Category Archives: Feeding Kids

How to Build a Better Cookie

Have you ever tried to make your grandma’s favorite cookie recipe substituting whole Gingerbread-Cookiesgrain flours and less refined sweeteners?  Or changing out butter for other fats.  As well-intentioned as this is, the results can be disappointing – sometimes the cookies are better as hockey pucks, other times they fall apart as you scrape them from the cookie sheet.  Here are some tips that might help next time you attempt a cookie conversion.

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Recipes Children Like

Feeding kids can be a really fun thing. Even if your kids are picky eaters, experimenting with different foods and recipes is often a rewarding experience. It may mean that dinner ideas come and go, but if nothing else we learn what doesn’t work. After all, kids are honest, and that’s why we love them.

There are days, though, when the adventure that comes with culinary exploration just isn’t appealing. Lack of time and energy prevail over the desire to be the hero who introduces the latest and greatest kid-friendly creation. It is on those days that we rely upon sure-fire dishes to please the whole family–especially the kids.

If you’re thinking that these palate-pleasing, kid-friendly dishes will be either painfully boring or disturbingly unwholesome, think again! We’ve got a slew of tried and true recipes that kids LOVE. And you’ll love everything about them, too. Look below for a few of our foolproof favorites, and click here if you want to learn more about teaching kids to love healthy food.

Who doesn’t like cheddar cheese sauce? Let Jane show you how this simple addition can make blanched vegetables oh-so-yummy. Serve alongside roasted chicken and you’ve got dinner for everyone. To get the recipe, click here. Frosting really makes everything better. And this one is loaded with golden-orange color, sweet earthy flavor, and A and C nutrients. A great way to utilize leftover yams and sweet potatoes. Frost up Pumpkin Pecan Muffins, ginger cookies, carrot cake or raisin bread and you will become very popular. For the recipe, click here. For whatever reason, kids love noodles, and these are no exception. Super easy to make, and you can even do them gluten-free. Add some fried tofu (another kid favorite) to the mix and dinner is ready. Click here for the recipe.

Handling the Halloween Candy Bag

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We told you how to tame the trick-or-treat sugar high by feeding the kids a solid pre-game meal, but what about strategies for the candy bag itself? Many parents want their kids to be able to partake fully in the trick-or-treat festivities of Halloween, but they may be mortified at the amount of candy this encourages their kids to consume. So, what to do? Continue reading

How to Tame the Trick-or-Treat Sugar High

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Halloween is upon us, and what does that mean? Your kids are going to eat a lot more sugar than you’d prefer. It’s inevitable. What it doesn’t have to mean, though, is that your kids will be bouncing off the neighbor’s pumpkins due to a candy-induced sugar high. Feed them a wholesome Halloween dinner before it’s time to trick-or-treat and they’ll be less likely to experience a sugar high later.

The pre-game meal is of utmost importance. If the kids are satisfied prior to hitting the streets, they’ll be much less likely to gorge on candy. Protein and fiber are key ingredients here. Both ensure lasting fullness and help to keep blood sugar levels steady. Fill your kids with these key nutrients before dressing them up and chances are they’ll eat less candy.

Check out three of our suggestions for Halloween dinners below. They’re quick, easy, and sure to please both you and the kids. We can’t promise your trick-or-treating monsters won’t be running around like Frankenstein with his head cut off, but it’s worth a shot. And while you’re reveling in the excitement of outsmarting your kids, be sure to stay tuned for a few strategies on how to manage the candy bag itself – coming soon.

A favorite in our home. Cook a pot of rice and stir-fry chicken and oodles of vegetables adding a sauce made from tamari, brown sugar, ginger, honey and garlic. Super easy. To print, click here. Cooked brown rice provides the sticky base for these vegetarian burgers made with nuts and spices. Soy-free, delicious, and filling. To print recipe, click here. When you smear nori with wasabi, mustard and herbs and wrap it around salmon before cooking, the mineral-rich sea vegetable shrink-wraps the fish as it cooks and keeps it moist. Serve with brown rice and you’ve got a meal. To print, click here.

Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

One day I was mentally counting up how many lunches I packed for my daughter and when I got to over 1000 and had only estimated up to 6th grade – well I had to stop.  What today?! Parents, workers and caregivers are always on the lookout for new ideas.  We get it.  And we’ve got some good ideas to share.

Tucking leftover grilled chicken or pan-fried tofu, fresh herbs and vegetables and/or beans into a tortilla or a spring roll wrapper make a quick and delicious alternative to sandwiches.  I can show you how in this Full Circle video Fresh Avocado Spring Rolls.

There’s a nice bunch of suggestions below in these three videos.  For even MORE (like a bazillion more) checkout our friends at Laptop Lunches. Click to see their fall collection.

Below are three Cookus Interruptus favorites.

Watch Jane pack Joaquin’s lunchbox cleverly using leftovers from last night’s dinner found in the refrigerator. Printable ideas and more links here. Holy last minute what’s going in the lunchbox today?  No problem.  These are speedy to make, yummy going down. Printable recipe here. Because of the relatively inexpensive  ingredients, this dish was popular during the Great Depression.  We’ve made this redux a little quirky by using edamame. Printable recipe here.

Another Sneak Preview of Feeding the Young Athlete!

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YES!  We really emphasize hydration for all kid’s playing sports.  Turns out the neon colored drinks have a lot of stuff in them that growing bodies don’t really need and good hydration can be accomplished in a more natural way.  This is just a FRACTION of the helpful information that can be found in the new Feeding the Young Athlete. This colorful sturdy book is only $10 plus change.  I know Amazon says they don’t have copies yet but I’ve got the inside line on this.  They’ll be ready to ship within a week or so. Continue reading

Feeding the Young Athlete is almost here (squeeeal)

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I’m way past crazy about sharing some of the pages from my bold new version of Feeding the Young Athlete will hit the bookstores (online and off!) in just TWO WEEKS!  The new look is vibrant and youthful and you’ll love the practicality of this book if you have kids that play sports.  Easily graspable concepts.  Whimsical artwork, loads of top ten lists, and (of course) RECIPES. Continue reading

Grow Cook Eat Winner

Yee haw for Becky from Winston Salem, North Carolina!

Random.org spun out #56.

She wrote, “My favorite thing about my garden is the fact that it’s right outside my back door. It’s easy to sneak in a few minutes of gardening since it’s so close to the house and I like being able to see it easily from my back door.”

Nice.

Loved loved loved hearing about everybody’s garden!  Willi did too.  And some folks posted pictures – extra credit!  The most touching thing was that so many posts began with the words “I love…”.  Anybody else notice that?

Proof that Chicken Soup is Medicine

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Snuffle snuffle.  When colds and flues set in and we employ our favorite home remedies.  Everyone knows the wisdom of drinking lots of fluids when ill.  Eating fluids proves to be a smart therapy too.

When ill we want the body to devote its energy to healing.  Avoid heavy fat and protein foods like dairy and meat and stick with broths, soups, juices and teas.  Some people find the time of illness shortened if they partially fast for a day or two, taking in only liquids.

My mom kind of got the idea and bundled me in on the living room couch with a TV tray sporting a bowl of Campbell’s tomato soup and a tumbler of 7-up.  Like I said – she kind of got the idea.   Continue reading

Preschooler Spending Too Much Time on the Throne?

After dinner, Bob (my Dad) would snatch the Wichita Eagle & Beacon newspaper and disappear into the inner sanctum of the master bathroom. He would be there for a minimum of a half hour each evening. Luckily all we could hear was a distant hum of the exhaust fan as he sat and waited for his bowels to move. My mother and my mother-in-law had no time for such nonsense and instead aided their infrequent bowel movements with a laxative addiction. Maybe they were the Greatest Generation, but from my point of view many of them were the Greatest Constipated Generation. I’ve been around people with chronic constipation. But luckily most of them have been adults.

The other night after speaking to a large group of preschool parents one of the teachers in the audience came up to talk. Seems many of the preschool children she teaches are being given Metamucil on a regular basis. “What?”, I said, “How often? How often are they giving the kids Metamucil???”. “Everyday.” she flatly told me. “What!” I shrieked. Continue reading