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Getting your picky eater to eat healthy foods can be done with this simple trick.

The Simple Trick That Gets Your Picky Eater To Eat

This is a guest post from Noelle Bryant, Motherhood & Lifestyle Blogger, KIDspiration Curator, and Total Mamarazzi.

When it comes to meal time we always want to choose the healthiest options for them but being toddlers they can be SO picky! So, I thought I would share with you, my simple trick to get your picky eater to EAT!

Meal Time Showdown with Picky Eaters

Going into mealtime with a picky eater, you have to be mentally prepared for a showdown. If there is one power struggle a kid can win it’s just that: MEALTIME.

See, the fact about it is we CAN NOT make them eat. We just can’t physically do it. So the trick I have found is making them think it is their choice. By doing this you cut out that need for a power struggle from your toddler and give them the “control.” But now you’re probably asking how exactly are you supposed to make the meal THEIR idea without sacrificing the healthy component. Well, it is actually seamlessly easy with this simple trick I learned and it has worked beautifully for my girls (more specifically my super picky almost 3-year-old).

One main component to making this method, that I am about to explain, work is making sure you limit the child’s snack or milk intake before mealtime. If they filled up on snacks then it’s no wonder they won’t be hungry when it’s mealtime. For us, we do breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack (something smaller like fruit/veggies) then dinner. After dinner nothing else if offered until the next morning. For those of you wondering, “Well, what about dessert?” I’ve got that covered too!


Safe Sun Care

The Truth About Sun Safety & Vitamin D

Did you know that I used to be a synchronized swimmer? It’s true! I did ‘synchro’, as we liked to call it, for nearly five years and I loved it! There’s hardly anything better than spending all summer in the pool, with your friends, choreographing awesome water-dancing routines to 90’s pop music. 

You know what I also did a lot of during my ‘synchro’ days? Wear sunscreen. We’d spend upwards of 5 hours in the blazing sun some days, so Mom made sure we were properly doused in SPF 50 (sport performance, of course!).

Oddly enough, the older I got, the more I noticed I had a propensity towards getting sunburned (particularly in high school and college). On top of that, for as much time as I would spend int the sun, the only part of me that seemed to get ‘sun-kissed’, was my face. The rest of me was sans the healthy glow and basically still white. Which, I always found odd given that it was the opposite case for my dad and extended family who grew up in Colombia spending copious amounts of time in the sun (and they almost never wore sunscreen!). It makes you wonder: what the heck am I missing here (scratches head)?!  


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30 Memorial Day Weekend Recipes

Memorial Day is upon us which means we are officially springing into summer! Can you see it? The succulent burger BBQ’s, the trips to the beaches, slurping juicy popsicles as quick as you can (before they melt all the way down your arm) and hammock lounging with a mystery thriller in one hand and a fruity cocktail in the other?!

Aaaaaah yes, those are the memories that stick out in my mind when the begging of summer rolls around. 

However, with those memories also sometimes come the worry of “what the heck am I going to cook/bring/eat at my family/friend’s cookout this weekend?!”. I know it can be easy to get stressed out and anxious about having to navigate the nutritional waters whether you’re at home or away, but the truth is, it doesn’t have to be a crazy struggle. Sure, you’ll be facing gobs of ice cream, wonderbread hot dog buns and gobs of questionable grilled meat that might be a little bit of challenge to turn down, but once you feast your eyes below and check out the incredible resource we’ve put together for, you’ll be brimming with easy recipe ideas that you can’t wait to make and share! And, that anxiety you were having earlier will be a thing of the past :)


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Carrot Parsley Salad

Depending on where you are in the world, carrots are grown year-round. Although technically, they’re a cool-season crop since optimal growing temperatures range from 60º to 70ºF. So again, depending on where you are in the world, “carrot season” could be winter, spring, summer or fall. 
I’m from Michigan, where springtime tends to fall right into that perfect 60º to 70ºF range, perfect for growing carrots. So, for me, there’s  nothing that reminds me of spring & summer quite as much as carrot tops. I think it’s in the way that they just shoot through the soil like newly budding trees! So cute. So fresh. And, so very kelly green. 

By the way, there’s definitely something to eating fruits and veggies that are in season

  1. Fruits and veggies that have had higher exposure to natural sunlight will also contain higher levels of antioxidants! In the case of carrots and carrot salad, we’re referring to the antioxidant beta-carotene, which gets converted into vitamin A, which protects your eye’s photoreceptors and may even help restore issues with vision. Guess my parents totally hit the nail on the head whenever they insisted I eat carrots because they were ‘good for my eyes’! (1
  2. They’re usually cleaner (i.e free-er of pesticides, waxes, chemicals and preservatives) because produce that is in season simply doesn’t need as much assistance in resisting spoilage as produce that is out of season. (2)
  3. The taste! You just can’t beat it. They’re always crisper, juicier, more brightly colored and smell amazing!


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Is Sugar Making You Sluggish, Overweight, Unhappy, Weak & Powerless?

I’d like to invite you to chat about a very sweet topic indeed – SUGAR.

Why? Because the sugar conversation is one we’ve been seriously discussing over in the Code to Wellness Facebook community. By the way, if you’d like to join us over there, Click Here

I’ll be the first to raise my hand and say my relationship with sugar and sweet foods was absolute crap.

Back when I was a personal trainer, I used to have the kind of relationship with sugar where I would binge on ice cream, tell myself I was a bad person for giving into my sugar cravings (I felt like a weakling), and then punish myself for it later by exercising like a mad woman. WTF?! I know. Not cool.READ MORE

Perfect Body

What it REALLY Means to Have the ‘Perfect Body’

This is a guest post from Tera Bucasas, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified Yoga Instructor, and Rebellious Gypsy

‘Perfect body’ – a phrase nearly every single woman has used to refer to the glossy images that glitter the pages of magazine covers and reality TV, yet seldom, if ever, will turn around and use it to describe herself.

This topic is a hot button for me and for many women. In most online health and wellness spaces, it flies WAY under the radar. But THIS is not one of those spaces. So, let’s have this conversation, shall we?

As the movement around food and body image grows we see a lot more about eating disorders and disordered eating being talked about. Even if we haven’t had a clinical level eating disorder, the majority of us have experienced disordered eating patterns at some point in our life.