Saturday, August 18, 2012

Parker Picked a Peck of Peppers

After eating lots of bell peppers at the Oregon coast last month, Parker and Taylor are on a bell pepper kick.  Ever since we've been back they've been requesting that we keep the fridge stocked with red and orange peppers.  As a late night snack, Parker will come in with a plate full of cut up bell peppers to share with Taylor and me.  It's great:)

What's For Dinner?

I was reading a Yahoo article entitled "The 7 worst summer foods for kids."  Number two was:

Pepperoni Pizza
One slice packs nearly 300 calories, and your munchkin may want seconds. There are also gobs of saturated fat and dehydration-promoting sodium, about 700 mg per piece. Kids need only 1,000 to 1,300 mg per day.
Smart swap: Homemade veggie pizza on whole-grain crust. Besides being healthier, your pipsqueak can pitch in with this cooking project, which wards off boredom. Just buy a premixed ball of whole-grain dough, low-sodium tomato sauce and vegetables your little one loves. "Mushrooms, green peppers, red peppers and tomatoes are great choices," says Marilyn Tanner-Blasiar, MHS, RD, LD, a registered dietitian in St. Louis, MO. "You can also add skinless chicken breast or lean hamburger for protein," which keeps kids fuller, longer and means less rooting around in the kitchen for a snack.

After reading this I asked Christi if we should stop eating so much Little Caesar's.  Her quick reply:

"No.  Because their parent's sanity is far more important to a child's health and longevity than what they have for dinner.  Besides that, I always order one ham and pineapple so they get their fruit."



PS.  Xander has been home since Thursday.  Although he continues to take an antibiotic, he has a persistent low-grade fever.  He is starting to go stir crazy since he is supposed to have his leg elevated basically all the time.  The swelling in the foot is looking better.  We keep praying that his infection will be taken care of with this antibiotic.