My son is a seriously, seriously picky eater. He has been for…well, basically forever. The agony of trying to get new foods in him is something I never imagined! And for every hour I spend trying to get him to eat new foods, I spend another hour convincing myself that pretzels might actually be nutritious.
I don’t like forcing him, which is fine because that never works anyways. So over the past few years I have tried tons of strategies to get him to eat more. Some have worked, some have failed. What I can tell you is that I have yet to find a magic bullet that can transform my picky eater into a foodie. So don’t beat yourself up if your child only eats goldfish and bread. It’s not ideal, but it’s also not unusual. You’re not alone!
So the strategies that you’re about to read are what have worked for a picky eater who is still a picky eater – but with a little more variety. Because this is reality!
Give these strategies a try to see if you can add even just one or two new things to your picky eater’s diet:
I am not usually a big recipe poster, but I am absolutely obsessed with these vegan muffins! Not only are they vegan, but they manage to squeeze in a surprising amount of healthy stuff without tasting like they’re actually made of fruit, vegetables, and legumes. So much so that my son who is notoriously picky loooooves them.
I bet I’m not the first to tell you that if you quit your morning Starbucks habit, you’ll have over $1,000 in your pocket by the end of the year. We all know this, so we’ve all done the same thing. We’ve purchased a Keurig and we make our coffee at home…which means we’re all trying to figure out where to find cheap K-cups.
Even with the cost of K-cups, it is worth keeping the Keurig. The convenience, cleanliness, variety, and ease are unmatched. And like I already said, it IS way cheaper than actually going out for coffee.
So, to keep the habit cost-effective, where exactly can you find cheap K-cups? (And more importantly, where can you find Starbucks K-Cups that don’t cost $1 a pop?)
This year is packed full of goals for me, one of which is to drastically cut my grocery bill… ideally in half. My husband and I are pretty good at not splurging on fancy restaurants, or even eating out a lot, yet still our grocery bill is by far the largest bill we’ve got (aside from the mortgage). So after the holidays died down, I got to work…and holy moly, what a pleasant surprise! I made a few big (but ultimately easy) changes and the results were phenomenal – I saved over $500 the first month of my attempts! As far as I’m concerned, that’s the same as making $500/month, so I couldn’t be happier.
So here’s what I did (and what you should do) to cut $500 off the grocery bill this month:
Seven layer cookies are possibly my favorite cookies of all-time. They are surprisingly easy to make, but your guests will think you are Julia Child when they eat these.
They are rich, delicious, and absolutely perfect for the holiday season. THIS is what I will definitely be making. 😉
It’s a pretty fool-proof recipe, so odds are you can’t mess this one up. (more…)
I have to admit, I get sick of pumpkin spice flavors pretty quickly once Fall hits. But when a friend made me this pumpkin pie martini in early November, I LOVED it. It’s perfect for this time of year, especially as Thanksgiving starts to approach, and is amazing if you’re a sucker for creamy martinis (even though there’s no added cream!).
Before I was on a vegan diet I splurged on a good cheeseburger every once in awhile, but even then the best burgers were the ones that were loaded with fresh veggies and lots of “stuff.” So it was only a matter of time before I came up with the perfect version of an awesome loaded vegan cheeseburger and it is sooo delicious. It’s one of my go-to vegan comfort foods and is fairly quick to put together, so it’s a perfect last minute meal (I also tend to have all the ingredients on hand which is an added bonus).
So the next time you’re home alone and want to stay healthy but splurge at the same time, give this a try!
In the time that I’ve been on a vegan diet, I’ve learned a lot of things. One lesson in particular will stay with me for quite some time – learn to love thy chickpeas.
Beans are pretty crucial when you aren’t eating meat, dairy, or eggs, so learning to use different kinds of beans is a pretty big deal if you want to be successful as a vegan. And chickpeas are a very special kind of bean because they somehow manage to be a wonderful substitute for both chicken and tuna (it sounds crazy, but I’m telling you, it’s true).
I’m a huge fan of making homemade juices, so I’m obviously doing everything possible to make them better and better. I’ve done tons of experimenting (some worthwhile, some not so much) and I’ve come across some interesting things. First and foremost, juicing has been an awesome addition to our diet. So much so that even my toddler gets excited when we pull out the juicer.
If you’ve already made the plunge into homemade juices, then hopefully these tips will be helpful. And if you haven’t, then I highly recommend you try it out and then come back to put these tips to good use. 🙂
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If you’re looking for documentaries about the food you’re eating, you’ve come to the right place! But be forewarned, after you’ve seen these, you’ll never be able to eat the same way again! Luckily, that will most likely be for the better. Happy watching 🙂
I’m a total documentary junkie, so when I come across a good one that I love, I typically do what I can to find more like it. That is exactly what happened after I watched one of these (I’ve watched them each a few times so I can’t even remember which one was the first!). The greatest part about these specific documentaries is that they are bound and determined to very, very seriously change the way you eat. I’m not exaggerating – there’s just no way you can’t be affected by the messages in these movies.
So…if you’re looking for a way to jump start a diet, make a lifestyle change, lose weight, or are just in need of filling your Netflix queue, watch. these. documentaries. I’m telling you, you will be thinking differently once you’re done!