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Back to School: Get Your Vitamin C with this Recipe

It’s back to school season.  That means new schedules, new school supplies, new friends and plenty of new germs – new germs that are happy to come home to the whole family.  Fight back with food!  A diet packed with immunity-boosting foods rich in vitamin C can help keep everyone going strong all year.  We all know that oranges can deliver vitamin C, but it may be time to consider even more powerful foods like bell peppers, pineapple and broccoli at every meal.

Celebrating 4 Years of Kids LiveWell

How time flies! To celebrate those 4 delicious years of healthier kids’ meals, Healthy Dining partner Kids LiveWell organized a not-to-be-missed Twitter party. Parents, restaurants, health professionals, chefs, bloggers, and more took to phones and computers to talk food and it couldn’t have been more fun.
Here are just some of our favorite highlights from the #4YrsofKidsLiveWell Twitter party:

There’s no doubt that everyone who attended this epic more...

Confessions of a Failed Foodie: How to Survive the Back To School Mom Guilt

Healthy Dining partner The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), formed in 2009, is a first-of-its–kind coalition that brings together 300 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and professional sports organizations aimed at doing their part to help families and schools reduce obesity, especially childhood obesity. Together Counts, the more...

Nutrition Mentors Help Kids Build Healthy Habits

Research indicates that many healthy eating habits are developed at an early age, from choosing healthful ingredients such as lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables to tuning into hunger cues to avoid overeating and even opting for the best choices at restaurants, such as the Kids LiveWell menu choices featured on HealthyDiningFinder.  As with anything else kids learn more...

2 Videos That Make Healthy Eating Cool!

It’s not always easy to entice kids to eat healthy.  As important as it is to growing bodies, it’s often just one more thing parents are telling their kids to do during the day:
  • Make your bed.
  • Pick up your toys.
  • Eat your broccoli.
  • Wa, Wa-Wa, Wa, Wa
If your kids have started tuning out the “good food for healthy bodies” message, it may be time for back up.  The Katz kids are here to help more...

Eight Easy-To-Implement Tips to Eat Right

Article by Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE

  1. Let fruits and vegetables reign in your house! Keep them washed, peeled, cut and available in plain sight such as the front of the fridge, on kitchen countertops, on the dining table, etc. Keep chips and pretzels out of sight. Better yet – limit purchasing more...

School Rewards Program – A Mouthwatering Kick-Off

The Healthy Dining School Rewards Program, an innovative partnership involving local restaurants designed to raise funds for school fitness and wellness programs at Poway elementary schools, has launched. Are you ready to EAT. SCAN. PLAY? The groundbreaking EAT. SCAN. PLAY. concept, whose development is funded by the National Institutes of Health, was unveiled at a red carpet celebration and tasting event more...

Calling All Nutrition Detectives!

By Catherine Katz, PhD

When it comes to kids, I know a thing or 2...or 5! My husband and I have 5 wonderful ones of our own: Rebecca, Corinda, Valerie, Natalia and Gabe, now ranging in age between 15 and 25. He, Dr. David Katz, is a world renowned nutrition and public health expert, and I have gone from being a full time neuroscientist to a full time stay-at-home mom.  Together, we have more...

Swimming Taco- Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge Winner

From UW Health

Granted, not all kids are fans of fish, but one way to get kids to eat fish is to serve it in tortillas.  A warm whole wheat or corn tortilla loaded with seasoned and grilled mild fish is then topped with diced mango, fresh cabbage and a hint of lime and cilantro – sure to be a hit with kids.  Round out the meal by serving with fresh grapes on the side and a frozen banana avocado smoothie, and you’ll have a winning lunch or dinner.


Upcoming Webinar – Eating for Health and Cancer Prevention

In the upcoming webinar from American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), you will learn (a) how diet can affect not only your health but that of generations to come and (b) how foods like green, leafy vegetables can improve health.  You’ll also find out how parental eating habits influence children's eating habits for life, how to motivate yourself to eat better, and the steps you can take to raise a healthy family while lowering cancer risks.  more...

Do-Re-For-Me Sandwich- Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge Winner

Whole grain bread is paired with sweet strawberry jam and protein-rich sunflower seed butter for a reinvented classic your kids will sing for.

Serves 1

From Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School

  • 2 slices organic multigrain oat bread
  • 1 Tbs. organic strawberry more...

How Restaurants Are Reinventing Kids’ Menus

If you’ve been to a restaurant recently, you may have noticed that restaurant kids’ menus are changing for the better.  As parents’ priorities turn more towards the health of their families, and requests for healthy menu choices that fit into a busy lifestyle increase, more and more restaurants are making changes big and small to keep up with the demand.

Whether it’s a simple ingredient swap or an entirely new dish on the kids’ menu, here are ten more...

Dining Out with Kids and Healthy Eating Can Go Hand in Hand

The Kids LiveWell Program is getting kudos once again for how it helps busy families on-the-go find the best choices at restaurants. recently featured an overview of the Kids LiveWell Program, including how it’s expanded since more...

Kids Quesa WOW Dilla - Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge Winner

From Sysco Hampton Roads

  • 2½ ounces broccoli florets, sliced ¼-inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon part-skim mozzarella
  • 2 ounces chunky mild salsa
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cooked corn
  • 2 ounces cooked, sliced chicken breast
  • 2 ounces sliced bell peppers
  • 6-inch whole-wheat tortilla

  1. Spray pan more...

Cancer Prevention Starts with KIDS

Courtesy of AICR and Melissa Halas-Liang

When we hear the terms “high cholesterol,” “high blood pressure,” and “heart disease,” we often imagine older adults, not children! But with today’s technology, we have the power to spot the early signs of heart disease before any symptoms manifest, and the results are shocking.

By measuring more...

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