Clean Your Plate, or Don’t?

Not to throw my husband under the bus…but I had to get on his case about something the other day. Poor guy, he really wasn’t trying to do anything wrong. My son asked for a cookie during dinner, and Ben told him to eat what’s on his plate first. And of course I couldn’t keep myself from whisper-yelling to him, “we don’t want to force him to eat it if he doesn’t want it!” And now I don’t even remember anymore if we gave him a cookie or not!

But you’re probably wondering why I didn’t want him telling Teddy to finish his plate. Continue reading

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal Bars

Yes it’s a pumpkin recipe…but it’s great year-round. Try these baked oatmeal bars for an easy grab-and-go breakfast this week!

Hi friends. This is one of those recipes that I have memorized because I make it so frequently! It’s plain and basic in the best way. You know those non-fussy recipes you just always go back to? This is one of those. It’s easy to make, and my toddler loves them. That’s all I need for a recipe to be a keeper!  Continue reading

Paleo Baby Food: Is it a Scam?

Some dietitians are calling the new Paleo baby food pouches a scam. What do you think?

I have seen a lot of criticism from RDs about the new Serenity Kids Paleo baby food pouches. I guess I’m in the minority but I honestly don’t see a problem with the product, besides the insanely high price of $4.50 per pouch! 

First things first. Most babies do NOT need to eat Paleo to be healthy. (I don’t say “all” babies because some may have allergies or other reasons to exclude certain food groups from their diet.) But foods that are Paleo can certainly fit in a baby’s healthy diet. Continue reading

Healthy Halloween Treats for Trick-or-Treating

I will admit…I’m not much of a Halloween person. I don’t really like dressing up, I don’t like showering kids with sugary treats, and I’m not big on Halloween decorations, besides pumpkins. Although I do LOVE dressing up my son and wish I could do it more often. His first Halloween he was the CUTEST KOALA BEAR IN THE WORLD. I’m not biased at all. 

Last year we experienced our first Trunk or Treat with my son’s pre-school. When I got the email about the event, I kind of panicked. These teachers and other moms knew I was in graduate school for Nutrition…surely I couldn’t go handing out SUGAR to their sweet little children. And if I did, they’d be like, “WHY IS THE HEALTHY LADY GIVING OUT CANDY?!” Am I right??  Continue reading

Kid Friendly Hidden Veggie Dips

Is your kid a dipper? Lots of moms tell me that their little ones will eat almost anything if they can dip it in something. My son has not gotten on board with dipping. But I keep serving dips to him anyway since every once in awhile he surprises me and tries something new. The one thing he will dip food in is maple syrup–surprise, surprise. Haha!

I thought it would be fun to branch out from the usuals- ketchup, ranch, bbq sauce, hummus, peanut butter, etc.  Not that there’s anything wrong with those! And, I supercharged these new dips with hidden veggies. A lot of times my son just doesn’t like the way something looks. So, I try to either make his foods look fun, like with fun colors or shapes, or try to make them look like something I know he already likes.

Toddlers are complicated little creatures, I’ll tell ya!

Give these hidden veggie dips a try if you feel like doing some kitchen experimenting. Worst case is that your kids don’t like it, but you now have a veggie-packed snack for yourself. 🙂

These recipes require a little more work than just opening a bottle and pouring, but I promise, they’re worth it!  Continue reading

The #1 Food To Eat in Your Third Trimester

One of my best friends is pregnant and our due dates are just one day apart. It has been so fun to be pregnant at the same time as her, even though she lives far, far away in London. We were talking on the phone a few weeks ago and she asked me if I knew anything about the benefits of eating dates during pregnancy.

And honestly, I didn’t know a thing about it! Have you ever heard of this? Since I was driving, I made her read me results from the studies she found online. I was skeptical at first. You hear so many things about what is good and bad in pregnancy that I’m at a point that I question everything.

The research on dates during pregnancy is actually really interesting and compelling! The only drawback is that there is not a TON of evidence. But the evidence that does exist is enough to make me eat dates every day these last few weeks before the baby comes.  Continue reading

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