At a recent family brunch with Cool Mom Picks, Cool Mom Tech and LiveHealth Online, an awesome new service that gives you immediate access to board-certified doctors from home, I was reminded that cooking with kids is an awesome opportunity to go beyond chocolate chip cookies. And that they’re more likely to try what you make if they’ve helped. I watched my son and a slew of other kids make—and eat!—these three healthy snack recipes, and may have stolen a few bites for myself. I wasn’t alone: I watched all of the other parents sneak bites, too. These snacks are that good....Read More
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I’m all for starting the Jewish new year off right, and for me that means a gourmet Rosh Hashanah food taster from our favorite online indie food marketplace, MOUTH. Why stick with plain old apples and honey, when the goodies in the “High Holy Day-licious” pack (ha) go a step further? They make a perfect hostess gift to bring to a Rosh Hashanah dinner or appetizer spread to kick off your own holiday celebration. The deliciousness will set the intention for a great year ahead, or at least a delicious one. But you have to order now! – Don’t miss an...Read More
Apples come to mind first when most people think of fall fruit. And yes, they are great–these six apple snack and dessert recipes are proof–but they’ll also be around for a while. Right now, I’m all about seizing the moment with pears–which, by the way, have more potassium, fiber and folate than apples. Pears are just as versatile as apples but beyond eating them plain, I love them most in dessert. Check out these five easy pear dessert recipes and, to help make sure that they come out perfectly, check out our quick guide to choosing ripe pears. How to select...Read More
I’m big into fresh pressed juice and even love whipping up fresh juice recipes for kids. It’s too bad, though, that fresh juice is off limits during pregnancy when extra nutrients are always welcome, especially in a convenient sip that goes down easily. Bundle Organics, a new prenatal juice made for pregnant moms, is changing that with three packaged juices that are safe, delicious, and full of essential vitamins. Though never a replacement for fresh fruits and veggies, it’s hard to argue with a vitamin and mineral packed drink. The problem with fresh juice for pregnant women is that...Read More
Back when I shared new trends for back to school snacks I promised to only pass along food and drink trends that stand the test of some time. I have watched new tea drinks and tea-flavored foods hit the market nearly every week since I started spotting them several months ago, each more delicious than the next. These tea goods are the real deal, worth sharing, and tasty enough that you just might ditch java–or at least let it share the spotlight. Tea-riffic! Ice Cream Tea-riffic! ice cream is a brand new, amazingly delicious tea-infused ice cream made from only all-natural...Read More
A perfectly hard boiled egg can be an elusive thing, even for those of us who cook–and cook with kids underfoot, and into everything, all the time. I’m here to help fix that! Hard boiled eggs are a super easy, nutritious go-to food that I have on hand all of the time and, when you follow these easy directions for how to hard boil eggs perfectly, you may too. They’re great to have around for any meal of the day, but especially for one of the five quick school day breakfast ideas. I’ve rounded up for you. How to Hard Boil Eggs Perfectly First,...Read More
I heard rumblings about hot buttered coffee, also known as Bulletproof Coffee, last year, and ignored what I figured was another crazy food trend. I mean, butter in coffee? If that doesn’t scream the new bacon, I don’t know what does. It turns out, though, that the buttered coffee trend is growing, with converts claiming serious health benefits. So is this a miracle drink or just greasy java? Here’s some info and a basic buttered coffee recipe to help you find out. What is Buttered Coffee? Buttered coffee is brewed coffee blended with butter and either coconut oil or MCT oil (Medium...Read More
If you’re like us and celebrating the unofficial end of summer and the start of school (whoo!) with some food and fun today, we rounded up a bunch of our favorite recipes that you can still whip up in time for your party or barbecue. Here’s to one last day of summer awesome before the craziness of back to school officially begins. Happy Labor Day, cool moms! DRINKS It’s the end of summer, so not just any margarita will do. Try one of these sophisticated margarita recipes and toast the end of August. Beat the heat with these delicious boozy slushie recipes. You...Read More
Finding nutritious lunch box snacks that my kids won’t toss when I’m out of eyesight can be a challenge, so I get excited when I find something our whole family likes. Our latest favorite crunchy treats are the single-serve packs of 180 Snacks’ Nut Crunch Variety Pack that fill us up with ingredients–think oven-baked nuts and cranberry– that I can feel good about feeding to my kids. The Blueberry Pomegranate, Cranberry Pomegranate, and Cashew Crunch flavors are all delicious, and also 100% vegan, gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free and Kosher, so they can be safely enjoyed by kids and adults with varied dietary...Read More
Labor Day does not mean labor intensive, so keep your eats fresh and easy this holiday weekend. With late summer produce at its peak, nothing needs a heavy touch. Sip on a Blackberry Smash cocktail, grill up one of these amazing burger recipes or hot dog recipes, if you prefer, and make some sweet corn to top it all off. Here are 4 easy ways to cook corn on the cob this weekend—or any time of the year—to get it just right without much effort. Then just top it off your meal with a gorgeous summer pie recipe, if you feel...Read More
It’s a good thing when a new snack bar helps you feed your own children healthfully, but it’s even better when it also helps you feed a hungry child. NOURI is a new snack bar company with a big social mission to help end hunger. For every bar that you buy, the good folks at NOURI donate a portion of the proceeds to their charity partners actively working to get meals into the hands of children in need. NOURI healthy snack bars are pretty tasty, but contributing to this effort makes them even sweeter. NOURI healthy snack bars come...Read More
Though there isn’t substantive research behind claims that Superfruits Save The Day by helping you live longer (seriously, be wary of such grandiose claims on food packing), some fruits are just plain better for you than others. In fact, there are a handful of fruits that nutritionists consider “super” thanks to high concentrations of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and eating one to two cups of these Superfruits a day can help keep your family in tip-top shape. These are five of our favorite so-called Superfruits, along with some of my favorite Superfruit recipes and the products that help make packing...Read More
5 of the best websites for school lunch recipes that are easy, healthy, and realistic. In other words, no wacky food art allowed.
If you need back to school lunch recipes and inspiration, you are not alone. Which is why we have lots of it–websites and other online resources that are jam-packed with awesome school lunch recipes that are easy to make, healthy and even creative. Not like, make-a-sculpture-out-of-cheese-and-toothpicks creative, but healthy-and-the-kids-might-actually-eat-it creative. And that’s something we can all use a dose of in our school lunches. ONE HUNGRY MAMA For years on my own site, I’ve put together so many great school lunch recipes that I think you’ll find helpful. Think easy rice and grain bowls that come together as quickly as you can throw four or five...Read More
Our house contains roughly six million LEGOs, from teeny tiny pieces that can’t be seen until they are rattling inside the vacuum, to giant blocks the size of bricks. And yet, I’m coveting more bricks. At least when they’re chocolate LEGOs created by Japanese artist Akihiro Mizuuchi. Aren’t they amazing? (And probably less painful to step on too. If a little messier.) Not only are they edible, they’re functional. The design of the molds is so precise that Mizuuchi even built little characters out of his chocolate LEGOs, which feature a tiny LEGO on each circular connector — just like the real plastic version. Mizuuchi’s...Read More
If Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the hit at the box office that it was on TV back in the 80’s I suspect a whole lot of kids will be flipping for this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bento box lunch found at Alpha Mom. I am so not the Pinterest-approved, bento-making mom; if I pull out a lunch punch and go to town on my kids’ sun butter sandwiches, they think I got all creative on them. But this? I could actually pull off with a little effort. Especially since it’s made with food my kids will actually eat–right down to the goldfish and...Read More
I’m a sucker for new food trends, but I usually wait to see what sticks–and what I really like, of course–before spreading the word. Let’s face it, not every new food product is worth reporting (looking at you, green ketchup). Sometimes, though, not-to-miss food trends emerge from the fray. I recently caught on to four that I think parents should know about, just in time for back to school snacks. Some of these brand new foods may be hard to find in your local supermarket, but everything listed here–with one exception that I just couldn’t resist–is available online and seriously worth your...Read More
High protein snacks: A healthy snack trend parents can get down with. (Just in time for back to school!)
As much as it drives you bananas, it’s true: there’s no way to control what or how much your kids eat at lunch. (Say it with me: I’ll pack healthy food, the rest is up to them, everything will be fine.) The biggest worry for many parents is that their kids aren’t getting enough protein, which is where these high protein snacks come in. I’ve tracked down some super snacks help alleviate parental-protein-anxiety—yes, that’s an official diagnosis, according to me—by packing at least four grams of protein into every serving. And they are snacks, as in kids will actually eat...Read More
Now that we’re heading back to school, even with hectic mornings, I’d still like some healthy fruits and veggies to keep my kids alert, focused and energized while they’re in class. One of my favorite ways to sneak those dark leafy greens into their diet is in these homemade juice recipes with veggies in them. (Just don’t tell my kids about the veggie part.) Here are five of my favorites which are especially helpful if we end up running out the door with granola bars in our hands. Because let’s be honest, it happens. These recipes should be made with a juicer, not a...Read More
Not that I need any excuse to eat chocolate, but I’m not a big candy bar eater. I do like a Justin’s peanut butter cup when I can find one, but usually I stick with the fancy stuff. Halloween not withstanding. But now when I discover an organic candy bar as remarkably exquisite as the new ones from Legit Organics, I must apologize to my thighs in advance. There are actually quite a few reasons to check out the small, family-owned Oregon company’s Word bar, which is comparable to Milky Way; and the ShotCaller which is like an organic version of Snickers, with chocolate-covered peanuts, caramel,...Read More
Though hard to find, it turns out that great dairy-free ice cream is not a culinary unicorn. It is possible! It is real! And when you find the one that satisfies you, you’ll want the ice cream recipe on hand all year long. Because even dairy-free folks know that ice cream isn’t just for summer. And I know first-hand; I spent a year feeding one of my boys a dairy-free diet and the big surprise for this cheese-loving mama is that it became pretty easy. There were foods that he missed, like cheese and yogurt, but with so many great dairy-free...Read More
We’re long time fans of Plum Organics which is why I knew I had to give their new line of toddler snacks and purees a try the minute I saw them. Healthy, tasty…sounds promising right? We’ll my 15-month-old nephew knows what’s up and confirmed what my own taste buds suspected: this new line of Plum Organics snacks is a mighty achievement for toddlers everywhere. Two of the three new Plum Organics snacks in the Mighty line are labeled Mighty 4 and are made with ingredients from four core food groups: vegetables, grains, fruit and dairy. So basically the nutritional balance is designed to provide protein, fiber,...Read More
They say that a balanced lunch box should include at least one serving of fruit. Apples count, but only if your kid actually eats them–and apparently they can get boring after a while. (Psh, kids these days.) This year, I plan on switching up our back to school snacks with these six fresh ways to pack fruit for school lunch. Fruit roll-ups are one of the most popular back-to-school snacks, but I’m not so sure you can consider most varieties actual fruit. These health, homemade Mango fruit roll-ups (above) from Just a Taste are different, though. Made with just pureed fresh mango—yup, nothing added—these...Read More
Everyone may be talking back-to-school, but summer’s not over. In fact, I’ll be drinking iced coffee well into September, which gives me about two more months (at least) of cold brew coffee pleasure before I switch back to hot java. With that in mind, I recently indulged in a cold brew taste test to bring you what I think are the 3 best cold brew coffee brands on the market, plus a recipe to make your own, of course. Please, no need for praise. I do it out of the kindness of my heart. And the caffeine buzz. There...Read More
Tomorrow is National Mustard Day. And yes, I know, it seems like there’s a holiday for every darn food on the planet (National Aqua Jellybean Day, anyone?) but this is one I can get behind. First, you must know that growing up in my family, yellow mustard in a squeeze bottle–well, it was referred to by a mildly profane name that I will not detail here. Ask me some other time. Over drinks. We always insisted on real mustard, friends, and lots of it. Which is probably why my produce bin may be bare from time to time, but there’s always one shelf in...Read More
11 gourmet popsicle recipes that are easy enough to make with your kids on hot summer afternoons. Commence licking.
We’ve hit that sweltering time of summer when it feels like we’re about to melt here in the south, so I’m pulling out my popsicle molds and making the desserts my kids beg for on really hot days. Even though the flavors of these gourmet popsicle recipes are worthy of my local high-end popsicle stand, all of these recipes are easy enough to make with my kids. In fact, the hardest part will be just waiting for them to freeze. Unless of course you have a Zoku. With just the right amount of sweetness but still deliciously tart, the Grapefruit and Strawberry Greyhound cocktail popsicle (at top) by Bakers...Read More
Save money and stay healthy with these 9 awesome travel snack recipes. (They’re so good you’ll actually be psyched to travel with kids.)
Traveling with kids is challenging enough without having to deal with hunger meltdowns—and I don’t just mean the kids. Whether you’re flying or road tripping, we’ve always preached that having an arsenal of snacks on hand is key to smooth travels. These homemade travel snack recipes are delicious, healthy, portable and will even help you save money on the road. Now that’s travel planning I can get down with. [top images via Pizzazzerie, Half Baked Harvest, With Style and Grace] You always need a healthy, handheld snack on the road and muffins are my go-to. My kids love these Oatmeal...Read More
As much as we love margaritas, mojitos and skinny cocktail recipes, sometimes summer calls for a glass of wine. Not just any glass of wine, but a refreshing, chilled, fruit-filled glass of wine, better known as sangria. Check out these 9 unexpected, creative sangria recipes to find a version for every taste, mood and summer occasion, from laid back BBQs to elegant alfresco dinner parties, or even just a treat for a night in after a long, hot day. I can’t say that you’d actually find any of them on the menus of Madrid or Barcelona, but hey, you purists...Read More
I grew up in New Jersey, where hanging in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven slipping on a Slurpee was, like, totally cool. So, yeah, I come by my love of slushies honestly, and now that I’m legally of age, I can drink boozy versions too. In fact, I can think of no better way to cool down on a hot summer evening than with one of these grown-up slushie recipes, although these days I sip them on my stoop, Brooklyn style. Hope you enjoy! How can I resist something called a Naughty Peach Slushie (above)? Well, I can’t. If you like the sound...Read More
The best ice cream recipes to help you celebrate National Ice Cream Day. Because we’re nice like that.
With my birthday coming up, I almost forgot to mention that July 20th is National Ice Cream Day. Thankfully I remembered in the nick of time, because the guilt of forgetting to tell you guys that eating tons of ice cream is your patriotic duty on National Ice Cream Day would have been crushing. Like, sitting on the couch, crying tears into my pint crushing. Instead, I can proudly make one of these fabulous ice cream recipes using our favorite ice cream finds or if you’re intrepid, homemade stuff you make yourselves. So many options. Just one day. It’s...Read More
At the end of these long summer days at the pool and kids being bored and me trying to cram work in whenever I can, I’d love to kick back in front of the TV or with friends and sip a cold, delicious drink–umbrella optional. My favorite fruity cocktail recipes feature fresh, in-season fruit, have a bit of a kick, and are best served on a sweltering porch on a mid-July evening. Melon Cocktail The taste of melon is so light and sweet, it’s the perfect little bite, or sip, of summer. And this Triple-Melon Rumballa cocktail recipe (at top) by Brooke...Read More
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