4 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy and Like It

If I know anyone who’s a picky eater, I’d definitely have to say it’s my son. Typically, if something is good for Tommy, he doesn’t want to eat it. Luckily, I’ve stumbled upon ways to get him more excited about and involved in mealtimes. If your kids are picky eaters like mine, try some of these ideas to get them to enjoy eating healthy.

One of the best ways to get a kid to eat something is to let them help you prepare it. Even if they do something as simple as adding a sauce or cracking an egg, that minimal involvement in the process of making a meal is often enough to get them excited about eating it.

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You can also make fruits and veggies, foods that kids are notorious for rejecting, more appealing by adding a slight amount of sugar to them. They say a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, and that holds for veggies as well. Using dipping sauces is also incredibly helpful. Try using salsas or hummus to expose your kids to different kinds of foods and the wonderful world of dips and condiments. As a kid, I absolutely hated carrots, but when my mom offered them up with a little bit of ranch dip, I couldn’t turn them away.

In the same vein as adding condiments to foods they don’t like, you can also add these foods into those that they do. For example, adding onions to a meatloaf or including vegetables in a pasta can get your kids to eat their veggies without even realizing what they’ve done.

Kids are often afraid of new foods, so introduce them slowly. Talk with your kids to find out what they like and why. This can help you decide which foods to try to add to their diet, which can widen their acceptance of other foods, even those they’ve previously rejected.

Remember that some people simply don’t like certain foods, so don’t take it as a defeat when some of these ideas fail. Just know that your child’s tastes may one day change, and they may one day grow to love those healthy foods that they once resisted.

Listeria-Contaminated Meat Recalled

Louisiana meat packing company Manda Fine Meats issued a massive recall of its products yesterday, a first in the company’s 65-year history, after learning that its products may be contaminated with listeria, a bacteria that can have life-threatening effects on humans.

The recall affects over 230 tons of meat, including turkey, pastrami, roast beef, ham, and corned beef. These products were distributed across a huge area that includes Texas, Illinois, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Georgia.

meat recallThe company is offering cash refunds to individuals who bought recalled meats and encourages customers to return the meats to the stores where they were purchased. Potentially affected meats will have a sell-by date on the packaging between May 13, 2013 and July 2, 2013.

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause headaches, muscle aches, confusion, and loss of balance. Infections are most likely to appear in pregnant women or those whose immune systems are compromised.

Remember to keep your eyes open for food recalls, since using contaminated ingredients in your cooking is a recipe for disaster!


Romantic Foods for Valentine’s Day

romantic foodValentine’s Day is upon us and if there’s anything that’s goes hand in hand with holding hands with your special someone, it’s sharing a meal with him or her. With that in mind, I began daydreaming about the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner.

For the appetizer, I fantasize my date and I would indulge in oysters. Oysters are a classic aphrodisiac. In fact, they’re good for fighting depression because of their Omega-3 fatty acids and are loaded with zinc, which has been linked to increased libido in both sexes, making them perfect the perfect kickstarter to a romantic meal.

For the main course, I pine for pesto pasta. Pesto is made from basil leaves, which were a symbol of love in ancient Rome. Basil not only smells wonderful, but it tastes great and is known to increase bloodflow.  Basil leaves contain compounds known as flavonoids, which are known to have antioxidant properties. While we’re talking antioxidants, enjoying this meal with a glass of nice wine would be beyond divine.

For dessert, I’d chase after chocolate. I prefer dark chocolate, as it contains more of the chemicals that make this sweet such a potent and popular aphrodisiac. If you can, spice it up by enjoying chocolates that contain chilli peppers. Chilli peppers are a lesser known aphrodisiac, but they have some of the most obvious effects. Not only do they physically make you feel hot, they have been reported to cause a boost in energy.

Eating this meal by candlelight with someone you like almost guarantees a romantic night. Here’s hoping you all have a happy Valentine’s Day.