Are cookbooks becoming a thing of the past? #YMCCommunity

My Mum had, and still has a book shelf full of cook books.



Every so often, she culls her assortment and hands them down to me.

I now have a box of cook books that I never look at.

It’s not that I can’t cook or don’t like to try new dishes out…I just don’t find cook books very convenient. I’m too busy to peruse the pages and find something that I’d like to make.

Entré l’internet.

Pinterest is my BFF and Google is her sidekick. All you need to do is enter a few keywords et voilà, a plethora of recipes appear AND with pictures. Pictures ALWAYS help me decide on a recipe.

I have created my own virtual cook book online and all for FREE! I Bookmark my favourite blogs and websites so that I can go back to them and I subscribe to several as well so that I can get regular emails with new recipes to try. I’ve also got several boards on Pinterest where I’ve “pinned” recipe links to a variety of categories.

Where do you get your food inspirations and recipes from?

I’m not eating THAT! {Review} #Cheekychops Holistic Nutrition with Annie Anderson #YMCCommunity

Tell me if this sounds familiar.

You prepare dinner, call everyone to the table. After everyone is settled and prepared to dive in to the scrumptious meal that you’ve been slaving away at for the past hour (or so), and the kids pipe up, “This looks yucky! I’m not eating THAT!”

Picky Eater

You tell them that all the ingredients that are in their meal, are all foods that they like, and you proceed to list off said ingredients, but to no avail. Frustrated that they aren’t giving in and it’s getting late, you bust out the foods that they WILL eat and dinner’s done. Chances are you boiled up some noodles, made a silly monster from a Cheese String, rolled up a couple of pieces of deli meat and maybe managed to slice up a few veggies to round out the major food groups.

Wouldn’t it just be nice for EVERYONE to be able to eat the same meal at the same time?!

I’ve gone online to websites that specifically have recipes for kids, Annabel Karmel, weelicious, Super Healthy Kids, Canadian Living Moms, The Sneaky Chef , and several other Google searches for “healthy kids food recipes”, but my kids just won’t eat it. So frustrating!

Enter Annie Anderson from Cheekychops.

Cheeky Chops

Cheekychops is known for providing personalized, one-on-one assistance for sleep, potty training and general parenting advice, and now they have extended their services to include personalized holistic nutrition advice.

Annie had me fill out a quick survey for each of my kiddos, where I answered questions pertaining to their diets. We then had a telephone consultation discussing what the little ones are currently eating, how our mealtimes are (like where do we eat, do we eat as a family, are there any distractions such as TV) and when do we have our meals and snacks.

She made suggestions where we could change what goes on during our mealtimes, a few recipe suggestions and reassured me that I was doing a great job at what we are feeding our kids and that by just having them try new things, they will eventually start to accept what is prepared for them without argument. Sometimes it can take up to 20 times for a child to really decide that something isn’t their preference.

As a result from my consultation, I feel that Annie’s suggestions were ones that we can integrate into our family’s eating habits. She reminded me that having the TV on during mealtimes is major distraction for kids while they are trying to eat, which could lead up to lengthy mealtimes and the annoying job of constantly telling the wee ones to “Keep eating your dinner!”. Eating together as a family (hopefully at the dinner table, if your living space allows, which mine does not) helps create good eating habits, and your kids see how focussing on your meal and engaging with one another is far more important than a TV show. If there’s a good show on during dinner that you just don’t want to miss, set your PVR. Also, by having set meals, such as breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks a day, and eliminating “grazing” throughout the day, this will probably encourage the offspring to be more hungry at mealtimes and actually finish what’s on their plates. Having healthy snack options ready-to-go, will also keep us from just grabbing whatever is handy, which could possibly be a less healthy option like fish crackers or gummie snacks.

Cheekychops Holistic Nutrition Services includes help in areas such as:

  • Feeding babies and children: learn how solids should be introduced and how to ensure your child is getting all the nutrients they need for optimal health
  • Say goodbye to picky eaters: Custom-tailored strategies for turning a picky eater into a more adventurous one
  • Health issues: Addressing common health issues such as allergies, behavioral challenges, eczema & more, with a natural and drug-free approach
  • Customized food menu planning including recipes that are easy to make and cater to your child’s needs
  • Fridge & Cupboard Cleansing/Reading Food Labels: learn to decipher which foods and household products are healthy versus the ones that are toxic for both your child and your whole family (in-home consultation)

In addition to Holistic Nutrition consulting, Annie also provides sleep consultations for children 0-5 years of age. She services the Tri-cities, Burnaby and New West areas, but is also available for consultations anywhere in British Columbia.

Annie Anderson  from Cheekychops is pleased to offer a 10% off promotional  discount for either a telephone/Skype or in-home nutrition package consultation. Telephone/Skype option is open to anyone living anywhere, even outside of BC.  In-home consult is available for anyone living in the Greater Vancouver region, from Maple Ridge through to Vancouver. To take advantage of this offer-please email/phone Annie directly and mention promo code: nutrition03

Check out the link here to find out how a Nutrition Consultation can benefit your child:  http://www.cheekychops.ca/blog/2013/12/cheekychops-now-offers-holistic-nutrition-advice

 

Slow Cooking

‘Tis the season to bring out the slow cookers, (if you haven’t already been using them all summer to keep the heat down in your home).

Slow cooker

Slow Cooker

The kids are back at school, the parents are back at work, Fall sports have begun, number of hours in a day seem to be less. And chances are, you are now making dinner in a mad frenzy and probably not making super healthy choices when it comes time to feed the family.

Dinner time stress

Dinnertime stress!

Slow cooking is a great way to avoid dinnertime disasters and hitting up the nearest drive-thru. You toss everything into the slow cooker before you head out to work in the morning and by the time you get home, dinner is ready to go. Some recipes will require that you precook part of the ingredients prior to putting putting them in the pot, but if you give yourself a little extra time in the morning to do this step, or even the night before, you shouldn’t run into any trouble when you’re trying to get the family out the door in the morning.

Take time to enjoy dinner

Family dinner time.

There are loads of cookbooks and websites that you can check out to find recipes that suit your lifestyle and diet.

Here are a few websites to get you started:

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_slow_cooker_recipes

http://www.cookinglight.com/food/top-rated-recipes/slow-cooker-favorites-00400000038588/

http://skinnyms.com/category/recipes/skinny-slow-cooker/

http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/recipe-index?slow-cooker

http://allrecipes.com/recipes/main-dish/slow-cooker/

http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/7-kid-favorite-slow-cooker-dinners-for-school-nights/

http://glutenfreeslowcooking.com/category/recipes/

http://momswithcrockpots.com/

Have fun, eat well and keep dinnertime stress-free:)