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Category: Food Nutrition

Spaghetti Oh Oh’s and Mac and Crack

by bkhoury on November 15, 2012

We were walking through Trader Joes and Hunter picked up a can of what looked like knock-off classic Spaghetti O’s. He asked, “Mommy, what’s this? Can I put it in my cart?” It dawned on me my kids had never experienced the 1980’s staple in kids’ diets. An irrational thought flashed across my mommy brain, “Oh my gosh, my kids haven’t even had Spaghetti O’s! What kind of parent am I?” The can did say organic and it was from Trader Joe’s so I said, “Yes, you can put it in your cart.” Read More

Boo! Halloween Candy Strategies (by Jennifer Davis)

by bkhoury on October 25, 2012

It’s coming. Are you ready? In just a few short days our little ghosts and goblins are going to come running home, eyes glazed over in a sugar-induced high, and shout in amazement, “Mom, look at all this candy!” Read More

Mommy I’m SO Hungry!

by bkhoury on September 27, 2012

I’m not sure if it is the changing weather and the natural urge to eat more, or if going to pre-school is tiring the boys out more. Regardless, lately, I have heard a lot of “Mommy, I’m sooo hungry!”. Read More

Lunchbox Tips

by bkhoury on September 06, 2012

Think outside the bread: Everyone needs a change from the classic sandwich once in a while. We love to do dips and crackers. Dips can be protein packed and delicious. Try our white bean and rosemary spread or our black bean dip with homemade corn chips. We also love putting in protein packed salads. Try our tropical chicken or other salads using grains such as quinoa. Read More

Tips From Our Readers: How To Encourage Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

by bkhoury on June 28, 2012

We received so many wonderful suggestions to encourage your kids to eat vegetables that we had to share! We are so excited that all our subscribers are finding success with the veggies! Read More

I LOVE Asparagus

by bkhoury on March 15, 2012

I haven’t purchased asparagus since the hazy days of summer. My kids loved it when I would throw the spears on the grill with some olive oil and sea salt. But the other day there was a small batch of fresh asparagus in the market. My spring fever is running hot. I snatched up a couple bunches and brought them home for asparagus soup and everything else I could put it in. Read More

We Can Do Better Than This

by bkhoury on March 08, 2012

My neighbor asked me the other day if I had seen the article in the New York Times about horrible tooth decay in toddlers. Apparently, they are putting two and three year old kids under general anesthesia to fill all the cavities they have in their mouths. We’re talking twelve at a time. The article goes on to “mention” snacking as a problem but seems to put more emphasis on parents not thoroughly brushing and not having fluoride in water (using bottled water). Uhh, did my parent’s brush my teeth thoroughly when I was little?? Read More

Post Nap Grumpies

by bkhoury on December 15, 2011

Recently my three year old son – my “challenging” one’’—woke up from an amazing two hour nap. At this age sometimes he needs one, and sometimes he doesn’t (although mommy always needs him to take one). Most often the question truthfully is not really “Does he need one?” but “Will he take one?” Read More

Let Them Eat Cake?  With Red Die #3

by bkhoury on November 17, 2011

Recently for my two year old’s birthday, I decided, with the strong prodding from my mother in law, to be an overachieving mom and indulge my son in a homemade Thomas the Train cake. I always feel like my younger boy is getting the short end of the stick on stuff like homemade cakes, new clothes and birthday parties. Like many of you with boys, we are all about trains all the time in our house. I decided to really splash out and make him a James cake (Thomas is so last year). For those of you who aren’t familiar with James, he is a gallant bright red train engine. Read More

Got Boys? Solutions to Fill Them Up. (by Jennifer Davis)

by bkhoury on November 09, 2011

It never fails. Whenever I pick up my son from a friend’s house, the first comment I get is “I can’t imagine what your grocery bill is. That kid can EAT!” It’s true, I’m raising a serious chowhound. Read More

Citric Acid In Food

by bkhoury on November 03, 2011

Citric acid, at first glance, sounds like something from a car battery. And in fact it is used in many cleaning products to get hard-water and rust stains off. In addition it is a natural preservative found in many of our foods. Read More

What exactly is “Natural Flavoring” in food?

by bkhoury on October 13, 2011

Take a stroll through your refrigerator and pantry and peruse the ingredient lists. Virtually every condiment, canned good, and even spices contain “natural flavoring.” So what exactly is natural flavoring? And if it’s natural why don’t they just list the actual ingredient the flavor is derived from? Read More

High Fructose Corn Syrup Everywhere!

by bkhoury on September 29, 2011

I have to admit that I prefer to do most of my grocery shopping at a store such as Trader Joe’s mostly because I’m lazy and always rushing through the store like a mad woman and they make it easy for me. I place my innate trust in them. I know that if I pick up whole grain bread it doesn’t have preservatives or other unsavory stuff. (Note: I’m not getting paid to say this). Unfortunately Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods is not “just around the corner” from me. So the other day when I went into our local big box chain grocery store to do some serious last minute shopping I was frustrated beyond belief. Read More

Tired, Hungry and Fat?

by bkhoury on September 15, 2011

This past week we embarked on another family trip. The only direct flight was at a horrifying 6:55 am and it was over three hours. After our last flight I had given up any pretences that my two angels would settle in for a nice nap. The boys are at the age where flying is actually exciting. Will is especially enamored with the lavatory (but I digress). When we landed we then had a four hour drive to our destination (a beautiful place in the middle of nowhere where I grew up). Needless to say, the boys were more than tired. Read More

Psssst.  Want a snack? By Jennifer Davis

by bkhoury on September 08, 2011

Psssst. Hey, kid. Over here. Want a snack? Why does it seem that everywhere I go, someone is trying to feed my children? And nine times out of ten it’s something that either contains cheese spelled with a “z,” glows in the dark, or boasts a sell by date that hovers close to when my six year old can legally drink his first beer. I say, stop the insanity! Read More

Pizza Pizza!

by bkhoury on June 09, 2011

As you can imagine, given my profession, my kids experience a wide variety of foods. They are after all my numero uno taste testers. If it doesn’t pass muster with them, it doesn’t get shared with you. So when we unwittingly fell into the “sameness” trap I was taken aback at the intensity of rebellion. Read More

Nuggets On The Mind

by bkhoury on May 19, 2011

Up until now, my kids are young enough that I haven’t experienced the parental “punch in the stomach” of disappointment. You know like when you prepare your kid to be an engineer and he ends up being a professional bum. So an incident happened and really I KNOW it is no big deal. Read More

Mercury in fish

by bkhoury on May 12, 2011

There is much concern lately about contaminated fish -- mostly focusing on the gulf oil spill and radiation. However, there is a much more widespread issue of mercury in our lakes, streams, rivers and oceans. I was organizing some papers still stashed in boxes from our move and came across a list of fish to avoid while pregnant given to me by my OBGYN. Let's just say the list is quite extensive.
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Ready-Made Rice in a Bag?

by bkhoury on March 03, 2011

I love trying new food that offers a time-saving solution, but I have to admit I have been a slow mover on the ready-made rice in a bag concept. I first saw this curious looking bag of brown mush at Trader Joe’s a few years ago (which by the way is my favorite store and they have since improved the packaging of the brown mush). The concept of pre-cooked rice sitting in a vacuum sealed bag just did not appeal to my sense of good food. I immediately categorized it as ready-made food with all the nutrients sapped out of it and salt and preservatives added. Read More

A Perspective on Salt and Sodium

by bkhoury on January 14, 2011

Ok, so I admit, now that my children eat everything that we eat, I find it REALLY hard to prepare food without a dash of salt here and there. So I went on a mission to find out how much sodium I may be adding to my little one's diet. Read More

Caloric Intake, Protein and Iron

by bkhoury on June 10, 2010

The other day we had a large family meal and everyone at the table was shocked at the amount of food my two boys consumed. It is true. Sometimes Will eats more than my husband. The common thinking was that because they are boys, they will eat more. Then the other day a couple of ladies commented on my eight month old. “Oh what a healthy boy he is.” In other words he’s a chubbo! Read More

Quick Recipes No Matter What

by bkhoury on June 03, 2010

I recently got around to watching the film “Food Inc.” Being in the middle of America’s bread basket, I found it fascinating. We are usually pretty good about avoiding fast food chains, but one has to admit when you are in the car with two kids it is SO easy to go through the drive through. Though I am somewhat proud to say that Will doesn’t like McDonald’s chicken nuggets (I’m under no illusion this phenomenon will last for long). Read More

Nitrates in Meat

by bkhoury on March 21, 2010

When looking for convenient food to serve, it is difficult to avoid cured meats. From ham to cold cuts to sausage to the good old hot dog, they are everywhere! And let’s face it: They taste good.
In many stores now, one can find foods labeled “uncured” “naturally cured” or “nitrate free.” So what exactly are nitrates and are they bad for you? Read More

Sugar in Organic Yogurt

by bkhoury on January 28, 2010

Last week we were having some behavioral issues with Will -- more so than usual that is. By mid-morning he was beside himself and nothing seemed to make him happy. I thought, “my goodness (stronger word most likely used), so this is what they mean by the terrible two’s!” Daddy was on breakfast duty and reported that he was eating great. “In fact he ate three bowls of yogurt every single day! He loves this stuff you bought.”
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Cooking Motivation

by bkhoury on August 07, 2009

Maybe it's the lazy, hazy days of August, or maybe it's the fact that I am pregnant and getting bigger by the day, but sometimes my cooking motivation just goes down the tubes. Inevitably though, my laziness backfires. We don't eat as healthfully and the whole family always seems slightly unsatisfied, requiring more snacks and "searching for something" in the fridge. Even William doesn't eat as well as usual. We also end up spending a lot more money by running to the grocery store for a last minute meal,or worse, the take-out joint.
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Summer Travel Tips

by bkhoury on June 19, 2009

Remember when you could go to a restaurant and actually eat your food? When traveling, you have days and days of eating out. So how to survive? We recently got back from a five day trip and I need a vacation from my vacation! After a few break downs (William, not me thankfully) and a miserable plane ride home, of course I came up with a few tips for this new way of life. I hope you can learn from my mistakes! Read More

Encouraging Your Child to Eat Meat

by bkhoury on June 02, 2009

After struggling all this time, I finally had a break through with William these past few weeks. He started gobbling up meat! Ok, so I “doctored” it up a little bit, but we’ve come a long way from the immediate throwing it on the floor rejection scenario. At his 12 month well visit he was border line anemic, so getting enough iron in him through meat has been in the back of my mind a lot. Read More

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