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Hundreds of School Lunch Ideas and Tips to Help Mom Stay Sane

I was going to write about my own school lunch ideas, but since my son is only 2, I figured I should leave it to the moms who have been doing this for years! Everyone is getting into back-to-school mode. I rounded up some of the most helpful school lunch ideas I’ve seen over the past few weeks, and then added in a few of my own big picture tips to help keep you sane. Packing lunches does not need to be stressful or overly time consuming! Continue reading

10 Simple Kitchen Tasks for Toddlers

Next time you’re making dinner, get your little one to help out! Try some of these kitchen tasks for toddlers.

Toddlers can be great little kitchen helpers. Things may take longer and get a bit messier, but it’s a perfect way to spend some one-on-one time with them. Getting toddlers involved in the kitchen can help your little one:

  1. Learn what goes into making a healthy meal
  2. Get a sense of responsibility and pride by helping
  3. Practice coordination and fine motor skills
  4. Taste something new
  5. Practice counting and measuring
  6. Bond and have fun!

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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Always Make the Healthier Choice

When people find out I’m in graduate school for Nutrition and *almost* a dietitian, they often make a comment that I must eat perfectly healthy all the time, or not to judge them for the french fries they are about to eat.

But the reality is that I am NOT a perfect eater. I simply don’t think it’s healthy to eat perfectly all the time. That might surprise some people, but just because I have a lot of knowledge about nutrition, it doesn’t mean that I follow a strict diet.  Continue reading

Boursin Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Boursin Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats are delicious (thanks to cheeeeeese) and easy to throw together with just a minute of prep work!

Boursin Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats | mamaknowsnutrition.com

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve overcooked chicken breasts, pork chops, fish, you name it. I get distracted easily when I’m in the kitchen. I’m pretty sure it’s one of my husband’s pet peeves because I never focus on one thing at a time and am always running around like crazy. It makes me accident prone! Because of this, I’ve had to institute one very strict rule for myself in the kitchen. If I’m holding a knife, I’m doing nothing else. Whether I’m putting clean ones away or am chopping, I’m not holding anything else, doing anything else, or even talking. I want to keep all my fingers. 🙂 Continue reading

Taking Your Baby To a Restaurant

Taking your baby to a restaurant can be STRESSFUL. It doesn’t have to be! The trick is being prepared.

Babies who are old enough to eat solids but are still immobile are pretty fun to take out to restaurants! Just as long as you’re not hovering too close to naptime or bedtime. We’ve had some…difficult…outings when my son was still a baby. But we learned a few things along the way!  Continue reading

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

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