A while back, I wrote the post, EVERY BITE COUNTS: veggie pasta sauce and a sardine sandwich on seed bread with sautéed veggies where I discussed my view of feeding children. I look at everything I give them as an opportunity to build their bodies. The first three years of a child's life are critical as … Continue reading Lunchtime for kids: Pack in the nutrients
Get into a rhythm! Is that even possible with kids? YES! Especially young kids! How does that happen? DEDICATION! I know how difficult establishing a rhythm can be. With two three year olds and two seven year olds, trust me I understand. As soon as you think you are in the clear...something new comes up … Continue reading Garden Turkey Burgers and Garden Organ Meat Tacos
About two weeks ago Annabelle learned how to unbuckle herself from her booster seat. Now, when you have twins (or I suppose more than one child) everything has to be the same. When Maddy realized Annabelle was free from the confines of her booster seat, she too wanted the same freedom. It is so hilarious, … Continue reading No more booster seats: Twin mealtime freedom
I build Cameron and William's school snacks and lunches around a protein and then fill in the sides with fruit, starch and vegetables. There are important considerations... Everything must be kept around the same temperature. You cannot pack a hot thermos of lentils with a cold fruit salad in the same lunchbox. There must be … Continue reading First Grade Real Food Lunchbox
This was a banner year for my carrot crop! The longest carrot I have ever grown was a whopping 3 inches long. This year, I had one that came close to 5 inches!! This is very exciting for the kids. Especially since the last Curious George episode they watched was all about George planting carrots … Continue reading Garden carrot top smoothie
I strive to make every meal as nutrient dense as possible. My philosophy is...every bite counts. Sometimes the best way to ensure that all of this amazing food will be eaten is to employ a bit of trickery. I don't feel bad at all about using such methods as it is the best way to … Continue reading EVERY BITE COUNTS: veggie pasta sauce and a sardine sandwich on seed bread with sautéed veggies
There are days that every meal goes amazingly well. Where the girls are thrilled with everything on their plates and the boys eat without hesitation. And...there are days when it takes a little more encouragement or mom trickery to get them to eat. Those are definitely the days when it would be easier to appease … Continue reading Mealtime resistance…don’t give up!
I was talking to a mom the other day and she said her major barriers to cooking real food were being not knowing what to choose and frustration with the food battling at the table. How fantastic that she was so honest and was able to verbalize that to me. Motherhood is an intensely personal … Continue reading Tricksters, marketing science…Part One!
Where does your motivation come from? Mine comes from my kids, my desire to perform well everyday and the memories of not feeling well. I want my children to have the best possible health they can have and that does not happen by accident. I want them to know and understand how and why it … Continue reading Motivation and why!
Creativity and planning are the key when it comes to feeding two sets of twins real food, consistently at every meal and every snack. Subtle changes in how I combine foods, sequence foods throughout the day and present them based on their mood makes a big difference. And, even with all of that some times … Continue reading Creativity and Planning: How to work through the “choosiness” of kids