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Grab-And-Go Snacks Ideas

Courtesy of ShopWell

Planning healthy meals and healthy snacks for a family can be a true test of creativity and diplomacy.  Having several meals and plenty of healthy snacks at the ready for when hunger strikes (especially with picky eaters at the table) can tax even the most experienced parents.  The trick is not to reinvent the wheel.  Offer a variety of more...

3 Ideas for Family Health and Fitness


Are you trying to make family health and fitness a priority?  If so, making health and fitness fun for the whole family can go a long way.  Family Health and Fitness Day, the last Saturday in September each year, is a great opportunity to jumpstart your family’s health with activities and events around the country to help celebrate.  If you aren’t able to get out to one of the day’s events or you’re more...

7 Healthy Halloween Dinner Choices

Consider these quick and easy dinner choices that are good for you and your family any night of the week. These picks work well for a rushed Halloween or in the days following, when you’re recovering from the first of the busy holidays. Each Healthy Dining and Kids LiveWell choice includes some of our favorite high-quality ingredients that can help boost energy without the sugar crash, calm the kids’ crankiness, and keep extra weight off… because we all know those are the more...

4 Healthy Ideas for Grilling with the Family

Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean grilling with the family has to end.  In many parts of the country, weather is perfect for backyard barbecues and weekday grilling with the family for weeks to come.  If you and your family plan to make the most of mild weather to spend more time cooking and eating outside, get everyone involved. 


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Kid-Friendly Cooking with Healthy Herbs

Kid-friendly cooking, like kid-friendly dining, can be like walking a tight rope for families.  Kid-friendly cooking must combine the flavors, textures and ingredients that young palates can enjoy with the nutrition and flavors that adults in the family can appreciate.  Many a healthy dinner has been the setting for family food battles.  We don’t promise to end those altogether, but we can help. 

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Healthy School Lunch Ideas from ABC's The Chew


By Rachael Derr, R.D.

The end of summer can be a bummer for kiddos.  Make back-to-school fun with cool and delicious healthy school lunch ideas like the ones from Daphne Oz!  To make all your kids’ school lunches fun, healthy and easy:

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How to Make a Healthy Breakfast


Some mornings, a healthy breakfast can seem like a tall order for a busy family.  With teeth to brush, shoes to find, bags to pack and lunches to grab, a healthy breakfast can get lost in the shuffle or replaced with not-so-healthy options.  According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, breakfast isn’t just a nice part of the routine; it can impact your family’s whole day more...

Healthy Road Trips & Dining Out


By Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE

School may be out for the summer, but healthy eating is not! A nutritious diet is always in, whether it’s fall, winter, spring, or summer! The hot season is typically associated with relaxation, sunshine, and leisurely vacations, but for some, it may also signify stress, the stress of traveling with kids. That does not mean, though, that you have to chuck those healthy eating habits out the more...

Super Simple Smoothie Recipe for a Healthy Breakfast


We all know how important it is to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning, just as important as a healthy lunch or healthy dinner.  Unfortunately, mornings can be hectic, especially when kids are part of the equation, which means a healthy breakfast can be the first to go.  This simple smoothie recipe from Work It Mom can help with wholesome ingredients that provide calcium, protein, vitamin C, potassium, fiber and more!  Have the healthy ingredients on hand to quickly more...

Kids LiveWell Celebrates 3 Years of Healthier Menu Choices


It’s been three years since the launch of the Kids LiveWell program.  First created and announced in July of 2011 by the National Restaurant Association in conjunction with Healthy Dining, this revolutionary program introduced families coast to coast to menu choices that everyone at the table could feel good about.  Kids LiveWell menu choices combine good-for-you ingredients with flavor kids love for a whole new spin on the traditional kids menu.  Year after year the more...

Games, Tips and Tools for a Healthy Summer Vacation


Have you had a chance to explore the Together Counts website yet?  Together Counts is a nationwide program devoted to helping families live active, healthy lives through the concept of “energy balance” (calories in and calories out), and the Together Counts website may be just what you need to keep the thrill of summer vacation alive. 


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It’s Summer Vacation, Now What?


  • When looking for activities and childcare, local recreation centers are a good place to start.  Many offer a wealth of classes, camps and other activities to keep kids active over summer vacation.  Day camps through your local recreation center can be a fun option for childcare.
  • Consider partnering with other parents to share childcare and keep all the kids occupied.  Coordinate to take turns hosting the kids and taking them to the park more...

Don’t Do This if You Want Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies!



Instead of inspiring your preschooler to eat up all that nutritious food, telling her how healthy it is could lead to some pretty serious consequences, including:

  • Tantrums
  • Making faces
  • Vegetable-filled napkins
  • Overfed dogs
  • Etc.

You see where I’m going with this – in most cases it just means more stress for everyone more...

How to Get Kids to Eat Their Veggies

Ask almost any parent about getting kids to eat vegetables, and you’ll probably get the same story: it’s a battle.  If you’re tired of the daily battles in the veggie war, new research may help.  According to the new findings highlighted on Fruits and Veggies More Matters, it may be as easy as pairing those unpopular veggies with foods your kids already like.  Ok, it more...

7 Kids LiveWell Meals


From on-the-run breakfasts to take-a-breather-before-practice dinners, these 7 Kids LiveWell menu choices have you and your family covered:


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