Tired of constantly reminding your kids to chew with their mouth closed and get their elbows off the table? It’s probably time you checked out Soup Should Be See, Not Heard.
In this interview with MCA’s Terry Doherty at BookExpo America 2013, Beth Brainard talks about her award-winning book. Beth shares her thoughts on picking your nose, scratching yourself, and fixing wedgies! Wow Beth!
Be sure to check out Soup Should Be Seen and Not Heard in the Mom’s Choice Awards shop.
Mom’s Choice Awards: Gold
Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5-8)
Audience: Ages 5-8
Award-winning author Lynn Salsi is more than just a children’s writer, she’s a storyteller. Lynn loves not only sharing folktales, but the history of those tales. Did you know that Jack and the Beanstalk came over with the colonists from England? Learn that and more in this interview with the author of Jack and the Giants.
I’m sold! Are you? Head over to the Mom’s Choice Awards shop to purchase Jack and the Giants.
Mom’s Choice Awards: Silver
Children’s Picture Book
Fantasy, Myths, and Legends
Audience: Birth to 9
This week, Celebrity Nutritionist and Author Rachel Beller shares a healthy and kid-friendly recipe for our last New Year, New You post! Her awesome book, Eat to Lose, Eat to Win, makes eating the right foods easy. Step by step plans in the book will help you achieve your weight loss goals in 2014!
Thank you for sharing the recipe with our MCA fans!
Why not Fiber Insure your kids breakfast choices? This is an easy weekend breakfast that is popular with the moms, teens and kids that come to BNI. The fact that the bread is dipped in eggs disguises the brown color and the wholesomeness of the product that usually tends to deter kids from eating whole grains.
Two slices flourless, sprouted, organic bread (Ezekiel or other brands) 3-5 gms per slice or a gluten free high fiber bread 5gms/slice by Silver Hills. For syrup: 2 tsp of pure maple syrup (Grade B) or honey, add cinnamon (health benefits galore).
Kids view this breakfast as French Toast, but Rachel sees it as giving kids scrambled egg whites (or 1 omega 3 egg + 2 egg whites) with a side of two slices of sprouted,flourless, whole grain, organic toast, cinnamon and a touch of natural sweetness (side of strawberries)
French Toast the Fiber Way
1 whole egg, plus 2 egg whites
2 slices whole grain bread
Olive oil spray
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 tablespoons Joseph’s Sugar Free Syrup or 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
Whisk the egg with the egg whites in a wide, shallow bowl, then dip in the bread slices. Lightly coat a pan with olive oil spray and place over medium heat. Add the coated bread to the pan and cook until both sides turn golden. Top with cinnamon, berries and syrup.
Note: Since brands of bread vary in fiber amount, fill in the gaps with fruit if needed.
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Dr. Lisa Rivard talks with Terry Doherty about I am Stumped, her multi-award-winning picture book. Lisa shares how her experiences working with children influenced this story about helping children understand the dynamics of friendship.
Order I Am Stumped! now in the Mom’s Choice Awards shop.
Mom’s Choice Awards: Silver
Children’s Picture Book
Audience: Birth to 9
This week we have a post from Tina Ruggiero, a registered dietitian and nutrition expert! She’s sharing a family-friendly, seasonal, and healthy recipe from her award-winning book, The Truly Healthy Cookbook. Also, Tina is giving away FIVE cookbooks to lucky fans, so make sure to enter below!
Oh, My! Spaghetti Surprise
Baked Spaghetti Squash with Chicken Sausage
This recipe is fun to make with kids because they’re amazed by how the solid squash magically becomes thin strands of “spaghetti” after it’s cooked! This fun factor also makes them more likely to try the dish once the squash is mixed with bone-building kale, juicy tomatoes and flavorful chicken sausage. You’ll be happy knowing just one serving delivered 70 percent of a day’s worth of vitamin A, 80 percent of the daily requirement for vitamin C and nearly 20 percent of the minerals iron and calcium.
Yield: 6 servings | Time: 50 minutes
1 small spaghetti squash, halved
lengthwise and seeded
2 tbsp/30 ml vegetable oil
½ cup/8 g finely chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 ½ tsp/1.4 g thyme leaves
1 tbsp/20 g tomato paste
1 (28 oz/784 g) can whole tomatoes
4 oz/112 g Tuscan kale, sliced in
½”/1.3 cm strips, tough stems removed
12 oz/340 g precooked chicken sausage, sliced
6 tbsp/30 g finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C or gas mark 4. Place the spaghetti squash on a baking tray with ¼ inch/6 millimeters water, cut side down, and bake until a knife goes in easily, about 30 minutes to an hour depending on size. When cool enough to handle, use a fork, scraping lengthwise, to create the “spaghetti” and scrape into a bowl. Measure 3 cups/765 grams and place in a large bowl. Save the remainder for another use.
While the spaghetti squash is cooking, make tomato sauce. Place a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the vegetable oil and sauté the onion until golden, 2 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until aromatic, another 30 seconds. Add the tomato paste and stir to allow the tomato paste to caramelize, about 1 minute. Add the canned tomatoes and simmer the sauce for 10 minutes.
Place a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add the Tuscan kale and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes, depending on how mature the kale is. Drain the kale. Place in the bowl with the spaghetti squash. Add the chicken sausage and tomato sauce. Toss well and place in a 9 x 13-inch/23 x 33-centimeter baking dish. Sprinkle with the cheese and bake until heated through and cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.
Per serving: Calories 250, protein 19 g, total fat 13 g, carbohydrates 19 g, sodium 810 mg, fiber 3 g
Tina’s Tip: Spaghetti squash can be frozen. Place leftovers in zip-top bags, squeeze out air and freeze. Thaw before use. To thaw quickly, place in a bowl of hot water or microwave.
Thanks, Tina, for sharing this great recipe! If you try the recipe, make sure to share pics on our Mom’s Choice Awards facebook page! Enter the giveaway above for a chance to win a cookbook.
Even though it doesn’t feel like it in most parts of the US, spring is on the way! That means there’s a lot to do for all of our backyard gardeners, and a lot to look forward to with local farmer’s markets and produce on the way. A new award-winning cookbook by Patricia Moore-Pastides, Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life, takes the reader from garden to table. With a section about growing, even people who lack a green thumb will feel inspired to put in a raised bed or herb garden!
Patricia shared a recipe with us that incorporates garden veggies as well as fish, and has tips about how to choose sustainable seafood options.
Fisherman’s Vegetable Stew
Ingredients: 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 medium onions, roughly chopped, 4 stalks of celery, roughly chopped, 3 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled, and roughly chopped, 6 plum tomatoes, cut into chunks, 6 small red potatoes, washed and quartered, 4 cups Vegetable Stock, 1 bay leaf, 3 medium zucchini, washed and cut into bite-sized chunks, 2 1/2 pounds fresh skinless fish fillets (such as halibut), cut into bite-sized chunks, Juice of 1 lemon, 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, Sea salt and pepper.
Equipment: large stockpot, cutting board, chef’s knife, fish knife, tomato knife, liquid measuring cup, dry measuring cups, large wooden spoon.
Cover the bottom of a large stockpot with the extra virgin olive oil and heat it over medium-high heat.
Add the onions and celery, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon occasionally.
Add the garlic and cook another 2–3 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, potatoes, DIY Vegetable Stock, and bay leaf.
Turn up the heat, bring the mixture to a boil, and cook it partially covered until the potatoes are fork tender and the stock has been somewhat reduced.
Add the zucchini and cook uncovered for another 5 minutes. Add the chunks of fish and cook covered at a rolling boil for about 5 minutes, just until the fish is opaque. Lower the heat to simmer and add the lemon juice and fresh parsley.
Gently stir to combine all ingredients, being careful not to break the fish into little pieces.
Season with sea salt and pepper. Serve immediately with crusty bread. Serves 6–8
Airplanes in the Garden is a well-written, beautifully illustrated book for children ages 4-10. For author Joan Calder, the book is more than just the story of a little girl finding Monarch eggs in her garden; it is about science, natural beauty, and personal discovery. Watch Joan discuss her book below at BookExpo 2013.
Order Joan Calder’s Airplanes in the Garden now in the Mom’s Choice Awards shop!
Mom’s Choice Awards: Gold
Children’s Picture Book
Audience: Birth to 9
Parent Talk is a board game that helps new and prospective parents develop a proactive, conscious, and consistent approach to raising their child.
Juliette Reynolds, creator of Parent Talk, came by the Mom’s Choice Awards studio at BookExpo 2013 to talk about her award-winning game. The game is less about who wins than about generating discussion. As Juliette puts it, “Parents play; kids win!” Watch our interview with Juliette below.
If having fun with your family isn’t on your list of resolutions, add it on! Get the history of this fun family game and learn how to create “magical moments” with your family!
Dominic Crapuchettes is a game designer who became obsessed with the “magical moments” that sometimes happen when families gets together for the holidays. You cannot predict when these moments will occur, but when they do, they can create lasting memories.
Sometimes they are sparked when your kid does something precious and silly. Other times they unfold after a wonderful dinner with the relatives. Although you cannot predict when they will occur, Dominic noticed that one thing was consistent. These moments would involve lots of laughter and animated conversation.
With the goal of enabling these “magical moments”, Dominic started designing his next board game, Say Anything Family. He watched carefully whenever people were having a great time. He wanted to understand why people were having fun, and what prompted the good times.
A couple of key elements stood out. Few things are more annoying than someone who is trying to force a fun time upon people. Good times and laughter should happen naturally. Therefore, Say Anything Family had to be flexible enough to mold to the social dynamics of any group. Also, while some families love to talk about their favorite movie scenes, others have more fun discussing sports or the latest technology. Everyone loves to laugh, but each social group has a different dynamic. Thus, the game had to have variety.
So from these two main observations, Dominic created a game that does not force people to talk about any particular topic or answer any particular way. As a result, Say Anything Family really does replicate those spontaneous moments where everyone is laughing, talking, and just having a good time.
The premise is simple. On your turn you ask a fun opinion question like, “What is the most fun thing to do during school recess,” or, “Which celebrity would make the worst babysitter?” Everyone else then has to write down an answer. You secretly pick your favorite answer, and then everyone one else bets on what they think you just picked. That is it.
People are encouraged to lobby for why their answer is best, both before and after the judge picks their favorite. This aspect of the game is what really replicates those fun conversations people have at parties or those “magical moments” families have when they start talking to each other and get away from technological distractions.
Moreover, Say Anything Family is such a great party game that by the end of the game, no one cares who won or lost. They only care about the funny answers that were written and the banter that ensued. Better still, parents will discuss things and find things out about their kids they never would have without this game.
Resolve this year to have more fun with your family and get to know them better!
Want to try Say Anything Family ? Enter our giveaway for a chance to win this awesome family game that we love, love, love!
Maggie LaBarbera shares with us some tips for a healthy new year and talks about her award-winning website, Nourish Interactive, which is chock-full of information for parents and kids!
Raising a healthy child starts with good nutrition and a daily routine of active play. But how do you get kids interested in making healthy food choices when they are bombarded with marketing ads from fast food restaurants and high sugar and fat food manufacturers? By making healthy foods fun!
NourishInteractive.com does just that. Its goal has always been to keep nutrition fun and simple for children and parents to learn about. This free bilingual website, offers parents tools and games for children to help them learn about the importance of a balanced meal.
Start your New Years with a healthy goal that includes the whole family. Here are some quick guidelines to help you get started:
- talk together as a family about areas of your lifestyle you would like to improve
- choose no more than 1 or 2 family health goals
- make it something you can measure
- be specific
- write it down and post it in a visible place for the whole family to see
- share and celebrate small steps towards the goal
- always be positive and supportive
In the children’s section, called Solusville, children can play games, read stories and learn about healthy eating in a way that is fun for them. NourishInteractive.com/kids is proud of the strict “No Advertising” policy in the children’s section. Parents can allow their children to play and learn without concern about advertisements.
Games that teach children about:
Visit our grocery section
Daily Tip Of The Day Find a topic to help your family eat healthier!
See our parenting tips articles written by nurses and dietitains
Print a Family Daily Tips Calendar
Visit our recipe section
Featuring: Our Favorite Potato Recipes
Print Preplanned meals
Try our new Nutrient Tool
See all our nutrition tools
The website was created by Maggie LaBarbera, a nurse and mother who wanted to make a positive difference in the health of children. She made the website free because she did not want there to be any barriers for families to access this information. Parents will enjoy visiting the parenting section filled with tools and advice written by nurses and dietitians.
Understanding nutrition at a young age will give your children the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy choices throughout their lives.
Thanks Maggie for your great tips and links! Check out Nourish Interactive with your family.