Get Kids to Eat Their Vegetables—Really!


  Reblogged:from grandparents.com

     I stumbled upon this site taking a survey and I must say I truly enjoyed It.  They have a lot of great stuff so all you grandparents out there should check this out.                                                                                                                                                                    5 ways to finally stop the food fights and create kid-friendly meals.                                                                                                                                                                  You’ve had the fight a thousand times: You serve up veggies with dinner, and your grandchild crosses her arms and says “no way.” Believe it or not, these struggles often don’t get kids to eat more healthfully. In fact, a Ohio State study of more than 6,000 kids and teens found that about a third of the vegetables kids ate was in the form of fried potatoes (as in potato chips and French fries). And almost 80% of high schoolers don’t eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day, the guideline recommended in the food pyramid. Kids may not gravitate to veggies, but there may also be something else going on. “Sometimes, in our efforts to get kids to like vegetables, we inadvertently bias kids against them,” explains Laura Jana, M.D., an Omaha-based pediatrician.  She should know—she’s both a mother of three and author of the book Food Fights. If the food fights are fraying your nerves, take heart. We’ve got the solutions to help you create kid-friendly meals.                                                                                                                                                                                      Grandkids whine: “I hate the smell!”                                                                                           Reality: There may be something to this. According to researchers, although people say they don’t like the ‘taste’ of cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and cabbage, what they’re most likely reacting to is the smell of those vegetables. In fact, the smell is so powerful that in tests, even animals ran the other way.                                                           Kid-friendly solution: Hide the offender inside kid-popular foods, like mac-and-cheese and even brownies. Missy Chase Lapine, author of The Sneaky Chef, has lots of helpful and ingenious recipes for hiding top offenders like spinach, cauliflower, and more.

Grandkids whine: “But you don’t like them, either!”                                                  Reality: Kids are impressionable. And if they see you make a face after eating a food, chances are they’ll make one, too. French researchers have shown that emotions on other people’s faces can have a powerful effect on our own desire to eat particular foods. When there’s positivity surrounding vegetables and other healthy foods like fruits and whole grains, children—who are like sponges—take that all in, says Elizabeth Ward, registered dietitian, mother of three, and author of MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself and Your Family Better.                                                                                                                                                              Kid-friendly solution: Be conscious of that grimace you might be tempted to make when you spear your own Brussels sprout. Smile…and your grandchild will smile along with you.

Grandkids whine: “You can’t tell me what to do!” (Often not spoken, but implied with crossed arms, pursed lips, and a look of defiance.)                                                              Reality: Kids like to feel in control.                                                                                           Kid-friendly solution: Give your grandkids a choice, as in, “Do you want peas or broccoli with your chicken?” and they’ll be less likely to turn you down. “This gives children some power and authority over what they’re eating; even if they choose the same vegetable every time, they’re still getting a vegetable,” Ward says.

Grandkids whine: “I want soda/juice/milk with that!”                                                      Reality: Mixing the taste of vegetables with other flavors might succeed in tempering the unpleasant taste, but it won’t necessarily get the kids to eat more of them.                        Kid-friendly solution: Serve only water with meals. Taste preferences are highly influenced by repeated exposure to particular food and drink pairings. Based on this fact, new research has demonstrated that when preschoolers were given water as opposed to a sweetened beverage, they ate more raw vegetables (like carrots and red peppers). Why? Children have learned to associate sweet, highly caloric drinks like soda and fruit juices, with salty and fatty foods, like French fries.                                                              Grandkids whine: “Vegetables are boring!”                                                                              Reality: Next to things like chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and pasta (most kids’ foods of choice), broccoli and spinach can’t compete.                                                                               Kid-friendly solution: Try combining veggies with foods you know your grandchild likes, suggests Bonnie Taub-Dix, R.D., a registered dietitian and author of Read it Before You Eat It. “As a child, my son loved mandarin oranges, so I made him a salad with a bit of lettuce and lots of oranges,” she says. Over time, you can change the ratio until you end up with more greens on the plate than oranges. Taub-Dix also suggests playing a blindfolded, “taste-test” game of “name that veggie” as a way of exposing them to new tastes, while having fun doing it.                                                                                                Brussels sprout, Dietitian, Eating, Food, French fries, Health, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Human nutrition, Missy Chase Lapine, MyPlate, Nutrition, Vegetable

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Flash-Roasted Vegetables and Pasta


Flash-Roasted Vegetables and Pasta

Reblogged: from Shine                                         FlashRoasted Vegetables and Pasta

The addition of mushrooms and fennel add enough depth to this dish to make it a bona fide main dishRoasting caramelizes and sweetens the juices from the vegetables, resulting in a heartier overtone and overall flavor.  Use whole-grain pasta to add even more fiber to this entrée.  Topping it with the optional cheese will give this dish a bit more protein

Ingredients

2 pounds assorted mushrooms, such as chanterelle, cremini, and/or oyster, cut into chunks                                                                                                                                                                    1 large red onion, cut into 6 or 8 wedges                                                                                                 1/4 cup olive oil                                                                                                                                              8 ounces pappardelle or Mafalda pasta                                                                                            Freshly shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)                                                                                        2 medium fennel bulbs, trimmed and cut into wedges (about 1 lb. trimmed)                                 8 ounces baby carrots with tops, trimmed                                                                                               2 tablespoons Fennel-Spice Mix (see recipe below)                                                                           3/4 cup dry white wine

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degree F. Place mushrooms, fennel, onion, and carrots in a large roasting pan. Combine oil and Fennel-Spice Mix. Drizzle over vegetables; toss to coat.

Kids Eating Healthy


Eat your vegetables!

Eat your vegetables! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kids Eating  Healthy                                                                                                                       Fast food is a big part of modern life these days, making it very hard to teach a child how he or she should eat healthy.  The cheapest and easiest foods are those that are normally the least healthy.  If you give your child the choice between healthy food and junk food, you normally won’t like the results.                                                                                                                Even though it isn’t possible to get a child to like all healthy foods, there are some ways to get your child to try and hopefully like at least a few of them.  You can be as creative as you like, as getting
The term “natural” is applied to many foods, but does not have a consistent meaning. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) kids to eat healthy foods can be a little harder than you may think.-  Sneak the healthy food in.  Even though it would be great if your kid understood the importance of fruits and vegetables, this isn’t always possible. If you can’t get them to eat good food willingly, there are ways to sneak them in, such as making muffins out of bananas or apples, or pizza with spinach on it.-  Call fruits and vegetables by funny names.  You can refer to broccoli as “trees”, making them more fun to eat.  There are many different names you can call fruits and vegetables, even making up your own if you prefer.  Most kids prefer to eat foods that sound fun.Make the foods taste better. Ranch dressing is great for broccoli, while peanut butter is a great topping for celery.  There are several combinations for vegetables that can make them taste much better.  You can let your child pick a topping for a vegetable, even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally like yourself.

Dress the vegetables up.  Just as much as calling them names help kids eat healthy foods, making them look funny also helps.  You can do this by making funny designs on the plate, or setting them up to look like people.  Although some parents don’t like their kids playing with their food, sometimes it helps to get them to eat healthier.

There are several ways to make your kids eat healthier, but to make them enjoy it also has to be fun as well.  This isn’t always an easy task, because kids normally don’t like foods that are good for them.  It can however, be done with a bit of creativity.  Hopefully, doing this will help your child develop a love of healthy foods for the rest of their lives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eating, Food, Fruit, Health, Human nutrition, Nutrition, Ranch dressing, Vegetable, Whole grain

Nine Facts About Fiber


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Imagine two all natural fibers in one bread. Insoluble fiber from wheat and soluble fiber from apples. Insoluble fiber contributes to gastrointestinal and colon health and soluble fiber to heart health. What else does it do? Apple fiber imparts a subtle sweetness to the bread and helps retain moisture. So it is really soft and moist, unlike any other wheat bread. And at 130 mg/serving, it is also low in sodium, which will make for a healthier heart. And an all-around healthier you. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’ve been looking for a way towards a high octane diet, you’ll find fiber to be exactly what you need.  Even though research has shown fiber to be powerful, many people aren’t taking this nutrient seriously.

To help you fuel your health with fiber, here are 10 facts to help.

1.  Fiber fights diseases.  A diet high in fiber can help to prevent colon cancer and heart disease.  High fiber helps the body to eliminate cholesterol by binding it in the digestive tract.  For thousands of years, fiber has been used to stop constipation.

2.  Fiber can actually help with overeating.  All high fiber foods will take longer to chew and digest, making you feel satisfied longer

3.  Most popular foods don’t have enough fiber.  If you like the more popular foods, you probably need to increase your intake of fiber.

4.  Grains offer the most fiber.  Dietary fiber is actually plant matter that we cannot digest.  The best sources are whole grains and concentrated grain products.

5.  Kids need fiber as well.  Children that are older than 2 years of age should consume a daily intake of fiber.  Kids are most receptive to fiber found in fruits, vegetables, and even fortified breakfast cereals.

6.  More fiber needs more water.  In order to keep fiber moving through your digestive tract, you’ll need to consume a lot of water.  With your diet of fiber, you’ll need eight or more glasses of water every day.

7.  Fiber cannot be cooked out.  When you cook your fruits and vegetables, don’t worry about cooking the fiber out, as it stays.  The fiber found in fruits and vegetables aren’t just in the skin or in the peel.

8.  You can get enough fiber.  If you eat more than 50 grams of fiber in a day, you can get diarrhea and bloating, which can interfere with your body’s absorption of other key minerals.

9.  Getting the right amount of fiber in your diet doesn’t have to be hard.  Even though you may think so, getting the amount of fiber you need isn’t very hard to do.  All you have to do is eat the right foods and you’ll be well on your way to a fiber rich lifestyle.

As one of the key ingredients to healthy eating, fiber is something you don’t want to skip.  Fiber can serve many different purposes, which were covered above.  If you aren’t getting enough fiber in your diet – you should do something about now instead of waiting until it is too late.

Fast Facts On Potatoes


Throughout America, potatoes are the most popular vegetable, even being  ahead of other well known vegetables such as lettuce and onions.  You can cook potatoes in a variety of ways, and they are included in one out of three meals eaten by almost all Americans.When they are prepared in a healthy way, a potato can be an excellent source of energy and also pack a nutritional punch.

Like oranges, potatoes are very high in vitamin C. The fact is, one medium potato contains 45% of the vitamin C that’s recommended for good health.  Potatoes are also high in fiber and carbohydrates and contain more potassium than a banana.

A potato is naturally low in calories and contains no fat, sodium, or cholesterol.  The skins of the potatoes provide a helpful dose of fiber, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, and several B vitamins.

You can prepare potatoes by boiling them, steaming them, or even roasting them.  If at all possible, you should avoid putting potatoes in the refrigerator or freezing them, as cold will turn the potato starch to sugar and cause them to turn dark when they are cooked.

When you store potatoes, keep them in a cool, dark place. Too much light will cause them to turn green. You can store them in the basement if you have one, as the basement is the best place to keep potatoes.

From mashed potatoes to baked potatoes, a potato is something we all know and love.  They serve many different tasty foods, and they provide our bodies with plenty of healthful benefits.  We all eat potatoes, some of us even grow our own.  Whether you grow your on or buy them, the potato is the one vegetable that makes everything just a little bit better.