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Fresh and Fruity: 5 Healthy Summer Treats

By Kristen Castillo

Chilling out on a hot summer day with a cool treat can be healthy. Simply focus on treats made with fruits to keep you refreshed, satisfied and guilt-free and the kids happy. These five easy-to-make dessert recipes can satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

Cran Apple Yogurt Pops
Whip up these pretty pops with the kids! This more...

Memorial Day Food and Activities for the Family

Started informally to remember fallen soldiers of the Civil War, Memorial Day wasn’t officially recognized as a holiday until 1971.  The exact origins have long been debated, but there is no doubt that the holiday was quickly embraced by the American public to honor service members killed in war.

Healthier Memorial Day Food
Over the years, Memorial Day has more...

Spring into Action this April

Incorprate these three fruits and vegetables into your meal plans this month to continue leading a healthy and active lifestyle!
  1. Spring is the prime time for incorporating strawberries into your routine. Strawberries make a delicious and healthy addition to everything from your breakfast cereal to a spinach salad.    
  2. Nothing brightens up a dish like corn. Corn is a healthy and tasty vegetable to eat alone or serve in a corn salsa for a snack.
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Eating Better from the Kids’ Menu

By Vanessa Lynsky, MPH
Senior Project Manager, Restaurant Initiative
Child Obesity180

Filling up on adult-size meal combinations, sugary fountain drinks, and rich side dishes can lead kids to consume excess calories, fat, and added sugars. But now it’s easier than ever to avoid these pitfalls and choose more healthful options – if you know where to look.
 
Experts agree that a kid’s meal at a restaurant should more...

Bringin’ Back the Yum

By Anita Jones-Mueller
December 8, 2016

It’s not just kids, either. So many people have suffered through a plate of mushy broccoli or a dry chicken breast or flavorless brown rice that may have needed just a little culinary love to become utterly craveable. 

It’s time to bring back the yum without sacrificing the nutrition. 

Restaurants are always a great resource for ideas to add flavor to foods as well as tasty combinations more...

10 Kid-Approved Choices

By Sara Lucero

What would you add to the list for other busy parents to try with their kids at home?
  1. Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup – Easy and made with lean protein and whole grains.  Toss everything in the crock pot and go.  Be sure to add any other veggies your kids enjoy to help round it out and clean out the fridge.
  2. Kid's Turkey more...

5 Ways to Keep Calm and Carry on this Holiday Season

Halloween has come and gone, and those pumpkins are being replaced with copious amounts of cornucopia. As it begins to cool down outside, it can feel like the Turkey Trot will never end. While this season is busy, it is also one of the most enjoyable times of the year. Don’t forget to take a breather from the holiday fun and exhaustion to enjoy time with your family.
 
In the spirit of the season, we offer 5 tips to keep building healthy and fun habits as a family this more...

How to Teach Kids Healthy Habits

By Sara Lucero

If you’re like many of us parents out there, sometimes you wish there were a manual outlining how to best raise your kids.  OK, most of the time a manual would be nice.  When it comes to teaching your kids healthy habits, there may not be a manual, but there are some tried and true recommendations that can help you set your children up for success.  The added bonus is that they usually help the whole family live a healthier more...

6 Scary Good Meals for the Family

By Sara Lucero

Whatever Halloween recipes you choose, make sure they focus on fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains.  While this is a smart way to make the best choices throughout the year, it’s especially important now when so many less nutritious choices like candy and cookies are up for grabs. Check out our Pinterest boards for some ideas.

Do make the healthy choice the easy more...

Kids and a Vegetarian Diet

By Sara Lucero

That’s not always easy, whether your child is vegetarian or not, but with the right information and tips, it can be an opportunity for the whole family to explore some new meatless choices.
 
The first step is to get familiar with the different types of vegetarian diets and determine which one your child is choosing to follow.  The most common vegetarian diets include:

Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

Close your eyes and picture your favorite meal or snack. Picture someone offering to make it for you and how happy that makes you feel. Now, picture yourself enjoying it. Chances are there’s at least one component that is “better for you,” like a seasonal fruit or vegetable. And chances are there’s also one component that’s a little decadent. That’s a great canvas for balanced eating over time, something that the Together Counts™ program for healthy more...

Tips for Eating Healthy During your Next Vacation


Adventures in healthy eating: learn to travel lightly
Tips for eating healthy during your next vacation
 
by Heather Stefan, RD
Courtesy of Work It Mom


The key to make your vacation a nutrition success is to find a balance between simple indulgences, large portions and high-fat food options.


1. Family road trip: Leave on a full tank. Whether you more...

7 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits & Vegetables

Courtesy of Together Counts
 
If you’re like most Americans, you’re not eating enough fruits and vegetables. In fact, fewer than 15% of individuals meet the daily intake recommendations for fruit, and fewer than 90% meet the recommendation for vegetable consumption, according to Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory more...

8 Recipes to Sneak in More Fruits and Veggies

Adding more fruits and veggies to your family’s diet isn’t always the easiest goal to accomplishment, but this time of year may give you an advantage!  As the weather warms and the variety of fruits and vegetables available at the market expands, encouraging kids and spouses to add an extra serving here and there becomes a much less daunting task.  To make it effortless:
  • Get everyone involved in selecting fruits and vegetables for the week.
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Family-Friendly Mediterranean-Inspired Recipes

Chicken, spaghetti, soup and sandwiches – whatever your family’s go-to dinners are, it’s easy to fall into a weeknight meal rut. If it’s time to spice up the weeknight routine with some easy, new recipes that everyone at the table can happily dig into, Catherine Katz at Cuisinicity has you covered!  Whatever you’re in the mood for, Catherine has a family-friendly, kid-approved recipe for you to try.
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