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Kizingo EATS: blueberry avocado muffins

Kizingo EATS: blueberry avocado muffins

July 10, 2017

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

June 12, 2017

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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Kizingo EATS: Pasta with Beets & Beet Greens

Kizingo EATS: Pasta with Beets & Beet Greens

April 28, 2017

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

April 14, 2017

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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The importance of (sensory) play

The importance of (sensory) play

April 03, 2017

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

February 24, 2017

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

January 10, 2017

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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Stocking Stuffers for Moms & Their Littles

Stocking Stuffers for Moms & Their Littles

December 15, 2016

We're honored to be listed as one of Pick-ese's Holiday Stocking Stuffer Picks for 2016 - especially in light of the other amazing brands who were selected. Baby led weaning (and holidays stocking stuffing) will never be the same!

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Product Review: Kizingo Toddler Spoons

Product Review: Kizingo Toddler Spoons

December 03, 2016

Teach.Work.Love's {unsolicited} review of our products is glowing. "KIZINGO products are designed to promote successful self-feeding, giving confidence to parents and children. Little ones learning to feed themselves can get frustrated and most utensils are not well designed for how toddlers want to hold and use them."

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Signs your baby is ready for solid foods

Signs your baby is ready for solid foods

November 06, 2016

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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Mindfulness in parenting

Mindfulness in parenting

September 16, 2016

What do you think about when you hear the term “mindfulness”? Do you think of practicing yoga? Maybe spending hours sitting on a pillow, on the floor, in the corner, meditating with your fingers clasped, chanting “OMMMMM”? Okay, so mindfulness has a reputation – but what does mindfulness mean?

The general definition of mindfulness is the nonjudgmental (this is a key word) awareness of the present moment. Mindfulness encourages us to experience life as it is happening, without fear, worrying, or anxiety about what will happen or what has already happened. It does not have to include long periods of meditation – it can be done in just a few minutes each day.

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5 Strategies for eating a variety of foods

5 Strategies for eating a variety of foods

June 23, 2016

Eating a wide variety of foods is a great way to promote health, but it's not always easy to do. Especially with toddlers in the house! Here are 5 simple strategies Kizingo Kids co-founder Kiyah Duffey has found to be particularly useful for encouraging her whole family to have a varied diet.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Heavenly Heaven

Strawberry Rhubarb Heavenly Heaven

June 09, 2016

For this national Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day, I've collected some of my favorite recipes (pie and non-pie alike) in case you feel like joining me in practicing moderation after dinner tonight. For me, teaching my kids about moderation while eating sometimes looks like giving everyone a serving and then me having another after the kids are tucked quietly in bed :).

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Hunger in America

Hunger in America

June 02, 2016

By all accounts, there is an abundance of food in America. Rates of obesity are high, across all segments of the population, and Americans have access to and consume more calories than are recommended for good health. Yet hunger is rampant with as much as 15% of American households considered food insecure, which means they lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all members of their household.

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Parents = Healthy Eating + Physical Activity Role Models

Parents = Healthy Eating + Physical Activity Role Models

May 27, 2016

Over the past several decades, childhood obesity rates have risen dramatically, especially in economically disadvantaged communities. Children who carry excess weight face a number of health problems in childhood, and later as adults.

A number of factors have contributed to this health crisis, and it's going to take a number of approaches and lifestyle changes to help reverse the trend. Some of them require commitments from industry and politicians. But not all of them. Some of them require YOU.

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The Benefits of Gardening with your Kids

The Benefits of Gardening with your Kids

May 11, 2016

As we move headfirst into spring it seems the appropriate time to talk about one of my other long-term food goals that I have for my family: that they know where their food comes from. I don’t mean that they need to know where every cucumber and apple are grown and to have been able to shake the hand of the person that grew them, but I do want them to know that cucumbers grow on vines and apples on trees.

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Encouraging your kids to become willing {food} tasters

Encouraging your kids to become willing {food} tasters

May 03, 2016

As my kids have grown they have gone from willingly putting anything in their mouths (including crayons!) to being slightly more choosy, and I’ve watched even my most adventurous eater stop eating foods she once liked. Given that I also know that kids need multiple exposures to a food before they “like” it (or even willingly eat it), and that this number increases as children get older, I wanted to have strategies in place to promote + support the skill of tasting.

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Make your baby's first foods count

Make your baby's first foods count

April 28, 2016

What you feed your baby when she starts eating solid foods matters, and new research out of the UK sheds more light on just how much it does. Following children over 8 years enrolled in The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, researchers at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Bristol identified a number of different dietary patterns at 6 and 15 months of age and examined their link with weight and IQ 8 years later.

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Focusing on the whole baby = a healthier baby

Focusing on the whole baby = a healthier baby

April 22, 2016

Nationally, approximately 24% of pre-school aged children are overweight or obese, meaning that they carry excess fat for their height. Overweight children have a two- to tenfold increase in the likelihood that they will also be overweight as adults. Through group well-baby visits, one group in the South Bronx is hoping to set kids on healthy trajectories early in life by focusing more broadly on the foundations of healthy early childhood development.

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Save time (and energy!) with a pre-made shopping list

Save time (and energy!) with a pre-made shopping list

April 19, 2016

I am a list maker: To Do lists, Remember lists, Birthday Gift lists, Project Ideas lists, Must Read lists. They all find their way to my trusty pad of yellow-lined paper. I recently simplified my shopping list in the hopes that it would save me time and money. Let me show you how.

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Why I set food goals (for my kids)

Why I set food goals (for my kids)

March 03, 2016

One thing I have learned over the last seven years as a parent, informed by the previous decade as nutrition researcher and professor, is that knowing WHAT I needed to feed my kids to support and promote their health is not enough.

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