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6 Simple Tips to Start the School Year Mindfully

Cereal on the floor. Bad news on the TV. Stains on your son’s favorite shirt, so naturally, a screaming match ensues. Any parent knows it’s all too easy to start a new school year on the wrong foot. The good news? It’s equally as easy to create a sense of calm amid the chaos. It…

The Calories Lurking in Your Kid’s Lunchbox

775. That’s how many calories are in the average child’s lunchbox, according to research from nutritional app, ShopWell. Shocked? Us, too! Their research says those nearly 800 calories are made up of 32 grams of fat, 47 grams of sugar and 112 grams of carbohydrates. Yikes! In 1980, just 7% of American children were considered…

What You Should Know About Sugar in Your Child’s Diet

Do you know how much added sugar is in your child’s diet? According to a recent statement from the American Heart Association, children should eat less than 25 grams of added sugar daily (about 100 calories’ worth). That means six teaspoons of added sugars consumed via food or beverages is the upper limit, according to…

How to Handle Kids’ Food Allergies at Parties

The organization My Kid’s Food Allergies just launched a report to help you and your children navigate the Labor Day celebrations the healthiest and safest way possible. My Kid’s Food Allergies’ mission is to protect children with food allergies through education, resources and professional connections. They provide families with everything they need to live and…

Is There Such Thing as “Super Foods?”

You don’t have to be a health nut to be acquainted with the term super food. From blueberries to broccoli, from kale to chia seeds, many foods have been crowned the super food title in the past decade by nutritionists, bloggers, doctors and anyone calling themselves a health expert. The term super food has become…

Take the Pledge to “Power Your Lunchbox”

Produce for Kids is kicking off the third year of their amazingly successful Power Your Lunchbox Program to moms and dads across the nation who are committed to providing healthier lunches for their kids this school year. It’s so easy, a 5th grader could do it in their sleep! Just go to and click on…

Simple Tips for Staying Healthy on Your Beach Vacation

If you’re like me, then the last thing you want to think about on a beach vacation is exercise and diet. After all, we go on vacation to escape our daily routines and to break the rules, right? However, nothing is more frustrating than coming home with an extra ten pounds from a week of…

What does the new GMO labeling law mean to you?

President Obama has signed into law a bill that will require food companies to label the use of genetically modified ingredients, commonly known as genetically modified organisms or GMOs, in their products. This law received bi-partisan support and sailed through Congress quickly. However, don’t expect to see any GMO labeled packaging in your local stores…

How to Build Your Own Healthy Salad

If you’ve ever struggled to decide what to put in your salad, you’re not alone. While some people argue that salads are little more than “rabbit food”, many nutritional professionals recommend adding in healthy toppings to ensure that your salads are packed with as many proteins, vitamins and minerals as possible. To build a healthy…

How to Plan An Active Getaway with Friends

“I don’t need a vacation,” said nobody ever. But, if you’re an energetic type, lounging on a beach all day or spending too much time at the spa might be a little too slow-paced for your vacation style. Instead, you may want to research some trips that involve a little adventure and exploring as a…