29 April 2006

Pasta and juice that contains protein and vegies?

Kristen (Cool Mom Picks, Motherhood Uncensored) seems to have read my mind in the protein-and-vegie department:

1) For kids not eating enough protein but who love their pasta (or mac n' cheese), try Barilla Pasta Plus - it has around 10g of protein per serving. [It contains whole grain, ground-up legumes, etc. -- Ed.]

2) For kids not getting enough veggies, maybe they'll drink them. My daughter loves
V-fusion by V-8. It has no high fructose corn syrup, is 100% juice, and has a full serving of fruits and veggies per 8oz glass.

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We're big Barilla Plus fans, as my kids can't tell the difference in taste, and we get the chance to knowingly shovel ground lentils, chick peas, oats, spelt, barley and flaxseeds into their stomach pipes. Me, I can taste the difference and I like regular, blue-box Barilla better. However, watching my waist get wider, I'd better start converting to the Plus.

This may only work if you have a child who (like mine) has an intense attachment to all things red. But around age 2, we declared that plain old V8 was "firefighter juice" (based on its color). She drank it up like a charm. Since then, it's been one of her primary means of vegetable intake.

Just Peas is our latest discovery. The freeze dried peas have my son popping peas as if they were sugar-covered Cheerios. Also popular with him is Just Corn.

I was writing up an entire post about Just Vegetables! They're super-expensive, but delicious. That corn is addictive. The strawberries are good, too.

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