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WE EAT | Kidfresh Foods

January 30, 2018
this post is sponsored by Kidfresh Foods; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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 foodsbefore 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

 

  • Reply
    Kylie
    January 31, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Thank you so, so much for bringing light to this brand! I can’t wait to pick some up for my picky eaters! xo

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    Cassidy C
    January 31, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    I’m desperately trying to get my almost 10 month old to eat what we do! The only thing I can get him to eat (consistently that is) is spaghetti or pasta with some sort of sauce. I offer him everything that we eat and he touches most of it to his tongue before quickly spitting it out/throwing it. We’ve been doing table food since around 6 months and he’s so weird about food! Some food that I know he likes, he will eat/chew until it comes time to swallow and he acts like it’s the worst thing he’s ever tasted and spits it out. He’s all about puréed food though, I wish he didn’t like it so much! I’m a first time mama, so maybe this is just how they operate? Any tips?

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      amber
      January 31, 2018 at 10:39 pm

      thats totally normal! the twins were the same way. We did purees well through 12 months! They hates all textures and it was pretty stressful to get them to eat anything. consistency is important when you are offering foods. when we finally started to incorporate foods I would start with things they enjoyed and then always added something new to their trays. more of the time they hated but we finally got into the groove after a couple months. All of my kids have been different when it comes to food- Brady is actually the first “official” easy eater for me!

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    Julie
    January 31, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    This sounds so great! I don’t cook two nights a week when I work, and I’m not on the ball enough to make meals ahead. Having something healthy as well as kid-friendly for my husband to throw in the oven sounds really great. .

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    Laci
    February 1, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    I love your food post because I know you mix healthy with practical ways to feed the kiddos! Thanks!!

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