Sweet Carrot Puddin’

My two youngest children have a fun book called The Giant Carrot, by Jan Peck. The last page offers up a recipe for Little Isabelle’s Carrot Puddin’. I think Charlie has been talking about trying this recipe for at least a year and we finally got around to it yesterday. It was super easy to make and so delicious and comforting on a chilly day that I just had to share. I love that it uses honey as the sweetener but I actually cut the amount in half. The recipe calls for one cup, I used just a half cup and it is plenty sweet!

Of course, it doesn’t hurt when dessert can be good for you too! Most of the previous research has focused on the benefits from their carotenoids and antioxidants, but now we have another reason to eat more carrots. A recent study from the Netherlands shows that carrots offer great protection against cardiovascular disease and colon cancer.

Enjoy!
Melissa

Little Isabelle’s Carrot Puddin’

Combine and blend until smooth:
(I used my Vita-mix on low speed and pulsed a few times…worked perfectly)

1 c peeled and grated carrots ( I threw 2 c of baby carrots in the blender with the following ingredients)

1/2 c milk
2 eggs
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t cinnamon
2 T butter
1/2 to 1 c honey

When smooth (you still want it to be chunky enough that you see the carrot shreds), stir in gently:

4 slices whole grain bread cut into cubes
1/3 c raisins
1/4 c chopped nuts (optional, we omitted these)

Pour into greased baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Serve warm, sprinkled with cinnamon.

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

Charlie’s Favorite Smoothie

Try this delicious smoothie on your most critical  little sprout!  Charlie came up with it himself and it is sweet, healthy…well, pretty fantastic!

Pineapple Banana Smoothie

1.5 cups frozen pineapple

1 ripe banana

2 T flax meal

1 big handful baby spinach

1.5 cups vanilla rice milk

handful of ice cubes

Why eat pineapple?  Loaded with vitamins and minerals, pineapple is  full of health benefits.  Manganese, a trace mineral, is needed to build connective tissues and bones.  Bromelain helps suppress coughs,  loosens mucus, and aids in digestion.  Pineapple is also known to prevent macular degeneration, which leads to vision loss, and alleviate arthritis. There’s plenty more, but I think you get the picture:)

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Melissa

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Healthy Tips from the First Lady

This is not about politics, this is about something MUCH more important, raising healthy kids!  I saw this article and thought I’d share.  I think Mrs. Obama seems to be a pretty great mom, I mean, it can NOT be easy to raise kids in the White House with every eye in the world on you.  Even though their lives are quite different from most of ours, these are tips that any family can embrace.

Help Fight Childhood Hunger: Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM’s BackPack Buddies Food Drive August 23, 2012

Help Fight Childhood Hunger: Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM’s BackPack Buddies Food Drive August 23, 2012.

BackPack Buddies is a great organization that gives children a backpack full of nutritious food to take home to their families so they have healthy food to eat over the weekend.  If you are in the Raleigh Triangle area, there is a food drive for BackPack Buddies today at Crabtree Valley Mall and Cary Crossroads from 6am-6pm.  To find out more click on the link above.