I don’t know about you, but I definitely have a tendency to get in a bit of a food “rut.” Fortunately I am someone who can literally eat the same thing for several weeks in a row and not really get tired of it, but I’ve found that that also leads me to not branching out and trying new things as often as I could (or maybe even should).
So I always love trying a new program with a different meal plan to help push me out of my comfort zone and try new things. And believe me the current program I am following is doing just that! But y’all! The new recipes I have tried have been SO good! These sweet pepper poppers just happen to be one of my favorites, so I had to pass them along!
I feel pretty fortunate in that Grace is a relatively healthy eater with no big effort on our part (I mean, really, what 2 year old just asks for hummus as a snack). But I say that and realize I have been pretty intentional with our approach to food with her since day one, so I thought I’d share a few of the ways we’ve gotten our toddler to eat healthy in hopes that it helps some of you other mamas who are struggling.
And let me just put this disclaimer out there too (should the universe or my two year old be listening and decide to challenge me)…I know kids are picky, they go through phases, and their tastes change. I remember being told a time or two a story on myself when I refused to eat my veggies because I wasn’t in a “green or orange or yellow mood.” So I’m sharing what’s working for us now in hopes that it keeps working and sheds a little light on the subject of healthy eating for kids.
There are few things I find more festive than peppermint and chocolate at Christmas time! There is just something about that flavor that I love! Instead of reaching for the traditional option, though, I decided to whip up this Superfoods Peppermint Patties! They still give me the yummy flavor I’m looking for, but they’re also full of all the good stuff my body needs. So I can stop at just one instead of eating the whole bag of chocolate!
If you’ve been around here long, you know I love all things sweet. But what you may not know is that I also love all things breakfast. In fact, I can still remember Saturday mornings when my dad would get up before the rest of us and fix a big breakfast, and to this day, I still love when we’re visiting for the weekend and my dad makes one of his breakfasts. So what is my favorite? You may have already guessed…French toast!
As we rounded the bend to yet another display and another handful of candy, one of the “treaters” said to me…”It’s your favorite night of the year, right?” As we laughed knowing that she was being sarcastic and making light of the fact that we typically try to keep our candy and namely sugar intake to a minimum, it made me think. I don’t necessarily love the onslaught of candy that the Halloween is known for, but truth be told, because our focus is balance, I don’t mind the occasional treat (or trick) here or there. I do try to do my best to keep it all in moderation, though, so I thought I’d share a few of my tips for enjoying a healthy and Happy Halloween!