Mealtimes with Kids

Eat Your Colors

Nonna Joann • April 21st, 2009 • Mealtimes with Kids

It’s not uncommon for picky eaters refuse to eat most vegetables. Often when parents claim they have a picky eater, what they are saying is that their child won’t eat vegetables. Teaching children how to enjoy veggies is vital for good health.
Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater is about transformation. [...]

Kid Food

Nonna Joann • April 2nd, 2009 • Mealtimes with Kids

Kid Foods Are Fake Foods
Kid food looks and tastes like food; offering little or absolutely no nutrition whatsoever. Real food is a substance eaten for nourishment. You can be assured of a picky eater, by regularly purchasing kid foods, training little taste buds to prefer fake foods.
If you want to know what kid food is, just [...]

Fake Food

Nonna Joann • March 31st, 2009 • Mealtimes with Kids

In one year, each American eats just over a ton of food. That’s approximately 2,175 pounds a year or almost 6 pounds of food a day. But what is are we eating?
Wikipedia says, “Food is any substance, usually composed of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and water, that can be eaten or drunk by an animal or [...]

Eat Your French Fries?

Nonna Joann • March 3rd, 2009 • Mealtimes with Kids

Eat Your French Fries Vegetables
My sister, Linda, has been after me for a year to do it and I finally did it. I know it’s a waste of money. They (who are they, anyway?) say, “Seeing is believing.” So I bought one. I bought it even though I won’t eat it. I won’t give it [...]

Most Important Meal

Nonna Joann • January 27th, 2009 • Mealtimes with Kids

Don’t Skip Breakfast
After a long night of sleep, your child’s engine is on empty. A healthy breakfast, containing protein and fiber, will get his engine going. Protein and fiber will satisfy your child’s hunger and keep him feeling full until lunchtime. In fact, studies show children who eat breakfast do better in school.
Mornings are when even [...]

What’s in the Food, When You Eat Out?

Nonna Joann • December 16th, 2008 • Mealtimes with Kids

I recently had lunch with my daughter, Joy. We ate at the Souper Salad restaurant near her office. The salad and soup (and now potato) bar approach is family-friendly, because it’s usually not expensive, each person chooses what they like to eat, and the best part is it’s all you can eat.
It’d been a while [...]

Kids’ Cereal Claims

Nonna Joann • September 30th, 2008 • Mealtimes with Kids

Eighty percent of children eat boxed cereal for breakfast. The Journal of the “American Dietetic Association” reports a study concerning children’s cereals. They found the claims made for kids’ cereals were often misleading. Are you surprised? I’m not!
Cereals sold as “low fat” or “low sugar” were not lower in calories. Brands touted as “whole grain” did [...]

Mealtime Manners

Nonna Joann • May 15th, 2008 • Mealtimes with Kids

Mealtime manners begin before the food is even placed on the table. Children should wait until the family is seated before beginning to eat. One way to accomplish this is to serve your meals family-style. The food is served from platters on the table. Food isn’t placed on individual plates until after you’ve said grace. [...]