How the Heart-Brain Connection will Increase Resilience and Reduce Anxiety for Families (HPC: E93)

We’re all about connection at Kids Cook Real Food, and today we get to learn about how to connect the heart and the brain to improve your physical, mental, and emotional health! The HeartMath Institute is all about the heart, not mushy-gushy stuff but real science-backed strategies to bring more heart to the world. In today’s conversation with Director of Education Jeff Goelitz, you’ll learn: How the heart plays a role in people’s lives. What heart-focused breathing is, why it helps, and how to do it (so simple!). How stress affects kids (and what they really need from their parents). Some simple strategies to increase resilience and GRIT in our kids FREE DOWNLOAD: 10 Foods that Fight Depression Why we [Read more...]

Healthy Snacks for Kids: Homemade Energy Bite Recipe Kids Can Make

I can’t justify spending over $1 each on brand name fruit and nut bars when it’s so easy to make them at home. Here are 2 varieties of nutrient-dense, enzyme-rich bars that are easy to pack, easy to eat, and fairly painless to put together. These quick and easy homemade energy bites can be formed into balls or pressed and cut into bars. As long as your child is comfortable using a food processor, they can make them all by themselves! It’s my 8 year old demonstrating in the video! FREE DOWNLOAD: 10 Snacks Kids can Make Healthy Snacks for Kids These energy bites have simple ingredients and are naturally gluten, dairy, and egg-free. We’ve also included a nut-free version! [Read more...]

The Sabotage of Poor Digestion in Kids and How to Fix it (HPC: E92)

What if I told you you might have to throw away half of the healthy food you worked so hard to put on the dinner table? What if I told you that can basically happen AFTER your kids eat everything on their plate?!?! Healthy food is only the first part of being nourished — we need to make sure the entire system of digestion is working correctly for all the hard work to count! mind blown Today I get to talk to Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Tara Hunkin about getting your child’s digestion on “tract” (pun! ha!) for optimal health. Whether your child feels anxious or exhibits signs of ADHD, whether you know they’re constipated, they have some diarrhea or [Read more...]

Cooking Video for Kids: Cabbage Salad Recipe Kids Can Make

Cabbage is a great green vegetable with lasting power, so if I want to only shop every two weeks, I get lettuce for week 1 salad and cabbage for week 2. Today we will show you a Saint Patrick’s Day inspired cabbage salad that we make all the time… Leah just asked, “Where is the recipe?” “In my head!” I said. It’s that good. This recipe is pretty versatile and you can substitute the vinegar or herbs out for a different flavor every time! FREE DOWNLOAD: Paleo Snacks for Kids Older kids who know how to use a chef’s knife can make this on their own and younger kiddos can help measure ingredients and mix the dressing. Cabbage Salad Recipe [Read more...]

Chef Junior Authors on Kids Setting BIG Goals (HPC: E91)

It’s still crazy to think that my 15-year-old son (and his friends) are published authors. I’m beyond honored to have interviewed them for a Healthy Parenting Connector episode, especially after getting to listen in to their 5 TV appearances and 3 other podcast interviews!! They’re so poised and articulate! We want to show you today 2 big ideas: Why the cookbook Chef Junior is SO special and really fills a need To inspire you and your kids to set big goals and really believe that kids can do so much more than we expect! As much as I feel like a failure as a parent many days, I dust myself off and keep trying — and I think all of [Read more...]

Kids Cooking Video: Healthy, 2 Ingredient Gelatin (Homemade Jello Recipe)

One of the greatest joys of my kitchen is watching my kids devour and truly enjoy real, nourishing food, especially when it’s not particularly kid-friendly in most people’s eyes. I’m proud of them for being counter-cultural. FREE DOWNLOAD: 10 Snacks a Preschooler can Make The second best kitchen moments in the Kimball household? Successfully making fun food that looks like other kids’ food but is devoid of synthetics and yucky ingredients and watching my kids enjoy that. It’s good for them to feel normal sometimes, too. Homemade Jello Recipe with 100% Fruit Juice The first time I tried this technique, I thought I must have missed a step. Not because it didn’t work, but because it was SO easy that [Read more...]

Don’t Let Anxious Kids Avoid Scary Things – What to do Instead with Family Therapist Andi Grandy (HPC: E90)

Family Therapist Andi Grandy spends much of her time helping parents get their anxious kids and teens to go to school. Straight up, they will let their cell phones be taken away and forfeit bribe payments because they really don’t want to go. Those aren’t the right strategies…but what is? I heard Andi speak in person and knew I needed her on the Healthy Parenting Connector. Today you’ll learn: Some popular myths behind WHY teens might be more anxious these days (some shocked me that aren’t part of the issue!) The biggest change in the last 20 years that may be causing our kids to have less capacity to deal with normal, everyday issues How this time of quarantine is [Read more...]

Easy Snacks for Kids: Famous Homemade Granola Bars

Famous homemade granola bars! This easy snack for kids has been a favorite recipe on Kitchen Stewardship for a long time and we are excited to show you how really simple it is! This recipe can be adapted to be gluten-free, dairy-free, or nut-free. Plus we have a magic re-toasting trick to make your bars stay together without crumbling at all. FREE DOWNLOAD: 10 Snacks Kids can Make I get at least 20 good-sized bars from this recipe. I figure it might be the equivalent of 3 boxes of Quaker chewy granola bars, so even though butter and honey are on the pricey side, this still works out to be nicely frugal and so much healthier. Easy Snacks for Kids [Read more...]

Simple Strategies to Relieve Anxiety as a Family

I love stress mastery for its impact on anxiety! Becoming a certified stress mastery educator was partly because I wanted to learn how to help others with this journey we’re on, but also because I needed these skills for myself! I’m so happy to have this foundation and knowledge to help us all through these challenging times we’re living in right now! What is Stress Mastery? (and What It Isn’t) Many people talk about stress management – which is all about removing your stress. It’s often impossible to do that under normal circumstances, but can especially be a challenge in these days! If we can’t avoid or remove our stress, then what? That’s where stress mastery comes in! I love [Read more...]

Breaking Down a Family Power Hour & Why You Need One (HPC: E89)

Routines are my kryptonite. 🙁 Anyone else? I feel like every time I set a schedule, I’ve just wasted time writing down that schedule because I don’t stick to it. BUT during this quarantine time, I knew we needed a little structure. Nothing too strict, but some routines without times attached to them. We haven’t been perfect, but on the majority of the days, our little checklists make a huge difference in how the family runs! This interview was filmed last fall before anyone had heard of a coronavirus, but it’s SO much more applicable now. FREE DOWNLOAD: Kid Friendly Recipes Hear from the dynamic duo of Julie Freedman Smith and Gail Bell, with a combined 40 years of experience [Read more...]