- Mon, Sep 9, 2013 1:23 PM EDT | Comments
There are great school lunch ideas are all over the place this time of year, but it's always boiled down to the fact that I still have to make it every. single. day. I end up making the same thing: sandwich with fruit on the side, sorry kids. But this year, I decided to hand the duty over to the kids and get them excited about making their own lunches. We started by brainstorming our favorite simple lunches, followed by a list of ingredients for our grocery store trip. I took both kids to the store, each with a mini cart, and we walked up and down the aisles in search of our lunch necessities and brought home our loot. Each day I set the kids free in the kitchen to prepare their lunches and get the tools needed. They did everything from slicing bread to washing veggies and clean-up too, with very minimal help from me. They enjoy having more responsibility and mixing up what they eat each day. I like that they have more independence and still eat healthy. Click through for 8 healthy lunches your kids can make themselves! -By Macki Cay Loma
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- Babble.com | Back To School | Fri, Sep 6, 2013 11:07 AM EDT | Comments
Like many children, my son is friendly with the kids in his classroom. Unlike many children, those are his only friends.
Max has cerebral palsy and cognitive impairment, due to a stroke at birth; he attends a school for kids with special needs. The lack of typically-developing friends doesn't bother Max, who is not yet conscientious of it. It bothers me. Max is a super-friendly, fun kid who deserves lots of different friends-and lots of friends deserve him.
Of course, my friends' children hang with him when they visit. One of my best friends has arranged playdates with her daughter who's around Max's age, though she lives an hour away. The neighborhood kids are friendly when everyone's playing outside, but that's as far as it goes. Their moms have never reached out to me and vice versa, although I know I should take that first step. Friendship would benefit all our children, as a new study reveals.
A study of 1520 children ages 7 to 16 found that those who regularly interacted with pe...Read More »
- Good Housekeeping | Back To School | Wed, Sep 4, 2013 10:16 AM EDT | CommentsBake a pan of these snacks and you'll never go back to the boxed stuff. They're super-easy and fun to make with kids. One brand uses almost as many nuts as we do, but a 12-bar box is $30! Our tray of 18 costs only $6 - and it's a whole lot tastier.
Yields: 18 granola bars
Total Time: 50 min
Prep Time: 15 min
Oven Temp: 325
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- 2 cup(s) old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup(s) toasted wheat germ
- 3/4 cup(s) chopped walnuts
- 3/4 cup(s) dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoon(s) packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
- 1/2 cup(s) honey
- 1/2 cup(s) vegetable oil
- 2 large egg whites
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1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray 13" by 9" metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line pan with foil, with ends extending 2 inches over short sides of pan; spray foil.
2. In glass pie plate, spread oats; microwave on High, in 1-minute increments, 4 to 5 minutes or until fragr...Read More »
- Bon Appétit Magazine | Back To School | Fri, Sep 6, 2013 10:50 AM EDT | Comments
If you have a child in elementary school, chances are you know about food allergies and how they're handled in a cafeteria. The reign of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches is over, and notoriously difficult-to-open cartons of milk can't even be replaced by almond or soy milk. Sigh.
We know food allergies are serious (your humble writer has a tree nut allergy), and parents should check with schools before sending kids into the classroom with any of the 8 most common reaction-inducing foods for kids. But we've come up with the lunch you should never, EVER, bring into the modern food-allergy-filled school, no matter how much your child loves shellfish, eggs, or peanut butter. But first, some information about the Big Bad 8.
*Note: Children allergic to these ingredients can have symptoms as mild as a rash or as serious as anaphylaxis. We repeat: we are VERY serious about food allergies.
PEANUTS: Peanut allergies in kids have more than tripled in the U.S. since 1997. And ...Read More »
- Epicurious.com | Back To School | Fri, Sep 6, 2013 2:49 PM EDT | Comments
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There may be no more appropriate resource for a special first-night-of-school dinner menu than Oakland's adorable Homeroom, the classroom-themed restaurant devoted to the art and science of mac and cheese. The owners of Homeroom have an appealing new cookbook out this month, The Mac and Cheese Cookbook. Homeroom offers ten or so different mouthwatering variations on mac and cheese at a time, with seasonally rotating sides and desserts, and, most exciting for us grownups, wine and beer pairings to complement all the smoky, cheesy, gooey goodness. The cookbook of...Read More »