In the winter, we tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables. Try these recipes that feature available fresh and frozen varieties.
Banana Oat Muffins
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 (1 ½ cups) over-ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup tub margarine, melted
- 1 t vanilla
Starting with Halloween, it can sometimes feel as if parents are struggling against overwhelming forces in order to keep children eating healthy. We move straight from the pumpkin buckets overflowing with candy, into Thanksgiving with the dining tables overflowing with turkey, trimmings and pie. From there, it can be an endless parade of holiday parties filled with cookies and rich foods. Add traveling and extended family into the mix, with well-meaning relatives who encourage a little overindulging here and there, it can be easy to simply give in and go with the flow.
We are fortunate to have a lot of great sledding hills in the Madison area. If you are not within walking distance of a hill, you can easily pack up the kids in the car and drive to a great spot.
- Safe location
Not all hills are safe. Avoid hillsides that end near a street, parking lot or other hazards like a pond, trees or fence. Choose a hill that is snowy rather than icy to avoid any hard landings if kids fall off the sled. Sled during the day or on a well-lit hill at night so potential hazards are visible.
- Appropriate clothing
Hats, gloves, snow pants, boots, and winter coats are important to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. Avoid clothing that can get caught in a sled, like a scarf, and pose a choking risk.
Don’t hibernate, embrace the season
Yes, Wisconsin is known for its cold and snowy winters. We have two choices. We can shut ourselves indoors, complain about the weather and wait for spring to come. Or, we can get out and play. With 2 young children, our family has chosen to get out and play. It’s easy, its fun and its wonderful family bonding time.
I heard somewhere, “the days are long and the years are short.” Well said as the New Year fast approaches. So it is time to reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the new year. And, adults are not the only ones that can benefit from New Year’s Resolutions. Kids can too.
You can help your kids, even preschoolers, make their resolutions and encourage them to follow them through the year. It may also help you keep on track with your own resolutions as you encourage each other.