I am a single mother of two budding foodies, eager to extend my love and knowledge of food and nutrition beyond my own kitchen walls. I’ve always been passionate about cooking and my own health, and since becoming a parent have felt responsible and inspired to cultivate the same in my own kids.
As my children have gotten older, I have obviously had more exposure to what their peers eat and think about food. While I am not a tyrant and don’t fuss when my kids eat ice cream and cake at birthday parties, I simply don’t think there is a reason for the average family to rely so heavily on processed, nutritionally void food.
For a couple of years I maintained a personal blog detailing our culinary adventures; the support I received from family and friends inspired me to turn the personal into the professional. I bring to the table not just my passion for cooking for my own family, but training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a certified holistic health coach. I look forward to the opportunity to reach families on the web and in my own backyard.
While none of us (thankfully) have any food allergies, I personally follow a mostly paleo lifestyle to keep various autoimmune issues at bay. I don’t have white flour, sugar or any refined grains in my kitchen, and all of my recipes are made from whole foods. I try to cook and showcase recipes that are suitable or customizable for those with special dietary needs, and welcome everyone to explore life beyond white bread and American cheese.
The girl prides herself on being quite the smarty pants when it comes to nutrition. This does not, however, preclude her from continually updating her list of food quirks. She’ll eat berries, for example, as long as they’re part of a greater whole (muffin, smoothie, etc). but NOT on their own. While she’ll no longer take so much as a sip of cow’s milk she believes everything tastes better with cheese. She has otherwise claimed interest in going vegan And bananas? Don’t even think about it.
The boy has dubbed himself my little chef. While he might not “get” the nutrition stuff so much, he does have pretty evolved taste buds for a kindergartener. He would likely eat anything placed before him if the girl didn’t sway his judgment. Girl declares shrimp to be icky? Boy will thus not even lick a shrimp. The only exception to this rule is his beloved banana.
Since launching Real Kids Eat Spinach in 2011, I have become a featured member of Cooking Light’s Blogger Connection and have had recipes published in Relish, Paleo Living and Paleo Magazine. I do local presentations for children at libraries, schools and our town’s farmer’s market and will be expanding to cooking classes.