I hope you all made it though Halloween and are enjoying the extra hour of sleep you gained! I had a crazy week with my last day of work. But now I have a little more time. And at least some of that time will be spent in the kitchen and blogging.
We are taking family pictures on Monday by the beach, so will be going out to dinner that night. On Tuesday, I’m going to be trying to perfect a meat lasagna for Italian night and it’s minestrone for soup night on Thursday. And who can resist Kale pesto pita pizzas with bacon for a Friday??
As usual, for more meal plan ideas, check out Org Junkie.
What’s Cooking This Week
Monday: Eat out
Tuesday: Lasagna and a salad (inspired by this recipe)
Wednesday: Kids’ Choice
Thursday: Tuscon Minestrone soup with cheesy bread
More from Cooking Light
How Halloween went down in our house
Halloween kind of snuck up on me this year. What’s interesting is we didn’t really have any parties before the big day. Little D had a dress up day at his preschool on Wednesday and got some candy, but that was about it.
I feel like the kids were much less focused on candy this year. Little D did wake up on Thursday saying he wanted one of his treats, so I packed a fun size Snickers as part of his snack. My mother-in-law said he only ate half of the Snickers and then wanted the rest of what I packed for his snack.
Before our usual trick or treating we stopped by a friend’s place where the kids played some games, trying to eat apples hanging down at the end of a string (my friend made this up instead of bobbing for apples). After that, we drove 5 minutes to my mother-in-law’s where the kids went up and down the street trick or treating.
When we got back to her house, we checked out the loot. Little D tried another Snickers and had the same response and went straight for a Hershey bar and a small Kit Kat. I asked him: “Do you want more or want to save it for tomorrow?” He answered “save it.”
Big A ate a candy bar and few other pieces and just kind of stopped with no declaration. We went home and the next day there wasn’t a peep about candy. I had them pick some pieces for dessert as we were going to a high school football game after dinner.
Saturday came and not a peep about the candy and we were running around so much I didn’t bring it up as an option. Big A is in charge of her stash in her room….there it sits.
On Sunday I gave them the option of ice cream for dessert or some of their candy and they wanted ice cream.
Maybe it’s that both me and my husband are neutral about candy or the kids are getting older or grandma is still doing her job. Either way, I like their carefree attitude towards candy.
FNCE, News and Links
Jill and I were at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference (FNCE) in Houston a couple of weeks ago promoting Fearless Feeding. We spent Sunday at the product marketplace getting the word out about the book. It was great to meet with so many dietitians, many who didn’t know about the book. We shipped 100 books and all were sold by the end of the day!
As for news, the Chicago Tribune wrote about a new study published in the journal Obesity, finding that certain meal rituals decrease obesity risk in adults and children. These rituals included eating without the TV on and in a designated place like the kitchen table. Having meaningful talks with children during dinner and saying grace were associated with lower BMIs in the adults. It’s refreshing to see research examining these other important aspects of childhood nutrition.
I was very excited to get my original post published on the Huffington Post: 10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Child About Food. I will be contributing regular blog posts so stay tuned.
On WebMD’s real life nutrition, I write about the problem with BMI screenings in schools (aka Fat Letters). The real problem is what parents will do with the information without the right support. Research shows the actions parents take to control their child’s weight often do more harm than good.
On She Knows, I highlight 10 nutritious and tasty foods to serve during the holidays with links to recipes, so check it out.
Because I didn’t have much time to look around at FNCE, I enjoyed reading Janet Helm’s review of the nutrition and trends she spotted.
Well, that’s it for now. Let me know how you are doing in the comments!