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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
Announcing SchooLicious!℠ Healthy Dining Unveils Cutting- Edge Technology in its New App
By Kristen Castillo
Healthy Dining, creators of HealthyDiningFinder.com, 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
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
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
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
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
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
Kids in the Kitchen
While restaurants can be a great option for busy families throughout the week, getting kids cooking in the kitchen is a must, too. Cooking together as a family teaches kids more than just how to make a recipe! When eating out, opt for Healthy Dining and Kids LiveWell menu choices to demonstrate the importance
Take Five and Win for Your School
September has to be the busiest month of the year for families with school-aged kids. And it isn’t just “back” to school and the same old routines. Moving up a rung on the education ladder resets every September, and so everything is hectic and new for those first few (fun?) weeks of fall. Maybe at your house, it’s the first time heading to pre-K, riding the elementary bus, or participating in an afterschool enrichment program or sports practice.