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How to manage kids & sweets

It seems like kids have sweets thrown at them from everywhere these days. Get a haircut? Have a lollypop! Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, a birthday at school….come home with a loot bag full of candy!

So how do you manage treats and desserts for your kids at home? There seem to be two options, without something in between:

  1. Free-for-all. Your child will likely fill up on cookies and candy all day and have no room for the healthy dinner you slaved over! They’ll likely be missing out on import ant nutrients. Plus, have a mouth-full of cavities!
  2. Total sweet restriction. Attempt to have a “sugar-free” child, and it’s very possible that they will be the school-aged kid who eats 5 slices of birthday cake. And may horde chocolate bars under their bed. It’s similar to putting yourself on a diet. Total restriction = cravings = binges.

But I’m not advocating for the free-for all approach either. Somewhere there must be...

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Avocado Blueberry Mini-Muffins

I love having a stock of muffins in the freezer for school lunches. And these mini-muffins are also the perfect size for little hands. I've added a bit of fortified infant cereal to replace some flour for added iron, which is optional. With the extra iron plus the berries & avocado, these are a nutritious snack for you and your little ones!

Ingredients

1.5 cups flour

½ cup fortified infant cereal if you're feeding a Babyled Weaner (or extra flour)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 ripe avocado, peel and pit removed

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup plain yogurt

1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray or line a mini muffin tin.
  2. Combine flour, infant cereal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In another large bowl, beat avocado. Add sugar and beat again. Add egg, vanilla, yogurt and vanilla and...
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3 Tips to Help your Child Grow up to Love Food in a Healthy Way

Disclosure: I am happy to bring you this sponsored post today, thanks to Alberta Milk. All thoughts are my own.

Happy Valentine's Day! Speaking of love.......does food = love for you?

Often food is often equated with love. And this can be a beautiful relationship!

  • Think of a breastfeeding baby, learning that their food comes along with their mother's loving touch and cuddles.
  • Or eating at a romantic restaurant on a first date.
  • Or your mom's chicken noodle soup when you're sick.

These are all fantastic ways to love food! But learning to equate food with love is not always a good thing. It causes some of us to turn to food for comfort when we're depressed or lonely. This can result overeating and guilt.

As a parent, we hope to raise kids who have a healthy relationship with food. This will help prevent picky eating in young kids, disordered eating and struggles with weight later on.

While your kids need nutrients to grow - it's just as important that you as a parent help them...

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