9 Important Vitamins for Kids

Important Vitamins for KidsIdeally, we all should eat a well-balanced diet that supplies us with the proper amount of vitamins, but that’s not always easy – especially if you have some picky eaters. Supplementing vitamins is often a practical solution or most people. Make sure your kids get these vitamins.

1. Potassium

Potassium helps to control nerve impulses and muscle contractions and maintains fluid balance. Great sources for this mineral include nuts, dried fruit, bananas, bran, raw fruit and vegetables.

2. Vitamin D

Vitamin D promotes bone and tooth formation and helps the body absorb calcium. Good sources include milk and other dairy products, and fish oil. The best source of vitamin D is sunlight.

3. Iron

Iron builds muscle and is essential to healthy red blood cells. Iron deficiency is a risk in adolescence, especially for girls once they begin to menstruate. Beef and other red meats, turkey, pork, spinach, beans, and prunes are all chock full of iron.

4. Zinc

Zinc aids in wound healing and immune function, is essential for normal taste, smell and sight, and can help in the formation of strong bones. Get your children zinc through lean meat, fish, and chicken, milk, whole grains, and nuts.

5. Calcium

Calcium helps build strong bones as a child grows. Calcium can be found in quality amounts in milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu, and calcium-fortified orange juice.

6. Vitamin A

Vitamin A is essential for eyesight, especially night vision and critical for normal growth in children. This vitamin also keeps the skin in the mouth, respiratory tract and urinary tract moist (protects against harmful bacteria). Finally, Vitamin A builds immunity to protect kids from infections. Good sources include milk, cheese, eggs, and yellow-to-orange vegetables like carrots, yams, and squash.

7. Vitamin B Family 

The Vitamin B family includes, B2, B3, B6, and B12. These vitamins aid metabolism, energy production, and healthy circulatory and nervous systems. Good sources include meat, chicken, fish, nuts, eggs, milk, cheese, beans, and soybeans.

8. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is needed for healthy skin, gums, teeth, bones and cartilage. This vitamin also assists with absorption of some types of iron, along with wound healing and resistance to infection. Good sources include citrus fruit, strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes, and green vegetables like broccoli.

9. Magnesium

This mineral provides structure for healthy bones, is involved in the release of energy from food, and is essential for muscle and nerve function. Magnesium can be found in milk, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, legumes, lean meats, nuts, and bananas.

baby swaddleGuest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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7 of the Best Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids

Healthy Summer Snacks for KidsThere’s nothing that makes lunchtime better for kids than opening their lunchbox to see one of their favorite treats inside. Especially after multiple classes and lessons, kids want to be able to enjoy their lunch when it comes time to eat. Keep your children happy and healthy with these delicious lunchbox treats for them:

1. Granola Bars

Granola bars are both healthy and delicious for kids. These treats are small enough to easily fit two of them in the lunchbox for your child. Next time you go grocery shopping, bring your kid with you so they could pick out their favorite flavor!

2. Veggies and Dip

Kids typically don’t enjoy eating vegetables, but they may like them a lot better if you make a couple adjustments to this snack. Try cutting veggies up into smaller portions and adding a healthy dipping sauce for them to enjoy, like French onion dip.

3. Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a great way to provide your child with a delicious lunchbox snack that will also be extremely healthy. Grab a small Tupperware container and throw in some grapes, sliced bananas, blueberries, and various melons. The fruit container is a sweet treat for kids.

4. Yogurt and Granola

The combination of yogurt and granola provides two healthy snacks in one for kids. Kids will love how easy it is to put together, and especially how tasty it turns out. Make this snack even healthier by grabbing a Greek yogurt of choice and making your own homemade granola to throw in the yogurt.

5. Hummus

Hummus is a dip that can make tons of different snacks taste better during lunch. Putting a small amount of hummus into a container for their lunchbox is an easy way to make various snacks even tastier. Pack their hummus with snacks like pretzels, veggies, or healthy chips.

6. Trail Mix

Trail mix comes in so many different flavors and combinations that your child is bound to find a favorite for lunch. These mixes typically have a healthy serving a nuts, fruits, and granola for your child to enjoy and have a nutritious snack in their lunchbox. This is another snack that can be made at home with all the proper ingredients.

7. Beef Jerky

Beef jerky is another convenient, easy lunchbox snack for your child. As long as you can find the all-natural, healthy beef jerky, this is a great idea for a healthy treat. Also, you can substitute beef for turkey or bison for an even healthier alternative.

transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

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What to Eat While Breastfeeding

What to Eat While BreastfeedingWhether you’re new to the breastfeeding world or not, it can be challenging. Sometimes our breasts seem to have a mind of their own when it comes to lactation, but there are certain foods you can introduce to your diet that can increase your milk supply. These foods are “galactagogues,” which mean they aid breast milk ejection in animals. Luckily for the 77% of moms nationwide who choose to breastfeed, many of these galactagogues are both easy to access and delicious.

1.  Water

You guessed it! Water is good for pretty much anything pertaining to our body so it’s no surprise that it makes this list. It isn’t exactly a food but it does have a tremendous impact on your body’s fluids, including your milk supply. Up your water intake to be as close as possible to the recommended 8 glasses a day. Your body is much thirstier for water than we think. In fact, nearly 75% of Americans are unknowingly dehydrated.

2.  Garlic

Garlic compliments an endless amount of dinner dishes you probably already have on your menu. This herb is not only delicious but it is a galactagogue too. No need to scare off vampires with copious amount of fresh garlic to get the job done; introducing just a little garlic to your diet is proven to increase your breast milk supply. Garlic is also available in pill form if by chance you are a vampire who isn’t crazy about its flavor.

3. Spinach

Spinach is an excellent source of iron, vitamin K, calcium and folic acid. These nutrients are especially important for nursing mothers. Your body’s caloric requirements for minerals and vitamins are amplified when you’re breastfeeding. Dark leafy greens are packed with phytoestrogens that promote healthy breast tissue and healthy lactation.

4. Carrots

The beta-carotene packed in just one full carrot is enough to get you lactating. This popular bunny favorite is an excellent source of potassium and is absolutely delicious steamed with a meal or eaten alone.

5. Fennel

Fennel may not be the most popular food item on this list but studies have shown that the seeds in fennel can vastly increase your milk supply. In addition to being a lactation goldmine, fennel is rich in vitamin C.  Preparing your veggies and rice with fennel can help digestion and get the lactation process underway.

6. Nuts

Nuts are easy to snack on and come in a wide array of flavors. Choose a brand that is less oily and low in sodium to get the best results. Almonds, cashew and macadamia are easy to access antioxidants and are a foolproof way to get lactating.

7. Oatmeal

Good old oatmeal is great for lowering cholesterol and getting your breasts to begin lactating. The great thing about oatmeal is customizing it to taste. Throw in some fresh fruits, granola, honey and make this milk boosting treat your own.  You’ll find that your body responds positively to oats during the breastfeeding process.

8. Hummus

The delicious legumes found in homemade and even store bought hummus are surprisingly as lactogenic as they are delicious. The combination of lentils, chickpeas, lima beans with garlic is the perfect galactagogue for nursing mothers.

Is there a snack that gets you lactating that we missed. Share your recipes and your breast milk boosting favorites with us in the comment section below or on Facebook.

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nursing pillowGuest Blog by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder for privacy while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of discretion while nursing in public. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.

After Clark read a recent Duke University study on toxic chemicals in baby products, she sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed. Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, the nation’s leading fire-retardant research specialist, and a new mother herself, said, “It’s wonderful to find a nursing pillow on the market that is not treated with chemical flame-retardant additives in the filling material. San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud this manufacturer for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin Eco*Loft™ fiber, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.

Click to view a Nursing Pillow Comparison Chart to learn more.

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Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Junk Food

While most of us love the taste of junk food, we still know how unhealthy it can be for our body. Wouldn’t it be great if healthy food tasted this good? Well, since we can’t change the nutritional value of junk food, the next best idea is to use substitute ingredients to make them healthy. Here are some healthy versions of your favorite junk food:

Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids

Ingredients

For the Jellies:

  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime, lemon, or orange juice or bottled cherry juice
  • 1/2 t citric acid
  • 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 4 (1/4 ounce) envelopes powdered unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar

For the coating:

  • 1 T powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 T granulated sugar
  • 1/2 t citric acid

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Oreo Cookies

Oreo Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups/155g cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups/190g all-purpose/plain flour, plus more for dusting
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup/228g butter, softened
  • 1½ cups/300g granulated sugar
  • ½ cup/110g soft brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon instant coffee, dissolved into ½ teaspoon warm water
  • 6oz/170g rolling fondant icing

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Cheese Crackers 

Cheese Crackers

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 stick room temperature butter
  • 2 tablespoons quark, sour cream, or half and half
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon hungarian hot paprika (optional)

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Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips

Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips

Ingredients

  • 2 russet potatoes, sliced thinly with a mandolin
  • oil for frying

For the seasoning:

  • ¼ c. nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. dried chives
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • ½ tsp. sea salt

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Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients

For the peanut butter:

  • 16 oz. jar of dry roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 2 t coarse seal salt
  • 2 T honey

For the peanut butter cups:

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footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

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Is Your Baby Ready for Solid Foods?

Is Your Baby Ready for Solid FoodsAre you starting to feel like breast milk or formula and baby food isn’t enough for your little one anymore? Introducing solid foods is a fun time to be a parent. You get to live vicariously through your kids as they experience all sorts of new textures and flavors. I remember how fun it was when my son started solids. It’s something you’ll definitely want to get on camera!

Before you start serving chicken nuggets, though, you should make sure your baby is really ready. If you offer solids too soon, you irritate their undeveloped digestive system or cause an unpleasant experience that would make it try in the future. Here’s how you can tell your baby is ready for solid foods.

1. He can hold his head up

If your baby needs your support to hold his head up, then they probably are not ready to move to solid foods. Your baby needs to be able to maintain a steady, upright position to eat so they can effectively swallow without choking.

2. He sits well when supported

For the same reason as above, your baby should be able to sit up unsupported for several minutes. When you put him in the high chair or feeding chair, much of the work will be done for him, but he needs to have strong neck and core muscles to get the food down without incident.

3. He can chew

Your baby should be able to move food to the back of their mouth and swallow it. That’s a tall request for someone who has only consumed liquids or paste-like baby foods. Start with small solid foods, but just large enough so he has to gum/chew them down a bit.

4. He has gained weight

If your baby is around six months and weighs double what they weighed at birth, then they could be ready to start munching on solid foods. Most babies are able to eat semi-solid foods at six months unless they have not been able to gain a healthy amount of weight. If you feel like your baby has not been gaining weight properly, you should get them checked by your pediatrician.

5. He is interested

The most important thing you should look for is interest. After a while, your baby will become interested in what’s on mom and dad’s plate. He’ll understand that you’re putting it your mouth just like he does with his food. He might even reach out for your food to try. You want baby to want solid foods so he’s more likely to enjoy the experience.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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Healthy Family Food Recipes

I prefer to live a healthy lifestyle wherever I can. That’s especially true when it comes to the products and foods I offer my kids. Organic cooking is not that much different than cooking traditionally grown foods, you just have to keep an eye on your ingredients. Sometimes you have to make some substitutions, but there are plenty of incredible organic recipes out there. Here are some of my favorites.

1. Organic Strawberry Lemonade Pops

Organic Strawberry Lemonade Pops

Skip the pesticides and extra sugar! These are perfect for the summer and easy to make in large quantities.

2. Organic Potato Crust Quiche

Organic Potato Crust Quiche

Quiche is a great breakfast/brunch food for busy mornings because it can heated up and consumed quickly. Plus you can change the toppings to whatever foods your family prefers.

3. Organic Pumpkin Cheesecake

Organic Pumpkin Cheesecake

Everyone loves cheesecake! Be sure to make this one while pumpkins are still in season so you get the freshest ingredients.

4. Organic Chocolate Mousse

Organic Chocolate Mousse

This is a fun dessert because most people don’t have mousse on its own very often. Usually we use it as a filling, but it’s quite delicious.

5. Organic Pizza Zucchini Boats

Organic Pizza Zucchini Boats

Kids love pizza! You can make them extra healthy by skipping the traditional dough crust for something healthier like zucchini.

6. Guacamole Bruschetta Toast

Guacamole Bruschetta Toast

These have a ton of flavor and a nice texture (the soft vegetables and crunchy toast play nicely together). They’re better served as an appetizer than a stand-alone meal.

7. Banana Oat Energy Bars

Banana Oat Energy Bars

These are great for snacks for the kids because they lots of healthy ingredients. Plus, they don’t require any cooking, just mixing, so you can whip them up quickly.

8. Organic Frittata

Organic Frittata

Like the quiche I mentioned above, this frittata can easily be customized depending on your family’s preferences.

9. Organic Maple Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

Organic Maple Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

Sometimes you just want a hearty meal, especially during this part of the year. This is a good one to serve if you have company visiting.

10. Roasted Cauliflower Soup and Spinach Salad

Roasted Cauliflower Soup and Spinach Salad

This is a light meal perfect for when you dine alone. I wouldn’t recommend it for kids unless their tastes are really refined.

organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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6 Healthy Halloween Treat Alternatives to Candy

I like Halloween (my kids do too), but I’m never pleased with the sheer amount of candy that’s available around this time of the year. People have bowls of it laying around their houses, they give it out at stores, and even teachers will hand out a piece now and then. I don’t think you have to be unhealthy to celebrate Halloween, so here are some alternatives to candy that I’ve found.

1. Skeleton Vegetable Platter

healthy Halloween recipe

Using your basic vegetable platter ingredients (carrots, broccoli, celery, peppers, mushrooms, etc.), you can turn the traditional platter into something spooky. It’s simple to make and gives your celebration a lot of flare. I would skip the celery hair, though – that’s not very skeleton-y.

2. Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

healthy Halloween recipe

With a little extra paprika and a tiny piece of celery, you can turn traditional deviled eggs into a Halloween-themed treat. The beauty of this recipe is that it’s just as simple as regular deviled eggs, so you don’t really need to learn a recipe. Once you see a photo, you can make them.

3. Cracker Spiders

healthy Halloween recipe

You can fashion these little crawlers out of basic ingredients. Use the peanut butter (or any type of nut-butter, or even cream cheese) to glue everything together. Even after they’ve sat for a while they’re still delicate, so try not to handle them much.

4. Party Pumpkins

healthy Halloween recipe

These “pumpkins” take very little preparation at all. Peel a few tangerines and stick some celery in the top – ta da! Not much to it.

5. Witch’s Broom

healthy Halloween recipe

This is another super easy recipe that makes your event or party seem extravagant. It’s so simple you could serve these as snacks on any day (since you probably already give your kids pretzels and string cheese at some point.)

6. Halloween Skewers

healthy Halloween recipe

These aren’t a ghost, skeleton, or mummy, but they still use Halloween colors. They’re great for a party of adults who aren’t easily impressed by vampires and other spooky characters. Simply cube and skewer melon and blackberries.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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7 Ways to Deal with Picky Eaters

picky eatersPicky eaters… Every family has them. If you’ve got more than one child, chances are one of them is particular about the foods he or she eats. For whatever reason, some children just don’t want to be bothered with new tastes; they want to stick to the things they know and love. If you have a picky eater on your hands, it’s best to work to vary the child’s diet for their own health. Here are some ways you can deal with a picky eater.

1. Include your kids in cooking. Handling and cooking food can often “desensitize” your kids to trying new flavors. They become comfortable with the food and feel a sense of ownership over the meal they’ve created, which encourages them to try it. If your kids are old enough, you can do so far as to have them help you plan and shop for the food as well.

2. Mix healthy elements into their favorite foods. Use your kids’ favorite foods to transition to healthy ones. For example, if your son loves pancakes, add blueberries one time to see if he likes it. After a few attempts, you’ll have him eating blueberries on his own. You can also try carrot muffins, fruit in cereal, and smoothies with just about anything.

3. Keep the junk out of the house. It’s hard to combat all that junk food when it’s sitting right in front of you. Your best option is to keep it out of the house so no alternative is available. If your kids refuse to eat the delightful quiche you prepared, there isn’t a bag of cookies lying around for a late morning snack.

4. Repeat exposures. If you offer your child a new food and he doesn’t like it, don’t give up. Kids are naturally resistant to new flavors. Offer it a few more times (up to ten or fifteen!) on different days. Each time the flavor becomes more familiar and less offensive. You’ll be surprised what foods they eventually start to like.

5. Redefine dessert. By positioning dessert at the end of the meal, we tend to treat it like a reward. Plus, parents often give dessert or take it away depending on the child’s behavior, which makes kids want it even more. Redefine dessert as something healthy, like yogurt or fruit.

6.  Create routines and stick to them. Try to serve dinner and snacks at the same time every day. Stick to this schedule. If your child refuses to eat what you provide at this time, inform them that there’s nothing to eat until the next scheduled time. If kids know they only get food on the schedule, they’ll be more likely to eat what’s provided.

7. Offer treats in moderation. If you cut out all the fun foods entirely, your kids will crave it and binge when you aren’t available to monitor them. It’s alright to offer a cookie here and there, just keep it to a healthy level.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

8 Tips for Kids to Learn Healthy Eating Habits

teach kids to eat healthyIt’s so tough to teach kids to eat well these days. There are unnatural and unhealthy ingredients in our most inexpensive, most accessible foods. Kids can eat all the bad stuff they like as soon as they’re out of our supervision. It’s tough to monitor their diets. Even still, it’s important that we work to leave them healthy habits once they’re out from under our thumbs. Here’s how you can tech your kids to eat well.

1. Dinner time should be family time.

In our modern, busy lives it’s not uncommon for the family to eat separately. A couple people eat together, another eats in the car on the way to practice, one eats leftovers when she gets home, etc. When we grab something quick or eat in a rush, those foods tend to be unhealthy. Have everyone sit down to dinner together so you can actively monitor everyone’s food intake.

2. Involve your kids in the food shopping.

This isn’t always practical, but whenever possible, include your kids in the food shopping. As you shop, examine the packing labels and discuss the ingredients. Point out how not all foods are equal, and while some may quell hunger, they offer little or no nutritional value. The idea is to make understanding what they’re eating a part of the process.

3. Track down tasty foods.

Foods and snacks don’t need to be laden with sugar to be tasty. In fact, after a period of abstaining from sugar, you would notice that sugary foods are nearly unbearable. There’s a lot of tasty and healthy options out there, you just have to find them. The unhealthy stuff is usually front and center because it’s cheap and easy for stores to stock.

4. Limit sugar and salt.

These two ingredients are a big part of American food and while they’re fine in moderation, they a play a big role in the processed food we put on our store shelves. We don’t just find salt and sugar in cookies and candy, either. Large amounts are added into our staples, like bread, canned soups and vegetables and condiments.

5. Limit portion sizes.

Avoid filling your child’s plate and forcing them to finish every bite. This creates an unhealthy behavior of eating just because food is available. If your child is honestly full, don’t insist they keep eating. We tend to make larger portions for ourselves than we need, but we finish it before our brain registers that our stomachs are full. Eat a bit less and you’ll be surprised that you aren’t hungry.

6. Keep a positive attitude.

Kids (or anyone, for that matter) don’t like to hear what they can’t do. They like to hear what they’re allowed to do. When they ask what’s for dinner, tell them the menu with a positive attitude. Talk about how much you love green beans, peas, carrots and broccoli. Make it seem like a treat that they get to eat such great food. Praise them for eating well without being forced.

7. Serve as a good role model.

Like all parts of parenthood, your kids are going to behave like you no matter what you say. You can’t tell them to eat healthy if you don’t do it yourself. Piling salad on their plates will feel like punishment if you’re skipping that course. Eat the same healthy foods your kids eat and do it with a smile.

8. Set reasonable goals.

Creating hard, unbending rules is the best way to see them broken. If you banish sugary treats from your house entirely, you’ll make your kids crave them and binge when they get the opportunity. Most foods are safe in moderation, so don’t skip birthday cake because it isn’t healthy; let everyone live a little.

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Visit www.rockingreensoap.com for more information.

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9 Easy Recipes for a Grab-and-Go Breakfast

grab and go breakfastIn many houses, mornings are go-go-go time. Everyone has to get ready and get to work and school in just a few hours. As much as we would love to make an elaborate breakfast for our kids every day, it’s usually not in the cards. Here are some easy breakfast ideas to grab-and-go.

1. Waffle Sticks

Rather than pancakes, I prefer to make waffles for breakfast, especially when I’m in a rush. Since waffles are so sturdy, I’ll slice one into three or four strips and let my kids eat them with their hands. If we have a minute to sit down, I’ll let them dunk the waffle sticks into syrup, but if we’re on the move, I’ll sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar for flavor.

2. Breakfast Wrap

My kids love bacon and eggs, but when we’re in a rush there’s no time to sit down. I’ll stuff some scrambled eggs, a few broken slices of bacon, and a piece of cheese in a flour tortilla. This gives them a proper breakfast, but they can eat it in the car.

3. Smoothies

Smoothies are great because you can pack in just about any healthy food you like and hide the flavor with fruit. Kale and spinach are great for you, but good luck getting your kids to willingly eat those. If you blend them in a smoothie with a bit of Greek yogurt, berries and orange juice, the taste is completely hidden and you’ve got a vitamin-packed breakfast. Store in a few to-go cups and you’re off.

4. Bagel with Cream Cheese and…

I like to add little twists to traditional foods so they’re a tad more memorable. A bagel with cream cheese is pretty normal, but when you add a slice of tomato and cucumber, you get something special with a bit more taste. Also, more nutrients is always good.

5. Stuffed Muffins

Muffins are easy to hold and eat while you’re walking or driving. My favorite thing about them is that you can make a few trays worth and keep them in the fridge for the week. If your family likes them hot, 30 seconds in the microwave will do. Mix ingredients like spinach, mushrooms, cheese, onions, and zucchini.

6. Hard-Baked Eggs

Yes, you read that correctly. Instead of boiling eggs (I never get the timing right), you can easily bake eggs in their shells for thirty minutes at 325-350 degrees. Put them in muffin trays so they don’t wiggle around or fall on one another. Once finished, rinse them in cold water to cool them down. (The brown spots on the shell are normal and harmless).

7. Egg Muffins

This is basically an egg sandwich without the bread. Scramble some eggs and pour into a greased muffin pan. Add chopped ham, onions, cheese and any other vegetable you like. Bake until the eggs are cooked well and they should pop out like muffins. Voila! Egg sandwich without any mess.

8. Homemade Cereal Bars

By microwaving your favorite cereal with marsh mellows, you’ll create a sticky, pliable concoction. Let the marsh mellows harden a bit, then mold the cereal into a rectangular bar for easy eating. Make seven on Sunday for the week and keep them in the fridge.

9. Hand-held Hash Browns

Crispy hash browns are a favorite of kids, but usually you have to eat them with a fork and plate, unless you buy the frozen patties, which I’m not a fan of. Spray your waffle maker with cooking spray and lay your shredded potatoes in a waffle-like pattern. After cooking, they’ll stick together like a patty for easy hand-holding.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.