What I'm Doing Now

Louise - posted on 10/29/2008 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I'm making slow but steady progress on getting my kids (and me) to eat healthier. We have switched to Whole Wheat pasta which is super yum. I started blending veggies into my spaghetti sauces so they couldn't pick stuff out and so I could get more veggies in. I water down their juice and will water it down more and more until we are back to drinking plain water. That's all for now - baby steps. What are somethings you all are doing?

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Quoting Dena:

I think most regular grocery stores should carry flaxseed. Even my little store in my town of 1100 people has it. I usually see it near the hot cereal section. But I'm sure that can vary depending on stores. I usually get the ground flaxseed so it mixes in nicely with the foods.



Flaxseed is an amazingly healthy product.  I just wanted to add that you can get flaxseed oil as well.  Not to be use for cooking but it blends well in salad dressing, sauces and such.  Even as a butter replacement if you are a diehard : )  

Pam - posted on 06/13/2009

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If anyone cooks from scratch whole wheat flour used in some recipies is also a good way to make them a little healthier. For example pizza dough, muffins, tortias.

Stephanie - posted on 06/12/2009

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Quoting Kristine:

I was just wondering what brand of the whole wheat pasta is good? I had tried some a while back but my family really didn't like it. Thanks!


 



Try cooking the whole wheat pasta a little longer than usual.  It helps to soften the texture and maybe will make it more appealing to your family.  I have also found 'thin spaghetti' which cooks more thoroughly.

Louise - posted on 11/07/2008

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I like the President's Choice Brand from the Superstore (that might be a Canadian thing???). I actually like this no-name brand way better than Catelli. I find the Catelli is too gritty. I'm going to look around and try some of the brands that I can buy in bigger boxes since we use so much!

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Since WW noodles do taste different, years back when we were switching over, I just added a few WW to the regular noodles we had used. And then I used a little more each time until we were using all WW noodles. It worked for us. I can't help with what brand tastes best I guess, I just get what is on sale, and don't do a very good job of remembering which brands taste better! Sorry!

Kristine - posted on 11/07/2008

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I was just wondering what brand of the whole wheat pasta is good? I had tried some a while back but my family really didn't like it. Thanks!

Lynn - posted on 11/06/2008

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Dena, I totally agree with you about how some companies want you to believe there products are healthy. My kids are only 3. They split the chicken selects bringing down to about 300 calories and to me it looks like real chicken and not that processed stuff in the nuggets. Again, this is once a week.

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I hate to be a downer, but I like people to know the facts and not be swayed by what sounds healthy, but is not. If you are refering to the McD Chicken Selects when you say chicken tenders, then those are actually the 2nd most unhealthy item on the McD lunch menu. 2nd only to the double quarter pounder with cheese. A 5 piece Chicken Selects has 660 calories, 40 g of fat, and 6 g sat. fat. In comparison, the 6 pc chicken mcnuggets have 280 calories, 17 g of fat and 2 g sat. fat. This also has to do with it being a smaller portion size. Neither are healthy since they are both deep fat fried.



If you had the chicken select in a meal with fries (not counting ketchup) and a soda, you would have a meal worth 1250 calories!



I'm not against eating out, I think fast food places do have some healthy options. I just hate to see when any company tries to market something as healthy when it is not in the least. I think they are all guilty of it. The other day I saw a commercial for new Eggo Swirls and they show 3 moms saying hey want something with nutrition for their kids. That strikes me as an odd thing to say about a fake french toast product with fake jelly and cream cheese in the middle!!

Lynn - posted on 11/05/2008

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Getting back to given only juice that is freshly juiced from the fruit with celery/carrots etc (bananas cover all tastes and carrots are sweet and we also throw in some wheat germ or flax). We changed to whole wheat pizza dough. Switched to sweet potato fries. We do allow ourselves to eat out once a week even if it's mcdonalds but will only get the chicken tenders not chicken nuggets. We are trying to stick to the motto "If the child doesnt eat it then he/she is not that hungry and will eat more later" This was very hard for me to do at the beginning. My daughter would say she isnt hungry then ask for a snack an hour later. I would feel bad because she didnt eat her meal and she would have a big snack often times unhealthy. Now I pack lunches f we are going out and offer her the sandwich every 20 minutes around lunchtime. She tells me she doesnt like turkey or whatever I have for her but then after awhile I see her eating it. That proves 2 1/2 year olds can manipulate to get what they want =) We do give dark chocolate only as a special snack.

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I think most regular grocery stores should carry flaxseed. Even my little store in my town of 1100 people has it. I usually see it near the hot cereal section. But I'm sure that can vary depending on stores. I usually get the ground flaxseed so it mixes in nicely with the foods.

Louise - posted on 11/03/2008

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i heard of flax and wanted to try that but not sure what to look for. do you get it at a regular foodstore or do i have to go to an organic market?

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Yes, I love the WW noodles for spaghetti and also love adding the blended veggies. I don't always add the blended veggies, but what I do when I make spaghetti is use WW noodles, use sauce with low sugar, use ground turkey instead of beef and I also add ground flax seed to the sauce. You can buy a container of ground flax seed from the store and it is full of fiber.lignans and omega-3 fats. You can add it to lots of things and it does not change the flavor. We always add it to our sauces and our oatmeal. You can also add it to pancakes, bread or muffins if you make those.

Lyssa - posted on 11/03/2008

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I really like the whole wheat pasta and I like the idea of blending the veggies into spaghetti, I think I'll try that. As for me, we keep a lot of fruits and vegetables in the house. I'm pregnant now and basically need to eat all the time it seems, so I try to keep the fridge stocked full of fruit and yogurt, so I grab those instead of sweets. One of my downfalls is sugary cereals. I could it all day long. I read some where to take a good healthy cereal with fiber and then sprinkle your sugary cereal on top, so you still get the taste you like, but you get the fiber from the healthier cereal and less calories from the sugary cereal. I don't know if that would work with the kids, but I've tried it and love it.

Louise - posted on 11/02/2008

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yep, instead of or as well as chopped veggies, i have been blending in all sorts of yummy veggies into my sauces using my blender. i've also started blending spinach into our breakfast smoothies. it makes it a funny color, but it tastes good. blueberries make the shake look "normal" but i dont like blueberries :)

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What do you mean blending veggies? In the blender, not in chunks? I have long since watered down juice and soda, and my kids have never been the wiser. I just mentioned on another one that I'm bad about stopping for chicken nuggets and french fries, if only for the playland. Now I try to hit Subway ($5 foot-long special feeds the whole family) or just go home. Other than that, trying to cook from scratch instead of instant meals. Granola bars instead of candy bars. Plain cheerios instead of cocoa puffs. 100% juice instead of koolaid. And sugar-free chocolate syrup instead of the store-bought chocolate milk. That's actually really handy. Good for you for making effort, and good luck.

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