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‘Garbage Gut’ Grows Up

September 21, 2012

‘Garbage Gut’ was my nickname growing up, because apparently I ate anything- especially red hots, Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls and a whole bunch of junk with artificial flavors and colors. I’m not proud of this fact and it’s one of the reasons I’m passionate about good eats and healthy food foundations for children.

We’re big proponents of helping kids understand where food comes from and being involved in the process of growing, making and eating healthier food at home. Now, this doesn’t mean kids never get ice cream, brownies or other goodies, but it does help them differentiate between quality ingredients and those that are not healthy for their growing bodies.

Our new Moody Foodie Box available this holiday season includes great tools parents can use with their children to encourage healthy eating and food explorations that are fun. It has great ideas for those picky eaters to grow their own fruits or veggies, try new flavors, compare foods, understand what is healthy and what’s not and even has recommendations for making school lunch fresh and fun.

And we’ve just discovered a great accompaniment to our Moody Foodie Box. A new book Appetite for Life, by our friend Stacey Antine, the founder of HealthBarn, was just released and hits the nail on the head:From fluorescent yogurt to 100-calorie snack packs, most “kid friendly” food has little nutritional benefit. We’ve convinced ourselves that in order to get kids to eat it, food needs to be packaged into something fake, colored, and far from its natural source. No wonder kids protest when we ask them to eat their vegetables. They don’t come in a box!

Antine knows from experience that the key to raising adventurous, wise eaters is to connect kids to the food they eat. Kids are more likely to try new foods and make healthy choices if they understand where ingredients come from, know why certain foods are good for their bodies and minds, and have an active role in preparation, from gathering ingredients to cooking.

In Appetite for Life, mealtime is no longer a battleground, but an opportunity for fun and experimentation. In fact, Antine encourages giving children a voice: with her “no yucks allowed” method, kids use a thumbs-up/thumbs-down rating system for each new food they try, but they always have to try at least one bite.

Featuring food the whole family will love (no more separate kids menu!), this book includes: nutritious, easy-to-make recipes for all three meals plus snack time, which have been tested and approved by the thousands of kids who attend HealthBarn; family activities like Stacey’s Supermarket Spy Kids game; and great-tasting, home-made alternatives to your go-to store-bought foods, with side-by-side nutritional analysis to highlight the benefits of learning to eat the HealthBarn way. Appetite for Life is the key ingredient to a healthier, happier dinner table.


A New School Year, A Fresh Start?

September 13, 2011

Summer ‘s over, school is back, and it’s the perfect time to nip the bad habits, arguing, nagging, manipulation and spousal arguments over the kids in the bud. Brush up your positive discipline techniques with some advice from the experts. Check out best-selling author and parent educator Nancy Samalin’s Loving Your Child Is Not Enough; Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma; Loving Each One Best, and Loving Without Spoiling, where she addresses key parenting issues including teaching responsibility, setting limits, diminishing conflict, handling sibling rivalry and encouraging cooperation.

And if you’re in New York City, come see Nancy Samalin in person at the P.A.L. Workshop Series for parents of accelerated learners on September 20, 2011. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. (more…)