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Many of you know that when I had Layla, breastfeeding was not easy. I stuck with it for as long as I could but eventually I needed to supplement with formula.

And after a ton of research, I came up with this list of the best organic formulas for your baby. Last year, I began a screening process to find the most trustworthy online vendor that I could feel comfortable recommending as a place to buy HiPP, Holle, and Lebenswert in the US.

My search led me to Organic Munchkin

Why is it important to find a vendor in the US? The main concern I’ve heard from all of you when it comes to ordering overseas is that it can be very nerve-racking. You can’t be certain of delivery times, formula isn’t always in stock, and you have no idea whether your formula will pass through customs inspections that could open, contaminate or irradiate your package. And I completely agree with all of these concerns!

This is where Organic Munchkin comes in. I have spoken with Peter, the owner of Organic Munchkin, multiple times over the past year and after researching him and his business thoroughly, I feel confident in recommending Organic Munchkin as a resource for purchasing HiPP, Holle, and Lebenswert in the US. Organic Munchkin has some of the lowest prices I’ve seen for HiPP, Holle, and Lebenswert formula sold in the US when purchased in bulk. And they offer free same-day USPS Priority shipping for orders placed before 2:45PM EST on Monday-Friday. After working with Peter over the past year, I can confidently say that formulas purchased from Organic Munchkin are safe, authentic, and reliable.

Other reasons why I love Organic Munchkin: 

1) Organic Munchkin’s founder, Peter, is a health-minded father of triplets. When his children were infants, he and his wife had to supplement with formula, but his babies didn’t respond well to the options available in the US. Everything changed for the better when they found HiPP and Holle formula. Organic Munchkin grew out of their mission to get the best formula to the U.S. to feed their own babies.

Here’s a quote from Peter: “My family was in the European food business owning several brick and mortar European stores in the past in Astoria, Queens, NY. We have a network of importers and this was my obvious choice to go to my family and ask to import formula for my babies to save money since I had triplets. I then sold so much to friends and family that the obvious choice was to adapt my online skills, with my family skills, and create Organic Munchkin.”

2) Peter is from a family of importers, so he’s able to effectively source large quantities of formula directly from Europe. He sent me documentation and photos to verify the supply chain. Also, you can be sure the formula isn’t irradiated because they ship through containers (not air) 90% of the time. Sometimes they do ship in through air if they are running low for some units. In that case, they put in paperwork asking not to be irradiated due to the nature of the product and that has worked.

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3) Organic Munchkin will always have formula in stock! Peter has been working over the past year to beef up his supply chain to help make this happen.

4) Organic Munchkin is based in Astoria, New York. If you contact them, you’ll get a response quickly and from someone who actually works at the company (vs. a call center!)

Please note that The Picky Eater is not responsible for the quality of either the formula itself or the experience of ordering from Organic Munchkin. I am simply saying that based on my research, if I were buying a European formula for my own child, I would feel 100% comfortable getting it from Organic Munchkin, and they would be my go-to source of ordering European formula. This post contains affiliate links. 

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Healthy Banana Bread (Lightened Up, Low Calorie!)

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on August 10, 2016

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I’m a sucker for baked goods. Especially for things that sound healthy but aren’t: banana bread, zucchini bread, muffins, scones … so, so yummy, I dream of that freshly baked smell when I’m craving something indulgent for breakfast.

Of course, I rarely sit down and enjoy an entire piece of banana bread, because those suckers can run you up to 450-500 calories and 35-40g sugar for just ONE piece (that’s more sugar and double the calories than a regular sized Milky Way Bar!)

Ridiculous, right?

I thought so too. So I went in search for the perfect, healthy banana bread recipe: one that was lower in sugar and calories than the original, but tasted just as good.

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I was inspired by this recipe from SkinnyTaste which completely fit the bill. I modified it slightly to make it even healthier, but it still turned out great.

Moist, light, fluffy and just slightly sweet – it’s the perfect addition to your morning coffee, your afternoon tea, or just for a healthy snack or end-of-the-day treat!

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The Ingredients

  • 7 ripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or oat flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • Olive oil spray

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The Directions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 8×5 inch loaf pans (or 1 9×9 baking pan) with olive oil spray. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.

Step 2: In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer (you can also use a food processor for this). Add egg whites, bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl (or the food processor container)

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Step 3: Add flour mixture and walnuts, then blend at low speed until combined. (You can also do this in a large bowl). Do not over mix.

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Step 4: Pour batter into pan(s) and bake on the center rack for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Step 5: Let the banana bread cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.

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If you use one 9×9 pan, this recipe will give you 16 huge slices, or 32 normal sized slices. If you use the loaf pans, this recipe will yield 26 slices.

The husband, who can be very critical of baked goods, thought this recipe tasted great. And Layla gobbled it up like it was the best thing she had ever eaten! 🙂

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Healthy Banana Bread (Low Calorie!)

If you use one 9x9 pan, this recipe will give you 16 huge slices, or 32 normal sized slices. If you use the loaf pans, this recipe will yield 26 slices.

Nutritional Info Per Serving (for 32 slices, serving size 1 slice): 102 Calories, 3.5g Fat (1.1g Saturated) 45.5mg Sodium, 18.2g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 8g Sugar, 2.2g Protein

Ingredients

  • 7 ripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or oat flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • Olive oil spray

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 8×5 inch loaf pans (or 1 9x9 baking pan) with olive oil spray. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer (you can also use a food processor for this). Add egg whites, bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl (or the food processor container)
  3. Add flour mixture and walnuts, then blend at low speed until combined. (You can also do this in a large bowl). Do not over mix.
  4. Pour batter into pan(s) and bake on the center rack for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Let the banana bread cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.

Notes

Adapted from SkinnyTaste

http://pickyeaterblog.com/healthy-banana-bread-lightened-up-low-calorie/

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A Fresh (and Healthy!) Cheese Giveaway from Elli Quark!

August 1, 2016
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Hi Everyone! I am super excited to announce this month’s giveaway from Elli Quark: a company that makes spoonable fresh cheese with a creamy texture similar to Greek yogurt, but with a richer taste! When they first reached out to me, I’ll have to admit, I was a little skeptical. I couldn’t imagine cheese having a similar […]

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Cheesy Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole

July 28, 2016
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I’m always looking for delicious one-pot meals — the kind that I can just stick in the oven, not worry about, and know that it will turn out to be absolutely delicious. That’s where this recipe comes in 🙂 A lightened-up, healthy quinoa bake that you can enjoy completely guilt-free. Reminiscent of enchiladas, slightly spicy and […]

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Gluten-Free Pasta Primavera

July 15, 2016
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Pasta with vegetables, homemade sauce, garlic, and parmesan cheese is a weeknight staple in our house. It’s ridiculously easy to make, light and tasty, and is guaranteed to be on your dinner table in under 30 minutes! You can change it up based on whatever veggies happen to be in season. In the summer I […]

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What Is The Healthiest Nut Butter? (Your Nut Butter Buying Guide)

July 8, 2016
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Peanut Butter. Almond Butter. Sunflower Butter. Coconut Butter. Soy Butter. Cashew butter. Walnut butter. Multi-nut butter. Nutella (or hazelnut butter). Reduced-fat. No-stir. Natural. Organic. Powdered. There are literally so many nut and seed butter options out there it can make your head spin. And so many of them claim to be healthy, natural, low-calorie, a […]

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