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.
If you follow Produce for Kids on Instagram, you probably saw the LaLa Lunchbox Takeover Tuesday on Jan. 17 hosted by Gillian Fein, creator of LaLa Lunchbox. We had the chance to chat with Gillian and find out what the hype was around her LaLa Lunchbox app and how it can help #poweryourlunchbox.
About 10 years ago I tried roasting cauliflower for the first time. It changed my cauliflower life. I liked cauliflower before then, but that’s when I fell in love. Al dente, not mushy, and with a sweet brown caramelization in places on the outside. I thought it could never get better than that.
Visiting local citrus farms at this time of year is a perk of residing in Florida. I took my girls to the Showcase of Citrus, not really knowing what to expect as we pulled up to what looked like a weathered roadside farmer’s market. The girls were mesmerized when the staff handed us each a bag and drew on a map indicating what citrus was prime for picking.
I am a mom of three, my oldest being 11 and my youngest just 2 years old, so I’ve been dealing with picky eaters for quite a while now. Personally, I have never considered my kids to be “picky” with food (well, I’ve never let them hear me say it!), however they have had their share of picky moments when it comes to meal time. Most moms will probably agree that there are plenty of phases that come with parenting, food battles with picky eaters is definitely one of them.
Guest blogging today, we have Chef Jennifer Iserloh at The Skinny Chef to help us celebrate National Kale Day coming up on October 7. Here, she shares her favorite tips and recipes to get kids to eat kale.
Introducing kids to super nutritious foods, like kale, can be fun when you have recipes that attract kids like nuggets, chips, tacos, and guacamole!
Reading books with my boys is such a special time. Like many of you, there are a few books that we’ve read together so many times I can recite them from memory. Several of the Eric Carle books fall into that category including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear. My youngest loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar so much that we themed his first birthday party around the book!
This week, we are excited to have Michelle Oliver, author of the new book Little Foodie - recipes for babies and toddlers with taste as our guest blogger. Michelle has some great summer lunch ideas to share today and we have a chance for you to win a copy of the book!
Everyone knows how important it is for kids to eat tons of fruits & veggies and in my house fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins fuel our bodies. Both my boys play multiple sports and so it is extremely important that they eat a variety of well-balanced, healthy foods.