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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:

It's Not Too Late! Dine Out for No Kid Hungry

By Sara Lucero

It’s that time of year again, Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, and you still have time to participate in the most delicious way! During the month of September, restaurants across the country address childhood hunger with various promotions throughout the month, including donations, coupons, and single day promotions as well as specific marketing content provided from No Kid Hungry campaigns. According to Dine Out for more...

And Just Like That...It's Back to School!

As members of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), we encourage healthy activities like those you’ll find as part of their free Together Counts™ program. Learning how to make healthy decisions which lead to healthy habits is what the program aims to teach children in grades pre-K through 5.
Healthy Dining is proud to support every family’s health with dietitian-recommended Healthy Dining and more...

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 more...

Kids LiveWell Celebrates 5 Years of Healthier Choices

Happy Birthday to Kids LiveWell!  This first-of-its-kind initiative is celebrating five years of helping kids eat healthier at restaurants.  We at Healthy Dining are proud to work with the National Restaurant Association on such an important program helping American families eat well away from home.
Kids LiveWell was big news for busy parents   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.
  • more...

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.

11 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids

Courtesy of Together Counts and SPARK

Here is a handful of kid-friendly lunch recipes featuring tons of healthy and tasty ingredients that are easy to prepare and pack away for the final days of the school year and all summer long:

  1. Chicken Noodle Soup: You can make soup on more...

The Secret Ingredient

That’s right.  According to Catherine Katz of Cuisinicity, this simple little ingredient is the secret to better nutrition and better taste without the fuss that some “healthy foods” can cause for pickier eaters.  Catherine has perfected the art of creating good-for-you foods that are just plain good, and often those include secret ingredients like lentils (usually more...

Sunny Side Up, Please

Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Memorial Day are all happening in the next few weeks, but I bet you didn’t know that May is also National Egg Month. That’s right, it’s the time to celebrate one of our favorite breakfast foods. But, how much do your kids know about eggs and where the rest of their food comes from? 
As a partner of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), we encourage busy families to check out more...

Smoothies for Kids: How to Make a Tasty Kale Smoothie Your Kids Will Love

This smoothie for kids is a quick and easy way to add some extra nutrition into their diet without the meal-time battle.  With dark leafy greens and plenty of sweet fruit to make it a treat, everyone should be happy with this choice.  Get kids involved in preparing the ingredients too, at least the kids that don't mind seeing all the ingredients going into their smoothie!  Whip this up for a tasty breakfast, afterschool snack or even a healthy dessert more...

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...

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