Raising Adventurous Eaters

Children are imitators and love to do what mommy and daddy do; so why not teach your children to be adventurous eaters? Some children are very picky eaters and often times will grow out of that, but for those that are not so picky here are some tips to opening up a whole new world to their taste buds.

1. Add international spices and flavors to some of their favorite foods.

As a child I loved all foods however if my mom gave me a choice I would loudly proclaim HAMBURGERS. If it was up to me I would eat hamburgers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and like me most kids have their favorite foods. For the one dish lover try adding a different condiment. Instead of ketchup on a hamburger try barbeque sauce or use different types of cheeses instead of yellow cheese. Make sure you also make their favorite just in case they don’t like the new dish. Be mindful not to use spicy condiments or anything mildly hot, take small steps not giant leaps on this journey.

2. Cook together.,

Children love spending time with mom and dad, and before they realize that cooking is work they actually enjoy it. Use this time to bond with your children and introduce them to new foods. Break out the cook book, let them wear little aprons, allow them to get their hands dirty in the flour or cracking eggs, whatever the dish let them be a part in creating it. When everything is finished make a big deal out of it, name the dish after the child, take pictures and hang it on the fridge or post on your social media site. They will be more open minded to trying new dishes when they see how excited you are.

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Healthier School Lunches Beginning Fall 2012

The government is releasing new nutrition standards for school meals. This is going to be a dramatic change. The changes are designed to improve the health of nearly 32 million children who eat lunch at school every day. One third of children in the USA are over weight or obese.

First lady Michelle Obama is making sure that we establish a healthier foodprogram at school for fall this year. One of the top issues is making sure that each student has at least one cup of vegetables and fruits. Overall, kids consume about 30% to 50% of their calories while at school and establish maximum calories and sodium limits for meal. This requires that foods that are served contain no Trans fat and limits for calories. (READ MORE)

Why Breast Feeding is Important

Early breast milk is liquid gold – Known as liquid gold, colostrum (coh-LOSS-trum) is the thick yellow first breast milk that you make during pregnancy and just after birth. This milk is very rich in nutrients and antibodies to protect your baby. Although your baby only gets a small amount of colostrum at each feeding, it matches the amount his or her tiny stomach can hold.

For most babies — especially premature babies — breast milk is easier to digest than formula. The proteins in formula are made from cow’s milk and it takes time for babies’ stomachs to adjust to digesting them. (Read More)

Black Moms in USA Tend to Stop Breast Feeding Earlier

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has researched breastfeeding among women and found that many black mothers don’t continue to breastfeed as long compared to other ethnic groups.  Data from a recent studycompares time frames of mothers who breastfed from birth through 12 months with information showing black mothers nationwide lack behind when it comes to breastfeeding.

Family Meal Time: The Importance of Eating Dinner Together

The family dinner table is the place where loved ones gather at the end of a long day, talk about school and work, make plans for the future and truly learn to enjoy and appreciate one another. It has been shown that kids whose families eat dinner together do better in school and are more socially well adjusted than their counterparts whose families do not partake of this same evening ritual. The more dinners consumed together, the better the outcomes. For example, a study conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, revealed that students who have two or fewer family meals per week are three times more likely to try marijuana, 2.5 times more likely to smoke cigarettes and 1.5 times more likely to start consuming alcohol, than those kids whose families eat together 5 or more times per week. The families who eat together less often are also more likely to have difficulty finding things to talk about and 45% of them leave the TV on while they are eating.(READ MORE)

5 Healthy School Lunch Tips

Being on a budget doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice taste or nutrition in your kid’s school lunch. The key is to limit saturated fat and sugar. Cookies and French fries are not every day foods but treats that should be eaten sparingly. Instead, you want to incorporate some protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates in every meal. Adding fiber as well will keep kids feeling full and give them the energy they need to focus throughout the school day.

As a mother of three I too am on a quest to create healthy meals that will give my kids energy, taste great, and gets me bang for my buck. Check out my easy tips and recipes that are both mom and kid-approved.

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