Tag Archives: family meals

Realistic Kid-Friendly Menu Plan for the Week

[caption id="attachment_5210" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Michelle Obama at the Chefs Move to Schools Launch in DC"][/caption] Last year, the Let’s Move campaign launched a new arm of the plan called Let’s Cook, with the intention of helping families across America select healthy recipes to cook for their families.  Chefs would share menu plans, and families could print the recipes and share them with their friends.  But these recipes are too time consuming and expensive for...

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Tips for Saving Time In the Kitchen

What?  You don't have extra hours every day to spend in the kitchen? C'mon, it's not like you are busy working, folding laundry, cleaning the cat box, being a taxi driver or networking on Facebook and Twitter.... Okay, if you want to serve healthy food to your family, but could use a few tips on how to speed up the process, here are a few ideas: Plan ahead:  Select all of the recipes that you plan to use for the week, so that you don’t have to shop at the last minute or resort to...

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Simple Ways to Avoid Fighting About Food

As I was preparing for a talk I was giving to a group of parents a few weeks ago, I asked my friends on Facebook and Twitter what they wanted to know about Family Mealtimes and Power Struggles at the table.  As usual, they gave me some excellent ideas.  Of course, they couldn't be at the talk themselves, so they have asked me to share what I included in my presentation.  This will be the first of several short snippets about Family Mealtimes - hopefully it helps keep the peace at your table. First,...

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Green vegetables kids will eat

Green vegetables kids will eat
I'm dusting off this old post and giving it a major update.  The premise was good - but in the online world, a lot has changed since 2008!  That said, I hope you find this to be a helpful resource on getting your kiddos to eat their green vegetables :) The school year is starting up again, and with it frequently comes a battle of wills. Parents rush their children to get ready in the morning, to eat their breakfast quickly and get out the door. Dinner times are also frequently rushed, as they...

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Ethnic Foods for Kids – How?

Our our family's recent trip to Panama and Costa Rica, my children loved tasting tropical fruits that they hadn't seen before. It got me thinking about how eager kids can be to taste foods that are sweet and those that are similar to foods they already like. Fruits there come in fantastic shapes, sizes and colors, and were a joy to try...even if the outcome was a surprising burst of sour flavor or if the texture was reminiscent of raw oysters! Okay, so it was easy to get my kids to taste fruit....

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Special Expeditions...Fruit Expeditions, episode...

...Continued from episode 3 We truly enjoyed tasting the variety of marmalades that were available with breakfast each day. Their flavors were bright and fresh, and were a wonderful change from the predictable flavors of jam we can find at home. Naranjilla (Lulo) with sugar: This marmalade comes from a greenish citrus fruit and contains small flecks of zest. It was sweet and slightly tart at the same time. Most of us thought it was too sweet and gave it a 2. Amelia loved...

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Special Expeditions...Fruit Expeditions, episode...

...Continued from episode 2 Watermelon has always been a favorite in our family. We were amused to discover that it is also a favorite of the white faced capuchin monkey, who steals it from the visitors to Manuel Antonio Park whenever possible. Sadly, stealing food is simply an opportunistic behavior that these animals have adopted in response to the plethora of human visitors to their habitat. These monkeys can also be found sneaking into the recycle bins on the park grounds to consume Coca-Cola...

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Weekly Groceries from Around the World

Hungry Planet: What The World Eats. Photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D'Aluisio traveled the world, inviting themselves to dine with 30 families in 24 countries, from Darfur to Cuba to Poland. But before dinner, they shop together. In so doing, they discover how what we eat both reflects and affects who we are. Photo portraits of each family show them surrounded by a week's worth of groceries. This is a wonderful visual representation of global cultures and how they relate to food. This...

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Lie to Your Children—It’s Good for Them

Okay, this is my last post on this topic for awhile....It is amazing how two women have come to generate such a discussion and debate. I am thrilled that people are spending energy on considering the topics of feeding our children well. What's Cooking Weekly, our healthy menu planning service, might just be the antidote - Honest to goodness Healthy and Seasonal Recipes, made and enjoyed by the Whole Family. (As a side note... both of the books in question DO contain a lot of information about...

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Fast food: 6 ways to healthier meals

Fast Food: Friend or Foe? You are in the car, shaking and cranky with hunger, as you taxi your children around town...A whiff of food comes through the window, and you find yourself steering towards the fast food drive through. Such convenience! But is it really possible to make healthy choices at a fast food restaurant? Here is what the experts at the Mayo Clinic have to say... Can fast food be part of a weight-loss or healthy diet plan? You might not think so. In fact, you might even think...

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