I might be addicted…

to squash.
Yellow squash.
Possibly onions as well.
Last Tuesday I fixed risotto with caramelized onions and squash and carrots and fresh bread.
Last Friday I fixed a medley of frozen veggies….that included yellow squash.
Sunday I made sauteed squash and carrots and sweet onion with pulled BBQ chicken on fresh bread.
Last night, I pureed the leftovers and mixed it into a potato soup, extra cheesy….with more fresh bread.

I’m a little concerned that my diet might be a little high in squash and bread.

Rainbow Meal Planning

I realized at dinner last weekend that we needed a new way to eat. I, as mom and Chief Lunchlady, needed to find a way to get healthier foods on our table and in our mouths.
I did a little research on foods of different colors and created a little chart for us to use to see how well we do.
The goal is to eat on food of each color of the rainbow every day. Here is our chart (click the picture to download it for yourself!)

Eat The Rainbow Chart
I’m printing one for each member of the family so we can mark off every time we eat a color. The person who can fill up the entire rainbow (7 colors X 7 days = 49 check marks) will win a prize at the end of the week.
To help me choose foods I printed off the pdf on the NDSU site : “What Color is Your Food?
Ask Dr Sears’ website has some great information on what nutrients come from what colors (natural colors of course!) and a few fun ideas to get the kids interested in eating colorful foods!
I also stumbled upon some fun info about food and colors 🙂
Color Matters has me on the hunt for a blue light for my fridge!  Seems blue is an appetite suppressant!
From Color Psychology:

Food for Thought

While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing. Blue food is rare in nature. Food researchers say that when humans searched for food, they learned to avoid toxic or spoiled objects, which were often blue, black, or purple. When food dyed blue is served to study subjects, they lose appetite.Green, brown, and red are the most popular food colors. Red is often used in restaurant decorating schemes because it is an appetite stimulant.
Read more: Color Psychology — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/colors1.html#ixzz19kqsWP92

This doesn’t explain the absolute deliciousness that are Blueberry Muffins but there is an exception to every rule right?
Maybe I’ll start participating in Muffin Tin Monday again!  A color in each spot!
Are you trying to eat healthier in the New Year?  Do you have any special plans to get you there?

Lesson in States of Matter, with snacks!

Let me confess, up front, that I walked in on a PBS show where the classroom was doing this and I thought it was a great idea! I’m trying to give credit where it’s due, but I don’t know which show they were watching (probably Sid the Science Kid).

The teacher filled a small shoe box tub with water, about 1/2 full or so, and froze it.  Then she layed in a layer of lemons, grapes, etc. and added some more water and froze that.  Looked like she may have done even another layer of water after that.  I’m thinking I’ll do a small block then set it inside a bigger one and so on so my layers are all around.

Then they flipped the ice block out and put it onto a deep tray (hmm.. roasting pan maybe?).  The kids took turns touching the ice, drawing pictures of the ice with the fruit ‘floating’ in it.  As they did work, and talked about ice, it started to melt.  After a while the kids could pick off the ‘snacks’, and the conversation moved to discussing the liquid state.

With it being so cold outside and everything so frozen I think this might be a fun activity for my girls to do.  We might even break out a hair dryer to speed it up a little.  Doodlebug is old enough to boil water, maybe we’ll take the melted liquid and move it to a pan where she can watch it become vapor.

ohh the ideas!

Here’s a cool site (FREE) that I found on states of matter… called Chem4Kids.com!
**no affiliation, just sharing a cool find**