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Ready to think summer? This no mixer required bananas foster ice cream is sure to help! So easy to make and free of grains, eggs and nuts.

No Mixer Required Bananas Foster Ice Cream (gluten free, grain free, egg free, nut free)

Ready to think summer? This no mixer required bananas foster ice cream is sure to help! So easy to make and free of grains, eggs and nuts.

Ready to think summer? This no mixer required bananas foster ice cream is sure to help! So easy to make and free of grains, eggs and nuts.

Summer is just around the corner. I keep telling myself that so when it’s forty degrees in May I don’t get too discouraged. A couple days of eighty degrees before the forty sure helped too.

One great way to start thinking summer is with ice cream! If you’ve followed me very long you know ice cream is my absolute favorite food. At least these days I don’t eat nearly as much as I used to and most of the ice cream I do eat is homemade. It’s all about the baby steps!

Ready to think summer? This no mixer required bananas foster ice cream is sure to help! So easy to make and free of grains, eggs and nuts.

Make it Real

I recently bought some ice cream for my husband – a limited edition flavor – bananas foster. I tasted it. Wow, was it sweet!! Good, but sweet. It reminded me of egg nog.

My kids (and I) were a bit jealous, so I made our own version. This homemade bananas foster ice cream is loaded with banana flavor – because it is mostly pureed bananas! Then I swirled in some homemade caramel sauce for the “foster” taste. You could really bump up nutrition and save time by using this metabolism boosting caramel with liver!

Ready to think summer? This no mixer required bananas foster ice cream is sure to help! So easy to make and free of grains, eggs and nuts.

You can add homemade vanilla wafers for great texture. I didn’t have any on hand…but I can’t wait to try it some time!

A little pinch of nutmeg really makes this bananas foster ice cream stand out.

Feel free to make your version with as much or as little sweetener as you like. The bananas add plenty of sweetness on their own as long as they are really ripe. But a tablespoon or two of maple syrup added to them is just right for us.Ready to think summer? This no mixer required bananas foster ice cream is sure to help! So easy to make and free of grains, eggs and nuts.

Quick and Easy

One of the best parts of this ice cream is that there is no ice cream mixer required. You do have to make the caramel and freeze the bananas in advance. But once you’re ready the ice cream comes together in minutes and is ready to eat.

Are you thinking summer already? Give this bananas foster ice cream a try. What’s your favorite flavor?

Ready to think summer? This no mixer required bananas foster ice cream is sure to help! So easy to make and free of grains, eggs and nuts.

No Mixer Required Bananas Foster Ice Cream
Serves 6
A creamy banana ice cream with swirls of caramel.
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Ingredients
  1. 6 very ripe bananas
  2. 2 - 4 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey (optional)
  3. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  4. 3 - 4 Tbsp. caramel sauce
  5. 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg (optional)
  6. 1/4 cup vanilla wafers, crumbled (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare the caramel. Refrigerate.
  2. Slice the bananas and freeze on a parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Combine the frozen bananas, maple syrup, salt and nutmeg in a food processor. Blend until smooth (this will take a few minutes and you may have to scrape down the sides multiple times).
  4. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer safe container.
  5. Gently mix in the caramel and vanilla wafers.
  6. Serve or freeze.
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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes pesto pasta, tacos and chili. I hope the warm weather returns so we can get out and enjoy some sunshine!

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of May 21, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes pesto pasta, tacos and chili. I hope the warm weather returns so we can get out and enjoy some sunshine!

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes pesto pasta, tacos and chili. I hope the warm weather returns so we can get out and enjoy some sunshine!

The start of a new week…in May…and I have a couple kids with fevers. This year has been crazy in terms of illness. I’ve been hearing of pink eye, strep throat and the flu going around again! I’m sure the up and down weather hasn’t helped. But I sure am anxious for summer when we have no activities and can be outside all day soaking up Vitamin D. We need to stock back up after the winter.

I’m so glad that we can take it easy this week. Maybe we can do some fun baking projects and take more walks through the orchard. We’re all enjoying the relaxation after a busy school year.

New Recipes

My oldest got a new cookbook for her birthday. We’ve been trying a few of the recipes. This week we’re trying Porky Chops – adapted to be gluten free. And I’ve been creating some new recipes. Hopefully I’ll have time to post them soon!

I’m still researching about HTMA and learning more about our results. We have a couple weeks yet before our consults to really get a plan of action.

Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters. What’s on your menu this week? Trying anything new?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes pesto pasta, tacos and chili. I hope the warm weather returns so we can get out and enjoy some sunshine!

Sunday
B – cereal, smoothies
L – crockpot pork roast, rice, carrots
D – sandwiches with homemade lunch meat, veggies with dip, chips
prep: make dip, boil eggs
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – pesto salmon pasta, broccoli
prep: make pesto, soak oats
notes: 

Tuesday
B – oatmeal with blueberries
D – tacos, peas
prep: soak beans
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled egg, toast
D – chili, corn bread
prep: bake corn bread
notes:

Thursday
B – bagel with cream cheese, avocado
D – porky chops, mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bar
D – sunbutter sandwiches, olives, peppers, clementines
prep: bake cookies
notes: packed dinner

Saturday
B – fried eggs, toast
D – TBD – kids’ choice
prep: 
notes: 

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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, jello and hot dogs...but real food style! But it doesn't require any extra effort. What's on your menu?

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of May 14, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, jello and hot dogs…but real food style! But it doesn’t require any extra effort. What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, jello and hot dogs...but real food style! But it doesn't require any extra effort. What's on your menu?

Happy Mother’s Day! Such a special day because I know how hard all you mamas work every day! Give yourself some love and some extra snuggle time with your kiddos.

Bye Bye Birthday

We’re finally slowing down this week. Only a few activities and a trip to the doctor for yearly check-ups. And since we did a ton of cleaning yesterday my house is looking good. That means we have time to get our school work done and then have some fun! Maybe we’ll take advantage of the (finally) warm weather and go hiking.

I’m just happy I don’t have to bake any birthday cakes this week! We did have a ton of fun celebrating my son’s sixth birthday. But I’m thankful we get a little break now. Although in typical planner fashion I’m already brainstorming for my toddler’s birthday at the end of August. After four birthdays in a row here I’ve realized one thing…she hates frosting. She really doesn’t like much of anything sweet besides basic fruit (I guess I’ve trained her well). So we may have to skip the cake for her this year and do something simple like popsicles (fine with me!!). But I’ve got time to figure that out.

New Recipes!

Are you anxious for some new recipes? I’ve got some in the works. And hopefully I’ll have time to experiment with them now that we aren’t so busy. My goal is to get back on track with Kids Cook Real Food so my kids can start experimenting too!

Results are In!

Last week we got the results from the HTMAs we did. I can’t even explain how excited I am. But I have to wait a few weeks for our consults to really dig into the info and have a plan of action. On a positive note I was so, so, so happy to see that my toddler is in the normal range on almost everything!! All of our hard work to get her back to full health has been paying off!! She is seriously the most amazing eater now (follow along on Instagram to see her snacks and meals). God is good.

Now for the food. Here is our picky eaters meal plan. We do have a couple nights of quick/easy meals again. But we still keep it real. What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, jello and hot dogs...but real food style! But it doesn't require any extra effort. What's on your menu?

Sunday
B –  cereal, smoothies
L – crockpot roast turkey, rice, broccoli
D – grilled brats and sausage, jello, peas, chips
prep: kids make jello
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – sloppy joes, french fries, beans
prep: boil eggs
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast, fruit
D – ring balogna, cheese, crackers, veggies with hummus, jello
prep: make hummus
notes: early, light, prep ahead dinner

Wednesday
B – bagel with cream cheese
D – salmon cakes, rice, squash
prep: prep smoothies
notes: make mayo

Thursday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – cheese quiche, roasted cabbage, pearsauce
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bar
D – sunbutter sandwiches, olives, clementines
prep: bake bread
notes: packed dinner

Saturday
B – scrambled eggs, toast
D – grilled burgers, beans, roasted potatoes
prep: 
notes: 

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Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

Simple Steps Towards Mom Self-Care plus a Quick Vegetable Dip Recipe

Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

I’ve been mom-wired for as long as I can remember. I wanted to play with dolls all day every day from the time I was very little. I dreamed about nursing babies instead of being a princess. I loved to make food for my siblings and their friends and would even clean up after them. I was always willing to help around the house. I would just sit in the kitchen and watch my mom bake because it fascinated me.

All Grown Up

I can’t say a whole lot has changed since then. I now have three kids of my own. I still love to cook for them and take care of them. It’s fun to dress them in cute clothes and do fun activities with them.

My writing is much the same. It focuses on feeding kids nourishing food and working through picky eating and allergies. All of my recipes have to be kid-approved. I even wrote two books about feeding kids (check them out here)!

Where’s Mom?

You may have noticed that one thing has been left out of all of this…myself. Yes, I am just like so many other moms. I put myself at the bottom of my to-do list.

As I write this post I’m starting day seven of my husband being out of town. With a house and farm to care for, three kids to feed and tend to, lots of activities and home schooling I bet you can imagine how much time is left to think about myself (next to none).Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

Mom Life Rocks!

I don’t say any of this to take pity on myself. It’s actually quite the opposite! I love my life. I wouldn’t change it for the world. But sometimes (ok, almost all the time) I forget that mom needs care too.

Over the last few months I have finally made it my goal to really focus on my health and making nourishing food a priority (i.e. sardines, liver and spinach for breakfast!!). It has been amazing to see my health continue to improve (even after 2 1/2 years of breastfeeding on a very restricted diet that left me worn out and depleted). I actually feel better now than I ever have. It’s a good thing since my life requires a lot of energy!

Body Shape Roller Coaster

Along with the  health changes have come changes in my body shape. For a while now I’ve been in a constant state of exhaustion and adrenal fatigue. This leads to skinny legs and booty with weight in the belly. Plus you lose muscle. For this once fit and active woman it was strange…but eventually became my normal. My husband and I even joked that I seemed to loose more booty and gain more belly with each child (now I know that is from being so run down)!

But as my health has been reversing back to balanced hormones and fully rested my weight is shifting back to the places it should be. I have a figure again! And now my clothes don’t fit (especially pants!).Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

What’s the Problem?

Yet one thing I still never do for myself is buy new clothes. Although it sounds trivial, when you’re wearing old yoga pants and ten year old t-shirts with holes in the armpits every day, it really doesn’t make you feel so great about how you look. It impacts your self esteem. And your kids notice. But it’s about all I have that fits.

You can imagine my excitement when I had the opportunity to partner with Stonyfield Yogurt and prAna again. I’ve worked with them in the past to help me figure out my style and learn to embrace bold. This time I combined both my love of simplicity and my need for bold colors with this royal blue dress. It fits perfectly with prAna’s celebration of #TheWholeYou. This dress is ALL me.

From the moment I pulled it out of the box I knew it would be one of my favorite pieces of clothing. Sometimes I get caught up in budgets and kids’ needs and forget that I have needs to. I am always willing to go without. I forget that a few simple pieces of clothing that actually fit and make me feel good can make a world of difference in my attitude and my confidence.Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

It’s Your Turn!

I want to encourage you to do something today to take care of yourself. Whether it be taking a walk alone, meeting a friend for coffee and having uninterrupted adult conversations, finishing that book that’s been half read for months, taking a yoga class, going on a date with your spouse or buying a new outfit that really makes you feel good.

Moms often forget that they have needs too. I don’t know about you, but I need a reminder once in a while (or maybe all the time) to not always put myself last. A happy, healthy mom is better able to care for her family and help create a happy, healthy home.Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

Need some inspiration to get you started?

I’ve got TWO ways to take mom off the bottom of the to-do list today.

First, check out prAna and buy yourself something nice. Seriously, their clothes are AMAZING. So comfortable and good quality. If you’re like me that is so important since I don’t buy new clothes often. It has to last. 

PrAna is offering my readers 15% off using coupon code WHOLES17JTB through the end of May. I might just have to order a few more things myself since none of my clothes fit anymore!Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

Second I’ve got a yummy treat for you (though you can share if you want – my kids sure love it…there I go again, handing over my food to my kids). I LOVE vegetables. I always have. But I like raw veggies even more with dip. You can make this super simple dip in about sixty seconds. Jazz up your veggies with something delicious and do your body a favor with nourishing foods. It’s a win-win.

All those great vitamins in vegetables need fat for absorption. So Stonyfield full fat Greek yogurt makes the perfect base. Add some seasoning and you’ve got a great snack or addition to your lunch.Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

60 Second Veggie Dip
Serves 4
A quick and nutritious veggie dip using Greek yogurt.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Stonyfield whole milk Greek yogurt
  2. 1/8 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  3. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  4. 1/4 tsp. onion salt
  5. 3/4 tsp. dried dill weed
  6. (optional: 1/2 tsp. desiccated liver)
  7. (optional: 1/4 tsp. turmeric)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients. Add more garlic or onion if desired.
  2. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Notes
  1. You can substitute sour cream for the yogurt
  2. This is great as a vegetable dip, chip dip or topping for tacos or nachos.
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What are you doing today for some mom self-care? I’d love to hear how you make time for yourself! I have a lot to learn.

Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is in a few days…any mom would love some prAna clothing (hint, hint)! Use the coupon code WHOLES17JTB for 15% off!!

I am working with Stonyfield Yogurt and prAna on this post. I have been compensated for my time commitment but all opinions are my own.

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

Do you make mom self-care a priority or do you put yourself at the bottom of the to-do list? Here are simple steps to make mom matter!

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of May 7, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes grilled cheese, meatballs and waffles. Plus another special birthday celebration. We’ll soon have a six-year old in the house!This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes grilled cheese, meatballs and waffles. Plus another special birthday celebration. We'll soon have a six-year old in the house!

We made it! Well, almost. My husband has been out of town since last Sunday. We are all more than ready to have him home (tonight!!). Doing double duty for a week sure has worn me out.

Happy Birthday…Again!

But no rest for the weary. My son turns six on Tuesday! So it’s back to the kitchen to bake a special cake. We’re trying some natural food coloring so we’ll see how it goes. He really wants a blue dog on his cake. He also wants grilled cheese for his birthday dinner so I need to bake another loaf of bread.

Thankfully after this week most of our regular activities are done for the year. I am so excited for a slower pace for a while. Especially since the farm work is just starting to ramp up!

Now for the food. It’s back to normal meals this week with Daddy home. Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters. What’s on your menu?This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes grilled cheese, meatballs and waffles. Plus another special birthday celebration. We'll soon have a six-year old in the house!

Sunday
B –  hard boiled egg, toast
L – roast beef, potatoes, carrots
D – tacos, roasted cabbage
prep: bake bread, bake cake
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – beef vegetable soup, crackers with cheese
prep: make frosting, soak oats
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – oatmeal with blueberries
D – grilled cheese, roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts, fruit salad (Birthday dinner request)
prep: decorate cake, prep smoothies
notes:

Wednesday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – crockpot pork chops, rice, beans
prep:
notes: prep ahead dinner

Thursday
B – cereal, fruit
D – meatballs, buttered noodles, broccoli
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – ring balogna, cheese, crackers, veggies with dip, clementines
prep: chop veggies, make hummus
notes: dinner at t-ball game

Saturday
B – scrambled eggs, toast, fruit
D – waffles, bacon, roasted cauliflower
prep: 
notes: 

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Want to make science fun? Spend a day at the zoo learning about your favorite animals. Top it off with a delicious penguin parfait!

Penguin Parfait and a Trip to the Zoo!

Want to make science fun? Spend a day at the zoo learning about your favorite animals. Top it off with a delicious penguin parfait!Want to make science fun? Spend a day at the zoo learning about your favorite animals. Top it off with a delicious penguin parfait!

My kids are true animal lovers. Just one more reason we moved to the country to start our own farm a few months ago!! But it’s not just farm animals. They are fascinated by just about any animal.

Science In Action

This is our first year homeschooling…and we chose to study land animals for science. They really, truly love animals! So when I heard that Stonyfield Yogurt was promoting World Penguin Day and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Saving Animals from Extinction (SAFE) program I knew we had to see what it was all about.Want to make science fun? Spend a day at the zoo learning about your favorite animals. Top it off with a delicious penguin parfait!

We took a trip to our local zoo (John Ball Zoo) to see the penguins up close. I’ve been going to JBZ ever since I was little. Whenever I visited my grandparents they took us to the zoo, and we each got a balloon. It is one of the best (and only) memories I have of my grandparents (I was very little). But I cherish those memories. And I love that I get to take my own kids to John Ball now!Want to make science fun? Spend a day at the zoo learning about your favorite animals. Top it off with a delicious penguin parfait!

As luck would have it when we walked into the zoo they were just about to feed the penguins. So we hurried right over and got to see penguins swimming all over and enjoying fish. My kids thought it was great.

The fun didn’t end there. We spent the rest of the morning exploring tigers, bongos, spider monkeys, goats, chickens, chimpanzees and more. My animal-loving kids could have stayed all day. They really had fun on the new funicular. And, of course, we took a snack break and enjoyed some Stonyfield yogurt!Want to make science fun? Spend a day at the zoo learning about your favorite animals. Top it off with a delicious penguin parfait!

Penguin Fun

We can’t wait to go back to the zoo again this summer when we have more time to explore and more animals are active. But leaving the zoo didn’t put an end to our celebration of World Penguin Day.

At home we went on a waddle walk to see just how hard it would be to walk miles and miles like penguins do. The kids were out of breath after waddling across the yard. I don’t know how the penguins do it!

Later that day we watched some videos about penguins and learned about Emperor Penguins by watching Planet Earth. The kids were glued to the tv, fascinated by how the male penguins care for the eggs and wait for the females to return with food.Want to make science fun? Spend a day at the zoo learning about your favorite animals. Top it off with a delicious penguin parfait!

A Special Yogurt Treat

In honor of all of our Penguin Day fun we decided to make a special snack – a penguin parfait! This fun treat is easy to make and reminds us to do our part in keeping wildlife safe. I combined Stonyfield yogurt with tummy calming activated charcoal to create a black and white parfait you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch or a snack.

Yogurt has a great balance of sodium to potassium which is great for your heart! This parfait also contains a nice mix of protein, fat and carbohydrates. Activated charcoal is my go-to supplement for settling tummies after an illness or an allergic reaction. I sometimes give it to my kids to help with gentle detox as well. It’s great for tummy maintenance once in a while. So this parfait is more than just a delicious treat. It’s filled with nutrition too.

I encourage you to help your kids explore and discover God’s beautiful creation. Take a trip to your local zoo and learn about the animals and how you can help protect them (don’t forget you can earn FREE zoo tickets when you buy Stonyfield yogurt!). Then enjoy a penguin parfait!Want to make science fun? Spend a day at the zoo learning about your favorite animals. Top it off with a delicious penguin parfait!

Penguin Parfait
Serves 2
A simple yogurt parfait to celebrate World Penguin Day.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup full fat plain creamy or greek-style yogurt
  2. 2 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup
  3. 1 capsule activated charcoal (260 mg)
  4. 1 medium-size ripe banana, halved and sliced
  5. 2 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a bowl combine the yogurt, honey and charcoal. Mix until charcoal is fully distributed.
  2. Divide the yogurt between two cups.
  3. Top the yogurt with a layer of banana slices and 1 Tbsp. chocolate chips per cup.
Notes
  1. You can replace the yogurt + honey with two YoKids yogurt in your favorite flavor.
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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes salmon cakes, guacamole and waffles. What could be better?! Life is getting busy on the farm so it's easy, nourishing meals all week long.

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of April 30, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes salmon cakes, guacamole and waffles. What could be better?! Life is getting busy on the farm so it’s easy, nourishing meals all week long.This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes salmon cakes, guacamole and waffles. What could be better?! Life is getting busy on the farm so it's easy, nourishing meals all week long.

It’s almost May…hopefully that means the rain ends soon and we get lots of sun!! We’re ready for more May flowers.

Let the Farming Begin!

This is an exciting week as we just moved our chickens outside to their coop. The garden is well under way too. It’s actually starting to feel like a working farm! And we’re all loving it.

We’ve got another busy, but fun week. We’re taking a little train ride and checking out a new home school co-op. The kids are very excited.

No Picky Eaters?

I’m trying to be a little creative in the kitchen this week with some different meals. I’m putting my “not picky eaters” to the test. Will they like liverwurst and lentils for dinner? We’ll see!

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Have a blessed week with lots of nourishing food. What’s on your menu? Anything new or exciting?This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes salmon cakes, guacamole and waffles. What could be better?! Life is getting busy on the farm so it's easy, nourishing meals all week long.

Sunday
B –  toast with sunbutter, smoothies
L – crockpot roast chicken, rice, peas
D – avocado chicken salad, peppers and cucumbers with dip
prep: make graham crackers, bake bread
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – squash and sausage soup, muffins
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – scrambled eggs, toast, fruit
D – salmon cakes, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts
prep: make hummus
notes:

Wednesday
B – salmon, roasted cauliflower
D – black eye peas, liverwurst, rice, spinach
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – red lentil soup, crackers with cheese
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – sausage, chips with guacamole, clementines
prep: 
notes: dinner at t-ball game

Saturday
B – fried eggs, toast, avocado
D – waffles, bacon, roasted cabbage
prep: 
notes: 

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Cooking for a family with allergies is manageable, though sometimes challenging. What happens when you leave the comfort of your own kitchen? How do you handle food allergies then?

How to Handle Food Allergies When You’re Not at Home

Cooking for a family with allergies is manageable, though sometimes challenging. What happens when you leave the comfort of your own kitchen? How do you handle food allergies then?

Cooking for a family with allergies is manageable, though sometimes challenging. What happens when you leave the comfort of your own kitchen? How do you handle food allergies then?

It is very common in the world of real food to be on some type of restricted diet. Whether it be paleo, AIP, keto, GAPS, low FODMAP or another healing diet. Then there are those who have to avoid certain foods due to allergies. Either way it makes eating somewhere other than your own home challenging.

What Can You Do?

The easiest solution is to always eat at home. But let’s be realistic. There will be times that you have to eat out or get an invitation from a friend to have dinner together or even eat with family. In order to avoid going hungry or appearing rude you need to take measures to ensure there is safe food for you and your family.

I deal with it all the time. My family has dealt with a myriad of allergies over the last few years. This is in addition to trying restricted healing diets. We even did have a stretch where we didn’t eat at a restaurant for over a year because there were just too many severe allergies. But I’ve learned how to live with food restrictions and still eat somewhere other than my own home. Here are some simple coping strategies to make this task easier.

Eating at a Restaurant Tips:

  1. Choose a restaurant with an actual chef. They can accommodate almost any request.
  2. Ask for your food plain. Most restaurants have chicken breast and broccoli. They can even cook it in water to avoid unhealthy or unsafe fats.
  3. Choose meals with individual components (meat, vegetable, starch) instead of mixed foods like pasta and burritos.
  4. Order a few sides instead of a main dish. A baked potato, salad and a vegetable makes a good meal.
  5. Don’t be afraid to bring your own food. A salad is a great grain free option. Simply bring a small bottle of your own dressing to make it healthy. I often bring extra raw vegetables for my kids to add to their meals since restaurants have a limited selection and they are sometimes prepackaged with unsafe fats.
  6. Speak up! It’s not always easy, but in my experience most restaurants do their best to accommodate special dietary needs. My little secret? Regardless of why you have to avoid the food I always say it’s an allergy. They’re more likely to respond well to an allergy request than an “I don’t eat that” request.

Cooking for a family with allergies is manageable, though sometimes challenging. What happens when you leave the comfort of your own kitchen? How do you handle food allergies then?Eating with Friends or Family Tips:

  1. Ask for the menu ahead of time. Let your host know you have allergies and you want to be sure there are safe foods. It’s much easier to work through the details in advance than showing up and having to decline everything offered.
  2. Offer to bring a component of the meal. If grains are the problem you can offer to bring homemade bread or rolls that are safe. Maybe you want to be sure there will be plenty of vegetables. Offer to bring a salad or roasted vegetables. Bring something safe so there will be at least one thing you can eat.
  3. Eat a light snack before you go. Then even if there are limited options you won’t go hungry. Enjoy what you can eat and focus on enjoying time with friends. Don’t draw attention to the food.
  4. Be the host. This is usually my default. I’m glad I like to cook! Since my kids are the ones with allergies I try to take the responsibility of hosting and preparing special food.
  5. Speak up! This applies to friends and families just as it does to restaurants. Most people are more than happy to accommodate special diets. If it’s someone I don’t know well I still always call any food restrictions allergies.

Cooking for a family with allergies is manageable, though sometimes challenging. What happens when you leave the comfort of your own kitchen? How do you handle food allergies then?It’s Just Food.

Food restrictions tend to cause me anxiety. Sometimes the most important thing is to remember it’s just food. It’s just one meal. Focus on the conversation and the company. Know that most people want to help and are more than happy to make special accommodations for you. It may take a little courage, but you can work around food allergies without being stuck at home. Then you can turn around and be a blessing to someone else when it’s your turn to host. It’s always my first question when I invite someone over for a meal – do you have any special dietary needs? When the host starts the conversation, it makes the whole process easier for everyone.

There is no need to shy away from family gatherings or a special meal out when dealing with special dietary needs. Simply follow these tips to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone!

How do you cope with special diets when you’re not at home? Do you have any tips to add to the list?

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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, waffles and roast beef. We are looking forward to good food, good weather and fun activities.

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of April 23, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, waffles and roast beef. We are looking forward to good food, good weather and fun activities.This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, waffles and roast beef. We are looking forward to good food, good weather and fun activities.

My daughter’s birthday week extravaganza is over. I can finally relax and get back to normal life. She is my party girl. If there is a reason to celebrate she likes to do it big. Now I have less than two weeks until my son’s birthday! Time to start planning his cake.

Almost Done.

Lots of our regular activities are winding down (cue mama’s happy dance). Over the next few weeks we’ll be back to a more relaxed schedule. This week is still go, go, go. At least we get to go to the zoo!

I have a lot of great stuff coming for you in the next few weeks. Hopefully I can have laser focus and get it all done.

Our Menu.

Now on to the food. Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters. Keeping it simple as always. What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes sloppy joes, waffles and roast beef. We are looking forward to good food, good weather and fun activities.

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit, smoothies
L – crockpot roast beef, potatoes, carrots
D – sunbutter and jelly sandwiches, veggies with dip, jello
prep: make granola bars, chop veggies, make granola, make jello
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – beef vegetable soup, crackers with cheese
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – bagel with cream cheese, fruit
D – tacos, peas
prep: boil eggs
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled egg, toast
D – waffles, bacon, roasted red cabbage
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – sloppy joes, squash
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – sausage, coffee cake, roasted cauliflower
prep: 
notes: 

Saturday
B – sausage, coffee cake
D – TBD – kids plan and prep
prep: 
notes: 

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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes ham, waffles and tacos. Plus lots of fun celebrating Easter and a birthday.

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of April 16, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes ham, waffles and tacos. Plus lots of fun celebrating Easter and a birthday.

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes ham, waffles and tacos. Plus lots of fun celebrating Easter and a birthday.

Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!  Happy Easter!! And Happy 9th Birthday to my oldest (tomorrow)!

Let’s Get Going!

We have a busy week ahead with family over, celebrating my daughter’s birthday, a trip to the zoo, two dentist appointments, our usual activities, bringing a meal to a friend and a party. I’m not sure how this all ended up this week. I hope I’m up for the challenge!

I’m glad my big kids will be able to help me in the kitchen this week. They each get turns to make dinner. And hopefully help me bake too.

Do You Know The Facts?

Have you been tuning in to The Truth About Vaccines documentary? I can’t focus on anything else. It is so fascinating…and infuriating. Parents need to know the facts and have a choice!

Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters. What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes ham, waffles and tacos. Plus lots of fun celebrating Easter and a birthday.

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit, smoothies 
L – crockpot ham, scalloped potatoes, beans, carrots, fruit salad
D (Birthday dinner) – CA BLT, sauteed broccoli, sweet potato fries, cheesecake
prep: decorate cake, soak beans
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – ham and bean soup, crackers with cheese, peppers with dip
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – tacos, peas
prep: prep meal for friend, boil eggs
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – goulash, squash
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – bagel with cream cheese, fruit
D – cheeseburgers, roasted potatoes, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – waffles, bacon, broccoli
prep: make chocolate covered pretzels, cut fruits and veggies, make lemonade
notes: 

Saturday
B – waffles, smoothies
D – egg muffins, peas, muffins
prep: make granola bars
notes: 

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