Should We Go Gluten Free? Part 2

If you missed part one about going gluten free, go back and read it before you read this post!

What’s it like to have a gluten free diet?

It seems like it should be really simple. Just stop eating foods with gluten. It’s actually pretty difficult, since so many foods contain gluten. Of course there are the regular suspects – bread, pasta, cereal, cookies, crackers, etc. Most of those foods are wheat-based, therefore containing gluten. But there are lots of other gluten-containing foods you may not think of, like soy sauce, bottled sauces and dressings, and soups. For a more comprehensive list, click here.

Furthermore, when you remove gluten-containing foods from your diet, you need to replace them with something else. Let’s take a look at that.  Continue reading

Our 16 Favorite Toddler Feeding Supplies

Make mealtime easy for you AND your toddler with these top toddler feeding supplies.

Favorite Toddler Feeding Supplies | mamaknowsnutrition.com

I never knew a truly messy kitchen until I had a toddler. I think my absolute least favorite food to serve (which of course, my son loves) is shredded cheese. It ends up EVERYWHERE.

I have tried a lot of different products over the past year to find feeding supplies that work the best. This way my son gets more food in his mouth and less on the floor, making both of us happier!  Continue reading

How I Survived First Trimester Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is unavoidable during the first trimester, and it can make those first several weeks of pregnancy feel like a punishment. I have some tricks to get in healthy foods here and there, and it really makes a difference in how you feel!

When I found out I was pregnant with my second baby, I was in the middle of a post-holiday diet reset of sorts. I felt like I overdid it on the treats over Christmas break, like most of us. So in January/February I was really focusing on eating lots of veggies, home cooked meals, and had cut out sugar, alcohol, and refined foods. I was feeling A-MAZ-ING.

So when we got the positive pregnancy test (yay!), I knew it was just a matter of time before I would be too nauseous to stand the sight of a vegetable, let alone put one in my mouth, willingly.  Continue reading

10 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Broccoli That You Haven’t Tried Yet

It can take 10, or 20, or even more times for young kids to be exposed to a food before they want to eat it. And even after they discover they like a food, they may eat it one day, and not the next. Now you know why half of your toddler’s plate often ends up in the trash!

You can totally serve the food the same way each time, but I find myself getting bored when I do that. And your kids might be tired of seeing the same exact thing on their plate every time, especially if it’s a food they aren’t all that excited about to begin with.

Recently, I decided to pick one vegetable to serve a bunch of different ways to my son. I wanted to see if changing the way I presented it would have any effect on him choosing to eat it. And you know what? It TOTALLY worked!  Continue reading

Pregnancy Workout: Second Trimester Resistance Band Circuit

This pregnancy workout is perfect for moms-to-be who want a safe, effective workout that only uses one piece of equipment. It will work your legs, chest, back and arms. You’ll perform all of the exercises while standing, since the last thing you want to do while pregnant is get up and down off the floor!

Pregnancy Workout Second Trimester | mamaknowsnutrition.com

I just can’t get enough of the resistance band lately! As my belly grows, using dumbbells and barbells feels more and more awkward. I am always looking for new workouts online and got tired of making a ton of modifications to make them pregnancy-friendly. So I decided to stop being lazy and just make up my own – I am a personal trainer after all!

This workout is perfect for all expecting mamas, postpartum mamas, and anyone else looking for a workout that is low-impact and uses just one piece of equipment! Continue reading