Feeding your kids healthy food can be a challenge, but so rewarding! My name is Amy, and I am a mother of three kids, a graduate of Health Education, and I love food. This blog is about putting into practice everything I learned in college and throughout my years working in the community health field to find healthy foods my kids will also enjoy.
What inspired you to first start writing your blog?
Two things started me blogging. One was I had a product coming out to help kids learn about healthy eating. My sister suggested starting a blog to get traffic to my product. This was in 2007, and I didn’t even know what a blog was. Nor did I believe her that people would find it to find my product! But, of course they have. The second reason to start my blog was I had picky eaters at home, and a college degree in health education, I wanted a place to put all my meals and recipes that were healthy, and were accepted by my kids so I could make them again.
What kinds of posts are your favorite to write? What do your readers seem to like the most?
My favorite posts to write are about different foods and how they can benefit your health.. My readers say their favorite posts are the recipes. The ones that get read the most, are my weekly meal plans.
Do you plan a weekly menu? If so, what inspires your menu?
Yes, I do a weekly menu for my family and I post it. My menu is inspired by how busy I will be the following week (super busy=lots of crockpot meals), or what is in season or on sale. Although I plan for breakfast, snack, lunch, and dinner, we are super flexible. Often dinner is the only thing that happens from our meal plan, but if we have time and want to be in the kitchen together, we will prepare the other meals I have planned.
What is your favorite kind of food to make?
Bread and cookies! I often wish I had started a baking blog instead of a healthy food blog, because we love cookies over here!
What is your favorite recipe posted on your blog?
My favorite recipe is our Polka dot Peas and Ribbons! One, because it turned out so pretty.. and two, because it encompasses to me the idea that veggies don’t have to be boring or bland. Our philosophy is 50% fruits and veggies each day, but that doesn’t mean without salt or butter.
Will you show us your kitchen? What is your favorite thing about your kitchen?
Here is my 10 year old cooking in my kitchen. I love that it is attached to the family room. I can be in the kitchen cooking a healthy meal and watch my favorite trashy reality shows all at the same time!
What is your best tip for getting dinner on the table?
Planning ahead. I only have a meal for dinner if I know in the morning what it will be. End of story!
Where do most of your recipes come from? (Family favorites, you make them up, magazines, cookbooks, etc.)
A homemade binder. I take magazines and cookbooks I find at the thrift store. I then tear out a recipe to try. If it’s a good one, I’ll glue it to a page in my big binder of best meals!
What would you eat as your last supper?
Bread! If many cannot live by bread alone, I would not want to live! Have I mentioned I love bread!
What is your favorite part about blogging?
The people I’ve met! Sometimes I feel like I’m stuck at home all day, but luckily I’ve made some friends online that make me feel like I’m not alone.
What kind of camera/lens/equipment do you use?
Nikon D40, 1.8 lens.
Any suggestions or hints to have great food photos?
Take pictures during the day! I have tried a million ways to the moon to take a good picture in the evening or early morning, and they never turn out the way I want. In the daytime however, especially at 10am, I have the best pictures on my first try!
What kind of food did you eat growing up? Do you cook the same kinds of things today?
Growing up we ate a lot of casseroles and sweet breads. I still resort to those when I need comfort food.
What was the first dish you ever cooked?
I’ve literally been cooking since I was 5. My mom tells me I would make my own scrambled eggs for breakfast, coffee cake on Saturdays, and cookies every Sunday. My kids are the same way. They all make their own pancakes, eggs, cookies, baked potatoes, etc.
When you really want to cheat, what do you eat?
Peanut butter mixed with powdered sugar! It’s my biggest weakness. I don’t have any junk food in the house, but I always have peanut butter and powdered sugar. It’s literally dangerous for me.. In fact, I want some right now!
If you could travel anywhere in the world – just for the food – where would you go?
Belguim. I’ve actually went there 20 years ago, and I still remember the Belguim waffles.
What is the best thing you’ve ever eaten? The strangest?
Escargot. I remember it just tasted like slimy buttery garlic.
What are your favorite blogs to read?
Remember how I wished I had a cookie blog? It’s because of this one. http://sweetsugarbelle.blogspot.com/ My daughter and I are obsessed with it right now!! But really, I have about 50 healthy food blogs in my reader.. too many to list.
Take us through a typical day of eating in your house.
We start with toast, almost every morning. My kids will make scrambled eggs or pancakes. I always cook for myself two egg whites and one whole egg with a banana. For lunch, generally Peanut butter and jelly. We snack on a lot of apple, carrots, and nuts. For dinner, our family favorite, go-to dish is chicken and rice with broccoli.
What is your best tip for saving money on groceries?
Knowing the best prices for foods and stocking up on pantry staples when they are on sale.
What is your best tip to becoming a successful blogger?
Longevity and consistency. Putting up a post several times per week and doing that for 3 years has been the #1 reason I have as many readers as I do.
Thank you so much Amy!! If you want to read more from Amy, here is where you can find her: