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Earth January 2010, Issue 4

Planet Mom

Downtown Montrose MOPS News

Tips for Cooking with Kids and Getting Them to Eat! How to cook for kids so they'll actually eat. Oh boy, a common ongoing problem in my home at the moment. My four year old has definite opinions about what’s good and what is ‘yucky.’ What he loves one day he hates the next day. His eating behavior varies from a huge appetite to more of a grazer depending on how he feels and what he’s doing daily. It’s hard to get him to stop a fun activity and sit down to a meal.

By: Sherry Frewerd

all, it helps prevent food boredom both for your kid and for yourself when you have to cook the same things repeatedly. Second, it lets your child experience new flavors and textures and form their own opinions about them. By trying new things they will learn not only about what foods they dislike but also the ones they really enjoy.

Parents often tend to forget that their kids are people Good nutrition is an important aspect of a child’s too and have real opinions about what they don’t like health, but what is a parent to do when their child is a to eat. If they have tried a food and never want to eat picky eater? One good bit of information is that it’s it each time it’s offered, then most likely they really really not necessary to add every important nutrient don’t like the dish. Just as you have foods you like and into dinner meals. Since little kids, like mine, often dislike they also will develop tastes over time. Those tend to prefer grazing throughout the day, a good op- tastes may also change in time as well. It's frustrating, tion is to spread healthy choices in all of the snack op- I know, to spend time preparing a meal only to have tions that you provide your child. That way, when din- your child push the plate away and refuse to even take ner time comes and they’re in one of those picky a bite. A great way for you to spend time with your moods they’ll at least have had something nutritious child and to let them have a hand in preparing the earlier in the day and all is not lost. family meal is to ask them to help in the kitchen. Parents have found that kids who have a hand in cooking Kids love macaroni and cheese, but they can’t live on are more likely to eat the meal without complaining. A that alone; although my son would give it a go if allittle bit of trickery, but hey, if it works and the kid lowed. Now days, most whole grain foods are availlearns something while getting their nutrients, then able in convenient packaged varieties as well so there why not? are more kid friendly choices out there, making meal time a little easier for parents. You can meet your child's calcium and dairy product needs by adding milk as the drink of choice for meals or a slice of cheese melted over their favorite vegetable. Ice cream, yogurt, and pudding also make excellent calcium rich treats, in moderation of course. Try to get your children to try new things rather than cooking the same few meals over and over again just because you know they'll eat it. By cooking diverse meals, you cause a couple of things to occur. First of


Moms of the Month

Jane Doe

Jane Doe

Are you originally from Colorado? If not where are you from? Yes

Are you originally from Colorado? If not where are you from? Augusta, Georgia

If you are married, who is your husband and how long have you been married? Shaun, 9 years

If you are married, who is your husband and how long have you been married? Andy, 9 years but have been

Please give your children's names and ages.

Sheldon– 4

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Maya– 2

What is the funniest thing that one of your children has ever said or done OR the funniest/weirdest thing you’ve said that you never thought you’d be saying? Funniest

thing I said “ Sheldon get your underwear off your head and put them on your butt!” Maya tries to drink water like our dogs out of the dog bowl What is one thing that people might not know about you?

together for 14 years since we were 17 Please give your children's names and ages.

Georgia– 5 & Sophia-3 What is the funniest thing that one of your children has ever said or done OR the funniest/weirdest thing you’ve said that you never thought you’d be saying?

Georgia saw a picture of my deceased grandmother that she never met and said to my mother “that used to be me before when I was your mother.”

I used to cut hair at Cost Cutters. I used to play trumpet in High School. My favorite sport is volleyball (though I never played except P.E. class)

Favorite book in your household right now?

What’s that one sweet treat you just can’t resist? Ice

What is relaxing to you? Cooking

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

cream & cake What’s that one sweet treat you just can’t resist? What's the best piece of advice you could give to a new mom? Ask for help. Take advice, but remember at the end

Chocolate

you are the mom. You know what is best for your child and family

What's the best piece of advice you could give to a new mom? Be true to yourself

Any organizing/cleaning tips to share? Magic Erasers. The

name says it all. Put everything on at least 2 calendars!

Any organizing or cleaning Tips to share? Do one thing

everyday What would “Planet Dad” look like? Fancy cars & trucks.

The largest big screen TV known to man, hanging in the center of a football field full of recliners and snacks. Followed up by all things sports next door.

English-Muffin Mini Pizzas •

Whole-wheat English muffins, split

Pizza/Spaghetti sauce

Shredded Mozzarella chesse

Pizza Toppings of your choice (Ham, Pepperoni, Bell peppers, Mushrooms…)

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a small baking sheet with foil. Place the English muffin halves cut-side up on the baking sheet. Spoon on Sauce. Top with your kid’s favorite toppings. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown. These are a great meal to let the Kids prepare all by themselves!


Applebees $1 kids meals every Wednesday

Bellys 99¢ kids meals every Tuesday & Wednesday

STEALTH HEALTH

You could win a copy today! There are 2 cookbooks in our monthly MOPS raffle drawing!

Dennys Kids eat FREE every Tuesday

Red Barn Kids eat FREE every Tuesday night

Rib City Grill 99¢ kids meals every Monday

Fitness Magazine September 2007 issue

Getting kids to eat their vegetables is no laughing mattereven, as Jessica Seinfeld knows, when their dad is funnyman Jerry. “Everything that makes parenting difficult happens at mealtimes,” says the mom of three. So when she hit upon a solution-hiding vegetables in her family’s favorite foods– she “turned her kitchen into a laboratory,” she says, and created recipes for everything from Mac n cheese (with butternut squash) to brownies (with carrots and spinach). The ones that tested best with her family are collected in Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food.

Smugglers $2.00 kids meals w/purchase of Adult entree every Thursday night

Truck Stop 99¢ kids meals every Thursday 5-9pm

Results are in…

According to our MOPS 2009 poll

Best place to dine with the kids? Best place to dine without the kids?

Chili’s, Applebees, & McDonalds Cazwellas & Stonehouse

Most popular “Go“Go-to” snack when on the go: Cereal/granola bars & fruit


DON’T FORGET...

Happy Birthday

Sign up online to join our MOPS Relay for Life team!

Abby Jan. 6th

NEXT MEETING

Jessica K. Jan 7th

Theme: Relationships

Krista

www.montroserelay.org Look for team leader Erica White

Speaker: Jerry Overton

Jan. 16th

MOPS morning out will be

You do not need to pay anything at this time, we are just getting our team together. The relay will be held on June 11th -12th

February 5th 9:00am

Our goal is to raise $100 per person

Craft: Knitting

Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper February 16th

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