This is lunch for our kids…REALLY?

I just can’t quite believe that this is going on. This is the age of childhood obesity, Michelle Obama on the front lines fighting to get kids healthy, local PTAs taking over their school cafeterias in order to bring local food into their schools…I could go on and on.  So where is the disconnect?

Read it, you won’t believe it!

 

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/07/school-lunch-conference-cheetos

 

 

 

Cooking in the Moment

Now that it’s cold outside, there is nothing that makes me feel warmer than staying at home, in my fuzzy slippers, and playing with my oven.  Well, that same type of inspiration struck Scott, my husband, this weekend, minus the fuzzy slippers. Click here to find out what happened……………….Stay loving- Andrea.

Bounce Caution!

I know we usually talk about how to feed our children so that they grow into healthy adults.  Of course, we also try to protect them from physical harm in the form of broken bones and bruises.  After seeing this segment about the dangers of the ever popular “bounce houses”, I thought I’d share.  I’ve always hated these giant germ houses in the winter when the cold and flu virus is bouncing right along with them, but I had given a little less thought to the other issues.  I’m filing this under “worth knowing”…

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/49903205/ns/today-today_rossen_reports/t/rossen-reports-more-kids-getting-hurt-bounce-houses/

 

Play Safe!

Melissa

Persistence Pays Off When It Comes to Healthy Eating!

She likes it!  She likes it!  After three years of green smoothies in my house, my daughter FINALLY got out a glass, poured herself some of the smoothie I had just made for me and the boys, and proceeded to drink it with a smile on her face!

When I first started drinking green smoothies I couldn’t wait to get all of that goodness into my kids.  The boys liked them right away and I was thrilled. Mae was a different story.  She refused to even try it until I insisted on just a tiny sip.  The way she scrunched up her face and stuck her tongue out was quite comical.  If you know Mae, you know her flair for the dramatic!  I have prodded and cajoled for almost three years.  A few months ago I decided to just shut my mouth, enjoy my green goodness, and just be thankful that 4 out of 5 of us were reaping the benefits.  Then today, out of the blue, while she is sitting there happy as pie with her 2 fried eggs and toast (the girl would eat a dozen eggs a day if I’d let her), she serves herself a little glass of green and drinks it with a grin….go figure.  After I peeled myself off the floor and ran for my camera, I got to thinking about why this took so long….

Was it because I stopped pushing but continued to have it available to her?  Probably so.  I remember reading once that you should serve children the same vegetable at least 6 times, insisting they have at least one bite each time, and eventually they will eat it.  They may not love it, but they won’t whine about it either.  No whining at dinner sounds good to me!   I’m thinking persistence is key.  Hopefully not all kids will take THREE years to try and then like something, but hey, I’ve got the time and so do they.  I’m going to continue to put peas in front of Charlie and zucchini in front of Mae and see what happens!

Peace and greens,

Melissa

Beach to BattleShip Iron Man – The Night Before

It’s the night before the first big Team Sprouting Souls Race: Beach to BattleShip in Wilmington, North Carolina.  We made the two-hour trek over to the beach this afternoon, checked into the race, the hotel and a table for 5.  Libby and Scott are so excited!!  We opted for a light dinner tonight, well not all of us.  Tonight happened to be lobster night at the Blockade Runner so Jack went for it.

It was a great dinner, great night and we are all so excited for tomorrow.  It is supposed to be a beautiful day and Junior, Jack and I will be supporting and cheering Scott and Libby on tomorrow for the big 70.3 miles they will be knocking dead.

Scott filled me in on the way here of things not to say to people who are racing “you can do it”, “you’ll almost there” and “are you ok?”.  I definitely get the last one.  So, at his request we will be yelling  “you rock”, “Go!” and ” you’re kaleing it” (I know, funny).   Good luck to my hunny and my friend.

Go Team Sprouting Souls!

Faster. Stronger. Longer

– Andrea

Eating Out With the Kids

If you are out and about this weekend with the kids and want to try a new place for lunch or dinner here in Cary, try Zoe’s Kitchen. We went there for lunch today and they have a great kid’s menu. I loved the “white upon request”, otherwise they serve wheat and decaf unsweetened herbal tea as an alternative to soda or juice. I snapped a pic of the menu while I was there so you could take a look. I ordered a half of a tuna sandwich and a cup of the braised beans for myself and it was super yummy. Order at the counter and they will bring it to your table. Their service was friendly and fast. It’s a nice healthy alternative to other options around town. Oh, I forgot to tell you that I ordered the humus too, really good!

Zoe’s Kitchen is new to the Cary area with a location in the Park West Village just off of Morrisville Parkway. Check out the link below for a location in your area.

http://zoeskitchen.com/location.aspx

Have a great weekend!

Andrea