A powerful way to interest kids in new foods and nutrition is to involve them in preparing their own healthy snacks. Transforming Hot Cocoa into an easy, no-bake “Energy Bite” raises the nutritional value of this classic treat. Making snacks at home not only builds your children’s awareness of nutrition but can help to instill healthy lifestyle habits...
If you’re a lover of outdoor activities, snow can sometimes put a wrench in the plans you had to run, walk, or bike. However, there are a number of activities you can do in the snow that are fun and active, and don’t feel at all like exercise! Plus, these activities also make great holiday gifts for the kids (or adults) in your life. Here are our top 7 picks:
The gingerbread cookie: you either love it or hate it. But, you might warm up to the idea of embracing the array of ginger-infused treats the holiday season bestows upon us if you knew about the exciting health benefits ginger holds. Plus check out our four favorite, registered dietitian approved gingerbread recipes below!
Ask any kid in America, it’s likely that one of their favorite things about Halloween are the costumes. Oh wait, did we say costumes? We meant candy. Their favorite thing about Halloween is most definitely the candy. As a parent, it’s normal to feel a little anxious about watching your kid unwrap piece after piece of the typically demonized “processed sugar”, but the truth is, you don’t have too much to worry about! In fact, the less you worry, the more likely your kids will view candy as “no big deal”. We’ve polled some of our most trustworthy registered dietitian partners to hear what they do with their kid’s Halloween candy.
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.
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.
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.
In last week’s post we talked about how you can make your fresh ingredients last up to a week longer with some simple storage techniques. If you haven’t read it yet, definitely head on over to the post to see how practicing smart-storage techniques can help save you both time and money. And, if you’re looking for another way to save money when purchasing produce, consider shopping at your local farmer’s market.