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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’t be 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 off 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 for a more...

October is Eat Better, Eat Together Month


At Healthy Dining, we are big fans of eating together as a family. Sure, it doesn’t always happen in the reality of today’s busy world, but more and more research is pointing to the benefits of eating together most days of the week. That’s where Eat Better, Eat Together Month comes in. The goal of this campaign each October is to spread the word about the benefits of eating together.

Whether you’re at home around the kitchen table or dining out at a more...

10 Kid-Friendly Recipes


Are you struggling to get the kids in your life to eat more fruits and vegetables? Or maybe you’re just looking for more ideas to keep mealtime interesting for the whole family! Recipes like these from Fruits and Veggies More Matters can make all the difference. These recipes are fun and easy to make, and they incorporate a wide variety of delicious (and healthy) fruits and veggies. more...

What are the Best Fruits for Kids?


They can make a quick an easy snack on-the-go, a sweet side dish or a simple and healthy dessert for the whole family.  The key is to eat a wide variety of fruits as part of your diet because each fruit is unique and has a slightly different nutritional make-up. 

Fruits come in a variety of colors, and every color contains a variety of health promoting antioxidants and/or “more...

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 sprinklers 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’t 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...

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