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The Reality of a Pregnancy Diet

Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life. So many changes are happening: physical, emotional, financial and many more.  One of the biggest changes – for better or for worse – can be found in the diets of newly pregnant women. If you are one of the lucky ones, your pregnancy hasn’t given rise to any aversions to healthy foods, but rather to ice cream, cakes and pies.  You happily load up on lean proteins, fruits and leafy green vegetables at every more...

Try These School Lunch Ideas

It’s back to school season, and families coast to coast are preparing for the rush of a new year.  That includes trying to figure out what to make for the next umpteen weeks of school lunches… lunches that kids will actually eat.  Lunches that won’t make parents feel guilty.  It’s a thin line to walk day in and day out for an entire school year!

Healthy Dining’s dietitians are quick to stress balance when it comes to creating lifelong more...

Grab-And-Go Snacks Ideas

Courtesy of ShopWell

Planning healthy meals and healthy snacks for a family can be a true test of creativity and diplomacy.  Having several meals and plenty of healthy snacks at the ready for when hunger strikes (especially with picky eaters at the table) can tax even the most experienced parents.  The trick is not to reinvent the wheel.  Offer a variety of more...

Soak in These Last Weeks of Summer

Enjoy the final weeks before the kids go back to school with these family fun activities!
 
  1. Go to the drive-in! The summer is all about being outside in fun and different ways. Switch up your family’s movie seeing experience and go to the drive-in or community park movie showing. Most communities play wonderful family classics throughout the summer.  Get a group together and show the kids the classic movie going experience.
  2. Play in the more...

Restaurant-Style Recipes Kids Love

By Catherine Katz, PhD

Back in the days when my kids were little, there was no HealthyDiningFinder! Oh how I wish there had been! It would have been a savior on those occasions when we bravely ventured the whole bunch—5 of them, 2 of us, out to dinner!

Being married to a health and nutrition expert, I can tell you there wasn more...

Three Changes You Can Make TODAY To Get Your Kids Healthy!

People often ask me for my top 3 ideas on how to get their kids started on a road to health without implementing any massive changes that will make the whole family rebel. Here are some easy tips to get you started, whether your kids are toddlers or teens! 
  1. Instead of eliminating junk food from your family's diet, begin by adding in nutritious foods. By incorporating healthy, antioxidant rich foods, everyone will begin to feel better! Celebrate small successes, like more...

12 Tips to Keep Your Family Healthy This Summer

Summer vacation is here, and along with it, a whole new routine for families.  This new summer routine may come with a little fear (What do I do with these kids ALL SUMMER LONG?!), but with the right strategies, it can also be full of family fun and healthy summer choices that carry through into the fall.

Keep kids active, healthy and engaged all summer long with more...

Strong Bones in Kids Helps Prevent Osteoporosis

Courtesy of Together Counts
 
Children and adolescents are continually growing, which makes their skeletons increasingly vulnerable to fractures. Did you know that 30-50% of children experience a fracture by the end of their teenage years? As a partner of the Together Counts™ program for healthy, active living, we realize that nutrition and more...

Kids’ Healthy Eating Habits – How to Work with Caregivers

Chances are that if you have kids, you have some kind of child care.  Whether it’s the weekly sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa’s house to give you a much-needed break or a nanny watching your kids full time while you’re at work, it’s important that everyone be on the same page with feeding the kids right.  This consistency is a must for long-term more...

Easy Ways to Get Kids to Eat Healthy at Restaurants


They are our pride and joy.  They make us laugh and they make us cry.  They can be endless fun and cause us to pull our hair out… especially when it comes to restaurant dining.  Yes, we’re talking about the kids in our lives, and we know from personal experience that it’s not always easy to get kids to eat healthy, especially when dining out.

That’s exactly why Healthy Dining collaborated with the National Restaurant Association to more...

5 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Veggies

If you have kids in your life, you know the struggle of enticing them to eat their veggies.  The almost daily, frustrating struggle.  It’s time to set aside the bribes and begging and try some new strategies to get little ones to eat those good-for-them foods at home and at restaurants.  At restaurants, be sure to look for dietitian-recommended Kids LiveWell menu choices featuring servings of vegetables (along with fruits, lean proteins and whole grains).  At home more...

Five Fruits You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

By: Kristen Castillo 

Sample a variety of fruits in different colors, textures and tastes from sweet to tangy to sour. While you may have to buy them at specialty stores or ethnic grocers, these exotic fruits are worth the try!
 
Dragon Fruit
This very colorful fruit is native to Southeast Asia, South America, Israel and Mexico. Available year-round, dragon fruit’s exterior is bright pink and the interior is white with black more...

Recipes From SuperKidsNutrition

Recipes like these from Super Kids Nutrition can also help with healthy and budget-friendly choices everyone can get excited about:

  1. Lasagna Stuffed Peppers – With all of the decadent lasagna flavor you love plus lean protein, whole grains and loads of veggies, this recipe is sure to be a family favorite.
  2. Loaded Baked Sweet Potato Fries more...

How to Order the Healthiest Kids' Meals at Restaurants

A recent survey and study into kids’ meals and restaurants underscore how large a role kids play in deciding restaurant meals.  According to the survey:
  • Half of parents reported that children determined their own orders. Not a big surprise to parents who have negotiated and even battled with kids over menu choices.
  • more...

The Recipe for a Perfect Smoothie

This post was written by the Rebecca McConville for our partner, Shopwell. Rebecca is one of the registered dietitians for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs. You can follow her Pinterest page on "Nutritious yet Delicious (Drinks and Smoothies)," as well.  Rebecca has developed an easy-to-follow smoothie formula that can more...

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