I attended a sneak peak for the new Natural Grocers location opening up in Scottsdale and there are a few little gems I thought I'd share with you about this new-to-The-Valley chain of health food stores.Read More
I am super excited to be hosting two classes for Natural Grocers on good nutrition for kids that will keep them full and focused as they head back to school! You'll learn:
- A super simple equation for creating snacks and lunches that will keep those tummies full
- What you should know about sugar
- Tips for handling picky eaters- from toddlers to adults!
Attend either session on:
- Saturday, August 22nd at 12:30pm
- Sunday, August 23rd at 2pm
When selecting nut and seed butters, the largest differentiator is natural vs. regular varieties. But if you've ever opened a jar of the natural stuff and had to endure the stirring (and stirring and stirring) to reincorporate the separated oils, you may be wondering if all that elbow grease and extra cost is worth it?!Read More
The one complaint I hear from many clients on bananas is that they have trouble keeping them from going bad too quickly. Because the bunch ripens at the same time, within days they are all at that unappealing mush status that only a banana bread recipe could love.
But I've got a simple solution that will keep those bananas from going bad...well, going bad so quickly anyway.
Ready for it?Read More
My last post focused on lunch options for kids who get sick of sandwiches everyday. Today's post is geared towards those of us who, like my daughter, could eat a sandwich day after day (after day after day...). If that's you (or your kiddos) choosing the best bread is essential to getting the best nutritional bang for your buck.
But it's not as simple as choosing wheat over white.
See, there's this dirty little secret lurking in the bread aisle that I'm going to let you in on...Read More
It's back to school time (well, it is here in Arizona anyway!) and for the next few weeks, I'm going to feature some back to school lunch tips that will help you give your kids a great start to the new year.
And if you don't have kiddos heading back to class, don't worry- you'll still be glad you tuned in!
Some kids get bored of sandwiches pretty quickly. This can be pretty challenging since sandwiches are kind of the perfect lunch food. But never fear- my favorite solution to the sandwich strike is this easy pasta salad.Read More
Now I know what you're thinking. Fruit for dessert doesn't sound all that provocative...not until you add sriracha that is.Read More
I recently visited the new Kneaders location in North Scottsdale- is it worth putting in your rotation? My review (as well as a few tips for picking healthy options when dining out) are posted over at North Phoenix Moms Blog!Read More
Summertime for our family is full of day trips to fun (air-conditioned) locales and lazy afternoons by the pool. After long summer days, the last thing I want to do is crank out a meal over a hot stove.
This summery balsamic pasta is a recipe that involves very little effort but is so light and fresh, not to mention dinner-party worthy!Read More
Whether your kids are out of school or merely counting down the days, summertime is upon us. Sure, NOW we're excited about those homework free weeknights but by mid- July, the combination of long, lazy days and high fructose corn syrup laden treats are enough to drive you straight back into the monotony of the school scheduled life.
But let's be optimistic- why not go into summer ready to make the kind of memories our kids will cherish for a lifetime? I've got just the type of tasty summertime treat that will keep your kids entertained throughout the summer, while giving them the added boost of a few servings of fruits and veggies!Read More
In my last post, I touched on the debate surrounding juicing vs. smoothies (which basically goes something like this- Juice 0, Smoothies 1).
And while I had discovered a juice/smoothie product that sort of appeases both camps, I know many of you are still more inclined to head to your local grocery store and pick up your kids' favorite silvery juice pouch, even if only occasionally.
And surprisingly, the silvery juice pouch people have stepped up their game.
The folks over at CapriSun have got a couple of new offerings, and one that is actually worth looking at if there's just no way you're going to remove juice boxes/pouches from the beverage rotation at your house.Read More
I'm generally not a fan of fruit juices, especially not for kids (sorry Jack LaLanne fans). While there are some nutritional benefits associated with cold-pressed juicing, fruity beverages in general are one of the easiest ways to take in too many unfulfilling calories, even if they seem to be the healthiest kind. And even though the sugars are often derived from whole food sources, when you chuck the fiber you end up with one problem-
- after a brief sugar high, your kids are h-angrier than a baby bear coming out of hibernation.
Now I do believe that drinking those fruits and veggies can be a good way to get in a few extra servings, especially when it comes to kids who are anti-all-things-green. As opposed to juices, smoothies keep the fiber, something that's critical when it comes to balancing out the release of sugars from fruit juices into those little bodies.
But what if you drop off your kid at sun up and don't have time to make a smoothie everyday? And even if you do, has anyone really found a good way to pack a liquified spinach/spirulina/pineapple/banana concoction in a lunchbox?Read More
When you look at grocery store shelves, protein is sort of the "it" nutrient among food producers right now. Protein powders. Protein bars. Protein breads. Protein Cheerios.
And now protein pasta.
I've been asked a lot about these protein pastas recently- especially since they are marketed directly to nervous parents as a nutritious solution for picky eaters. They seem to be a great fit, right? Pasta taste kids love? Check. Added protein to avoid the self-inflicted guilt about your child's nutrition? Check.
But is it worth it? Let's break it down...Read More
There's a fresh new kabob restaurant in town- one that tends more towards authentic flavors and specialty menu items you don't find at any big name chain operation.
Or in the case of this reviewer "moms with kids lunch."Read More
Okay, okay, I know today's topic is nothing new- you already know that cutting back on sugar is a major key to good health. For most people I meet, the knowing isn't the hang up- it's the doing-something-about-it, right? Trust me, I get it- I'm a mom too!
Between picky eaters and kids who are into more things than Ryan Seacrest, cutting back on sugar falls somewhere between flipping your mattress and vacuuming crumbs out of your car.
But there's a kind of not-knowing that really is hurting a lot of us. It's not knowing what our kids are eating, especially when it comes to sugar. You might already know it's not good, but just how bad is it?Read More