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The Mother ‘Hood: A Must Watch Video for all Parents!!!

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Featured, Parenting | 0 comments

I recently saw this video and thought it was a wonderful message to ALL parents. We may have different beliefs, but we are all parents first who only want what’s best for our families. Feel free to follow Skinny Twinkie: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,...

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How to Save Money on Baby and Kid’s Fruit and Vegetable Pouches!

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Baby, Toddler/Child | 0 comments

My 2 year old daughter loves fruit and veggies pouches for a healthy on-the-go snack, but is there a healthier and cheaper alternative? Yes! How to Save Money on Baby and Kid’s Fruit and Vegetable Pouches! Feel free to follow Skinny Twinkie: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,...

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Never Assume

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Breakfasts, Nutrition, Toddler/Child | 0 comments

Never assume your kid won’t like something. I was surprised that my daughter LOVED plain yogurt! It took ME a while to get used to the taste (compared to the flavored variety), but she loved it from the start! Ditch the sugary yogurt or processed cereals and start giving yourself and family REAL food!!! PS- organic whole milk PLAIN yogurt (or as my daughter likes to call it “Yo Yo!”) is a great way to get healthy probiotics in your body to improve your gut health. This is necessary – especially if you’ve had antibiotics! Happy healing my friends!!! :)     Feel free to follow Skinny Twinkie: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube Feel free to follow Skinny Twinkie: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,...

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Rewind The Future

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Nutrition, Parenting | 0 comments

This is a must-see video, especially for parents. Kids can be picky eaters, but that doesn’t mean we allow them to eat whatever junk food that they want. Why? Because eating habits start at a young age. And when it comes to your kid’s eating habits, it can be the difference between life and death someday. Seriously. Please watch this powerful video below: Feel free to follow Skinny Twinkie: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube Feel free to follow Skinny Twinkie: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,...

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How To Get Your Kids To Eat Vegetables

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Toddler/Child | 0 comments

I think it’s safe to say that most parents try to give their kids veggies – some kids will eat them and some kids won’t. Here are my secrets to getting my little one to eat her veggies! Give Your Kid Vegetables Every Day I know this seems a little too obvious, but I think it’s important enough to mention. So many parents will say that their kids won’t eat their vegetables, but they never seem to try to give their kids vegetables! Maybe they started out trying and gave up. Whatever the case, it’s important that you KEEP giving your kids vegetables every day. My daughter’s pediatrician explained that kid’s taste buds are still developing, which means it can take up to 19 times eating something before a kid likes a new food! I have found with my daughter that...

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{Paleo & Vegan} Healthy Cadbury Eggs

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Desserts, Holiday, Holiday, Recipes, Toddler/Child | 0 comments

Cadbury Eggs were an Easter tradition growing up as a kid, and I  absolutely loved them. We usually only got one or two Cadbury Eggs in our Easter basket, so we preserved them and saved them until we were ready to devour them! Fast forward to now, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a Cadbury Egg. Yes, they were a fun tradition growing up, but as I have become more health conscious, I’ve decided to ditch the Cadbury Eggs and choose healthier options instead. I am so happy to say that I have found a homemade – Paleo and Vegan – version of Cadbury Eggs! It’s still candy, but a much healthier option than what Cadbury has to offer. This is something I wouldn’t mind eating or allowing my kids to eat every year for...

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Health Benefits of Kale

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Beverages, Nutrition, Recipes, Sides and Snacks, Toddler/Child | 0 comments

Kale has received a lot of attention lately, and for good reason too. It is full of healthy vitamins and minerals that are important for your body. Health Benefits of Kale Check out the infographic below to see the health benefits of kale. Good To Know: As you can see in the infographic, Kale has more calcium than milk, making it a great source of calcium for those who are lactose intolerant or vegan. Kale also has more iron than beef, making it  another vegan alternative.   Adding Kale To Your Diet Just last night, I had a bunch of kale and some apples that needed to be used soon before they went bad. I decided to juice the kale and apples and…voila! It was super simple and easy (recipe below). I shared the organic green juice with my daughter...

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How To Teach Your Children To Love Swimming

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Fitness, Toddler/Child | 2 comments

You have kids, you have a family swimming pool, and you want to combine the two. As a parent, you’d like to show your children how much fun the pool can be, but you’re aware that not all kids respond the same way when they are first around the water. So how can a parent teach their children to enjoy swimming, and have them consider it a positive experience? Recognize their individuality. Some kids will be naturals in the water, and take to it from the very first. Encourage that child and just let their fun continue. Another child might be hesitant around the water. Be on the lookout for signs of that reticence, and address it. The old “throw them in the deep end” concept could really be scarring for a child who already is ambivalent about the...

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Strawberry Gummy Fruit Snacks

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Recipes, Sides and Snacks, Toddler/Child | 0 comments

I absolutely LOVE making gummy fruit snacks for my daughter, since they are actually healthy and made with REAL FRUIT! Of course, eating fresh fruit is always best – but gummy fruit snacks is a fun and different way to eat fruit. For those of you who are worried about the time involved – it’s not a lot! This recipe is SUPER easy and quick! Strawberry Gummy Fruit Snacks Ingredients:  •  1 cup Strawberry Juice (about 15-20 strawberries) • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice (about 1 lemon) • 1/3 cup (9 tablespoons) unflavored Gelatin Instructions: Step 1) Whisk together the strawberry juice, lemon juice, and gelatin, in a sauce pain on medium heat. Don’t let it boil, just warm it up and make sure there aren’t any clumps from the gelatin. Step 2) Remove from heat. Pour mixture in silicone mold(s) and...

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Mother-Daughter Date at Cafe Zupas

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Parenting | 0 comments

Before I write a little about my first mother-daughter lunch, I want you all to know that my goal is to provide others (parents or not) with ideas for healthy eating options outside of the home. I will try to focus on large chain stores and restaurants so it’s relevant to you, however, I am not going to eat some place if I can’t find something healthy for my daughter and I to eat. Our first lunch out, for example, is a very small chain restaurant. Because of this, I plan on providing insights in this post and others like it so that it can be as relevant to you as possible. In any case, you get to see pictures of my adorable daughter ;) Speaking of my adorable daughter… now that she is a little bit older (she’s...

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