food and what I’m feeding my kids is probably among the most asked questions I get on my blog- especially now that Brady is eating table foods and we are following a true baby led weaning method with him. truth be told, life is busy right now and I don’t foresee it letting up on the insanity anytime soon so I’ve come into the habit of finding balance in our diet in what I’m serving myself as well as Jolie, Parker, Baker, and Brady. I love to cook and my background comes from one that includes preparing meals with healthy ingredients, but sometimes macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets are what these kids want.
enter kidfresh foods. before being introduced officially to this brand, I recognized the bright green box in the frozen food aisles of Target + Kroger and always felt inclined to purchase for my girls to try. kidfresh frozen foods are created with kids’ favorite foods in mind- chicken nuggets, fish sticks, macaroni and cheese, quesadillas, and Brady’s personal favorite, chicken meatballs! these meals are made with hidden vegetables and boasts non- GMO ingredients, which I can appreciate. up until now I hadn’t found an easy frozen brand that I could keep on hand for those nights when I didn’t have time to cook.as a mama to four I feel like I’m juggling a million things as each day comes and rarely get an item marked off my to-do list without adding another task below it. it is a very regular occurrence for us to get home at 6:15pm, right in the middle of dinner time, after a full day of running errands. and my kids are hangry!
I love to have these types of easy foods for me to throw in the toaster oven or microwave to get dinner on the table in 10 minutes while putting away groceries or throwing a load of laundry in the wash. most of the time I don’t play “short order cook”, especially when I’ve made a meal for the whole family to sit down together and eat, but some nights thats not an option for us.one thing that remains consistent, whether its a quick dinner or something made from scratch, is the starch + protein + veg/fruit combo. I’ve eaten this way my entire life and it carried over into my cooking when Jordan and I were first married and now onto my kids’ plates. I’ll be honest and say that they don’t always eat their veggies- probably about 50% of the time I can get them to take just a few bites unless its broccoli + asparagus- those are our favorite and they usually ask for more! being a parent of a young babes, I know I’m not alone in mealtimes becoming a long drawn out process of persuasion in attempts to get them to eat just one more bite.
I never realized how frustrated I could be about cheese and pasta before I became a mom.as a registered dietitian, out of habit, I usually flip over the package to the food label + ingredients list. one thing that was most appealing to me about kidfresh frozen foods is that they are full of protein! most items offer 10 grams of protein or more, per serving- which is something that draws me in for a snack myself! I actually ate a few of the chicken meatballs (12 grams protein/serving) with guacamole on corn tortillas for lunch 🙂
so, you know, not just for kids!
following baby led weaning (I wrote a post HERE all about BLW!), Brady gets the benefit of eating these foods, too! he loves LOVES the chicken meatballs (can you tell our favorite around here??) along with Parker’s fav, chicken nuggets and Jolie’s favorite, the 100% pollock fish sticks. my life is so much easier now that he can and will eat anything we are eating! oh these puckered lips! he’s still learning about textures, so anything new provokes that sweet little scrunched up face! I buy kidfresh frozen foods at Target and Kroger, but have also seen them at Walmart! click HERE for a coupon for $1 off your purchase! photography by : b faith photography
January 30, 2018