Sunday, June 22, 2014

Non-GMO brands

Here's a link to 400 companies who are commited to serving you non-GMO foods.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pasta sauce

Unfortunately for me, my kids don't like sauce in their pasta. But if your kids do then this post will be of use to you! I love this tomato sauce for myself and as a sneaky way to get my husband to eat veggies too! The Sneaky Chef tomato sauce is made with a massive amount of veggies. It's made by a mom who was also trying to find creative ways to get her kids to eat their veggies. I've seen this product only a few times at Whole Foods, I'm not sure why it's not on the shelves all the time. I've seen it in two flavors; smooth red and cheesy red. I love that it's simple ingredients and it's not filled with all these unproannouncable chemicals. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"You don't have to.."

Lovely article I read about helping us, parents, with our children during dinner time.
"When we make eating about the parent's will versus the child's will, the joy and connection of eating gets lost. Some parents may win the battle and feel good that their child eats the way they want them to eat, but deep down the child may be full of resentment, eating peas to please his parents and not because he enjoys eating them."

Article: http://huff.to/1eBOjY7

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

That's organic!

My toddler loves this video! It's a potatoe singing about organic produce. It's a great video defining what organic means for kids (and adults too). Plus it's a catchy tune. "Mother Natures got a brand. It's called organic!" http://youtu.be/YtwZ8t5NS6c

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Some of my favorite brands

Here's something new: I'm finally on Twitter! Follow me @thepickytoddler 
I've recently tweeted about my favorite brand of pre-made foods. Of course it's always best to make your own food at home, but of there is no time here's who I turn to: Applegate's gluten-free chicken nuggets, and organic peas or whatever other veggie kids will tolerate. I have to say the Little Duck Organics is awesome! They make organic, all-natural, recognizable ingredients! My little one likes their Quinoa baby cereal! Because I try to avoid dairy I like to use Daiya cheese for my oldest's Mac & Cheese. I love them because they don't contain soy, casein and carrageenan.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

This post has a little bit of everything

Hello dear Friends!
Once again I was M.I.A. I barely have time, as you know (your a parent yourself). And the time I do have to go online, is not the time to sit, think, and type. But I have been keeping myself informed and educated! Its  really amazing the things that we have yet to learn.
So today I want to talk a little bit about my recent discoveries: strange ingredients. What do you mean, Deb? Well have you ever looked at the ingredients on packaged food? At first I just thought, "Ok, so what? They need to add this stuff to make this stuff." Now looking at that I don't really know how I wasn't alarmed at the fact that all I was consuming or giving my kid was chemicals! No wonder people are getting sick! Really think about. Our bodies are still the same bodies people had from years and years ago. Yet our food is not the same from years ago. All the chemical stuff is forcing our livers to work overtime! People don't need to take vitamins, I believe, if they are feeding themselves properly. Nor do I believe people need to see doctors because food, yes WHOLE FOOD, can cure. But of course don't take my advice because I'm no one to lead your life. I just believe this for myself. For example, cancer is on the rise and seems like something that you're bound to get in the future. No! Cancer is formed because these chemicals, harmful man-made things, and stress are forcing our organs to fight. Eventually these poisons win because our bodies were not meant to take so much crap! Sugars feed this cancer, and whole foods such as organic veggies kill it.
We live in a society/culture where we are taught or brought up to be lazy. Yep, I said it! "Oh, I have a headache." Take a Tylenol. "Oh, I have diarrhea." Take Pepto. Listen to your body. Its not just feeling terrible to screw you over. Its screaming for your help. "Oh, I'm to tried to cook." Microwave some fake food. "Oh, I've worked all day. I don't have time to play with my kid(s)." Sit them in front of the TV. When in fact, we seem to always have time to walk our dogs at 6am, but wouldn't take our kids to the park for an hour. Then we wonder why kids are so violent or so passive. That's what we teach them; how to hate (because some parents don't care to show love). Its not that we hate them, but we aren't showing love either. I'm not saying let your kid do what he wants. But disciple with love (you may be firm when needed) and give them some of your time, because sometimes that's what we need as adults too; someone to give us time to just care or listen to us (hence why so many pay a great deal for a therapist).
Back to food. My toddler hates soup. The good thing is that last week when my husband made chicken soup she ate it! How did I do it? You guessed it. I just took out the broth. Even though that's the most nutritious part. So she ate the carrots, pasta, and chicken. Later she had some dessert: almond milk cookies and cream ice cream. Make sure it doesn't have carrageenan; its carcinogenic.
Here's something important I've learned. Sodium benzoate is of course bad, especially worse when mixed with ascorbic acid (synthetic vitamin C) and/or vitamin D. So read labels! I really hate that most kids juice boxes contain synthetic vitamin C. I found one that is organic and has no blah blah acids. It's called R.W. Knudsen Sensible Sippers http://www.rwknudsenfamily.com/products/sensible-sippers
  It does contain "natural flavors" so you're going to have to do a little research or call them up and ask what "natural flavors" means. Sometimes it could be an issue if you're kid has a gluten intolerance.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Eating tip

Hey guys!
I had written a post on what worked for me and my child in regards to her feeding. I do believe though that many kids just aren't hungry or get full fast. Please don't let that discourage you. Maybe yesterday he ate a lot and it makes up for the little he's eating today. Nonetheless, if you feel like you need to keep feeding your kid give him or her healthy options. Now what do I mean by healthy options? Do I mean that dumb food pyramid we memorized in grade school? Absolutely not! See, what people don't realize is that somethings that were taught to us, were simply incorrect. Seriously? You think that a main part of anyone's diet should be "grains"? Ummm no. We all know that fruits and veggies are the most nutritious foods for us (preferably organic). I am not saying go vegan or vegetarian. I'm saying make fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts, and some organic oils should be a bigger part of your life than breads and meats. I didn't even mention sugars because that's just a whole other topic. There are many out there that are poisonous for our bodies (us and the kids).

I love the idea of adding more fruits and veggies to your lifestyle through pureeing. "But my kid thinks that's baby food!" Woe there buddy, hold your horses (lol haven't said that in a while). I mean put the puree in your cooking and baking! I've made muffins with sweet potato purée or butternut squash purée and it was good. Adding puréed veggies to pasta sauces, fruit or veggies smoothies, are great ideas too! Fruit as a snack throughout the day is refreshing and healthy. Sometimes my kid prefers to eat a big bowl of fruit instead of what I made for lunch and that's okay. Actually it's even better because if she's full on fruit then she's gotten more vitamins and nutrients then eating a sandwich or pasta.