I wrote about Missy Chase Lapine not too long ago here and in the pages of The Journal News. She’s the Irvington mother of two who wroteÃ‚Â the well-receivedÃ‚Â cookbook called “The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids Favorite Meals.” ItÃ‚Â offers healthyÃ‚Â menu ideas for frustrated moms and dads of picky eaters by sneaking vegetables and other healthy foodsÃ‚Â intoÃ‚Â dishes kids love to eat.Ã‚Â Think spinach puree in brownies (way better than it sounds) or sweet potatoes in mac-and-cheese.
Now Jessica Seinfeld, wife of Jerry,Ã‚Â has come outÃ‚Â with a book in a similar vein called, “Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food,” and, as Motoko Rich writes in today’sÃ‚Â New York Times,Ã‚Â readers are raising the questionÃ‚Â ifÃ‚Â the two books areÃ‚Â too close for comfort. Seinfield alsoÃ‚Â relies onÃ‚Â recipes that sneak,Ã‚Â likeÃ‚Â mixingÃ‚Â kale in spaghetti and meatballs.
Lapine, quoted in the Times article, says: “Honestly I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t speculate, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not going to accuse anyone of anything,Ã¢â‚¬? she said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I suppose itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s possible itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a coincidence.Ã¢â‚¬?
I haven’t read Seinfeld’s book yet, so I can’t compare.
What do you think? Anyone have either book? Both?
Of course you have to love the brain of the Amazon.com computer. Here’s what it put under the listing for Lapine’s book:Ã‚Â
“Better Together: Buy this book with Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food by Jessica Seinfeld today!”
We’ve all heard stories about picky kids who will only eat white foods or kids who refuse to eat anything but peanut butter and fluff sandwiches, morning, noon and night. Picky, picky, picky.
As Mom to a picky eater myself, I can relate. But I’ve always been curious why my picky eater is demonstrably UN-picky in most other aspects of his life. In fact, he’s only really picky about food and socks. He hates vegetables, unfamiliar foods and socks that “bug” him (like the socks in this AP photo.)
I can bend on the socks, but not the veggies. Not forever, anyway. But as we try to find any brief, shining window of acceptance (aka carrot-zucchini muffins), I’ve been wondering why he’s so picky about this, and not much else? And why is it that our middle girl, almost 4, will eat almost anything but can’t leave the house if the shade of pink in her (wildly temperature-inappropriate) outfit isn’t just perfect? Here’s how it usually goes in my house:
So what do you want to wear to school today?
Shrug. “Whatever you want me to.”
OK, time to get going. Let’s get you in your car seat.
“Mmm. I’ve changed my mind. These pants don’t fit right. I have to change them. No really, I HAVE to.”
What do you think? What makes a kid so picky about one thing, and not another?
We’re back on track after some technical glitches with the blogs.
Here’s a great post by our friends over at Parents’ Place with all sorts of things to do with thatÃ‚Â big pile of apples on your counterÃ‚Â — with recipes!
Now if only we can make the weather cooperate. I’m in D.C. today and it feels more like mid-July hereÃ‚Â — highs in the 80s, humid. Yuck. Where’s the sweater weather?!
In case you missed it earlier this week, there was a major reversal in health advice for pregnant andÃ‚Â breast-feeding women.
After fears over mercury toxicity droveÃ‚Â fish and seafoodÃ‚Â off the plates of many pregnant women, a coalition that includes top scientistsÃ‚Â is now recommendingÃ‚Â pregnant andÃ‚Â breastfeeding women eat at least 12 ounces of fish and seafood per week. The idea is seafood remains a key source ofÃ‚Â omega-3 fatty acids, critical to babies’ brain development, and the known downside ofÃ‚Â a diet lacking inÃ‚Â omega 3s outweighs a theoretical risk of mercury contamination.
Read the Washington Post article via MSNBC here.
What do you think? Did you limit fish or seafood when you were pregnant or breastfeeding? If you are pregnant or breastfeeding now, will this change how you eat?
Halloween is right around the corner. In my house, that usually means a one-night-only candy free-for-all and then just a trickle of goodies here and there until about Christmas, when I decide to throw the rest of it out. (Usually just the bad stuff is left anyway. NECCO wafers are fun to play with — we’d pretend to be priests giving them out for communion as kids — but to me the taste is more cardboard than candy.)
It seems to work OK for us so far, but there are more ways to handle the issue than peanuts in a Payday.
What’s your Halloween candy strategy this year?
Anyone want to cop to being the parent who gives out toothbrushes and floss picks?
Whatever your rules, chances are very good you’ll have a ton of candy to deal with. In a recent survey by kidshealth.org of 1,200 boys and girls, most kids said they get at least 50 pieces of candy, with over 44 percent saying they get more than 100 pieces.
And most said their parents do set limits.
My favorite was the mom who limited her kids’ candy haul by giving it back out that same night to other trick-or-treaters. Brilliant!
(Photo by TheÃ‚Â Associated Press)
Just reading a Reuters story about how environmental factors Ã¢â‚¬â€ soda in school, junk food ads on TV, fast-food chains on every corner, less formal physical education Ã¢â‚¬â€ are contributing to the childhood obesity crisis in the U.S.
Sure, we had all these temptations when I was growing up, but at a fraction of what kids are exposed to today.
What do you think?
I’m probably the worst offender when it come to allowing kids sugary breakfasts, usually in the form of a lake of maple syrup covering pancakes or waffles.
But a new study confirms that a breakfast higher in fiber and so-called good carbs (whole grains) helps you stay fuller longer. In fact, the study found kids who ate a low-glycemic index breakfast consumed 60 fewer calories during the day.
If you are trying to help a child lose weight, that would definitely add up over time.
A friend ofÃ‚Â mine with toddler twins recently posed a unique parenting dilemma: What to do when your kids will eat their vegetables, but no meat?
She reports they’ll eat eggs, even edamame and tofu, but just don’t like meat. And no one in the home is trying to be a vegetarian.
I suggested smooshing some teeny bits of roast chicken into a vegetable they do eat, maybe they won’t notice. Maybe it’s a texture/chewing thing that will just resolve itself in time?
Anyone ever have this problem? What did you do?
Here’s an interesting piece recently featured by our biz desk on the McDonald’s juggernaut.
Once thought of as an aging repository of little more than trans fats and McJobs, Mickey D’s revenues are surging, largely by listening to customer demands for healthier food.
What do you think?