Shredded Chicken Breast Prep

Shredded Chicken Breast Prep

Are you a meal prepper? (You will see this question again!) Sometimes I am, sometimes I’m not. When Justin takes to the grill on Fridays, he cooks up enough meat for a few meals. Usually a pork loin and some chicken, occasionally steak. We tend to cook a lot of food one or two days each week. Throughout the week, one of us will warm up whatever food is to be eaten that night. It makes dinners quick on the…

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Shopping with WIC

Shopping with WIC

WIC is a wonderful program for lower income families with children under 5 and/or for pregnant women. Have you ever used WIC? Did you think it was helpful? WIC stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs for Women, Infants, and Children. Families must have an income of 180% of the federal poverty level or below. It is intended to benefit pregnant women during the pregnancy and for the following 6 weeks if she chooses not to breastfeed. Women who do…

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How this RD Shops for Groceries

How this RD Shops for Groceries

How often do you go grocery shopping? I like to go once a week or less. Shopping for long periods of time is how I learned as a child, because we lived in the country. BUT I still do it that way as an adult because it’s easier to stick to a budget and to a healthy eating plan. I start my shopping by looking in the pantry and freezer. I check to see what meats, veggies, starches, and breakfast…

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Our Path to Foster Parenting

Our Path to Foster Parenting

Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent? We didn’t. That wasn’t something that we planned. Justin and I always wanted to adopt children. We specifically wanted to adopt older kids, not infants, although for the initial discussion those older kids were 3 and 4. We decided to go for it in Dec of 2015. To adopt older children domestically (in the US) you go through the foster care system. So we put in our inquiry in January of…

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Getting Ready to Lose It

Getting Ready to Lose It

Are you comfortable with your current weight? Do you wish that you weighed more or less? Either way is ok. I have been uncomfortable with my weight for a while now. It hasn’t been in a healthy category in a long time, basically since I started working a desk job. I spent a lot of years waiting tables, tending a buffet, etc. I was doing work that kept me on my feet, walking, standing, and very little sitting. During that…

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Rainbow Cupcakes

Rainbow Cupcakes

Do you bake or buy your birthday fare? Do you like to decorate, or leave it pretty plain? It was birthday frenzy time in our house recently. I knew ahead of time that one of my newest foster babies had a birthday coming (curious about how we got into fostering? That’s next up). Luckily she was coming from a home with foster parents I knew and they had a party planned. It was too late for any of our people…

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Registered Dietitian

Registered Dietitian

How do you feel about nutrition? Are you confused or confident? Are you a dieter? Do you try to make healthy choices all of the time, some of the time, or never? It’s kind of a crazy and confusing thing with lots of conflicting information for people. I’m a registered dietitian and I sometimes feel confused with all of the different studies and thoughts. Becoming a registered dietitian takes a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition from a CADE accredited college, then…

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Welcome to Eat Drink Be Family!

Welcome to Eat Drink Be Family!

My name is Kaila Parker. I am a wife, a foster mom, a dietitian, a car seat tech, and so much more. I am in the process of minimizing my(our) “things” so I(we) can maximize life. We want our lives to be about our experiences, as a couple, as a family, as individuals, and as part of a greater community of people. I am here to share my nutrition knowledge and my life, how I feed my family on the…

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