Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sensational Brownies

Sensational because they are awesome and sensational because there's flax seed, spinach and blueberries hiding in that batter. 

Both my girls are picky eaters and will eat sweets all day long, but gag at the thought of meat and veggies! Here's one way of introducing the dreaded spinach! Some notes about spinach; cooking spinach multiplies the nutritional value and eating spinach with a fruit (like blueberries) helps the body absorb all the nutrients. 

You'll find the recipe in the food section of this blog. The brownies are so good, you may want to double the recipe and bake in a 9x13x2-inch baking pan. Doubling the blueberry-spinach sauce will make it easier to puree.

The flavour may be too intense for some sensational kids (my son isn't a fan of the brownies), but your picky eaters will love it!

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Food for Sensational Children

I'm going to blog my recipes….the ones I whipped up for my children in desperation … and actually worked. Rest assured, I'm not a genius or awesome cook…..With every recipe that worked, 10 failed (probably more)! Feeding a picky eater is the toughest job and comes with lots and lots of criticism; from the child and OTHER PARENTS…..because (as we know) everyone else seems to think they can do it better than we can…..everyone else knows OUR children better than WE do, right? Cough, cough…. I don't think so…..cough, cough.

Okay, hope you find some ideas that will help you feed your picky eaters. Remember, wether your child has SPD or is just a "picky eater", you can't "fix it" overnight. Helping your child enjoy a healthy diet will take years of patience and restraint! Forcing children to "eat your vegetables" will only teach them to "hate their vegetables". Forcing and bribing (yes, we all say it…."no dessert until you finish your veggies") only develops unhealthy attitudes towards food and eating. If you don't want your children to eat dessert…..don't make dessert. And if you have a child with SPD that only eats dessert, use the dessert as a stepping stone to a more sophisticated diet. 

Visit Food for Sensational Children for more of my sensational cooking. 

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects at least one in twenty children. Children with SPD don't process or experience sensory information the way other typical children do; therfore, they don't behave the way other children do. They struggle to perform tasks that come easier for other children. Consequently they suffer a loss of quality in their social, personal, emotional and academic life.

The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is dedicated to continue their research into the knowledge and treatment of SPD, so that, as Lucy Jane Miller writes in her book "Sensations Kids", "the millions of sensational children currently "muddling through" daily life will enjoy the same hope and help that research and recognition already have bestowed on coutless other conditions that once baffled science and disrupted lives."