Sunday, November 29, 2015

How to Get Kids to Eat Healthier

Tips for teaching kids healthy eating habits and keeping your sanity. This post contains affiliate links.
how to teach kids to eat healthy

Feeding kids can be exhausting, frustrating, and confusing. I've felt all of these things after working hard to make a nice dinner, only to have the kids say, "yuck!" It's easy to give up trying to give them the best foods we can and instead give them processed foods we know they won't complain about. It doesn't have to be that way though. I reject the idea that kids innately don't like vegetables or other particular foods. Our preschool was filled with 2 year-olds happily munching on kale strawberry salad and chia pudding at snack time. Kids in Japan happily eat sushi, while French kids eat escargot and boeuf bourguignon. These children don't have genetically different taste buds than American fast food loving kids. The difference is that they were taught how to eat, and never expected to eat from a kids menu of nuggets and hot dogs. While my kids won't eat everything, and I'm far from perfect, here are a few things I have learned. My goal with this blog is to help families live healthier happier lives, so I hope you'll find these tips helpful! 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Easy Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

Quick and easy vegetarian enchilada casserole recipe. Can easily be made vegan and gluten-free. 
Here's a quick and easy weeknight recipe your family will love. At first glance, our girls said "eh, I don't think I like this." But after a minute of picking at it they both decided they actually love it and cleaned their plates. One of my favorite "take out" places is the Whole Foods hot bar/salad bar. The kids love making their own salads, and I often head to the vegan section for the vegan enchilada casserole. It's so comforting and warm and filled with black beans and sweet bell peppers. I have been recreating the veggie enchilada casserole at home, and it's incredibly easy. This recipe is perfect for busy nights, as it takes about 10 minutes to assemble and can be made ahead and reheated or assembled early. Top with guacamole, sour cream, or avocado with a pinch of sea salt. 

Here's the super simple recipe: 

Best Creative & Natural Toys for Kids

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It's the day after Thanksgiving and that means the start of the holiday shopping season. I'm cozy in my holiday jammies doing some online shopping for my girls. My favorite gifts for my kids are natural, non-toxic, fun learning toys. Here are some of my favorite natural and creative learning toys for kids. What are you getting the little ones in your life this year? 

Melissa & Doug Architectural Unit Block Set
A set of natural wood blocks is my #1 must-have for preschool and early elementary age kids. When I learned how toxic and hormone disrupting many plastic toys are for kids I threw out the cheap plastic blocks and got a nice set of wood blocks. Not only are they more natural than plastic, they simply feel better in your hand while building and look a lot nicer in a pile on your living room floor, where ours have lived for several years. I love these architectural blocks.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Grain Free Pumpkin Muffins

Gluten-free, grain-free, paleo pumpkin muffins made with almond flour. 

My grain-free chocolate muffins have gotten such great reviews on the blog that I wanted to adapt them into a pumpkin muffin recipe. I adore pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins, but unfortunately most recipes are made with loads of white flour and sugar, which means they are basically just cake. These healthy pumpkin muffins are moist, light, soft, not too sweet, and best warm from the oven. They are tasty and guilt-free since there is no refined sugar - just a little natural honey for sweetness. Pumpkin keeps the muffins naturally moist, without much added oil. Made with almond flour, these muffins are higher in protein than the average muffin, which makes them more satisfying. If you have a nut allergy try these instead. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Lentil Salad Recipe

Recipe for a nourishing lentil salad with delicata squash and cranberries. Vegan, gluten-free, and perfect for fall and winter. Serve alone, over greens, or with sliced baguette. 
healthy lentil salad with squash and cranberries
All summer long I made and devoured the same lentil salad. It had sweet cherry tomatoes, a tangy mustard dressing, and fresh herbs. This lentil salad tasted hearty and satisfying, but even better, it made me feel energized and nourished. Lentils are one of my favorite plant-based food staples. They are a fantastic source of protein and fiber. I often make a batch of lentils on the weekend to use throughout the week, and if I'm not doing that, I'm making lentil soup. This week I was missing my summer lentil salad, so I revamped it for fall and winter by adding roasted delicata squash, cranberries, and a maple dressing. Keep a batch in your fridge and you'll always have something hearty and healthy ready for busy moments. 


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