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A Simple Way To Healthy Up

Recently I saw a great conversion chart that showed you how to use Chobani greek yogurt to replace some of the fattening ingredients in recipes. I can’t wait to be able to replace things like oil, sour cream, etc. when I’m cooking.

Here’s the conversion for those wondering:

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Want to print out a copy and hang on your fridge? Click HERE.

They also have some FANTASTIC recipes on the site.

I can’t wait to make these Mixed Berry FroCHO Pops. They look so cool and creamy and refreshing for the summer.

Have you experimented with greek yogurt? What recipes have you made? We’d love to hear

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Judgey Wudgey Was A Mom

I like to think as a parent I’m more tolerant of kids screaming in the aisles and having meltdowns. After all, I haven’t been immune to them myself and often think “Oh, I’m sure they understand what I’m going through” when they look at me out of the side of their eyes.

Today, however I found myself being a little judge-like. I was in Costco shopping with my 3 1/2 year old. It was morning, so she was still in a good mood and snacking her way through Costco due to the samples. Which put her in a really great mood. My kid is a happy eater, and for those few minutes a silent kid (bonus for me!).

Anyhoo…we were checking out. In the lane next to us was a mom and dad and their 3 kids. Guessing around 7, 5 and 3 from the looks of things. The youngest, a boy, was sitting in the cart screaming. Who knows why. I didn’t pay much attention to it. But the screaming kept going and going. And it didn’t seem like either parent was caring much to stop it. Don’t get me wrong, I understand sometimes you can’t stop it and the only recourse you have is to muddle through and get hell out of dodge as quickly as possible. But they didn’t. Get the hell out of dodge that is.

Photo from HERE.

Since it was lunchtime, we stayed for lunch. For some reason, a Costco lunch excites my kid like few things and is considered a big treat. Since it costs me all of $3.50 to feed us both, how could I say “no”? So, we placed our order and sat down. The family appeared to be sitting 2 tables in front of us, but then moved to a bigger table next to us. The first thought that popped into my head “ugh, why do they have to sit next to us?” And yes, sonny boy was still carrying on. He continued to carry on and scream through most of our meal, except for the few moments when food was actually in his mouth. I didn’t give the parents any sort of nasty look, but did glance at the kid from time to time trying to figure out what his problem was. Which was odd, because if his parents couldn’t figure it out what made me think I could?

That’s when it hit me. I wasn’t as non judgemental as I thought I was. I’m not naive enough to think I don’t judge how others raise their kids and vice versa. But I did think I was above this.

The realization did hit home with me, and I guess as an adult that’s a positive sign. We can’t work on ourselves if we don’t realize what we are doing wrong. So, I spent the rest of the meal not glancing over at them and focusing on my own child. I gave her kisses and told her how proud of was of her good behavior. After all, who doesn’t like to hear good things about themselves? I’m sure I also said a quick silent prayer for not letting the screaming kid be mine.

Next time, I hope to be quicker with a smile whether it be to the child or the parent and to realize we all have bad days.

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TASTY THURSDAY: Spaghetti Carbonara Pie

A change on the spaghetti pie recipe I make for my family. These type of dinners are so easy to make and the leftovers are just as delicious as the original.

spaghetti carbonara pie

Taken from Delish.com

Nutritional Information
(per serving)

Calories 470
Total Fat 18.0g
Saturated Fat 9.0g
Cholesterol 154.0mg
Sodium 595mg
Total Carbohydrate 50g
Dietary Fiber 0.00g
Sugars
Protein 25.0g
Calcium

Ingredients

  • 12 ounce(s) spaghetti
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 6 slice(s) (4 ounces) bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 container(s) (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup(s) grated Romano cheese
  • 2  large eggs
  • 1  large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch(s) nutmeg
  • 2 cup(s) milk

For cooking directions, click HERE.

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Good News: You Didn’t Create Your Fussy Eater

Taken from Yahoo Health

Good news for parents of fussy eaters: You didn’t create them. In an effort to find out what drives unhealthy eating patterns among children, researchers from University College London compared children’s eating behaviors to their mothers’ reactions to said behaviors and found that parents are usually responding to (not the cause of) fussy eating or overindulgence.

The details: The authors collected questionnaire data from 244 mothers of children between the ages of 7 and 9. The moms filled out one survey related to their children’s eating behaviors, agreeing or disagreeing to statements that measured how a child responds to food (for instance, “If allowed to, my child would eat too much”), their child’s enjoyment of food, and whether their child ever avoids food (for instance, “My child gets full before his/her meal is finished” and “My child takes more than 30 minutes to finish a meal.”). The second survey related to the mother’s feeding habits, agreeing or disagreeing to statements like “If my child says ‘I’m not hungry’ I try to get him/her to eat anyway,” or “If I did not guide or regulate my child’s eating, he/she would eat too much of his/her favorite foods.”

Report: Picky eaters are made, not born.

The authors found that what the mothers usually wanted from their children yielded the exact opposite result: Mothers who put more pressure on their children to eat were more likely to report having children who felt full before the end of a meal, ate slowly, were “fussy” eaters, or didn’t enjoy food very much in general. On the other hand, mothers who were more restrictive of what their children ate (those who agreed strongly with the statement “If I did not guide or regulate my child’s eating, he/she would eat too much of his/her favorite foods”) were more likely to have kids who they reported would eat too much if allowed.

To continue reading, click HERE.

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TASTY THURSDAY: Chicken Fajita Quesadilla

If you don’t already know about Weelicious, you’re missing out. She’s a mom who’s taking cooking/baking to a whole new (healthy) level. There are always delish things on her website, and it’s nice to know that they are healthy and tasty. A total no brainer.

From her site, today we bring you Chicken Fajita Quesadilla:

To read all about it, get the recipe and instructions, click HERE.

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Have Some Fun With Breakfast

Our Bento box post from yesterday got me thinking about how meals can be more fun. Ironically, this morning as I was flipping through a magazine I saw an ad for the Nordic Ware barnyard pancake griddle. Bingo! More fun for breakfast.

I then went online to Amazon.com to find out more about it. Turns out Nordic Ware offers more than just the barnyard griddle! How fun.

There is a zoo griddle:

The barnyard (of course)

Bugs (luv it!)

And snowflakes

I also believe there is a Valentine’s one.  If you don’t want to order though Amazon, you can check your local Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond for them. Happy breakfast…and whatever else you can think of to do with them.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Wishing everyone out there a day filled with love…love for others and, most importantly, love for yourself.

Because today is Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d share a parenting.com link which features lots of heart inspired meals you can easily make today for your kids/family.

Berry smoothie…made with strawberries or cherries. Or even just a little drop of red food coloring.

 

Calzone hearts.

Cakes in a cup.

For even more ideas, and the how-to’s on these, click HERE. They also have some cute cupcakes on their home page as well. Worth checking out!

Whatever you do today, enjoy yourself and those around you!

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