Living in Southern California has its perks. Although I’m biased, I’ve noticed the sun is much brighter here; which I believe makes us happier. It’s one of the reasons my daughter and I love being outdoors. So naturally, we try to get out as often as we can. However, if I’m not careful sometimes too much sun can drain us instead of replenishing our Vitamin D. When that happens, I end up with a really tired, cranky, toddler who won’t eat lunch before nap time. And because of that, we run the risk of no nap at all. I have a secret-way of avoiding that with these after sun toddler popsicles using the Zoku.
If you can, bring pre-made popsicles in one of those frozen lunch bags and give one to your toddler BEFORE you head home. Obviously, you should eat one too! That way both your energy levels are replenished before you arrive home. When I get this order right, my daughter takes a long refreshing nap instead of a short survival nap where she wakes up hungry, crabby and groggy.
At Fatigue Fighting Mama, we believe small tweaks in our day can keep our energy levels intact and keep our kids happy. Hope you enjoyed this one! And if you think this is too much try Pedialyte pops instead. Personally, I’m not a fan and they’re more difficult for my toddler to eat, but it will also do the trick!
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Meal Planning is a discipline I’ve yet to fully implement in my life. I’ve heard it would be easier if I did. In fact, I’m in the process of learning how to meal prep for an entire week right now. But meanwhile, here’s what I’ve been doing to whip up juicy chicken without making a huge mess or having to prepare in advance.
Step 1: Heat up a large non-stick pan on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Be careful not to overheat, which will cause harmful vapors to come off your pan. However, it does need water to bounce off when tested. So watch the pan carefully and don’t leave it alone. Then spray the pan with either 1-5 seconds of any kind of oil spray. I use Coconut Oil Spray from Trader Joe’s.
Step 2: Take 4-5 pieces of frozen chicken tenderloins and place them far apart from each other on the pan. Sprinkle your choice of seasonings while it cooks. I use either lemon pepper, 21 seasonings, or garlic salt from Trader Joe’s. Grill both sides until golden without any kind of lid over the pan.
Step 3: When both sides are golden, cover the pan for another 2-3 minutes so the inside will cook thouroughly. The lid should trap in all the condensation. If it doesn’t your chicken will be dry. After 2-3 minutes you can either test the internal chicken temperature to make sure it reaches 170 degrees Fahrenheit or cut up the thickest one to make sure there’s no visible pink. Transfer to a cutting board to cut in strips. Add to any recipe that calls for grilled chicken.
Servings: 1 • Size: 2 tenderloins • Grams: 112 g • Ounces: 2 oz
Calories: 120 • Protein: 26 g • Carb: 0 g • Fat: 2 g
* I’ve had the best results with frozen chicken tenderloins from Trader Joe’s because they are thinner and less ice glazed than most. However, if you buy the Costco kind, you may need to run them in cold water first & let them dry a bit before following this process. Otherwise they may not sear properly.