Let’s face it, some nights there’s just not enough time or energy to make a balanced dinner that the whole family will enjoy. No need to worry, we’ve got you covered with seven simple ways to upgrade a family pantry staple: boxed mac & cheese! Simply start by making your favorite boxed mac & cheese, then choose your favorite variation out of the seven listed below to “upgrade” the nutrition quality and flavor. And, voila! You have a nutrient-packed and satisfying dinner the whole family can enjoy.
The fall season is upon us and you know what that means! All things pumpkin! While pumpkin can add a rich, earthy flavor to everything from lattes to brownies, it also has a lot of surprising health benefits! Each one-cup serving of pumpkin contains over 13g of dietary fiber, almost twice the daily recommended intake of vitamin A, and contains substantial amounts of tryptophan. Respectively, these components help to protect your heart, improve your vision and skin, and promote better sleep and a more stable mood.
As an adult who carries the stress of work, family, chores, and finances, it might be easy to forget that our kids are experiencing stress as well. They spend their days assimilating new information, navigating school, and developing relationships; the constant “input” can be overwhelming. Help your child handle stressful situations and develop healthy coping mechanisms by following these five simple steps.
Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt have long been glorified for their role in providing the American population with the adequate calcium and vitamin D necessary to build strong bones. While calcium and vitamin D play a key role in bone mineralization, there are many other minerals at play that often don’t get the recognition they deserve. Magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium are all minerals that promote bone growth. After the age of 18 (approximately), bone growth stops, so while these minerals, along with calcium and vitamin D, are essential for maintaining bone strength and function in adults, they are essential for proper bone development in children.
Once again summer has flown by, and it’s time to send the kids back to school! Getting back into the school routine isn’t always easy, but luckily we have a few Registered Dietitian-approved breakfast ideas that are perfect to fuel your kids’ morning and sneak in a few servings of fruits and veggies. Each recipe can be made ahead of time so you don’t have to waste those precious morning minutes preparing a well-balanced breakfast.
If you’re a parent, it’s likely that you’ve witnessed bullying at some point throughout your child’s life. It might have been something innocent like name-calling, or something more serious like physical violence. Nearly 33% of children in the United States report being bullied at school. While being the victim of bullying can be emotionally challenging and potentially traumatizing, it’s not uncommon for victims to become the bullies themselves. It’s important to help your child process their experience if they are bullied, and instill positive values to prevent the tables from turning.
Here are some simple steps you can take whether your child is the bully or the victim of bullying.
When you think of summer, you think of warm weather, beaches, bike rides, and fresh fruits and veggies. Tomatoes, cherries, zucchini, blueberries, and corn are just a few of the fresh vegetables that grow abundantly in the summer. Thanks to a few of our Registered Dietitian friends, we now have five delicious recipes to share that highlight some of our favorite summer produce. What we love most about these recipes is that they are vegetarian, and make the produce the center of the meal. These plant-based meals are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and are extremely cost-effective because they don’t require meat. Meat lovers, fear not; these recipes are so versatile that you can add any variety of meat or fish if you’d like. Which one of these recipes will you add to your summer meal rotation? Let us know in the comments below.
Journaling can be a highly effective tool for improving mental health and processing difficult emotions. Unlike what you might see in television shows or movies, journaling is more than just venting or recounting the events of the day. Journaling is a tool to help children (and adults!) hash out how the events of the their day, or their life, affect them emotionally. It allows children to express themselves without fear of judgement or repercussions, especially since mom or dad will not be reading the journal.
The terms self-confidence and self-esteem are often used interchangeably, but they actually have slightly different meanings. Self-confidence is developed out of a sense of competence. Mastering a skill like riding a bike gives a child a sense that they are capable, even if the process involves making mistakes.. Self-esteem is when a kid feels valued, accepted, and proud of his or her accomplishments. Both self-confidence and self-esteem play a big role in helping kids succeed academically, socially, and emotionally, ultimately allowing them to be better equipped for all of life’s challenges and obstacles. Here are a few simple ways you can help your child develop both self-confidence and self-esteem.