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Meet Ashley from @veggiesandvirtue

What inspired/prompted you to start @veggiesandvirtue?
Being a pediatric dietitian mom who struggled to feed my own child. I always assumed my kids would be adventurous eaters and feeding them would be fun. But after one and then later two picky eaters, I realized feeding them what and how I wanted was worlds harder than I ever imagined. It shifted everything I knew in my head as a dietitian and gave me a whole new depth of understanding and empathy towards what so many parents of picky eaters go through. I wanted to share both my struggles and my successes with fellow moms as a relatable look at how to establish a healthy feeding foundation for our families, ESPECIALLY when it isn’t easy or intuitive.

What is something you have learned from another #foodiemom and applied to your own cooking/meal strategy/etc.?
SO MANY VEGGIES. I thought I ate a pretty solid diet with plenty of fruits and veggies but so many foodie moms I follow and have gotten to know constantly inspire and challenge me to eat and to offer MORE veggies! It is awesome to see how many ways other foodie moms offer up veggies in both traditional and non-traditional ways and definitely keeps pushing my own family and me to keep aiming for more in our everyday (as I can get my girls to eat and enjoy them!)

What is a food or nutrition related goal that you have for 2018 for yourself or your family?
Similar to the above, I want to start emphasizing a more plant-based diet at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Although my aim is not to become vegan or even vegetarian, I rarely ever think to plan meatless meals. So I am eager to start experimenting and expanding my family’s meal rotations to include more plant-based options at each meal of the day. My goal is that we will eat more vegetables, make plant-based foods the star of the show at a meal, and thus find satisfaction in being fueled by sources of nutrition outside of meat.

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