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It seems we are having an Iceland themed week here at Littlewhirl…

Siggi’s Icelandic style skyr, is the best yogurt you will EVER eat, no lie. I bought it on a whim the other day & I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to eat anything else for the rest of my life (as far as yogurt is concerned anyway).

Siggi’s is the yogurt of my dreams. It’s thick and custard-like but it has no creepy gelatin in it so it’s vegetarian-friendly (awesome). I love the thickness of it and it’s such a toddler friendly snack for exactly that reason. No more runny yogurt all over your kid and the table (and the chair, and the floor……). Call me a nerd, but I love when I find new healthy snacks for V.

Typically, I buy plain yogurt and sweeten it myself with agave nectar but Siggi’s is only sweetened with agave nectar, how freaking awesome is that? It is a bit tart so when I gave it to V I put a tiny bit more in and she loved it. Siggi’s Skyr is a low-fat, high protein snack that is so super tasty and comes in flavors like Blueberry, Orange & Ginger and Pomegranate & Passion Fruit (it is also available in Plain). It’s the very definition of delicious and nutritious. So let’s recap: It’s thick, it’s delicious, it’s low in fat, it’s high in protein and it’s sweetened only with agave nectar. Seriously yogurt lovers, what more could you ask for? This stuff is, as the kids say, ‘the bomb’. A 6oz container will run you about two bucks and change but trust me, it is SO good!

I can’t say enough good things about this yogurt so I’ll give you a bit of history before I sign off. Siggi Hilmarsson started making Skyr in his kitchen and shortly after in 2005, The Icelandic Milk & Skyr Company was founded . They combine the ancient Icelandic tradition of skyr making with milk from local family farms in Chenango and Cortland Counties in New York State (Thank you cows, we appreciate it!). You can read the complete history of Siggi’s here, and the history story of Skyr here. I highly suggest you give it a read, the story is pretty great. Now all I need is for them to start making Skyr in giant tubs. Yum.

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I’ve been on a search for gelatin-free gummy vitamins for ages. I’ve been a vegetarian since 1999 with ventures in & out of veganism. So yeah, gelatin really skeeves me out. Finally, my friend Sue passed a link on to me to a company with nothing BUT vegan gummy vitamins! Gummiking, pretty much the best resource for gelatin-free vitamins I have ever seen. They instead use Pectin, a natural fiber derived from fruits. Their product line includes 7 different kinds of multi-vitamins &/or supplements for kids. They even provide an Echinacea plus Vitamin C & Zinc supplement, ideal for this scary flu season. Gummiking containers are also fully recyclable, which is always a plus in my book.

I know that there’s argument as to whether kids even need vitamins or not but I say better safe than sorry. We eat healthy but I still have no idea if V is getting the proper amount of vitamins & minerals that she needs on a daily basis (even though I like to think she is). That being said, she totally looks forward to taking her vitamins every morning. In fact, sometimes she even asks for vitamins instead of M&M’s as a reward for using the potty. Confession: I have totally been taking these too.

Gummi King Vitamins are manufactured in California and produced in a 150,000 square foot facility by a qualified team of 175+ employees. They manufacture 50 million gummies per month. Their website is full of great resources & information so please stop by & check them out (especially if you need vitamins) and stock up! Right now they have a buy one/get one promo going with free shipping! A virtual bargain.

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Best. Apple Cake. Ever.

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Since yesterday it poured rain & V was sick it seemed the perfect opportunity for baking. My lovely friend Debbie over at Words to eat by posted this recipe for apple cake a few days ago & I’ve been dying to make it. I knew it would be amazing because Debbie comes through with the most amazing recipes on a regular basis. An amazing food writer, she also teaches a class called “parents need to eat too” that I wish I could take. If only I lived in Brooklyn….

I had to do a little tweaking (I was out of lemons & only had 1.5c of sugar) but it was still INCREDIBLE! I even sprinkled a little brown sugar on top. Yum.

(This is a picture of Debbie’s cake, stop by her blog for the best recipes you’ll ever find. She rules!)

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Parents Need To Eat, Too

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If you are a starving parent, please stop by my lovely friend Debbie’s blog, Words to Eat By. She’s a Brooklyn based food writer and she’s been teaching a class out of her kitchen called Parents Need To Eat, Too. Her dishes include: Polynesian Flank Steak, Whaddya Got Fried Rice, Cottage Pie, American Chop Suey, Chicken Adobo, Hail Mary Pasta & Spaghetti a la Puttanesca. She also has a recipe for the BEST chocolate chip cookies I have ever made in my life!

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