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BernardandMissBianca
06-18-2007, 06:29 PM
I'm asking here since I don't frequent the cooking forum.

I'm pulling the kids off red and yellow dye this summer, there have been several parents at the local schools talking about the behavioral changes in kids with these foods so we are trying it out. So no M&M's, fruit snacks, gummie whatevers, etc....

I'm loading up on fruits and veggies but what else is there?
I can only come up with popcorn, sad I know but I can't think of anything. At school they always had fruit snacks or granola bars. Anyone ever make their own granola bars?


TIA!!

vanyel
06-18-2007, 07:07 PM
how about nuts, raisins, peanut butter?

aroyer
06-18-2007, 07:13 PM
We are trying to go more healthy as well. Just came to this conclusion yesterday, so I too would like to see what everyone comes up with. My kids really like fresh fruit, so we are in luck there. We used to get by with popcorn, but DD announced last night that she no longer liked popcorn. :confused3 All I can figure is that we had just told her no more fruit snacks and she was going to be stubborn on popcorn. Who knows.

aroyer
06-18-2007, 07:17 PM
Ok, sorry to post twice in a row. I just looked through the pantry and read some labels. How about whole grain Goldfish and all natural applesauce?

hopemax
06-18-2007, 07:34 PM
Unsalted sunflower seeds, string cheese.

daisyduck123
06-18-2007, 07:37 PM
pretzels, ritz crackers?

Dreamer & Wisher
06-18-2007, 07:39 PM
My kids like Stacey's baked pita chips dipped in peanut butter or hummus dip. string cheese is always a big hit.

Carrot sticks and celery sticks are good.

Yogurt is a good snack we like stoneyfield farms brand.

Faerie
06-18-2007, 07:48 PM
a favorite snack from my weight watchers days:

a low fat cinnamon graham cracker broken in half. Two teaspoons of fat free cool whip, make sandwich and freeze. so YUMMY

aroyer
06-18-2007, 07:50 PM
a favorite snack from my weight watchers days:

a low fat cinnamon graham cracker broken in half. Two teaspoons of fat free cool whip, make sandwich and freeze. so YUMMY


YUM- we are definitely trying that.

YodasMom
06-18-2007, 08:07 PM
Apple slices dipped in natural peanut butter....almost has a carmel apple taste. It's addicting!

Frozen fat free Cool Whip (tastes like ice cream) on top of stawberries, raspberries, blueberries or other fruit with a tablespoon of granola on top.

piratesmate
06-18-2007, 08:22 PM
Years ago no one knew about ADHD - they just called it being "hyperactive". There was one child in my class who was quite the "live wire" but when his doctor diagnosed him as hyperactive, the father refused to allow him to be put on drugs. The mother got the book about the "Feingold diet" and one of the things they talked about was red dye. The other big thing I remember being a problem was preservatives, which oddly enough I found the preservatives were causing me major headaches.

I was teaching in a small private school & the principal had this thing about allowing the children to have snacks throughout the day. To avoid my little live wire sharing snacks others brought I started keeping a dish of "gorp" on my desk....dried fruit & nut mix basically. It actually went over really well with all of the kids...especially if it had chocolate bits or carob bits in it!

And yes - I noticed a really big change in this particular child's behavior without the dyes & preservatives.

I did make my own granola back then, but I can't even remember how I did it! I'll go back & look through some of my cookbooks.

Other snacks? Chex Mix (home made, not the store kind), peanut butter (we used natural back then - just peanuts & salt - I don't know about regular store bought) on apples/graham crackers/pretzels/rice cakes, baby carrots/celery/broccoli/bell peppers & dip, hummus & pita... Oh - fruit leather...again I dried my own. Frozen Bing cherries (pitted) & blueberries make a nice treat too - but they'll stain.

I also made Knox Blocks (like the Jello Jigglers, but with Knox gelatin & juice. For us, the big thing was everything was made at home - but I didn't have my own kids. It takes a lot of time to do it. At the grocery store it was up the produce aisle, across the meat section, down the dairy aisle & out the store. I even made my own bread. But I got rid of my headaches. ;) Of course that's not the end result you're after, so you don't need to go as crazy as I did!

ddavis860
06-18-2007, 08:55 PM
We are big on the apple slices with the PB. I heat it up in the microwave to make a PB dip...they love it, and make sure they scrape it all of the plate.

BernardandMissBianca
06-18-2007, 10:01 PM
The kids love hummus and it's on sale this week so I'm getting that. And the cool whip sandwiches sounds yummy!!

Mom has a kid in her day care that is like jekyll and hyde when he has red dye. He can actually feel himself change and you can see it in his face. The other day we had M&M's and the kids were really good before they had them but monsters after.

I need to read the cereal labels too. I know a lot of that stuff has red dye.

Lisa
06-19-2007, 08:53 AM
Watch the red dye in OTC meds. DD goes bonkers when she has cherry cough syrup, benedryl, etc.

I love the cool whip sandwiches. Another good ww recipe. A box of spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin. Mix together and make mini muffins. You didn't know I was such a good cook, eh, Buffy? ;) LOL

ddavis860
06-19-2007, 09:26 AM
My experience with red dye...

My DS19 has been getting migraines since he was an infant. I knew from early on that there was something in the red dye that was effecting him. The polio oral has red dye in it...within an hour of my baby getting that thing, he was crying uncontrollably. This was a happy baby who never cried, so I knew there was something wrong. I called the Dr...their answer was a reaction to the shots, normal. Then he got sick, and it was the polio stuff...I called again...not normal, but was OK. The thing was, after he got sick, he was OK...dye was out and in a little while he was sweet and happy again.

So, I started wondering about the dye, and the tylenol has it...every time I gave it to him, he was headache, crying, got sick and was fine... Let me tell you, it is really sad when your little boy comes to you saying "boo-boo head, boo-boo head", just broke my heart!

There are dye free pain relievers now, which is really good. DS doesn't get the headaches as much now, but he also knows to stay away from "red" that isn't natural...

TPCShauna
06-19-2007, 08:38 PM
I only allow healthy snacks for Girl Scout meetings. We do cheese and crackers, popcorn, string cheese, pita chips and/or baby carrots with hummus, friendship trail mix (with peanuts, chow mein noodes, pretzels, dried apple chips, chocolate chips, dried banana slices, rice crackers and sometimes marshmallows), plain pretzels, granola with fresh yogurt, frozen grapes, and pita bread with Laughing Cow cheese wedges.

We also make our own fruit leather (fun for the kids). For one of our badges, we had to make a bunch of things out of food. We made banana trees with 1/2 bananas, grapes, strawberries, lettuce and pineapple rings and a couple of other fun things. We also made peanut butter "dough" that the girls could mold into fun shapes and then eat.

Let me know if you need any recipes.

BernardandMissBianca
06-19-2007, 11:31 PM
so eating healthy bites...... the wallet that is!!! 280 dollars later! OY!!!
But that will last til the end of the month, knock on wood.

Keep the ideas coming!!! I love them all!

AlexWyattMommy
06-20-2007, 08:39 AM
so eating healthy bites...... the wallet that is!!! 280 dollars later! OY!!!
But that will last til the end of the month, knock on wood.

Keep the ideas coming!!! I love them all!

Tell me about it.
You all inspired me to do something about our decidely unhealthy eating. Besides giving up Happy Meals this week, so I went grocery shopping and $126 later I have enough for maybe this week into next.

BernardandMissBianca
06-20-2007, 09:54 AM
Well after being on steroids for the poison ivy I have hit the magic # that I swore I never would so I am recommitting myself to to change the way we all eat. McDonalds is out for the summer for more than one reason ;) Funny thing is too, the kids have not complained a bit about what I bought. Go figure!

AlexWyattMommy
06-20-2007, 10:09 AM
Mine are like that today too.
The one actually wants more yogurt. :confused3 Who knew?

mrs.beast
06-21-2007, 06:54 PM
My kids are not on the Feingold, but we only eat all natural foods. their website has lists of brands that are all natural (no artificial colors, sugars, preservatives, or flavors as well as other things -nitrates etc) we also love trader joes and whole foods. everything at whole foods is all natural. also there are websites that sell everything you can think of as all natural (we have found cotton candy, lollipops, gum, you name it) I cannot link the sites i know of, but PM me if you are interested.

ksjayhawks
06-21-2007, 07:24 PM
I just took a class on brain-based foods and healthier diets in relation to kids in school and in our own personal life. The presenter also gave us a list of some things that we should not waste our money on buying organic. I am not at home, but when I get back, I will find the list and post it.

Here is a website the presenter gave us. The links to Chef Ann are good.

www.angrymoms.org

Here is a web site I found. I haven't had a chance to really go over it, but it seems to have some good info:

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/T040400.asp

BernardandMissBianca
06-21-2007, 11:17 PM
My kids are not on the Feingold, but we only eat all natural foods. their website has lists of brands that are all natural (no artificial colors, sugars, preservatives, or flavors as well as other things -nitrates etc) we also love trader joes and whole foods. everything at whole foods is all natural. also there are websites that sell everything you can think of as all natural (we have found cotton candy, lollipops, gum, you name it) I cannot link the sites i know of, but PM me if you are interested.

I wish we had a Whole foods and Trader Joes closer but the only ones I saw were in Mass by my brothers school. And now that he has graduated I won't be there anymore. :sad1:
We had the coolest place called Harry's in GA, it was a lot like whole foods. I miss that place soooo much. Fresh veggies and fruit, great meat, excellent wines. etc....

I just took a class on brain-based foods and healthier diets in relation to kids in school and in our own personal life. The presenter also gave us a list of some things that we should not waste our money on buying organic. I am not at home, but when I get back, I will find the list and post it.

Here is a website the presenter gave us. The links to Chef Ann are good.

www.angrymoms.org

Here is a web site I found. I haven't had a chance to really go over it, but it seems to have some good info:

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/T040400.asp

I don't really do a lot of organic foods. I think as long as you know where the food is coming from and what's in it you'll be ok.
We are trying to get a garden in but the dingbat grandson of the guy who is supposed to be tilling is just stupid. He is doing a 20 x 20 space with a hand tiller. He broke the tiller the first day he was here. Tomorrow I call the grandpa again. This time he'd better get over here with the tractor and do it himself!
Sorry, venting here.

I am also doing those prepared meal things where the store buys all the food and you put it together there and take it home and freeze it. It was really good!! The lady that owns the one we go to, Quick Cuisine's in Clinton CT, buys organic when she can and only from local farmers and butchers. The price was pretty good too, $118 for 6 meals with 6 servings each. It works out to be about $3-4 per serving and all I have to do is throw it in the oven and make a few sides.

BernardandMissBianca
06-21-2007, 11:36 PM
I just took a class on brain-based foods and healthier diets in relation to kids in school and in our own personal life. The presenter also gave us a list of some things that we should not waste our money on buying organic. I am not at home, but when I get back, I will find the list and post it.

Here is a website the presenter gave us. The links to Chef Ann are good.

www.angrymoms.org

Here is a web site I found. I haven't had a chance to really go over it, but it seems to have some good info:

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/T040400.asp

Zipped through the links quickly, I have to say for the angry moms one, our school has one of the best lunch programs in the state. We are on a contract with the state to serve only healthy foods, no vending machines, candy, etc... Kids can bring it into the school but the school can not serve it. We (PTO) are also not allowed to sell food i.e. baked goods, food in fundraisers etc unless the parents pick it up. We are also the only school in our area that offers 3 choices everyday. My only beef is that pizza is on the menu everyday but it is whole grain dough low fat cheese and sauce. I just don't let the kids pick it every day. We sit down every 2 weeks and go over the menu, I write on the slip what # they pick and the cafeteria guy sets it up in the morning so the staff only makes what is on the slip or what the other kids pick that morning.

As for the DR Sears, I'm happy to report that we eat most of the good stuff on the list! YAY for me! :cool1:
We do not drink fruit juices other than OJ because DS6 is allergic to fruit juice, he can have the fruit just not the juice. Weird I know. Try explaining that to the school every year. :rolleyes: Parties are the worst! All the moms bring in Hawaiian Punch. So I send him with Stop and Shop flavored water. He loves it! And there are no calories, sugar, or sodium! And I buy milk from a local dairy farm and they do not use growth hormones. And to boot it's delivered, yep I have a milk man! LOL

WHEW good to know I am already on the right track. There are a few things I need to tweak but over all we are in good shape!

aprilvaca04
06-22-2007, 07:09 AM
My kids are not on the Feingold, but we only eat all natural foods. their website has lists of brands that are all natural (no artificial colors, sugars, preservatives, or flavors as well as other things -nitrates etc) we also love trader joes and whole foods. everything at whole foods is all natural. also there are websites that sell everything you can think of as all natural (we have found cotton candy, lollipops, gum, you name it) I cannot link the sites i know of, but PM me if you are interested.

I wish we had a Trader Joes up here in Maine. The closet is Massachusetts so when my husband goes down for business we ask him to stop by and grab a few of our favorites. Same thing for when we visit family in NY.

Database
06-27-2007, 02:58 PM
I've made these peanutbutter cookies b/c DH has celiac disease.

Recipe:
2 cup organic peanut butter
2 cup organic sugar
1 egg (I get the omega-3 eggs)(sometimes I add an extra egg white to increase moisture.

They're absolutely addicting! I haven't made them in several months b/c we packed on a couple pounds! We try freezing them in individual serving snack baggies. But still found we had no self control.

I used to think that the organic/pure stuff was a bunch of hooey. But we noticed a change in flavor with a few products?

The omega-3 eggs have increased level of lutein which is good for macular health. An initial study (sorry no link) seemed to indicate that having one omega-3 egg/ day didn't increase the level of cholesterol.

BernardandMissBianca
06-27-2007, 05:17 PM
I've made these peanutbutter cookies b/c DH has celiac disease.

Recipe:
2 cup organic peanut butter
2 cup organic sugar
1 egg (I get the omega-3 eggs)(sometimes I add an extra egg white to increase moisture.

They're absolutely addicting! I haven't made them in several months b/c we packed on a couple pounds! We try freezing them in individual serving snack baggies. But still found we had no self control.

I used to think that the organic/pure stuff was a bunch of hooey. But we noticed a change in flavor with a few products?

The omega-3 eggs have increased level of lutein which is good for macular health. An initial study (sorry no link) seemed to indicate that having one omega-3 egg/ day didn't increase the level of cholesterol.

we have a egg farm in town so we get really good, fresh eggs, and my friend has free range chickens at her house so we get eggs from them too.

DH worked for a couple who are strict vegan and they don't eat eggs, milk, butter, etc. So I made cranberry oatmeal cookies using applesauce, it was surprising good. Not as good as the ones I usually make but pretty close.

SO far so good, the boys ask for McDonalds and I tell them no and they don't whine about it. I did however have to go get another round of grapes and bananas yesterday. And they have not complained about lunch and stuff. They didn't like the hummus i bought though so we are going to try more flavors. I didn't realize how many different types of hummus there is!

piratesmate
06-27-2007, 05:43 PM
DD's favorite hummus is called 40 Spice. (I forget what brand) It's not nearly as spicy as it sounds. ;) I liked that one a lot too until we discovered roasted red pepper. Now that's one DD doesn't like (she doesn't like bell peppers) but it's on the sweet side. There was another that we all really liked that had "lemon" in the name of the flavor.

When we stayed at AKL in 2001 I'd asked them for their recipe for the sun-dried tomato hummus they served. It was probably the best we'd ever had & even DD liked it although she won't eat tomatoes...ketchup & spaghetti sauce yes...go figure. :confused3 Anyway, they couldn't give it to me because they were buying it! :( What's weird is we can't get that flavor around here.

BernardandMissBianca
06-27-2007, 05:59 PM
california pizza kitchen has good hummus but the closest one is at the casino so we don't go much. I'l have to check out the lemon and the 40 spice. I saw those at the store. Thanks for the info!!

TPCShauna
06-27-2007, 06:03 PM
Ha ha, Deb! You beat me to it! I was popping on to say that I love the 40 spice and the red pepper but you got here first.

I think the 40 spice is something or other "Thieves" brand?

BernardandMissBianca
06-27-2007, 06:10 PM
I just bought the original, not realizing before hand that there were so many choices but the 40 sounds more our speed. DS10 said the original was bland.

piratesmate
06-27-2007, 06:13 PM
Well, since we tend to eat whatever is "on sale" it's kind of tough to remember which brand has which flavors. :rolleyes: I was thinking it was something like "Tribe". :confused3 DD just said that the lemon one is "Athenos" or "Athena" Greek-style.

And yeah - the original flavor tends to be bland. We usually eat it on pita that we rip apart, but DS always grabs the bag of Scoops & uses those. He's built like a stick so he's not worried yet about the fat & salt in those. ;)

BernardandMissBianca
06-27-2007, 06:17 PM
Yep the one I got was tribe. It was ok, I just added fresh diced tomatoes and warm pita. The good thing is DD likes it too so I know she'll eat it with me.

AlexWyattMommy
06-27-2007, 06:25 PM
Some shredded Asiago is really good mixed with the plain hummas. Then put it in a pita with sliced cucumbers, shredded carrots & black or green olives. Mmm, gotta go grocery shopping again.

New England Eeyore
06-27-2007, 06:25 PM
Personally I don't like Tribe. Too bland. My brand preference is Joseph's. My favorite is the Garlic Lover's.

BernardandMissBianca
06-27-2007, 06:32 PM
Personally I don't like Tribe. Too bland. My brand preference is Joseph's. My favorite is the Garlic Lover's.

hmm do they carry Josephs at Stop and Shop?

New England Eeyore
06-27-2007, 07:12 PM
Yup. In MA anyway.

BernardandMissBianca
06-27-2007, 07:22 PM
cool, I think I will go look when DH gets home on Sunday.

MomOf2DisneyKids
06-30-2007, 10:23 PM
ok, I need help too. I need to lose some weight, my dd needs to also, and my ds is becoming a carb junkie b/c of his really picky eating habits. I need to get more veggies in them...esp my ds!! He's SO picky, and has a bunch of sensory/texture/etc issues. Help!

BernardandMissBianca
06-30-2007, 10:40 PM
will they do veggies and ranch? My neighbor puts it out for the kids to snack on while she is getting dinner ready.

I also stopped buying fruit snacks, crackers, etc. I did buy lots of fruits and for the oranges I cut them up in wedges and threw them in a ziploc bag. They pull them out piece at a time. The boys complained a bit at first but now they don't even miss it. If it's not in the house they can't eat it right.

As for the losing weight part, I need help too. The DR put me on steroids for the past 4 weeks for poison ivy and I gained about 15 lbs. I need to lose about 80 lbs now. YUCK!!! My best advice would be smaller more frequent meals, don't eat after 6 -7 p.m.. Tough, I know. And don't cut out sweets all together, if you do you are more likely to binge on junk.

And the fruits and veggies, the darker the better. Darker fruits and veggies have better nutritional value.

MomOf2DisneyKids
06-30-2007, 10:56 PM
thanks, Buffy!

My dd will do veggies and ranch, but not ds. He loves fruit, but he's also started helping himself to cereal bars, etc...(he is not supposed to get his own stuff). I give him V8 splash and try to get him to drink V8 fusion (w/a serving of fruit and a serving of veggies). He is SO picky, and it's so hard to get him to even TRY something. I'm going to have to find some lower sugar cereal bar type things!!

Hey, we should revive the creative community wish support thread!! I need to lose a bunch..I lost a lot several years ago, but I'm a stress eater, with a bunch of stress the last few years...so it's all back. :rolleyes: :sad2: :eek:

BernardandMissBianca
06-30-2007, 11:07 PM
I'm a stress eater too. Ok we need to track down the wish thread!!