Mom Made Foods

4 Ways to Involve Kids with Thanksgiving Preparation

Preparing for Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to get the kids involved with sharing some of the responsibilities in the kitchen. There are plenty of tasks your children can help with no matter what age.

  • Let each family member select one dish they’d like on the menu. Discuss what new foods they would be willing to try. Use this time to explain the importance of having a balanced meal that includes protein, vegetables and a variety of other dishes.

  • Let children help with table decorations. Ask them to craft some simple table decorations like placing colorful fall leaves in a bottle and create name cards for all your guests. Or they can get creative and crafty with glue making pilgrim name cards.

  • For kids who want to be more hands on with the prep work, give them a specific job in the meal preparation, i.e. mashing potatoes, chopping vegetables or stirring the gravy. (Of course, make sure they are being supervised when they are using sharp knives.)

  • On Thanksgiving, ask your kiddos to help set the dinner table. They can help fold napkins, set out the plates, put ice in the water glasses. Depending on the age, they can also help cook and serve plated dishes.

Your kids will become more invested in the celebration and come to the table with pride in their contribution. Happy Thanksgiving from the Mom Made family to yours!

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Thanksgiving placecards made by kids

The Easiest Holiday Breakfast

Leave it to Mom Made so that you can put the "Merry" before "Christmas" the morning of 12/25. 

Christmas morning, the kids are engulfed in present mania but need something nutritious in their bellies to counteract the candy canes. This dish, Mom Made Chicken Apple Meatballs served with maple syrup for dipping, is the perfect protein you can prepare in a couple minutes and they can eat while unwrapping.

Prep Time – 3 min

Cook Time – 2 min…no kidding!

You will need:

  • Mom Made’s frozen, antibiotic-free Chicken & Apple Meatballs (8oz)

  • 1/4 Cup water

  • Organic maple syrup

  • Skewers or toothpicks (for serving)

Instructions:

  • Heat the meatballs on stovetop according to directions on the box.

  • Place on a plate and add some maple syrup for dipping!

Can't wait to hear what you think. Happy (peace-filled) holidays from the Mom Made family to yours!

Mom Made on Cooking Channel's "Unwrapped 2.0"

Unwrapped 2.0

Unwrapped 2.0

Watch Mom Made production on the big screen! If you love everything cheesy, you'll love Cooking Channel's Unwrapped 2.0. Watch how we make the pasta fresh and the the secrets behind our 100% organic Mom Made Cheesy Mac that make it nutritious and delicious!

If your mouth is watering after watching and you're wondering where you can find this product, then it's time to head to the freezer aisle! Find a store near you.  You can also order Mom Made's Cheesy Mac online with free shipping on healthygoodness.com

Yummy!

Pop'em Meatball Party Appetizer

A bite-size, super easy appetizer that all ages are sure to love!  Everyone will think they're homemade...shhhhhh!

Prep Time : No more than 10 minutes

Yield : Approx 12 (2 Meatballs per person)

Ingredients:

1 (8oz) box of Mom Made Beef & Cheddar Meatball Bites

Low sodium chicken broth or water

2 Tbsp olive oil

Your favorite sauce(s) for dipping (bbq, tomato sauce, teriyaki, mustard, ketchup, etc)

Toothpicks

Instructions:

Prep dipping sauces and serving platter. 10 minutes before you are ready to serve, heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in sauce pan over medium heat. Add meatballs to olive oil and heat for two minutes while turning meatballs until lightly brown. Add 1 C of water or chicken broth to pan and continue heating over medium heat for 5 minutes or until hot. With a slotted spoon, remove meatballs from pan and place on a plate with dipping sauce. Place a toothpick in each.

Enjoy!

(To find a store near you that carries Mom Made's Meatballs, click here.)

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Small Resolutions Can Change Lives

Motivation for your New Years Resolutions

Here it is January 6 and I am already questioning myself on where I am with my resolutions for this year. I am reminded of a true story and how one resolution can change lives forever…

Eighteen years ago, there was a great-looking, smart, single 20-something young man who made a New Years resolution that he needed to be more outgoing. On January 4, four days after he made the resolution, it was Saturday night and he went out with his buddies. He challenged himself to go introduce himself to some cute gals at the bar where they were. So he approached a group of three gorgeous women who were chatting away in the middle of a packed dance floor. His initial words to them were, “You gals need to stop talking and start dancing. What are you doing out here if you’re not going to dance?” The end. Well, not really…

That group of women was me and two of my best friends from college and that young man turned out to be the man I married. What’s so ironic in all of this is that I was always one who never liked meeting anyone in bars and that he is not the type for “hitting on girls” in bars.  But, bottom line, we’ve been happily married for 17+ years (and hopefully a lifetime to come!) and we have two beautiful children, all thanks to the New Years resolution he made in 1998.

My resolutions for 2017, and ways I hope make them happen, include:

1. Spending more time playing with my kids during the week and make sure to have one-on-one time. This means I need to somehow make more out of my already limited home time. When I cook, it eats into my playtime with the kids. So I aim to make larger portions and freeze meals, which will take me out of the kitchen and enable me to make more forts and build more towers. 

2. Trimming those few final pounds. For me, this means cutting back in a few areas, such as less lunches out during the work week, higher portion of veggies in every meal, less carbs, having healthy snacks always on hand at the office, etc. I have some exercise goals to go along with this - spin classes 1-2x/week and yoga 1-2x/week.

3. Having a night out with my girlfriends at least once a month. No more excuses. 

4. Planning ahead for date nights this year whether at home or going out with that handsome husband of mine.

What are your 2017 resolutions, and how do you plan to make them stick?  All of us need the support, regardless of where we are on the ‘healthy scale.’  Small choices and slight changes can have huge impacts! One day at a time. 

RECIPE: Peachy Salmon

Heather, our founder, made this delicious meal on TLC a while back. The recipe is simple, easy and healthy and perfect for a summer meal. 

Peachy Salmon

Prep Time: Max. 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of fresh salmon

  • Four fresh peaches

  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar

  • 2 Tbsp honey

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • Dash of sea salt

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Peel and slice peaches, place in a baking dish around the salmon.

  • In a separate bowl, combine rice vinegar, honey, olive oil and salt, and top salmon and peaches with sauce.

  • Bake for 10-15 minutes (until the fish flakes when poked with a fork).

Serve this with your favorite sides or try it with the healthy sides that Mom Made Founder, Heather, made. Enjoy!

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Ask the Nutritionist: Help! My Son Won't Eat Veggies!

My 7 year old son eats NO veggies, and hasn't since he threw up all his peas and his dinner in Kindergarten. I tried smoothies, raw carrots and edamame, which he refused and then puked up. It's all drama and a gag reflex, and incredibly hard not to be so mad, yell, etc. I obviously did something wrong when he was little, and now I am stuck. Any book suggestions, or advice would be much appreciated : ) Thank you!

I *totally* know what you mean! When my daughter was around 6 or 7 months old, a well-meaning babysitter gave her spoonful after spoonful of avocado (one of the few solid foods I had introduced to her at that time) until she threw them up. For a long time, she wouldn’t touch avocados. But she did eat other vegetables and fruits and generally had a balanced diet so I didn’t push it.

My best advice to you is: relax. What your son is doing is totally normal for kids his age. It doesn’t sound as though he has any swallowing problems, since you’ve introduced all kinds of tastes and textures, and it’s only vegetables he’s refusing. If you really want to be sure you can ask your MD for a referral to a therapist specializing in swallowing issues. What you have here is a classic case of a power struggle. The more you pressure, the more he will rebel, and the more he rebels the more frustrated you get…and the result is an out-of-control spiral.

Here’s how to get you and your family back on track: know your roles. According to Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibilities (www.ellynsatter.com), it is a parent’s job to provide what, when and where to eat. It is the child’s job to decide how much and – yes – whether to eat.  That is all. As a parent, don’t pressure, cajole, beg, barter or fight. Don’t give in to demands to fix something else just so he’ll eat something, nor give a snack later when he might be hungry after forgoing a meal. Calmly serve a plate, keep your eyes on your own plate, and when dinner is over, clear the plates.

Easier said than done, I know. But bite your tongue, stay strong, and trust that he will go back to exploring and perhaps accepting vegetables as part of his diet. According to experts, it takes anywhere from 8-20 exposures to a food before a person accepts it (notice that I didn’t say “like” it – but rather tries it and makes a firm decision about whether the food is something they will eat or something they truly do not like). Other tips that help increase acceptance of a food:

  • Serve the same food in different ways. Perhaps he hates raw baby carrots but likes cooked round carrot slices, or julienned carrots in salads.
  • Serve it with something he likes. Maybe mashed potatoes aren’t so bad when they’re on a plate next to slices of lean flank steak.
  • Be liberal with toppings, sauces and sides. Broccoli alone may be “meh” to your son, but topped with melted 2% cheddar cheese or dipped in ranch dressing – yeah!
  • Be a role model yourself. All of your efforts may be thwarted if your spouse or another person your son looks up to refuses to eat his or her vegetables – or worse – badmouths vegetables and calls them “yucky.”

I personally am opposed to “hiding” vegetables in foods, since it only reinforces the notion that vegetables need to be endured and not enjoyed. But if you’re really concerned about the quality of your child’s diet, and if he isn’t getting adequate vitamins and fiber from fruits or other healthy foods, then incorporating vegetables into cooked foods is an OK option. One of the reasons I like Mom Made Foods is that while the veggies are baked into the munchies and sides, you can also see the individual veggies (the peas in the Cheesy Mac) and taste the distinct flavors (like celery in the Turkey Meatballs).

For what it’s worth, I think you’re doing all the right things by being so concerned about your son’s health and nutrition!

If you have a question for our nutritionist, please contact us. 

Asian Turkey Meatballs

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 oz) box Mom Made Turkey Meatball bites
  • 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 3  Tbsp. Lower-Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Paste
  • 6 Garlic Cloves (finely minced)
  • 3 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds
  • 1/3 Cup Green Onions (minced for garnish)

Instructions:

  • Combine brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili paste and garlic for the sauce in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside the sesame seeds and green onion.
  • Place Mom Made Turkey Meatball bites in the microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  • Coat meatballs with sauce mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Garnish with green onions. Serve with toothpicks.

It's time to dig in!

To find Mom Made Meatballs in a freezer near you, click here.

5 Reasons to Make the Effort for Family Dinners

The busy schedules of both parents and kids make it difficult to have "family dinners" regularly. The benefits that come with regularly eating together at the table are a good reminder why the effort is so important. These are our top 5 reasons why you should make family dinners a priority!

1. Children who routinely have family dinners are less likely to start smoking and drinking, or have an eating disorder.

2. It takes 8-10 times of trying something new before kids develop a taste for it.

3. Studies show that setting time aside to have a family dinner can reduce stress.

4. Use dinner-time to get to know what's going on with your family members and stay close to them. Ask about the best part of their day and anything they might need help with.

5. Gratitude is strongly associated with happiness, and family meals are a great time to practice it. Have everyone at the table name one reason they're thankful today.

Meatball Enchiladas

Mom Made's dishing out our Top 10 Favorite recipes to put on your dinner table. We've teamed up with Sky Valley to bring you this delicious Mexican classic. Serves: 4

Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 oz) box Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites
  • 12 6 inch Corn Tortillas
  • Olive Oil non-stick cooking spray
  • 2-3 cups Shredded Cheddar/Jack Cheese Blend
  • 1 bottle Sky Valley Enchilada Sauce

Directions

  • Combine meatballs with 1 cup of the shredded cheese.
  • Spread ½ cup of the enchilada sauce over bottom of baking dish.
  • Spray each tortilla with olive oil non-stick spray
  • Fill each with about 1/3 cup of the meatball/cheese mixture.
  • Roll each tortilla up tightly with mixture in the middle and place in baking dish, seamed side down.
  • Squeeze remaining enchilada sauce out of bottle onto rolled enchiladas.
  • Sprinkle dish with remaining cheese.
  • In 375 degree oven, bake casserole for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and melted on top.

Easy Mini Meatball Pizzas with Cucina Antica

Mom Made's dishing out our favorite recipes to put on your dinner table! Here is a fun recipe to involve your kiddos.  Serves: 4

Time: 15 minutesmini pizzas

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 oz) box of Mom Made Food’s Italian Style Beef Meatball Bites
  • 1 six-pack of English muffins
  • 1 jar 16 oz Cucina Antica® La Pizza Sauce
  • 1 package 8 oz shredded part skim mozzarella
  • Your favorite toppings

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Separate the 6 English muffins so that there are 12 halves.
  • Generously spoon Cucina Antica® La Pizza Sauce over the top of each half.
  • Add mozzarella cheese and any other toppings you desire on top.
  • Put in oven for 8-12 minutes or until cheese is melted and English muffins are toasted.

Five Fun Facts about Turkey

Like many of you I’m sure, we at Mom Made Foods were surprised to find out that November is in fact NOT the national month for turkeys. Say what? June is, in fact, National Turkey Lovers Month. In honor of such a nutritious and delicious food holiday, we’ve hunted down the some fun facts about turkeys. 

Fact 1: Not All Turkeys Gobble

Male turkeys “gobble” while females purr, yelp and make “kee-kee” noises.

Fact 2: Turkey is a Powerhouse Food

Turkey is a great source of protein, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, B vitamins, and niacin. Compared to chicken breast, turkey breast is lower in calories and saturated fat. By choosing antibiotic free turkey, you and your family are less likely to become antibiotic resistant.

Fact 3: Turkeys Are Excellent Flyers

Wild turkeys can run up to speeds of 25 mph and fly as fast as 40 mph. They can even glide for roughly an hour.

Fact 4: The Turkey Was Never Going to be the National Bird

Contrary to popular belief, Benjamin Franklin did not propose that the turkey be the United States’ national bird. He did however tell his daughter in a letter that the turkey was a more “respectable bird” than the bald eagle.

Fact 5: Don’t Mess with a Red Headed Turkey

The area of bare skin on a turkey’s head and neck vary depending on the turkey’s mood at the time. A blue head means the turkey is excited, while a red head means it’s ready to fight.

9 Mom Made Highlights in 9 Years

Farmer's Market

9) Launch day at the Del Ray Farmer’s Market in Alexandria VA.   I awoke at 5 am to make a trip to our commercial kitchen I was renting at the time to pull product out of the freezer and have the stand set up by 7 am. After seven months of full-time business planning, it was awesome to see everything come together that morning on that sunny day in late May 2006. My family and friends came to support me and even more fun was meeting our first customers. We still have our first dollar from that day framed on our wall. It’s a day that is crystal clear in my memory.

8) Having a sales background, the thought of getting my foot in the door of our first retailers was daunting but a very fun challenge for me. Whole Foods Mid-Atlantic’s buyer was my first buyer meeting. She said she’d like to put our foods into their 35+ stores in the region. I took a deep breath and said, “I don’t think we can do that right now because we’re making it all by hand. Lets start with the 8 stores in Virginia then grow together into the other stores.” The rest is history. Whole Foods Mid-Atlantic and Mom Made have now been working together for 8.5 years. We are forever grateful for their strong support of our brand.

7) Seeing our product in the freezer of a new retailer. It is a long, tenuous process to sell to a new retailer. Months, sometimes years. It’s so rewarding to see Mom Made in a new home, knowing that new consumers will discover our products.

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6) Moving from our basement in our home to a REAL office. It became official the day the Mom Made logo went up on the front door of the office. Walking through the Mom Made door every morning, I pinch myself at how lucky I am to get to work with such an amazing team and towards a mission of making kids healthier with our organic foods.

5) Hiring new team members. It’s tough to find individuals who hold the experience you’re looking for but also the passion for the mission of what Mom Made stands for. I remember clearly the first day of each of my colleagues joined the Mom Made team. I am so fortunate to work with such a talented group of dedicated professionals.

4) Support from my family, my husband and brother especially. My brother is a chef and helped in the early days with getting my home made recipes ready for large portions. He and his wife (who’s also a chef) have been very helpful along the way. My husband is frequently asked whether he works for Mom Made. His reply is that he’s the Chief Morale Officer. It’s so true and has been a critical piece for me personally on this journey but also as a sounding board for Mom Made as we've grown.

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3) Launching a new product. It takes months (if not years in a few cases) to concept,test, design, produce and sell a new product to be ready for retail. Our most recent product launch was Gluten Free Cheesy Mac. Being onsite in our facility when the first products come off the line is very exciting.

2) Customer letters make our whole team happy.One day we received a letter from the Indiana mother of 5-year old, Adler, who  has brain cancer. Adler had no appetite but his favorite food was Mom Made’s Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites. We immediately stopped what we were doing and put an enormous case of meatballs in the mail with some fun goodies for Adler. We continue to keep Adler in our thoughts and prayers.

1) Mom Made is my third child. The team is part of my extended family. Every day, we laugh, goof around, support each other, challenge each other and work very hard together. There are no politics in our company and no one who doesn’t put in their very best effort. It’s so refreshing and fun to be a part of and lead this incredible team. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come together and I have no doubt that we will be a household name in no time.

Happy 9th birthday, Mom Made!

#Madewithlove

Simple Thanksgiving Appetizer for Everyone

Are you hosting Thanksgiving and need a healthy and easy appetizer ? Then, it's time to serve some Mom Made Turkey Meatball Bites with homemade cranberry sauce in less than 12 minutes! Cranberry Sauce:

  • 12 ounce cranberries
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup white sugar

In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, let the sugar dissolve  in the orange juice. Stir in the cranberries and cook until the cranberries start to pop (about 10 min). Remove from heat and place sauce in a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

Mom Made antibiotic-free Turkey Meatball Bites:

Arrange as many meatballs as needed  in a microwave safe dish with a splash of water, broth or sauce.  Cover and heat on high for 60 sec or until hot. Let stand 1 min before serving.

Now, just stick in the toothpicks and serve on a platter with dipping sauce.

Time to dig in with your family and friends!

PS. Where to find these Turkey Meatball Bites? No problem, just find a store near you and hit the freezer aisle.

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TurkeyMeatballs with cranberry dipping sauce

Top 25 Women in Business in Washington DC

Good gracious...Look what arrived in the mail today! I am truly honored to be named one of the top 25 leading ladies in Washington DC by the Washington Business Journal.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself because what started as a passion for making healthy foods for my kids and launched at the farmer's market has turned into something so much bigger with all that we do at Mom Made Foods. I get to work with an amazing team of staff and partners every day. And, collectively we help make kids healthier and parents lives a little easier by not having to worry about one more healthy meal for their kids.

I'm looking forward to meeting the other honorees!

Leona  Agouridis, Golden Triangle Business Improvement District

Marla  Malcom Beck, Bluemercury Inc.

Jennifer Bognet, Bognet Construction

Sister Mary Bourdon, Washington School for Girls

Mary Brady, The Economic Club of Washington D.C.

Donna Cooper, Pepco

Tamara Copeland, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Tamara Darvish, Darcars Automotive Group

Anita Dunn, SKDKnickerbocker

Margaret Dunning, Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners Company

Celia Edwards Karam, Capital One Bank

Kathleen Flanagan, Abt Associates Inc.

Denise Hart, O2 Lab Inc.

Laurie Hill, MedImmune

Kathy Hollinger, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

Nazzic Keene, SAIC

Meredith LaPier, CBRE Inc.

Suzanne Laporte, Compass

Susan Neely, American Beverage Association

Sarah Nutter, George Mason University, School of Business

Nicole Quiroga, Telemundo

Payal Tak, Telesis

Sally Wilson, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Pandit Wright, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington

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Washington Business Journal

RECIPE: Potato Mashups

Tired of the same old potato recipe you've made for years? Have you ever tried fingerling potatoes? They are bite-size and come in all different types of colors such as purple, red and yellow. Not only do they add some great color to the meal, but you will be sure to need a few extra as they're lots of fun to pop in your mouth.

Potato Mashups

fingerlingIngredients:

  • Fingerling potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Garlic, pressed or diced

Directions:

  • Boil potatoes for 15 minutes.
  • After potatoes are soft, place them on a baking pan and mash with a fork.
  • Sprinkle potatoes with olive oil, fresh pressed garlic, salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes.

Rainbow Meatball Kabobs

Kids love to create their own rainbow (add the colorful fruits and veggies!) kebabs by stacking their preferred veggies, fruits and Mom Made Meatball Bites on a skewer. This is a great way to get kids educated about healthy foods and you might just be surprised what new fruits and veggies they'll try if you let THEM put them on their own skewer! The power of empowering kids when it comes to healthy eating is like magic.

These are fun to make as filling snack, an easy weeknight dinner or bring them to a potluck dinner.

Prep Time :  Max 10 minutes
Cook Time : 2 minutes

Ingredients:

Skewers or toothpicks

Frozen Chicken & Apple Meatball Bites or frozen Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites
Grapes
Cheddar, cut into bite-size cubes
Pineapple, cut into bite-size cubes
1 C low sodium chicken broth
Optional: cherry tomatoes, green or red pepper

Optional dipping sauces:

Ketchup
Barbeque
Honey mustard
Teriyaki

Directions:

Prep dipping sauces and serving platter.
Cut cheddar and veggies into bite-size cubes
10 minutes before you are ready to serve, heat meatballs for 60 sec. in the microwave.
Place pieces on a toothpick or skewer to make your own kebabs.

To find these antibiotic-free, low sodium Mom Made Meatball Bites near you, click here.

Enjoy!

BIG NEWS! Mom Made launching into Giant, Stop & Shop and Martin’s

We’re so excited to share some GIANT news with you! We have seven items going into Giant, Giant Supermarkets, Martins and Stop & Shop stores! In the freezer collageMMFaisle at these stores you will soon find, our brand new “Italian Style Beef Meatball Bites,” in addition to Turkey Meatball Bites, Chicken & Apple Meatball Bites, Cheesy Mac Meal, Spaghetti with Turkey Meatball Meal, Bean Burrito Munchie and Cheese Pizza Munchie. This expansion is thanks to all of you, our fans! Thank you for your endless support of our mission to make healthy foods for kids accessible nation-wide. Please tell your friends and let Mom Made do the cooking for you this summer.

To find a store near you, click here.

From moms for moms; Heather Stouffer from Mom Made Foods shares her story

Tell us about your family:

I married Craig in 1999 – we’re coming up on our 15th anniversary this month! He’s a fabulous friend, father and life partner. Everyone always asks me if Craig works for Mom Made. He doesn’t – he’s in the sports industry, but, I like to say he’s Mom Made's Chief of Moral Support, an extremely important role.

Audrey and EmoryWe have two amazing kids, Emory and Audrey. Audrey is in preschool. She loves playing with dolls, helping in the kitchen, playing with friends, dancing and keeping the whole family entertained. Emory is your typical third grade boy except when it comes to food. He loves sports, Legos, reading, and playing with his friends. When he requested Pakistani food for his 7th birthday dinner, we thought, our work is done here!

Tell us about your company: 

mom_made_logoThe company was launched in 2006, when as a new mother, I saw a huge need for healthy, convenient, organic and all natural options for kids. There were no existing options in the grocery for feeding kids in a pinch that were healthy. Mom Made Foods was created from my belief that convenient meals do not need to sacrifice quality or nutrition, and that kids should be able to eat delicious foods without added junk.

What advice would you give moms about raising healthy eaters?

Here are few tricks that I have found to work well...Focus on colors and flavors. Rather than saying, “Do you like your broccoli?” ask if it was crunchy, sweet, bitter or sour. Ask what other foods are the same color. This often helps children focus beyond yummy or yucky. Also, bring the your "helpers" to the grocery store and let them pick the ingredients for the meals to be made that week. Parents can also introduce veggies in a new way. For example, many children like veggies better as part of a soup. Sprout a seed or even grow a tomato plant to help your child get interested in fruits and vegetables.

Bottom line is for us parents to offer a variety of healthy foods, then take a chill pill. Ellyn Satter, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Family Therapist and internationally recognized authority on eating and feeding, is one of my heroes. I've learned so much from her philosophy about the division of responsibility when it comes to feeding kids. If feeding your kids is stressful for you or your children, I highly recommend her books.

How do you unwind after a busy day at the office?

I have only about a 10-15 minute commute home. Usually my husband picks up the kids from their schools so they're already home by the time I arrive. I walk through our door, drop my bags and the kids come running up with arms wide open ready for a big hug. I instantaneously unwind. Cooking, sitting down together for dinner and talking about our days are all therapeutic for me. After dinner, we will go for a family walk, turn on some music and dance or just play together. Our couple hours together before the kids go to bed are my favorite part of the day (before I typically plug in and do a few more hours of work...).

What’s the best advice your mom ever gave you?

I can hear it as though she's standing right next to me, "Heather, dear, you have to remember to take care of yourself."

What’s the funniest thing your child said to you recently?

The other day my son who's 8 was playing on the iPad, sitting on the couch right next to me as I was reading a book. I asked him for the iPad for a minute so I could look something up quickly. I opened google and saw that he had just looked up "prettiest lady alive" in google and he'd clicked on images. Yes, just google that quickly, folks. It was one of those moments when I not only found myself laughing but also taking a big gulp because it was time for us to realize he's growing up much too fast and we need to get a handle on internet security, among other things. Oh the joys of parenting...just when you think you've got it figured out.

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From moms for moms; Mary Schulman from Snikiddy shares her story

Tell us about your family: We are a family that is very busy and we also have a lot of fun.  For sure the “boss” of the MarySchulmanFamilypicfamily our 9 year old daughter, Sunny. She is a fantastic big sister to her sister, Sadie (7), and brother, Luke (2).  There’s no shortage of fun activities in the family. Most recently, Sunny and I started to take tennis lessons together, which is a lot of fun mainly because she is much better than I am. While I work hard to grow the Snikiddy business, my husband Brett spends his work days as the CEO of Cava Grill.  We all enjoy cooking, baking and of course eating!

Tell us about your company:sn_brandmark_hires

Snikiddy® is a line of delicious snacks made from simple, wholesome, real-food ingredients.  The line includes Cheese Puffs, Baked Fries, and Eat Your Vegetables®, a first-of-its kind veggie chip snack that provides a full serving of vegetables in every ounce.  All Snikiddy snacks are made with non-GMO ingredients, are certified gluten and wheat free, and do not contain any artificial colors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, hydrogenated oils or MSG.  Snikiddy pairs nutrition with great taste to deliver real, delicious foods the whole family can enjoy and feel good about.

How do you unwind after a busy day at the office?

Exercise! And, I love to take walks outside with the family. Sometimes we don’t get far when we run into a gorgeous flower or a pile of stones in the road that clearly should be moved, but it’s so fun to be outside getting fresh air with the whole family.

What’s the funniest thing your child said to you recently?

I recently asked my 2 year old as we approached the grocery store, “Do you want to walk or ride in the cart?”  His response, “Run!”  I’ve been chasing him ever since.

What do you want for Mother’s Day?

A new toilet… No seriously we are renovating our master bath and have been sharing a bathroom with the kids for almost 9 months!

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Advice and insights from moms for moms and fabulous prizes from mom-founded companies. Check our facebook page and participate in our Mother’s Day Giveaway! Winners will be announced on May 9th at 4:00 PM EST.