Healthy Eating

Welcome to our Healthy Eating section – the place where our community moms can find resources on how to create and maintain a life of optimal health and wellness for themselves and their families.

Healthy Eating will feature tips on health and nutrition, techniques for serving nutritious meals and snacks, and easy, kid friendly recipes. Curated by health and nutrition experts including Mommybites Co-founder and Certified Health Coach, Laura Deutsch, and Kate Motz, Founder of Integrative Wellness Advisors and Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, our experts will share resources that make it simple for busy moms to instill healthy eating habits for the whole family.

Mommybites’ Healthy Eating section is co-hosted by Integrative Wellness Advisors. This partnership does not influence the content, topics or posts made on this blog. We always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on all topics, products, and services.

Banana Pancakes (Gluten Free & Dairy Free)

Q: What’s better than homemade pancakes on a snowy day?! A: Homemade pancakes that are actually HEALTHY - yet still delicious! Not only are these pancakes amazing, but they are gluten free and dairy free, too. I kid you not. Give ‘em a try and see for yourself. You and your kids will love them! Ingredients: 2 medium ripe bananas 2 eggs 1/4 cup almond butter (can substitute peanut butter) 1/4 cup ground flaxmeal ½ tsp. vanilla extract ¼ tsp. ground ceylon... read more

4 Tips for a Healthier Halloween

For even the healthiest eaters, added sugars are an unavoidable part of Halloween celebrations. Between school parties and evening trick-or-treating, your child will inevitably indulge. Halloween treats don't have to be scary, though. There are ways to keep your children’s appetites, and health, on track this Halloween. Concentrate on healthy Halloween meals. Making sure your kids eat healthy and filling meals throughout the day will minimize their desire to gorge on candy. Protein-and... read more

Beating the Back to School Panic: The Importance of Nutrition

As the lazy, hazy days of summer wind down, many of us are consumed with school supply lists, scheduling anxiety and school lunch conundrums. Preparing for school doesn’t have to be stressful, though. Here are five helpful tips to keep you, and your family, sane during back-to-school season. Plan Ahead, Together We all know the planning and anticipation before big events can be its own kind of fun, even enhancing the joy of the big event. Include your kids in back-to-school... read more

Healthy, Kid-Friendly Smoothie

Sometimes I wonder if other people get as much pleasure as I do from seeing their children eat healthy food. There is just something so reassuring about it, knowing that vitamins and nutrients are being flooded through their growing bodies. Luckily, on these hot, summer August days, smoothies are a big hit in my home. My ‘go to’ smoothie for my kids contains almond milk, some frozen or fresh berries, and a bit of raw honey. Berries are high in fiber, potassium, and vitamins A and C.... read more

Summer Salad – Hold the Lettuce

On more than one occasion I’ve heard my pre-schooler exclaim: "I love Kale!" or "Spinach is my favorite food!" This is typically followed by a statement that she will eat salad when she is seven, or some other very arbitrary age, date or time in the future. So, while my daughter loves to help me cook with leafy greens – kale pesto is one of her favorites – the act of her actually eating the leafy greens is not exactly happening. I often make a big platter of salad for the family for... read more

Skewered Snacks and Sides

Sometime last year, my preschooler went through a toothpick phase. We didn’t need a fork or spoon - a toothpick was our preferred utensil. I was happy to accommodate the request so long as she remained willing to spear blueberries, cantaloupe, strawberries and even peas at mealtime. I was reminded again recently that skewers are a playful way (minus that one sharp end!) to make simple food fun for kids. I taught a series of cooking classes for kids ages six to 10, and one day we put... read more

Laura’s ‘Go-To’ Smoothie

With July 4th behind us, we are now in full swing of summer! And nothing says summer like a cool, refreshing smoothie. Smoothies are a brilliant way to start your mornings. They are healthy (if you make them that way), filling, and scrummy! Yes, smoothies can be healthy AND delicious - I promise! The key is to have the right balance of ingredients in there. I find that spinach is the best green to include because it truly doesn't have flavor when mixed into a smoothie. Here is my... read more

Cauliflower Banana Smoothie

I never could have imagined there would be a day when I ate cauliflower for breakfast and was OK with it - let alone LOVE it! No, this cauliflower wasn't a topping on my oatmeal, nor was it a side dish to go with my morning coffee. This cauliflower was FROZEN and in my morning smoothie. And moms, let me tell you - IT WAS DELISH! For those of you who don't already know, I am obsessed with eating vegetables, and getting in as many as I can on any given day. In order to do this, I... read more