At the farmers market this past weekend, I found these 20 veggies...can you and your kids identify them? (Read the blog post for the answers!) And, next month, I bet that I can find 20 new ones! Yes, that makes me excited!Read More
Has anyone else already fallen into the abyss of summer snacking? Food is disappearing around here faster than I can keep up. It appears that all rules were thrown out the window, yet I don't recall making that a conscious choice. There are already a dozen reasons why concrete plans have not been laid, and nor should they! It's summer after all...Read More
One night last week, my daughter declared that we had 'no good desserts'. We LOVE chocolate peanut butter cups, so I suggested we make our own. A quick google search led to a plethora of recipe options. I picked one with few ingredients and good reviews and an hour later, we had a really good dessert!Read More
The countdown is on! Summer is right around the corner. With the kids out of school, there might be a lot more activity in your kitchen! A little preparation can go a long way to help your kids eat healthy (most of the time) all summer long.
Start off on the right foot, since it's a lot easier to set some parameters from the beginning, than to try and implement them mid-summer.Read More
There's no better time of year to try, so I've included a list of my favorite spots to get the freshest possible produce into your child's hands!
Who hasn't heard the words try, try again? I think they aptly apply to getting kids to eat their fruits and vegetables! Studies show that it can take as many as 10-15 tries before a child starts to like a particular fruit or vegetable.Read More
I had a great time in several classrooms this week, talking about the different parts of the plant that we eat. Flowers? yes. Stems? yes. Seeds? yes. And the leaves, roots, and fruit too! Here's a quick overview in case you want to quiz the kids:
Learn how we explored roots, stems, leaves, seed, flowers and fruit!
With edible results of course!
This past Sunday, I taught a cooking class where we made homemade ricotta to use in our lasagna. It was simple, it took less than an hour, and the kids thought that it was really cool! As I think back a few years, I've had similar "ah-ha science" moments when cooking with my kids. Here are five favorites that don't require a lot of time, ingredients, or money to recreate in your kitchen!
...is the ingredient statement.
Packaged food is a trillion (with a T) dollar industry. The manufacturer of that pretty little package wants you to purchase it. So it's going to look good. The manufacturer is going to highlight all of it's attributes. They will tell you it's benefits and maybe even the stuff it left out. They might even vie for your kids attention by showcasing their favorite characters, songs, or TV shows. But how do you know what that product is really made of?Read More