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Meet Kayla from @thefamilyfoodproject

What inspired/prompted you to start @thefamilyfoodproject?

When I began introducing solids to my first born daughter, I took that opportunity very seriously. I wanted to make sure I exposed her to a variety of tastes, textures and nutrients to provide her with a solid foundation for healthy eating habits. I decided to share our journey on Instagram to connect with other like-minded parents, to give and receive inspiration and document our meals. My page has become a place for me to store recipes and has given me a new creative outlet that I didn’t know I needed.

What is something you have learned from another #foodiemom and applied to your own cooking/meal strategy/etc.?

I have learned so many things from being part of the foodie mama community on Instagram. A few things that stand out to me are learning about and switching to high quality spices (example: from Cassia cinnamon to Ceylon cinnamon) and learning many ways to use fruit as a natural sweetener in recipes. I have also learned that all parents are striving for balance in most every aspect of parenting and no matter what we have for dinner, we are all trying our best.

What is a food or nutrition related goal that you have for 2018 for yourself or your family?

In 2018 I hope to streamline our meals and spend more time prepping food in advance. I would like to make better use of my time so that when it’s time to make dinner I am able to relax and play with the kids more. We will continue to make plant-based foods the center of our diet and limit processed and packaged foods. I hope to raise two confident women with healthy minds and bodies who will know how to cook for themselves and their own families one day. My goal every year will be to instill those qualities.

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