Page Feedback

Family

How to Help Your Picky Eater
February 3, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Dealing with a picky eater can be a parent’s greatest challenge. Should I force him to eat the offending food? Should I cave in and let her grow up eating nothing but corn flakes and marshmallows? Here are five tips to help you.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Veggie Baby
January 21, 2012

If you want to raise your child as a vegetarian, there are many inventive ways to create an interesting, nutritious menu.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

The Welcome Wagon
January 12, 2012

In the early days of take-home parenting, when you are scrambling around sleep-deprived, trying desperately to get the hang of things. How can you conjure up some hospitality for the welcome wagon while preserving your need for private time to get acquainted with your newbie?

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Making Meals and Memories
January 8, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Mothers used to encourage only female children in the kitchen arts. Today's moms know that their sons also need to know how to cook. Of course, some children are simply not interested. Others are eager to help, often when we really just need to get down to business and get a meal on the table.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

It's All Relative
January 3, 2012

When you're pregnant, friends and relatives galore will likely offer up their babysitting services at some point and time. But when the kid shows up, many of those offers conveniently (well-not for you!) evaporate into thin air.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Life of the Party
December 16, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Life as a working parent is a constant juggle. Throw in the added pressure of preparing for the holidays, and well, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Here are some tips for keeping the Merry and Happy front and center during school celebrations this holiday season.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Baby’s First Thanksgiving “Cheat Sheet”
November 20, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

The turkey is sure to take second place this year as everyone oohs and ahhs over your little one’s first Thanksgiving celebration. Your little one’s digestive system is still developing, so you’ll want to avoid dairy-laden mashed potatoes and gravy. The good news is there are still plenty of ways to indulge her new appetite for solids at your Thanksgiving table.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

How to Make Halloween Fun & Memorable
October 26, 2011 • Posted by Kim Foster

When I was growing up in a small town in upstate New York, I remember that Halloween was one of the best nights of the year. We got to be anyone we wanted, and run the streets at night, bumping into friends, comparing costumes, getting as much candy as we possibly could. It was scary, but fun scary. I will never forget it.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Homemade Chocolate Milk
October 23, 2011 • Posted by Kim Foster

My husband, David, is not a cook. When I’m not home for dinner, he’s shuttling the kids off to the neighborhood Japanese restaurant, or out for shrimp cocktail at the local Applebee’s. But the one thing that always bothered him is our daughter’s love for chocolate milk, and how much sugar was in every glass. So he decided to do something about it.

Read More | 1 Comments

Family

Snack Mom, Snack Dad
October 15, 2011 • Posted by Kim Foster

What constitutes a “good snack”? Most of us can agree it’s not a sugary cupcake but are dried fruit and granola too extreme? Throw in food allergies, and snack duty can be a downright draining responsibility. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when it’s your turn to bring the snacks:

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Eating Out with Kids
October 8, 2011 • Posted by Kim Foster

This year a restaurant in Pennsylvania banned children under six. Hardly anyone noticed. Children, unlike senior citizens, are not a protected class, but this has only reinforced my belief that parents should make it a point to bring their kids to restaurants.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Pumpkin Smoothies!
September 28, 2011 • Posted by Shaina Olmanson

One of our favorite breakfasts and snacks is a simple smoothie. They're great for mornings when you're on the go, and kids of all ages can agree on a breakfast that feels like a treat. Moms can get behind whole fruits and vegetables even when slurped through a straw.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Mother Knows Best
September 23, 2011 • Posted by Marisa McClellan

Years ago, I was on the phone with my mom when she said abruptly, "Just a second, there's a recipe I want to read to you." She had just re-discovered a pumpkin cookbook that dated back to her newlywed days and wanted to share a little of her culinary history with me.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Kids in the Kitchen
September 15, 2011 • Posted by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque

If your little one is anything like mine, he probably doesn’t even need an invitation into the kitchen. Children are naturally drawn to the heart of the home because of the good smells, curious gadgets and, let’s face it, that’s where they find YOU most of the time. But those hands are fast, and attention spans are short. How does one get anything accomplished with a two or three-year-old ‘helping’?

Read More | 1 Comments

Family

Spotlight on Superfoods: Butternut Squash
September 10, 2011 • Posted by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque

Fall whispers its entrance with cool evenings, blushing trees, and the laughter of school children. With it comes an array of colorful squash, my favorite of them being butternut. Fall squash are not only pretty and decorative, but they are tasty and loaded with complex vegetable carbohydrates and dietary fiber. The butternut happens to be my favorite because its thin skin is easy to peel and there is a high flesh-to-seed ratio in each squash.

Read More | 2 Comments

Family

Tummy Time
August 29, 2011 • Posted by Jessica Shyba

Along with all of the other various trials that come with having your first baby, tummy time proved to be the first that challenged my instincts as a new parent. It seemed as though just at the moment when we got to know each other, I needed to place my son into this awkward position on the ground that made him more than a little uncomfortable.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Summer Road Trips
August 2, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

In a few weeks, we’ll embark on our annual family vacation to Cape Cod. This is a trip my husband and I have been making for some 16 years, and the way we get there has certainly changed since children came into our lives.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Got Water?
July 26, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

A dip in the pool seems the perfect cure for summer’s scorching temperatures, but water’s refreshing effects extend far beyond a few laps. Staying hydrated is especially important when kids are running around outdoors.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

In Season: Cantaloupe
July 19, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Summer is the perfect season for so many reasons. School is out, meaning kids and parents can take a break from the daily homework grind. Pools, and sprinklers for us city folk, provide a fun reprieve from the sun’s melting rays. The best part, by far, though, is the sight of all my family’s favorite foods coming into season at the farmers’ market.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Got Calcium?
July 12, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

After years of being a voracious milk drinker, my oldest daughter has taken to sipping mostly water. On the surface, this may seem nothing to worry about since water is essential for proper body functions, especially during the summertime. My cause for concern was more about her calcium intake, and the August issue of Parents’ magazine shed some light on my worries.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Spotlight on Superfoods: Blueberries
June 29, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Kids will probably chuckle if you tell them blueberries are a superfood, especially boys conjuring up images of Superman. While they can’t make them fly, rest assured this is one fruit you want your little ones to become best friends with for life.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Summer Sun Safety
June 25, 2011 • Posted by Kim Foster

Australians take their sun protection pretty seriously - a hole in the ozone layer over the country means that Aussie’s get a lot of UV radiation and presumably a higher rate of skin cancer than many other countries. That means they have adopted some of the best, more rigorous skin protection regimes out there.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Seasonal Spotlight: Zucchini
June 23, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

My eyes lit up a few weeks ago when I spied the first zucchini of the season. I decided to use roasted zucchini as a springboard for a new dip recipe. Since both the kids love hummus, I decided to add a familiar flavor and included tahini in my final recipe. A fresh squirt of lemon brightened the flavors too.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies
June 14, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Since I had my own phobias with rhubarb, I knew it would likely be a hard sell to my daughters too. Well, what kid doesn’t love pie? I made them kid-sized, so they could hold them and happily snack on a homemade treat and still have room for an icy cold glass of milk.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Finger Foods
May 30, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

As the weather gets warmer, heating up the kitchen first thing with a home-cooked breakfast isn’t my favorite way to start the day. That doesn’t mean we survive on cold cereal Monday through Friday, though. A little planning on the weekends means breakfast comes together quickly, and easily, as I’m getting everyone off to work and school.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

A Berry Good Breakfast
May 23, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

We’ve all been told breakfast is important to jump start the day, but as the weather gets warmer a hot plate of food isn’t always appealing. A sure fire way to get my daughters, ages 3 and 8, interested is by offering something frosty they can sip.

Read More | 1 Comments

Family

The Ice Cream Man Cometh
May 16, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

The moment temperatures peek above 60 degrees you’ll find Mr. Softee waiting outside the schoolyard. I find no charm in his music. The fumes that release into the yard and neighboring park border on criminal behavior in my book. I wouldn’t call myself one of those moms. You know, the ones who forbid any sweets. Frankly, with my job as recipe developer that would be near impossible. I just don’t see why an ice cream truck should be allowed to park right in front of a school every single day.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Garden Days!
May 9, 2011

Gardening does not come as easy to me as cooking, so this isn’t exactly my comfort zone. Unlike the kitchen where things come instinctively, the yard takes a bit more effort and focus. Of course the kids just want to dig dirt, and I’ve finally come to accept it isn’t such a bad thing—as long as they stay away from my vegetables, flowers and herbs.

Read More | 1 Comments

Family

The Food Dye Debate
April 25, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

A few weeks ago, artificial food colorings fell under scrutiny from the FDA. Parents around the country hoped the U.S. would come to its senses and realize our children don’t need the 15 million pounds of food dyes currently used in processed food annually. Yes—15 million, a staggering, and alarming, amount.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Earth Day Fun
April 18, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

My two-year old says her ABC’s, mostly in order, and even counts to 20, more often than not. What makes me most proud, though, is she knows to ask what canister to put trash in. While she’s still too young to understand the concept of recycling, she does knows that paper, plastic, tin and glass do not go in the same bin as a banana peel or the scraps from our dinner plates.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Get a Grip on Portion Control
March 31, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Childhood obesity is a hot button topic, and for good reason. The way we feed our children sets the foundation for how they will eventually feed themselves. While we all know making healthy food choices is key, portion size plays a big role too. All portions are not created equal, and what’s appropriate for adults is different for children.

Read More | 1 Comments

Family

Homemade Kale Chips
March 21, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

My three year old daughter topples into my lap most evenings, and greedily gobbles up my raw kale salad, lightly dressed with a lemon Parmesan vinaigrette. I know this is not normal behavior. Most kids’ reaction to kale follow that of my husband, though he is coming around.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

First Foods: Hello Avocados!
March 13, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Making your own baby food is easier than it seems, especially if you think green. While apples and pears cook up quick enough, some foods require little more than peeling and mashing before serving. Such is the case with avocados. Baby will love the creamy texture of this easy-to-make first food, and you’ll feel good knowing she’s getting a dose of vital nutrients with every bite.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

A Twist of Taco Night
March 9, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Taco night is popular in our family, but sometimes the clean up is daunting once you set out all the fixings. On busy weeknights, quesadillas are more my speed. The kids love it just as much, maybe even more, because they really feel like their helping mommy cook. My older daughter helps shred the cheese using a box-style grater—a very grown-up feeling task for a 7 year old. Her little sister sprinkles the cheese on top of the tortillas. I set out the remaining ingredients and let the kids assemble their own quesadillas.

Read More | 1 Comments

Family

DIY Dinner
February 25, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Let’s face it, you can’t please everyone every night when it comes to dinner. On those nights when I want something with more grown-up flair, hot pots are the perfect answer. This isn’t a classic Japanese-style hot pot but it is filled with big, bold flavors that will leave you longing for seconds.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

The Breakfast Compromise
February 21, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Ever since my oldest daughter could eat pancakes, they’ve been her favorite breakfast. I much prefer a protein-rich meal to energize me for the coming day. What we needed was a compromise—whole wheat pancakes fit the bill.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

A Well-Balanced Diet
February 17, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I always felt a sense of pride that milk or water were the beverages of choice for my oldest daughter once she made the switch from breastmilk to cow’s milk. What I hadn’t prepared for was the onslaught of juice introduced to her diet when she began pre-school. Rather than forbid it all together, the last few years have been about teaching moderation.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

This Little Piggy
February 12, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Parenting the second time around is an interesting experiment. I played it safe with my older daughter. Devoured and dutifully put to use everything the magazines said I should do. It wasn’t until my second child five years later, that I realized people have been doing this for thousands of years. Parenting I mean, and they didn’t have monthly cave drawing subscriptions to Parents magazine.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

The Rice Cereal Debate
February 2, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

First foods are an evergreen topic, and for good reason. Those early tastes help set the stage for good habits later on down the road. Recently, Dr. Alan Greene, a renowned pediatrician who has also written many childhood nutrition articles, made a heady claim on ABC’s Good Morning America show. Dr. Greene believes feeding white rice cereal is not only bad for baby, but thinks it’s the root cause of childhood obesity.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Tummy Time!
January 31, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I remember carefully cradling my oldest daughter in my arms with all those new-parent jitters. I’d never held a baby before, and was worried about properly supporting her neck muscles. Then suddenly we blinked, or at least it felt that way, and we hit an important milestone: tummy time.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Baby's First Foods
January 13, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Ask any parent at what point you can start feeding baby solids, and you’re likely to get as many answers as people you ask. The best advice, though, will always come from your pediatrician. When my second daughter was born, I remember my surprise at her four-month check up when her doctor said the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) had revised their guidelines and were now advising parents to wait until six months of age before starting solids.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Baby, It's Cold Outside
January 3, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

It looks like this winter has the potential to be a long and cold one for more than just us folks here in the northeast. Places I once thought were free from cold and ice, like the southern United States, are getting hit with record-breaking temperatures. This season, play it safe with these tips for dressing your little ones before heading outside.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Getting to Know Your Roots
December 29, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Parsnips are a hard sell with many kids. An easy fix might be making a puree, except my daughters aren't fans of mashed textures. Instead, I turn to roasting, a simple technique that slowly coaxes out the natural sweet and nutty flavors.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Santa’s Little Helper
December 23, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

There’s been much talk in our house about what to leave out for Santa come Christmas Eve. Recently the conversation turned towards a healthier note. After discussing the merits of gingerbread vs. chocolate chip cookies, my two and half year old pointed towards the fruit bowl on the counter. I said “you want you leave Santa some clementines”? Not only did she say yes—she decided he might like some bananas and apples too.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Baking with Kids
December 20, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

This time of year brings out the baker in everyone—my oldest daughter has been helping since she was old enough to sit upright on the counter. Before you break out the butter, set a plan so you can all rejoice in mission accomplished and cozy up with a warm cup of cocoa to reward a day of baking fun. Here are some tips to make sure kids of all ages have a fun and safe time in the kitchen.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Traveling with Tots
November 23, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Whether you’re trekking by plane, train or automobile this holiday season, traveling with kids in tow adds another layer of planning. Use these tips to keep it safe, sane and fun for the whole family.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Baby’s First Thanksgiving
November 22, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

While dairy-laden mashed potatoes or bourbon glazed turkeys aren’t suitable for baby’s developing digestive system, there are plenty of ways to indulge her new appetite for solids in your Thanksgiving menu.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Movin’ On Up
November 15, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Switching from breastmilk or formula to solids is an exciting moment, for mommy and baby alike. Even more fun, is graduating to finger foods. By time baby hits the 8 to 10 month mark, she’s likely started showing an interest in what you’re eating. I remember when my little one, now 2 1/2 years old, would watch us intently spoon mouthfuls of pasta during dinnertime. It didn’t take long for me to realize a mutiny would begin if I didn’t move past solids and let her have in on the fun.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

It’s the Great Pumpkin!
November 8, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Everyone has a tried and true tip for getting their kids to try new foods. Parenting magazines are always touting how to please fussy eaters. But, what if we stopped playing tricks? What if we just told kids what they were eating?

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

A Very Happy Halloween
October 30, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

My childhood is filled with memories of many a Halloween with our costumes cloaked in coats, barely visible to the neighbors we were politely shaking down for candy. So goes the weather in New York. You just never know whether to expect mild or downright cold temperatures for what many kids consider to be the most important day of the year. Luckily, all it takes is some planning to make sure your kiddies have a very happy Halloween.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Learning to Love Their Veggies
October 21, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

“Eat your veggies.” What mom hasn’t uttered that phrase, at least once, to their children? The best way to prepare for battle is to arm yourself with great tasting recipes. The best way to raise a good eater is to let them know what you’re really serving up. This way if they love it, they’ll know what to ask for, and eventually seek out as they get older.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Mother Knows Best
October 14, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Thirty years ago, my younger self would never believe I’m expounding the virtues of Brussels sprouts. Back then they were my arch enemy at lunchtime. What I didn’t know back then was that Brussels sprouts could be downright delicious if prepared properly.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Welcome Fall!
October 1, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

The sight of apples and pears is a delicious one this time of year. When my daughter started eating solids, she had the great luck of it coinciding with the fall harvest. Apples and pears abound, and they’re gentle on little tummies just learning to digest foods beyond breastmilk and formula.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Kids in the Kitchen
September 21, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

We all want our children to develop a healthy relationship with food. Instilling a true enjoyment of cooking will help ensure they know what to do with those ingredients once they leave the home cooked comfort of your kitchen.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Just Peachy Popsicles
August 27, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Teething can be a headache for the whole family. Luckily, these soothing pops act as really cool edible teethers too-a treat children of all ages can enjoy.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Breaking The Bottle
August 24, 2010 • Posted by Kim Foster

There comes a time when nearly every parent watches their toddler running through the house with a bottle hanging out of her mouth and wonders, “Maybe it’s time we move to a sippy cup”. You may know it’s the right time, but your child probably thinks differently. Here are some loving, supportive, child-centered things you can do to make the transition a little easier on everyone.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

A Health Happy Ending
August 18, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Sweets seem to tempt our children every corner they turn. Even an active sports camp wasn’t a safe haven for this foodie mama. What I thought would be an afternoon energizer after a day of swimming, skating and dodge ball, turned out to be ice cream, ices and jello. All under the guise of snack.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Power Breakfasts
August 12, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Food truly is fuel for the body, and there’s no better way to jumpstart your little ones engine than a well-balanced breakfast. As they get older, this will be ever-important during the school years when they they’re expected to be alert and ready to learn for six to eight hours straight. Here are a few easy, no-cook ideas for getting going on busy weekdays.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Baby Steps: Introducing Water
August 4, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Summertime reminds us all that drinking water is important for proper hydration. After all, it’s easy to monitor just how much our body is losing as we wipe the sweat from our forehead. But what about baby? Is she getting all the water she needs to stay well-hydrated?

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Just Peachy
July 27, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Imagine if we could remember our first taste of a juicy, ripe peach? Right now they’re bountiful at farmers’ markets, so if your baby is turning six months or older, it’s like hitting the edible jackpot. Besides being a good source of Vitamin C, peaches have a natural sweetness baby can enjoy by making a simple puree in the food processor.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Reading Labels
July 22, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Reading labels is perhaps the most important task when supermarket shopping these days. While manufacturers have responded to consumer concerns about the use of high fructose corn syrup and trans fats, such as partially hydrogenated oils, there’s a new ingredient in the hot seat: palm oil. So, what is it all about and is this yet another ingredient we should add to our “do not buy” list?

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Peanut Butter with a Twist
July 20, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Provided there are no allergy issues, peanut butter can be a mom’s best friend. When all else fails, and you find your life filled with finicky eaters, peanut butter is usually the universal food most every kid will eat.

Read More | 1 Comments

Family

Veggie Spotlight: Broccoli
July 13, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

When it comes to broccoli, it’s tough to put together a short list of this vegetable’s powerhouse properties. Not many foods can boast record numbers in Vitamins C, K and A, not to mention a healthy dose of dietary fiber and folate—linked to healthy brain development. A simple puree made from steamed or roasted broccoli is perfect for babies 8 to 10 months old.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Play It Safe
July 6, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

An ounce of prevention is all it takes to stay ahead of dehydration and other heat-related illnesses. Before you head out for a day of fun in sun, use these tips to keep your little ones refreshed all day long.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

How to Freeze and Thaw Homemade Baby Food
June 22, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Making your own baby food is a great way to help your family stay healthy - fiscally and physically. But to do it safely, you've got to master the ins-and-outs of freezing and thawing baby food in ways that prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Sweet Relief
June 7, 2010 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

We've come up with a cool and nutritious way, in keeping with the spirit of the summer season, to safely soothe babies' painful, swollen gums - a homemade smoothie pop!

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

The Ice(cream) Man Cometh
June 4, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

As your little one gets older, the ice cream truck becomes something of a toddler temptress. In the evenings, as the truck trolls by, my 2-year old goes running to the window, like a nosy neighbor to see the commotion. Once he flips the switch for the music, she makes her way to the center of the living room and breaks out in her Mr. Softee dance. An adorable sight, yes, and harmless since she hasn’t started begging for a buck to run outside and get her fix.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Better Butter
June 1, 2010 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Peanut butter and jelly is truly a child favorite meal. Parents prepare this sandwich for their kids all the time; however, it is not exactly the healthiest meal on the planet. A subtle switch from peanut butter to almond butter can do wonders for your better health.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Granola on the Go
May 28, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

A few weeks ago I tasted the most delicious breakfast bar at a bake sale. I went home and started researching this new mysterious treat. Turns out they are a very popular tea-time staple in England. The only problem is every recipe calls for golden syrup, and I needed more of these flapjacks now. There was no time to wait for shipping. It was time this recipe assimilated, and so here you have it. English Flapjacks—Brooklyn style.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Snack Attack
May 25, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

As the weather gets warmer and your toddler gets more active, food is the last thing on her mind. When hunger does hit, it's usually too late, making it a prime moment for meltdowns. Luckily, this is one tantrum you can tackle before it happens by simply packing some healthy snacks as you head out for a day of play.

Read More | 1 Comments

Family

Juice Fixation
May 21, 2010 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Many parents complain about their children rapidly becoming addicted to the sugary sweetness of a juice drink, often at the expense of all other beverages. Sure, fruit juice is a great source of vitamin C. But it's important to set limits.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

A Berry Good Treat
May 17, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

My little one never tires of eating strawberries one-by-one, but I like to mix things up a bit. A favorite way is making strawberry jam. Here’s my quick and easy recipe for a homemade version, perfect for PB&J sandwiches or stirring into yogurt. It’s sure to put a smile on your little one’s face too.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Teething Troubles
May 7, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Teething is a fact of life and a big part of your little one’s journey from baby to toddler. While there is no magic cure-all, take heart in knowing that this too is a just a phase. In the meantime, make a batch of these all-natural fruit smoothie pops for a cool treat that’s sure to add a smile for baby to showcase her new-found chompers.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Gluten-Free Eating
May 4, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Gluten. A protein found in wheat, barley and rye, it lurks in everything, yet we never give it a thought. That is until your child is diagnosed with celiac disease, an auto-immune disorder that affects the small intestine. Suddenly, you’re faced with a new way of life. Reading labels are important more than ever. you can still embrace your love of cooking and raise a healthy eater, as Shauna James Ahern, mom to a very active toddler, proves in her popular food blog.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Baby Fat
April 26, 2010 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Babies need fat. A baby's brain consists of 60% fat, much of it consisting of essential fatty acids. Because their little brains are growing so fast, babies need the essential fatty acids that come from food to help them grow and enhance visual development.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Playing it Safe
April 19, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Toddlers lead busy lives, and stopping for a sip isn’t always high on their list of priorities. Staying well-hydrated is especially important as warmer weather approaches. Knowing the signs and stages of dehydration, and what to do if they occur, is important.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Pizza Night
April 13, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

We all know kids love pizza. Made from scratch, it can be both healthy and a great way to get your little ones to try new foods. It’s also a fun family project, so get ready for a little mess in the kitchen.

Read More | 1 Comments

Family

You Are My Sunshine
April 10, 2010 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

With baby in tow, sun exposure can be treacherous business. It takes no time at all for the sun to singe delicate baby skin. And all it takes is one sunburn to risk dehydration, or even skin cancer.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Strong to the Finish
April 4, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Spinach—it’s high in vitamin D, calcium, folic acid and is quick cooking. Serve it as a side with grilled chicken or fish and you’ve got a well-balanced meal. Sauté it with garlic, chopped tomatoes and olive oil, toss with pasta and it’s the perfect one dish meal for spring and summer. So, how do you get your kids to eat it?

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Surviving April Showers
April 1, 2010 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Volatile April weather can put a damper on outdoor baby fun. If you are one of those folks stuck inside for what feels like the umpteenth time, here are some indoor play suggestions that will stimulate your baby's mind and keep you entertained.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

The Best Defense
March 17, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I knew germs existed before having children but somehow I didn’t feel as vulnerable. We can’t keep our kids in a bubble, but we can teach them at least one very basic, yet important, skill: proper hand washing.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Shape Shifting
March 10, 2010 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Unless you are an actress, model or gym rat, physical fitness is rarely a priority in the first few months after having a baby. But exercise - even in small doses - releases feel-good bursts of energy called endorphins throughout your body. And those endorphins beat that third cup of caffeine hands down as a way to help a new mom keep her energy up.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Mealtime Milestones
March 8, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Homemade purees are the best start for your baby, but once she grows a few teeth and becomes curious about chunkier foods, don’t be surprised if she starts singing a different tune. Here are a few easy solutions to get your experienced eater back on track.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

A Delicious Way to Beat the Blues
March 1, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Here’s a tasty cure for the whole family to beat the winter blues: homemade blueberry frozen yogurt. Frozen blueberries are available year-round. When mixed with yogurt, they make for a refreshing treat!

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Smart Snacking
February 26, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Sweet snacks have become the real danger strolling up and down the aisles. That’s where my recipe for oven-dried apple chips comes in handy.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Deciphering Today's Meaty Options
February 19, 2010 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

If you are a meat-eater, here is some background information about what these different labels mean, so you can decide which to buy for your child.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

A Savory Start
February 16, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

We all know that saying about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, right? Well, it’s especially true for your little one.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Lentils: The Little Bean that Could
February 3, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Lentils are a busy mom’s best friend. They don’t require an overnight soak and are ready in less than 30 minutes.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Cutting Corners
January 25, 2010 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

All parents could benefit from cutting corners here and there. Check out these inexpensive ways to score great baby goods for less.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Hooray For Hummus!
January 19, 2010 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

My mom's hummus recipe makes for a healthy, protein-packed snack for kids over the age of one. Kids love to dip things, so serve up your hummus with small pieces of pita, on a mini-bagel as a sandwich, or with crisp medium size chips.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Mealtime Magic
December 15, 2009 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

There’s no reason to cook separate meals for the whole family. All you need is a good strategy. Begin with the base of your meal, which is usually where you start adding seasonings. You can control the flavors at this point, and it’s easy to reserve some more mild tasting portions that are perfect for baby.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Food of the Month: Quinoa
December 3, 2009 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

I'll admit it: I was afraid of quinoa. The name alone connotes a far away land where palm tree dotted mountain ranges are drenched in blinding sunlight. But its mystique beckoned me from the supermarket shelf, and I gave into its exotic allure. Boy, am I glad I did. It's delicious!

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Going Ape for Apricot
November 26, 2009 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Apricot is an amazing, healthful fruit to serve to babies. Apricots contain good quantities of Vitamins A (including betacarotene), C and Folate, as well as Potassium and Calcium.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Bacteria: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
November 19, 2009 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Making your own baby food is tons of fun. And the best place to start is a sparkling clean kitchen.

Read More | 0 Comments

Family

Food to Play With
November 5, 2009 • Posted by Vivian Manning-Schaffel

When babies reach a certain age (usually after we've spent a few years trying to lift fruit and vegetable stains off of clothes, furniture, and carpeting), parents begin the long and arduous process of instilling the idea that playing with food is a no-no. But we can create some foods for them that are okay - and downright fun -- to stick their little fingers into.

Read More | 0 Comments