Hi! I'm Kristi, founder of Carrots & Cookies, and I am here to help you take the 'complicated' out of feeding your family!
I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and mom of three kids, ages 6-14! Yep, I've got the age span covered!
My passion is to help you help your kids find freedom in food while minimizing stress around meal and snack time by sharing recipes that are easy, healthy, and delicious!
As parents, we often end up over-complicating things and either max ourselves out or simply give up. That's why simple and delicious is what my recipes are all about!
Unless it is medically necessary, I do not believe everyone should restrict anything, like dairy or gluten. I also do not believe that you should let weight or 'food rules' define health. I do believe we should enjoy food and explore different flavors, listen to our bodies and take good care of them!
I was born in Southern California and then moved to Arizona. I went to college in Virginia and married into Pennsylvania.
I love chocolate. I love to travel. I love to cook. And, I especially love vegetables and the challenge of preparing them so that they are enjoyed by all!
I understand the challenge of balancing work, kids, sports schedules, church activities, and more all while trying to feed my kids well.
I am a Christian and I truly believe that "the joy of the Lord is my strength", Nehemiah 8:10.
I've been working in large teaching hospitals seeing critically ill patients (both kids and adults) for 18 years now. Then, in January of 2020, I felt the called to help others in a different way. And it was about a month later that I was strongly encouraged to start a blog!
So, while I continue to work part-time in the hospital, I am now also creating and posting recipes for you to enjoy. It's so fun - I still can't believe it! Thank you for joining me on this journey!
I do believe it is essential to get adequate sleep, move your body, and eat well!
My focus with this blog is to share recipes that will appeal to tweens and teens.
When my oldest child was approaching the 'tweens', I was gifted the book, When Your Child is 6-12, written by John M. Drescher. He describes these years as being the "prime years for particular preparation for adolescence and adulthood. Here is the great age of imitation when the child wants to be so much like parents and others whom the child admires, when the child will go to almost any extent to be like those who are the child's heroes."
That's YOU! What an opportunity!
He then adds, "...while all stages of child development are significant, middle childhood is especially crucial in the development of the inner life, which prepares the child for the rest of life."
So, this is why I want my recipes to not only appeal to the teens, but also to tweens
I believe you should encourage your kids to listen to their bodies, eat when they are hungry, enjoy food, explore flavors and textures, eat fruits and vegetables, and incorporate nuts, seeds, and olive oil, as able and as tolerated.
Encourage your kids to try new foods and enjoy what they eat!
Initially I left out the nutrition information in my recipes because I do not believe Calorie content should be the focus of meals and I do believe many people misinterpret the information and obsess about certain nutrients in an unhealthy way.
However, it had been bothering me that my recipes were not providing information that some families really needed... like the carbohydrate content for kids with diabetes and protein content for youth athletes. So, now I am so happy to say that the nutrition information is now available for those who would like to view it!!
Set the example! You know your body better than anyone - own what you know and guide your kids on how to do the same!