Making Family Meals Happen

Was reading this awesome article by Jessica Levinson, an RDN and author of Small Bites blog on How to Make Family Meals Happen. Found her post to be useful and her info-graphics engaging especially for busy families. It would also compliment some of my previous posts on the importance of family meals and fun conversation starters.

I thought I would share. This is the link to the original blog.

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Preparing your Family for the Farmer’s Market

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Now, being prepared to attend a Farmer’s Market is very similar to being prepared to go grocery shopping with your kids. It takes preparation! It takes time! Is it worth it?

Heck yeah, it is. Here’s some tips for getting ready for the Farmer’s Market:

1.) Do some Research

Before stepping foot into a Farmer’s Market it helps to know which market you’ll be attending and what they sell. A city’s website that has posted the event is probably a good place to begin. Apps like Farmstand can help offer this type of information too. There is also government websites like Mass.gov.

2.) Make a shopping list

Just as if you were going to your local grocery store you want to have a general list of what you plan to get. Or what you want to look at. Have your kids decide some of the things that’ll go on the list.

3.) Make Room for Un-expected Purchases

The unexpected happens, so go prepared. You want to be able to have the freedom to buy unexpected purchases that just can’t be passed up.

4.) Bring a re-usable bag

Those cloth bags just sitting in your closet. Now’s a good time to use them. They’re also good for the environment. No plastic bags!

5.) Communicate your Plan of Action (before leaving the car)

If your going with your children and have more than 2 or 3 this is a very important step. Make sure your kids know how the day will go. Sticking together is sometimes the best bet.

6.) Bring a laminated copy of The List

Just like on an ordinary shopping trip let your kids check off the foods on the shopping list.

7.) Designate  “Jobs”

Give each child a “job” to do at the market. This may be as simple as instructing them to help you pick the best tomatoes.

Refer to Kid’s Kitchen: Tips to get you from Store to Fridge for additional shopping tips.

 

 

 

 

12 Fun Plants that Kids can Grow

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Over the past few months we have talked about the importance of gardening and how you can involve your kids in the gardening process. Now lets turn to what plants young kids can grow.

Below are plants, fruits, vegetables, and herbs that grow fast and have fun characteristics that captures young minds.

1.) Sunflowers: Some sunflowers can grow up to 12 feet tall while others are planted in pots and grow only 2 feet.

  Fun Fact: Confectionery sunflowers produce seeds you can harvest and eat.

2.) Mint: Grow like weeds (personal experience) so they are best in individual pots. However, mints are hardy plants that don’t take much to grow.

 Fun Fact: There are 18 different varieties including chocolate mint, asian mint, and peppermint to name a few.

3.) Lavender: Also grows like a weed, but adds a nice fragrance to your garden. Young kids might also find it fun to watch as it attracts butterflies and other pollinating insects while acting as a natural repellent to others.

Fun Fact: Taken as capsules it may improve anxiety symptoms

4.) Cherry Tomatoes: Are fun to eat right off the stems and are hardy plants to grow. They grow in direct sunlight and won’t mind a little extra water.

Fun Fact: Tomatoes are a fruit not a vegetable.

5.) Lettuce: Can be grown as heads or leaves. They grow quicker as individual leaves and are a great way to introduce salad to children.

Fun Fact: 1 cup of Romaine lettuce contains 4094 IU of vitamin A or 53% of your daily intake.

6.) Radishes

Fun Fact: Night of the Radishes is a Mexican feast where artists carve pictures of the nativity into radishes.

7.) Snow Peas: Be careful around young children when you grow peas. The seeds can be poisonous. It’s important to wash your hands after planting. These peas can grow close to the ground and don’t require a trellis.

Fun Fact: Both the pods and the peas inside are edible

8.) Strawberries

Fun Fact: Strawberries have 200 seeds

9.) Potatoes

Fun Fact: Potato plants are pollinated by bumblebees

10.) Pumpkins

Fun Fact: Pumpkin can be roasted, baked, steamed or boiled 

11.) Wildflowers

Fun Fact: Perennial wildflowers will continue to grow year after year, while annual wildflowers will come up only once. 

12.) Cucumbers: Are picky plant so be careful about harvesting them.

Fun Facts: Cucumbers though mostly water does contain small amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium 

Happy Gardening!

Sources: <www.gardeningknowhow.com> <eartheasy.com/grow-gardening-children.htm> <www.motherearthnews.com> <eatright.org> 

Transforming Family Connections

This morning I came across this great article shared by a friend via facebook. It’s about the importance of eating together as a family. This article is entitled Stimulate Family Meals to Transform Family Connections by Dr. Tim Hagan.

Dr. Tim Hagan is a clinical psychologist with a passion for helping families make lasting connections.

His article offers two great tips for making family meal time happen. The first is making time in one’s busy schedule whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The second is to be flexible and persevere even when it’s difficult or inconvenient to find time. Your loved ones are worth even an hour.

Here’s the link to the article. May it be inspiring to you and your family!

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