We are pleased to announce that our Organic Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancake Mix is now available at Our Daily Bread, located at 9414 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge.  Our Daily Bread is a whole food market and bakery with many local products.  Stop by for lunch one day, and be sure to pick up a package of our organic pancake mix, made with whole wheat flour and no added sugar!

Do you have little ones who want to help in the kitchen? It can be great to have an assistant, but if you already don’t feel like you have enough time in the day, the thought of kids helping in the kitchen may seem more stressful than helpful. Most parents have felt that way at some point, but we often put aside those feelings and give them small jobs to do just because we love them and know it makes them happy. Honestly, it’s easy to underestimate the capabilities of children and be slower than we should in releasing the reins to certain tasks. I have certainly been guilty of that, and at times felt too rushed for the inconvenience of teaching–and dare I say, too picky that it be done just right. But kids can surprise us and show us they’re able to do much more than we imagined!

In any chore, the average person doesn’t do it perfectly the first time, but improves with practice. Young kids in the kitchen can start small by helping to get ingredients out of the pantry, stir, crack eggs, pour in pre-measured ingredients, etc. As they get into mid-to-older elementary most children can handle cooking with pre-packaged mixes, such as pancakes or muffins, which usually only require minimal additional ingredients. As a parent you’ll have to determine how much supervision is necessary for your child. After you’ve monitored them a few times, you’ll be able to discern when the appropriate time is to let them try something like a pre-packaged mix all on their own. When your child easily handles a pre-packaged mix, it’s likely they’re also quite capable of trying simple from-scratch recipes that require more ingredients.

The key is to start somewhere, and over time allow more involvement and more independence. While the teaching may seem time-consuming and tedious, the benefits are rewarding for both child and parent. They learn important skills, and you earn yourself help in the kitchen—possibly even an occasional chance to do something else while they work on the food! ???? It can turn out to be a WIN-WIN situation!

In the grand scheme of things, a messy kitchen and extra dirty dishes are of little importance when compared to valuable lessons learned and time well spent.

Below is a brief list of age-appropriate kitchen activities for kids. Keep in mind, children develop at different rates, and this list just touches the surface of possibilities. You know your child better than anyone and can adjust as you deem fit according to their development.

Kitchen Jobs for Kids by Age

0-18 months

Safe kitchen tools are pretty much musical instruments, but they can certainly enjoy watching, touching, and tasting different foods!

18 months – Age 3 (close supervision recommended)

Rinse fruits and veggies Pour ingredients into bowls Stir Sprinkle herbs and spices Use a cookie cutter Put cupcake liners in tins

Age 4-5 (supervision recommended)

Use a rolling pin Assist with measuring ingredients Crack eggs Use a plastic knife with soft foods Spread toppings on bread

Age 6-7

Grate cheese Use a small paring knife on softer items (under supervision) Scoop batter for cupcakes or muffins Use a can opener Use a peeler on easier foods Stir at the stove with help Measure smaller ingredient amounts according to motor skills (i.e. teaspoons)

Age 8-9

Use a pizza cutter Scrape down a bowl Pound meat Skewer food Drain liquid from a can Grease a pan Spoon food into different containers Assist an adult with food going in or out of the oven Assist with or independently follow pre-packaged mix directions

Age 10-12 and Up (dependent upon maturity)

Follow a basic recipe Bake in the oven under minimal supervision Use a stovetop under minimal supervision Boil water/cook pasta Work a handmixer Follow pre-packaged mix directions Make a simple recipe from scratch

*Here’s a link to one of my favorite kitchen tools that’s perfect for kids making pancakes—a batter dispenser bottle that brings the mess factor down dramatically!  At the time of this writing it’s only $6.50 as an add-on item at Amazon, which is $10 less than the in-store price I saw at a large kitchen and bath retailer.  I’m sure you have some other items to get from Amazon, so add this to your cart for the great price and baking benefits it will bring you!  Check it out here:  https://amzn.to/2RbP1Ct

Gift Idea!

Did you know that many kids like to receive a cookbooks as a gift?  A good children’s cookbook isn’t just something to read, it’s got colorful pictures to spark their interest in cooking, and inspire them to get busy with their hands making something delightful!  So consider one of these two options at the next birthday or Christmas gift exchange for the kid(s) in your life:

For children ages 1-4, we recommended The Tickle Fingers Toddler Cookbook at https://amzn.to/2JoTUFV

For children ages 5-12, we recommend the Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cookbook at https://amzn.to/2AAv1UP

 

Jennifer

Gold Coast Traditions

  Resources: https://www.eatright.org/homefoodsafety/four-steps/cook/teaching-kids-to-cook http://www.thekidscookmonday.org/kitchen-tasks-for-different-age-groups/   *As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases

You’ve likely heard a lot of talk in the mainstream lately that’s intended to make people fearful of eating grains.  First of all, food consumption is certainly not a “one size fits all” scenario.  By all means, if a doctor has indicated that one should avoid specific foods, that should be followed.  Here we’re going to take a brief look at some of the positive aspects of eating grains—specifically, whole grains.  When you see a product made with whole grains it means all edible parts of the grain are included:  bran, germ, and endosperm.  Compared to refined grains that do not use all parts, whole grains possess a higher amount of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.  According to BMJ Publishing Group, a medical education journal, the results of a 2016 study found “whole grain intake is associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, total cancer, mortality from each, and respiratory diseases, infectious diseases, diabetes, and all non-cardiovascular, non-cancer causes.”  These findings are consistent with statements of the American Heart Association and the American Institute for Cancer Research.  Outside of medical necessity and doctor supervision, diets that forbid the inclusion of whole grains over a long term may risk causing nutritional deficiencies.  Such diets may be a short-term method for rapid weight loss, but should be considered with caution if planning to continue for the long haul.  A balanced diet should include approximately 3 ounces of whole grains per day as recommended by the USDA.  When looking for whole grain products, be sure to check the ingredient labels to ensure the word “whole” is included, and preferably at the top of the list, indicating a higher proportion of that ingredient in the product.  Also, when available and when you can afford it, choose an organic variety that ensures the product was produced without the use of harmful pesticides, GMOs, and other unhealthy methods that are so prevalent in food production today.  All in all, when it comes to your food, be mindful of balance, moderation, and variety.  Remember to do your own research and check with your doctor before embarking on drastic changes to your eating routine.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315744.php

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/reap-the-benefits-of-whole-grains#1

https://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i2716

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/keto-diet-is-gaining-popularity-but-is-it-safe-121914#5

https://www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-loss/keto-diet-dangers/

I remember some years ago when “organic” started becoming a buzz word.  Like many others, I thought it was ridiculous and heard, “Just because a label claims to be organic, doesn’t mean it really is.”  My thoughts were completely hearsay and I did zero research on it for myself—besides, I could see the price difference between organic and non-organic; so why pay more for something if it’s not necessarily better?

The organic movement is not pushed much at all in some southern states (i.e. Louisiana, Mississippi) by comparison to the western, northeastern, and upper-midwest regions of the United States.  Organic farms and producers are extremely rare in the South. There is very little information publicized on the local scale about the benefits of organic products. As a result, many consumers don’t necessarily see a point in trying something different, other than random curiosity. People are habit creatures even in the grocery store and base buying decisions on various factors–“It’s what I grew up with;” “It’s a famous brand name;” “This one has a better price;” etc. Each person’s choice stems from what they value most at that particular buying moment. So, what makes someone take the step of giving an organic product a try? Studies have been made to research that question, with numerous answers predominantly based on health and environmental reasons. For my family, the main clincher to switch to organic was better health. Although in the beginning I believed the chatter about organic and non-organic not really being different, I began to research for myself.

The first and simplest thing I started doing was reading ingredient labels at the grocery store. How often have we looked at a box of cereal and had no clue what half of the ingredients were, much less be able to pronounce them? That goes for most any type of packaged food product. One thing’s for sure, I didn’t come away feeling like those ingredients were natural and good for the human body. Have you ever tried looking up some of those ingredients? You may be surprised to find how many are described as being “not intended for ingestion,” or some similar phrase. Hmmm, well, I don’t think I’d care for a bowl of poison today, thank you very much! So many ingredients in food products today just don’t sound like something I want to feed my kids’ growing bodies, nor my own. If you’re on the fence about organic, I recommend doing a little research for yourself. Try looking up the ingredients of some of the products you buy to decide what you’re comfortable ingesting and giving to your family. Over time I’ve read more and more about organic methods compared to conventional ones, which continues to reaffirm the switch. Of course, most people cannot afford to go “total organic” for everything at once, so start small. Swap out products a little at a time, such as the items you eat most often—that way you’re primarily feeding yourself the good stuff.

An old man at the grocery store told me how he survived all these years eating chemicals. True, you can survive, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into good health or feeling great. When you free your body of toxins (as much as possible) through organic food choices, you have the potential to do more than just survive! Give yourself and your loved ones a greater chance of a healthy future. When you’re healthy, you have more energy to do the things you love–and who doesn’t want that? Little choices add up to big results, so decide what kind of health you want for you and your family’s future, then make the choices you believe will get you there.

For a quick overview of what organic food is all about, read: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14763/a-doctors-top-4-reasons-to-eat-organic.html.

by Jennifer

Gold Coast Traditions announces our organic whole wheat buttermilk pancake mix is in a new store

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, 9 May 2018 – Gold Coast Traditions, LLC, is pleased to announce that our Organic Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancake Mix is now available at Oak Point Fresh Market at 14485 Greenwell Springs Rd in Central, LA.  Those living in the Central area now have easier access to this unique locally manufactured product.  Oak Point Fresh Market is one of two locations in Livingston Parish where the mix is offered – the other being Rouse’s Market at Juban Crossing.

“We are excited about adding our product as an option in Oak Point Fresh Market and we are working hard to bring our product to as many store locations as we can,” says owner and recipe creator Jennifer Mellard.

Our pancake mix can be ordered online from Amazon.com or directly from our website and shipped to any location in the contiguous United States.  In addition, by adding this latest store the mix can now be bought off the shelf in 13 stores in the greater Baton Rouge area.

“It’s great to enjoy pancakes without having the typical sugar crash or extra calories—you actually still feel good later!” added Mellard.

The mix is sweetened with organic stevia instead of sugar and provides seven grams of protein per serving.  It’s a delicious and healthy option for those who love pancakes and waffles.

To Shop:

https://goldcoasttraditions.com/product/organic-whole-wheat-buttermilk-pancake-mix/

Store Locations:

https://goldcoasttraditions.com/about/where-to-buy/

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About Gold Coast Traditions

Gold Coast Traditions is a family-owned organic dry mix food production company based in Baton Rouge, LA.  Our mission is to provide as many people as possible with healthy organic food choices that are both tasty and easy to prepare.  As a family-owned business, we know that people matter most, so our products are made with that in mind.  We work each day to provide high-quality organic foods that are both safe and tasty for your family.

For more information about us, visit:  https://goldcoasttraditions.com/about/

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Contact

E   info@goldcoasttraditions.com

T   225.408.5924

We’re in the news! A featured newspaper article in the Baton Rouge Advocate Business section, focused on the growth of the organic industry in Louisiana, includes Gold Coast Traditions. Check out the article by clicking on the link below.

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_9f859300-d439-11e7-a7c7-e76b62ea2cbb.html

We are pleased to announce that you may now find Gold Coast Traditions’ Organic Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancake Mix at Robert Fresh Market at 7355 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge!

A perfect fall breakfast treat, and so easy.  Add only 2 additional ingredients to the regular Gold Coast Traditions buttermilk pancake recipe.  Enjoy!  

 

Ingredients:

1 egg

2 Tablespoons of oil*

7 ounces water

½ cup organic canned pumpkin puree

¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 1/3 cup Gold Coast Organic Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Directions:

Preheat a nonstick griddle to 300 degrees. Mix together egg, oil, water, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice. Add pancake mix and whisk till lumps disappear. Pour about ¼ cup of batter for each pancake on griddle, cook about 3 minutes or until bubbles form (adjust heat as necessary). Flip over and cook another 1-2 minutes or till done. Yield: about 10 4-inch pancakes.

*A neutral flavored oil is recommended, such as extra light tasting olive oil.

You may now find our Organic Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancake Mix in downtown Baton Rouge at Matherne’s Market!  Visit 440 N. 3rd St., Baton Rouge, LA.

If you are in the Baton Rouge area, you can now find Gold Coast Traditions’ Organic Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancake Mix in several locations:

Alexander’s Highland Market–18111 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA

Calandro’s Supermarket–12732 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA

Calvin’s Bocage Market–7675 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA

You may also purchase online on this website, Amazon.com, or Bonanza.com.