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3 Fun Ideas To Serve Oats

 

We are back from our trip. We were at Disney land for the Christmas break and my kids loved spending their vacation meeting with their favorite Disney characters.  The travel checklist (grab it from here) I created came so handy and I felt so relived that I packed everything that was needed for my family. Everything can’t be perfect right. Well, I forgot the most essential item in my packing bag and that “one thing” was my phone charger. I went to bed pretty late on Tuesday night as I was working on this post (Essential Indian Pantry List) and my mind was pre-occupied with few keys things that had to be addressed before I stepped out. Despite all the planning and packing, I missed to grab the charger from the kitchen but I was so glad that I remembered to take the phone. My husband was little grumpy that I forgot the most essential thing but four days of no phone and no gadgets was a great break for me. We drove to Anaheim,CA and it took more than 8 hours to reach the hotel with frequent stops for diaper change, restroom breaks and meals. I travelled with my 4 year old boy and 1 year old girl.My daughter doesn’t like the idea of being buckled to a car seat or stroller and we stopped every 2hours to get her out of the car for a small stroll. So you can imagine how interesting and draining the drive would have been for us.

My kids aren’t gluten intolerant but they do great if the meal is gluten-free. I try not to give them processed food as it makes them feel bloated, uneasy, cranky and what not. But a trip outside will involve eating cheetos, churros, sandwiches, chips, popcorns outside. So I packed homemade snacks and meals for some part of the trip. One thing that I will suggest is not to get too ambitious to stay late in the Disney parks and drain the kids. It doesn’t help and the following day is even worse. We tired to wrap everyday at 6.00 PM  in Disney. The parks will be so crowded during holiday season and the time it takes to catch the shuttle that takes to the car park and then back to our hotel took solid 1 hour. You can imagine how tired parents become with folding the stroller during the shuttle ride, unfolding it, buckling the kids back to the stroller during the walk to the car and re-folding it to keep it in the car. I will definitely write a separate post on how to plan a trip with youngers kids but before that I will share the list of foods that I packed for the trip. They are homemade, gluten free and sugar free. Since we drove, we carried a cooler box with fruit juices, below foods and dumped bag of ice to prevent them from spoiling. We picked milk, yogurt and chips at Anaheim. We grabbed lunch at Disney and were back at the hotel by 8.00 PM. Trust me, you and your spouse will be super tired after hours of pushing the stroller and standing in line inside the park and all you want when you get back to the hotel room is hot shower and some good food to eat without stepping out.

Snacks:

  1. Masala Puffed Rice
  2. Instant Flattened Rice-Nuts Snacks
  3. Apples, bananas and grapes
  4. Nuts and dried prunes, apricots and figs

Meals:

  1. Lemon Rice
  2. South Indian Idli
  3. Chana Masala and Cooked Rice
  4. Mixed Vegetable Soup (Easy Slow Cooker Recipe)

We came back last night tired and exhausted. On the way back home, we grabbed dinner from a local restaurant. With tiring legs, droopy eyes and happy memories we all went to bed.

Today morning, I woke up with a blank stare at the ceiling wondering what to fix for breakfast. Gladly our nanny will cook lunch so I was left to make some quick breakfast. I cooked oats and served like with fruits for my kids. I didn’t serve it the usual way but a more fancy, cute way a kid will love it.

3 Fun Ideas To Serve Oats For Kids

  1. Lion King Oats
  2. Meow Meow Oats
  3. Perfect Crab Oats

Please cook the oats as per manufacturer’s instruction. I add milk and a pinch of salt as I avoid any sweetener in their oats. You can season with cinnamon powder. I use Quaker’s old fashioned oats.

Lion King Oats

Oats as Lion King

Oats as Lion King

You will need

  • Cooked oats
  • 1 small clementine
  • 2 apple slices
  • 3 blueberry plus few more

Directions

  1. Place oats in a bowl. Arrange the clementine segments to form the mane of the lion. Slice the apples to form the whiskers and use blueberry to create eyes and nose.
  2. Finely chop rest of the apple and mix it into the oats.

Meow Meow Oats

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Oats as Cat the Queen

You will need

  • 1 cup cooked oats (mixed with milk)
  • 1/2 apple
  • 10 raisins
  • 1 blueberry

Directions

  1. Cut apples into shapes shown in the picture.
  2. Place oats in a bowl. Arrange the apples to form whiskers, mouth and crown. Place the raisins as eyes and blueberry as nose. Chop the raisins into tiny chunks to decorate the crown.
  3. Finely chop rest of the raisins and mix it into the oats.

Perfect Crab Oats

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Oats as Crabs

 

You will need

  • Cooked oats
  • 1 apple
  • 10 raisins

Directions

  1. Cut apples into shapes shown in the picture. Make sure to make the wedges with a pairing knife.
  2. Place oats in a bowl. Arrange the apples (cut in shapes) to form claws and legs. Place the raisins as eyes
  3. Finely chop rest of the raisins and mix it into the oats.

You can also make homemade DIY oats scrub for your kids.

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