January 2012

Giveaway: Dried Fruit That Will Amaze You!

by Sally on January 28, 2012

Both of my kids love dried fruit and fight over it like it’s candy. And sometimes, dried fruit can seem a lot like candy–especially when a bunch of sugar’s been added.

That’s one reason I dig these new Plum Amazins. They have no added sugar at all, and are naturally lower in sugar (and calories) than even raisins. And since they’re dried plums, they’ve got a bunch of fiber: 3 grams per serving.

Yes. I said dried plums.

As in, prunes.

Prunes!

Prunes you will love. Prunes your kids will gobble up.

To be honest, I’d never even tried prunes before. Though I love fresh plums, prunes have always given me the willies. They’ve always looked a little too mushy and menacing.

But Plum Amazins are cute little dices and aren’t mushy at all. My kids eat them straight from the canister. I’ve been toting them around in a little baggie with raw almonds.

You can also toss them onto salads

or bake them into cookies.

Want to try them for yourself?

I’m giving away a coupon for a FREE canister of Plum Amazins to two readers.

To enter, please:

1. “Like” Real Mom Nutrition on Facebook here if you don’t already.

2. Leave a comment after this post telling me your favorite dried fruit and how you like to eat it (on oatmeal? with nuts? straight-up?).

The giveaway will end Wednesday February 1 at noon EST. I will choose two winners through Random.org and mail out the coupons.

Disclosure: Sunsweet provided me with a coupon for myself, as well as two for my readers.

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Battling the Screen Time Beast

by Sally on January 23, 2012

When you are as tortured by the issue of screen time as I am, you talk to a lot of moms about it. Here are the ones at the extremes:

1. The mom who is quick to tell you that heck yeah, her kids watch TV–and a lot of it. “How would I ever get anything done otherwise?” she asks you, like you are a crazy person.

2. The mom who is quick to tell you that they don’t even own a television (she may or may not say this loudly enough so that all mothers around her are sure to hear). And even if they did own a television, her child would be too busy reading The Little Prince in its original French or writing a rock opera for the Wiggles to bother with it anyway.

I am jealous of both of these moms. Because at least they’re at peace–and totally unapologetic–about their choices.

Me? I struggle with screen time. Every. Single. Day.

Inspired by a friend's TV slipcover, I had this one made so my kids would forget that we even owned a set. That didn't work of course, but it looks pretty.

On paper, our policy is fine: About 45 minutes, twice a day. It also fits with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guideline of no more than two hours of screen time daily.

In reality, our policy makes me insane.

There is fighting between my kids about what to watch. There is whining and crying when it’s time to shut it down. There is nagging for just ten, five, two more minutes of TV time. Now that Santa finally gave in and sent a Wii down our chimney, there’s even more angst (and arguments) around the precious allotment of screen time. (So far, the only good thing about the Wii is that Sam now walks around the house singing “Crazy Train”.)

I wish my kids preferred to to draw or build puzzles or play with those expensive Geo Trax trains we bought for them that they don’t use nearly enough to justify the cost.

But yet, they adore their screen time.

It’s perfectly normal. I logged many happy hours with the Jetsons, Flintstones, Cleavers, Ricardos, and Bradys as a child. Yet I’m still dismayed. I can’t help but worry that my children’s brains (and attention spans) are shrinking just a tiny bit with every click of the remote, that the endless amount of accessible entertainment–DVDs, Netflix, Wii, Angry Birds–is sucking their imaginations dry.

Every couple of months, I go so off the deep end about screen time that I threaten to pull the plug on the whole operation. And it’s not a (totally) empty threat. In fact, I’m secretly waiting for the day when my kids push my buttons so much that I finally do it.

Assuming I could even locate the actual power cord and untangle it from all the other ones, that is.

If you have thoughts about screen time (or an effective strategy for handling it), do share!

And for more discussion on what even “counts” as screen time, check out this post from Advice From Marta

 

 

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Foods That Scare Me

January 15, 2012

Snacks that claim to solve the dire problem of junk food packages being difficult to hold & pour Chicken shaped like bugs A slushee made into a candy that you spray out of a bottle into your mouth Frozen dinners for two year olds Chocolate cereal filled with…chocolate (that also glorifies bad spelling) What foods […]

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Clearly A Man Made This Poster

January 7, 2012

Let me make sure I get this straight: Because Michelle Obama isn’t a size zero like the ladies on the left, she doesn’t have the right to help kids and families with her Let’s Move campaign? I’ve heard variations of this joke before–from politicians and pundits on cable news shows who probably all have killer […]

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