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Celebrate Family-Friendly Pulses

In our opinion, they are tasty and extremely versatile little ingredients that can add a wealth of nutrition to everything from soups to salads, entrées to desserts.  They are budget-friendly and kid-friendly. It also turns out that there are hundreds of varieties of pulses grown around the world, and while they may not be the most high profile ingredient (yet!), they have a very long history.  In fact, according to evidence, they first showed up 11,000 years ago in the Middle more...

FoodLeap App Makes Healthy Eating Fun

"Technology is an effective way to bridge the gap between parents and kids, to educate while entertaining them. Games and cartoon characters are fun and get kids' attention – so combining what kids like with healthy food themes creates an opportunity to educate kids in an engaging way," said Melissa Halas-Liang, founder of SuperKids Nutrition. "FoodLeap is a game that is meant to create a dialogue between parents and their kids about how healthy foods taste and how they more...

Stealth Mom Tips and Recipes to Get Kids to Eat Healthy

We think it’s safe to say that when it comes to healthy eating, almost every parent out there has faced some resistance from their kids.  Moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers have begged, bribed, tricked and flat out TOLD kids to eat healthier foods like vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

It’s no easy task!  Quite frankly, it would be easier to let them feast on junk food, but no one ever said parenting was easy.  The more...

Quick Cure for Cabin Fever

The mid-Atlantic was hit with record snow in January, testing the limits of any parent’s ability to keep it together during snow days. What begins as cozy, family time can quickly unravel into sibling battles, endless loads of laundry from the extra layers required for sledding and around the clock cooking and cleaning up.

Snowstorms aside, winter is a trying time to manage healthy habits for everyone, as the abundance of comfort foods and challenging weather can impede more...

3 Ideas for an Easy Valentine's Day with the Family

Valentine’s Day and restaurants seem to go hand-in-hand. The idea of sharing a meal out with that special someone has long been a favorite way to spend this love-filled holiday. That doesn’t mean you can’t start some new traditions, especially when you have kids. Get creative and celebrate a healthy Valentine’s Day with food, fun and those special people in your life. Ideas like these can help you get started:
  • Eat Out Without the Crowd more...

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 health issues more...

The Importance of Family Meals – How to Cook with Kids

The Importance of Family Meals 

We hear again and again the profound impact sharing family meals can make to kids’ health and well-being.  Breakfast, lunch or dinner, at home or dining out, family meals teach valuable skills, boost confidence and more!  Participating Kids LiveWell and Healthy Dining restaurants 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...

Announcing SchooLicious!℠ Healthy Dining Unveils Cutting- Edge Technology in its New App

By Kristen Castillo

Healthy Dining, creators of, is unveiling its groundbreaking new SchooLicious! ℠ smartphone app, which uses cutting-edge beacon technology. This technology enables parents and community residents to easily find participating restaurants and their Healthy Dining- and Kids LiveWell-approved menu choices as well as provides the tracking of the restaurant visits more...

Healthier Dessert Recipe: Crème au Chocolat Cups from Cuisinicity

If you’re dreaming of chocolate this holiday season, we have just the dessert recipe for you. Crème au Chocolat cups. Not only is this a vegan recipe, it’s also a great example of a healthy dessert recipe that can help you stay on track without giving up your chocolate! This recipe from Cuisinicity takes a classic chocolate lover’s recipe, rich with fat and calories, and reinvents it without giving up more...

Save Your Sanity During the Holidays with Healthy Dining and Kids LiveWell Restaurants

The countdown to Christmas is on, and last minute Christmas shopping, holiday events and the craziness of school vacations may be driving your stress levels up. Save your sanity and leave the work to someone else this week with dietitian-recommended menu choices for you and your family at restaurants.

Leave the planning, cooking and cleaning to someone else while you focus on the good stuff like getting into the holiday spirit. Whether it’s just you and a friend or your more...

Healthy Family Habits for the Holidays

By Together Counts

If you’re like most people, this time of year doesn’t exactly inspire extra workouts and light meals. And when January rolls around, you’re motivated to get moving again in an effort to trim that bit of holiday “cheer” you accumulated during the season.

Instead of indulging now—with high hopes of rightsizing your portions and your waistband in the New Year—try to end 2015 with a healthy start and a few new more...

5 Ideas to Get Kids to Eat Healthy

Are kids your toughest mealtime critics?  Getting kids to eat healthy without a battle is often a top priority for parents.  When eating out, look for healthier kids’ menu choices like grilled chicken strips and shrimp, sweet sides of fruit, dipping veggies and low-fat milk and yogurt.  Kids LiveWell menu choices can help take the guesswork out of making the best choice.

At home, try these ideas from more...

Framing Fall Fun

By Together Counts
The back to school shockwave is over, and your family is probably beginning to settle in to the rhythm of the new season. So what are you going to do this weekend as a family? Plan now for some fun, outdoor activities that combine the best of the season with some family togetherness.  
We encourage busy families to check out the Together Counts™ program. There are more...

Video: How This Mom Makes Healthy Kid-Friendly Meals

There is no question that feeding kids can be tough! There’s no one-size-fits-all “how-to” manual to do it, and balancing the right foods, the right textures and the right flavors in a way that works for your family can be an adventure in trial and error.

Cuisinicity’s Catherine Katz, PhD, could be considered an expert when it comes to finding the family food balance, thanks to raising 5 healthy kids (not more...

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