Are you looking for ways to make broccoli more appealing? These broccoli nuggets are easy to make and kids love the broccoli cheddar combo!
Broccoli. Just that word alone can conjure up the shake of a child’s head and a firm, ‘no’ when it comes to eating this nutritious food.
What’s a mom to do? Broccoli Nuggets to the rescue! Kids love nuggets of any kind, and the cheddar and broccoli combination is sure to get their stamp of approval. These easy, make ahead nuggets, are great for the lunch box, an after school snack, or quick dinner on the go. Pair them with a small container of homemade ranch or ketchup for dipping.
Dina Rose, PhD, is a sociologist, parent educator, and feeding expert. She is an author, writes for her blog, It’s Not About Nutrition, for The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. Her work has been featured on TV, radio, and in both print and online news resources such as Fox News Boston, NBC Connecticut News, Martha Stewart Radio, HuffPost Live, Sound Medicine, Health Talk Wisconsin, Good Parenting Radio, Babble, The Globe & Mail, Mamapedia, Parenting Magazine, and Spirituality & Health.
I’m super excited to have Dina on the show because she gives us examples of how we can teach our kids habits for a lifetime of healthy eating. This show is jam-packed with information and practical ideas. You won’t want to miss it.
Shaping children’s mindset about food is an important theme in this podcast, and Dina gives us a great framework for reshaping our children’s and our ideas about food. Dina and I start by discussing whether restaurant kids’ menus and labeling items as “kid food” is a good thing or a bad thing and how it could influence their perception of food.
Many parents worry about whether their kids get enough variety in their diet. They feel like they need to frequently introduce new foods. Dina talks about using what she calls the rotation method to introduce variety into our kids’ diet—and you’ll want to hear this because it’s probably not what you think! Thinking outside the mealtime box is an important component of this method.
She also talks about establishing some household rules about eating zones, sticking to those rules, and how that can reduce mealtime stress. How do we find balance between being the food police or throwing our hands up in despair to avoid control issues over food? Dina has lots of wonderful information about this, and so much more, using her three most important habits to establish: proportion, variety, and moderation.
Can you eat healthy at amusement parks? Yes you can! Today, I’ve invited Leslie, from Moments of Magic Travel to help answer some of your Disney dining questions.
As the weather warms up, you may be on your way to a vacation at the “Happiest Place on Earth.” Fortunately, eating healthy at Walt Disney World Resorts and theme parks is easier than you might think!
Over the years, Disney has gone to great lengths to expand its dining options, and the availability of healthy choices has become a central feature of its restaurants. Today, we have rounded up several of our best tips and tricks for healthy dining options to share with you!
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1. Look for the Mickey Check Program—Part of the Disney Magic of Healthy Living Initiative, the Mickey Check Symbol makes it easy to identify nutritious meal options. The goal of the program is to offer children appropriate portions alongside healthy food selections. Recent offerings from Be Our Guest Restaurant include whole-grain macaroni with marinara and seasonal vegetables, seared Mahi Mahi with finger salad and peach applesauce, as well as a carved turkey sandwich on multigrain bread with sweet potato wedges. Meals in the Mickey Check Program are served with low-fat milk or water.
2. Go Vegetarian—The number of vegetarian options at Disney Resorts and theme parks has soared in the past decade, and many of them have been created by world-class chefs. Consider these amazing options straight from the menus of your favorite Disney restaurant: Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli with Tomato-Fennel Broth; Seared Tofu with Zucchini and Eggplant Ratatouille; Roasted Mushrooms, Lentils, and Sun-Dried Tomato Purée; and Butternut Squash Soup! With options like these, we guarantee that just because you may be missing the meat, you won’t be missing amazing flavors!
3. If You Eat Gluten-Free—I have to hand it to Disney for being so very accommodating with gluten allergies. When making your reservation, let them know how many people in your party will be eating gluten-free. Otherwise, when dining in a restaurant or dining hall, let them know that you’ll need gluten-free options. They have them!
4. Live with the Land—At Garden Grill Restaurant, you will find dinner platters that include turkey and sustainable fish alongside a variety of vegetables such as cucumbers, Swiss chard, eggplant, and sweet potatoes that are grown on site by horticulturalists from “Living with the Land”!
5. Enjoy a Dairy-Free Dessert—Several locations throughout Walt Disney World now offer amazing dairy-free (and even gluten-free) dining options. You can enjoy a Rice Dream or Tofutti frozen snack or a gluten-free brownie alongside a cup of soy milk!
6. Skip the Soda—It goes without saying, but it’s always important to stay hydrated. While you are touring the parks, you will need to be mindful of your fluid intake—especially during the hot summer months. Try to avoid replenishing your system with sugary sodas, and opt for the purity of water. Not only will this save you money (water is always free at any Quick Service location throughout the parks), but it will also ensure that you stay hydrated without unnecessary sugar or chemicals.
7. Snack Wisely—Snacks provide a great distraction while you stand in the queue for your next attraction and can help halt a toddler meltdown. Some of our favorite snack suggestions are hummus packs, nuts, granola, dried fruit, and sliced apples. If you forget to bring your snack along, don’t worry, many of our favorite suggestions are available throughout the parks!
Leslie is a mom to six amazing children and the owner of Moments of Magic Travel—a complimentary Disney Travel Agency specializing in the Walt Disney Theme Parks and Disney Cruise Line. To learn more about our services, call 1-888-50MOUSE, ext. 1, visit us here, or connect with us on Facebook.
Do you know how to eat healthy without emptying your wallet?
So you have committed to the “real food” eating lifestyle, and you are on the verge or already have gotten away from all of the highly processed, high-sugar foods and are much better off for doing so. But do you find yourself spending more than you normally do at the grocery store?
It may come as a surprise to many, but just because you are eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to spend more—you simply just have to be more of a savvy shopper.
Here at MOMables, we are huge on being efficient with our shopping lists and preparing our meals around each other so as to waste less and reconstitute more. Those who have subscribed to our wonderful meal plan can attest to this fact!
So what are some things to keep in mind when shopping for healthy foods?
1) Keep multiple meals in mind. With MOMables, we give you a shopping list so you can get everything you need for the week at one time. Also, this means you can plan your dinners around what you are going to be packing in your kid’s lunch boxes. For example, say for tomorrow’s lunch, you are going to be making MOMables Cheeseburger Cupcakes (quite delicious). So tonight for dinner, you can have a Mexican night and make some tacos or burritos, and cook just a bit more of the ground beef and use it for the cheeseburger cupcakes! See what I did there, I used leftovers or extras in tomorrow’s or the next day’s lunch!
2) Breakfast in itself can be expensive. We spend quite a bit of money just buying packaged foods such as cereals and breakfast bars, etc. Even the organic cereals can sometimes be processed and contain high amounts of sugars, so why not just make your own breakfast foods that you know are actually healthy? These Muesli Breakfast Cookies are a perfect example! They are made from ingredients most families have lying around the pantry! Plus, they are cookies; cookies for breakfast? Yes, please! They only contain natural sugars that your kids need while providing the energy they need to make it through the morning. Plus, did I mention that they are cost effective?
3) Snack time = a lot of money spent, usually. If you pay attention to how much money alone you spend on the pre-packaged snack foods, you would probably be shocked at how much it is! Plus, the majority of time, they aren’t all that healthy either. So what do you do? Take these Homemade Doritos, for example. They are way healthier than the store-bought kind but aren’t any less delicious! Plus, they are way cheaper to make.
See!? These are incredibly popular snacks among the kids. Just because you are eating healthier and setting an example for your kids doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice their favorite treats; you just need to go about making them differently!
4) Buying in bulk can also be helpful. Ingredients such as almond butter or nut butter can cost a little bit up front, but it goes a long way! Think about it this way: If you usually spend $7 on a prepackaged snack and it lasts 3 days, then spending $7 on one ingredient that can be used in multiple recipes for weeks is much much more cost effective. Look for sales, too. I know you may not have time to surf the web or browse the local paper for local deals, but keep an eye out when you are shopping. This is also where having an idea of what you want to cook for the week comes in handy so you can locate ingredients that you might use at a later date and save money.
There seems to be a central theme tying all of these tips together, right? Preparation. In the scheme of things, if you spend a bit more time prepping lunch and dinner and breakfast ideas, then you will actually save TIME and MONEY. 2 for 1! What’s even better is that MOMables does most of the prep work for you! I know, incredible, right? Sign up here to get weekly shopping lists and lunch menus. $6 a month is nothing compared with the time and money you save!