Bambu Give-away!

Bambu give-awayAn important factor in raising children is, as we are all well aware, teaching them to eat healthy and responsibly.  Offering your kids a varied diet with fresh, organic ingredients (and trying to make them eat it too) is one of the big challenges of parenthood!  These days however, we have discovered that ’eating healthy’ isn’t just limited to the food ingredients we use.  No, the tableware we all serve it on is absolutely of equal importance!

The bowls and utensils from Bambu are completely toxic-free, extremely beautiful AND non breakable, which makes them very suitable for use with children.  All the products are made from 100% organically-grown bamboo, and the bowls have a natural, matte lacquer in wonderful bright colours, derived from, who could have thought, the cashew nut tree.  A safe bet, and cool looking too!

The very stylish Joslyn from the hip eco-boutique Shakshuka has kindly offered a complete Bambu set to one lucky Babyccino reader.  The set will contain (as pictured): a mini-me bowl of your colour choice, a spork (we love it), one set of infant utensils and one set of kid’s utensils.

Just leave a comment below by Sunday, July 26th in which you give us your best tip for eating healthily (weather it’s a recipe, a trick or simply a product).  The best tip will win, AND will be published on Babyccino!

Good luck!

xxx Esther

THIS GIVE-AWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

24 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. sarah | July 12, 2009 | Reply

Let your child help prepare smoothies. My daughter loves putting the fruit and veg into the blender and pressing the button.
We made a green smoothie yesterday using orange juice,lemon,lime,spinach, mango,avocado and banana. She loved it. When else could you get your child to eat spinach for breakfast-and ask for more.

2. kelly | July 12, 2009 | Reply

lovely set! my tip is to involve the kids as much as possible in the cooking process, cutting, stirring, counting, pushing buttons, getting their own plates out etc. the more involved the are in the process the more likely they are to eat the food. -kb

3. Noelle | July 12, 2009 | Reply

When my sister and I were younger we always refused to eat meat on bread. Wich is a perfectly normal thing to do over here. She didn’t waist much energy on making us eat it. She just let us eat our sweets on our bread and gave us the meat as a snack. As a snack we ate more meat then we would have eaten on our bread. To this very day we still call it hand-meat…

4. Julie Richardson | July 12, 2009 | Reply

Instead of dessert after dinner, we opt for something naturally sweet, like fruit! My kids could live on fruit, they love it so much…and that’s fine with me!

And ditto on the spinach in our daily smoothies – we put spinach, shredded carrots and milled flax seed in our smoothies and my kids don’t even know it!

Love the Bambu goodies.

5. wesley | July 12, 2009 | Reply

My babies love cod liver and my daughter’s favorite food is lamb with capers. What has worked best in my experience is modeling for you child good eating, remember we are their first teachers and god-ly to them. I serve my children whatever I am eating and now that my daughter is old enough she understands were power comes from – protien. So she understands she must eat protein in ever meal but I know also not to control too much especially after the protein is gone. I used to start mornings with three almonds to guarantee a right start and I always think protein rich with snacks and meals

6. anne | July 12, 2009 | Reply

have fun with colors! try and get as many rich (nutrient-packed) hues of colors from all food groups in each day…make it a daily challenge to see who can get the most colors of the rainbow!

7. claudia | July 12, 2009 | Reply

Do the shopping list with the children: let them do the drawings of the things you need to buy, let them carry the list at the supermarket and help you find the products. Buy always fresh products.

Also, for eating healthly I think we should go back to prepare everything from “scratch”. In this society we are so busy, we rely so much on frozed or canned products, I think it would be wisely to try to prepare everything from fresh products of your area.

I love the bambu set!!

8. Sandra @ {mum space} | July 13, 2009 | Reply

Tip for healthy eating: create your own kitchen garden with your kids and you will be amazed at what they eat straight from the garden. It’s also a great way to get them involved in food preparation (from the picking to the cooking) and teaches them where food comes from.

9. Sali | July 13, 2009 | Reply

Definately leading by example is a great rule..and if they say no..keep trying..sometimes it takes them 6-8x to like a new food..and if still doesnt work, blend it! “Crocodile Soup” is one of our favorites..any kind of veg gets blended up..and soup’s on! The one other trick that works is to get them involved in the kitchen..my son will eat almost anything if he helps prepare it!

10. antonella | July 13, 2009 | Reply

too nice…!!!my tip is our eaxample as parents. We eat only foods that i prepare myself, nothing frozed,nothing prepared by supermarket or fast food. I buy all ingredients that I can’t take by my ortho (garden), like meat, fish and eggs by specialized shop, that here in Italy they are a lot, yet. Vegetables and fruit grow up here, in our garden, so I wash and prepare them when they are fresh, expecially now in summer. We use only toscan olive oil. My children like watching me when i’m
and i like involving him during the preparation of lunch or dinner. I like very much making”pasta”, like pizza, tagliatelle, lasagne,tortellini, ravioli, by myself, becouse i think that italian tradition is very important to be preserved.
thank you very much !

11. lee | July 14, 2009 | Reply

My baby girl starts the day with a breakfast of freshly grated apple and her favourite baby museli (a tip from the swiss). Refreshing in hot weather or you can stick it under the grill for a warm breakfast on cold days. The caramalised apple is quite delicious especially with a dash of mixed spice. I also add finely grated almond or brazil nuts. Also hemp seeds, berries in season and other fruit that go well with apple. Quick and easy to prepare, a relief from too much dairy and whatever else she has that day, she’s already had a whole apple. And you know what they say, apple a day!

12. cinzia | July 14, 2009 | Reply

ciao!
Filippo, my little son, started sunday to eat his meal.
I would like to win it for him!
ciao ciao!

13. mariah | July 15, 2009 | Reply

As a past preschool teacher and nanny, and now as a mother, I think the best way to get children to eat healthy is to get them involved and help them to understand where food comes from. Teaching children to plant fruits and veggies – from playing in the dirt, to the task of watering, to the excitement of watching something grow – they love the process, and are more likely to be interested in the end result. From a large garden in your yard, to a pot on the terrace (or better yet start a community garden) size is not important. It is the process that counts. Not only will this foster an interest in healthy eating but also it gives children an awareness of something greater than oneself, and creates compassion for other living things.

14. Tess | July 15, 2009 | Reply

Having had a twin that just wouldn’t eat the best tip I can give for eating healthily is patience. Don’t try too hard – allow your baby to find his or her own way with food with your guidance rather than your worries and fears. Offer healthy food amidst your baby’s favourites and don’t get hung up on how much broccoli a two year old eats.

Food is happiness, not just a box to be ticked on nutritional foodgroups sustained on a daily basis. Allow a baby to love food. If that means licking the crumbs off a fishfinger then so be it. A year later she’ll be eating snow peas and gooseberries and laughing. I promise you patience is the answer!

15. Catalina | July 16, 2009 | Reply

I love it!!!
I would like to win it for my little niece Catalina

16. Jess | July 17, 2009 | Reply

This set is adorable!

I have always raised my son to eat healthily from using fruits for “sweets/dessert” to buying him lots of wooden play food and talking about which are good/bad to growing our own garden (which he helps water, he really enjoys that part, lol), and letting him help cook dinner with me. We hardly eat anything pre-packaged, and sometimes when we go out if he sees someone eating poorly he’ll comment to me about it. I’ve created a monster!

17. Lisa | July 17, 2009 | Reply

My best tip for eating healthily is to be aware of your child’s nutritional requirements for each developing stage, feel passionate about the sourcing and preparation of food, lovingly prepare meals together over much laughter, present colourful dishes creatively and then together enjoy the fruits of your exciting ‘experiments’ in an relaxed, happy environment; your child’s health and attitude towards food will greatly benefit. Children, like adults, go through waves of eating voraciously and then sparingly. Grow at least one herb, fruit or vegetable if you can, introduce your child to farmer’s markets so that they become attuned to seasonal produce in their natural state and try to ensure their palates get to experience all the blessed food available in the modern world. A fantastic organic smoothie at any time of the day includes as a base:- raw cacao powder (In the ORAC chart raw cocoa powder is at the top of the antioxidant list with almost four times the amount of antioxidants as all superfood berries combined), your choice of milk (rice,nut, soy), spring water or coconut water, a banana or avocado for texture, goji berries (contain at least eighteen amino acids, more iron than spinach and more beta carotene than carrots), some rehydrated nuts if you fancy (almonds, brazil, walnuts) and 1/8 teaspoon or less of himalayan sea salt (packed of minerals). You could also add some pear, apple, prune, date etc to sweeten. In fact you could add whatever fresh ingredients you have to hand as it’s best to mix it up daily. If your fruit and veg is not organic, try placing what’s required in your sink with water and either a tablespoon of salt or 3% Food Grade hydrogen Peroxide to remove toxic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides etc. The cleaner and simpler the food, the healthier their systems, Enjoy!

18. Laura Aziz | July 19, 2009 | Reply

My best healthy eating tip would be this – Look to the European countries with the healthiest ATTITUDES to eating.

In France and Italy, eating is a pleasure and an important part of family life. They eat well rounded diets, full of fruit and vegetables, good fats, meat and carbohydrate. Everything in moderation. The children eat the same food as the adults. If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t expect your child too. And most of all, enjoy your food! It’s an important part of life, to be embraced and celebrated.

19. Sandy | July 20, 2009 | Reply

The best trick for me is to not buy or have in the cabinets any less wholesome temptations. I buy healthier alternatives to what they like, for example organic fruit rolls as opposed to brand name fruit roll-ups that are loaded with dyes and sugar.

20. annemarieke | July 21, 2009 | Reply

My almost 4 year old little girl started to be interested in eating vegetables when I told her they will make her strong like Mega Mindy (a Belgian female little girl’s version of Superman). Strong like Pipi Longstocking works too. Tonight she started dinner by picking the pieces of vegetable from between the pasta, in stead of the other way around! If that doesn’t prove this trick :-) All it takes is a super hero……

21. Nahuatl Vargas | July 23, 2009 | Reply

Well, it seams very simple, but I learned that if you have only healthy choices they learn to like that best, and also let them eat as much as they want, not worry about a day when they eat little or a day they eat too much. This can be hard as adult because it will mean to just eat healthy ourselves, but it’s for our own good. And also offer natural juices all the time, they love them and if you make them from actual fruit with the blender, its almost the same.
And one more: potato fries, I make a little potato balls with the vegetable slicer and I add tuna and egg an other veggies, so they eat happily their fries and I am happy too.

22. acasadiclara | July 24, 2009 | Reply

i love this bamboo set. And i love it green or orange!!!

This is my summer recipe for children. My two little trolls like it very much.
FARRO (spelt in english i guess) with zucchine and green peas “saltati in padella”.
Boil 200-300 gr of farro in a pot (as you ususally do with rice).
In another pot you cook onions, pies and zucchine in little pieces to fry them together (15 minutes)

In a large bowl put spelt and vegetables all together and let them became cold. Serve at room temperature.

It’s a good alternative to the “normal” rice salad. And my kids eat vegetables in this way!

ciao from milano and enjoy your summer!

23. cinzia | July 26, 2009 | Reply

hi! it’s so lovely!
my son Filippo started 2 weeks ago to eat his first meal…would be perfect for him!
kisses and ciao!

24. Veronica Whitney | July 27, 2009 | Reply

pick me!!!

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