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Protein helps sustain your kids' energy throughout the school day, and will help you make it through your own day at work. You can make tasty, protein-packed lunches for yourself and your family using foods that taste good cold, and don't require access to a microwave or toaster oven at school or work.
Ideal snacks for busy moms and their kids are quick, easy and successful at fending off hunger-driven temper tantrums. Stock up on cold meats to pull together a snack quickly. Deli meats store well for several days, do not require cooking and allow for kid-friendly presentations.
Bite-sized snack foods appeal to grown-ups and children. Toddlers enjoy being able to feed themselves with easy-to-grasp bites of food, while adults appreciate the easy clean-up after snack time. Smaller bites of food also travel well, keeping road trips and long commutes peaceful. Serve foods that naturally occur in single bites or bring larger foods down to size.
When your birthday party budget won't allow for a gourmet creation from the local bakery, put your cake pans to use. By working with a combination of circle, square and rectangular pans, you have the tools to assemble a variety of child-friendly cut-out cakes. Finish the sweet treat with candy embellishments and colorful frosting to wow your child.
Many families enjoy picnics, whether to celebrate a special occasion like a holiday or a birthday, or simply because the sun is shining. Figuring out what to bring to eat for a picnic can challenge even the most creative mom because picnic food needs to be easy to carry, easy to serve and easy to clean up after. Make picnic food fun with unexpected shapes, colors and out-of-the-ordinary flavors.
Seaweed may sound like an exotic food to serve to children, but given a chance, they may come to enjoy it. Some children are adventurous in their eating habits, so might like to try it, while others might need some cajoling or persuasion. Serving a dish that includes seaweed to children introduces them to other cultures and to a whole new class of foods that can benefit their health.
It's perfectly normal to feel a bit sluggish after lunch, but when you're working, at school or managing the household, you simply don't have time for an afternoon nap. Certain foods, particularly simple carbohydrates and proteins that contain tryptophan -- and worse, a combination of the two -- are most likely to trigger this tired feeling. Fortunately, by eating the right combination of foods, you can wake up and get your work done.
The perfect food for a daughter-father banquet is appealing to both kids and adults. It's also important that the food be relatively mess-free, as the banquets tend to be semi-formal or formal affairs. Spending the entire banquet worried about staining an expensive new dress is far from fun for fathers or daughters. However, you don't have to blow everyone's diets to provide tasty tidbits. Add healthy twists to the food, such as replacing regular salad dressing for light dressing, to ensure guest don't end up with bloated tummies after the celebration.
Teenage girls should eat around 1800 calories a day, but eating the same things each day isn't healthy. For a balanced diet, teen girls should eat a variety of foods every day. Girls should eat foods from all food groups each day and limit their intake of fat. No more than 35 percent of the calories a teenager eats in a day should come from fat.
If you have a child who gives you a difficult time about eating fruits and vegetables, don't fight him. Instead, make food so fun and interesting that he can't wait to try it. A perfect food to try is pumpkin. Kids are fascinated with pumpkins for many reasons: They are in season during Halloween, which gives them a certain mystique; they can grow quite large, larger than your child; and they are fun to carve and decorate. Combine this natural pumpkin fascination with some tips and tricks to get your child to eat this healthy fruit that contains potassium and vitamin A.
Food can be a delicate topic with teenagers. Some teenagers worry that they eat too much food but are actually eating just the right amount. Other teenagers eat too much and need to cut back to become healthier and lose extra weight. Some teenagers develop unhealthy eating habits and seem to subsist on junk food. If your teenager needs to improve her diet and cut back on food, you can help her to do so by being encouraging and helping her plan meals.
Zinc plays an important role in building immunity and fighting infections. Zinc also supports growth during childhood and the senses of taste and smell. The Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recommends 5 mg of zinc per day for 8-year-olds. Nutrients are better from foods rather than supplements, so look for foods with high sources of zinc to be sure your child is getting enough in her diet.
Nearly all children become picky eaters to some extent during their toddler years, with an accompanying decrease in appetite, and some kids more so than others. Natural appetite stimulants, including several herbs and zinc-rich foods, often help boost the appetites of adults and children alike, but some stimulants may work more effectively than others for a given child's appetite.
Birthday cake is a traditional way to celebrate turning another year older, but that's not how the cookie crumbles for kids. Give your own special delivery a really special delivery with a cookie bouquet. If the professionally baked and packaged cookie delivery packages seem incredibly intricate and expensive, replicate the concept and sprinkle on some customized motherly love in your own kitchen.
Your new life with your new bundle of joy will soon begin, but in the meantime, you may experience some degree of pregnancy sickness. According to Dr. Anna Kaplan, a physician of Family Practice and writer for PlanningFamily.com, eight out of ten expectant mothers experience pregnancy sickness. Some experience only mild nausea in the morning, while others experience severe nausea and vomiting throughout the entire day. Keeping food down is vital for the health of you and your baby.
Daily life is hectic enough, but illness added to the mix complicates things even more. An illness involving vomiting means your child probably won't feel like eating initially. Even the common cold and other sicknesses may decrease her appetite, getting healthy food into her body when she's ready is key to building her strength to get back to her usual, energetic self.
Electric skillets heat evenly, hold their temperature and can be used in settings outside the kitchen. Keep main dishes warm at the dinner table, make breakfast at the campground or keep sauce warm at a barbecue. Precise temperature settings take the guesswork out of heating, and nonstick surfaces ensure easy cleanup.
Few things throw a greater kink in your dinner plans than realizing the turkey breast you wanted to cook is still frozen. It's usually recommended to thaw turkey in the refrigerator for a day or longer, but this doesn't work when you need to prepare it that evening. Proper thawing ensures the poultry is safe to serve to your family. You can still thaw the meat quickly while keeping it at a safe temperature so illness-causing bacteria doesn't taint the turkey.
Family cookouts offer an opportunity to gather family and friends for a full day of fun and companionship. Make side dishes ahead, so the cook and grill master has time to join in the party. Center all of the cooking around the grill to keep the party in one place. Make sure you follow food safety rules for uncooked and pre-cooked foods.