Baby & Kids

My Toddler Won’t Eat: Toddler Nutrition 101

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 By Amanda Davies
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After my son’s first birthday we started to really push the transition to solid foods, and I did not know what to expect. At 18 months he was eating only one or two meals day and refusing most meats and vegetables. He was still drinking about 24-30 ounces of whole milk per day. As a Registered Dietitian I was comforted knowing that he was getting an acceptable amount of protein via his milk intake, but worried that he wasn’t acquiring a taste for nutrient and fiber packed vegetables or protein rich meat, poultry, and fish. I started experimenting with new…


Toddler Approved: Summer Inspired Recipes

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 By Sarah Ring

There are SO many things to absolutely love about summer, but cooking over a hot stove in a warm kitchen is just simply NOT one of them. I’m making meal time with the littlest members of our family easy this season by using fresh ingredients that require minimal cook time. In an effort to do just that, I’ve rounded up some deliciously cool recipes that are not only simple, but have also been toddler tested and approved! Let’s start with the most important meal of the day: breakfast! Breakfast A parfait is about as close as you can get to having…


Farmer’s Market Play Date

Friday, June 17, 2016 By Sarah Ring

Recently my little family ventured out to our local farmer’s market for a unique shopping experience that the whole crew could enjoy. We sampled, explored, and renewed our appreciation for wholesome foods that are available right in our own backyard! My first born son is the absolute pickiest eater, but even he was excited to smell, touch, taste and try new fruits and veggies that he had previously turned up his nose at. The market vendors were so happy to answer his sweet little questions, and it was genuinely enlightening to hear about the growing process, even for us adults,…


Pregnancy Bites: Taking the Mystery out of “Eating for Two”

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 By Jessica Tomes

I am not a registered nutritionist, nor am I a highly trained chef. I have a few recipes (mostly basic items) in my repertoire, that I tend to repeat over and over — much to my family’s dismay. The first time I ever cooked dinner for my husband — whole wheat pasta with fresh spinach, tomatoes, basil, and garlic sautéed in olive oil — he looked at me like I was crazy and asked, “where’s the meat?” It’s safe to safe he and my toddlers share a similar palette when it comes to food. Married for almost five years now,…


Easy Breakfasts for Busy Mornings | Breakfast Cookies

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 By Jessica Tomes

Adapted from I’m not going to lie, mornings are hard. Especially when you have toddlers you have to get to school, and dance, and music lessons — and whatever other extracurricular activities you’ve foolishly signed them up for that begin before lunch. (If I had it my way, I’d sleep until at least 7:30 a.m. every morning, and drink a minimum of two cups of coffee in peace before anyone spoke to me.) Getting out the door on time is a daily struggle in the Tomes household. We’ve discovered that we have to be highly organized, and always plan…


School Lunches | Beyond Peanut Butter and Jelly

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 By Jessica Tomes

I will confess, I am a total newbie when it comes to the school lunch thing. My oldest started Pre-K3 in November (after I finally got her potty trained). You can imagine my confusion when I found out I could not send her to school with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich everyday (as my mom had done with me), because it was against the rules. No, not the mom rules — though we will get to those. Her preschool is “Tree Nut Free.” I didn’t even know that was a thing. Did you guys? But apparently it is becoming…


Zoodles & Avocado Cream Sauce Recipe

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 By Lanie Towsley

Seasonal Cooking Challenge! Recently my husband and I challenged ourselves to cook seasonally. We did this for a few reasons; 1) we wanted to make a more conscious effort at eating locally and supporting the small farmer, 2) we wanted to get out of a veggie rut and try new recipes, and 3) we wanted to work towards reducing our carbon footprint in some way. At first I thought this is EASY. We eat veggies all the time! But as I looked at the images and charts of seasonal veggies, I realized that starting this challenge in summer would perhaps…


Homemade Popsicles

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 By Lanie Towsley

This past week Fischer and I headed out to the beautiful Texas Hill Country to visit my parents (Nonny and Poppy) and my niece, T. T and my sister live in the Pacific Northwest and this is the first year that T is old enough to fly on her own so she’s staying with my parents for two weeks. Despite the 4 year age difference between T and Fischer, I was so excited to get the two of them together and create some great memories! 5 action-packed days later…mission accomplished. T really wanted some popsicles as a late afternoon treat…


Mini-Meals: Turkey Meatballs!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 By Lanie Towsley

For those of you that read my recipe about sneaking veggies into toddler food, you’ll recognize the use of a mini-muffin tin. I seriously love the muffin-tin, easy to cook with and then so easy to CLEAN! Anything I can quick rinse off and throw in the dishwasher gets a BIG thumbs up in my book. I also love that anything you make using this method is the perfect toddler-bite size; equally as great for a snack as for a meal when served with something else. (Also great as a mid-day snack for me!) So, meatballs. Both the boys in…


How to Have a Festive Fourth of July Menu For Kids With Little Sugar

Friday, July 3, 2015 By Quinn Kelly

Fourth of July is just around the corner! And whether you’re headed to the lake or headed to the neighborhood pool, one thing is certain. Your family and friends are going to be hungry before snuggling up (or fanning off) to watch those fireworks! Especially the kids. So this year I thought it might be fun to give you some festive and simple food ideas to try out with the kids that are easy for them to help while also being good for them and not loaded down with sugar. And because I know my kids love to eat outside,…