nutrition

Nine tips for an easier back-to-school

After long hours playing in the summer sun, the transition back to regimented school schedules and studying can be stressful on kids. Here are a few tips (and some fun ideas, too) to ease everyone back into the academic year from Mom Made Foods:

  1. It’s back-to-school time! To motivate your children, we’re fans of rewarding kids when they meet their goals. Have your kids set their own goals with your guidance and base them on what’s realistic for each child. Some ideas: eat healthy snacks, save part of their allowance, read a book a week/month or learn to play an instrument. Back to school tips with Mom Made
  2. Ever thought about getting your kids writing in a daily journal? We love this idea because it cultivates the writing and language skills vital to success in school and in life. Favorite topics to start young writers off: favorite school lunch, happiest summer moment, what I learned today.back-to-school -FB-YellowFrame3
  3. Create a month-long lunch plan for your family. Bring your kids in on the planning! It’s a great way to make sure they finish their lunch and get the nutrition they need to be successful in the classroom.back-to-school -FB-YellowFrame4
  4. Many kids are always on the hunt for a snack, especially right after school. Hide the cookie jar and counter unhealthy choices with easy-to-grab pre-cut veggies and fruit in the fridge.

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  1. Spend quality time eating together as a family! This “together” time is so essential to maintaining a bond for the whole clan. Another great way to squeeze in some QT: Sit down together on the weekend and plan ahead for dinners.

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6. Kids love notes—especially surprise notes from you stowed away in their lunchbox. Simply jot down an inspirational quote or a quick message on a napkin and slip it under their sandwich. THEY WILL LOVE IT.

back-to-school -FB-YellowFrame77. How many plastic sandwich bags do you toss every week? We’re betting a lot. Switch to the reusable variety for packed lunches—you’ll reduce waste and save money. Our favorites are from our friends at LunchSkins and…Mom Made Munchies fit perfectly in them!

back-to-school -FB-YellowFrame88. It can be next to impossible to find convenient foods that are actually healthy within the packed shelves at grocery stores. You have to commit to reading food labels to differentiate the “real food” from the rest. Simplicity is your best friend here. Focus on products with short, pronounceable ingredients and look for these labels: organic, antibiotic-free, non-GMO! Need more simple guidelines, then peak into our 2 min video "5 Tips for reading food labels."

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9. You don’t have to break into a sweat for exercise to “count.” But you do                   want to be regularly active with your kids—even walking or biking with them to school can make a huge difference. Combining this with balanced nutrition will keep your family on a healthy track and you’ll feel better!

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Fore more healthy insights and advice from our own Heather herself, please watch this 2 min video "5 Steps to hop on a healthy track."

It's never too late to start healthy!

Start 2014 by Making a Healthy Pledge

healthyPLEDGE_2014_logo Happy New Year, friends!

Have you made your resolutions yet?  In the spirit of new beginnings, we are excited to launch the Mom Made Healthy Pledge for 2014! Commit to simple and easy changes that will benefit you and your whole family now and in the future and receive a FREE COUPON from us!

"I pledge to nourish myself and my family with foods that are good for them; read nutrition labels; cut out artificial junk; and help my family learn about the importance of good healthy eating."

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Whether this pledge is a reaffirmation of your commitment, or a radical shift in how you approach food for your family, Mom Made vows to be here to support you and bring you on a healthy path!

Mom Made will send a FREE COUPON to families committing to take the Healthy Pledge while supplies last. Follow these simple steps:

Step 1:  Click here,  select "HEALTHY PLEDGE" and fully complete this form, including your mailing address as we are mailing these coupons. Limited while supplies last. One per family household. Must have a valid US mailing address.

Step 2: It takes a village and we'd love to hear your tips and ideas. Please join in the healthy conversation on FacebookPinterest and Twitter!

Step 3: In a few weeks, check your mailbox for your FREE COUPON good for any Mom Made Munchie. Mom Made is in freezer aisles nationally. Click here find a store near you. 

Mom Made cares deeply about children's health and nutrition, and we pledge to do our part to make positive changes.  It's not a New Year's resolution; it's what motivates us every day at Mom Made!

Wishing you a healthy, delicious and fun 2014!

-Your friends at Mom Made

5 Spooky Meatball Ideas for Halloween

How about some spooky meals for your family to make Halloween extra festive this year? We've got you covered with these 5 easy recipes using Mom Made Meatballs.

MeatballAppetizer1) Serve our Mom Made Beef & Cheese, Chicken & Apple and Turkey Meatballs with a Halloween decorated toothpick on a tray. Offering 3 very different flavors can please any taste buds. Prep time? Max 5 minutes.

spiderwebeyeballpizza2) You can never go wrong with a Spiderweb Eyeball Pizza.You need a prepared pizza dough, olive oil, pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, black olives and Mom Made Turkey Meatballs. Depending on your crust, spiderweb eyeball pizza will be ready in 10-12 min, enjoy

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3) Decorate a plate with Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatballs and use ketchup or vodka sauce to create spider legs. Yup...very spooky!

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4) Meatball taco on the go! Heat up Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatballs and insert them with lettuce in a hard shell taco. Use black olives for the eyes.

 Meatball and Pasta Mummy Skewers

5) Cook Mom Made Meatballs (take your choice!) then carefully skew them on a stick. Wrap cooked fettuccine noodles around to make your mummy and use a red pepper or black olive slice for eyes. Serve with your favorite marinara as a dipping sauce. 

These and many more healthy Halloween ideas on our Pinterest page. Wishing you and your kiddos a happy and HEALTHY Halloween!

PS. Like us on facebook and share your ideas.

Ask the Nutritionist: Is it Unhealthy for My Son to Eat Eggs Every Day?

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“My 9 year old son likes to eat the exact same breakfast every day: scrambled eggs with cheese rolled in a tortilla. Some weeks he’s been eating 10+ eggs! Should we be worried about the cholesterol in all those eggs? My son is very active, tall for his age and in the 60th percentile for weight. Thanks! Dad of 3 boys, Arlington, VA.”

The poor egg! Eggs have had some bad PR over the past several years because of how much cholesterol they contain. However, the cholesterol you eat doesn't have as much an effect on your cholesterol in your blood - for that, you really ought to limit saturated fat. So, I'd be less concerned about the eggs than I would the cheese in his tortilla (though cheese does provide calcium that growing kids need as well). Eggs are a terrific source of high-quality protein, and also provide beneficial vitamins and nutrients that kids especially need, such as vitamin D, choline and selenium. And, they have very low levels of fat, including saturated fat. In fact, several research studies indicate that a diet including 1-2 eggs per day doesn't have a major impact on heart disease risk. As long as the rest of his daily diet is varied, includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats, I wouldn't worry about his current breakfast of choice.

Do you have a question?  Please send an email to healthy@mommadefoods.com  and I’ll answer it soon.