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Category Archives: kids food

krazy kale salad

I call this Krazy Kale Salad because it’s crazy good, but mostly because it’s crazy how much my 8 year-old son likes this.  He actually sat down before hockey yesterday and said “awesome” when he saw it in the bowl. Crazy, right? For any of you with an 8 year-old boy, you know this is […]

goat cheese, walnut & kale pasta

This was a last-minute attempt to use up a bunch of kale and some local baby tomatoes that my post-hockey 8-year old gobbled up, so I thought I’d share.  I know a lot of you are trying to figure out how to get more dark green leafies into your family — hopefully this recipe will […]

caramelly apple dip

Yum.  Yum.  Yum.  I just mixed this one up and then proceeded to eat most of it with a crunchy Granny Smith, and it’s only 9:15 a.m.  Don’t tell anyone! This is a quick and easy caramel dip your family can enjoy with our delicious local fall apples. The greek yoghurt provides protein, and the […]

crunchy chickpeas

These are a tasty, high-protein and fibre alternative to potato chips.  They are a surprisingly satisfying crunchy snack, and also make for a yummy “crouton-like” salad topper or addition to a savory homemade trail mix.   Ingredients: 1 can or 1.5 c. chickpeas 1/2 tsp olive oil 1/4 tsp garlic powder pinch of sea salt […]

chocolate chip granola bars

This is a simple, delicious, school-safe recipe! Make a batch, cut into bars and freeze half for two weeks worth of recess snacks! Ingredients: 3 c. slow cook rolled oats 1& 3/4 c. whole wheat flour 1/4 c. ground flax 1 tsp baking soda 3/4 c. pitted dates, chopped well 1/2 c. raw, unsalted sunflower […]

it’s school lunches time again!

September will be soon be upon us and we’ll be back to packing the dreaded lunchbox.  Here are some simple, creative tips for dealing with the following common frustrations that go along with a packing a school lunch: My child’s lunch comes home uneaten most days; My child’s main lunch staple is PB&J and I’m […]

homemade frozen fudge pops

This summer, why not get into the habit of making your own popsicles? They are super easy, cheap, and healthier than the store-bought alternatives. Commercial popsicles and other frozen treats often contain less-than-healthy ingredients like artificial colours, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners. Kids often don?t have the same “thirst sensors” as adults and need […]

veggies for breakfast? You bet!

Anyone who knows me has heard me “gently rant” about the limited amount of veggies most Canadian kids are taking in daily.  As parents, we should be striving to feed our children a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day, and in my opinion at least 3 of those should be vegetables. […]

baked berry oatmeal

This one will save your bacon on a busy morning (it’s vegan, so, it will also literally save your bacon! 🙂 Make the night before, pop it in the fridge, and cook it up in 20 minutes.  Or, even better, bake it fully the night before, and just reheat in the morning for a quick, […]

Two-Bite Granola Bars

As I write this, my kids are eating these, with a fat juicy orange, some almonds, and organic yoghurt for breakfast! This straightforward, nut-free recipe has been a hit in my family with adults and children alike, and contains all-natural, nutrient-dense ingredients. The original recipe first appeared on my recipe-sharing on-line group, and while we […]

spinach for st. paddy’s day!

As you likely know, I guest blog for a great local website, HRM, bi-monthly. In honour of Nutrition Month, HRM Parent has issued a March challenge to their readers:  Eat a new green veggie every week.  In the spirit of that challenge, here’s my blog for this week:   For those of you whose […]

healthy scalloped potatoes (vegan and yum!)

This healthier vegan version of scalloped potatoes is lower in fat and equally yummy. My son has been begging me to buy the prepackaged scalloped potato mixture he’s had at his grandma’s a few times, so I had to figure out a healthier, whole foods based version.  Here it is: it got a thumbs up […]

fueling kids best

Wondering what you could be doing different to keep your kids healthy and energetic?  Check out my HRM Parent guest post for today: I thought I’d focus my next couple of posts answering questions I get asked most often about kids’ food and raising healthy eaters. Here’s a great one that came to me recently […]

better pancakes

It’s Pancake Tuesday.  Here’s a simple way to health up dinner tonight (or breakfast tomorrow!) These pancakes are delicious and you can freeze them and reheat during the week if you have leftovers!  Experiment with adding grated apple, blueberries or strawberries, chopped banana, or other fruit to pump up the nutritional value.  If you are […]

curried scrambled tofu

This is my attempt to replicate one of my daughter’s favourite local restaurant brunch items.  For any of you trying to avoid gluten, breakfast can be a challenge.  Most muffins, breads, bagels and waffles are made with wheat or other gluten-containing grains.  If you’re tired of eggs and yoghurt, here’s a great option.  I also […]

grocery shopping with kids

Here’s this week’s HRM Parent guest blog post.  Enjoy! Grocery Scavenger Hunt, anyone? When it comes to taking kids to the grocery store it really used to be one of my worst nightmares —  fights over who sits in the cart, whining over some crazy junk food they saw on TV, and the inevitable knocking […]

smoothie basics

Anyone who knows me has likely heard me rave about the power of a great smoothie! Most of my clients, young and old, find that regularly incorporating a smoothie into their day has a huge impact on their energy levels and feeling of overall wellness.  They are also also a great way to boost immunity […]

healthy halloween witches

Thanks to Wendy at for passing on this simple, fun & healthy Halloween treat idea! To make the witches, you will need: apples cucumber carrots toothpicks To prepare: Wash all veggies. Remove the stems from the apples so that the cucumber will sit flat on the top of the apple. It’s best to use small apples, as this […]