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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Southwest Soup

While my new content schedule will be officially running next week, in an interest of getting you all set up for food prep this weekend, I obviously had to get you this recipe! While you’re prepping other items for the week (like baking sweet potatoes & roasting veggies in the oven and hard boiling eggs) you can make this big batch of southwest inspired soup with bold and zesty flavors.

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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

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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Black Bean Peppermint Brownie Trees

We’re here for day 2 of chocolate peppermint week (check out day 1’s baked oatmeal)! This recipe, I’ll admit, was a bit of a tough one to perfect, but I am now SO happy with how it came out. Brownies are one of those things that sometimes I will just crave in the winter – typically I want a warm gooey brownie, but I made an exception on these and eat them at room temp so we can enjoy the frosting and toppings without them running off!

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Chocolate Peppermint Baked Oatmeal

Earlier this fall I polled my Instagram audience on their favorite holiday foods and flavors. I had an overwhelming number of written responses indicate the chocolate-peppermint flavor  combo was their favorite and decided that’s what I’d focus on this holiday season. Today’s post is the first of a week of chocolate peppermint – yes, a full week! You’ll be getting simple indulgent recipes to share with family and friends this holiday season – or keep all for yourself, that’s up to you.

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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!

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