Eating Disorders Expert & Dietitian on How to Foster a Healthy Relationship with Food for Your Kids (HPC: E25)

The very morning I did this interview, my husband was complaining about how badly he felt because of a certain number…and when I heard Heidi’s final “practical” challenge to parents, I knew we had to do it. This interview was a HUGE paradigm shift for me, and you will alternately want to turn it off as it gets challenging and find yourself cheering out loud! Heidi Schauster is an expert on eating disorders and talks with me today about how we as parents can foster a healthy relationship with food for our kids. We cover risk factors for eating disorders, mindful eating, how to handle treats at school and elsewhere, what “rules” parents should (and should not!) have for food [Read more...]

Homemade English Muffins and Freeze-able Breakfast Sandwiches (HPC: E24)

Need an easy, freezer-friendly breakfast that is homemade and will keep your kids full of energy for a busy school morning? Teach them to make homemade English muffins and then add bacon and eggs…mmmm! These homemade English muffins are so easy even kids can make them! They are a “special treat” in our house because we rarely have gluten at all and especially not white flour (they’re half and half) but they’re still so much better than commercially produced bread of any kind. And for real – the way they make the house smell is worth any time put in! Plus of course…when we empower kids to make their own food, we build confidence and show them how important they [Read more...]

3 Vital Strategies for Families to Raise Successful Children (HPC: E23)

We all want to raise successful children — not just in the kitchen, but in life! I’ve had over 34 “kid years” of parenting experience and I invite you to learn from our successes and failures along the way. These are simple ideas…but not always a cinch to implement! The three vital strategies I’ll go over in this video are: 1. High Expectations 2. Consistency 3. Repetition No time to watch the whole video? Here are the notes! Vital Strategies Video Time Stamps 2:46: We want to have high expectations for our kids. Most kids will never reach higher than we expect. We want to let them know that they have almost unlimited potential. There’s a fine line here. We don’t [Read more...]

Why Meal Planning is a Key to Healthy Eating for Kids with Chef Allison Schaaf of Prep Dish (HPC: E22)

When it comes to step ONE in healthy eating, I always come back to meal planning. I invited Allison Schaaf, pro chef and founder of Prep Dish, to chat with us on how to make it happen and some unique strategies she uses that are perfectly suited to families teaching their kids to cook! This week she has a special for listeners of The Healthy Parenting Connector: Join in on the 21-day Challenge. You will be prepping 21 days of healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack recipes. Prep dish will create your shopping list and organize your prep to make meal time simple and effective. Check it out here. Here are some quick notes on what we covered: Most important [Read more...]

Picky Eating Solutions Using All 8 Senses (from a feeding expert)

Many parents feel their kids are “picky eaters,” and we definitely find here at Kids Cook Real Food that working in the kitchen, being involved with food through our online cooking classes for kids, really helps kids be more open to trying and appreciating new foods. But it’s not magic pixie dust, and it doesn’t “work” for everyone. I’m thrilled to share this special interview with Melanie Potock, a speech language pathologist, best-selling author and expert in pediatric feeding. Maybe it blew your mind as it does mine that there are really EIGHT senses, and not just the 5 you learned in elementary school. We talk about how to use those original 5 senses to widen kids’ palates and combat picky [Read more...]

Got Eczema? Tummy Trouble? Quenching Inflammation in our Kids – an Interview with Sheila Kilbane, MD (HPC:E21)

America is inflamed! Our kids are suffering in so many ways from inflammation – know any little ones with eczema, constipation, tummy troubles, recurring infections, chronic congestion, mouth breathers, bumps on the backs of their arms? You (and they) need this information about how diet will help bring inflammation down!! It even affects how responsive your body will be to a normal old cold, if you happen to be dragged down this year. 🙁 I’m so honored to host Dr. Sheila Kilbane, an integrative pediatrician, to educate us on this important issue. We talk about what fats to avoid and which to focus on to decrease inflammation in our kids. Dr. Kilbane gives 4 achievable action steps that busy parents [Read more...]

Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller on “The Gold Medal Mindset” (HPC: E20)

Shannon Miller is a 7-time Olympic medalist – the record for America – and has over 100 national competition medals in gymnastics as well, more than half the gold kind. People in our generation certainly remember her name from the “Magnificent Seven” team gold winners in the 1996 Olympic games, where she captured the first balance beam gold an American had ever achieved. She’s no stranger to hard work and success, obviously, and she went on after gymnastics to study marketing and entrepreneurship and even earn her law degree from Boston College. Then life got a little crazier – she had her first baby in 2009, launched her company “The Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women” in 2010, [Read more...]

Organizing for a Kid-Friendly Kitchen

We moms always have a lot on our plates. One that I struggle with is balancing the need to cook for my family with the need to slow down and teach my little ones how to cook, and then the need to do silly things with them and play and read books and help with homework. It feels like there’s never enough time in the day! My quick tips today are designed to help you integrate your kids into the kitchen to accomplish goals one and two: with a little investment, you can teach your children skills, spend time with them, and get the return on investment of kids who can actually help in the kitchen without you having to micromanage. [Read more...]

Connect Kids with Real Food and Teach Them How to Eat Healthy

Teaching kids about healthy eating can start from day one and you may find your picky eater will eat veggies even beyond a healthy pumpkin muffin. Making healthy eating fun is the key – ironically, learning food rules does just that.  “Can we get a real drink now?” the little girl said the moment The Lorax movie ended. I overheard a young girl bug her parents for a soda pop, or a juice, or “they even have Vitamin water!” as folks were stocking up on concessions before the showing of The Lorax in theaters. When the movie, which featured such ridiculous atrocities as bottled air and plastic grass, finally ended, she asked for that “real” drink…meaning something from the concession stand. [Read more...]

10 Snacks your Preschooler Can Make Today

The proud look on my little ones’ faces when they make something for the family (or themselves) to eat is none other than priceless. And it’s even cuter the younger they are! Although my big kids can do quite a lot in the kitchen and have quite a list of recipes they can make, what about the 2, 3 and 4-year-old crowd? It doesn’t seem like they can do much in the kitchen other than dump ingredients and help stir while an adult is baking…but I believe they can do so much more. With a few basic skills and some special tricks, preschoolers can make healthy, fun snacks by themselves, plus breakfast and some lunch foods too. It’s all about [Read more...]