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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.

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...

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...

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...

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