About Raising Healthy Kids
You want to prepare heathy meals for your family, but you aren’t sure what’s actually healthy anymore.
You want to cook at home, using real food but you don’t have time.
You want to pack healthy lunches for the kids, but you need ideas that the kids will love.
You want to still enjoy fun foods but you are concerned with all the chemicals in fast foods.
Does this sound like you? If you’re ready to journey into the fun and exciting world of healthy living, you’ll find what you need here.
Why I started my blog
I started this blog because I wanted to help moms (like me and you) deal with all the noise out there about nutrition. It’s ok to not be perfect, who is? It’s ok if you don’t know about the latest food trend (there’s no need). It’s ok to be real. I want to keep it honest and real here.
Quite often, I have heard online that getting kids to eat healthy is easy. Let me be honest, it’s not. Picky eaters are real and it’s not because they weren’t offered healthy choices. They were.
What I should have called my blog
I should have called my blog “Real” Healthy Kids because that’s what it’s about. A real mom trying to feed a real family that includes picky kids. I’m not going to sugar coat it, it’s tough some days. Even though I am a nutritionist, I struggle with my sugar addiction daily, my kids don’t always eat their veggies and sometimes I don’t feel like cooking at home. And, sometimes I don’t know which way to turn.
Over the years, my blog has grown and so have my kids . I’ve become passionate about things I hardly knew existed when I was a brand new mom, like why processed foods and sugar is bad for us. But one thing hasn’t changed. My goal is and always has been to share my triumphs (and tragedies) when it comes to feeding my kids and myself, to tell you what works for me (and what doesn’t), to admit my mistakes (and usually laugh about them)–and above all, to create a space where moms (and even a few dads) can feel understood and never judged.
So, whether it’s chicken fingers, muffins or cookies, you’ll find a more wholesome way to prepare these family favorite foods and never have to feel guilty about what you’re serving. Replacing processed foods with good old-fashioned real food is doable most of the time.
This is my story
I have at most part been health conscious and concerned with the food I eat. My mom was a firm believer in cooking our meals at home and we didn’t eat out very often. Don’t get me wrong, we were never, ever deprived. We had Friday night pizza, burgers and fries and cheesy pasta, just as all kids did, but the difference was, my mom made these dishes herself.
As I grew up, I would spend a lot of time in the kitchen with my mom and grandma, learning. Whisking up a roux for a homemade Bechamel sauce, learning how to prepare pizza sauce and how to bake a batch of homemade biscuits. I loved cooking my own food and learning what nutritious ingredients are.
Then I became a mom and the roles had turned. It was my job to be responsible for feeding my family wholesome meals. My “idealistic” views on how the kids should eat came crashing down around me. Not all kids love broccoli. Not all kids want to drink their milk and some rather eat peanut butter off a spoon. That’s the truth. I live it.
As a nutritionist, I’ve coached clients in meal planning, kids nutrition and lunchbox makeovers. Also prepared healthy menus for daycare and nursery schools to meet the nutrition needs of enfants to school aged children.