INFOGRAPHIC: The Road to Healthy Eating

Posted by Jennifer Lee on April 05, 2012 0 Comments

The road to healthy eating is fun and easy when you know your way! Use this map to put your kids in the healthy eating drivers seat and let them make their own healthy choices. Enjoy the ride! For a free printable version of this map click here to download.

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Healthy Eating: Week 6, Curry (#52NewFoods)

Posted by Jennifer Lee on February 11, 2012 5 Comments

Slow Cooker Curry The Family Dinner 2Winter days call for cozy meals. Load up the healthy ingredients, relax and get ready to enjoy a wholesome, easy dinner that will have your whole family eating healthy -- Slow Cooker Curry from The Family Dinner.

The kids are comfortably settled in school, the holiday rush is over, but life continues to feel frantic. Imagine yourself stumbling into the front door after a long day, groceries and book bags overflowing from your arms. What could me more satisfying than to be greeted by the wonderful aroma of a healthy meal calling, “Dinner’s ready!”? Thank goodness for the slow cooker! My new best friend – he stays home all day, carefully simmering and flavoring our dinner so we can come home to a relaxed meal together as a family. That’s the kind of easy, healthy eating I need.

Feature Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Curry from The Family Dinner

The Family Dinner is a fantastic source of easy dinner ideas that will get your whole family eating healthy. Adorned with beautiful pictures of delicious and easy recipes, it was hard to pick just one to try! Then I spotted it: Slow cooker curry. Paired with freshly prepared Naan and a side of spicy green beans, chicken curry ranks in the top 10 of my favorite winter dishes. Sadly, it’s been a solitary dish, as my two kids tend to shy away. Could The Family Dinner provide the answer to my food dilemma: How to cook a curry my whole family would love?

Crunch a Color Kids Vote: Delish! (Mom’s side note: jaw dropping)

Slow Cooker Curry The Family Dinner 3What we liked: I really couldn’t believe that my picky eater liked this dish. When she bravely tried a “taster”, then asked for a serving, and bellied up to the bar for seconds I knew I had a winner on my hands. The flavor in this dish is mild, making it easy for my kids to love. As for ease, this recipe knocks it out of the ballpark. Prep was under 15 minutes and I came home to a delicious healthy feast my whole family loved. I’m adding this family-friendly recipe to my list of favorites and making a special place on my shelf for this fantastic cookbook.

Next up: Bok Choy

Bok ChoyWhen I arrived home from the hospital as a naïve new mom, my very good friends showered me with meals. It was exactly what I needed, and I continue to pass it forward. Each time I visit a new mom, I bring a helping hand and a hot meal! The most memorable of all those wonderful meals was clay-pot chicken. I hope you’ll tune in next week when we make A Family That Eats Together’s Easy Claypot Chicken. Will it get my kids to try Bok Choy? We'll see! 

Craving more new recipes to try? Catch up on last week’s recipe: Sunbutter bites.

About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color™ -- the award-winning game that makes healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, FoodCorps, and Alice Water’s Edible Schoolyard. Watch her picky eaters tell the story of how they turned into healthy eaters playing the game. Follow @crunchacolor and #52NewFoods to tune into Crunch a Color's healthy eating adventure and Jennifer’s tips and kid-friendly, easy recipes.

 

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Healthy Eating: Week 5, Sunbutter (#52NewFoods)

Posted by Jennifer Lee on January 30, 2012 3 Comments

No bake, nut-free cookies that kids can cook! Paired with a sweet touch of honey and wholesome oats, these protein power bites are the new lunchbox regulars at our house.

No Peanut Butter“But the best ‘wich that I ever had was
A peanut butter sandwich made with jam
Yum yum yummy yum yum!”

Raffi’s wisdom runs deep, and never more than when it comes to peanut butter. A staple in most kids lunchboxes, that creamy creation is the go-to, normally no-fail solution for moms struggling to get their kids to eat lunch at school – me included! So when our school went nut-free, I had to find an equally unequivocal lunchtime companion. The recommendation from teachers and allergy-experienced parents: sunbutter.

Feature Recipe: No Bake Sunbutter Bites from The Scramble

No bake peanut butter bites The ScrambleRemember the joys of baking your very own cupcake creations under the heat of a lightbulb in the Easy Bake Oven? My love for baking started early, and though I still have a high-school-crush-style love of the sport, busy mom syndrome has set in and I don’t often have time for whipping up homemade creations. I’m always on the hunt for tasty, easy, healthy recipes my kids can cook, so when I stumbled on No Bake Peanut Butter cookies from The Scramble I jumped on it. Quick and easy to make, I decided to take these bewitching bake-free bites for a spin, using sunbutter instead of peanut butter to create a healthy, nut-free lunchtime snack.

Crunch a Color Kids Vote: 2 Thumbs Up! Best in class!

Sunbutter bitesWhat we liked: These mini-morsels were so easy and fast, we decided to make two batches: one with sunbutter and the other with peanut butter. Unlike on a sandwich, it was tough to tell the difference between the peanut butter and the sunbutter bites in our blind taste test. Whether it was because of the hint of honey, or the wholesome crunchiness of oats, this recipe resulted in a healthy treat that will become a regular feature on our lunchtime and afterschool snack menu. Next time we’ll try adding raisins or cranberries to the mix! A nice added bonus -- go ahead and enjoy the batter.

Want a prize for trying something new? Tell me which new food you’d like your kids to try and enter to win a 3-month subscription to The Scramble. Life just got a little easier!

Next up: Curry

Slow Cooker CurryA cozy curry with piping hot vegetables and a side of Naan is a winter-time recipe I love. My kids normally shy away from this wonderful, Indian-inspired dish. But when they meet Slow Cooker Curry from The Family Dinner they may change their minds. Our next new food of the week: curry.

Craving more new recipes to try? Catch up on last week’s recipe: Spinach Cake Muffins.

About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color™ -- the award-winning game that makes healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, FoodCorps, and Alice Water’s Edible Schoolyard. Watch her picky eaters tell the story of how they turned into healthy eaters playing the game. Follow @crunchacolor and #52NewFoods to tune into Crunch a Color's healthy eating adventure and Jennifer’s tips and kid-friendly, easy recipes.

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Healthy Eating: Week 4, Spinach (#52NewFoods)

Posted by Jennifer Lee on January 28, 2012 0 Comments

Planted firmly toe to toe, it was a piercing stare down contest of epic proportions. Two unrelenting, iron wills: Spinach vs. my picky eater. What’s a mom to do?

healthy eating spinachDark, leafy and overflowing with wholesome healthiness, spinach has long been the holy grail of healthy eating. Popeye cried, “I'm strong to the finich, ‘cause I eats me spinach!” to coax children into eating spinach to channel superhero strength. But not my picky eater! First, the polite pass, “No thank you, not today.” Second, the more direct, “My taste buds and spinach aren’t friends.” Culminating in the uniquely Seussian, “Not in a car, not in a tree, not on a train, Mom, let me be!”  

To succeed, I needed a game changer: a crafty, colorful creation my picky eater could have fun cooking. There’s one person I know who could pull that off: Catherine McCord of Weelicious.

Feature Recipe: Spinach Cake Muffins

weelicious spinach cake muffinsWeelicious is a gold mine of tasty, easy, healthy recipes you and your kids can cook. Catherine has done the heavy lifting for us busy moms and figured out how to make healthy eating easy and fun. She’s woven beets into pancakes, gone wild for wheat berry, and in this case, spun spinach into healthy muffins. In my house, no one is going to turn down a piping hot muffin and with fewer than 10 ingredients and ready to bake in less than 10 minutes I decided I'd take Spinach Cake Muffins for a spin.

 

Crunch a Color Kids Vote: 2 Thumbs Up! It’s my turn with the food processor!

spinach cake muffins cuisinartWhat we liked: Any recipe that involves a Cuisinart is sure to be a winner with kids. What’s more fun than loading a bushel full of ingredients into a big bowl and flipping the switch to blend it into a blur? Instant entertainment. We also had a blast guessing the “magic” ingredient. We baked up a batch, shared it with friends, and challenged, “Guess the magic ingredient!” Green tea, melon, peas, mint chip ice cream and avocado were some of the speculations. With each bite, a new guess. So much fun! These mighty muffins are tasty, healthy and easy: the trifecta of healthy eating. A great lunchbox snack or power breakfast partner, Spinach Cake Muffins will be a regular in our kitchen this year.

Watch Catherine and her helper Chloe whip up these tasty treats in this adorable Weelicious video:

Do your kids like spinach? What are some of your favorite folate-fortified recipes? Share your comments!

Next up: Sunbutter

no bake sunbutter bitesWhen our school went nut-free, I sighed a long, tired sigh. What would I do without those cute, crustless PB&J sandwiches? Sunbutter, a peanut butter alternative made from sunflower seeds, was recommended. But on a sandwich it made my kids simply long for the real McCoy. Thanks to the amazing Aviva Goldfarb at The Scramble, I may have found the solution. Next up: No Bake Sunbutter Bites.

Craving more new recipes to try? Catch up on last week’s recipe: Avocado and Orange Salad.

About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color™ -- the award-winning game that makes healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, FoodCorps, and Alice Water’s Edible Schoolyard. Watch her picky eaters tell the story of how they turned into healthy eaters playing the game. Follow @crunchacolor and #52NewFoods to tune into Crunch a Color's healthy eating adventure and Jennifer’s tips and kid-friendly, easy recipes.


 

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Healthy Eating: Week 3, Mandarin Oranges (#52NewFoods)

Posted by Jennifer Lee on January 23, 2012 2 Comments

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Many mouth-watering foods are part of the Chinese New Year celebration, but Mandarin Oranges always top our list of favorites. Ambassadors of prosperity and good luck, Mandarin Oranges are the perfect food to ring in a New Year filled with healthy eating adventures!

healthy eating mandarin orangesDon’t you find that the best things in life are the simplest things? Mandarin Oranges rank in the top quartile for simple pleasures in my book. Perfectly sized for little hands and packed with happiness (and vitamin C), they are easy lunchbox companions, super snacks, and delectable for dessert. For playful food artists like my daughter, Mandarin Oranges always make an easy and beautiful feature food.  Though lovable on their own, we decided to venture out and try a new twist on one of our all-time favorite foods.

Feature Recipe: Avocado and Orange Salad with Hazelnuts

healthy eating avocado and orange saladI love salads – when someone else makes them for me. My salads are predictably boring, so I adore when someone brings a spirited salad to share and I’m always on the lookout for interesting, easy salad recipes. Natalie Perry's Avocado and Orange Salad with Hazelnuts fits the bill. True to Natalie’s warning, my food adventurers were not fond of the dressing, so I let them whip up a healthy concoction that would be pleasing to their palates. They used a base of olive oil, added a splash of orange and lemon juices, and a touch of honey. Delicious!

Crunch a Color’s Citrus Dressing
¼c olive oil
2 Tbsps orange juice
Juice from one lemon
1 Tbsp of honey
Salt to taste
Place all ingredients in a jar. Shake. Pour. Enjoy! (Tip: heat the honey for a few seconds in the microwave to make it mix more easily)

Crunch a Color Kids Vote: 2 Thumbs Up! We’ll definitely try this again.

healthy eating hazelnutsWhat we liked: The toasted hazelnuts were the surprise contender in this new food contest. Their wonderful aroma and nutty flavor were incredibly inviting. Instead of chopping the nuts, I placed them in a Ziplock bag and let my daughter hammer them with a rolling pin. Less stressful for me and great fun for her! Despite my best effort, though, my kids didn’t try the salad greens. Instead, I made a taster plate of the individual elements -- avocados, Mandarin Orange slices, and hazelnuts – and let the kids dip the fixings into their homemade dressing. They enjoyed savoring their citrus creation alongside some of their familiar favorites. I call that a success!

Healthy Eating: Week 4, Spinach

healthy eating spinachIf my kids aren’t fond of salad greens, how am I going to get them to try spinach? With Martian Muffins, that’s how! This week we’re taking on the Big Daddy of healthy greens: Spinach! Thanks to Spinach Cake Muffins from weelicious (aka Martian Muffins), my picky eaters may have met their match.

 

Craving more new recipes to try? Catch up on last week’s recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Pancetta.

About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color™ -- the award-winning game that makes healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, FoodCorps, and Alice Water’s Edible Schoolyard. Watch her picky eaters tell the story of how they turned into healthy eaters playing the game. Follow @crunchacolor and #52NewFoods to tune into Crunch a Color's healthy eating adventure and Jennifer’s tips and kid-friendly, easy recipes.

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