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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.

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Paul Taylor September 22, 2011 at 8:42 am

Hi,

We posted an article that we thought you and your readers might be interested in having a look at, “10 Easy Recipes for Sitters that Kids Love” (http://www.babysittingjobs.com/blog/10-easy-recipes-for-sitters-that-kids-love/). Just thought I’d let you know that you would be interested in featuring or mentioning it in your blog.

Thanks for your time!
Paul Taylor

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Fred DuBois April 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Hi Susan
Thanks for the recipes. I printed the ice cream, plantain and granola recipes. Ironically, I was just mentioning to Regina that we needed to try plaintains.

I tried mint chocolate chip ice cream, but I think I need more mint flavoring. The freezing process may dampen the flavor. We’ve got a pantry of fours, so I think I’m going to try some baking this week.

We’ll have to get together soon. I’ve been curious about kosher foods/recipes as a gluten free option. From my culinary school days, I recall the sephardic diet was more rich in exotic grains, nuts and dried fruits.
Fred

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Susan May 1, 2012 at 2:31 am

Thanks Fred!
I sent a vegan ice cream cookbook home with Regina that, if I recall correctly, has a pretty good mint chocolate chip. Curious to hear how you feel about the sorghum flour. I’ve had some hits and misses with it… I really look forward to getting together! If its not obvious I love to talk food!

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Susan September 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm

You can reach me at susan@realkidseatspinach.com

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Susan June 27, 2012 at 2:00 am

hi Fred! No worries… I recognized the book wasn’t mine, but now I will have to check it out. I buy coconut milk by the case, definitely my favorite for frozen treats. My best GF breads from scratch have been made with either almond or coconut flour. Definitely check out: http://www.elanaspantry.com/… Elana has some great baking recipes!

We are exiled from the pool due to a bad burn Maddy got but will be right back over there as soon as she’s all mended. Hopefully when I see you next we’ll have more time to talk healthy food.

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