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Happy July 4th to all of our wonderful families at Piedmont Pediatrics!!! We hope you and your family enjoy this holiday weekend with fun outdoor activities that allow for social distancing!! Please remember to wear your masks when around others and be safe if you are doing any type of fireworks or sparklers:)

Office Updates

  • SHOT ONLY CLINICS – Please call the office and make an appointment for any shot-only immunization visits with our nurses.  These appointments are usually on Wednesday afternoons, all day Thursdays, and all day Fridays.
  • We are making every effort to maintain social distancing within the office. Therefore, we strongly encourage that only one family member/parent accompanies the child to their visit. Whenever possible, please leave other siblings at home in order to decrease traffic within the office.
  • We also request that our parents/caretakers and all children 5 years of age and older wear a mask at all times while in our office. This is for the health of your family as well as the health of other families. 

Simple and Nutritious Fourth of July Recipes

While Fourth of July may look a little different this year, you can still get festive at home with these two simple and and colorful recipes.  There may not be traditional celebratory fireworks and parades this year, but that doesn’t mean treats can’t be red white and blue! Make your own tradition this year with a festive breakfast or cool mid day treat using low glycemic fiber rich fruits like berries. Get your kids in on the fun and have them help assemble or create their very own. 

Berry Perfect Parfaits

Prep Time: 5 minutes 
Plain Greek yogurt

Granola or crushed cereal (choose a low sugar varieties that have fewer than 8 grams sugar per serving) or even torn pieces of shortcake dessert cups 
Mixed berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
Honey; to drizzle (appropriate for ages 1 and over) 

Start with a layer of granola or cereal, then yogurt, followed by berries. Repeat. Get creative and have fun customizing your own! 

Red, White, and Blue Sheet Pancake

Prep Time: 5 minutes 
Cook Time: 15 minutes

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled (plus 1 tablespoon extra for greasing baking sheet)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 2 2/3 cups whole wheat or all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp hemp or chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries 
  • 1/2 cup sliced bananas
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
2. Throughly grease a rimmed 13x8 inch baking sheet. You can also line with parchment paper and grease to pull the entire pancake out.
3. Whisk the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl.
4. In a separate large bowl whisk the dry ingredients.
5. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet and whisk until just combined 
6. Pour the pancake batter into the baking sheet and use a spatula to spread evenly into the pan.
7. Cover the pancake with desired toppings (see list below). I let everyone decorate  the pancake with desired toppings.
8. Place the pancake in the oven and immediately turn the oven down to 400 degrees. Bake the pancake for 15  minutes or until pancake just starts to turn golden and appears puffed up.
9. Slice the pancake with a knife or pizza cutter and serve with maple syrup or peanut or almond butter (the drippy kind to drizzle on top)
Top with alternating strawberries, banana, and blueberries or get artistic and create your own flag design! 

Angel Food Flag Cake 

It’s so light and easy!  Some of you are likely more motivated chefs than me, and if so, you are welcome to MAKE you own angel food cake, but I buy mine already made.

Directions:  Line the bottom of a large glass pan or dish with 1-2 inch thick pieces of angel food cake.  Spread cool whip over entire pan.  With help from your kids (they love this part), arrange blueberries and sliced strawberries in the pattern of the American flag. Keep refrigerated until serving time.  Make sure to make enough!! :)

Spending Quality Time With Your Kids

As we continue to spend more and more time with our children during these uncertain times, one of the many silver linings is the opportunity to learn and understand who they are. The abundance of time we have together, in the absence of many of our normal activities, allows the space to understand the true uniqueness of each of our children. Understanding who they are, allows us to support them fully; and it also creates a framework for their own self-esteem, self-worth, and self-acceptance. Observing them, talking to them, honoring their individuality, and sincerely praising them are excellent ways to learn more about your child and help them develop their own positive sense of self. Sit back and watch them… what do they like to play with, how do they play, what makes them frustrated, what new skills do they have? Ask them questions and listen carefully to their answers… what are their thoughts, feelings and interests?  Share with them your thoughts and experiences in return. Reflect on what you’ve learned about your child, share your observations with them, and encourage them with your sincere praise, high fives, pats on the back, and hugs. If you need parenting support, please call your primary doctor or make a telemedicine appointment with Dr. Sara Hoffenberg.

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