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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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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes waffles, salmon cakes and brats. I predict my kids will clear their plates!

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of April 9, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes waffles, salmon cakes and brats. I predict my  kids will clear their plates!

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes waffles, salmon cakes and brats. I predict my kids will clear their plates!

We thought it might never come…but spring is finally here! It’s supposed to be around 70 degrees today!! I just hope it stays. We could all use some time in the sun and fresh air.

Back to Normal.

In spite of the nasty weather we had a lot of fun on spring break. But this week it’s back to normal routines (and I’m glad!).

My goal this week is to get the kids back in the kitchen with me. My oldest needs to work on some new skills that she’s learning in the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse. My daughter is almost 9 and already doing some of the advanced skills. You can sign your kids up too and get a free download with 10 healthy snacks kids can make by themselves.

Now on to the food! Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters (though picky eaters don’t really exist in my house anymore).

What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes waffles, salmon cakes and brats. I predict my kids will clear their plates!

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit | muffins, smoothies
L – crockpot roast beef, roasted potatoes and carrots
D – waffles, bacon, roasted cauliflower
prep: 
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – stuffed cabbage un-rolls, applesauce
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – toast with sunbutter, clementines
D – honey herb chicken, rice, peas
prep: boil eggs
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast, grapes
D – meatloaf, baked sweet potatoes, beans
prep: soak oats
notes:

Thursday
B – oatmeal, blueberries
D – chicken noodle casserole, Brussels sprouts, peaches
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – salmon cakes, broccoli, french fries
prep: make Miracle Whip
notes: 

Saturday
B – fried eggs, toast
D – brats, onion rings, squash
prep: 
notes: 

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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes chicken salad, cheeseburgers and a birthday request from my husband - lasagna! We are even planning one night out to eat...the first time in over a year!

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of April 2, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes chicken salad, cheeseburgers and a birthday request from my husband – lasagna! We are even planning one night out to eat…the first time in over a year!

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes chicken salad, cheeseburgers and a birthday request from my husband - lasagna! We are even planning one night out to eat...the first time in over a year!

Is it really April already? March was a bit of a fog with sickness. But now everyone is healthy and ready to get out in the nice spring weather!! Hopefully it will stick around now since this week is spring break.

We aren’t going on any fancy trips. But we are taking a break from our regular school work to do fun stuff like hiking, a Spanish puppet show and making a fair garden. The kids and I want to work on barn clean up too. Our chicks are getting so big. They’ll be out in the coop before we know it. We might spend some time in the kitchen. I have to see if the kids have any requests.

Get Your Copy!

If you haven’t gotten your copy yet now is a great time to check out my new book Easy Nourishment For Picky Eaters! I’ve got lots of fun recipes that any kid will love.

Easy Nourishment for Picky Eaters

Happy Birthday!

This week we have another celebration – my husband’s birthday! He requested lasagna for his birthday dinner. And we’re making grasshopper pie for dessert. Then as a really special treat we are going out to eat as a family this weekend. Due to extreme allergies we haven’t been to a restaurant in over a year. My youngest has never even tasted food from a restaurant (not a bad thing if you ask me!). But we are all pretty excited to go out for once. Now I just have to find a decent restaurant.

New Food!!

We’ve been doing a little more food introduction lately. I am amazed at how much food my little one tolerates now! She is doing ok with eggs it seems, as long as we don’t go crazy and eat them every day. Which is hard because she LOVES eggs. She’s been eating clementines lately too without any reactions. Another new favorite. Plus sweet potatoes, cranberries and beets. It’s so exciting to have so many options!!

But not everything goes well when we try it. Last week we tried pineapple. The meltdowns from my two youngest were unreal. Not to mention the tummy aches and return of picky eating. That was a big NO. It bothers my husband too. So it looks like my oldest and I get to enjoy the rest.

Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters. In my house nobody turns down tacos and cheeseburgers. What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes chicken salad, cheeseburgers and a birthday request from my husband - lasagna! We are even planning one night out to eat...the first time in over a year!

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit | smoothies, muffins
L – crockpot roast chicken, rice, peas
D – avocado chicken salad, peppers and cucumbers with dip, crackers with cheese, clementines
prep: 
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – cheeseburgers, onion rings, beans
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – toast with sunbutter, fruit
D – tacos, corn, pearsauce
prep: boil eggs
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – lasagna, garlic bread, salad
prep: make grasshopper pie
notes:

Thursday
B – breakfast cookies, smoothies
D – squash and sausage soup, muffins
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – out to eat
prep: 
notes: 

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

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The idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

Should You Force Feed a Picky Eater?

The idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

The idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

I am a big fan of gentle parenting. I like to let my kids make decisions, learn from their mistakes, listen to their bodies and follow their passions.

Really it is a great way to parent.

I want my kids to mature and be independent thinkers, not control their every move.

But that went out the window with my youngest when she was struggling to eat anything. She couldn’t listen to her body anymore because all she heard was fear.

Food meant pain. Food meant allergic reaction after allergic reaction. And she was too little to communicate how she felt. So she simply stopped eating.

What did I do?

I forced her to eat.

Now, before you become alarmed let me explain.

When my daughter was at the point of being afraid to eat I had to convince her brain and her belly that food could be safe. Which meant getting a few bites down.

Sometimes that meant giving her a few tortilla chips. Sometimes that meant offering her a cookie. The actual food didn’t matter. Just getting something in her empty stomach was the key.

But sometimes there was no food that would entice her enough to take a bite. And yes, sometimes I did have to try physically pushing a little bit of food into her mouth to get past the initial fear. But she sure is good at dodging that!

The idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

Enter my Secret Weapon – Nourishing drinks!

Often with picky eaters or children having allergic reactions half of the battle is the chewing process. So I skipped that and started offering delicious drinks. To my great joy my daughter started drinking them!

Want to know what happened next?

She started eating solid food again! Simply getting some safe, nourishing food in her system was enough to replenish nutrients and stimulate her appetite. And that is such a critical point.

To be clear, this did NOT happen over night. This was a long process with many setbacks like new reactions and illness. Then it was back to square one of living on nutrient-dense drinks until she was refueled enough to eat again. This has been a two year journey!

he idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

Variety is Key.

One key to using drinks for nourishment is variety. We all need an assortment of vitamins and minerals every day and every week. This is especially true for kids with allergies that need to rotate food.

Picky eaters are at risk for nutritional deficiencies. In fact, these deficiencies often cause picky eating in the first place! 

So I set out to create an assortment of delicious drinks that covered a broad spectrum of nutrients to alleviate the picky eating. And I want to share it with you!

If you struggle with any of the following in your child, this book is for you!

  • picky eating
  • oral sensory processing disorder
  • allergies
  • refusal to eat certain textures
  • slow weight gain/underweight
  • won’t eat many fruits and vegetables
  • won’t eat meat
  • craves starch/carbs
  • holds food in mouth/struggles with chewing

Want to know who else it’s for? Any parents that want to boost their child’s nutrition! Yes, this book really is for everyone.

The idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

What’s in it?

I offer simple, nourishing drinks to help get any picky eater back on track to full health and appetite. Kids and adults alike will love these drinks that include fun flavors like apple pie a la mode and peach cobbler. The recipes in Easy Nourishment For Picky Eaters work for those with allergies. They are even safe for children as young as 6 months. Don’t let picky eating get in the way of good health. Drink your way to a well-nourished body.

Yes, there are some days that I still have to “force” my daughter to eat…just get her to take one bite and remind her that food is not scary. Her favorite way is with a “chocolate shake” loaded with healthy fats and gut-healing collagen. That is my kind of force feeding!

The idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

It can be hard to feed an undernourished child. But take heart! He can be nourished with simple, nutrient-dense drinks. The best part is he won’t even know.

Do you have a picky eater? Did you know there could be a root cause?

Boost those nutrients and watch that picky eating turn around!

The idea of force feeding a picky eater sounds cruel. But it might be just what your child needs to get back on track!

Looking for more than nourishing drinks? Check out my other book Why Won’t My Child Eat?! that has in-depth information about how to assess and deal with a picky eater.

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.

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hoppin' john, sloppy joes and corn cakes! Come see what else we're cooking.

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of March 26, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hoppin’ john, sloppy joes and corn cakes! Come see what else we’re cooking.This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hoppin' john, sloppy joes and corn cakes! Come see what else we're cooking.

Back on Track!

We made it! We all (except one lucky child that never had it) made it through the flu. It wasn’t easy keeping up with life while I was sick. But we managed. Now it’s time to get back to normal routines.

I’m trying some new recipes this week. I’m anxious to see if the kids like them or not. If they are a hit I’ll be sure to share!

In the Kitchen.

There aren’t many big kitchen projects this week. If time allows I’d like to make a new batch of gluten free graham crackers. Maybe I’ll make a chocolate version since my kids want to make grasshopper pie for my husband’s birthday next week.

Exciting News!

One thing I did accomplish this weekend was to finish my new book! I’ve got a few technical things to deal with before I release it. But my goal is by next weekend.

Another exciting thing is that my toddler is finally back on track with eating well after being sick! It’s such a relief to me to have her eating and sleeping so well again. As an added bonus I let her try eggs again. And no reaction! I’m going to try giving her eggs once a week and see how it goes.

Here is this week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters. What’s on your menu this week?This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hoppin' john, sloppy joes and corn cakes! Come see what else we're cooking.

Sunday
B – pancake muffins, yogurt
L – crockpot ham, carrots, roasted potatoes
D – hoppin’ john, home canned peaches
prep: 
notes: 

Monday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – chicken, lentil and spinach soup, crackers with cheese
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – sloppy joes, beans, french fries
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – cereal, fruit
D – salmon and peas pasta, applesauce
prep: boil eggs
notes:

Thursday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – ham and cheese quiche, broccoli
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – english muffin with jam and sunbutter, fruit
D – corn cakes with molasses, bacon, squash (our Little House on the Prairie dinner)
prep: bake chocolate graham crackers
notes: 

Saturday
B – corn cakes, bacon
D – TBD – kids plan and prepare
prep: 
notes: 

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.

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hobo dinners, tacos and spaghetti. Come see how I make them more nourishing with real food.

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of March 19, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hobo dinners, tacos and spaghetti. Come see how I make them more nourishing with real food.This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hobo dinners, tacos and spaghetti. Come see how I make them more nourishing with real food.

I bet you can guess how our week is starting? Yep, we’re still dealing with illness! I’m praying mother nature pays attention to the calendar and realizes that spring starts this week. We are so ready to get outside, soak up some vitamin D and get rid of the germs!!

House Before Kitchen

Considering how last week went I didn’t add any extra to-do’s to my list this week. My goal is just to deal with laundry and clean the house. Kitchen time will be saved for meal prep only.

We are going with Taco Tuesday again this week so my son can keep practicing his stove top skills. My goal is in the next couple months that I won’t need to help or monitor at all. He already has his own taco seasoning recipe to follow.

Kids in the Kitchen

Speaking of kids cooking, the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse is coming back! It’ll be open in April. If you want your kids to become independent in the kitchen as much as I do my kids make sure you check it out! And if you are a fellow home schooler it is so easy to incorporate into your curriculum.

Do you have any picky eaters in your house? Grab some of these kid-friendly meal ideas and add some nourishment and great eating to your week!

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hobo dinners, tacos and spaghetti. Come see how I make them more nourishing with real food.

Sunday
B – toast with sunbutter, fruit
L – crockpot roast beef, mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus
D – bbq beef on buns, peppers and cucumbers with dip, chips
prep: boil eggs 
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, fruit, granola bars
D – crockpot hobo dinners
prep: soak oats
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – oatmeal
D – tacos, peas
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast, fruit
D – beef stroganoff, noodles, squash
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – cereal, smoothies
D – crockpot pork chops, baked onion rings, roasted cabbage
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – sausage, pancake muffins, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts
prep: 
notes: 

Saturday
B – pancake muffins, sausage
D – spaghetti, garlic bread, broccoli
prep: 
notes: 

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.

There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

How to Find Joy in Nourishing Your Body

There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I’ve experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I’m so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

“You have to be healthy to eat healthy.”

It’s something I often say to people frustrated with trying to eat the “right way” but still not feeling great. There are so many diets that promote real food and healing. They all have merit, but that doesn’t mean they work for everyone.

I know this because I’ve tried them (read some of my thoughts HERE). And the only thing I got was severe obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, more food intolerances and infertility. But no healing.

The real problem is they all include rules. Specific diets place restrictions on what you can eat and categorize food as good or bad. When a food is deemed bad or forbidden guess what happens? You want it! You are left with this constant decision making between doing the right thing or the wrong thing. And feeling guilty if you choose wrong. Or worse food starts to cause anxiety.There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

It took me the last twenty years to move past feeling like food is either good or bad. But I did it.  And I love it! It is so freeing to finally enjoy food.

Sound Familiar? There’s help!

Are you hung up on trying to find the right diet for you? Are you wondering if low carb or grain free or high fat is right for you? Does it make you stressed just thinking about it? Here are some simple tips to get past the fear and back to joy.

  1. Start listening to your body.
    Take note of how you feel when you eat certain foods. Keep a food journal for a week or two if need be. If nuts bother your stomach, take a break from them. If you feel better eating more carbohydrates and less fat then go for it. Eat what makes YOU feel good, not what helps your neighbor or your favorite blogger. If you are dealing with an autoimmune disease or allergies that will impact what foods hurt or help.
  2. Get rid of the rules.
    Stop viewing food as good or bad. As long as it’s real food it’s ok. Enjoy a piece of homemade chocolate cake and ice cream. Make a big stack of pancakes with butter and real maple syrup for breakfast. When you restrict foods because you think you shouldn’t eat them (instead of restricting because they actually make you feel bad) they create more stress. Ditch the diet and rigid rules.
  3. Start focusing on nourishment.
    This is where the fun begins. When you let go of unnecessary rules and you’re not constantly debating between eating a salad and digging into a container of ice cream you can focus on really taking care of your body.

Finding Joy

I spent far too many years trying to eat the perfect diet. Only to feel stressed, anxious and deprived. Then I had to go the other direction of eating anything and everything to try to restore metabolic health (you can read about my journey HERE and HERE). All to find a place of balance. Now I find great joy in nourishing my body. Not because a diet tells me to. Because I want to.

I heard someone recently say that happiness is external and joy is internal. Being happy comes from your circumstances, but joy is a state of being that comes from within. And it’s true. Good food does make me happy. But it’s the joy and peace I have inside that motivates me to make healthy choices every day.There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

Balance is Key

Today eating is like an exciting adventure for me. I try to pack as many nutrients into my food as possible. I add desiccated liver and fermented kale to smoothies and salads. I eat sardines and anchovies a couple times a week. I eat pastured meats and eggs regularly. I aim for a rainbow of vegetables and plenty of healthy fats daily. I drink herbal teas for added minerals and to support my body and get my hormones back in balance. It’s almost like a fun game to see how many vitamins and minerals I can get each day. I feel good and the joy comes pouring out.

But I also enjoy a dish of ice cream when I want it. Sometimes I eat a bowl of mashed avocado and tortilla chips for breakfast (quick and delicious…and it’s easy to add liver to avocado!). I like to bake with my kids and make special sweet treats together (like gluten free Oreos® and salted honey chocolates). It’s even rare that I go a day without at least a little bit of chocolate.There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

There is no more should or shouldn’t with food. There are no rules. There is no restriction. Which in turn eliminates cravings (imagine that!).

Now I love to fuel my body, and I love how it makes me feel. That does not mean my diet is perfect. Not every single bite of food has to be nutrient packed. And less healthy foods here and there don’t negate all the good stuff I put in my body every day.

Let go of the Guilt

There is no guilt or feeling of reward for eating a certain way. I just truly love to eat nutrient dense food. No rules or special diets. I don’t eat GAPS or Paleo or AIP or low carb or any other specialized diet. I just eat real food that makes me feel good and that I know is helping me take care of my body. One day I might eat grain free while the next I might need some extra starch. And they are both just fine!

It’s very freeing to let go and find joy in nourishment. And it’s the healthiest I’ve ever been!

I am very blessed that I do not have an autoimmune condition or severe allergies. But I do have some sensitivities and health issues I’m still working through. But I try not to let them get me down. I nourish my body as best I can with my limitations and keep striving for full healing.

Eating real food is easy. There are limitless options. Eating real food that meets your needs can be hard. But once you figure out how to do it you’ll love how you feel.There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

Foods That Nourish

Some of my favorite nutrient dense foods are ferments. They are packed with natural probiotics. What I really love is how easy they are (take a big scoop and enjoy!) and how much my kids like them. My toddler can’t get enough sauerkraut. While we do make our own sometimes, I don’t always have time to pound cabbage.

I recently got the chance to try sauerkraut and fermented pickles from Cultured Guru.There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

Both the kraut and pickles have just a few simple ingredients and taste amazing! Using traditional fermentation these products are teaming with probiotics. They make great additions to a meal or are the perfect quick snack.

My oldest can’t get enough of the pickles. She has oral SPD and doesn’t tolerate any amount of spice. So even though she likes pickles it’s rare we can find any she’ll eat. But she loves the Cultured Guru pickles! She loves the sauerkraut too. Another rarity for her.

If you want to try some Cultured Guru ferments you’re in luck! You can get 25% off off using coupon code PROBIO.

I’ll be stocking up too. My kids and I can’t get enough!! Such a blessing when working on healing allergies!There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

Super Charged Bites

Another super food that tops my list is a traditional staple – organ meats. I get mine by adding Perfect Supplements desiccated liver to just about everything. I even make caramel with it! I also love the fermented kale, collagen and aquatic greens from Perfect Supplements. I add them to most of our smoothies.

You can get 10% off any of these Perfect Supplements products with the coupon code TAKE10.

Some of my other favorite foods include sardines, salmon, eggs, raw milk, butter, lard, tallow, pastured meats and a rainbow of vegetables. They all make my body smile.

You have to be healthy to eat healthy.

I’m so excited to finally be healthy so I can enjoy eating well and nourishing my body every day.

Are you ready to let go of rules and enjoy eating again? Ditch the diets and find joy in nourishing your body.

Today is my birthday, and I’m starting it with pure joy. Joy that I’m taking care of myself and this beautiful body God gave me.

Want to see what I eat for my #nourishingbreakfast #nourishinglunch and #nourishingdinner? Follow me on Instagram! It may inspire you…or it might gross you out. In my husband’s words, “You eat that for breakfast?!”There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

Disclaimer: I am working with Cultured Guru for this post. I have been compensated for my time 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.

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes onion rings, pork chops and a surprise birthday dinner! And more sickness (yuck). But we are getting so close to spring!

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 3-12-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan includes onion rings, pork chops and a surprise birthday dinner! And more sickness (yuck). But we are getting so close to spring!This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes onion rings, pork chops and a surprise birthday dinner! And more sickness (yuck). But we are getting so close to spring!

Yes, for real, we have more sickness. My toddler woke up Friday night vomiting. Thankfully it was pretty short-lived. We are praying it doesn’t spread!

Spring Forward!

Are you feeling tired this morning or did you go to bed an hour early? Or maybe you don’t have to worry about daylight savings. I hope we all adjust quickly. Taking away an hour of sleep is hard!

Let’s Party!

This week we have all of our usual activities plus something fun – my birthday! We started a tradition last year that the kids plan and cook dinner on my birthday. It’s so much fun! And a special treat to not have to plan a meal for once. I can just relax and let someone cook for me (well, mostly…I’m sure I’ll have to lend a hand here and there).

I also have a fun birthday post coming up on Tuesday. Stay tuned.

Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan for the week. I had my eight year old help plan. So she’s sure to love everything! What’s on your menu?This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes onion rings, pork chops and a surprise birthday dinner! And more sickness (yuck). But we are getting so close to spring!

Sunday
B – yogurt, muffins, fruit
L – meatloaf, carrots, roasted potatoes
D – scrambled eggs, apple flax muffins, beans, smoothies
prep: roast beets, make elderberry syrup
notes: 

Monday
B – english muffin with sunbutter, fruit
D – crockpot cheesy chicken, veggie and rice, applesauce
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – breakfast cookies, fruit
D – Surprise birthday dinner!
prep: boil eggs
notes: kids plan and prepare dinner for mom’s birthday

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – Instant Pot sweet and sour meatballs, noodles, broccoli
prep:
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Thursday
B – bagel with cream cheese, fruit
D – crockpot pork chops, baked onion rings, roasted cabbage
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – egg muffins, banana muffins, roasted asparagus, chia pudding
prep: bake muffins, make pudding, skim cream, make ice cream
notes: 

Saturday
B – egg muffins, banana muffins
D – TBD – kids’ choice
prep: 
notes: 

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes sloppy joes and stir fry. I might even do a repeat and have taco Tuesday again!

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 3-5-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan includes sloppy joes and stir fry. I might even do a repeat and have taco Tuesday again!This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes sloppy joes and stir fry. I might even do a repeat and have taco Tuesday again!

We are enjoying our weekend with family over. And all the good food that comes with it!

Once a Week

We only had one “sickness” last week…a strange pink eye type thing or allergic reaction. We’re not sure. At least it was short-lived. Here’s hoping this week is totally illness free!

Farm Life

I was quite busy in the kitchen last week. Hopefully I don’t have to work too hard this week. But kids sure do eat a lot!

The countdown to becoming real farmers is on! We’ll soon have our first chickens. The whole family is excited.

Now it’s time to get back to hosting and having fun with family. Enjoy your week and some nourishing food.This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes sloppy joes and stir fry. I might even do a repeat and have taco Tuesday again!

Sunday
B – egg casserole, muffins, grapes, bananas
L – crockpot pork roast, rice, gravy, broccoli
D – sloppy joes, crackers and veggies with hummus and dip, finger jello, peas, chips
prep: make hummus, make jello
notes: 

Monday
B – toast with peanut butter, yogurt, fruit, cereal
D – squash and white bean soup, crackers with cheese, muffins
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – tacos (new variety?), roasted asparagus
prep: boil eggs
notes: 5 year old practice making tacos

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – pork and veggies sweet and sour stir fry over rice
prep:
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Thursday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – IP mac & cheese, beans, peaches
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – cereal, fruit
D – pancakes with blueberry topping, bacon, cauliflower
prep: bake muffins
notes: 

Saturday
B – pancakes, bacon
D – TBD – kids plan and prep
prep: 
notes: kids make dinner

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes tacos (my toddler's request), salmon cakes and some big meals while we have guests!

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 2/26/17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan includes tacos (my toddler’s request), salmon cakes and some big meals while we have guests!This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes tacos (my toddler's request), salmon cakes and some big meals while we have guests!

Another week. Another fever.

I’m starting to think at least one child will have a fever every week until winter is over. Thankfully it was another short-lived thing.

We have a busy week ahead with orthodontist, music, Spanish, piano and out-of-town guests! That means I’ll be busy in the kitchen any  chance I get.

In the Kitchen

I have a lot of fun food I’d like to make. But I’m not sure I’ll have enough time. Here is my list of potentials.

Looking at that list I may need to have a full week of cooking class for my kids instead of any other school work.

How’s Your Thyroid?

Don’t forget that The Thyroid Secret starts March 1! You don’t want to miss this FREE event that could have a huge impact on your health.

Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan for the week. Lots of delicious, kid requested food (though if it were up to my toddler we’d have tacos every night).

What’s on your menu?This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes tacos (my toddler's request), salmon cakes and some big meals while we have guests!

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit | bagels with cream cheese
L – crockpot ribs, mashed potatoes, beans
D – bbq pork sandwiches, zucchini noodles, grapes
prep: bake bread, make lunch meat
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – crockpot rice and beans
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – tacos, leftover rice and beans
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – egg puffs, toast
D – crockpot stuffed cabbage unrolls
prep: make beef jerky
notes:

Thursday
B – oatmeal, fruit
D – salmon cakes, peas, roasted potatoes
prep: bake graham crackers, make “Miracle Whip”
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt parfaits
D – omelettes, toast with jelly, broccoli
prep: bake rolls, bake cheesecake
notes: 

Saturday
B – scrambled eggs, toast
L – TBD soup, muffins, crackers with cheese, veggies with dip
D – crockpot roast beef, au gratin potaoes, roasted cauliflower, carrots, pearsauce
Dessert – cheesecake
prep: bake muffins, make dip
notes:

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