Picky Eaters Shouldn’t be Tricky

Some parents struggle with improving their children’s health but it’s easier than most of us think.

I, too, was a very selective eater but eating vegetables and fruits was always encouraged. Hot dogs were never on my menu but cereal and bed lunch was and, not that I’m older, wiser and with child myself, I realize how easy it is not to have these either.

My four year old never really heard of having a snack before bed until recently. If he was hungry before going to bed we’d feed him but his selection was limited – yogurt, a piece of fruit or nothing. He’d never go to bed hungry even though what he really wanted was some crackers or cereal and this made him appreciate healthy choices even more. It would also be the test to determine if he was really hungry or just trying to stay awake a few minutes more.

You buy the groceries for your house so what goes in the cart and on your shelves is up to you. When you’re making the list, ask your kids for suggestions and explain why you’ll add them or not. Give them the power to choose what’s for dinner or to pack in their lunch and you’ll notice they’ll be happy choosing items that you have in the house.

Be sure to always have different fruits and vegetables to try, not always their favourites.

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Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland


Have you Ever Eaten a Dragon?

Be adventurous today and try a dragon for breakfast!

You’ve read about dragon’s in fairy tales but now you can eat one in the form of a dragon fruit. Similar taste to a kiwi, dragon fruits look amazing and distinct among the other fruit in the produce section.

Also known as pitaya, the edible parts of this fruit when eaten raw consists of mostly water and carbohydrates, with some protein and fat content. Pitayas contain slight amounts of calcium, phosphorus, iron and other nutrients.

You’ll find videos on YouTube on how to peel this wonderful fruit and more information at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitaya

Enjoy!

Thanks for reading and being adventurous!

Sammy


The Lemonman (A Party, some rain and Wiggleworm Lane)

Brilliant story with magnificent rhymes and colourful illustrations, The second of The Lemonman series, A Party, some rain and Wiggleworm Lane, teaches a wonderful lesson.

Weather is out of our control but how we react to it and enjoy it is something we can all learn to do. While the worms hope for more rainy days they plot and scheme their way to make their town more ideal for them… or so they think.

Follow the Lemonman as he is invited to a party of worms and later to their secret domain to learn what this book has in store.

I am eager to read it to my four year old to get his reaction to the whimsical and musical story of how the Lemonman made it rain.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland


Brown Paper Teddy Bear Review

The brilliant illustrations on cardboard paper of a wonderful story made this extra impressive.

My almost 4 year old’s eyes shone bright with the details of each page, almost like a photograph more than a drawing.

The story of a young girl waking up to a magical brown bear to go on an adventure every kid only dreams of. Meeting new toys brought to life with the words and colour, the story circles to Jessica’s grandfather who owned the brown bear when he was a child.

A recommended read for children and parents alike. Excellent for a Christmas traditional story time.

Thanks for reading,
Sarah Butland


Coconutty!

Coconuts are considered a fruit and they are filled with milk!

Shredded coconut is very versatile and can be used in cookies, macaroons and eaten by the handfuls. Stringy bits of white that can added goodness and flavour to almost any treat or meal.

I bet you wouldn’t be able to find one cookbook without the use of coconut in a recipe.

So get your family together and find a recipe you all love the taste of. Make it, enjoy it and share it with us.

Thanks for reading and trying a new food today,

Sammy and BananaBoy!