Tag: nutrition

Maia – Not your average yogurt

I’d like to think of myself as somewhat of a yogurt connoisseur. I grew up on Dannon and over the years have tried everything from the healthy and organic to the junky and gimmicky. And apparently I’ve passed on the yogurt gene to my son because the first thing he wants every morning is his YoBaby. So being the yo-family that we are, I was thrilled to discover  a new brand on the block that makes my taste buds do a little dance. Maia Yogurt was created by an entrepreneurial New York City 20-something with the dietary needs of...

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Web coolness – pumpkin carving goes high tech, and Jell-O shot recipes go underage.

Is it any surprise we’ve got food and treats on the brain this week? Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Jello shots get creative — and often kid friendly — at the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen On Momformation, Kristen recommends two children’s apps for creative pumpkin-carving, hold the knives. What do you do with the jack-o-lantern when it’s done? Try this recipe for pumpkin seed butter on Weelicious. We’re loving the redesign of the Mom Inc Daily blog for design inspiration and ideas. DIY party favors – so...

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Eat better, live healthier: ChopChop

I’m not going to bore you with facts and figures about childhood obesity in America, because we’ve all heard it before. What I will tell you is that there is little my kids enjoy more than receiving their own mail, and in particular, magazines addressed to them. The intersection of these two issues–on the one hand, a real problem when it comes to kids and food, and on the other, kids loving their own mags–is where the new quarterly magazine ChopChop comes into play. Research shows that one of the best ways to broaden kids’ palates and get them...

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Mommy, where do organics come from?

This here city mama is lucky that my children have grandparents in the country who grow tomatoes and kale and sweet peas and wild strawberries, so that they can learn that no, vegetables do not come from aisle 3. I’ve always thought that learning about food, from planting to harvest, was the best way to get kids interested in it. And, hopefully, eating it. So I was delighted to discover We Grew It, Let’s Eat It, an absolutely lovely book by NPR producer Justine Kenin. It’s the kind of book you’d expect to find in the most progressive preschool or...

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani and I have something in common.

So what do I have in common with some of the coolest celebrity moms in America? And no, it’s not rock-hard abs; it’s an appreciation of Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers, an intriguing new “cookbook with a conscience,” by Bohemian Baby founder Anni Daulter with Shante Lanay. Organically Raised goes beyond simple recipes to explore the reasoning behind feeding our children organic foods and the benefits of eating locally and seasonally. Starting with baby’s first bite of food, it outlines a healthful eating plan for every stage of growth, peppered with beautiful photos and stories. The...

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Greek yogurt that’s made for kids, but will most likely be devoured by parents

I’m a huge fan of Greek yogurt, and apparently I’m not alone. It has a creamier texture and the perfect hint of tang, and it also happens to have a ton of calcium and protein making it a staple in my fridge for a healthy meal on the go. And who’s on the go more than kids? Must be why Chobani (an awesome line of yummy Greek yogurts) is coming out with Chobani Champions, made especially for kids. And it’s made with hormone-free, low fat milk with no artificial flavors, and packed with probiotics, just like the grown up...

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Fruit on hand that makes it into their mouths

I once packed the same apple in my son’s lunch for an entire week. Every afternoon it was still there, and he’d promise to eat it the next day, and then he’d bring it home again. And it’s not even that he doesn’t like apples, but as he says, it’s “complicated” to eat a whole apple in a 20-minute lunch period. But when I pack Funky Monkey dehydrated fruit snacks, (warning: site has sound) which are basically three full servings of deyhdrated fruit and some spices, they always get eaten. There’s no added sugar (I know you were wondering!),...

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Time for Lunch to slow down and get real

Next month Congress is going to be revisiting school meal program guidelines, and the more parents and kids they hear from before they do so, the greater the chance that our schools will have real food (what a concept) to offer our children. That includes my own district, which has such frightening food options I don’t let my kids buy school lunches. Slow Food USA, an org we all completely adore, is behind the Time for Lunch Campaign, and you can get involved–write your Congresspeople, sign the online petition, or help organize an action like an eat-in. (Now there’s...

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Baby’s first cookbook

I confess; I made my own baby food. But just so we’re clear, I was less a domestic goddess and more a garden-variety control freak. I spent late nights cooking and chopping and freezing, and honestly, I took no joy in it whatsoever. Boring. But that’s only because my kids were babies back in the Pleistocene Era, and eebee’s Mix&Mash Adventures didn’t yet exist. Babies six months and up will enjoy the board book (and accompanying DVD) which features lots of brightly-colored photos of fellow babies, having fun with a baby-sized puppet named eebee. But they can also do...

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Would you like fries with that? Why yes, yes I would.

I may smirk like a 9-year-old when I say the name but that hasn’t stopped me for devouring Peas of Mind’s new Veggie Wedgies, which are all-natural vegetable and fruit wedges cut and baked crispy to look like french fries. Healthy fries! It’s like I won the lottery. Created by the brilliant mind behind Cool Mom Picks’ much-loved Puffets, Jill Litwin keeps her Veggie Wedgies pretty simple with just dehydrated potatoes, sea salt and baking powder added to the main vegetable or fruit (plus cinnamon in the apple Wedgies which my daughter loves). There’s no fat, low sodium, and...

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