Eating Healthy With #BensBeginners!

As a busy work at home mom, I know the struggles about finding quality time together. Even harder is feeding our children a healthy meal that they will actually eat.

Did you know that studies show that when you begin preparing your meal with rice, you end up with a meal that’s better for you? I personally love Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain rice, because it tastes awesome. My kids don’t know the difference between the whole grain and the white rice, and they are eating better and not even knowing it. That is why I wanted to tell you about Uncle Ben’s newest contest.

Uncle Ben’s has launched an exciting national contest called Ben’s Beginners! By entering the contest, you could win $20,000, along with a $50,000 grant towards a cafeteria makeover for your child’s school. In addition, you will have a chance to appear on The Rachael Ray show! Uncle Ben’s is calling for parents with children ages 5-12 to submit a 2-3 minute video of you cooking a rice-based dish with your children. For more info on the contest, please check out Ben’s Beginners on Facebook!

Here are a few of my tips for getting your kids to eat healthier:

1. Give you kids choices. My kids are way more inclined to eat something when they get to choose it. However, I make sure that their two choices are both healthy things! :)

2. Have your kids help cook dinner. I also have found that if my daughter gets to help cook dinner, she also will eat it.

3. Find out what your children’s school is teaching about nutrition. For Will, my 4 year old, they learned about healthy eating. For us, it made a natural segway into eating healthier at home. He is all about eating healthy and good things and even exercising now. As much as I drill that into his head, it always sounds better if they hear it from someone else like their teachers and friends!

4. Have your kids come grocery shopping with you. My 4 year old loves to pick out fruits for us to buy. The deal always is that if I buy it, you have to eat it. This seems to work well with my little one.

5. Make sure healthy snack are within reach. I always have a fruit bowl it. I make it super easy for the kids to grab a snack

There are so many ways to eat healthier in your home. How are you having your kids eat healthier?

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Uncle Ben’s blogging program, for 6,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Ben’s Beginners ContestLet’s get kids cooking!

The Chew Giveaway!

The Emmy award winning creators of “Paula Deen’s Home Cooking” and “Down Home With The Neely’s”, have combined the tools, tips, tricks and recipes to bring your family and friends together with memorable personalities to create a live, one hour daytime talk show where viewers get the dish on anything and everything related to the world of food and beyond.

As a source of joy, health, family ritual, friendship, breaking news, dating, fitness, travel adventures, and life’s best moments- food is at the center of everyone’s life. The hosts’ rich and varied mix of experiences stirs up honest and lively exchanges to make life better, fuller and more fun. With the best lifestyle team on TV, The Chew is a leap forward into a delicious new kind of talk show.

The Chew’s Thanksgiving Headquarters have soooo much for you to do with your Thanksgiving meals! There are sooo many awesomely great looking recipes.

This is why I have teamed up with The Chew and I’m giving away a The Chew Prize Pack (1 blanket and 1 keychain/bottle opener). Here’s what you need to do:…continue reading

The Chew Giveaway!

Fall’s newest Daytime TV show, The Chew, debuts today at 1pm et/12 pt/c on ABC! This ground-breaking talk show puts a culinary twist on daytime TV with the help of co-hosts Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz.  The Emmy award winning creators of “Paula Deen’s Home Cooking”and “Down Home With The Neely’s”, have combined  the tools, tips, tricks and recipes to bring your family and friends together with memorable personalities to create a live, one hour daytime talk show where viewers get the dish on anything and everything related to the world of food and beyond.

I’m actually watching it right now. I absolutely love that BLT appetizers they just showed. That just looked super yummy (it basically was a BLT without the bread).  I would like to see a few more recipes that don’t have weird ingredients that I don’t have in my home.  However, overall, I am liking the show (granted, this is the first one, so we’ll have to see).

Since this is a brand new show, I’ve arranged for one lucky reader to win a The Chew Prize Pack.  In it, you will find 1 blanket and 1 bottle opener/keychain.  Here’s what you need to do:

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