Family Nutrition Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Graphic of popcorn, cola, popsicles, candy, potato chips, cookies with a red X over them

    7 Foods That Don’t Belong in Your Child’s Lunch Box

    They’re quick and convenient — gold for busy parents. And they’re salty, sweet or a tempting orange cheesy color — so tempting for kids. Lunch box snacks make their way into many school kids’ lunches every day, and yet these processed foods are not good for growing bodies. Food manufacturers aren’t making it an easier, […]

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  • Teen girl looking at a menu in a restaurant

    Once You See It, You Can’t Unsee It: A Case for Calories on Menus

    My favorite Starbucks latte has 260 calories.  The Asian sesame chicken salad, which seems like a healthy option at the sandwich place that’s such an easy lunch stop, has 420 calories. And the fries I love to splurge on with my kids? A small fries rings in at 300 calories. And a quick bagel from […]

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  • Teen girl with a questioning look

    Should Kids Count Calories?

    As adults, we might be very focused on exactly how many steps we take each day, can rattle off how many fat grams are in the food on our dinner plate, and how long we have to gut it out in spin class before we feel OK enjoying dessert. But the moment we hear a […]

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    3 Ways to Promote Healthy Eating for Life (Plus a Few Bonus Tips!)

      Kids are awesome. They love to explore and learn and by the age of 3, they are always asking “why?”. This presents a great opportunity to teach them about food and nutrition – and to set a foundation of healthy eating for life! This doesn’t mean pursuing perfection. The fact is that between playdates, […]

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  • Little girl leaning over the back of a dinning room chair, looking longly for breakfast.

    Rise and Shine: 3 easy ways to harness the power of protein for kids at breakfast

      We’ve all heard the refrain that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but the real key – especially for busy families– is what’s on the menu. Protein in particular is essential for muscle contraction and movement and the production of hormones like insulin, which regulates blood sugar. It is also involved […]

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  • Beautiful Farmers' Market beets and radishes

    Tips to Shopping at The Farmers’ Market

    With summer comes the abundance of fresh, local produce at farmers’ markets across the country. But how do you find the closest? We’ve pulled together some fabulous resources to help you plan out your next, or even your very first, trip to the farmers’ market. We’ll also touch base on how to find a local […]

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  • Bulk pasta and spices for a healthier pantry

    Ten Steps to An Unprocessed Pantry

    The foundation of unprocessed eating is a healthy pantry. I have a tried and true list of ingredients that come to my rescue over and over again. With the pantry basics I can create almost any dish my family requests. I promise these items will make your kitchen happier! Clean out the junk and invest in a few […]

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  • Fresh vegetables, uncooked beans, spices on a table

    Ten Ways to Stop Overfeeding Your Family

    I had the opportunity to attend a food talk with  Mark Bittman, writer of all things ‘foodly’. It was to discuss his latest book, Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes. It’s simple really. Eat less meat. He’s not a vegetarian; he’s not dogmatic about healthy food. He just reversed the proportions […]

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  • Image of chopping vegetables on a cutting board from The Fresh 20

    Reduce Food Waste by Planning Ahead

    It’s practically impossible to maintain a healthful diet without planning.  Before I started The Fresh 20, I wasted pounds and pounds of farmer’s market bounty because I didn’t plan to eat; I only planned to stock the fridge. If standing in front of the fridge with a blank stare on your face sounds faintly familiar, […]

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  • Beautiful image of dinner table loaded with fresh foods from The Fresh 20

    5 Ways to Get Fresh

    Summer is a great time to establish fresh habits. With so many great fruits and vegetables it’s a great time to make healthy changes and the perfect opportunity to #getfresh food habits. Here are five simple ways to start with health and happiness today. Go Green Increasing vegetables is a sure fire way to improve […]

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