Before I became a parent, I thought I would never cook separate meals for different members of my family. “What a waste of time!” I thought. “I’ll never become one of those short-order-cook parents!” I told myself. “Our kids will eat anything we put in front of them!” I told my husband. Fast forward 13+ years and I have eaten my words. Many times. And in many ways.
Eating leafy greens and vegetables can be a challenge for many families, especially those with young children who are still discovering new foods. Over the years, I have tried several different approaches and as my children have grown, their interest in trying new salad ingredients has grown too. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Oh, how I long for the days when my kids ate what I put in front of them. They weren’t strong enough to open the fridge, couldn’t reach the cookies in the pantry, and had no money of their own and no transportation to get to the nearest fast food restaurant. There are zillions of books, websites and blogs dedicated to feeding our babies, toddlers and preschoolers healthy foods. But what happens when they become tweens and teens and make many of their food choices when we aren’t there to help them make wise decisions?
Oooey gooey brownies with a good nutrient profile?! Yes, please! These double chocolate brownies are so good it's hard to just have one. They are oil free and contain no flour. How is this possible? Black beans. Yes, black beans - and no, you can't taste or see them! This ingredient might sound odd, but black beans are a fantastic flour replacement, making this recipe gluten free and giving it an extra boost of protein.
Feeding a child is one of the most stressful parts of parenting for me. One minute my kids all enjoy a spaghetti dinner with homemade meatballs and green salad. The next minute that same meal is launched across the dining room table. Is this behavior picky eating? I’d like to think so. I also think there comes a time when children learn food is one of the only things they can control so they test their limits with Mom and the laws of gravity like Bill Nye the Science Guy. From what I’ve researched and witnessed in my own kitchen, handling picky eaters is just another step in the parent-child relationship most if not all families experience.
Today, we welcome guest blogger, Jodie Fitz. She is the creator and personality of the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club and author of ‘Real Food Fast” and the ‘Better Bites’ program. When she is not on the road or in the kitchen, she’s wife & mother of three.
Every once in a while, you just have to play with your food! Here’s a great way to take salad to a whole new, memorable level while packing in a bunch of veggie fun.
Raise your hand if you have kids who always want a snack, even when dinner will be ready in 10 minutes. Or if your busy schedule has you going from school to activities before heading home for dinner and you need a little something to hold kids over? I know the feeling. Lately, I’ve been keeping a batch of energy bites on hand to keep myself and my kids from “hangry” situations.
Eating dinner together as a family is a top priority in my family. Except when I have to work late. Or have a meeting. Or when my kids have soccer practice. Or a band concert. Or a study group. Or a softball game. Or...Well, you get what I’m saying. It’s one thing to WANT to spend time as a family, and quite another thing to actually DO IT. Good intentions and good food can only get us so far when it comes to shared meal times. So what’s a family to do when sports, work, volunteer commitments and music lessons get in the way of family dinner?
Mental health disorders are exceedingly common. According to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), 43.8 million adults in the U.S. will experience mental illness in a given year. That’s 1 in 5 adults. Every year. And 20% of youth (ages 13-18) have a mental health condition. In short, mental illness affects all of us: whether it’s personally, as a parent, child, friend, co-worker or neighbor.
Today's guest blog posts comes from our friends at Avocados from Mexico. Including fresh avocados in your Cinco de Mayo celebration is a delicious way to kick off summer celebrations. Whether you’re attending a Memorial Day parade or anticipating fireworks on Independence Day, firing up the grill is a great way to keep the kitchen cool and enjoy the summer.