Category Archives: Family Mealtime

From the mouths of babes - Thoughts on Fast Food...

From the mouths of babes – Thoughts on Fast Food
Goodness knows, we have had challenges raising our 12 year old son.  But he actually listens to us, bless his heart.  And when he was given the assignment to write a persuasive essay in school, he chose the topic of Fast Food.  Despite his dyslexia, he worked his hardest - and this is what he created... FAST FOOD - CHOSE YOUR PATH: UNHEALTHY OR HEALTHY? What restaurants make healthier choices? Here in my essay are some  examples. Chipotle is an example of a place that does take care of...

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Cooking Play date Inspiration: Pad Thai

Clearly, things have been busy around here.  I just realized that I hadn't written about one of the big highlights from our Thanksgiving trip to visit family in Virginia.  We have never travelled cross-country over the "busiest travel holiday of the year" before, and to be honest, I wasn't not looking forward to the journey.  Most likely, my reluctance was from years of watching fear mongering news stations showing hordes of people stranded in airports,  but perhaps it was just because I like...

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Student Perspective - Reasons to Avoid Drinking ...

Student Perspective – Reasons to Avoid Drinking Soda
I recently set up a Facebook page for my high school biology students.  I was having trouble getting them to visit our class website, so I figured I'd might as well meet them where they are already spending a lot of their time. In an effort to engage them, I decided that I'd post some super interesting (and gross) science-related news stories and offer them a little credit for giving their thoughts. The first news story that I posted was about a legal case in which a man sued Pepsi because...

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Summer Travel – Making Healthier Food Choices

Summer Travel – Making Healthier Food Choices
[caption id="attachment_5130" align="aligncenter" width="427" caption="Boys on the go..."][/caption] Many of us are on the road this summer, heading to hiking trails, taking road trips with our families, or driving our kids to sleep away camp.   It can be tempting to stop in for fast food when hunger strikes, but how can you select menu items that are good for you and your family? We all stop at side-of-the-road restaurants every now and then. But instead of beating ourselves up about being...

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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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Food Cravings Can Be Harmful to Your Child

Food Cravings Can Be Harmful to Your Child
My son recently left our neighborhood public school for a special school for children with learning disabilities.  In the few short months that we have been there, I have noticed some quirky eating habits of the students. Many families don't realize that the diet that our children consumes can be connected to their learning challenges and their behavior. It got me thinking about food allergies and how difficult it can be for families to notice that certain foods aren't good for our children. Why...

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Why I Tasted Beef For The First Time in 25 Years...

Why I Tasted Beef For The First Time in 25 Years
When I was a child, I went to the summer camp offered by our local animal shelter.  I loved it.  Most of it, anyway.  We got to play with kittens, romp with puppies, and be taken for walks by the over-eager shelter dogs.  But the teaching styles were a bit unconventional, back then.  The education director thought she could teach us to be kind to animals by scaring the wits out of us.  We were shown videos of laboratory testing on animals and milk-fed calves confined to cages so small they...

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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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Dinner Success - Everyone Ate it: Sweet Potato B...

Dinner Success – Everyone Ate it: Sweet Potato Bean Wellington
[caption id="attachment_4125" align="aligncenter" width="299" caption="Who can resist finger food?"][/caption] When I was menu planning last weekend, our daughter asked me if I would make Treasure Triangles (an old favorite from my friend Jen's book, The Toddler Cafe.) I told her that I'd make something similar, but that I wanted to use some of the ingredients that we had on hand. (Out with the old before in with the new...it is time to clean the cabinets!) Anyway, here is what I created...

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