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Recipe: Easy no-fry fish sticks

I’m sure parents everywhere are constantly thinking of new ways to introduce a variety of healthy foods to their children.  I have a fussy eater so I often have to get creative with foods.  I wanted to share this simple recipe that a friend of mine suggested to get my daughter to eat fish (Thanks Christie!!).  Our whole family enjoys this and it’s easy to adapt to different tastes.

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July 5, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Dealing with mealtime madness » Mommy Culture - […] Fish nuggets Bake salmon or tilapia and let it cool. In a bowl, mash the fish and combine with some mayonnaise, salt, pepper and any spices you desire. Shape them into small patties or nuggets. Dip them in an egg mixture and then coat with breadcrumbs. Bake in an oven for about 15 minutes in 375°F. *Tip: To make homemade bread crumbs: Let bread dry out, or toast it, then put it in a ziploc bag and start crushing it into a powder with a heavy pan or rolling pin. Fish sticks Check out our home-made fish sticks recipe. […]

Cow’s Milk: the controversial staple

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Milk is usually the ultimate go-to for anyone wanting a refreshing and nutrient-dense drink.  Most of us have been raised with a cup of milk at bedtime.  Two-cups of milk a day for children is the rule of thumb we keep hearing from our conventional GPs.

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March 18, 2013 - 3:48 pm

Kavitha - My 16-month old daughter does not consume whole cow’s milk or the recommended serving as she is somewhat allergic to it. She does, however, consume 2% cow’s milk in small amount and we include cheese, yogurt, and as you mentioned lots of dark green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, kale, etc in her diet. I have yet to try goat’s milk but have seen them in stores and they are expensive too.

March 18, 2013 - 8:11 pm

Anushiya - Hi Kavitha, yes, goat milk is 3-4 times more expensive than cow’s milk…if I remember correctly, when we were giving it a go, we paid about $4 for a 1L carton. Have you tried sardines? I heard of sardines paste we can add to cooked dishes, salad dressings and alike…down the road for your daughter. ;0) As most kids’ do, hope your daughter’s allergy/discomfort fades with age. Thanks for your comment.

March 19, 2013 - 12:08 am

Priya - Dairy allergy is very common these days and there are many other alternatives to dairy. Our 2nd son who was severly allergic to dairy protein, our alternate source were soy, almond, rice and coconut based products. His allergies were so severe that he couldn’t even tolerate baked goods as they had dairy protein in them. After 4 years, he’s now slowly outgrowing his allergies – cheese, yogurt can be consumed without him reacting but we haven’t done milk yet. Organic and alternate choices do get expensive but when one doesn’t have a choice – it becomes part of lifestyle. I am looking forward to not having to shop in 2 or 3 different stores anymore to find the exclusive products for him as regular stores are carrying gluten free and dairy free products.

March 20, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Usha - I’ve heard of dairy allergies in many people but since my kids are not allergic to dairy products, I continue giving them 2% milk. They drink milk about 1-2 times a day and other dairy food such as cheese and yogurts etc …

I’ve also heard of goat/sheep milk, but I haven’t personally tried it as they are 1) expensive 2) high in fat. Although I’ve also heard that milk is hard to digest etc, I think everything done in moderation is okay. Oriental people do not consume milk for the same reason (it is hard for them to digest).

I think if my kids were allergic to milk, I would have explored other options. My co-worker also told me about ‘almond milk’, which is a good substitute even for adults, though I haven’t tried it yet.

March 22, 2013 - 8:29 pm

Anushiya - Hi Priya,
I can only imagine the lifestyle changes you and your family had to and still make due to your son’s allergy. My son had a classmate who was allergic to wheat, egg and dairy during his kindergarten days. Over the last two years, I understand he is also making progress tolerating certain foods. It must be a challenge eating out, letting them be free at parties and even at school. It is indeed nice that a variety of products can be found in regular supermarkets instead of specialty stores.

March 22, 2013 - 8:33 pm

Anushiya - Hi Usha,
Yeah..almond milk has become a staple in our house as one family member prefers it with cold cereal. I know there are many kinds out there now including rice milk. You know these ‘milks’ are all made from simply grinding them with water and filtering with a cheese cloth…can be done at home – if desired, that is. ;0)

Do you worry about the safety of children’s products?

As parents, we are naturally concerned about the safety of our children whether they’re playing, eating or even sleeping.  I have always had the habit of looking up reviews on big purchase items before buying them.  After becoming a mother, I started worrying about the safety of items I bought for my daughter, from her car seat, to her crib to her play mats!  I guess that’s not a bad thing, but sometimes I do feel like I am too paranoid, especially when I’m around very relaxed parents.  However, I am diligent about doing research on most of the products I buy for my daughter.

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We are lucky in Canada that there are strict standards for children’s products, including toys.  Although many are manufactured outside the country, there are regulations in place to ensure the safety of products in the market.  Even with these safety recommendations, sometimes toys and children’s products are recalled from the market if there are reported incidents of failed safety features.  Before making big purchases like strollers and car seats, or even small toys, it’s a good idea to check the list of recalled products in Canada.  You can easily find it and other resources on the Healthy Canadians website: http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/

The site also has good information on various topics related to Toy Safety.

Apart from safety, it is also helpful to read reviews by other parents before you purchase products.  Whether it is talking to other parents you know, or doing a simple search on the internet, you can find a wide variety of reviews.  Although they are just personal testimonials, some reviewers offer a wealth of information on the safety and appropriateness of the product.     

It goes without saying that we need to always supervise our children and sometimes use plain common sense (i.e don’t let your 6 month old play with a telephone wire).  However, it is always good to do some research on our part when it comes to items we buy for our children. 

How do you check for product safety?

Check out some other useful links:

http://www.toy-testing.org/

http://www.safekid.org/en/

http://www.safekidscanada.ca/

Saumea

March Break Activities 2013

Looking for things to do during March Break?  Since schools and some daycares are out this week, you need to keep little minds entertained.  If you are lucky enough to be able to take some time off to spend the break with them, here are just some of the many things to do in and around the city at short notice.

Toronto Zoo www.torontozoo.com

The weather may be cool, but you can check out a lot of the tropical pavilions and stay warm.  There are lots of activities during the break like Keeper Talks, visit the white lions, polar bears and more.

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)  www.rom.on.ca

There are lots of day camps and activities that run during this time and kids can learn about science, animals and prehistoric life.  Also check out Ultimate Dinosaurs which closes on March 17.

Evergreen Brick Works www.ebw.evergreen.ca

Activities for children and adults. They also have a farmer’s market every Saturday.

Bata Shoe Museum www.batashoemuseum.ca

Kids can enjoy doing crafts and fun activities during the day during the drop-in sessions.

Ontario Science Centre www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

If you don’t feel like going all the way downtown, you can check out lots of cool activities at Science Centre.  March Break programming for kids run from March 11 – 15.

Wizard world at Exhibition Place  http://wizardworld.ca/

This indoor park has rides, arts and crafts, concessions etc for kids and takes place at the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place.  Check out the Xtreme Wild show with animals from the Bowmanville Zoo, daredevil and juggling acts and lots of other activities.

Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After  http://disney.go.com/disneyonice/

This musical showcase  takes place from March 13 – 17.  This new show has a variety of Disney characters and princesses doing musical numbers and is sure to please a wide variety of Disney lovers.

Markham Museum http://www.markham.ca/wps/portal/Markham/RecreationCulture/MarkhamMuseum

If you are north of the city, the Markham Museum offers a series of family drop-in activities all week long that are engaging and interactive for children 12 and under.  Take part in lots of exciting hands-on indoor and outdoor activities.

Casa Loma www.casaloma.org

Casa Loma is hosting an old fashion carnival that you can enjoy with the whole family

 

Also check out your local community centres and libraries for a variety of programs running during March Break such as movie time, story time sessions, craft slots and more.  Some may require pre-registration, while others may be just drop-in.

 

Get out there and make some memories.

Have a safe and happy March Break.

Mommy Culture Team