Tag: food
6 healthy, quick and easy ideas for school snacks
October 20, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Getting healthy and easy snacks and school lunches ready each morning can become a hassle and is more time consuming than we care to think. Especially because we also have to offer our kids a healthy variety and prepare ready to eat food, which can be transported in their backpacks or school bags. If this seems pretty uphill to you, relax. Today, we´ll give you 6 healthy, quick and easy ideas for school snacks.

7 reasons to sit the family down for dinner
May 20, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

During the last 20 years, a dozen or so studies have confirmed what parents have intuitively believed forever: sitting the family down at dinnertime is positive. Research has proved that sharing this special moment with our children helps them to choose their meals and eat better, improves their self -esteem and their learning. Younger children, who share food and participate in family conversations at mealtime, enhance their vocabulary and are less prone to eating disorders, including obesity.  If you need more reasons, keep reading.

Let´s Eat with Nenuco!
February 24, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Parents with children who have a hard time getting them to eat, know how frustrating this situation can become. But before you lose your temper, experts suggest parents start off by discovering why their kids refuse to eat and find ways to make eating easier and more appealing. At The Toy Blog we recommend you use a toy like ‘Nenuco’ so children feel identified while they keep playing.

Eating out and healthy
January 13, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Eating out with children might seem like a great plan but sometimes we aren´t entirely sure where to go. We´d rather they eat healthy because we know how important it is for them. Not only because they´re growing but because they need to learn how to eat well and eat just about anything. Going to a fast food restaurant is all right every now and then but it´s an option that has delicious and healthy rivals.

A healthy family diet
January 8, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Here, at The Toy Blog, we´ve written numerous posts on the importance of eating well. They say we are what we eat and eating well gives us the drive to stay healthy, acquire good habits and enjoy life much better. In terms of diets, nutritionists, doctors and paediatricians do not recommend healthy children go on diets because they need the necessary calories and nutrients in order to study, learn and play. After the holidays, however, there are certain diets –healthy and nutritious –that the entire family can enjoy. Here are three suggestions. But before, we´d like to clue you in on how your children can learn to eat healthy and actually like it.

Where does our food come from?
November 28, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

It´s an unfortunate fact: children today, especially those who live in urban areas, have no idea where food comes from. They mistakenly believe that milk, veggies and eggs come from the same place as cereals, toys and candy do: from the store. While childhood obesity and food disorders are on the rise, luckily taking care of what we eat is also on the up. It is now known that eating well is feeling good and performing better. But besides helping out in the kitchen and learning how to eat healthy, it´s also important they know where the food they eat comes from. Here are some simple tools and family fun activities to help your little ones be on the right track.

How to keep your child entertained on a plane
April 17, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

“The moment of truth has come and my fear has nothing to do with flying or the plane itself. I´m afraid my child going to go bezerk at 28 thousand feet in front of strangers and not being able to do anything about it.”  It might seem a bit over the top but many parents panic when it comes to flying with their children, especially on long flights. But the experience does not have to be a negative one. What you need to do is prepare yourself and your child before you do. With a bit of planning and creativity, your trip will hopefully…fly by.

Child Obesity
March 28, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Childhood obesity affects a child´s health and wellbeing and is one of the most serious public health issues in the 21st century. Overweight children not  only suffer from discrimination and teasing but suffer from life-threatening conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, sleep problems, eating disorders, skin infections and asthma among many others.

12 Grapes, 12 Alternatives
December 31, 2013  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

They say the Spanish custom of eating 12 grapes to the rhythm of one for each bell strike at midnight on December 31st, , dates back to 1895 and is said to bring good luck. Also known as the ”12 Lucky Grapes” this tradition has already been adopted in many Latin American countries. But, should we let our children join in? Despite the fact that they love to participate in these fun traditions, the danger of chocking due to the rhythm of the bell strikes or the size of the grape is considerable. If your children are too small to eat 12 grapes within a minute but you still want them to take part of the tradition, here are some alternatives. After reading, you might also change the classic grape for one of our suggestions. Here is our list of 12. From Toy Blog, we wish you a very Happy New Year!

1 The most loyal alternative to the real thing is have your children eat 12 grapes, previously peeled and seeded and cut into two.

2 12 raisins, like they do in Argentina. They are smaller than regular grapes and their sweet taste will be appreciated by the little ones.

3 Sweet tooth. Prepare a cup of 12 small gumdrops. 1 of each color and flavor.

4 Nuts. For children older than 5, prepare a cup of 12 peanuts or pistachios, already peeled.


5 A healthy alternative is to prepare a plate of 12 small pieces of cut apple or pear. They’ll also enjoy 12 small berries.

6 Crazy about Chocolate. Cut 12 small pieces of chocolate, according to their age and size and serve on a plate.

7 A la italiana. La Notte di Capodano is what Italians call the last day of the year and they celebrate it by eating a plate of lentils, believed to bring good luck. An adaptation of this would be to serve a plate with 12 pre-cooked lentils.

8  Corn. 12 grains of corn is our 8th alternative to eating regular grapes. Sweeter than lentils and easy to eat.

9  Cheese. Cut 12 small pieces of their favorite cheese.

10 Cereal.  12 pieces of their favorite cereal. Depending on the size, you can cut them in two.

11 12 small pieces of quince fruit. Sweet and mildly tart.

12  An assortment of all of the above.

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