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!

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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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First Step to Food Prep: Take Inventory!

I’m sure when you all said in my survey that you wanted food prep ideas, you thought I’d just be sharing examples of what I do each week/weekend. Well, since I want you to actually be successful in prep, and reap all of it’s benefits (like eliminating food waste and lowering your grocery bill), I thought I’d share a weekly series on steps to successful food prep before just throwing ideas of what to prep at you all!

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High Protein Pesto Pasta

Throw together meals make life way easier, and having an index of them can reduce stress since you know you will have lunch or dinner in no time. But, are your go-to last minute meals well balanced to satisfy you and help you reach your health and fitness goals?

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New Year, New Intentions

There were so many times in 2018 that I felt like I was at my breaking point with lack of sleep, taking on too much work and having excess stress… but, as I reflected on the year I was just filled with JOY! It wasn’t an easy one, becoming a mom and learning how to balance my new #1 role with my career. I love what I do, but didn’t realize how much more I’d love being a mom, so I had said yes to too much before Cooper came along and at times wishes I could take back some of my commitments. I powered through though. Because of my busy scheduled and a mild case of postpartum prolapse, I may not have reached a couple of fitness goals that I had set, but I am a much more flexible and patient person than I was a year ago. I’ve also gotten way better at getting my priorities straight and saying no to things that aren’t best for my family, my sanity, and my career. A big THANK YOU to YOU, my readers, for staying around last year with some inconsistent blogging. I love that you continued to enjoy my recipes and share your thoughts on my posts.

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Instead of resolutions, or even goals for the year, I’m loving the idea of setting intentions and making plans. This allows for so much more grace and flexibility so that when things don’t go exactly as planned (cause they won’t!), I can still push forward with the same intent and/or adjust my plans. Continue reading

Snickerdoodle Protein Bars

It’s no secret that I’m a foods-first dietitian. Mostly because I believe nature intended for foods to provide us with all of the nutrients we need, but also because there could be safety risks associated with supplement intake, if they are purchased through an unknown distributer or manufacturer. In today’s post I’ll be delving into why supplements may be needed sometimes, and how to know when you can trust what’s on the shelf. Plus, after giving you plenty of pre-workout energy bar and bite recipes, I’m finally sharing an easy homemade post-workout protein bar!

Vegan homemade protein bars

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Dietitian’s Top Product Picks for Feeding Baby (and Toddler)

Since the little guy came into the world just over 8 months ago, I’ve had so many questions from readers, social media followers, and friends about nursing, feeding, and other topics related to infant health. I’ve decided to share more of my opinions and experiences, but also send my readers to other dietitians and health professionals who specialize in pediatrics!

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Pumpkin Cranberry Energy Bites

I know some of you are still wishing it was summer {okay, I sort of am, too}, but the weather this past week has cooled down and gotten gloomy, so fall food is on the menu! There’s so much running around after Labor Day as we acclimate back to our regular schedules that it’s easy to ignore our body’s signals letting us know it needs some fuel for all the things you make it do everyday!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sprouts Farmers Market, with whom I will be showcasing this recipe. Ingredients may be purchased at any store to make on your own, and all opinions are mine!

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10 Reasons You’ll Love Sprouts

If you live in or around Philadelphia, your grocery shopping experience is about to get a promotion! I absolutely love grocery shopping – I could spend hours in almost any store (though Tim makes sure I don’t if he’s there for the ride), and often do, so I encourage you to trust me as a grocery expert ;). Whether you’re a foodie, a fitness fanatic, or just eat because it’s an essential part of life, you’re bound to fall in love with Sprouts! I’m here to tell you why with Sprouts, it’s love at first sight and get one lucky reader acquainted with a $25 gift card. Mark your calendars – they’re opening at the up and coming Lincoln Square in less than 3 weeks on Wednesday, September 19. Woo!


This post is Sponsored by Sprouts Farmers Market. All opinions and content are my own. Thanks for supporting brands that make this blog possible!

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Satisfying Crunchy Snacks

To keep with my new theme of quick, easy, nourishing meals, I couldn’t skip this month’s Recipe Redux theme to share a crunchy snack! While the crunchy toast below is hardly a recipe, I thought sharing my favorite crunchy portable convenience foods is a helpful way to kick off back to school (and for some back to work).

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Mini Meals for Fitness

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Luvo Inc. As always, I only align myself with companies and products that are in line with my values and all opinions are my own.

So, fitness is a priority for you. You make it to the gym or hit the pavement 3 or more times a week, but because of your schedule, you exercise during what a lot of people would consider dinner time. That 5-7 PM time frame when your body is just exhausted from the day and hungry. But, you power through and make it to your workout. You’re either depleted until after or take one of those God-awful pre-workout supplements and call it energy. Then you come home and wind up eating a huge dinner, plus a large dessert (or second dinner) and feel overly full, wondering why you ate so much (again).

Evening fitness doesn’t have to be this way… and your stomach doesn’t have to be eating itself by the end of a morning exercise session, either! Embrace the mini-meal.

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