The language of food

The language of food

Imagine if someone handed you a food you were unfamiliar with and said, "Here! It's good. Eat it." Would you? Or would you pause and ask "What does it taste like?"

We use our previous experiences with food to provide context and expectation for our new experiences. Doing this helps us feel more comfortable trying something new. When we know it will taste "crispy and salty with a hint of lemon" or "sweet and creamy" it's easier for us to prepare for that first bite. 

Now imagine that you are your 5 year old who is still exploring the world of food. And language. Someone hands you baked eggplant which, let's be honest, looks a little dodgy, and says "Here's dinner. Eat up. It's good for you." What would your response be?

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Signs your baby is ready for solid foods

Signs your baby is ready for solid foods

How do you know that YOUR baby is ready to eat solid foods like you? Answering this question can sometimes cause a lot of street and anxiety for parents, but it doesn't have to. There are many signs that it's time for your child. Some are physical or mechanical, which tend to be a little easier to observe, while others are emotional in nature and might be more difficult to identify. In this post we take a closer look at each one.

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Kizingo EATS: Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Kizingo EATS: Curried Butternut Squash Soup

In our house, fall is time for apple picking, fires, spending a solid two months planning our Halloween costumes, and eating so much butternut squash that we swear we won't ever eat it again. (Until next fall rolls around, of course.)

This soup is full of Vitamin C, which can boost immune function, and lower likelihood of skin dryness and wrinkles (sweet!), Vitamin A, which is important for healthy eyesight, and potassium, which aids in regulating blood pressure. 

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"What's for dessert?"

"What's for dessert?"

I get this question a lot. And by 'a lot' I mean A.LOT. I sometimes think that my kids are hummingbirds, interested in subsisting on nothing but sugar. One Saturday morning my husband and I made the mistake of sleeping in, giving the kids permission to watch Finding Dory on Netflix. We came downstairs to find them eating chocolate chips for breakfast. Lesson learned. 

Just last week, after a beautifully prepared, home-cooked warm chicken salad and freshly baked bread the first thing I was asked when everyone sat down at the table was "What's for dessert?"

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blueberry avocado muffin recipe

Kizingo EATS: blueberry avocado muffins

We adore avocados around these parts. Mashed into guac, diced onto tacos or on top of scrambled eggs, smushed into taste and sprinkled with salt ... these are the more obvious ways avocados are consumed by the arm load each week.

Avocados are a power food. They are loaded with soluble and insoluble fiber which is great for healthy digestion, contain a component that has been shown to maintain cholesterol levels, and are full of healthy unsaturated fats which help keep brain cells communicating with one another. (Avocados make a great first (or second, or third!) finger food ... if you're at that stage with your little one).

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Kizingo EATS: cucumber quinoa salad

Kizingo EATS: cucumber quinoa salad

I don't know about you, but when it's hot outside the last thing I want to do is turn on my oven! So as the temperatures warm-up, I stay on the lookout for easy to prepare meals that can be eaten cold or at room temperature. We also love salads like this because they are a great way to encourage kids to try new foods. Deconstructable and flexible meals make taste-testing easier, and help kids learn to try new things without needing to eat a whole lot of something new.

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ecipe: pasta with beets and beet greens

Kizingo EATS: Pasta with Beets & Beet Greens

Are you making your weekend grocery list? Looking for a super easy meal to wow your weekend guests, or just get from stove to table in no time. Look no further! 

The star of this recipe: beets.

Yes. Beets.

Before you groan and click "back", hear me out.  Beets are incredible. They may not be as accessible as the carrot, exotic as the artichoke, or beautifully curvy as the eggplant, but beets have fabulous flavor and pack a nutritional punch (they are an excellent source of folate, manganese, potassium and fiber).

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Why I create a weekly meal plan

Why I create a weekly meal plan

My own weekly menus (as is true of my grocery lists) have evolved considerably since kids came on the scene and my planning is often done in the minutes between breaking up fights over who was using the brown lego tree trunks or getting someone (who was not myself) something to eat. Also, I found that my weekly meal plan – which lived a double-life as our grocery list – was messy and disorganized, which left me wandering through the store trying to remember what I came in for in the first place. Something had to give ...

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sensory bin, sensory play

The importance of (sensory) play

Children learn through exploration and play, and they are at their best with learning when they are able to engage their senses. Sensory play helps kids practice and develop cognitive, emotional, physical, creative, and language skill sets. Download your free PLAY idea printable now!

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4 strategies to help kids listen to their hunger cues

4 strategies to help kids listen to their hunger cues

When babies are born they are extremely attuned to their internal signals of hunger and fullness. When they are hungry they know, and they will let you know too! They also know when they are full, and they stop eating. But when we take over doing this for our kids, there are negative unintended consequences. Here we describe 4 strategies to help you support your little ones to continue listening to their internal hunger and fullness cues.

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Mindful Eating for Parents

Mindful Eating for Parents

Mindfulness is a science-based way to cope better with stress, alleviate depression and anxiety, and live a happier life. One way to use mindfulness in your daily life is through mindful eating. Mindful eating is the application of mindfulness to eating, meal preparation, and even grocery shopping. Learn more about how you can support mindful eating for you and your kids with this guest post from Dr. Lauren Kennedy. 

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