Posts Tagged ‘kids and food’

Maine Maple Sunday is March 23rd

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Now that Spring is just around the corner and the weather is warming up.  The Maine Maple Producers Association has the schedule posted for Maine Maple Sunday which is March 23rd.  Click on the link to find the activities near you.


Family Safety During Storms

Monday, October 29th, 2012

With hurricane Sandy approaching, listed below are resources to help you prepare for the storm.  You should have a disaster supply kit ready and plenty of water.  If your power should go out, it is good to be prepared ahead of time.

Basic Disaster Supplies List

Maine Emergency Management Agency

Federal Emergency Management Agency

If your power should be out for an extended period of time please visit the University of Maine Cooperative Extension website to watch a video on How to Keep Food Safe After a Power Outage.

Halloween Health and Safety Tips

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Halloween is almost upon us and can be an exciting time for children.  To be sure children are safe while out trick-or-treating listed below are some safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control with helping you have a safe Halloween.

Be safe this Halloween and have fun!

Kids trick or treating

Green Bean Salad Recipe

Friday, August 5th, 2011
boy jumping for joy

Hey, Kids!

Try this recipe with

your parent(s).*



nutrition facts for green bean salad



1 pound green beans, cut and steamed
4 large potatoes, diced and boiled
2 scallions


2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed

1 small onion, sliced
1/2 teaspoon oregano
Black pepper to taste


  1. Place the beans, potatoes and scallions in a medium bowl.
  2. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake. Pour over salad. Toss gently to mix the ingredients well.
  3. Cover the salad and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Makes 6 servings

*NOTE:  Take care with kids in the kitchen!  Children should always be watched by an adult when preparing food!

For more healthy recipes:


Winning Ways to Shop with Young Children

Friday, March 11th, 2011
Shopping with children

So now that another storm has hit, you look at your refrigerator and see the list of items you need at the grocery store. As a parent, you may have a young child to take along and you may know that it can often be a challenge.

Here are some ideas to make shopping with your child easier, more enjoyable and less stressful.

  • Start your shopping trip with a child who is well-rested and not hungry. A healthy snack before going to the store or possibly even during the shopping trip can ease irritability and the “I wants” that result from hunger pangs.
  • Prepare your child ahead of time. Explain what to expect, maybe give them tasks to do in the store, acknowledge their good behavior and possibly build in a reward at the end.

When you take the time, a shopping trip can be a learning adventure for both a child and a parent. You may be surprised how much fun you can have and what your child can learn.

    Tips for Grocery Shopping with Children

    • Discuss your rules before you enter a store. You might say, “Remember to stay close to me. I need to be able to see you.”
    • Young children need familiar things to feel secure. You could bring a favorite blanket, toy or book from home.
    • Give your child a job. For example, ask her to help pick four apples, find the funniest birthday card, or match the coupons with the labels.
    • Have a plan in case you get separated. For example, tell your child, “If you lose me, always go to the bread aisle.”
    • Keep your child close. Hold hands. Let him hold onto or help steer the grocery cart.
    • Reinforce appropriate behavior. Talk with her, play with her, let her make choices. Encourage her to talk, watch, listen and think.
    • Make a game of shopping. For example, ask your child: Find dog food with a picture that looks like our dog. What cereal can you see in a purple box? Find the laundry detergent that starts with a “T”.
    • Play “I see something” while waiting in the checkout line, and have the children guess what you see. For example, find things in an aisle that are red, in cans, are for cleaning, etc.

      Supportive Things to Say to Parents and Children Under Stress

      We can sympathize with the parent’s frustration and anger; we also worry for the safety of the child. You may find yourself in a position to help. Some helpful things you could say or do to calm the parent and support the child are:

      • “She seems to be trying your patience.”
      • “It looks like it’s been a long day for both of you.”
      • “My child used to get upset like that.”
      • “Children can wear you out, can’t they? Is there anything I can do to help?”
      • Strike up a conversation with the adult. See if you can redirect his or her attention away from the child.
      • Sympathize with the parent, even if it’s just a knowing glance or smile.
      • Divert the child’s attention (if she is misbehaving), by talking to her and engaging her in conversation.
      • Praise the child and/or parent at the first opportunity.
      • If the child is in danger, offer assistance. For example, if the child was left unattended in a grocery cart, stand by the child until the parent returns.

      Try these ideas or share your own experiences when you take your child shopping with you.

      Creative Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat

      Friday, January 28th, 2011

      dad and child eating It can be such a challenge to get kids to eat healthy food! Here are some tips to ease the “food fights” that can happen at meal time. Kate Yerxa, Extension Physical Activity and Nutrition Educator, suggests the following:

      Be the eater you want your child to be.

      Role Model by setting a good example. If you want your child to eat broccoli or other vegetables, you have to eat broccoli or other vegetables first. Children will eat foods they are familiar with. It is no surprise that kids will resist new foods. give them a chance to get used to the new food. When you begin eating the new food, describe the taste and smell so they will be curious to try it.

      A parent’s job is to offer healthy foods. A child’s job is to try the foods that are offered. Do not create a battle or make rules over how much food children need to eat – your children will rebel. If you don’t make a big deal out of what they eat (or don’t eat) you will have an easier time.

      Bring the kids into the kitchen.

      Get your kids involved in all aspects of preparing a meal or snack from planning, preparing, serving and cleaning up.

      Children who help in the kitchen will try more foods, gain confidence in their abilities, and also become  more responsible.

      Keep it plain because kids might not like foods mixed together or in a casserole, so begin by offering new

      foods separately.

      Table Time.

      Make meal times pleasant by serving meals and snacks at the table and away from distraction. Focus on happy conversation, and not on the food.

      Do not be a short order cook! If your child does not like dinner or does not eat what you have prepared,  don’t make a separate meal. Save the uneaten dinner in the refrigerator and reheat if your child is hungry later.

      Offer a familiar food with the meal when you serve new foods at a meal or snack.

      Keep servings small. Do not overwhelm your child by placing large amounts of food on their plate.

      Remember to let your child listen to their own hunger and fullness cues and eat as much or as little as

      they need of the good foods you provide to meet their needs.

      Food is fun!

      Let your child pick a new or favorite fruit or vegetable at the grocery store.

      Try a new recipe and rename it with your child’s name, such as “Macy’s Roasted Potatoes” or Steve’s  Spinach Salad.”

      Make your plate colorful when you plan your meals by picking the colors for your plate. That will help your child have input into the meal and be excited about eating the rainbow on the plate!

      It can be hard enough to eat healthy as an adult. Ellen Satter has done lots of research and has great ideas about family meal times and getting kids to eat. Her ideas might challenge you, including inviting you to make changes in the way you think about foods. Changing attitudes about new and healthy food is not always easy, but having fun and being a role model are among the first steps. Try making small, creative changes instead of trying to change everything at once. Once you and your child(ren) have tried broccoli, then on to another food challenge!