How to Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

My kids have some great healthy habits like drinking water and milk (not sugary juices and never soda).  They eat a lot of fruit and don’t eat candy.  But they also don’t eat vegetables. 

So one of my New Year’s resolutions is to eat and serve more fresh veggies to my family.  I knew I was headed the right direction yesterday when my 4 year old looked at his chicken and broccoli casserole with great disdain.  He said with great emotion, “I don’t like when you serve this!  I want something that looks better!”  And I knew!  I was making strides in the right direction.  No longer bullied or intimidated by the cries of my preschooler, I WILL serve vegetables this year!  He didn’t eat much and that’s what I served again the next day.  In time (and when he gets hungry), he’ll get the hang of it! 

So don’t be afraid to serve up those veggies, even if your kids don’t eat them at first.  I’ll let you know when my son actually eats the casserole without any problems!  Hopefully that will happen before summertime! 

Remember, if you haven’t ordered my audio course, Losing Weight After Baby: 31 Days to a New You, you have until Dec 31 to save $10.  I promise it will help you lose weight in the New Year! 

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Chicken and Red Wine Sauce

Are you tired of eating yet?  HA!  In case you still need something flavorful for your post-Christmas palette, try this simple recipe from www.allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

 

 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup red wine
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook garlic in oil until tender. Place chicken in the skillet, and cook about 10 minutes on each side, until no longer pink and juices run clear.

Drain oil from skillet. Sprinkle chicken with paprika and 1 cup brown sugar. Pour red wine around chicken. Cover, and simmer about 15 to 20 minutes; lightly baste chicken with wine sauce while cooking. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Note:  You can also use one whole chicken, cut up, for this dish, or 3 pounds of any chicken pieces you like.

Now About Those Christmas Pounds…

christmas-baking210I trust you had a wonderful Christmas celebration with your family!  Turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and the yummy list goes on!

So now the reality is we’ve all gained a few pounds that we need to lose in January.  Or else our pants are going to fit too tightly in the New Year!

Here are a few things you can do about those Christmas pounds:

1.  Keep a food journal for a week.  Pay attention to what is going in your mouth and keep sweets to a minimum. 

2.  Workout with a vengeance!  Start a new class at the gym like kickboxing or spin.  Try a new exercise DVD. 

3.  Serve more vegetables.  There aren’t many veggies in Christmas cakes or cookies, so chances are you and your family could use a dose of green, red and orange veggies!

4.  Drink water and tea; skip coffee with sugar and hot chocolate. 

In my audio course, Losing Weight After Baby: 31 Days to a New You, one of the topics is “Damage Control.”  Learn how to better recover from holiday eating by ordering this audio course and save $10 if you order before January 1st. 

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Merry Christmas!

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 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! 

Here’s to peace on earth,

losing a few pounds in January,

good friends, good health,

and the wonderful love of a baby

shown at Christmastime.

Thank you God for the gift of your son, Jesus!

Alaska Salmon Bake with Pecan Crunch Coating

Christmas is just around the corner!  Baked salmon makes a great healthy Christmas main course, or wonderful meal around the holidays.  You’ll enjoy a delicious meal without the stress of a lot of prep work in this recipe from www.allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

 

  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 5 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 3 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 6 (4 ounce) fillets salmon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 lemon wedges

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). In a small bowl, mix together the mustard, butter, and honey. In another bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, pecans, and parsley.

Season each salmon fillet with salt and pepper. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush with mustard-honey mixture. Cover the top of each fillet with bread crumb mixture.

Bake for 10 minutes per inch of thickness, measured at thickest part, or until salmon just flakes when tested with a fork. Serve garnished with lemon wedges.

Christmas Carols!

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We had a great time at a Christmas celebration at church!  Our 4 year old sang in the kids choir (he’s standing second from the left).  They sang “Come on ring those bells!”  Our children’s pastor actually asked our son to be Joseph (imagine the photo ops with that one!) but my son was very sure he did NOT want to do that!  He wanted to sing with the choir and he did not want to get dressed up as Joseph!  (If only Joseph was a racecar driver, we might have gotten somewhere).

I hope you’re enjoying this Christmas season with your family.  Attend a worship service.  Watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  Drink hot tea (a great alternative to cocoa if you’re trying to maintain/lose weight).  Run around with your kids.  Tis the season!

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My son ringing his bells!  (he’s the one in the tie, my one opportunity to put him in that outfit!)

Like Mother, Like Daughter

noelle-brushing-teeth1This morning, I was brushing my teeth and my 2 year old bounced in and exclaimed, “ME TOO!”  Then she ran in her bathroom and waited until I followed her, to help her reach her toothbrush.  Then she went back in my bathroom and proceeded to brush her teeth in the exact same spot that I had been brushing mine.

Like mother, like daughter!

It amazes me how much our kids want to be just like us when they are young.  If my husband has a short sleeved shirt on, my son wants the exact same thing.  It just reminds me that they are watching how we eat, exercise and live.  They WILL follow our example.  This can be a scary thing or a great thing!

Are you eating and exercise habits something you are proud to pass on to your children?  If so, carry on!  If not, make some small changes now and in the New Year to improve.  For our family, this means working more vegetables into our daily meals and snacks.  What does it mean for your family? 

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