Thursday, May 19, 2022

Clever Ways To Get Kids To Eat Fruits And Vegetables

Most kids have food aversions and are usually reluctant to eat these two main foods: fruits and vegetables. According to data, 93% of children do not consume enough veggies, and 63% fail to eat sufficient fruits at any given period. For many parents, this can be a huge challenge to overcome. The mission to provide kids with essential nutrients can be a struggle. Fortunately, if you haven’t yet explored other options to get your kids munching on more fruits and vegetables, here are some ideas.

  1. Be creative with new recipes

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Texture, taste, color, and flavor are the four main elements determining whether a child will be interested in a new recipe. Research has shown that kids have 10,000 taste buds. This likely contributes to their hard-to-please disposition to certain foods. Thankfully, it’s not all doom and gloom for parents. As long as you are willing to try out new recipes and ready to incorporate fruits and vegetables, it’s an effective plan.

For example, you can try an easy to make zucchini banana bread recipe as a new all-time favorite for kids. The strong banana flavor often combines very well with zucchini, making both the perfect main ingredients for home-baked bread. You can also try apple pancakes with a bit of syrup to stimulate your child’s palate. Another recipe to try is an applesauce dip with bits of shredded carrots. This can be served with fries and chicken. While trying out fruit and vegetable recipes is awesome, you may want to tone down on excessive artificial flavorings. That will likely make your kids lose interest in whatever new recipe you whipped up.

  1. Add fruits and vegetables to existing favorite meals

Have you tried topping it with fruit portions if your child loves cereal? Usually, fruits from the berry family do well with cereals. Moreover, when you use strawberries or blueberries, the color splash on cereal can generate interest. The trick to this technique is to identify your child’s current favorite foods. It can be easy to add a twist when you get that right. As a tip, it helps to start with just a sparse addition of fruits.

Another time, you can add very little diced veggies. Over time, you can increase the quantities with little to no resistance from your young ones. Do not forget to alternate the fruits and vegetables over the months. In the meantime, bear in mind that any drastic change to their favorite foods can turn them off.

  1. Gradually reduce your stock of unhealthy snacks

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When you have kids, there is always the leaning toward snacks like soda, candies, cookies, and chips. For many households, these are instant reward snacks. Aside from the possible sugar rush kids experience after consuming these sweet snacks, they are also unhealthy when consumed frequently and so it may be better to re-strategize. You can start by gradually reducing your stock of unhealthy snacks at home. As you adopt this, consciously replace them with fruits and vegetables.

The trick is to make them visible to generate your child’s interest. For example, oranges, plums, peaches, apples, melons, and tangerines can stay for some days outside the refrigerator. You have nothing to worry about as long as they are kept in a clean bowl in a cool, dry place. Root vegetables can also go a week without refrigeration. It’s all up to you to create child-friendly delicacies from these two food groups.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

How to Help a Family Member Bounce Back After an Injury

When a member of your family gets hurt and suffers an injury, no matter how serious, it’s important that you’re there for them and able to help them through the whole process. You’ll no doubt want to help them bounce back as soon as you possibly can, but how can you do that? That’s what we’re going to talk about today so if you want to help your family member through the process, here’s what to keep in mind.

Offer Emotional Support

First of all, you should try to be there to always offer the level of emotional support they might need from you. Going through an injury can really shake a person and knock their confidence, and they might need someone to talk to and open to about how they’re feeling as they go through their recovery journey. Try to be that person that’s always there for them and offering that emotional support.

Be There for Logistical Support

As well as offering emotional support, there’ll probably be a lot of practical and logistical support that your family member needs to be able to offer as well. If you can be the person that’s there to drive them to appointments and checkups regarding their injury and the recovery process, that’s something that they’ll certainly appreciate. It’s things like this that often matter most to an injured person.

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Take the Pressure Off Them

Taking some of the pressure off them can be done in many ways. If your partner is the person who’s injured, for example, you should make it clear that they can take the time they need to recover and that you’ll take of earning the money you need and taking care of the kids when they need some time to rest. There’s no need for them to feel under pressure all the time.

Ensure They Get the Recovery Support They Require

There are lots of options out there that can help your family member with their recovery process. It might be a good idea to help them with the task of sourcing the additional care that they might need if you feel that it’ll benefit them and ultimately make their recovery faster and healthier. You could help them find something like a short term inpatient rehab facility if such a place will help their recovery.

Remind Them to Take it Slowly

Sometimes, when a person is going through all of this, they need to be reminded of the importance of taking things slowly and not rushing any part of the process. Sure, everyone wants to get back to normal as quickly as possible, but rushing a recovery only ends up leading to problems and recurring issues later on.

It’s not always easy to bounce back to full fitness after sustaining an injury, and it’s not just about the physical challenges that the recovery process represents. So be sure to keep in mind the things discussed above and offer your family member all of the support they need.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Get Ready for the Perfect Movie Night This Weekend When You Bring Dog Home - Available Now on Blu-ray and Digital (Review) #DogMovie

 Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

The misadventure of a lifetime

"Army Ranger Briggs (Channing Tatum) and Lulu (a Belgian Malinois) buckle up for a road trip down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, they’ll drive each other crazy, break a handful of laws, narrowly escape death and learn to let down their guards in order to have a fighting chance of finding happiness."

I am so excited that Dog is now available to own on Blu-ray and Digital, as this was the first movie I took my whole family to when we were able to venture back out to the movie theaters.  We didn't care what we were watching -- just wanted to be able to enjoy our monthly movie night's outs finally. But, we were in for a real treat when this movie started playing.  Being an animal loving family, especially partial to dogs, it was love at first sight seeing Lula, a Belgian Malinois appear on the screen.  And, it wasn't bad watching Channing Tatum as Army Ranger Briggs for a couple hours either. :-)  This family-friendly movie will definitely pull at your heartstrings, so if you easily cry like my youngest daughter and I, you will want to make sure you have tissues handy.

Watch the trailer below to see what this movie is all about, and why you should pick it up and share with your family this weekend for family movie night...


Doesn't this look like an amazing movie?  Not only was the story line great, but the music mixed throughout the film will have you tapping your feet and wanting to sing and dance about.  This is the perfect movie for dog lovers and those who love movies that show the unlikely bond and friendship between man and animal.  We loved this movie when we saw it in theaters, and have been waiting for it to arrive on Blu-ray so that we could watch it again and again.

I know that once you see Dog with your family, you will love it, and want to watch it time and again.  We are so looking forward to movie night this Friday night to watch it again...and, then probably again over the weekend. :-)

 Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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