About HKIE

Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange started as an informal series of emails between friends with the purpose of sharing ideas about how we, as parents, can provide a healthy lifestyle for our children.  We are now an online community which includes:

  • Monthly education (our e-newsletter) on various topics related to our children’s health
  • The Delicious and Nutritious blog (re-designed in 2012!) was formerly known as “Simple Dinners”.  This blog provides recipe ideas that go beyond dinner to include breakfast, lunch, snack and drink ideas as well.  Recipes on this blog are uniquely designed to fit the tastes of even your pickiest eater, without sacrificing solid nutrition practices. 
  • The Green and Plenty blog  presents the latest in nutrition and delicious and seasonal recipes.  The unique spin on these recipes is that they are all tested by the tastebud of a baby/toddler! 
  • The Wholesome Heart blog includes delicious recipes, time-saving tips, and nutrition tidbits that you will love.
  • Suggestions of favorite products that promote a healthy lifestyle*

Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange is proud to support non-profit Nurture, a sister organization that provides free health education and philanthropy to low-income families.  *If you purchase goods through the HKIE site, we receive a small commission from the Amazon Associate program which helps to offset the costs of our website.  100% of proceeds from the Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange site go directly to Nurture.  Thank you for your support!

About Kathryn Guylay, Founder of Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange

Kathryn Guylay is a Certified Nutritional Counselor and proud mother of two “healthy kids”, ages 9 and 11.  The kids and her husband, Jeff, are her best recipe reviewers.  Healthy eating habits, lots of fresh air and exercise have always been very important to Kathryn.  She has been interested in the field of nutrition ever since she was a child, growing up in a household run by a Biochemist (her Dad).  Kathryn became interested in educating others on issues related to children’s health while studying for her certification in nutritional counseling.  Her studies led her to big and small changes that she implemented for her own kids– improvements that were noticed by her friends (also parents of young kids).  They asked her to put her thoughts down in some informal emails, and they got forwarded on to others.  Soon the list grew and grew until it became the official Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange website.

Kathryn is a big fan of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! and is proud to participate in several areas of the initiative.  In 2012 she was awarded a grant through the Chefs Move to Schools initiative, and she also participated with daughter Elena as a winner in the 2012 Healthy Kids Lunchtime Challenge.  Kathryn has also participated as a local ambassador to her community for the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution.  Kathryn is excited about the opportunity to encourage healthy, home-cooked meals in place of unhealthy fast food.  

Kathryn is also an avid gardener and is very interested in community supported agriculture and sustainable farming methods.  Kathryn’s other passions include running, skiing, playing the piano, practicing yoga, eco-minded living, cooking and baking.

Kathryn is also the Founder and Director of Nurture, a non-profit organization which teaches healthy eating and lifestyle habits to low-income families.  For more information about Nurture, please visit www.nurtureyourfamily.org.  In 2012, Kathryn joined The Hunger Coalition of Blaine County, Idaho as an Advisory Board member.  

Currently Kathryn can be found in Ketchum, Idaho, expanding the Nurture footprint to the West.  For more information about Nurture of Idaho, please visit http://www.nurtureyourfamily.org/nurture-idaho/

About Our “Delicious and Nutritious ” Blog

Our “Delicious and Nutritious” blog sources its 2012 content from Kathryn Guylay and Julia Goodhouse.  This blog was previoulsy known as “Simple Dinners” (which included contributions from Elizabeth Thomas, who has a great column on bloggerspot called “Simple Dinners for Less”).  In 2012 we’ve expanded beyond the realm of the dinner plate.  Delicious and Nutritious recipes range from breakfast to snacks, and occassionally include a dessert –which we know is probably more delicous than it is nutrititiuos, but we all feel that people need a sweet treat here and there.  We hope you are inspired by our ideas! 

About Our “Wholesome Heart” Blog by Juliette Britton

http://www.healthykidsideas.com/wp-content/uploads/julietteb1-225x300.jpgOur “Wholesome Heart” Blog sources its content from Juliette Britton, master’s candidate in dietetics at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

What does a soon-to-be dietitian eat?  Tofu, chia seeds, and broccoli?  Ummm, sometimes, but Juliette also eats pizza, French fries, and her personal favorite, ice cream!  She loves food and believes in its ability to energize, protect, heal, and unite.  Can food really do all that?  In Juliette’s opinion, absolutely!  She has witnessed firsthand how small changes in one’s diet can significantly transform a life.  Juliette is currently studying to become a dietitian because she is on a quest to take this message to our communities and make them a little bit healthier.  Juliette is also a Wellness Consultant for Nurture.

About Our “Green and Plenty” Blog by Heather Sullivan, R.D.

Our Green and Plenty blog sources its content from Heather Sullivan, Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist working in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

Heather specializes in helping her clients incorporate holistic approaches to achieve healthy lifestyle changes.  Heather recently started consulting with local businesses to create healthier menus and use greener practices and writes Green & Plenty on blogspot, a journey about healthy living for the modern family.  Heather selects specific content from her blogspot to post on Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange.  Heather is a Board member of the North Shore non-profit Nurture whose mission is to empower family members of all ages with the tools and resources needed to prepare healthy and delicious meals.  Heather can be reached at hshealthsolutions@gmail.com.

Other Content on HKIE:

Our “Garden Tales” Blog (Feb. 2010 through Nov. 2010) documented a full season of green-thumbing with contributions from Elizabeth Matlin and Kathryn Guylay.

Julia Dunn Goodhouse


Julia Dunn Goodhouse is an avid home cook with special interests in recipe development, health and nutrition.  Most recently as a public relations professional, she managed accounts for clients in transportation, retail, local government, and commercial real estate industries.  For four years she was a volunteer and eventually a staff member for a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable agriculture and education. She also spent over five years in film and television production.  She is a graduate from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, with a degree in Communication Arts.   She is a founding board member of Nurture (www.nurtureyourfamily.org), and activiely teaches classes for Nurture adult participants.

Elizabeth Matlin

Food professional and avid gardener Elizabeth Matlin has been playing in the dirt since childhood. Thanks to a bachelor’s degree in food/nutrition and a twist of fate, she landed in cookbook publishing where she worked as an editor and executive. Today, she freelances from home in her bunny slippers editing and developing recipes, and writing about food. (Yes, she and her husband eat very well and workout a lot!) While Elizabeth has been growing herbs and flowers forever, she started planting vegetables eight years ago when she acquired a plot at Wilmette’s community garden. The merging of cook and vegetable gardener has been pure joy! Our Garden Tales Blog followed Elizabeth’s earthy, seasonal adventures in 2010 at both her community plot and backyard garden, where she continues to grow herbs, flowers and vegetables in pots. (For more on Elizabeth’s gardening story and her tips for beginning vegetable gardeners, check out the March 2009 issue of Healthy Kids Monthly Newsletter.)

Elizabeth Thomas

Elizabeth is a mother of three small children who is passionate about cooking and creating healthy, delicious meals for her family. Like most moms, she is has limited time to spend grocery shopping or in the kitchen so she is always looking for ways to simplify the process. Elizabeth writes a blog, Simple Dinners For Less (http://simpledinnersforless.blogspot.com ), where she posts dinner menus and recipes with ingredients that are on sale in the local grocery stores, and shares her tips for saving time and money while getting dinner on the table.  It is her passion that lead her to Nurture where she leads classes for young children and teens.  Elizabeth spent many priceless years in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother and she believes that every child should learn to cook for themselves. It is one of the keys to fighting childhood obesity and nothing brings a family together like food! She hopes to inspire children and adults to get in their kitchens and discover the joy of cooking.