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5 Tips for Eating Out with Kids

Here are some tips for success when it comes to eating out with young children. For babies under ~14 months, bring “whole” foods from home to keep sodium low, especially under 12 months (e.g.; broccoli, tofu, less mess quinoa cups) For toddlers in the range of 14-20 months, bring some food from home they can start on while you wait for your meal (no one wants a hangry toddler!) Bring activities for your child (books, magnadoodle, finger puppets, coloring) to Read more…

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The Juice on A2 Milk

Milk is frequently demonized on Facebook and Instagram by dieters, “nutritionists”, and supposed “advocates” of “eating clean” (whatever that means)… So if you’ve never herd (get it?) of A2 milk, or don’t know what it is, let’s have a candid conversation about the controversies of cow milk. First thing to note is not all milk is equal when it comes to your tummy (and by tummy, I mean gastrointestinal tract.) Let’s be clear, the posts and quotes disparaging Read more…

A Guide for Food-Throwing

A lot of parents have reached out with this problem… Food throwing and how to manage it. Here is a short guide to help get things back on track. Babies often drop food towards the end of the meal, when they’re no longer eating/hungry, look for and identify those cues (check out this article for some silicone place mats that stick to the table and make life easier, especially at a restaurant – scroll down a little) Part of Read more…

6 Tips to Help Children Stay at the Table

It is really frustrating when you’ve prepared a meal for you family and you want to sit together and enjoy it, but your child doesn’t want to stay at the table with you. Here are some tips to help: Set up your expectations verbally “We’re going to eat dinner now and that means sitting at the table” Eat together as often as possible This SHOWS them how to behave (you are the best role model) Read more…

Chicken Paprikash Instant Pot

Paprikash comes from the Hungarian word for paprika. Traditionally, these stews do not contain tomatoes (only here in America) and get their red color from the paprika. They also traditionally contain sour cream – my version uses yogurt, a plus for extra calcium and protein. What you need: 2 onions, diced 1/2 a celery, chopped 6-8 carrots, chopped 3 large potatoes, cubed evenly 2 chicken quarters 1/2 cup chicken stock (low sodium if possible) 1 Read more…

Whole Wheat Ricotta Pancakes

These pancakes are high in protein, calcium, and fiber. The ricotta and your choice of buttermilk or kefir adds additional protein and calcium. Get your child to help you measure, pour, and mix! What you’ll need: 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 tablespoon brown sugar (sub applesauce or omit for <2 year olds) 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup buttermilk/kefir 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese 1 large egg, Read more…

Yogurt for Kids’ Snacks: How To?!

Yogurt is a really great option for snacks. Its full of vitamins, minerals, protein, and (usually) probiotics. I’d like to share you with a guide to help you pick the best yogurt and also what to do with it! First, here are some nutrition specifics of yogurt. 100g of plain full fat yogurt contains: ~ 60kcals Almost 5g of carbs (they are the milk sugar, lactose – this is not an added sugar) 3.3g of Read more…

Kid on the go

13 Healthy Take-n-Go Snacks

As we’ve discussed in prior snack articles, snacking is A-OK. The goal with a snack is to think of it as a mini meal. Once you’re in that mini meal mindset you’ll feel comfortable serving your child (and yourself) similar foods like you would serve at a meal. This helps you fill in the nutritional gaps in your/your child’s diet, and it’ll make it less tempting for your child to want to skip a meal Read more…

Healthier Carbonara

Parents often tell me their child won’t eat egg. The great thing about eggs is they are SO versatile. Here is a recipe that incorporates egg into a child favorite (pasta) AND it’s got veggies as well. Save or pin this recipe! What you need: 1/2 pk of pasta of choice (I like linguine) 1/2 jar of marinated artichoke hearts (chopped) 1tbsp olive oil 2 x 10 oz of fresh cherry or grape tomatoes (halved) Read more…