And Now Lets Get the Garden Growing
    February 27, 2014
    And Now Let’s Get the Garden Growing!

    Hopefully my post on  Dig Up 5 Great Lessons When You Garden with Kids has convinced you that starting a garden will be not only beneficial to your kids but also a lot of fun. You have also learned a…

    Get Messy and Plant a Garden
    February 25, 2014
    Get Messy and Plant a Garden!

    In this age of “germaphobia” I see so many parents chasing their children with hand sanitizer in hopes of keeping them healthy. In today’s post I will discuss how a little dirt may be good for o…

    What Type of Parent are You at the Dinner Table
    February 20, 2014
    What Type of Parent are You at the Dinner Table?

    One of the fascinating aspects of being a feeding therapist that works with children in their homes is that I get to see first-hand the variations in parenting styles. One particular family was memora…

    February 13, 2014
    Getting Kids to Eat More Heart Healthy Foods

    The last time I went through the lunch line at school on a parent visit, the vegetable-du-jour was French fries. The broccoli salad — which wasn’t bad — was left untouched by all but me at the e…

    messy fingers
    August 16, 2013
    Should Kids Play with their Food?

    Playing with food is usually not considered a good thing but I think it can be, especially for babies and toddlers that are resistant to trying new foods. It is natural for little ones to be cautious …

    five a day
    August 15, 2013
    How to Get Your Kids Eating 5 A Day!

    Why should your kids be eating a rainbow every day? Each color group provides a unique set of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. When kids eat from the 5 color groups it becomes an easy and fun wa…

    Watermelon Cake
    August 14, 2013
    Fun with Watermelon

    When you think of a summer time fruit, watermelon is on the top of the list for most of us and for good reason! They are juicy, crunchy and colorful. Watermelon has a very high water content amount, a…

    snack presentation
    August 13, 2013
    Food Presentation for Kids

    Before we actually take a bite of food we start eating...with our eyes! They tell our brain what it will taste like via a whole series of learned and natural responses and we taste what we think we sh…

    Meals and Nutrition
    June 26, 2013
    Making Meals and Nutrition a Family Affair

    Children learn from their parents. If you want your kids to eat responsibly take a look at what you are putting on your own plate. Make smart food choices a family affair and make it fun for everyone …

    Green Monster Smoothie
    June 7, 2013
    Can’t Get Kids to Eat Their Greens? Drink Them Instead!

    Frustrated that your kids won't eat their greens? Ever try drinking them? Green Smoothies are all the rage for a reason and this drink treat may just be the answer to your prayers. This Green Monste…

    Whole Wheat Pancake Mix
    June 6, 2013
    Whole Wheat Pancake & Waffle Mix- A Pantry Must Have

    There have been plenty of sleep deprived mornings where I've got to get everyone out the door to school and work and wearily reach for my box of Kodiak Cakes whole wheat pancake mix. Don't get me wr…

    Oatmeal in the Crock Pot
    June 5, 2013
    Oatmeal in the Crock Pot

    You know some days are going to be packed -- so packed there's hardly time to eat breakfast, much less cook breakfast. Enter make-the-night-before meals! Back when I first had Kenya, I discovered my c…

    Sneaky Smoothie
    May 17, 2013
    The Sneaky Smoothie

    Do you need to find a way to get your kids to “eat” their vegetables?  Maybe when you serve your child spinach he or she looks up at you with adorning eyes and says, “Oh thank you Mom.  May I …

    5 Reasons for Menu Planning
    May 16, 2013
    5 Reasons for Menu Planning

    Do you feel like you spend a “fortune” on groceries and yet you never have anything at home to fix for dinner? With a little planning you can know ahead of time what your family will be having eac…

    10 Tips to Help with Picky Eaters
    May 15, 2013
    10 Tips to Help with Picky Eaters

    Got picky kids when it comes to food, at least nutritious food? Do your kids try to crawl under the table when they see broccoli on the table?  Do they try to slip the dog their squash only to find …

    Table Talk- 5 Conversation Starters for Dinner Time
    May 14, 2013
    Table Talk: 5 Conversation Starters for Dinner Time

    When you think of happy families sitting around the table eating dinner do you conjure up thoughts of “Leave it to Beaver” or some other old sitcom? The mother walking around in her apron, high he…

    Kids in the Kitchen-Joy or Disaster
    May 13, 2013
    Kids in the Kitchen – Joy or Disaster?

    Ok, I will admit that cooking with my kids can be a lot harder at times (most of the time) than cooking by myself. I like to cook.  I find cooking therapeutic. Cooking with kids is not always therape…

    Picky Eating at Lunch
    April 10, 2013
    Picky Eating at Lunch

    The following is #3 in a 5 part series on helping children become more adventurous eaters. Parents tell me that lunch is typically the best meal of the day for picky eaters – meaning they’ll eat …

    Embracing the Imperfect Family Meal
    March 5, 2013
    Embracing the Imperfect Family Meal

    One of my biggest "before and after" shifts as a new parent has been in my perception of what family mealtime should look like. Before I actually had  children, I held a Rockwell-esque fantasy in min…

    Cowboy Cookies and Other Tasty Foods to Help Boost Breastmilk Production
    January 18, 2013
    Cowboy Cookies and Other Tasty Foods to Help Boost Breastmilk Production

    Okay, breast feeding mamas: how many of you have heard about lactogenic foods? As someone who struggled to maintain a steady supply of breast milk, many lactogenic foods—foods said to possibly help …