Braces change the way we eat, at least at first. Particularly children, who are accustomed to blindly tearing into their crunchy snacks and eating chewy stick-to-everything candy without a thought, need to revise their diets to consume snacks and treats that won't be painful or cause damage to their new wiring.
Tired of sending your little one to school with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Bento lunch boxes give parents a fun way to mix things up while still giving kids healthy food.
Get creative and put together a fun and fresh bento box for a special lunch time surprise! To help you out, we've got a great recipe for rice balls from Mika Shino, author of Smart Bites for Baby. These yummy treats are a classic ingredient in any bento lunch box!
Ingredients (Makes 6-8 mini rice balls)
This light pasta is easy to make and is perfect when butternut squash comes into season in the fall.
The squash is sweet, and the nutty flavor of walnuts blends well. This recipe contains beta-carotene, folate, vitamin C, Omega-3, carbohydrates and calcium. Tip: you can also use pumpkin instead of butternut squash.
Ingredients (makes 4 servings)
When kids have braces, there's probably a lot of focus on the foods they CAN'T eat, such as sticky candy, hard fruits, popcorn and chewing gum.
But it doesn't all have to be bad news. Distract your little one from craving the foods he or she can't have with some delicious braces-friendly foods that are good for the rest of their bodies as well.
Want some healthy and tasty ideas for your little one? Check out this great recipe from Mika Shino, author of Smart Bites for Baby.
This is a brainfood version of the classic mac’n’cheese because it contains vegetables and whole grains, as well as flaxseeds and wheat germs.
It is very simple to make and very similar in flavor to the classic mac’n’cheese, but it features the added benefits of protein, added vitamins and DHA Omega 3 fatty acid.
Ingredients (makes 4 servings)
Our seven-year old daughter enjoys eating raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. What's so strange about that? Absolutely nothing! Except that’s all she’s eaten since she was weaned off of breast milk.
Perhaps the strange part, if there really is one, is that not only does eating raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds seem perfectly normal to our daughter, but also that we had to go to great lengths to explain why some people choose to eat other fare.
Getting kids to eat a healthy meal, or in many cases, to eat at all can be tricky.
When it comes to satisfying the many different tastes each of my children have, I need to be healthy, conscious and creative.
Who says you can't play with your food?
Do you have a little boy who's obsessed with toy cars and racetracks? Give your kids a special treat with these fun ideas for lunch or snack.
They'll love the cool car-themed surprise, and moms will love watching their kids gobble up healthy fruits and veggies!
So, here’s the scene: the kids are in the back of the car on the way home from school, and they’re screaming for chicken nuggets from the fast food place around the corner. Don’t give in!
Michelle Karam has the perfect recipe that won’t take any longer than going through the drive-through. You’ll feel so much better about what you’re giving your kids, and they’ll get their chicken strip fix!
Grilled Chicken Strips
One of my mom-mandates is that I’m easy when it comes to food. My job is to put out nutritious items; the kids’ job is to eat what they like. Having survived a bout of anorexia as a teenager, I have zero tolerance for pressuring kids to eat or not eat. I have a loose definition of “nutritious.”