From the time my little girl was eating “real” foods, I have been dedicated to making her healthy meals from scratch with wholesome ingredients. Now that she is a little older, she started to become very picky. The way I try to remedy her pickiness is by having her help me out in the kitchen as much as possible and let her be part of making her own food. I’m fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom and have a lot of time to spend with my little one. I know all too well how limited your time with family can be when you are a working mom, since I had to work when my little girl was just 8 weeks old. I feel like I missed out on so much, so I am truly enjoying every minute I have home with her.
One way my hubby and I stay connected with each other as well as our growing family would be to spend dinnertime together at the table. This is a tradition my mom had instilled in me from the time I can remember and still remains an important part of my day. I couldn’t think of a better brand to advocate for this important family time than Uncle Ben’s. This year, Uncle Ben’s is encouraging families to get in the kitchen to cook and eat TOGETHER. This builds strong family and communication connections and is a great time to really get to know your kids and everything that goes on throughout their day. So you may wonder why I think Uncle Ben’s is a great company to promote family meal time. Studies show that when you begin preparing your meal with rice, you end up with a meal that’s better for you. I feel this is the case because when you have rice as your empty canvas, you can dress it up with some colorful veggies that your whole family can enjoy.
To encourage families to connect at mealtime, Uncle Ben’s has launched a new contest, Ben’s Beginners. By entering the contest, you could win $20,000, along with a $50,000 grant towards a cafeteria makeover for your child’s school. In addition, you will have a chance to appear on The Rachael Ray show! Uncle Ben’s is calling for parents with children ages 5-12 to submit a 2-3 minute video of you cooking a rice-based dish with your children. For more info on the contest, please check out Ben’s Beginners on Facebook!
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About Uncle Ben’s
Uncle Ben’s®, the number one rice brand in America, is proud to offer a wide range of rice dishes with flavors and textures that will help bring more to your meals, both for convenient side dishes and savory main courses. Uncle Ben’s® offers a wide variety of white, whole grain brown, and flavored rices in cook times ranging from 30 minutes to 90 seconds, as well as rice for food service operations such as restaurants, schools and hospitals. The first mass-produced parboiled rice, Uncle Ben’s® is the top-selling branded rice in the United States and products can be found in more than 100 countries worldwide. Uncle Ben’s® Brand products are manufactured by Mars Food NA, part of Mars, Incorporated.For more information, visit www.UncleBens.com.