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Heart Healthy from the Start

By Sara Lucero

When it comes to kids, heart health is rarely the topic of conversation. We hear about childhood obesity, rising rates of diabetes and even cancer, but teaching kids to be heart healthy from the start doesn’t often make the splashy headlines.

As with anything else, teaching kids heart healthy habits from the beginning can help prevent more...

Don’t Do This if You Want Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies!



Instead of inspiring your preschooler to eat up all that nutritious food, telling her how healthy it is could lead to some pretty serious consequences, including:

  • Tantrums
  • Making faces
  • Vegetable-filled napkins
  • Overfed dogs
  • Etc.

You see where I’m going with this – in most cases it just means more stress for everyone more...

6 Tips to Sidestep Sodium

Courtesy of Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE of SuperKidsNutrition

Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE, is a registered dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator® with a masters in nutrition education. She is founder of SuperKids Nutrition Inc., where she is “saving the world, one healthy food at a time.” Read more about her more...

Tips to Make Healthy Eating a Family Affair


Healthy eating is a family affair
Tips to get your family with the healthy program
 
by Beth Ann Bentley        
 
You don’t want to set your nutrition standards so high each day that you never attain them. Kids need to know that even a sugary treat or a high-fat food item is OK in moderation.
 
In general, focus on high-quality more...

Kid-Friendly Cooking with Healthy Herbs

Kid-friendly cooking, like kid-friendly dining, can be like walking a tight rope for families.  Kid-friendly cooking must combine the flavors, textures and ingredients that young palates can enjoy with the nutrition and flavors that adults in the family can appreciate.  Many a healthy dinner has been the setting for family food battles.  We don’t promise to end those altogether, but we can help. 

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5 Ideas for Keeping Balanced New Year’s Resolutions as a Family

Courtesy of Together Counts

With the start of 2019 upon us, it’s common for many people to set New Year’s Resolutions around living healthier and more balanced lives, following in-line with what Together CountsTM encourages for families all year long. Whether it more...

5 Must Have Foods for Nutrition


Fish – This guy can keep hearts and brains going strong with plenty of omega 3 fatty acids.  Try varieties like Mahi Mahi, Trout, Salmon and Tilapia in everything from baked and broiled entrées to tacos, and pastas, to fresh appetizers at restaurants.

Grains – Have you gotten to know this hearty and down to earth food in your family? With a wealth of B vitamins, iron and more...

Super Simple Smoothie Recipe for a Healthy Breakfast


We all know how important it is to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning, just as important as a healthy lunch or healthy dinner.  Unfortunately, mornings can be hectic, especially when kids are part of the equation, which means a healthy breakfast can be the first to go.  This simple smoothie recipe from Work It Mom can help with wholesome ingredients that provide calcium, protein, vitamin C, potassium, fiber and more!  Have the healthy ingredients on hand to quickly more...

6 Creative Meat Alternatives for Children

Parents of young children know that strong food likes and dislikes can sometimes be tough to get through with everyone’s sanity intact, especially when you’re concerned about the nutrition your child is getting.  If your child has not developed a liking for or has chosen to say no to meat, whether at home or dining out at restaurants, it may be time to think outside the box to ensure your child is getting the nutrition they need with foods they can enjoy more...

Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids

Giving kids the opportunity to learn these healthy eating habits from an early age can help give them an understanding of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and a better appreciation of food itself.

Helping kids learn healthy habits to thrive can be as easy as regularly using prompts like these from Together Counts in conversation:

  1. Be adventurous – Don&rsquo more...

How to Make a Healthy Breakfast


Some mornings, a healthy breakfast can seem like a tall order for a busy family.  With teeth to brush, shoes to find, bags to pack and lunches to grab, a healthy breakfast can get lost in the shuffle or replaced with not-so-healthy options.  According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, breakfast isn’t just a nice part of the routine; it can impact your family’s whole day more...

Five Fun Tips for Falling into Healthy Habits

Courtesy of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Together Counts
 
What says October to you? Changing leaves? Friday night football? Welcoming (or groaning about) the Christmas decorations that have suddenly popped up in all the stores?
 
By now, families with kids Pre-K through 5 are well into their busy fall routines— juggling weeknight meals with homework and sports schedules—then before you know it, BAM! The holidays arrive and we go more...

7 Healthy Halloween Dinner Choices

Consider these quick and easy dinner choices that are good for you and your family any night of the week. These picks work well for a rushed Halloween or in the days following, when you’re recovering from the first of the busy holidays. Each Healthy Dining and Kids LiveWell choice includes some of our favorite high-quality ingredients that can help boost energy without the sugar crash, calm the kids’ crankiness, and keep extra weight off… because we all know those are the more...

5 Healthy Foods Even Your Kids Will Love

If you’re still struggling to find healthy food your children will love, this list provides five fantastic options that you can make yourself or order in restaurants.

1. Frozen Fruit

Ice cream is a favorite with kids. For a healthy alternative, frozen fruit is just as sweet and refreshing! You can blend it more...

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