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When my first child was only 11 months old I had a moment of panic. I would be responsible for feeding her another 17 years! Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Then I added baby number two and it was like five times the work.

Once I realized the magnitude of this responsibility, I researched feeding like a madwomen.  I also jumped into the new territory of cooking family meals. I started to gather so much information and recipes that it only made sense to share it all. In 2009 this blog was born and my kids are no longer babies, they are 5 and 8 years old.  I’m also a registered dietitian, but first and foremost, I’m a mom.

You may have landed here because you need some help (who doesn’t?).  Whether its nutrition, picky eating, hot health topics or cooking up nutritious meals, I know how complicated and stressful feeding a family can be.

I realized pretty early on I had two choices: enjoy or perish. I chose the enjoyable path because I knew something you may not know yet: a happy table is the cornerstone of raising healthy children. It doesn’t end there, but it definitely starts there. If feeding — and all that goes along with it — is a constant slog then something needs to change.

I believe a “happy table” is available to anyone who is willing to approach food, feeding and health from a place of enjoyment. Because good health is not just about what you do, but how you feel about what you do. And when good health is enjoyable, you — and your family members — are more likely to keep doing it.

This blog simplifies feeding and nutrition so feeding your family can be rewarding and drama-free. And it doesn’t take extreme actions to achieve good health. No deprivation, food battles or fear-mongering here.

Instead you get surprisingly easy and evidence-based strategies to help your family be healthy & happy. These are the kind of tips that leave you saying: why didn’t I think of that?

Because while the world is making healthy eating complicated, we strive for simple. And that makes everyone who gathers around the kitchen table happy.

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Maryann Jacobsen, MS, RD