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No Child Left Inside

08 May

I come from the middle of no where, we had no traffic lights, anywhere.  They put one up in “town”  when I was in eleventh grade.  We watched in awe from our Social Studies class.  My parents live on 15 acres and there were many more we could hike through.  The boys have a blast when we go there, able to run, play, dig, create, observe and inspect when we visit.   I went off and moved to the big city here in FL, by big city I mean, we have 6 houses on our street.  We only have a quarter acre, but empty lots on all sides.  

Today,  I let my kids play in the woods empty lot next to us.  I’ve always been a little skiddish, being in FL and all, snakes and bugs and such.  They had rubber boots on, mind you…  Anyways, they had a great time, played so long WITHOUT fighting.  Tearing apart dead tree stumps, playing with vines and inspecting leaves.  I don’t know if I’m a big fan of this free range parenting that I’ve heard of, but I’m learning to let go a little.

Oh, and yes, I am the mother of Buzz Light Year, he may be from space, but loves to play in the dirt.   :)

 

We’re having that? Ewwww!

20 Apr

Does anyone else wonder how those “crunchy” moms get their kids to eat and enjoy all that good stuff? I see other kids happily eating hummus, I read about how they love their raw —-  bar, etc…  I hope to give you a few tips and maybe you can give me some in return.

We’re not super healthy here, but we try to eat mostly whole foods, although the occasional Chips Ahoy gets snuck in.  ;)

Here are some of my tricks:

Dips!! Kids love to dip.  I try to make my own ranch for veggies, or buy it as natural as I can.  Yogurt is great to dip fruit in.  My oldest son used to dip rye toast in yogurt-they will dip almost anything!

Sour cream/Cheese/Chips (I know, I know…)   I am desperately trying to get my kids to eat beans and rice about once a week.  It’s like a torture session.  I can tell the difference between “I really don’t like this” and “It’s not my favorite, I’d rather have chicken nuggets”.  Although they don’t say it, mamma knows. I know they don’t hate the beans and rice, so I am firm.  We had some leftover the other day with quesadillas, I put cheese on it and had them dip it with tortilla chips and they both ate most of it.  I think slowly getting them to eat new things gets them more comfortable with it and eventually, they will be more willing.

Dessert only after good food is eaten-self explanatory.

Crudite before meal-When dinner is finishing up, sometimes I’ll set out carrots, celery, etc.. with ranch for them to snack, it keeps the  hunger away and gets some raw veggies in them.

Give them a small portion of the food they enjoy along with the veggies, or beans, or whatever.  When the plate is clean they can have more of the food they enjoy. My kids (and pretty much every other kid) will inhale the chicken nuggets and leave the carrots.  So we give 2 nuggets and some fruit and vegggies.  When all that is gone they can have 2 or 3 more nuggets.

Nothing else until you eat what I gave you. Sometimes it’s a battle of will.  When I started working oatmeal into our breakfast menu they were miserable,   it was new, it was different and they didn’t WANT  to like it.  If they didn’t eat it for breakfast, it was reheated later for snack, lunch, or whenever they got hungry.  I’m trying to get them to understand we can’t eat our favorite foods every day.  Not everything will be great and exciting.

Another thought I have is feed them whole foods when they are young.  We have so many convenience snacks available now.  My opinion is that these condition their tastes for dry “fake” foods.  *Full disclosure, I use these and they can be lifesavers*   I’m thinking-cereal bars, puffs, these BEYOND overcooked jarred veggie and meat cubes, “Graduate” type foods.  I REALLY try to limit these sorts of snacks, but do use them.  It can be hard to find good foods when the little ones are in that in between stage.  One thing I would use as an easy breakfast are these whole grain waffles, they would be a great snack too.  Bananas, Cooked frozen/fresh veggies,  applesauce, casseroles, mashed potatoes mixed with veggies or cut up meat. I used a baby food grinder too before they ate the pieces-great for any type of pasta or potatoes mixed with veggies. The boys just ate what we ate.  I used some jarred food, but after the initial one food at a time, I switched to mostly table food (saves so much money and they really like it!)

Prayer-In The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omoarian,  there is a chapter where she talks about praying over our children’s eating habits.  Pray for them to be attracted to healthy foods and have a desire to exercise and take care of their body.

Some of these are pretty similar but take a slightly different approach.  It’s good to be firm and consistent, try to make it appetizing and be sensitive.  I always have them try a couple of bites with a good attitude, if I see they really don’t like it, I won’t make them eat it.  I also try to work just one new thing in at a time.  Right now, we’re doing beans and I try to have them once a week, with a yummy dessert that night too.  :)

So what tricks do you have?

We are linked up with Works for Me Wednesday.

 

Healthy and Filling Sandwich *kid approved*

16 Apr

This seems to becoming a food blog, but I thought about it and realized that I’m in a house with 4 boys who eat

ALL. DAY. LONG.

I came across this recipe a little over a year ago, I think it came from Paula Deen, but this is how I do it.   I have never had more than a quarter of one of these, it is sooo fattening.  Little Jeremy has never had much interest in food (until recently)  Around 1 yr of age he went through the “failure to thrive” thing, or as I like to call it “he’s just little!”  thing.  I’m always trying to get something that can fill them up and put on some pounds.Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana

Mix together:

2 tbs natural peanut butter (enough for a good slathering)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp honey

Spread on your bread ( I use whole wheat)

Slice up half a banana

Top with the other slice of bread and butter each of the outsides

Put a little butter in your pan and grill the sandwich

I have a cinnamon/sugar shaker I shake on each side when it’s done, or you could mix some cinnamon and sugar and coat the sandwich.

This is a couple of times a month sandwich and my boys are very active.  Made with whole grain bread, raw honey, cinnamon, it is high calorie and good for them!  Better than the dr’s suggestions of adding more butter and oil to their foods.. ugggh.

Enjoy!

 

3 Grain Waffles

16 Mar

Before I had kids, I was a chef.  I ran the kitchen at an old mansion turned restaurant  for breakfast and lunch .  Our big deal was waffles, and not  your ordinary waffle.   A huge Belgian waffle,  piled high with strawberries, fresh fruit, pecans, ice cream, whip cream, or chocolate chips. You could get any of these or all of the above, then top it off with gooey, warm, homemade caramel syrup.  Besides the fresh fruit, there was nothing healthy about these.  At our house, we do these super yummy 3 grain waffles.  I’ll be straight and say the hubby does not approve, but I think the pickiest of kids would like these, mine all love them.  They’re a great finger food for babies babies who are at this stage.   My littlest had nothing to do with baby cereal, these were great for him to get a decent breakfast.  I make a double batch,what we don’t eat goes into  Tupperware or Ziplock and into the freezer, pull one out when I need one and stick it in the toaster and that works for me!

3 Grain Waffles

Mix:

1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 C Unbleached All Purpose Flour

1/4 C rolled oats

2 TBS  ground flax seed

1 tsp baking soda

pinch salt

Then add:

1-1/4 Cups low-fat buttermilk (I usually use regular milk)

2 TBS maple syrup

1 LG Egg, lightly beaten

1 TBS canola oil

1 tsp vanilla

Mix together and let set a couple minutes.  Cook according to your waffle makers directions.  This recipe also makes great pancakes.   Serve with butter  and maple syrup, or Strawberries and Chocolate Chips, or Whip Cream, or…..you get the picture.

This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday hosted by We are That Family



 

When Evil was Bad and Good was Good

14 Mar

I guess I will start this off a bit heavy, because this is what is on my mind…
We had a neighbor girl who used to stop by our house here and there. She was 12 when our oldest was 3, but she liked to hang out here. She was 15, a few weeks ago when she and 2 friends were hit by a train. No one survived. Minutes before this, they were at a witchcraft store “having fun” according to a text messages to one of the parents.

There have been so many thoughts and sadness for the families, but the thing that really gets me, when did this become FUN??? When I was a kid (a few decades ago)  witches in stories were evil, ugly, you wanted to avoid them and if you didn’t, something bad happened to you.

Today, many books, movies, children’s shows paint witches, vampires and wizards as the good guy. They are made glamorous, fun and intriguing. Our kids (and we) start reading and watching this stuff, doors are opened and interests are peaked. There is so much other great stuff out there, why do we feel the need to fill our minds with this junk, why risk it?

This is a time when many are looking for something to believe in, let’s point to the One who created us, in everything we do :)

 
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