while still being healthy! Win-win.

This particular curry uses chickpeas instead of the traditional tofu that you’d see in a Thai curry, and I really enjoyed the change of pace. It’s packed with flavor thanks to the garlic, onions, and warm spices like cumin, cardamom and coriander. Ground peanut powder adds a richness without all of the calories of peanut butter (more on that in a sec!), and coconut milk turns that peanut powder into a creamy, thick sauce that all of the veggies and chickpeas just soak right up.

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You can serve it over brown rice, quinoa, eat it as a “stew” on its own, or serve it with naan or roti! It’s really versatile and a one-pot dish, which makes clean-up that much easier. I topped ours with roasted chopped cashews, and we ate it with brown rice on the side.

But my secret ingredient for this recipe is this amazing Peanut Protein Powder from Naked Nutrition. (Just a little tip – I’m giving away some free Naked Nutrition products here!) Unlike most of the low calorie peanut butter options like BetternPeanutButter or PB2 which are either super processed with tons of random ingredients, and have added sugar, Naked Nutrition’s peanut protein powder has just one ingredient: Roasted Peanuts! There is no added sugar, salt, artificial sweeteners, flavors, thickeners, or colors. 2 tbsp have only 50 calories, 6g protein and 2g fiber. It’s the perfect addition to anything you need peanut flavor for but don’t want all of the calories of regular peanut butter!

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This ingredient added such a richness to the curry, it felt like I was eating a dish that had been cooking all day long. This recipe makes a TON of food, so we ate this for leftovers later in the week and then I also froze a big batch to save for later (it freezes great!) Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

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Thai Peanut Curry with Chickpeas

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Calories per serving: 194

Fat per serving: 3.7g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 194 Calories, 3.7g Fat (1.5g Saturated), 495mg Sodium, 34.8g Carbs, 7.4g Fiber, 3.8g Sugar, 7.3g Protein

Ingredients

  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 10 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 4 tbsp ground peanut powder
  • 2 15oz cans light coconut milk
  • 1/2-1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 yellow peppers, sliced
  • 4 carrots, cut into quarters and sliced
  • 3 zucchini, cut into quarters and sliced
  • 3 15oz cans of chickpeas
  • ½ tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • Chopped Roasted Cashews (1 tsp per serving)

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and ginger and saute until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add all of the spices and let them toast for 1 min, stirring constantly
  3. Add the coconut milk and peanut powder
  4. Add rest of the ingredients (broth through sugar)
  5. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a low simmer for at least 30 minutes, but the dish can be simmered as long as 1-2 hours
  6. Top each serving with 1 tsp chopped roasted cashews

Notes

Adapted from Vegan Richa

http://pickyeaterblog.com/thai-peanut-curry-with-chickpeas/

 

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