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I made an impulse purchase this week: a new pair of running shoes. I used to run regularly and have even done a half marathon before, but in 2013 I broke my ankle and never started running again after. I always intended to, but my hip had atrophied quite badly after six weeks on crutches and I didn’t take the time to rehab it. Then I had a baby, and another baby, and well, excuses excuses.
Now, after, what? 300 weeks of working from home? I’ve realized that doing online yoga classes in the same room where I work all day which is the same room where I sleep isn’t doing anything for me. I need to get out.
I bought the same running shoes I always used to use (these ones, which are expensive but I’ve always found them to be the best shoes for my feet), but ordered them online and just hope I’ve converted the EU size correctly and that they actually fit when they arrive. My plan is to download a Couch to 5K app (or something similar) and actually get my butt out of my home/office/gym/sanitarium in the middle of each day.
We shall see how that goes.
We got Niko a pedal bike this weekend (a belated birthday gift from his grandparents) and man, that kid is a rocket on it. He was riding a strider bike up until now and was really skilful with balancing it, so it was only a matter of minutes before he figured the pedals out and was biking around the park* like an old pro.
*Our parks (and schools and restaurants and everything) are still open. All good.
I’ve been having a hard time talking about anything other than the thing that everyone is talking about but that I’m also really sick of talking about. Surely we have other things to say? But maybe not. It’s hard.
Last week several of you mentioned that you enjoyed the super quick nutrition post I did within WGTW about ways to help reset a stressed out gut, so I thought I’d do something similar this week. I had a email from a reader named Inge who said that her three-year-old daughter is a picky eater and she worries that she’s not getting all the nutrients she needs.
So what advice do I have about dealing with picky eaters?
First and foremost, don’t make a big thing out of it. Choosing what to eat or whether or not to eat is one of the only things toddlers can control in their lives, and control it they will. If you decide to engage in a battle over food, you will lose.
Second most important, do not bribe them to eat or to finish a meal with sweets or other rewards. All you’re teaching them to do is override their satiety cues, and potentially teaching them that healthy food is to be endured to get to the good stuff on the other side. This, by the way, is a frequent cause of tension between my husband and I (and apparently it is common for dudes to not be able to let go of the food battles) as he is very inclined to use dessert as a motivator for finishing dinner. Drives. Me. Nuts.
So what to do? There is a concept called “The Division of Responsibility” that was developed by child feeding expert Ellyn Satter, RD, which goes like this: Your job is to decide:
- What food to serve
- Where food will be served
- When food will be served
Their job is to decide:
- If they want to eat
- How much they want to eat
- What foods they want to try
The recommendation is also to continue serving foods they have rejected over and over again. Put teeny tiny non-intimidating portions (like the size of a pea) of new, unfamiliar, or disliked foods on their plates so they get used to seeing it, and just keep trying.
My older kid was extremely picky when he was smaller, and often didn’t eat anything at his evening meals at home (they get lunch and two snacks at daycare). But he was always growing well and had lots of energy, so I didn’t stress about it. Now he’s a much better eater, and is very willing to try new things.
My younger kid is a tank who will out eat his big brother at most meals and eats pretty much everything. Interestingly, he’ll often reject things that are labelled as “kid friendly” like chicken nuggets and pizza. Obviously his tastes will change as he grows, but that’s how it is for now.
So my biggest recommendation about dealing with picky eaters is to just relax. Serve balanced meals, and don’t engage in battles.
Speaking of feeding kids, another blog reader (hey-o, Kimberly!) reached out to me and asked about the stools we have for the kids. They’re Stokke Trip Trapp chairs and they are awesome because they grow with your kid.
We bought one when Niko was a tiny baby with all of the accessories (by “we” I mean it was a generous gift from his paternal grandparents) so we were able to use it right from beginning with the newborn attachment, which is great because you can have the baby at the table with you rather than on the floor in a bouncer or something.
When Odin was born we just bought a second base (again, by “we” I mean the grandparents bought it for us), and we’ve been able to re-use all the accessories.
Once the kids were able to sit unassisted we switched to the baby set along with a tray, but it can also be pulled up to the table without the tray (this is how we use it now for Odin). Niko now uses his without any accessories, and since the foot rest and the seat are both adjustable, it’ll probably be his chair for several years to come.
It’s also sturdy enough that it works well as a platform to stand on when the kids want to help in the kitchen. I know some people use those learning towers which are probably safer, but we live in a small apartment and don’t have space for that kind of thing, so the Trip Trapp chairs do the trick just fine.
This is not in any way sponsored by Stokke (however, those are affiliate links so I will earn a commission if you click on them and then purchase *anything* on Amazon) I just think they’re really great chairs for having kids at the table at the right height for many years. A great investment if you’ve got small ones, if you ask me.
A couple housekeeping notes this week. First, I want to let you know that there may be some changes to the types of links I’m sharing in What’s Good Around The Web each week.
For the past few months I had an assistant who was helping me to curate the links that went out each week, but she gave her notice a few weeks ago and since I lost my job and ad revenue is way down I decided not to replace her just yet.
But when I go looking for links to share I’m finding that I’m spending hours and hours sifting through mostly terrifying articles all on the same subject and not finding anything that I feel is relevant to this site. It’s understandable, for sure, but it’s also not a good use of my time and not good for my mental health.
So instead of weekly curated nutrition and wellness articles, you’ll find a selection of tasty recipes I’ve been cooking, fun reads from other blogs, and the occasional wellness article thrown in when I come across something good. And if *you* come across an interesting article please send it my way so I can share it!
Also this: People have been making a great effort to support small businesses in their communities that are struggling as a result of the situation at hand, so I wanted to remind you, since you’re my favourite people, that blogs are small businesses too.
For many of us in the food space traffic is up right now, since people are cooking. But at the same time, ad revenue is dropping more and more each day. I’m earning at leat 50% less than I was at the beginning of March, and it’s set to keep dropping more by the looks of things.
The good news is that there are several easy ways you can support your favourite bloggers (whoever they may be) for free. That’s free-ninety-nine, which is a heck of a good price. First of all, all you need to do is show up! Visit our sites, poke around in the recipe categories, and see what you can find.
If you like something, share it with a friend! Literally just email or text them the link so they can check it out. Don’t print recipes out (save paper! be sustainable!) rather, visit the site each time you make a recipe. Share your favourites on Facebook, pin to one of your food boards on Pinterest, and just spread the word!
If you’re doing a lot of online shopping (who isn’t these days?) click on affiliate links on a blogger’s website before you make any purchases. For example, if you click on a link to the Stokke chair I talked about above and then in the next 24 hours you make ANY purchase on Amazon, I’ll earn a commission. You don’t have to buy the thing you click on either. You could click on the Stokke chair and then buy a 6lb tub of peanut butter (I’m not here to judge) and I’d get a small percentage of that.
It costs me nearly $1000 USD each month to keep this site running between web hosting, tech support, and premium plugins that make the site what it is. I’m hoping to not have to dial back my support services (I don’t want their businesses to suffer just because mine is), and truly, ever little bit helps.
And please, visit my friends too! Want to know who some of my favourite bloggers are?
Sarah (aka my blog wife) from Sustainable Cooks needs no introduction.
Christine from Happy Veggie Kitchen has great vegetarian recipes and baby food too.
Cassie from Cook It Real Good has easy, tasty, recipes and lots of vegetarian options.
Trish from Rhubarbarians has great vegetarian recipes.
Kiersten from Green Plate Club for vegetarian recipes and amazing meal plans.
Kylie from Midwest Foodie gorgeous photos and lots of veggie options.
Kellie from Food to Glow is a cancer nutrition educator who shares mostly vegetarian recipes.
Vanessa from Maple and Mango is just starting out, and her stuff is gorgeous!
ON HEY NUTRITION LADY THIS WEEK
We kicked off this week with everyone’s favourite post of the month… Just Between Us.
And next up, a recipe! This recipe for 10-Minute Vegetable Ramen Noodles has been keeping me fuelled and sane lately. And it’s so delicious to boot!
WHAT’S TRENDING ON HNL
Yeah, yeah, we all know that Mung Bean and Coconut Curry is in number one. So let’s look at what else is trending.
1. Peanut Butter Oat Bars. Snackers gonna snack.
2. Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry. This time calls for comfort food and this is that.
3. Turmeric Latte Mix. No need for coffee shops these days anyways.
4. Red Lentil Dal. Long live the lentil!
5. Fudgy Adzuki Bean Brownies. Welcome back to the top 5!
COMMENT OF THE WEEK
Emily left the following comment and 5-star review on my Carrot Apple Smoothie with Ginger recipe:
This really hit the spot! I love how the hemp seeds make the smoothie a little creamy without needing to add milk. I did use half of a very large apple and only one carrot and it made plenty for me. I also subbed in frozen strawberries when I ran out of apples and that worked too (although your original version is the best)!
Mmm, gonna have to try that strawberry trick!
WHAT’S GOOD AROUND THE WEB
1. The best free virtual cooking classes to fill your time.
2. The next threat: Hunger in America.
3. Making your own face mask? Some fabrics work better than others, study finds.
4. Some thoughts on cooking these days.
5. Did you know that you can roast frozen vegetables?!