Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Looney Tunes Final Chapter ~ Recipe Swap

As my final installment of the Looney Tunes Eating Right Kids project, sponsored by Warner Brothers and featured on the Momlogic site, I've been asked to share a recipe. I'm fortunate that my kids (mainly my son) has grown out of his picky eating phase, at just 6. The most requested vegetable for dinner (by both little ones) is green beans. We've come a long way from Chicken Nuggets and Mac N' Cheese and I am delighted to FINALLY be able to make just one meal for dinner. Yes, I made several meals to give everyone something they liked, but we're past that now.

I don't restrict my kids from junk foods. We usually have cookies, brownies, or cupcakes on hand and we are all BIG fans of Ice Cream. I have given my kids hot dogs, mac n' cheese, and even spaghetti for breakfast when requested, and even the occasional treat of cake for breakfast. We're all still here. I know that child hood obesity is a huge problem in our country and think the problem lies with a combination of lack of activity as well as diet. My kids have ALWAYS (since birth) fallen into the 50th percentile for weight in their age categories. I did a lot of reading about healthy nutrition while pregnant the first time around and just couldn't buy into giving my children wheat germ as a sweet substitute for sugar. We don't take vitamins. We get our D the old fashioned way...Milk and Sun. I'm sure if weight was an issue in our house (with the kids) we would look at things differently, but for now we're letting the kids be kids and enjoy the treats we enjoyed as kids...in moderation.

Sometimes I feel intimidated by the Mom's who go out of their way to provide ONLY healthy snacks for their families, but then I realize that it's not the way Hubster or I eat so it would be quite hypocritical for us to impose these standards on the kids. We're just not ready to give up the "good stuff".

Okay, enough rambling. I was in the mood for a new casserole dish a couple months back and my friend Megan shared one of her favs with me. The whole family enjoyed it.

Aloha Chicken and Rice

2 cups instant brown rice, uncooked
2 cans (8 oz. each) pineapple tidbits in juice, undrained
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup SHAKE 'N BAKE Original Chicken Seasoned Coating Mix
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces

PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Mix rice, pineapple with juice, broth and green peppers in 13x9-inch baking dish.

MEASURE 1/2 cup coating mix and place in plastic bag; coat chicken strips as directed on package. Place chicken on rice mixture.

BAKE 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

What's your family's favorite recipe? Please share!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Eating Right Kids, Part 4

We're still talking about ways to get our kids eating right. We've discussed snack time, packing healthy lunches and how healthy shouldn't be a dirty word. As part of the WB word of mouth team this week's question is...

How do you navigate the grocery store with your kids?

Don't forget: Momlogic’s nutrition expert, Haylie Pomroy is answering questions about nutrition. Send her your questions to eatingright@wb.com. She will post answers starting this week.

I'll admit that I've had my challenges taking 2 kids to the grocery store. No one wants to get in the cart (unless I'm at the store with the car on the front of the cart, which I am very poor at maneuvering). They either want to walk or stand on the side. I've occasionally had one (or both) run completely to different aisles forcing me to run after them and then have a serious discussion about proper behavior, courtesy to others, and consequences of bad behavior. It took some brainstorming, and research to see what other Mom were doing. I know it should be easy in comparison with Parents of 5 or 6 children.

I always have a list (written) and give each child 3-5 items to remember. They are under the belief that there are too many things for mommy to remember so I REALLY need their help. Before we leave I will rattle off this list and ask them what they can remember. One might say, "bread,milk, ketchup and bananas" and the other will chime in with "rice, grapes, and cereal." I'll call off a few items and we'll practice memorizing our items all the way to the store. When we get there each child is responsible to get their items when we get to each aisle. I've found by making them think of specific items, they are less likely to ask for other stuff because they are afraid of forgetting their important items. It keeps them close by and thinking of something other than running around and causing havoc.

How do YOU navigate the store with the kids?

Don't forget, each comment on any of the Eating Right Kids Posts gets you a chance in the drawing for a Looney Tunes Eating Right Gift Basket. The basket is filled with healthy options and valued at $100.

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Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Easy Sausage Square Recipe

Thanks to my friend Heather in one of my Mom's groups, we are all hooked on these yummy sausage squares. Another friend of mine posted on Facebook yesterday that she was making turtle brownies for a tailgate today and needed something else to bring. I suggested sausage squares and knew immediately that they would be stuck in my head until I made some. Off to the store I went. I thought about making them as an after school snack, but the weather warmed and we had ice cream in the freezer that I knew would be the snack of choice.

This morning the ingredients were calling me out of bed and I knew I would have a warm tasty breakfast ready when everyone else got up. These are great for a snack or a meal. Really good for get togethers and they re-heat pretty well too.

You will need:

1 pound of ground sausage (hot or mild)

1 8 oz package of cream cheese

2 packages (tubes) of crescent rolls

Brown and drain sausage and add to a bowl with the cream cheese. Mix thoroughly until cream cheese is completely mixed in.

Roll out one package of crescent rolls into a 9x13 (lightly greased) baking dish. Pinch together all perforations and press flat pinching up the sides.
Put sausage and cream cheese mixture on top and spread evenly to cover.

Lay second package of crescent rolls on top and again pinch together perforations and tuck down on the sides.

Bake according to crescent roll directions. Mine usually says 375 and I bake for 20 minutes (until top is golden brown).
Allow to cool, cut and serve.

These would be good with a side of eggs for breakfast but since my kids don't do scrambled eggs, we had ours with some grapes.

(first roll of crescent's layed out in pan with perforations pinched)

(sausage and cream cheese mix, the white chunks are what you DON'T want to see)

(golden brown, just out of the oven)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Eating Right Kids, Part 3 and a Great Giveaway

Continuing on with the Looney Tunes Eating Right Kids project, this weeks question is...

How do you ensure your kids are eating healthy at school. What are some of your kids favorite snacks?

My oldest is in first grade so we aren't currently having any issues with food choices. I pack his lunch so I know exactly what he is eating. It blows my mind that schools now have vending machines filled with sugary snacks and sodas. I don't think these have any place in our schools. I'm not opposed to my kids having anything that they offer, I just don't think they belong in our schools.

I'm pretty fortunate that my kids like healthy snacks. Don't get me wrong, they love the "junk" we occasionally purchase too, but that's why it's occasionally that we buy it. We have a snack box. A 3 drawer, free standing unit that I put snacks in for the kids to grab whenever they want. It always has fruit, pretzels, popcorn, crackers and pudding cups and then whatever other snacks we may pick up. We also always have celery, carrots, grapes and cheese in the fridge that the kids can help themselves to. My son's favorite snacks include cheese and crackers with grapes, and carrots and pretzels dipped in ranch.

What are your kids favorites?

Warner Brothers is giving one lucky reader this Gift basket fillet with Looney Tunes Goodies. All you have to do is engage in a little conversation right here. I will take all comments on the Eating Right Kids posts and use Random.org to pick a winner after week 5. So tell my how you get your kids to eat right and give me some ideas on more healthy options (and make sure to leave a way to contact you).

Looney Tunes Eating Right Kids Gift Basket

Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Safeway, Inc. have teamed up to create a better-for-you line of food products for children, uniting flavor and nutrition with the iconic Looney Tunes characters. The Eating Right Kids food line featuring Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian, Daffy Duck and others offers more than 60 items across 18 categories including breakfast foods, produce, portable meals, dairy, snacks, beverages and frozen entrees - making it easy for moms to spot healthier food and beverage items for their kids that taste great.

Items in the basket include:
Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 1
Tweety T-shirt from Junk Food
Looney Tunes plush item
Looney Tunes stationary or home good
Eating Right Kids “green” shopping bag from Safeway
Eating Right Kids post card
Eating Right Kids Products (non perishable) in a branded lunch box
Canned Ravioli with Daffy or Microbowl with Tweety
Tri-color Wheat Rotini with Sylvester and Tweety
Apple juice with Taz
Chewy Bar with Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner

Please note: If an item listed in the giveaway prize is not available, it will be replaced it with a similar item of equal value.
Don't forget to check out Momlogic for more ideas ideas on getting kids to eat right and see what recipes Haylie Pomroy is cooking up. You can also submit questions for Haylie at eatingright@wb.com.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Who's the Boss?

I may get in trouble for this but I'm re-posting this from a blog I had on the today platform. I enjoyed the works I shared over there and will try to share some here.

(January 2009)

Dear Puddin Pop,

Yes. I am the boss of you.

I know you were super tired tonight at bed time, and didn’t really mean what you said but, yes, I am the boss of you.

When you spoke those words, “You not the boss of me”, part of me wanted to laugh, part of me wanted to cry. I knew immediately that you had heard those words from your brother, who was probably saying them all day to his older, bossy friend, but I was still surprised. Part of me was sad that, at two, you would be so upset with me and want to push me away. Part of me was so proud that you were standing up for yourself, even if it was against me.

I love you more than anything and only want the best for you. It is my job to make sure you get everything you need…including sleep. My heart aches that you had to go to sleep so upset with me. I’m sorry for telling you that you would need to make your own breakfast in the morning since you think you are the boss of you (even though this didn’t seem to phase you at all). I will, of course, make your breakfast in the morning. I will also do my best to make sure that you are provided with the skills and knowledge to someday actually be the boss of you.

For now it will be my job. Not one I take lightly.

Sweet dreams,

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Eating Right Kids, Part 2

As a member of WB's Word of mouth team on the Looney Tunes/Safeway Eating Right Kids project, I will be participating, along with Momlogic and other bloggers, in a series of posts on getting kids to eat healthier. I will share what I do, and link to other posts with more tips and suggestions.

Looney Tunes Eating Right Kids

Overview of Looney Tunes Eating Right Kids Program:
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Safeway, Inc. have teamed up to create a better-for-you line of food products for children, uniting flavor and nutrition with the iconic Looney Tunes characters. The line includes categories such as breakfast foods, portable meals, dairy, snacks and beverages. Each product will feature such world-renowned Looney Tunes characters as Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Taz, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, Roadrunner, Marvin the Martian and Daffy Duck, who serve as ‘Mother’s Helper,’ making it easy for moms to spot better-for-you food and beverage items for their kids that taste great.

Statistics on Childhood Obesity:

Obesity is a growing problem among our children nationwide, which, if not addressed, can lead to severe health issues in adulthood. As parents, teaching healthy eating habits and educating our children on how to choose to eat healthy is one of the best habits you can instill in your kids.

o According to a 2009 study, almost 1 in 5 American 4-year-olds is obese – that’s more than half a million 4-year-olds.
o The number of overweight and obese children (10 to 17 years old) is at or above 30 percent in 30 states.
o Research has also shown that overweight and obese children generally go on to become obese adults, with all the chronic, weight-related health issues that involves, such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

About Warner Bros. / Safeway program:
Warner Bros. Consumer Products has partnered exclusively with Safeway to offer better eating choices for kids: the Eating Right Kids food and beverage line that features the beloved Looney Tunes characters.
o The line is an offshoot of Safeway’s Eating Right line for adults. Warner Bros. Consumer Products’ and Safeway’s Eating Right Kids initiative was highlighted by the Federal Trade Commission for its ability to have a positive impact on childhood obesity.
o The Eating Right Kids Food Line featuring the Looney Tunes Characters offer more than 60 items across 18 categories including breakfast foods, produce, portable meals, dairy, snacks, beverages and frozen entrees. The line is available at more than 1700 Safeway locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
o The Eating Right Kids line featuring the Looney Tunes Characters available at Safeway stores has been formulated to standards based on the most recent dietary recommendations and regulations from several federal and state agencies.

Looney Tunes Eat Right Kids Program is featured on Momlogic.com starting August 24th and will feature an Eating Right blog from Haylie Pomroy to showcase healthy recipes, expert tips and the Looney Tunes Eating Right product recommendation to help moms save prep time when creating healthy menus and school lunches.

This weeks topic:

How do you teach your kids about healthy eating choices? What works best for your family?

We talk to the kids about what foods make a body strong, what gives them energy to run and play, and what gives them instant energy, but then causes them to "crash" (like candy). I do not prohibit my kids from eating junk food, but it comes in moderation.
Starting out as a picky eater, my son (age 6) is trying new things each day. I do not force him to eat anything he doesn't like, and I think this helps in getting him to at least try new things. We keep plenty of fruit on hand for snack times and keep them where the kids can help themselves. I also usually have carrots and ranch on hand for my son.
We take seasonal trips to local orchards for strawberry and blueberry picking, making it a group event. We meet up with other Mom's and kids and have a picnic after our work is done. The kids love picking their own fruit and I believe it makes it even more enjoyable for them to eat.

For me the most important thing is to be flexible, creative, and never give up on preparing new and exciting combinations for the kids to enjoy. Hubster is a very picky eater, but over time has realized he likes things he swore he didn't...for more than 30 years. If I want my kids to eat fish and the first recipe doesn't work, I look for other recipes and keep trying until we find something that works. We have salmon patties quite often and Puddin Pop refused to eat them until one night when I had her make them with me. Now we always make them together and she always eats 2 or 3. I love to eat and try new things and fortunately my daughter (age 3) is pretty much the same. Sometimes I will make her something that she doesn't think looks good. Take that same meal and heat it up the following day for myself for lunch...she'll ask for a bite and run off with my plate. I now anticipate this and will heat up stuff for her and pretend it's for me.
What do you do? What challenges have you faced?
Haylie Pomroy will be answering nutrition questions over at Momlogic so go and get your questions in.

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