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Children at the table: 8 good habits to start the year to the fullest – Italian Cuisine


The year has begun and each of us has certainly focused on his good intentions for the months to come. The real difficulty? Keep them!

Yes, because, especially when it comes to children, habits change so quickly that it makes it really difficult for a mother or father to adapt to the situation. If then they concern the welfare and behavior of children at the table even more. We have collected 8 tips for you to try and establish one positive routine for the whole family.

Create a weekly menu

The real problem of the routine of work and family is to find time to dedicate itself to the table and so often we find ourselves at the last to put on fire the usual pot of water for a quick pasta. Creating a weekly menu and consequently stocking fruit and vegetables, and buying only what we really need for meals, already organized, of the week, saves money and avoids waste and jitters.

Let's meet

If you know that the menu for the next meal does not exactly contain your child's favorite dishes, do not be discouraged or forget about it. Come to terms with children, especially if they are older and therefore able to understand your proposal. For example? Offer in the same lunch a dish that they love very much, like Mickey Mouse Croccomagie of Pizzoli, combining them with ingredients that they appreciate less.

Do the shopping together with mom or dad

Do you think you have a baby in the supermarket that looks like a nightmare? Not even if this moment of sharing becomes an important habit to make the child understand the value of food and in general of the purchase. Involving children in spending is useful to choose together, of course with the guide of the adult, which products will be consumed during the week and encourage children to eat in a more varied and balanced.

A full of vitamins

Speaking of spending, do you know what the seasonal ingredients are? Always ask to buy fresh products, rich in vitamins, colorful and tasty (and even cheaper). For example, in the first months of the year, give priority to citrus fruit, for great sweet desserts, ideal for breakfast. And for a snack? Try the funny juices Santàl with Mickey and his friends, 100% of natural origin, with apricot, pear and peach flavors.

Go ahead to the imagination!

A simple greenish vegetable soup turns into a dinosaur soup, carrots and zucchini become nose and eyes of a hamburger, and so on. There are many ways to make children happy in the kitchen and ensure that they accept to eat even what they do not usually appreciate. Choosing products suitable for them then is essential, like the ravioli Squirrel-fresh pasta studied by the Marco Bianchi Foodmentor to taste Zucca & Carote or Pomodoro & Mozzarella in the version with Disney Frozen or with Spider-Man. To bring the magic to the table you can also try the fun pasta From the Costa, which incorporates Mickey Mouse, the Disney and Cars Princesses.

Cook together

To each his role: the little ones can set and clear the table, the biggest ones cut vegetables or other ingredients, mum and dad are the chefs. Turning the kitchen into a game it also makes meals easier and lightens the loads of effort of the whole family.

Short but intense lunches

It is useless to pretend that children stay at table for a long time and, often, parents' requests turn into whims and moments of crisis. Better to have short, well-organized lunches and dinners, both on weekdays in the family and on weekends with friends and relatives. Let the children behave as such: it is right that the time of lunch is respected and shared, without however requiring an effort that goes against their nature.

Television at the table goes out

It should be a fixed rule, but it is not always possible to respect, for the weariness of all the members of the family and for the whims of the little ones: television at the table does not look. Focusing on a cartoon will not allow the child to share the meal time with parents and siblings, or even to understand and savor what's on his plate. Rather, treat yourself to a sham rule every now and then. For example? A pizza in front of a film on Sunday evening to regenerate all together before the start of the week.

January is not the right month to start the diet – Italian Cuisine


Because the first month of the year is not the right one to lose weight and how to behave here in February, the perfect month to work on your body

The parties are over and you've started to face that terrible feeling of heaviness and swelling. A sentiment confirmed by the figures read on the weight scale that do not seem to want to forgive the excesses of Christmas and New Year and even the stocking that you have emptied for the Befana. How to get out of this situation if not with a diet?
The program is right, but if you're thinking of starting it in January, you're off the road. Here because.

The festive air

Second Andrew Shanahan, the author of the Man VS Fat book, one of the reasons that prevent us from starting to think seriously about our weight loss in January, is the festive air that still breathes. All those little things like doing them happy new year to those who have not yet met or the slow return to the usual rhythms that have not yet been restored, takes us away from the good road, leading us to constantly regret what we have left behind. Including that panettone that we are keeping for San Biagio and continues to tempt us from the dispensation.

The stress

During the winter holidays we relaxed, rediscovered and granted some greedy whim. But now it is time to return to the usual life and this raises stress levels. The work that falls back in our days, the alarm early in the morning and the physical collapse in the evening, not counting the lack of free time. Anxiety, dissatisfaction and the awareness that for the next holidays we will have to wait for the arrival of Easter, still make it more difficult to deprive oneself of the only comfort that never fails in dark times: food.

The cost of training

January is the perfect month to enroll in the gym combined with the diet. But it is also the ideal time to subscribe to season tickets at exorbitant prices without taking advantage of promotions reserved for months when there is less demand such as February.

It takes a period of decompression

It is right and normal to want to run for cover after a period when we have taken alcohol, sweets and fats at will, but it is not necessary to do it abruptly. The month of January is in fact perfect to return to normal giving the possibility to our body (and our weight) to find its way and provide us with a more realistic view of things.

What to do

If you have felt relieved by reading that you do not have to go on a diet right now, do not relax too much. It seems in fact that the ideal month to start your weight loss program is already February. You will use the time that separates you from its beginning for plan, make a preliminary visit from the nutritionist or rely on the diet you had chosen among those of the moment. In this period you will also have to keep strong motivation that prompted you to look for a solution e always keep an eye on your weight. Also avoid overdoing and start reducing the use of salt, sugar and sauces. During the preparation for the diet, you will not have to do themistake to give you all the food you want or you will be facing a steeper climb than you expected.

In the gallery below, the mistakes not to be done in view of the great challenge of February

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at the start the number 8 edition of the talent – Italian Cuisine


The wait is over: on January 17, the talent show starts with a new edition (and a new judge). Eighty aspiring contestants who will cook in the first episode

Back MasterChef and come back with a news concerning the cast of judges: next to veterans Bruno Barbieri, Joe Bastianich and Antonino Cannavacciuolo, there will be in fact Giorgio Locatelli, owner of Locanda Locatelli, London restaurant with a Michelin star. The new episodes ofedition number 8 of the cooking show will be broadcast on Thursdays, starting from 17 Januaryat 9.15 pm on Sky One and Sky On Demand and NOW TV.

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The chef Giorgio Locatelli.

In the first episode …

The debut episode will always be the one dedicated to selections and al Live Cooking: 80 aspiring competitors they have available 45 minutes to prepare a dish with ingredients brought from home and 5 minutes to complete it before the watchful eyes of the judges with the support of relatives and friends on the balcony. We'll see at the stove university students, fishermen, workers, architects, all people with different backgrounds and professions, but accumulated by the passion for cooking and the dream of becoming the next Italian Masterchef to give a turned to one's own life.

Masterchef every day

The daily strip of MasterChef Magazine it will be broadcast instead starting from January 25th, at 19.55 always on Sky Uno. Everyday Bruno Barbieri and Antonino Cannavacciuolo will cross the stories of their respective careers with those of their most sought after dishes, while Giorgio Locatelli will show his signature dishes, a way to talk about your life through recipes.

Against waste and plastic free

As in previous seasons, most of the foods not used for the tests of the program has been donated toOpera Cardinal Ferrari Onlus of Milan. The program took advantage of the collaboration of Last Minute Market, the spin-off company of the University of Bologna, committed to reducing waste and preventing waste.

Consistent with the Sky awareness campaign A Sea To Save for the progressive elimination of disposable plastic, the MasterChef world also chooses to be plastic free and eco-friendly. All consumer products related to food (dishes, glasses, cutlery, trays, napkins) are of a nature compostable and environmentally friendly.