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With a master’s degree in nutrition, serving as a contributing editor for Parents Magazine for six years and writing about nutrition and health for 16 years in reputable magazines, Sally Kuzemchak admits that motherhood had many unexpected surprises and that it is not as easy as it sounds, “even if you have a bunch of initials after your name,” she says.


Sally Kuzemchak, blogger and founder of Real Mom Nutrition.

Sally Kuzemchak, blogger and founder of Real Mom Nutrition.

Working through dinner table tantrums, struggling to feed herself a healthy diet, not getting enough sleep and having less time during the day, Kuzemchak didn’t expect all this  when becoming a mother. “When I went online to get advice, I was annoyed by so many blogs that made it sound too easy,” says Kuzemchak. With this inspiring her to start her own blog, Real Mom Nutrition in February 2009, she began writing about her personal stories and experiences that are honest and humorous at the same time.


“I like to say that I started my blog to pull back the curtain and let moms know that it is not easy for anyone but that it is also an adventure that has really hilarious moments to learn from,” says Kuzemchak.


A series on surviving Dinnertime Drama can be found on Kuzemchak`s blog which was inspired by her younger son`s dinner strike at the age of three. “People like to know they’re not alone and I strive to convey that there’s no need to feel guilty or alone when it comes to feeding kids, because it can be a struggle for everyone,” explains Kuzemchak. Since handling sweets is tricky for that sweet tooth, Real Mom Nutrition gives tips on how to handle desserts and sweets. Her blog also has great suggestions for parents on how to improve snacks in the Snacktivism series.


“I also have a lot of recipes on my blog,” says Kuzemchak.


A favorite recipe Kuzemchak shares with us is an easy homemade pizza crust “the first time I made it, my older son thought it was pizza delivery” and another recipe is for peanut butter cookies that only uses four ingredients, “they contain oatmeal so even though they`re little, they`re hearty and satisfying.”


Knowing what is in the food you eat is very important. Kuzemchak says moms should be reading all food labels, looking for those artificial colors and preservatives. “The simpler, the better and if the label has three ingredients compared to another with 15, go with the item that has three ingredients.” Kuzemchak suggests that everyone should include as many whole foods to their diets as possible. “Exposure to fresh fruits and vegetables is critical for helping kids develop good eating habits as they get older.”


“Serve your kids the foods you want them to be eating for life–but be patient with them. It can take kids weeks, months, or years to try and accept new foods,” explains Kuzemchak.


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