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Sunday, 27-Jan-2013 06:01 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Snack Time

Snack Time<br/><br/> The kids are home from school. They haven't had anything to eat since lunch time three hours ago. They are starving. Will they reach for the bag of potato chips, or find some fruit wedges and dip? Helping our kids eat nutrition snacks is easy if they are the only choice. Don't buy the junk foods at the store and your children won't have to resist eating them. Here are some fun ideas for snack time at home.<br/> Kids love to dip. Make foods that they can dip with. Vegetables are a given, but fruits are also good with a fruit dip. You can make one using some whipping cream and jello mix. This sounds really sweet and sugary, but you are getting them to eat fruit as well. Limit their dip to a spoonful so they don't put too much on each piece.<br/> Adding creativity to the display or cut of the food makes it fun to eat. You can slice apples and cut them into bites and serve them with toothpicks or skewers. Add bites of bananas or other fruits between the apple bites. <br/> Fast snacks are another choice. Bagels with peanut butter, rice cakes, fruit, nutrition bars, granola bars, and fruit rollups are some quick ideas. Add a glass of fruit juice and your kids will be set. <br/> There are lots of recipes that you can find for your kid's after school snack. If you don't have time to bake during the day, make a batch of cookies or other snack on the weekend and freeze the dough or the cooked food. Then before the kids get home from school, pull it out of the freezer and let it thaw, or cook it. Providing nutritious snacks gives your kids the energy they need to make it to dinner time.

Wednesday, 23-Jan-2013 05:57 Email | Share | | Bookmark

Immunization<br/><br/> There is a lot of information out about immunizing your child, and a lot of opinion and controversy. There is a lot of mis-information available as well. No matter what choice you make, these are things you need to do before your child can start school. Before your child starts kindergarten, he or she will need to have a physical performed by a doctor. Your school should provide the forms, including the immunization paperwork. <br/> If you have completed immunizations, the nurse can complete the dates for all the shots and give any that are still needed. If you have chosen not to immunize, you will probably need to make an appointment with the healthy department. This will vary from state to state. In Utah, you have to meet with a nurse who will tell you all the harmful effects to your child by not immunizing. You have to stick to your decision, and then they sign the waiver. There can be a lot of pressure on you if you have chosen not to immunize your child. Make sure you are well informed and can explain your choice.<br/> As your child progresses through school, they may need boosters to their previous shots. When they begin junior high, they will need all the paperwork completed again, or copied from the elementary school.<br/> Whatever choice you make with your children and their health, make sure you are aware of the pros and cons and make your choice wisely. It's often easier to immunize and avoid the pressure that is associated with choosing not to. However, if you feel strongly about not subjecting your children to the shots, be informed about your choice. Make the right choice for you and your children.


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