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Hurray, It’s Meatless Monday! Two Simple Rules For Cooking Fish Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence.

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on June 03, 2013

At Healthy Kids Co., we love a juicy burger as much as anyone, but recommend replacing at least one meal a week with a meatless option. 

Try to remember this by committing to "Meatless Mondays." One obvious place to start is with fish. Fish is a great health food when prepared properly, but cooking fish intimidates many of us—not just fish phobics. It shouldn’t!

A few simple rules will help you confidently cook fish and start making it more. Even if you don’t like fish, you should make it for your family so they develop a taste for this heart healthy food! Fish cooks much faster than meat or chicken. Because fish only requires short marinating times to flavor (unlike meat, lengthy marinades to tenderize are never needed), it is perfect for busy weekday dinners.

Most fish can be prepared quickly and easily. Here is a primer for buying and preparing fish.

Strawberry Fields Forever… A Fresh from the Field Strawberry Shortcake Recipe!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on May 29, 2013

Nothing is better than strawberry shortcake bursting with ripe, "just picked" berries!

 

You might have a memory of this classic dessert from childhood. Now is the time to get in the kitchen and create some new memories with your family!

In many parts of the country we are approaching peak strawberry season, so this is the perfect time to think about heading to a "U pick" farm to gather a couple of quarts of fresh picked berries with your family. Just be sure to pick an extra quart, as this one won't make it home!

 

Most strawberries planted for self pick farms are harvested in June, so now is the perfect time. But if you are lucky, you can find local strawberries May through August!

Over Memorial Day I found fresh picked strawberries at a local farm and I made this with my family. Let's just say my husband had more than two desserts that night, but who's watching? 

 

Carrots, the orange power food: Orange you glad they’re so good for you?

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on April 16, 2013

   

Carrots win the popularity contest of root vegetables, especially with children and Bugs Bunny! This is lucky because carrots are a terrific source of carotene, which is not found in other root vegetables. Carotene becomes vitamin A when absorbed by the cells in the intestine and is essential for good health. Other super foods, like spinach, broccoli and zucchini actually have more carotene, but carrots have the advantage of being inexpensive and more widely available.

Mighty Beans To The Rescue: Why adding beans to your family’s diet is so important for good health.

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on April 08, 2013

    

If beans were superheroes, their name would be MIGHTY BEANS because they provide so many health and nutritional benefits. Beans are a low glycemic (low GI foods are slowly digested and absorbed, resulting in more stable blood sugar levels), energy sustaining complex carbohydrate. They are an excellent source of protein, essential vitamins, minerals, and soluble dietary fiber. Because they are low in calories, fat and sodium, beans can even help with weight loss or weight management!  

Tips for Cooking with Kids: All ages can enjoy family time in the kitchen so get cooking together!

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on February 25, 2013

The best way to teach kids about healthy living is by living healthy.

An important part of a healthy lifestyle is eating well and this includes home cooked meals. Normal child development involves imitating role models. Parents are the most influential role models and when kids see a parent cooking, they want to participate. This sends a very powerful message about the importance of eating healthy. It also helps children develop a preference for wholesome, homemade food over processed food. In fact, when kids help prepare a meal they are more likely to sample and enjoy it, the first important step in expanding a child’s food repertoire.

 

Let’s hear a cheer for soup! Tomato soup is good for the soul.

by Jennifer A. Gardner, M.D. on February 22, 2013

   

Soup is a great choice for lunch or dinner any day of the week.

A cold winter day and a hot bowl of soup. Just the thought is comforting and warming this time of year. Soup evokes strong feelings of being nurtured and loved, and the delicious aroma of soup simmering on the range is sure to stimulate young appetites. It is no wonder why most kids love soup...