5 Ways To Get Your Picky Toddler To Eat Avocados

Ways To Get Your Picky Toddler To Love Avocado

I’m not gonna lie, y’all. I can be a bit of a controlling parent. Sorry, not sorry. When it comes to my child’s nutrition, I’m just not okay with dealing with her temper tantrums and giving in to the demands of fries and chicken nuggets. Which, she’d eat every day with complaint. I believe in offering healthy options as often as possible and eventualllllly I know she’ll eat it. And if she doesn’t, I’m okay with hiding it. Such is the case with avocados. 

Elle never liked avocados. Ever. But I’ve found some ways that I can actually get her to eat this nutrient-rich fruit. In fact, this morning after she downed her oatmeal, she asked for a piece of toast. I toasted a piece, slathered avocado all over it and cut it in a cute shape. She gulped it and asked for seconds. 

Could it be that I’m actually winning in this Picky Toddler Eating department? 

 

Check out 4 other ways that I use avocado in my toddler’s meals.

 

11 Ways To Use Coconut Oil

Ways To Use Coconut Oil

I love me some coconut oil, y’all. It is truly my bread and butter and is the IT ingredient in just about every way. There are so many ways to use coconut oil that my small list of 11 uses doesn’t even hit the tip of the iceberg. It’s the only product that not only lives in my kitchen, but also lives in my bathroom, bedroom and toddler’s room. Coconut oil could run for President and I’d be right there campaigning and spreading the word about how fantastic this glorious stuff is. 

I’ve heard that some people don’t like coconut oil. A good friend of mine thinks the stuff is too greasy, smells too nutty and tastes awful in food. Whatever girl. I’m not hatin’ a sista but I’m hoping that she can one day see that light and fall in love with my beloved coconut oil.

My list of ways to use it is over at Mom.me

Your turn! How do you like to use coconut oil?

Bulking Up Meat Loaf with Veggies

Veggie meat loaf
Vegetarians look away. If meat loaf grosses you out, look away. If you aren’t head over heels in love with meat loaf, look away.

I’m hoping I have some of you still looking. I get why people don’t like meat loaf. I mean, pretty much anything with the word LOAF in it that isn’t related to bread is a bit freaky. But in our attempts to get Elle to eat, we’ve triiiiied so many dishes. She actually really likes meat loaf. Like most toddlers, she runs from vegetables and like all overprotective parents, we try to find ways to incorporate vegetables in dishes that she already likes. I’m learning that the key with these crazy kids is to just psyche them out. With everything! Very deceiving, I know, but honestly…I never once said I know what I’m doing in this child raising thing.

I’m pretty much getting by with the hairs on my chinny chin chin.

Meat loaf meal

And so our version of veggie meatloaf was born. Take your recipe and add the following…

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The Healing Powers of a Green Juice

I love everything about green juices. And this is crazy because a few years ago, I was SO in love with green smoothies. So much so that I thought about doing a series all about green smoothies. That didn’t happen. Ha! But The love for the smoothies is still there but honestly…I love green juices more. Don’t get me wrong, I still curling up with a book and glass of freshly blended greens and fruits but there’s something very special and nourishing about a green juice. 

Green juices

For one thing, they aren’t always sweet. I have a greater appreciation for vegetables because unlike my smoothies, my juices usually only have 1 fruit in them as opposed to nut milks, bananas, berries, etc. The juices keep it simple but still oh so delicious. 

Yummy Green Juice

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5 Ways To NOT Gain Weight On A Cruise

Did you know that it is possible to NOT gain weight on a cruise? I had no idea, but honey, I’ve done it! I managed to cruise for 5 days and not gain an ounce. This is a big deal because if you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know that they are notorious for feeding you. The portion sizes are massive, the food is generally delectable and you can get food 24 hours a day. You can get pizza at 2am, have ice cream for breakfast and eat dinner rolls by the basket. And it doesn’t stop. You try to convince yourself that it’s okay to stuff yourself full of food because, why not? You’re on a vacation! Who cares, right?

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Well, I cared. Which is why I tried my hardest to not eat like crazy and tried to get in fitness where ever I could. And here’s how you can do it.

Utilize the ship’s track – Almost every ship has a track. Use it. And daily. Walk or run at least a mile a day. I found getting up early in the morning was the best time to do this. I could to experience beautiful sunrises, cool breezes and I had a refreshing start to my day.

Just say no to desserts – It seems like a crime, but you CAN turn down dessert. At each dinner, you are offered a 3-course meal and some nights I just skipped the sweets. If you have to have that sweetness at the end, ask for a bowl of fruit instead.

Take the stairs – I lived on the stairs. Cruise elevators are usually always packed with people and if I had to get from the 4th floor to the 11th floor, I took the stairs. I almost died each time, but hey…I got in some extra exercise and usually got to the top quicker than the folx taking the elevators.

Royal Caribbean

Drink water. And only water – Some cruises offer soda packages and you know what? You don’t need it. You really don’t. I purchased a Bobble water bottle before cruising off and only drank water during meals and in between meals. I knew I was going to be eating more than usual and it made no sense to sip calories when I knew I’d rather be eating them. And speaking of eating…

Don’t eat everything on your plate – I haaaate being wasteful. But the portion sizes I got for each meal were way more than I would have ever eaten. I never finished my plate. I ate slowly, allowed my food to digest and would always be full before I was halfway finished with my meal. Also, to prevent myself from getting full off of the carbs, I always ate my protein and veggies first.

Of course these same tricks can be applied on land, too. But I found these tidbits were so useful when I was on the ship. It was a challenge, y’all. But, for me, one screw up can change my entire fitness/diet world and I didn’t want that to happen.

Have you ever lost any weight on vacation? Share your secrets!

Disclosure: Through Brandcation, I received a press trip to travel on and explore Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 6 – Greeeeens!

Salad

I didn’t always like salad. And then I met Esposo who has turned me into a salad snob. I won’t touch iceberg and romaine. Oh noooo. I need my arugula, spinach and red cabbage. I LOVE greens so so much. I can eat spinach raw. I can eat it in a smoothie, for breakfast, steamed, on a train, on a plane…you get where I’m goin’.

I am so thankful for greens and how nourishing they are. How diverse they are. And how good they are.

 

 

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 4 – Esposo’s Cooking

Quinoa Tabbouleh

I really don’t know what I was eating before I met Esposo. Clearly I was eating somethin’ because I’m not exactly a skinny girl. I know how to cook but I don’t like cooking. I just don’t. But I am so thankful for my wonderful husband because in the almost 2 years we’ve been married and the 1 year we dated, I have never had to prepare a meal. He cooks everything at home. And he serves me.

Yeah, I got it maaaaade.

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 3 – Dairy Alternatives

I didn’t give up dairy because I’m a vegan. I gave it up because dairy killlllls my stomach. I am of the belief that it is kind of weird that we consume something that was never intended for our bodies and even still, I will never deny the awesomeness that is cheese. Or ice cream. I don’t eat either and I’m still surviving thanks to almond, coconut, hemp and cashew milk.

Coconut milk

I am so so thankful for these suitable alternatives that give me the chance to enjoy my favorite foods without being doubled over in pain.

But er uh…for the record, I’ve tried so many brands and there really isn’t a good substitute for cheese. Like, no. Just…no.