Friday Links, Recipes, and Food News, 1/23

                      image via beeswrap.com  

                      image via beeswrap.com
 

We mostly use glass food storage containers and mason jars for food storage, but on occasion I still do use plastic wrap. I saw these beeswax cloth covers in my Instagram feed this week and I am totally intrigued. They are reusable (you just wipe them clean) and they come in a variety of sizes. Made with organic cotton muslin, beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin, they are said to have natural antibacterial properties. Solves the problem of not being able to find the right lid for a glass container (and reduces worries about leaching plastic into our food.)

                                                                                             image via larabar.com

                                                                                             image via larabar.com

Larabar just released a new granola that's filled with nuts, spices, and dried fruits. This would be a great snack to keep in your purse or diaper bag, either as a mama snack or a nibble for an older toddler paired with milk.

Recipes to share:

Dark Chocolate Pudding: We've had this pudding and loved it, but I was reminded that I need to make it again after I heard that my little friend Violet gobbled hers up.
Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili: Aimee at Simple Bites is one of my favorite sources for family-friendly food and this pantry recipe sounds like something we'd love. (Just skip the chlii if your littles aren't into spicy.)
Pasta with Make-Ahead Roasted Vegetables: My friend Virginia shared this awesome technique for getting a quick, yet flavorful dinner on the table in a flash: roast a big sheet pan of veggies ahead of time (like on the weekend), store them in the fridge, then combine them with pasta and cheese at dinnertime. Yum!

Two studies that recently came across my desk:
Experts are now potentially targeting pizza as the culprit of the obesity epidemic in kids after research was published in the journal Pediatrics. Clearly, it's a very common kid food—14% of toddlers eat pizza each day—and it's often high in fat, calories, and sodium. I have to question what kind of pizza they used in their study though, and point out that narrowing the focus on eating habits to just this one food is a really slippery slope. I would much rather experts focus on the ingredients, portion sizes, and helping kids to learn how to identify the feeling of fullness. (And maybe schools can start teaching kids to make their own pizza!)

And if you want your kiddos to eat more produce, try feeding them after recess (or playing outside), says a new study from the journal Preventative Medicine. The study found that eating in this order equals an intake of 54% more fruits and vegetables during the meal. Maybe the kids are just hungrier after running around? Either way, I'm glad my daughter has outdoor play or time in the gym before lunch each day at her school.

Have a great weekend friends!