How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing Kids Will Eat [Recipe]

April 10, 2015
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I’ve tried everything when it comes to making homemade ranch dressing. I can’t even count how many “ranch spice” mixes I’ve experimented with. I’ve made it using yogurt, buttermilk and sour cream. The thing is my ranch lover (Big A) will have none of them. She tells me her favorite is Granny’s ranch dressing. And […]

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Why I’m Neither For Nor Against Kid Food

April 6, 2015
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This is The Feeding Diaries, an ongoing series about the feeding escapades in my house. Every year we go to Red Lobster for a family member’s birthday. This year, Big A announced she wanted to order lobster. I suggested we share the big lobster meal and she agreed. I was ecstatic to find her opting […]

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Two Giveaways: Amanda’s Big Dream & First Bites

April 1, 2015
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I have two great books to briefly review and giveaway. The first, Amanda’s Big Dream, was mentioned in my post about talking to kids about weight. And the second, First Bites, is a cookbook for babies and toddlers.

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5 Words That Will Instantly Calm Your Parenting Worries

March 27, 2015
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“You’re doing everything you can.” This is what Little D’s speech therapist said to me last fall, when she could tell my anxiety level was rising. These words — and the lesson they taught– have stuck with me ever since. Those 5 words popped in my head once again when a reader asked: “How do […]

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3 Simple Strategies for Using Up Veggies Before They Go Bad

March 24, 2015
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In my house, vegetables are the food item most likely to get tossed out. That’s because most veggies have a short life and they tend not to be something (like fruit) you can just grab and eat as is. In other words, they take preparation time. I started to get serious about decreasing veggie waste […]

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5 Lessons I Vow to Teach My Children About Weight and Body Shape

March 19, 2015
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I pick my kids up from school and in the car my typically quiet son informs me that eating too much ice cream makes you fat. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing so I started to ask some questions. I discovered that this was his takeaway from a nutrition lesson at school. I feel […]

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Dinner Rotation: Feb-March

March 13, 2015
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So I’ve started rotating our dinner meals. And you know what my success rate has been the first two weeks following this rotation? 100%. Well, I did skip homemade pizza last Friday for last minute dinner plans, but besides that, it’s been right on. Before with the more traditional meal plan, my success rate was […]

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Black Bean Brownies [Recipe]

March 9, 2015
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I’m re-posting this dessert from 2012, updating the recipe and picture. I made these last night and was reminded how awesome they are! The kids couldn’t get enough. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe I found on the Meal Makeover Mom’s blog for some time now. I don’t usually “healthify” dessert but these sound so intriguing. I have […]

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Why Controlling Feeding Practices Are So Hard To Break

March 4, 2015
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A parent emails me about her frustration with dinner. She used to make her son eat vegetables to get dessert. Now that she’s no longer using this tactic, he’s stopped eating any vegetables. She’s tempted to go back to her old way of feeding. I talk to an acquaintance about her recent unwanted weight gain. […]

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2015 Dietary Guidelines: What Parents Need to Know

February 27, 2015
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You may have heard rumblings about the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Although the official guidelines are not here yet, the process has been kick-started with a major report that summarizes the evidence. Next is the public comment period (now until April 8th) followed by the creation of Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The 2015 Dietary […]

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