Archives for July 2012

5 Secrets of Successful Feeding (recipe: Summer Vegetable Slow-cooker Lasagna)

Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD is a mom of two, registered dietitian, and co-creator of the Fearless Feeding Community in preparation for her first book due out next year. Maryann is also founder and creator of Raise Healthy Eaters and blogs at WebMD’s Real Life Nutrition.
Welcome, Maryann!

As parents, we often define feeding success by the number of foods children eat, especially healthy items.  Not only is this definition of success limited, it leaves most parents filled with guilt because children are still learning about food.

As a dietitian and family nutrition expert, I want to introduce you to a whole new way at looking at successful feeding by sharing 5 secrets.  This outlook will not only empower you, it just might make you a more confident feeder.

1. Think of your child as a future adult.

How and what parents feed children has a lasting impact on how they will eat into adulthood. For example, if food is constantly used as a reward, children are much more likely to reward themselves with food as an adult.  If they are always being nagged to eat veggies, they probably won’t choose veggies when out on their own.

Always think about how the way you feed today impacts your child for life, when they are making choices on their own.

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blackberry cheesecake popsicles

Blackberry Lime Cheesecake Popsicles

blackberry cheesecake popsicles

Written by Katie of GoodLife Eats.

It has been hot here in Colorado. Hotter than we anticipated before we moved here, but everyone assures me that this isn’t normal. To compensate we have been spending a lot of time at our neighborhood pool, not cooking a lot, and drinking as much water as possible.

Weeks ago, as temperatures soared over 100 degrees F, I knew that we needed to add “make homemade popsicles” to our summer to-do list. I kept putting the task off and forgetting about it as we got busy with our new summer routine and settling in a new place.

Well, I finally got my act together after ordering a fun new popsicle moldOn top of my list of recipes to try was something creamy coupled with something fresh and fruity. These Blackberry Lime Cheesecake Popsicles fit the bill! I was glad to get something done from our summer to-do list. We’ll certainly be experimenting with more flavors and enjoying them with our beautiful Colorado Sunsets.

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Garden Grow: Summer update from my backyard

If you popped ’round to visit me, it wouldn’t be long before we wandered into the back yard and over to the garden. It has the ability to draw you in, to sit on its edge and breathe in the deep scent of its basil.

Welcome to a brief visual tour of my garden. It’s nourished, but neglected, wild, yet still yielding. Every year is a learning experience, with mistakes and triumphs both recorded by hand in a little journal. I don’t consider myself a gardener, but my love for tender new lettuce leaves, sweet baby carrots, and fresh herbs in abundance drives me to plant every spring.

Here’s where those seeds took me this year.

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Weekend Links: Canning Week wrap-up & giveaway winners

The lateness of this weekend link love is indicative of our sloooow summer pace these days. Danny is off work for a two-week stay-cation and I’m thrilled to have him around after feeling continually behind on everything since Clara’s arrival.

Although I joke about giving him the weekend before dropping the ‘To-Do’ list on him, I really hoping he’ll get a chance to relax. As for me, I’m off to Big Summer Potluck on Friday, with Clara in tow. Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about that meet-up with friends.

Hey, Canning Week was fun! I’m feeling like I have done due diligence with summer fruits and am (deep breath) ready for tomatoes…and apples…and the bounty of fall.

We have a few giveaway winners!

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Canning Week: Zucchini-Pepper Sweet Relish

Relish has always been the squeeze bottle I avoided on the condiment table. With its iridescent green chunks and watery pea-green liquid:  Non, merci. However, today’s recipe for homemade Zucchini-Pepper Sweet Relish is an entirely different garnish from that one.

Once again, I put my pickling in the hands of an expert and followed a recipe from Marisa’s Food in Jars. I loved the absolute pile of produce that went into the making of the relish and the terrific yield – 10  1/2 pint jars (which is the size I used). With one batch, I  stocked my pantry, as well as gifted a few jars to my little sister who just moved into a new apartment.

Other perks to this recipe are its dead simple method, as well as the relatively short ingredient list. Ready to get canning?

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