I am uncomfortable with self promoting, but healthy cooking ideas for kids
parties are easy to find in the cookbooks co-authored with my husband David
Goldbeck. Particularly, American Wholefoods Cuisine, which includes a list of
Children's Party Ideas and recipes for each of the items. The "menu" is posted
online at www.HealthyHighways.com (click on Our Catalog, then scroll down to
American Wholefoods Cuisine and hit recipes). I have pasted it below so you can
get the basic idea. All of our recipes (in all of our books) are made with whole
grains, unrefined sweeteners, no hydrogenated fats, all natural ingredients.
There are many other suitable recipes in addition to the ones cited here
(included an assortment of cookies, muffins, cakes, pies, even whole wheat "Devil
CHILDREN’S PARTY SUGGESTIONS
Trimmed Bread Shapes with Peanut Butter Complements (page 31)
Popped Corn (page 348)
Popcorn Balls (page 349)
Snacks (page 349)
Crunchy Pretzels (page 351)
Fresh Tomato Pita Pizzas (page 33)
Souffléed Cheese Sandwich (page 34)
Bean Tacos (page 36)
Favorite Fruit Salad (page 60)
Frozen Banana Pops (page 352)
Frozen Strawberry Yogurt (page 364)
Giant Twinkie (page 383)
Carrot Cake (page 386) with Cream Cheese Frosting (page 415)
Carob and Chocolate Cupcakes (page 391)
Seltzer Fizz (page 417)
Lemonade (page 417)
Party Punch (page 418)
Nikki Goldbeck, CDN
In a message dated 10/30/2006 11:22:24 PM Eastern Standard Time,
I am looking for some suggestions for cookbooks with healthy recipes for
children's parties (whole grain cookies or muffins, fruit and vegetable ideas). I
would like to recommend these cookbooks to elementary school libraries to
assist parents who want to bring healthy birthday snacks to school.
Mary Beth Gilboy, PhD, RD, LDN
The deadline for comments on the proposed WIC food package regulations
is this coming Monday, November 6! For those of you who haven't
commented yet, I am repeating a previous posting to help you get
Your Organization Can Help Make the New WIC Food Packages Happen
The Food Research and Action Center has prepared a WIC food package
action center with an online model comment letter. This will help
individuals and organizations to show their support and share their
recommendations for the proposed new WIC food packages by sending in
comment letters to USDA.
The WIC food packages have been updated to reflect the Dietary
Guidelines and cultural preferences by adding fruits and vegetables,
whole grain bread, corn tortillas, and the option of soy milk and tofu.
Through comments you can support making these much-needed new food
packages a reality and provide recommendations to make them even
stronger. The deadline for comments is November 6, 2006.
The concise easy-to-understand online model letter that you or your
organization can quickly send through the FRAC WIC food package action
center: http://action.frac.org <http://action.frac.org/>
Please see the next page for a copy of the model letter:
Patricia N. Daniels
WIC Director, FNS/USDA
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 528
Alexandria, VA 22302
RE: Docket ID Number 0584-AD77
Dear Ms. Daniels:
I am writing to support USDA's proposed new WIC food packages rule
because it will improve the health and nutritional quality of the foods
offered, expand cultural food options, and increase choices for the
women, infants and children in the WIC program.
Since the foods offered in WIC were last revised, there has been an
explosion of knowledge related to nutrition and health, as well as a
growing obesity problem in this country. The proposed new WIC food
packages will strengthen WIC's positive role in helping mothers and
children maintain a healthy weight and allowing them to make healthy
I commend USDA for updating the WIC food packages to reflect the Dietary
Guidelines and current nutritional science by adding fruits, vegetables,
whole grain bread, corn tortillas, and the option of soymilk and tofu,
and moving to low-fat milk and whole grain cereals.
I support USDA for building in protections safeguarding the nutritional
value of the new food packages for all participants by strictly
prohibiting state level cuts to the new food packages.
To ensure that WIC participants can get the full value from the healthy
new WIC food packages, we offer the following recommendations to
strengthen the proposed rule:
* Increase the fruit and vegetable benefit by $2 to fully meet the
recommendations of the Institute of Medicine for women and children in
* Allow WIC participants to choose the kinds of fruits and
vegetables they want.
* Allow WIC participants to choose healthy and culturally
appropriate cereal by revising the proposed cereal standard to include
whole grain corn-based (i.e. corn flakes), rice (i.e. puffed rice) and
bran (i.e. bran flakes) WIC cereals.
* Remove the requirement for children to have a prescription to
obtain soy milk from WIC.
* Maximize access to Farmers' Markets and the WIC Farmers' Market
Nutrition Program for local seasonal fruits and vegetables.
* Establish WIC state advisory councils of stakeholders to help
support and inform the planning and implementation of the new food
Thank you for this opportunity to share my support for the healthy WIC
food packages and my recommendations to make them stronger still. I
hope USDA will act quickly to issue the new food packages.
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I am looking for some suggestions for cookbooks with healthy recipes for children's parties (whole grain cookies or muffins, fruit and vegetable ideas). I would like to recommend these cookbooks to elementary school libraries to assist parents who want to bring healthy birthday snacks to school.
Mary Beth Gilboy, PhD, RD, LDN
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Please consider making nominations for the two awards given during Healthy
Weight Week in January. Deadline Nov 30. Request is below, and also attached
for an easy-printing format. If you'd like to check out past awards, see
www.healthyweight.net <http://www.healthyweight.net/> then click Healthy
Weight Week, or go directly to http://www.healthyweight.net/past.html
Healthy Weight Week will be celebrated January 21-27, 2007.
Please help by sending in your nominations for these awards by November 30:
(1) Slim Chance Awards, 18th annual
(2) Women's Healthy Weight Awards, 14th annual
Send as much information as possible along with the nominations - date and
source, the advertisement (print, online) or the claims (radio, TV).
The Slim Chance Awards expose the "worst" weight loss products and
promotions of the year. Categories are: most outrageous claim, worst
product, worst promotion, and worst gadget. Women's Healthy Weight Awards
honor businesses that portray size diversity in women. Categories:
advertisement, TV show or network, magazine or fashion catalog, and other.
Healthy Weight Week is a time to celebrate healthy diet-free lifestyles that
last a lifetime and prevent obesity and disordered eating. Americans
traditionally begin a diet the first week in January and "blow" it the
second. During Healthy Weight Week, the third week, people are encouraged to
stop dieting and get on with living in healthy ways - eating well, living
actively and feeling good about themselves and others. Healthy Weight Week
and the awards are sponsored by the Society for Nutrition Education (Weight
Realities Division), the National Council Against Health Fraud, and Healthy
We appreciate your nominations. Please circulate this request to others who
may be interested. For more information see www.healthyweight.net
<http://www.healthyweight.net/> (click Healthy Weight Week).
Thank you very much.
Francie M. Berg, MS
Coordinator, Task Force on Weight Loss Abuse
National Council Against Health Fraud
Editor, Healthy Weight Network
Note: Portrayal of healthy women in the media is much needed. The Assoc.
Press reported in September 2006 that Hollywood and British fashion models
are gaunter than ever. In Spain, 30 percent of models flunked a new
requirement that their body mass index be 18 or above; models below 16 were
referred for treatment. No such restrictions apply at London Fashion Week
where tall, emaciated girls age 15 to 16 are preferred as models. And in Los
Angeles, "What passes for fat is now little more than skin and bones."
Francie M. Berg, MS, Editor
Healthy Weight Network
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Hettinger, ND 58639
website www.healthyweight.net <http://www.healthyweight.net/>
Dear SNEEZE friends,
Just a few hours ago, I asked for male nutritionists to let me know if they would be willing to talk with my male dietetic intern. What a fantastic response! I've tried to thank each individual who wrote, but I also want to thank SNEEZE! You're tremendous!! Many, many thanks!
Jean Anliker, PhD, RD, LDN
Associate Professor and Extension NEP Director
206A Chenoweth Lab
100 Holdsworth Way
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9282