Picky Eating: Help! My toddler only wants snacks

Picky eating is one of the most common complaints about toddlers, preschoolers, and young kids. But you CAN make it better! This is part of a series on picky eating where I’ll be sharing different strategies to reduce picky eating and make mealtimes a little easier.

This morning I asked my son, “are you ready for breakfast?” And you know what he said to me? “No! Snack!” (In his very defiant toddler voice, I might add.)  Continue reading

Listeria During Pregnancy: Everything you need to know

What is the deal with Listeria during pregnancy? Is it really that bad? 

There are so many things you are told to avoid while pregnant. Don’t lie on your stomach, don’t lie on your back, don’t exercise too much, don’t you DARE get a massage during your first trimester. (That last one really irks me.) And then we get to all the food restrictions. Don’t eat deli meat, don’t eat soft cheese, don’t eat undercooked meat, don’t eat runny yolks…

Yeah, if you’re pregnant or ever have been, you totally understand. Personally, I’m a “why” person, so I was always curious to know the reasoning behind a lot of these restrictions. I know that ultimately it’s all for the health of mom and baby, but we should be able to understand why certain foods are potentially harmful. Most of these things are part of our daily non-pregnant lives, so why exactly do we need to skip out on them during pregnancy?

When we look at the food restrictions, the scariest one to me is the threat of Listeria during pregnancy.  So we’re going to take a closer look at Listeria to understand what the deal is and why we need to avoid it.  (Let me know if you’re curious about the other foodborne illnesses that can affect you during pregnancy and I’ll write another post.) Continue reading

A Meal for a Friend with a New Baby

My friend Brit had her second baby a few weeks ago, and he is the cutest, snuggliest little guy! I always forget how tiny newborns are until there’s one right in front of me. I wanted to make a meal for her since I know that cooking is one of the hardest things to find time to do when you have a newborn. I’m always looking for good ideas of meals to bring to a friend with a new baby, so I thought I’d share what I brought over.

Brit already texted asking me for the recipes right after she ate dinner, so I know she loved it!

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5 Favorite Toddler Snack Recipes

Try these toddler snack recipes for your family this week!

A few months ago, I started a little tradition of making a snack recipe every week to pack for my son to have at daycare. I’m not 100% consistent, but I make it happen most weekends! I used to love baking, and it’s kinda fallen by the wayside (like many other things in my life) since having T. Some weeks are total fails, like the time I decided to wing it with a baked oatmeal snack cup without a recipe, and you know how baking without a recipe typically turns out. Total gloppy failure. But I’ve also come away with a few favorites, so my ego can handle a few fails every now and then. 😉

I’ll post another time about some of my favorite packaged snacks, since we use those plenty often as well.

The great thing about a lot of these recipes is that I can freeze part of the batch to pull out on a day when I don’t have anything fresh on hand.

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Almond Milk: Should my toddler drink it?

Should my toddler be drinking almond milk? Is almond milk similar to cow’s milk? Read on to learn more.

We typically have at least three different milks in our fridge at any one time. I will admit…I am one of the most indecisive people in the world. It’s nice to have options! But the milk situation just kind of happened.

Here’s the deal. My son drinks either whole milk or 2% milk. I usually buy whichever organic option is cheapest that week. I’m lactose intolerant, so I could just buy lactose free milk for both my son and me. BUT… I really like almond milk in my smoothies. (#highmaintenance) My husband, well he got hooked on coconut milk in his coffee one time when his brother made him try it at Starbucks. So now I buy a carton of coconut milk for him every week.

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