Tuesday, August 14, 2012


 As a mom who is in to food I found that I was on the borderline obsessed with feeding my child properly. It is my job as a parent to make sure that my kid gets the best nutrition possible. I have to talk myself down sometimes because no matter what my expectations are a kid is a kid and most kids are a real challenge when it comes to eating. As a newborn I breastfed, I knew it was the best that I could offer. As he grew into solid foods I made all of his baby food, I felt really good about it. I knew exactly what was going into my child’s body and how it was being made (safely). Then we moved into finger foods and he was more feeding himself then me feeding him, which went well, some days better than others but he was still pretty open to most foods new and different. Now he is a toddler, 3 in fact, and things are a bit more challenging. Although I realize the struggles are not really about the food but more about his stage of development it makes it hard as a parent who really cares about what their kid is eating when the only thing he will eat is crackers for days on end and won’t touch things he used to love. There are endless bananas in my freezer because what was once a “guarantee he will eat this” food he won’t eat anymore and I just hate to throw them out (they will be good for baking among other mutations: smoothies, yogurt popsicles, etc.). Aside from, this there are countless other obstacles that come along with feeding a child. As I am sure I am not alone in this I am happy to say that I am a part (or at least a few of my recipes) of a fantastic book on this exact subject. If you find yourself in need of some help with the challenges of feeding you kids check it out. I use it all the time!!! Available at

Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup