Collaborative Meal Planning

Often, ingredient prep is my go-to so that I feel ready for the week ahead. Lately though, we’ve been so busy with travel and work that either we haven’t been home or I just don’t feel like spending time on Sundays prepping since there’s been a lot to catch up on. So, something that’s worked for us a few times this year is collaborative meal planning. Continue reading

20+ Ways to Start Liking Vegetables

I talk about Intuitive Eating a lot on here and Instagram, and for some people who have not yet explored it in more detail, it can be confusing. Intuitive eating (IE) is essentially unlearning diet behaviors and poor eating habits build throughout life, so that we can get back to listening to our body. We were born with the ability to self-regulate, knowing when to eat, and how much to eat, and to an extent even what. Nutrition of course matters, but some people unfortunately report IE to be the “eat whatever you want diet”.

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Best Convenience Foods for Babies and Toddlers

National Nutrition Month is here again! Last year I was impatiently waiting to deliver Cooper (and just find out that he was a boy) who has flipped my world upside down in the best ways possible. While my philosophies around nutrition haven’t changed in the past year, the way I feed myself and my family has. It’s a busy life as a working mom and convenience has become more important than ever in our household. I thought it would be helpful to many of you to share my top convenience foods for babies and toddlers based on my experiences with Cooper.

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Intuitive Movement: Finding Joy in Exercise and Relaxation

You hear me discuss intuitive eating, especially as it relates to sport, and if you follow me on Instagram, you now this is brought up on a regular basis. One of the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating (IE), is “Exercise – Feel the Difference.” What’s meant by this, in short, is to exercise for energy and wellness rather than for calorie burn and weight loss. By moving your body for those reasons, you’ll feel the difference in your motivation to move and you’re stress levels and overall health may improve, too. In this post, I’ll discuss more of my relationship with exercise, with tips along the way to find more joyful movement. 

 

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How Ingredient Prep Turns Into Meals

As I shared recently, I’m a big ingredient prepper over the weekends. If I just prepped full meals ahead, I’d be disappointed at some point during the week that the flavors just weren’t what I was craving, and as a result wouldn’t be satisfied. Plus, I think it’s more fun to enjoy the same ingredients with different flavors most of the time. This post is to show you how some simple ingredient prep translates into meals during the week.

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Sprouted Grain Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

The best part of Valentine’s Day is absolutely the treats. But, you don’t want to rely on someone else to get you what you want. Who wants to be disappointed that their favorite treat is X and they got Y instead? Advocate for yourself and make your fave dessert, whether that’s amazing cinnamon rolls made in under an hour, or anything else.

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No Added Sugar Chickpea Banana Muffins

There’s these amazing chickpea flour banana bread muffins I made a few years ago. They’re now one of the most consistent posts I get traffic from via search engines, and they’ve been turned into amazing cupcakes and gingerbread muffins, too. Despite their deliciousness and nutrient density, I was still a bit uneasy about the added sugar if they’d be a regular part of Cooper’s diet, so I set out to adapt them to be added sugar free. Now I present to you, Mommy & Me banana muffins!

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The Definitive Resource List for Infant & Child Nutrition

Now that Cooper is close to 10 months old (!), he’s tried a long list of foods via a slightly modified baby led weaning (BLW) approach. On Instagram I’ve shared plenty of our infant nutrition snippets via his meals and snacks; the good, the messy, and the frustrating. Based on requests and questions, I posted his “Coopercakes” pancake recipe and my top products for feeding babies and toddlers.

While I have much more knowledge than the general population on infant nutrition and am happy to provide some feedback and general information to other parents about infant feeding (recs for allergen exposure, what is baby led weaning and why did we choose it, etc), this is not my main area of expertise. I consult on a variety of topics with food companies and have even written about infant and child feeding, I still first specialize in sports and fitness nutrition as well as nutrition for mental health. I plan to stay within my scope of practice on more specific details with older kids until Cooper is older and I have more first hand experience!

best nutrition resources for kids

Still, my reader survey showed many of you want more infant nutrition and child feeding tips, so I want to aid those of you with kids (or grandkids) in nourishing your children in the best way possible for their young, growing bodies and developing minds. That’s how I decided to create a resource list. I know and follow plenty of dietitians to recommend, but when I reached out for other recommendations, had an overwhelming but fantastic response of others to share with you, too!

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Chocolate Peppermint Recipes

Chocolate Peppermint Week is closing out with more recipes than you ever expected! Bonus, they’re all from registered dietitians. I don’t say that because you need to make all of your holiday treats “more healthy”, but because dietitians have the best taste in food!

Best Chocolate Peppermint Recipes

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Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Popcorn

When I first started dating Tim back in college, he was so excited to take me to Peterbrook Chocolatier when I took my first trip to his hometown of Jacksonville, FL. Most of their stuff is amazing, but their chocolate covered popcorn became a fave of my family real quick, too. {Click if you missed day 1 and 2 of chocolate peppermint week to see the baked oatmeal and brownie Christmas trees}

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