Make mealtimes more peaceful: create a pre-meal routine in 4 simple steps

Make mealtimes more peaceful: create a pre-meal routine in 4 simple steps

We often talk about a bedtime routine, or a routine prior to getting out the door in the morning. Our little ones need that structure when they know what is to come and get used to the routine.

A common hurdle I hear from families in my practice is that their children have a hard time transitioning to the table, most commonly at dinnertime. When dinner rolls around, it has been a long day (usually for everyone in the family) and getting little ones to sit at the table can be a challenge. Enter the pre-meal routine. Take a look at my 4 step plan which is sure to help make getting to the table a little less painful for everyone. I find preparing for the meal is often overlooked!

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Breakfast Rotations

Breakfast Rotations

How does your family do breakfast? A common pain point I find with clients is that their child seems to eat the same food over and over again for breakfast, the child becomes tired of said food and stops eating that food completely - leaving parents unsure of what to serve. Many times, we think about variety in lunches and dinners, but we fall short in making sure we are providing variety with breakfast. Here I post 8 breakfast ideas - very easy, full of nutrition, and provide variety throughout the week.

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Kid-approved Spinach and Banana Blender Muffins

Kid-approved Spinach and Banana Blender Muffins

Spinach muffins are popular - and rightfully so: they are an easy snack to create and full of vitamins and minerals from the spinach like vitamin K, vitamin B6, vitamin C, iron, calcium, and potassium (just to name a few). Spinach is a food that some kiddos have yet to acquire a preference for in it’s natural state (although don’t give up - keep offering!).   I never quite found my favorite recipe, I wanted to create something without refined sugar, but also that I could fully create in the blender, so I decided to create my own.

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Getting Started with Your Child in the Kitchen

Getting Started with Your Child in the Kitchen

One of my favorite recommendations to families that may have a picky or selective eater is to get them helping in the kitchen, which can assist to encourage them to try new foods. Creating food is a sensory experience: we are touching, smelling and tasting - which are all beneficial to trying new foods! There have been so many times my daughters have surprised me by trying something new (check out the picture of my 4 year old eating raw spinach).

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DIY Date and Oat Balls

DIY Date and Oat Balls

love DIY meals and snacks. In my mind, a DIY snack is one in which everyone gets to create their own version of the food item that’s on the menu. These date and oat balls are easy to make, nutritious, and even young toddlers can participate. I made a date and oat slurry in the food processor, and then provide some optional mix-ins for my kiddos prior to rolling these into a ball. It’s a fun sensory and fine motor activity as well: little hands are able to touch the sticky mixture and work on rolling that mixture into a ball!

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