GET READY FOR GOOD NUTRITION IN NOVEMBER! 3 TIPS TO GET YOUR PICKY EATERS TO EAT THE VEGGIES THEIR BODIES NEED
It might seem strange that November — when millions of Americans gather around the dinner table to show gratitude through lavish Thanksgiving feasts — has recently been dubbed Good Nutrition Month. But it’s true; now is the time to pay extra attention to the nutrients your body needs to maintain its healthy state through the new year. While mindful eating is a habit families know they should practice year-round, once the holiday season kicks into full gear, it becomes much easier to overlook. With colder weather keeping you inside, the cravings for heartier meals and delicious baked goods leave parents struggling to encourage their picky eaters to consume anything nutritious. If you’re finding it more difficult than usual to convince your child to eat their greens, here are some tips to keep in mind! 1. LET THEM HELP. If your child has grown out of the toddler stage and is still resistant to eating their vegetables, child psychologists say you should have them help with the cooking process. The excitement and anticipation that comes with getting to prepare the vegetables can encourage kids to try a couple bites during dinnertime. 2. CHEESE IT UP! Cheese can undoubtedly make veggies more appealing for your little ones. When making their favorite mac ‘n’ cheese dish, consider adding broccoli and peas to the sauce. The cheese will mask most of the veggie flavor, and your kids won’t care
as much! Another option for really picky eaters is to purée vegetables, like sweet potatoes, into the cheese sauce. The bright orange color will mask the inclusion, ensuring your little one gets a good share of fiber-rich nutrients while being none the wiser. 3. GET ‘BEEFY’ WITH YOUR VEGGIES. If your kids are fans of meat-based pasta sauces, meatballs, or sloppy Joes, you can substitute some of the ground beef with finely chopped mushrooms. Since the meaty texture of the tasty fungi is similar to ground beef, it’ll be hard for kids to notice the difference. Riced cauliflower can also be mistaken for tender ground beef when cooked in darker sauces and gravies.
While it can be frustrating to negotiate with a picky eater, especially during the holidays, don’t lose hope. Try out these three tasty tips and observe Good Nutrition Month with a little more ease.
DON’T LET YOUR LEFTOVERS GO TO WASTE HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR THANKSGIVING MEAL
LUNCH IDEAS If you still have the turkey carcass, you can use it to create your own stock for soup. Add in some spices, noodles, and leftover vegetables and you have a lunch option your family can enjoy for several days. Another great lunch option is a post-Thanksgiving sandwich. Start by spreading cranberry sauce on two bread slices, then add turkey, stuffing, and even mashed potatoes to get the most out of those leftovers! DINNER IDEAS When it comes to creating dinner ideas with your leftovers, you can’t go wrong with a hearty bowl of chili or a big helping of casserole. If you’re starting to feel tired of the prototypical Thanksgiving flavors, you could take any leftover ham or turkey and transform them into a burrito or enchilada dish to vary the tastes.
If you decided to host Thanksgiving dinner at your house this year, chances are you spent quite a bit of time (and money) preparing a meal that your family and friends would love. Unfortunately, being the person who takes on the responsibility of hosting the event often means being left with extra food and no place to store it. In fact, according to government data, Americans throw away roughly $165 billion in uneaten food every year, and approximately $293 million of that waste will happen during Thanksgiving. During a time when 1 in 8 Americans struggle to find food, finding ways to reduce the amount of food thrown away this Thanksgiving is more important than ever. Here are some ideas to help you put those leftovers to good use this year!
DESSERT IDEAS Being stuck with a handful of Thanksgiving pies sounds like a good problem to have, but with no
BREAKFAST IDEAS While it might seem like a strange concept initially, many of the staple Thanksgiving dishes can be repurposed to make delicious breakfast items. You can mix your leftover sweet potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, and turkey with eggs to make a nice breakfast hash or frittata. You could also use any leftover cranberry dishes as topping for fluffy pancakes.
place to store them, they can go to waste quickly. The best way to use them in a timely manner is to have a family milkshake night. Each milkshake is made with a few scoops of ice cream, milk, and a slice of pie!
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