Midday Fix: Picky eater tips and information about MommyCon from Sally Kuzemchak

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Sally Kuzemchak

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Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide: Feed Your Family. Save Your Sanity

Event:

March 5
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
North and South Ballrooms
5555 N. River Road
Rosemont

For tickets and more information:

mommy-con.com/

 

Checkerboard Sandwich: This is a sandwich made with one slice white bread, one slice whole wheat bread.

Smoothie with yogurt/spinach/fruit: Green smoothies are all the rage but some picky eaters may feel unsure about the color. Blueberries are a great way to mask the green color while providing tons of nutrition.

Blueberry Surprise Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 banana, peeled and frozen
1 cup yogurt (plain or vanilla for extra sweetness)
1/2 cup 100% orange juice
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 handful fresh baby spinach (rinsed)

Directions:
Put all ingredients in the blender and process until smooth.
Serves 2

Presentation can make a big difference to kids and doing something as simple as serving vegetables in a different shape can win over some picky eaters. You could offer carrots whole, cut into sticks, cut into coins, and even cut into a fun shape using a cookie cutter.  Or offer red pepper rings (or “flowers”) vs. pepper strips vs. mini bite-sized peppers.

Dippable salad for kids: If your kids aren’t sold on salad, give them one they can dip! We’ll have the crunchy romaine leaves and veggies ready, and the hosts will help whisk up the homemade ranch dressing using a Stonyfield recipe.

Veggies in different shapes: Presentation can make a big difference to kids and doing something as simple as serving veggies in a different shape can win over some picky eaters. You could offer carrots whole, cut into sticks, cut into coins, and even cut into a fun shape using a cookie cutter.  Or offer red pepper rings (or “flowers”) vs. pepper strips vs. mini bite-sized peppers.

Ranch Dip

Ingredients:
1/2 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried chives
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup Greek plain yogurt
1 tsp lemon juice

Directions:
Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Fun food on a stick: Eating food off a stick is fun for kids!

“Build it yourself”:  Set up your meals in "build it yourself" buffet style (or family style) so kids can choose what they want and have more control over what's on their plate.

www.stonyfield.com