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!

No Name Premium Meats

No Name products are designed for busy families on the go. They are known for bringing delicious meals from freezer to plate in less than 30 minutes with products that can be easily prepared and still offer the family the taste and nutrition they expect.

Now, their steaks are something I have tried in the past. We actually like them so much that we’ve brought them camping with us to make. They are really good and really easy to make. Really, what more do you want from your steak?

We’ve also tried the chicken from the Superb and Simple product line. The products in this line are awesome. Everything is breaded and seasoned for you! They make dinner time so easy (and make it look like you put a lot more time into it than you did!). I love that all I have to do is open the box and then put the chicken in the oven. The rest has been for you, so you just have to come up with a side for these! As a busy mom, I love it! Best of all, the chicken we tried was super yummy too!

No Name has a ton of product offerings, and they definitely have something for everyone! I highly recommend trying them out!

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Kellogg’s Froot Loops and Apple Jacks With Fiber

We recently tried out the new Kellogg’s Froot Loops and Apple Jacks here in my house.  Both are eaten in my house, so I happily was willing to try out the new Kellogg’s Froot Loops and Apple Jacks With Fiber.  I did a taste test with my kids to see if they could tell the difference.  Guess what?  They ate up the Froot Loops with Fiber and the Apple Jacks with Fiber, and they had no idea!  Madison is especially picky, and she loved them.

I’ll admit that both these cereals probably aren’t the most healthiest ones out there.  However, I love that they are trying to make it more healthy.  Most of us don’t get enough fiber in our diets, and this is a great way to get fibers benefits.  What benefits?  Fiber aids in digestion, helps us to feel more full, and looks after our hearts (just to name a few benefits).  Who wouldn’t want that for breakfast every morning in a great tasting cereal?

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Kellogg’s and received boxes of Froot Loops and Apple Jacks and a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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