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The Delicious Salsa That’ll Get More Veggies in Your Kids’ Diets

Grab the kids and head to the kitchen for this festively fun fix.  It’s a great way to serve up veggies as a snack that the kids will love.  Studies prove that the more kids become involved in the recipe-making process, the more they are willing to taste test, which can lead to discovering healthier…

How Being Grateful May Help You Eat Less This Thanksgiving

Maybe you’ve tried to cut back on calories around Thanksgiving only to experience the what-the-heck effect when round two on dessert is offered. (That pretty much means you’re human, by the way.) Or perhaps you made that healthy side dish for your family but ended up heaping a few extra servings of mom’s incredible stuffing…

How a Healthy Diet Can Boost Early Reading Skills

I remember when my daughter was three years old, I was so proud of how she could read the entire Are You My Mother? book by P. D. Eastman by herself!  That wasn’t solely the result of my determination to ensure she was exposed to reading at an early age so she’d love learning; turns…

Cranberry Apple Muffins

INGREDIENTS  For the dough: · 3 Tbsp apple juice · 1/2 cup dried cranberries · 3/4 cup butter · 2 eggs (M) · 3/4 cup yogurt · 1/2 cup sugar · 1 packet of vanilla sugar · 1 cup flour · 2 tsp baking powder · 2 small apples · 2 Tbsp walnuts · 1…

The FODMAP Diet: What You Need to Know

Being dietitians, many of our friends and family members confide in us with their gastrointestinal (GI) problems. The more we hear about these GI problems, the more we have researched a FODMAP diet. FODMAP is an acronym that stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharaides and polyols. If you’re following a FODMAP diet, you try to…

Healthy, Homemade Soup in Three Steps

Now that it’s fall and the days are getting shorter and the air is getting colder, it’s the season for soup! Check out our new DIY Soup infographic that shows you how to create a signature vegetable soup recipe that will surely become a family favorite!  You easily determine the flavor output by what you put…

The Case for an Earlier Bedtime

With Daylight Savings Time ending last weekend, you might be struggling to get your child’s biological clock sorted out, not to mention that the whole family’s sleep, energy—and mood—could be a bit “off” this week. Regardless of the time change, parents know all too well the struggle that is getting their children to bed early,…

Here’s How Food Advertising Changes Kids’ Brains

Pretty much every parent can relate to their kid requesting French fries, milkshakes, and fried chicken nuggets from fast food restaurants at some time or another in their young lives. The question is, do we blame the kids themselves for what they think they’re craving, or are there other factors at play? A recent study…

How to Become a Morning Exerciser

So you’re not a morning person; you’ve tried on several occasions to get up bright and early for a sunrise sweat “sesh” but, before you know it, you’ve spent all that time hitting the snooze button! We’ve all been there at some point. With a few simple changes to your lifestyle, you can reach that…

Why I Chose to Become Vegan

Becoming vegan was never part of my plan. I loved cheese, and chicken was my favorite food… how could I give that up? Over the summer of 2015, I babysat a young girl whose whole family was vegan. She would always show me vegan snacks and foods and we would try them together. To my…