PeasBeMine
    February 13, 2014
    Getting Kids to Eat More Heart Healthy Foods

    The last time I went through the lunch line at school on a parent visit, the vegetable-du-jour was French fries. The broccoli salad — which wasn’t bad — was left untouched by all but me at the e…

    No Nag Nutrition
    February 12, 2014
    No Nag Nutrition

    Nagging seems to be the unavoidable side effect of having kids. I’m sad to admit that there are days where I don’t want to be around myself, either. It’s no shock, our kids tunes us out when we …

    Why the Most Important Sports Star in Your Child’s Life Sits on the Bench
    February 11, 2014
    Why the Most Important Sports Star in Your Child’s Life Sits on the Bench

    I was the slowest distance runner on my high school track team. In fact, the only way I could get a school record was when they finally made a running event so long, no one else on the team would comp…

    My heart beets for you
    February 10, 2014
    Why Parents Need to Know About Heart Health

    With four family birthdays this month plus Valentine’s Day, we celebrate a lot in February! Even so, the most important event we celebrate in February is Heart Health Awareness. It’s not by choice…

    Laughter is the Best Dessert
    March 30, 2012
    Laughter is the Best Dessert

    I don’t believe in using “sneaky” tactics to get my child to eat better. The closest I have ever come to this, however, was a bit of fun I would play with my daughter when she was a toddler. (mo…

    Take a Food Adventure
    March 29, 2012
    Take a Food Adventure

    I’ve taken my daughter to the farmers market nearly every weekend since she was three months old. She graduated from her perch in the front carrier, smiling out at all she saw, to her favorite “ri…

    A Feast for All Senses: Engaging All the Senses in Food Play
    March 28, 2012
    A Feast for All Senses: Engaging All the Senses in Food Play

    Good food is a complete sensory experience. If your child is having trouble with getting past the barrier to taste at the table, maybe its time to engage all of his other senses long before the dinner…

    The Role of Play in a Child's Healthy Food Attitude
    March 27, 2012
    The Role of Play in a Child’s Healthy Food Attitude

    These days toy kitchens range from pink 1940s retro to a state-of-the art outdoor play grill. While most of us parents are choosing play food settings with things in mind like durability and “just w…

    Fun is the Secret Ingredient to Healthy Food Attitudes
    March 26, 2012
    Fun is the Secret Ingredient to Healthy Food Attitudes

    Sometimes as parents we get so focused on what our children are eating (or not eating) that we miss out on a very important part of the experience: the how. Of course, table manners are important, and…

    Six Top Reasons to Eat Healthy When Pregnant
    December 8, 2011
    Six top reasons to eat healthy while you are pregnant: Part 2

    Sticking to a healthy diet can be a struggle for a lot of us. In my own experience, there are times when my diet gets off track — especially holidays. When I was pregnant, as an older mom, I had som…

    Six top reasons to eat healthy while you are pregnant: Part 1
    December 7, 2011
    Six top reasons to eat healthy while you are pregnant: Part 1

    If you are pregnant, you’re probably thinking a lot more about baby names and how to store up a few months of extra sleep rather than that eventual battle over broccoli when your baby becomes a todd…

    Enjoy Your Dinner
    September 30, 2011
    Enjoy Your Dinner

    “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War The hardest battle to avoid is one brought on by your own expectations. It’s pretty normal for us to wan…

    Strategies for Countering Texture Issues
    September 29, 2011
    Strategies for Countering Texture Issues

    Texture was an unexpected learning for me. When I look back on the whole of Battle Orange, the number of recipes and the lengths I went to, I have to shake my head and sigh. One recipe solved the whol…

    Strategies for Countering Taste Issues
    September 28, 2011
    Strategies for Countering Taste Issues

    I’ll admit it. I used to think I hated spinach. My stepmom would fix frozen spinach, boiled, and served with cider vinegar. It was dark, greenish black, mushy and bore no resemblance to the original…

    Strategies for Countering Color Issues
    September 27, 2011
    Strategies for Countering Color Issues

    There will be a few struggles at the table with your child that have nothing to do with food. These often include; random refusals of longtime favorites, holding out for dessert or other foods instead…

    The Battle of Orange Food Begins
    September 26, 2011
    The Battle of Orange Food Begins

    I have to confess that right about late September a strange obsession strikes me: Pumpkins. It has little to do with Halloween, actually. I simply love all the crazy colors and shapes and varieties of…

    The Journey from Junk Food to Healthy Eating, Part 2
    April 29, 2011
    The Journey from Junk Food to Healthy Eating, Part 2

    If your kid’s diet plan reads like the “children’s menu” at the drive-thru, don’t worry. You can get him to eat better! Just don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to make that huge c…

    The Journey from Junk Food to Healthy Eating, Part 1
    April 28, 2011
    The Journey from Junk Food to Healthy Eating, Part 1

    Whether we parents are working full time out of the house or at home, we’re working hard and juggling a lot including rushing from school to activity to play date on a non-stop treadmill. Endless fo…

    Food Fight! Dealing With Control Issues at the Table
    April 27, 2011
    Food Fight! Dealing With Control Issues at the Table

    We’ve all had those days, right? The ones where our little one is on a mission to battle us on everything from wearing bunny slippers instead of shoes, shorts in winter, this toy instead of that one…

    Getting Kids to Eat Their Colors
    April 26, 2011
    Getting Kids to Eat Their Colors

    While all kids have picky eating behaviors at least some of the time, how that issue gets expressed is as unique as your child. Behaviors such as liking a food one day and refusing it the next are com…