Getting Kids To Try New Vegetables {Veggie Pinwheels Recipe}

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.)

My boys are leery of new foods and if I put any on their dinner plate they eye them, poke them, and smell them and then say “I don’t like this”. I remind them that they won’t know if they like something unless they taste it and that usually gets some grumbles but they eventually end up trying the new food. They’ve discovered a variety of new favorites this way. Jacob especially loves red, orange and yellow peppers and Lucas has found he likes a variety of different fruits and that sweet peas are pretty good too (especially when he can pop them out of the pod).

One vegetable the boys had never tried before was radishes. Even as an adult I can’t remember a time when I had a radish on anything other than a salad. Duda Farm Fresh Foods makes Radish MiniSticks. They’re ready-to-eat shredded radishes that are very crunchy and juicy.

I was challenged to try to integrate this veggie in a recipe. I remembered one of my favorite way to eat cucumbers is with ham and cream cheese and then I immediately thought about making a kid-friendly wrap for the kids. I used cucumbers and peppers along with the radishes but if your child has a vegetable they prefer you can substitute it. I thought the hint of sweetness worked perfect with the tangy taste of the radishes.

Ingredients:

  • Cucumber (sliced thin)
  • Bag of Radish MiniSticks
  • Sweet Peppers (sliced thin)
  • Ham (lunchmeat)
  • Provolone Cheese slices
  • Cream Cheese
  • Tortillas
  • Toothpicks (optional, makes cutting easier)
Directions:
  • Spread a thin layer of cream cheese on a tortilla
  • Sprinkle veggies on the cream cheese
  • Add a couple of slices of ham and cheese
  • Starting at one end, roll tortilla
  • Stick toothpicks in the top of the roll to make cutting easier
  • Cut roll into slices making sure a toothpick is in each slice
  • Remove toothpick before eating

The verdict? Yum! The pinwheel sandwiches are a fun alternative to normal lunches and are full of crunchy veggies! What vegetable filled recipes have you tried with your kids lately?

 

 

Strawberry Jam {Recipe}

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar (optional)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon ground chia seeds

Directions:

  • Puree berries in a food processor with the vanilla and optional coconut sugar.
  • Pour into bowl and stir in remaining whole berries and chia until well combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • While you’re sleeping the chia will begin to gelatinize, turning your fresh berries into even MORE of an antioxidant-rich goodness.

Recipe and image courtesy of Peggy Kotsopoulos, Host of Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures on Veria Living. This is not a sponsored post.

Kids LiveWell Program

A couple weeks ago I was invited to attend a blogger dinner hosted by the National Restaurant Association. We enjoyed delicious food at Fulton’s On The River while we learned more about the Kids LiveWell program. I had never heard of it before so I was excited to find out more since any program that benefits children is of interest to me.

According to the website, “The National Restaurant Association launched the Kids LiveWell program in collaboration with Healthy Dining to help parents and children select healthful menu options when dining out. Restaurants that participate in the voluntary program commit to offering healthful meal items for children, with a particular focus on increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low-fat dairy, and limiting unhealthy fats, sugars and sodium.”

As a parent I really liked this program. It is so hard to find healthy options when dining out and more so than just healthy, they have to taste good or my kids won’t eat them. Over 25,000 restaurant locations across the United States have stepped up and taken the challenge to provide healthy options for kids so that parents can feel good about their choice to eat out. To enroll in the program, restaurants need to follow a number of steps including having side or entree options that meet the specific nutritional guidelines outlined below.

Some of our favorite restaurants are participating including Applebee’s, Chic-fil-A, Chilis, Cracker Barrell, and IHOP. You can view all of the restaurants that are part of the program here. Don’t see your favorite restaurant on the list? Talk to the owner and let them know about this program and how they can participate.

To find out more about the Kids LiveWell program you can visit the National Restaurant Association’s website here. There is also a Kids LiveWell application for iPhone and Android phones that makes finding a participating restaurant easy to do when you are on the go. You can also view a listing of their healthy options before you arrive at the restaurant.

(Disclosure: I was compensated for my time but all thoughts are my own.)

Menu Plan {January 9-15}

I’ve got more healthy meals for you this week. {Click on the pictures to be taken to the posts they come from.} What are you eating this week?

Monday- leftovers

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Tuesday- Steak With Garlic Butter

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Wednesday- Chicken Fajitas

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Thursday- Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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Friday- Asian Pork With Mushrooms

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Saturday- leftovers

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Sunday- Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad

One more pound…. #knockoutthefat

I lost two pounds this week which surprised me because I kind of splurged on my birthday. I went to a theme park that day though so I’m guessing the miles I walked burned all the calories from that funnel cake I ate. I currently weigh 182.6 which means I have lost a total of nine pounds since the start of the George Foreman #knockoutthefat weight loss challenge. My goal is ten pounds (or more) and this is the last week of the challenge so I hope to lose at least one pound this coming week. My BMI is down to 29.5.

In case you missed it here is a yummy Southwestern Chicken Panini recipe I posted this past week: yum.

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this 90-day challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

Eating While Out Of Town #knockoutthefat

This week I spent a few days out of town in Asheville, North Carolina at a blogging conference. I brought along healthy snacks (including fresh fruits and vegetables) to snack on during the car rides. While at the conference we were fed breakfast and lunch. I was both surprised and excited that there were many healthy options to choose from. For breakfast I ended up eating scrambled eggs and fruit. Lunches varied but one day there was a chicken and cabbage wrap which tasted better than I thought it would. I tried to eat as healthy as I could at breakfast and lunch because I knew I would be going out to dinner at some delicious restaurants so I wanted to save the calories for those foods. My dinners included seafood, tapas, and a salad with chicken and apples. I ended up turning down some heavenly sounding food including bacon wrapped scallops covered with maple syrup.

I ended up losing weight this week, two pounds to be exact! Even better? I am at the lowest weight I’ve been so far during this challenge- 186.6! That is a total of 5 pounds lost since I started in May. My BMI is currently 30.1 which is .1 away from my goal BMI.

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this 90-day challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

The Reasons I Eat #knockoutthefat

I am down two pounds from last week! Woohoo! I now weigh 186.8 and have a BMI of 30.1. So far during this challenge I have lost 4.8 pounds. I have been eating healthier and using my George Foreman grill to “knock out the fat” in my meat.

I have been noticing recently that I tend to turn to food when I’m stressed out or bored. I’ve found myself taking breaks from what I’m doing to walk into the kitchen for something to eat. I’ll open the fridge, then the freezer, and then the snack cabinet. I  used to grab whatever looked good at the time. Now I open them up but I ask myself the following questions- “Am I hungry?” and “Is that healthy?” If I’m not hungry I will get a water bottle and walk out of the kitchen. If I am hungry I will look for a low calorie snack. I have found this to be helpful in losing weight because eating when I’m not hungry out of boredom, stress, or another emotion does nothing but put the weight on. I sure don’t feel less stressed, less bored, or happier after I am done eating whatever it was I chose to snack on.

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

 

Losing Weight! #KnockOutTheFat

I lost 3.8 pounds!!!!

So excited that I lost weight! 3.8 pounds is a lot considering I got in the challenge late and missed the first two days so it was only 5 days. My BMI lowered from 31 to 30.3 which doesn’t seem like much but now I am only .3 away from being “overweight” instead of “obese”.

What I did differently this past week:

-I walked more and “speed cleaned” (challenged myself to sweep and mop as fast as I could)

-Ate healthier and used my George Foreman grillAlysa put together a meal plan for me and gave me ideas of portion sizes. This helped a lot since I used to think if it was not too fattening it was ok to eat as much as I wanted of it.

-Cut down on sugary, caffeinated drinks

This coming week I plan to:

-Make sure not to skip meals or snacks (I’ve been so busy I forget to eat!)

-Cut down even more on the caffeinated drinks and drink more water

-Follow the circuits that @fitmomtraining is giving us to do and exercise more

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this challenge but all thoughts are my own.)

SoyJoy Review and Cookbook Giveaway

While in New York for BlogHer I attended a SoyJoy sponsored brunch. I wrote about it on ShePosts here.

Michele, from my review team, tried some of the SoyJoy bars and here is what she had to say about them:

“L.O.V.E, I am in love! I am in love with the tastiest little bar chocked full of good for you things…SoyJoy! That’s right, SoyJoy. Not only does SoyJoy use U.S. grown non-GMO soy for these delish bars, but they made sure they were only using whole soy, real fruit, they are gluten free, low GI, and have no trans fat.

I have to be honest…I have never met a SoyJoy bar I didn’t like. I love that they make a great snack choice for Mr. Not So Big as well as myself. They are convenient (just throw then in your purse or bag), have protein, and have real fruit pieces (you can actually see them), along with great flavors. For the purpose of this review, I was given blueberry, strawberry, and their newest flavor, banana. Blueberry and strawberry certainly top my list of yummy and the banana was my little guy’s fav. SoyJoy comes in 6 flavors, Banana, Blueberry, Strawberry, Berry, Mango Coconut, and Apple Walnut.

At this point you may be wondering “Where can I get my hands on these delish bars too?” If you check out their website; you will be able to locate a store near you that carries them. Don’t worry, I’ll leave a few for you, I won’t shelf clear ;) Having said all this, I feel as though I should point out that there are a few people that maybe do not have the same love for SoyJoy as I do. Give SoyJoy a chance and make your own determination.”
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Giveaway:

Big Green Cookbook (2009) by Jackie Newgent

Jackie’s cookbook is full of recipes that make fruits and vegetables more interesting and fun. She shares how adding herbs and spices can change the taste of our favorite meals and how important it is to have fun with the presentation of foods.
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How To Enter (leave a comment for each):

1) Tell me what your favorite food is.
2) Tweet: “Enter to win a cookbook from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”
3) Enter another giveaway and tell me which one you entered.
4) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy
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Giveaway ends on November 29, 2010 at 11:59pm.
(Disclosure: I received brunch as a guest of SoyJoy and also received the SoyJoy bars and cookbook from them. All opinions are our own.)