Our 16 Favorite Toddler Feeding Supplies

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

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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

20-Minute Make-Ahead Dinner: Pesto Shrimp Tortellini Salad

Yes, this Pesto Shrimp Tortellini Salad really comes together in just 20 minutes! Using a few pre-made shortcuts, pesto and tortellini, this recipe requires verrrry little effort. Equally delicious warm or cold, serve it over some baby spinach, and you don’t even need a side dish! 

Yesterday was a total disaster. I overscheduled our morning, worked on my grad school research project during nap time, and by the time we hit 3pm I was eating chocolate chips by the handful to try to make it through the rest of the day. I gave myself a stomach ache, and didn’t feel any more energetic afterwards (surprise). Though I managed to make dinner (baked chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, and broccoli), I was riding the struggle bus the whole way through. At 9pm, I was laying on the couch crying to my husband that I was too tired to go get in bed.

So today I was determined to make it a better day. Luckily we had little on the agenda so I took advantage and most of the day we spent hanging out at home. I even made dinner during Teddy’s naptime so I knew I could relax this evening and not be a total puddle by the time my husband got home.  Continue reading

Should You Sneak Veggies in Your Kids’ Food?

As parents we want our kids to eat healthy – and that means eating veggies! But what if your kid refuses them? Should you sneak veggies into your kids’ food? 

Maybe they’re out there…but I haven’t met one yet. Have you ever talked to a parent who said, “my goodness, my child just LOVES her vegetables. Beets, collards, turnips, you name it and she just licks up every last bite. Asks for seconds, thirds even. If only I could get her to try a cupcake!”

I think the most common response I get when asking other moms about their kids eating their veggies is an eye roll, hands up in the air, a shrug, and possibly a snort.

So what should we do?

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