You know the drill—you take your children out to eat and you can ask them what they want without even looking at the kid’s menu: grilled cheese, chicken fingers, french fries and if you’re lucky, maybe some sliced apples. TWENTY/20 at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa is aiming to make this sort of menu something of the past. The restaurant hosted a kid’s tasting panel and [Read more…] about Grilled Cheese? Not on this Menu
No, it’s not THAT type of trick or treating–it’s tricking the kiddos into thinking that they’re getting a treat (as in Kraft Mac and Cheese) but in reality, it’s laced with pureed carrots. Now we’re talking.
Yes, all this sneaky stuff became popular with Jessica Seinfeld’s “Deceptively Delicious” cookbook, but in actuality, it’s not as complicated as that. Although I have yet to try one of her recipes that I haven’t liked, most of the time I don’t have the minutes (or presence of mind) to actually cook her meals from scratch at 5:30 PM while tantrums are starting to flare up. So, I’ve come up with my own tricks. . . read on to see what they are. [Read more…] about Delish Dish: Trick or Treat?
Let’s face it—the children’s snacks which are easiest to grab and go aren’t necessarily the healthiest choices (Goldfish anyone?). I’m always looking for new and creative convenience foods, while at the same time making sure that it’s decent for the kids as well. So, for today’s posting, I picked some of my favorites, and then plugged the nutritional information into the Snackwise calculator to pass on the best choices to you. Created for the public by the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, “Snackwise® is a research-based snack rating system that calculates Nutrient Density in snack foods.” The site rates the snack three ways: BEST CHOICE, CHOOSE OCCASIONALLY and CHOOSE RARELY. Below are my findings. . .
Kashi Mighty Bites
If your child is tired of eating Cheerios, then bring out the Mighty Bites. They are shaped like “super heroes” and have a [Read more…] about Snacks You Feel Good About Giving
Eat This, Not That! has to be one of the greatest, most interesting books that you can read for your kids. Filled with facts about what to and what not to give your children to eat, your mind will be blown away by the foods that are bad. Think those apple chips are better than goldfish crackers? Think again! Goldfish only have five grams of fat per serving where the apple chips have seven. What about Taco Bell? You would normally give the kid a soft taco over a crunchy taco, right? Nope—Fresco Crunchy Beef over Ranchero Chicken are the way to go. Broken up into sections covering eating out, snack food, prepared food and food you cook, this book is indispensible. It even suggests fun family activities that help you lose weight. I keep mine on the coffee table and when someone picks it up, mom or not, they are hooked for at least the next half hour. Click here to pick up yours.
Breezy Tip: Want to see if your child’s favorite snacks are good for him? Go to Snackwise.org—by filling in the nutritional content of the food item, the site tells you if the snack is good, bad or decent.