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Family Food Challenge – Aiming for Progress

Family Food Challenge – Aiming for Progress
Progress, not perfection. It's what we should strive for - and it will save us a headache in the meantime. The What's Cooking with Kids Facebook community and I have been doing a Family Food Challenge for the past few weeks in an effort to improve our eating habits, one little assignment at a time. So far, the challenges have included: Trying a new grain – I used millet in this muffin recipe Planting something edible – our garden is a work in progress, but it looks like our beans...

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Is There Spinach In Your Brownies?

Is There Spinach In Your Brownies?
There are two sides to every story, especially when parenting strategies enter the picture.  And most of the time, each side is fueled by passion and the sense that they are right. And the other is wrong. Several years ago, there was a huge buzz about two books that were published almost simultaneously: Deceptively Delicious and The Sneaky Chef.  Both talked about how parents can amplify the nutrition in the foods they feed to their children by including purees of veggies or beans. Let's...

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Mealtime Challenges with Kids: Get Permission

Mealtime Challenges with Kids: Get Permission
[caption id="attachment_4423" align="aligncenter" width="328"] Bobbing for apples is fun[/caption] Sometimes, I am overwhelmed with mommy guilt.  Does that ever happen to you?  I try not to spend too much time dwelling on the things that I have done in the past - things that I can not change.  I much prefer to focus on what I can do better in the future.  Despite my preference for learning and improving, sometimes I am forced to remember the olden days. Last summer, while on vacation, I had...

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School Lunch Reform – Stick a Spork In My Eye

School Lunch Reform – Stick a Spork In My Eye
Okay, it's time for me to tell it like it is.  It's not like I was lying to you before.  But I realize that I may have suggested that our school lunch reform efforts were all flowers and butterflies.  It's time for a reality check.  For you.  So you don't think that this is easy.  I'll be honest  - there have been many days when I have wanted to stick a spork in my eye.  But I haven't told you about those days because I didn't want to be a complainer.  And I didn't want to make anyone look...

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Feeding Kids Can Be a Balancing Act: Guest Post

So far, in my brief blogging career, I have only had one guest post. But when I met my new friend Kathleen, on Twitter, I knew we would be a match made in heaven. She and I both care deeply about family mealtimes and helping families avoid the power struggles that frequently plague the dinner table. Please enjoy this post - I know I did :-) Finding the Balance When You Care About What Your Kids Are Eating by Kathleen Cuneo, PhD As parents we are often faced with the challenges of setting limits....

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Filling the Lunchbox is a Snap with a Wrap

About a month ago, a reporter interviewed me about healthy school lunches for kids. The article came out yesterday in the Contra Costa Times. Filling the lunchbox can be fun -- and that's no bologna By Jackie Burrell, Contra Costa Times (09/02/2008) Filling a lunch box has never been so fraught. Back when we were kids, we may have made do with bologna and iceberg lettuce slammed between mayo-slathered Wonder bread. But these days, it's all about organic, locally grown, veggie-heavy fare — no...

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The Toddler Cafe - Feeding Kids Just Got Easier!...

It happened! Finally! A cookbook for fun, delicious AND healthy recipes for kids - that uses an honest to goodness approach to feeding kids real foods, as they were meant to be. The Toddler Cafe, by Jennifer Carden, is a breath of fresh air when it comes to the world of kids cookbooks. I own a company that teaches healthy cooking classes to children, so you can believe me when I tell you that the overwhelming majority of cookbooks "for kids" aren't worth your time. Most of them focus on "kid...

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