snacks 

How to Make Snack Time Healthy and Fun

Fruit before cookies when it comes to snack time. Credit: Getty Images
It's tough to please everyone at snack time. Parents want their kids to eat healthy food, while kids often push for chips and soda.
But experts tell ParentDish t...
Instead of reaching for the cookies first, opt for an apple.

Farmer Steve's Organic Microwave Popcorn

Once you pop organic, you'll never want anything else. Credit: Amwell Valley Organic Grains
In 2007, there was a big push for microwave popcorn manufacturers to stop using diacetyl, an ingredient in artificial...
A friend recently turned us on to Farmer Steve's Popcorn, and our microwave has been popping with excitement ever since.

Add Papaya to Your Diet for Better Digestion

Christopher Columbus called it the "fruit of angels." Others were less poetic merely referring to it as the "big melon." But today, papaya is best known as the fruit for digestion. Cultivated in Mexico, this nutrient packed fruit has been used m...

Butterfly Bites Make a Great Spring-Themed Snack

With spring just around the corner, why not treat your kids to a fun, spring-themed snack that's healthy, too? Typical snacks for kids these days usually fall into the not-so-healthy "junk food and baked goods" category -- think muffins, cupcakes, cr...

Snacking Shocker: Kids Prefer Cheetos to Carrots

When a snack attack strikes, are kids opting for junk food? Credit: Paul J. Richards, AFP/Getty Images
Apples, carrot sticks or raisins? Puh-leeze. When it comes to snack time, more kids are reaching for salty chips, candy and junk food than e...

Delivering Birthday Party Invitations: An Unexpected Workout

At Cabin Fever we aim to make room for everyone in the family to participate, however small or tall the activity. In our last post, our almost-seven-year-old made her own birthday invitations. Thus, our Saturday afternoon plan: to deliver freshly-mad...

Curb the Carbs! Snack Time is Out of Control

Are your kids overdoing the sugary snacks? Credit: halloweve1977
Who would have thought childhood snacks could create so much anxiety? But, as a diatribe in The New York Times asserts, snacks for children can be treacherous ground for many pare...

Distraction Tactics: Comforting a Child Who Is Not Your Own

Occasionally, or even fairly frequently, I have in my care someone else's child. Occasionally, though thankfully not as frequently, someone else's child discovers she misses her own mother, or is in some other way suffering malaise, boredom, or angst...

Too Much Sugar - How Bad?

Well, okay, maybe just one... Photo courtesy of Stockexpert.com.
I used to think of our home as a "low sugar" household. Then recently, we had visitors -- dear friends from the other coast who apparently truly do have a low sugar household. I kno...

Braving the voting lines with your kids

I voted today -- yay! I may have just moved and had a baby less than a month ago, but I actually left the house and voted -- wouldn't have missed it for the world. Even better than proudly taking part in the Democratic process, my family went with m...

DailyDish - Get lunch ready the night before

Make everyone's lunches and any other meals or snacks the night before....

Healthy kid foods - not so healthy

Anyone who has ever taken a child to the grocery store knows that food marketers who target children know their stuff. Sugary cereals are on the bottom shelf, and beloved cartoon characters adorn box after box of chewy, gooey, treats. Though marketer...

Fridgewatcher lets you share your leftovers with the world

People all over the world are opening wide their refrigerator doors and sharing their contents with the public on a site called Fridgewatcher. According to Fridgewatcher, "every fridge tells a story." And you know what? After being sucked into this s...

Chewing on Lego

There's a reason the Lego company offers up the larger Duplo building blocks for younger kids -- children under the age of three or four are likely to put their toys in their mouth and the smaller Lego bricks are a definite choking hazard. So you tea...

Fruit is the number one snack for kids under 6

Hey moms and dads -- give yourself a pat on the back. The NPD group recently found that fruit is now the number one snack food for kids under the age of 6, bumping cookies -- a longtime favorite -- out of their number one slot. They also found tha...

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