Bits and Bobs

Dear lovely ladies of Buggy Bootcamp,

I hope you have all enjoyed your weekend. Did anyone do anything unique or interesting? We went to see The Light Princess at the National Theater on Friday night. It was fantastic. This eclectic show mixed modern screening methods with old-fashioned theatrical techniques (men dressed in black helped give the illusion of the Light Princess “floating” in mid air by propping her up by their feet throughout the entire performance. I was tired for them!). The show was beautifully written and exquisitely performed and really felt like an escape. I highly recommend.

A couple quick announcements:

* Buggy Bootcamp holiday party on Thursday, the 12th of December. Let’s get sitters and have a cocktail or two with the hubs! It will either be held at the Cadogan Arms on Kings Road or at my house in Parsons Green. Festive attire. ***Please let me know either way if you are able to attend so I may plan accordingly!***

* As some of you are aware, I have FINALLY located an indoor space for the winter. I must have contacted over 50 different churches, leisure centers, stores, discovery centers, and even pubs all over central London. Thank god I was looking for an indoor workout venue and not a prom date! The new location is the beautiful Saint Dionis Church right on Parsons Green. It is a newly refurbished, well- lit space with a lift up for the buggies. On Tuesdays they also hold a free playgroup at the church which you are all welcome to attend after! There are parking options for anyone interested in driving, and it is a 30 second walk from both the tube stop and bus stop (Parsons Green on the District Line). I realize this may not be convenient for everyone and I truly wish I had access to something more central to accommodate you all equally. For that reason I am still going to offer classes throughout the winter in Hyde Park, outside. I will only have one regular class a week indoors, and move other classes inside if it is far too cold/wet to hold it outdoors (in which case I will post on Facebook or email you the morning of). We will see how it goes the month of December and make necessary adjustments as time goes on. Having said all that, here is our new winter schedule as of December 1:

Monday: Hyde Park 9:30am
Tuesday: Saint Dionis Church: 10am
Wednesday 2pm: Hyde Park (Royal Albert Hall monument)
Thursday: Hyde Park: 9:30am

* Please note, depending on Wednesday afternoon attendance over the next few weeks, we may be dropping the afternoon class. If you feel strongly about keeping this class later in the day, you’ll need to start recruiting some friends to join you! We’ll reassess in the next couple weeks.

* Also, there will be no class the week of December 23rd through January 16th. If you are on a 3 month package, your package will be extended by 3 weeks.

A friend recently asked me if I had any easy, healthy kids’ snack recipes. As your babies grow older and start experimenting with solids and finger foods, what foods will you introduce to them? Here are a few of my favorite easy, healthy, whole-food based standbys that are able to satisfy both yours and your little ones’ appetites on the go:

Ants on a log: an old favorite, as long as your child has been cleared of any nut allergies it is an easy go-to between meals. Chop up celery stalks, spread with almond, peanut or cashew butter, then sprinkle with raisins. Full of fiber, healthy fats, and even a cheeky serving of veg.

Veggie and fruit kebabs: dice up cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, broccoli and add to skewer. Or dice up watermelon, grapes, pineapple, strawberry, and kiwi to satisfy a sweet tooth. Kids love to dip! I usually offer a small tub of hummus, pesto mayo, or coconut yogurt for dipping.

Kiddie trail mix: mix together: dried blueberries or banana chips, food doctor roasted bean and pea mix, raisins, muesli, and chopped walnuts. Pour into a snack trap and you’re golden til lunchtime.

Toddler chopped salad: as long as your child’s salad doesn’t contain large spinach or romaine leaves they may not be as opposed to the idea as you may guess. Mix together chickpeas, edamame, black beans, diced tomatoes, corn, tomatoes, and avocado. Sometimes I dice up baby shrimp and shake all ingredients in a container with a tsp of Italian dressing. Slap on a bib and let them get messy.

Veggie toast: take a slice of whole grain bread and toast. Then spread with avocado. Slice two cucumber “eyes,” add a dab of hummus, dot each with a black bean. A carrot or sliced firm tofu makes a great nose, broccoli for hair, and a sliced red pepper for the smile. Most kids are thrilled to see their snack smiling back at them!

If I don’t say it often enough, let me say it now. Thank you ALL so much for coming and bringing your positive energy to class so consistently. It is so gratifying to hear such positive feedback and see so many friendships form as a result of this class. I do hope it continues and please keep an open dialogue with me if there is anything we could be doing better to help you and your little one get the most out of each class.

Don’t forget to send me your Fall Fitness Challenge points! Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!



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