How to Eat Better at Buffets

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Buffets are loaded with lots of food. Where to begin? Diners often feel they need to sample a little of everything. But this leads to heaping platefuls of food. And this adds to weight and health problems.

Being selective matters. But it’s not the easiest to accomplish, so here are some pointers:

Start with fresh green vegetables and juicy fruits. Make this your greatest portion of the meal. Find the different greens: spinach, romaine lettuce, leafy greens, and carrots, peas, and other. Top with only a small amount of a light olive oil dressing, or better yet, taco dressing or other less fatty dressing. Fruits are so colorful and tasty – add the apple, orange, strawberries, melon, berries, peaches, kiwi, and other fresh fruits. Use as a dessert, if desired. These are the food products where you’ll get your most plentiful and best vitamins and carbohydrates, as well as other nutrients.

Minimize animal-based products. Studies indicate that the lower the percentage of animal-based foods that are consumed, the greater the health benefits. You will still be getting your protein through green plant foods.

Are there any cooked vegetables or brown rice or whole wheat pasta dishes? These can be good choices.

Is there a vegetable based soup? This makes a perfect accompaniment.

Nuts and seeds are good in moderation.

Pass on any deep-fried foods and sugar.

Are you feeling deprived with all the other food available? Just like in the grocery store or other restaurants, you can’t eat everything, so be selective. You will still be satisfied, but best of all, you will feel good about yourself and your healthy food choices.

To your health and that of your family,

Lee Jackson

Working toward healthy choices

http://www.healthykidseatingtips.com

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How to Promote Character Values

In order for kids to truly understand concepts related to character development, schools and other programs use various techniques. Activities and events are planned to get students thinking and practicing values such as respect, peace, caring, compassion and other character traits.

Most schools have programs that bring character values into their culture and climate. This may include a school-wide behavior plan, character trait awareness days, specific ways of handling bullying, and other practices to encourage positive choices.

Developing good character traits is a home/school/community/world project. Parents and teachers need to be good role models, just as students need to become role models for kids coming after them. There are many others who can inspire character awareness such as religious leaders, government officials, national figures, and others.

One way of providing an easy exchange of thoughts, feeling, and ideas about values and ethical issues with children is through storybook characters. In the book, Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures, these multicultural characters teach children important character traits. They address topics of self-esteem, prejudice, mutual understanding and respect, rights and responsibilities in a society, and peaceful co-existence.

Listening to the Mukies is an easy-to-read book for children 8 - 12 that reinforces accepted character traits. You can use this link to buy a copy for your child or classroom today.

Secrets of a Blog Writer

I'm at an apple orchard event.

I’ve been writing this blog for the past 3-4 years. I know a little about you – that you’re interested in kids and cooking. But you probably don’t know a whole lot about me because I’m usually on some topic about eating tips and helping kids stay healthy or about Mom’s helping kids stay well – my top passions.

Today I want to include some things you may not know about me. Yes, I’m a long-time blogger, but here are 5 other things about me:

1. I taught high school family and consumer science classes for over 20 years.

2. In my first year of teaching, I taught all the “home ec” classes, biology classes, and PE (physical education) classes.

3. Love apples. Growing up, we had an apple orchard on our farm –  this whetted my appetite for that bountiful fruit.

4. I was a child-recipe-clipper. While my young friends cut out paper dolls, I cut out recipes.

5. I just sent out a large mailing for my apple cookbooks this week. If you’re one of my customers, expect some mail. If you’re not, just email me at Lee at images unlimited pub.com and I’ll send you a charming flyer with all our books illustrated in full color. Be ready for apple season.

I know I’m off topic today but I thought this might be fun – besides, it’s too hot to think too deeply. Please continue to visit  here– share your thoughts and concerns and ask questions. What are some topics  about which you’re needing more information? I’ll try to help by searching for answers. Let me know – I’d love to hear from you.

Best to you and your family,

Lee Jackson
Food Writer
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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Have Organic Foods Lost Their Luster?

Consumers know various food products are loaded with ingredients and chemicals not deemed to be in their best interest. Therefore,

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buying organic has been the food of choice for many. But does “organic” always mean it is pure, locally produced foods from small family farms? Is it much healthier than regular food not labeled this way?

This article takes you behind the scenes of boards who decide what should be considered organic and who makes up those boards. It is rather lengthy but a good overview of the industry. So take some time this week-end and have a look:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/business/organic-food-purists-worry-about-big-companies-influence.html?pagewanted=1&_r=3&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120708

Nothing is ever black and white. We humans like to mix it up a bit. But we use our best judgement and always try to consider the health of our family and our country.

Best to you and yours,

Lee Jackson

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Do You Know What’s in Your Food?

GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM

The GMO situation is heating up but not enough consumers are paying attention. See article on what one mom is doing to help bring about safe food:
http://www.naturalnews.com/036427_GMO_boycott_activists.html

Be sure to bookmark this list of companies with safe seeds:
http://www.hawkeshealth.net/community/showthread.php?t=9375&highlight=heirloom+seeds
It is a Safe Seed Resource List for GM-free seeds.

To your good health and that of your family,

Lee Jackson

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Reflecting on Flavors of Early America this 4th of July

Leafing through Fannie Farmers 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cook Book casts a light on earlier foods and methods of preparing it.

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If you found the following terms in an Early American cookbook, or receipt book, what would it mean? Answers at the bottom.

Match the definitions to the following terms:

A. spider

B. slump

C. hoecake

D. mush

E. love apple

F. trifle

G. chow-chow

H. dropped egg

I. eggs ala goldenrod

J. Kornlet

K. tripe

L. Indian Pudding

M. gruels

N. junkets

You would also find helpful directions on such jobs as

“How to build a fire” and “How to bone a bird” and many others necessary in an early kitchen.

Definitions

1. tomato

2. pickled vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, caulifour, celery, onion heated in a brine for pickling

3. fry pan

4. unleavened Johnny cake made of cornmeal, originally baked on the blade of a hoe over an open fire.

5. dessert dish made from thick or often thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or getatin, and whipped cream arranged in layers.

6. poached

7. stomach part of animal such as oxen or cow prepared as food

8. sweet dumpling mixture dropped onto a boiling sugar and fruit mixture

9. canned green corn pulp. Today’s substitution would be sweet baby corn.

10. custard made basically of sugar and milk.

11. hard boiled eggs in a white sauce served over toast.

12. starch, such as flour or cereal, mixed with liquid

13. corn meal left-over from breakfast and fried.

14. baked mixture of milk, meal, molasses, and seasonings

Are you having any of these foods this 4th of July?

May God bless America on this holiday and every day.

Lee Jackson

Books for kids, families, and parenting professional

http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

A)3; B)8; C)4; D)13; E)1; F)5; G)2; H)6; I)11; J)9; K)7; L)14; M)12; N)10

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What to Eat and How Much?

Who is the decision-maker when it comes to food choices? Is it the school? government? family? children?

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Ground rules for this go something like this:

Parents should have the final word about what foods are bought and used for meals and snacks. It’s the parents who need to make healthy choices about foods for themselves and their family. This is for foods eaten at home or outside the home. It’s important to choose nutritious foods so that the goal for healthy food is met each day.

Buying crispy vegetables and fruits instead of cookies, chips and dips is a better trade-off. You can find already cleaned carrots, green beans, and grape tomatoes ready-to-eat. Add some raw broccoli and there is enough goodness for a salad or snacks for awhile.

The same can be done for fruits. Some require a little more preparation. For example, cutting up apples and oranges and putting them in little plastic bags or glass dishes in the refrigerator takes more time but is worth it.

Within reason, children should decide on the amount of food they want to eat at meals and snacks. Some guidance may be necessary, depending on the age of the children. Some families are concerned about children eating too much, while others worry about children not eating enough.

Always talk with your child about why they are choosing not to eat. Try to keep the communication open about food.

Eating should be a pleasant experience. Food should not be used as a reward or punishment. Make mealtimes an important and essential part of the day.

To your good health and that of your family,

Lee Jackson
Good nutrition advocate
http://www.healthykidseatingtips.com

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12 Food-Related Kids Projects

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Here are 12 fun, food-related projects you and your children can work on this summer. This will help them further explore their interest in food and cooking. Who knows, your children’s skills and enthusiasm for working with food may be taken to another level.

Children can:

  • begin a food journal by listing favorite foods. Include best food and holiday memories.
  • plan certain meals or menus for a week, then note results in journal.
  • collect favorite recipes and create own cookbook.
  • take a field trip to the farmers market with family.
  • grow radishes, green onions, and/or lettuce.
  • learn new cooking skill, such as how to cream, whip, or knead.
  • find recipes to try from different cookbooks.
  • make a list of proper table etiquette and include in journal.
  • clip coupons from newspapers and magazines.
  • sketch out the grocery store’s layout to help know where items are located.
  • when shopping, compare organic food prices to other food prices. Discuss advantages and disadvantages.
  • try some dishes with a regional or international flavor.

Here I have included a seafood recipe taken from the cookbook, Cooking Around the Country with Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Food Activities by Amy Houts. Her cookbook shows how different cultures in America came to co-exist, yet continue to celebrate their uniqueness through food. This recipe comes from the section on “Cooking in New England“, which describes the region and includes recipes from the  breads, soups and salads (like Manhattan Clam Chowder), main dishes/meats, vegetables and side dishes (such as Boston Baked Beans), and dessert categories.

Shake and Bake Scallops

1 egg
1 pound fresh scallops or 1 pound package frozen scallops, thawed
2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Butter a 9-by-13-by-2-inch pan. Children can beat egg in a medium-sized bowl. Add scallops and stir until coated with egg. Measure bread crumbs and pour into a gallon-size zip-top plastic bag. Using a slotted spoon, scoop scallops into bag with crumbs. Pour into prepared pan in one layer. Drizzle with butter. Bake for 15 minutes, until lightly browned.

Variation

Peel and chop 1 small onion. Seed, rinse, and chop 1 small green pepper. Rinse and chop 1 rub celery. Saute onion, pepper, and celery in a skillet on medium heat for 5 minutes. After drizzling breaded scallops with butter, top with vegetables. Bake as directed above. Serves 4.

One way to keep children active and interested this summer is through food focused activities. Let this be the start of an engaging summer.

To your health and that of your family,

Lee Jackson, CFCS

http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

Books for kids, families, and parenting professionals

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“Let Freedom Ring”

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Today on Memorial Day we in the USA remember those who have gone before us to defend our freedom. We honor the fallen heroes and

pay them our respects. May our country continue to enjoy freedom, peace, and prosperity.

Unofficially, today also kicks off summer vacation season. I hope, wherever you are, you can spend extra time with family and friends.

If your children need a break from whatever they are doing, why not get them started on some projects in the kitchen with Kids Cooking and Learning Through Food Activities.

This will whet their appetite for more “work” in the kitchen.  Who knows, by the end of summer, they may be super chefs!

To your good health and that of your family,

Lee Jackson, author and nutrition advocate
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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Support the Reading Habit

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Now that school is out, encourage your children to read this summer. Perhaps you can set up a special place for reading and writing in your home. This well-lit spot with lots of books available can become your child’s favorite spot.

Visit the library often and help your child have their own library card. Let them pick out their own books.

Be a good role model for your child. By spending quiet time yourself reading, you are demonstrating its value to your child.

Consider giving books to children as presents and as recognition for special achievements. Birthdays and special events are perfect times to give a child a new book.

Let kids sail off to far-away places this summer through books. Do you remember your favorite books from childhood?

Best to you and your family,

Lee Jackson

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