Three child-friendly recipes with chia

lemon lime chia with spirulina

One reason Chia is enjoying a terrific popularity in our family is probably because it instantly became Zoe’s favorite. And, to be quite honest, that doesn’t happen often with something that’s healthy and nutritious. Flax, another beloved seed with comparable nutritional benefits, has always been greeted with a dose of grumpiness. I think it’s the playful and jelly-like texture that’s really fun and inviting for the kids. Also, chia has no taste that can interfere with other flavors. Today, I {Read More}

Why and How To Introduce Millet to Your Picky Child

kid friendly recipes with millet

How to introduce millet for the first time to your picky child? Well, according to my experience with one picky eater, the best way is to introduce it as a sweet treat. And that’s really easy with millet because it’s so versatile! Why Introduce millet? Millet is a very healthy grain, to start with. It has splendid levels of important nutrients such as manganese, zinc, magnesium, tryptofan and B1 vitamin. It is also a great source of fiber. As you {Read More}

The many lives of autumn leaves: A weekend project (with free high resolution pictures)

five o'clock

How to keep enjoying all the breathtaking colors of the autumn foliage long after the season is gone? Here’s my suggestion for three fun and simple projects that you can embark on with your kids. It starts by going outside, finding and collecting different leaves (pretty, atypical, fulvous…) and pressing them between the pages an old book. Last weekend, for our extended fun time, Zoe and I decided to uncover our precious selection of leaves for the first time (although {Read More}

Catch of the Day: A Fish Alphabet Soup for Kids (and Tired Parents)

Fish Swimming, Art by Zoe

On my list of kid-friendly foods that are both nutrient-dense and inexpensive, a fish-head broth secures the prominent spot. Fish heads are, too often, abandoned by customers who fancy flawless fish fillets or who disregard heads for various reasons. Unwanted and not attractive to many, they are sold at bargain prices. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, or your fishmonger is in a good mood, they are even free. That’s what happened yesterday when my husband went to a fish market to {Read More}

Why and How Encourage Your Child to Eat Lentils

Unhulled red lentil

Does this scenario sound familiar? You’ve spent several hours consulting web-pages and books in order to advance your knowledge of child nutrition. Then you’ve selected quality ingredients, chopped them, cut your finger in the process, cooked, pulverized and carefully seasoned a meal. You’re feeling as you’ve accomplished a small feat when you finally get to serve it to your little one. And the only thing she says (with a super-sad face) is: “Oh, no…but, something smelled so good from the {Read More}

Rescue & Reinvent: DIY Eco-Friendly Envelopes

eco friendly envelope

To make envelopes that are eco-friendly and (hopefully) charming means simply diving into your creative wells, digging into storage boxes and visiting potentially dusty corners. Here are six ideas for do-it-yourself envelopes that can be brought to life by using your own supplies that are both simple and within reach. Card without envelope #1 If you make a card using heavy construction paper or light cardboard paper (like I did to make paper collage cards), you may skip the envelope! {Read More}

Natural and Effective Cold Remedies for Kids

cold remedies for kids

Common cold has two constants that we have to come to terms with: it cannot be cured and it will be at least a little bit annoying. I am joining the army of parents in a Herculean task to protect the well-being of their kids and let their immune systems develop by allowing for some discomfort and struggle. And everything in between the constant stuff may include creativity, friendly trickery and tons of patience in order to make the symptoms {Read More}

The Kid, The Apple and The Imaginary Superhero

four galla apples

Everyone in my family knows that apples are my second favorite fruit, right after wild blueberries. I often say that apples are somewhat like wine – there are many varieties and kinds (tart, sweet, fragrant, fresh, ripe) suited for different tastes as well as occasions (baking, salad, eating out of hand). As with wine, you may immediately fall in love with a certain variety while other varieties you will learn to appreciate. As a child I thought I didn’t like {Read More}