Make Meals Fun!

One of my favorite tips for Parents of Picky Eaters is to make meals FUN! Novelty and imagination goes such a long way with little ones! It can transform a normal meal into something completely new and exciting with something as simple and quick as cookie cutter & a sandwhich– and in less than 5Continue reading “Make Meals Fun!”

10 Tips for Cooking with Your Toddler(s): While Staying Sane, Safe, and Sanitary

It isn’t a surprise that with a Bachelors degree in nutrition and a background teaching children’s culinary classes (age 2-16) that cooking with little people is one of my FAVORITE ways to help them learn new foods! But not everyone feels quite as confident in the kitchen when they have their little one with them.Continue reading “10 Tips for Cooking with Your Toddler(s): While Staying Sane, Safe, and Sanitary”

Homemade Hummus Recipe

Hummus is one of my FAVORITE foods to make at home! Before I learned this recipe, I didn’t know how good hummus could truly be! It is such a versatile food that can add extra protein, healthy fat, calcium and non-heme iron to a meal that would otherwise lack those things! INGREDIENTS 1 can (15Continue reading “Homemade Hummus Recipe”

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Jumbo Shells with Marinara and Ground Beef Sauce

Ingredients 1 pound ground beef 1/2 cup wilted spinach, fresh or frozen  1 can (24 ounces) marinara sauce 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, split 24 pieces jumbo pasta shells 24 ounces ricotta cheese 2 cups freshly shredded mozzarella cheese 1 egg, beaten Directions In a large pot over medium heat,Continue reading “Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Jumbo Shells with Marinara and Ground Beef Sauce”

5 Fast Smoothie Recipes with Veggies

I always advocate that people (especially children) get their nutrients primarily from the foods they eat. And that they only use supplements if they absolutely can not meet their daily needs through what they eat…sometimes I have to find creative ways to get extra nutrients in! And one of the easiest ways to get a toddler to unknowingly have 2-3 servings of veggies- a smoothie!

The Ultimate Grocery List

Grocery shopping isn’t everyones favorite activity, but it sure is mine!! During my undergrad courses, I had to take a class that required us to complete a “grocery store tour”. We learned all the ins-and-outs of how to most efficiently shop for groceries. One of the most important things that I learned was to categorizeContinue reading “The Ultimate Grocery List”

BLW: How to Serve Carrots

Carrots are a particularly good source of fiber, vitamin K, potassium, and antioxidants! Carrots are a great source of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A promotes good vision and is important for growth, development, and immune function (all things little humans need)! Despite their name- “baby carrots” are actuallyContinue reading “BLW: How to Serve Carrots”

Healthy Holiday Fruit Dip Recipe

This is Jaxon’s first year attending our church’s mothers day out program (Tues/Thurs 8:30am-2pm) which means this is my first chance at school holiday parties! I wanted to go the “extra mile” and include a dip for the kids and teachers to enjoy with their fruit and it was a huge hit!