Tag: healthy foods

Healthy snacks for kids: Our favorite homemade granola bars for any diet

At the beginning of the school year, the web is brimming with recipes for healthy snacks for kids. I love kicking the year off with tons of lunchbox and after-school inspiration, but spring is about the time when I run out of steam. These easy homemade granola bars—with nut-free, gluten-free, and even vegan options—are the delicious new ideas I need to get through the rest of the school year. No-bake Biscoff Granola Bars (above) from Cooking and Beer had me at Biscoff. (You know, the airplane cookies?) Though they are also packed with good stuff like flax seeds and raw...

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6 delicious, easy spring recipes to celebrate the season

Winter is officially over,  and we’re celebrating with easy spring recipes that feature fresh produce. Kick the tubers and squash to the curb; these spring dishes highlight peas, asparagus, avocado, and other green veggie delights. And don’t worry, I’m not going soft. We won’t skip the cheese, bacon, or even dessert. After all, this is a celebration of a brand new season. The Roasted Asparagus with Crispy Prosciutto and Poached Egg recipe (above) from Framed Cooks has all the elements of a perfect dish: fresh, seasonal produce, crispy pork, and a poached egg. Honestly, this alone can be dinner for me....

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Your guide to winter citrus and 9 easy, delicious citrus recipes

Have you noticed a big splash of winter citrus brightening your supermarket produce aisle? If not, take a closer look. We’re at the height of the season, and I’m here to help you pick the best, juiciest citrus fruit–from satsuma oranges to Meyer lemons–including 9 super easy citrus recipes that make the best of these beauties without much work. If you’re not the type to throw unfamiliar ingredients into your shopping cart with abandon, start by learning about less familiar citrus. This winter citrus guide (above) from Heart of Gold is a great place to start.    The easiest way to...

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5 delicious ways to jazz up your morning oatmeal

Oatmeal is a favorite breakfast at my house, but after a while, plain cooked oats get boring — even when doused in maple syrup — and boring, to me, is never worth the cook time. These five new ways to prepare oatmeal are definitely worth the time it takes to make them. Which isn’t much at all. I’ve even got a from-scratch version for you, should you be ready to stockpile your own homemade stash of quick morning oats. My current obsession is overnight oatmeal. Mix together 5 or so ingredients in 5 or so minutes the night before...

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4 lightning fast, amazing panini recipes that transcend mere sandwiches

I know I’ve got a bit of holiday burnout because I’m officially serving panini sandwiches for dinner. But before you judge–thanks to my electric grill (how I love you, electric grill) which doubles as a panini press, my panini recipes yield far from ordinary sandwiches. With these four recipes–and a tip on which press to invest in–your simpler dinners at home can be pretty extraordinary too. First, check out the clever Lasagna Grilled Cheese Panini Recipe (above) from Joy the Baker. Now, get the simple ingredients and prepare to have a new weeknight dinner staple. This one’s a keeper for the...

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Celebrate National Pizza Week with one (or all!) of these 6 creative pizza recipes

In celebration of National Pizza Week, I’ve rounded up six of the absolute best homemade pizza recipes this side of Italy. And they’re not your average cheese-pepperoni-mushroom recipes either, because you don’t need much of my help for that. If you’ve never made pizza at home before, it’s simple stuff, especially if you buy your dough and or sauce already made. I hit my local pizzeria for dough–New York City has its benefits–but some supermarkets carry it, as well. And I’m not talking about the already baked crusts; skip those and go for the dough. Stretch it out on...

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5 deliciously detoxifying smoothies to kick off a healthy new year

After feasting  for Thanksgivukkah, snacking on treats  for Santa, and indulging cocktails to ring in the new year, I think it might be time we start on those New Year’s resolution with some detoxifying smoothie recipes. It’s cliche, I know, but eating healthy after weeks of indulging feels good. If you’re with me, you’re going to love all five of these smoothie recipes. If you’re skeptical, give just one a try; the best thing about these nutritious drinks is that they really are delicious, too. This Five-Ingredient Detox Smoothie from Minimalist Baker is packed with fiber, antioxidants, and immune boosting nutrients....

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4 all-natural sauces that cut weeknight cooking time in half

With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah (A.K.A. Thanksgivukkah) just three weeks away, the food conversation will soon turn to brisket and turkey, Santa cookies and pie. While I’m looking forward to holiday food as much as the next cool mom, I’m also wondering how I’ll make it through the hectic holiday season–cooking, shopping, baking, parties–while keeping up with my daily responsibilities. Can’t I just stop making dinner for a couple of months? No, I can’t. And you probably can’t either. (Sorry!) But we can make weeknight dinners easier than ever with these four cooking sauces. Add any one of these to...

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Love yogurt to go? Two perfectly portable all-natural options we love

We’re big fans of yogurt here at Cool Mom Picks and with good reason. It’s an easy go-to that kids love because it’s delicious and we moms love because it’s (mostly) healthy. Unfortunately, some of the most packable yogurts are also the most sugary. Ick! Enter two new options, both of which come in easy-to-tote packaging and have something new–and better–to offer yogurt fans like us. –Stacie   If you’ve ever tried skyr, traditional Icelandic yogurt, you’ve probably tried a cup of siggi’s (above), the most popular brand of Icelandic-style yogurt here in the States. Now, siggi’s offers squeezable yogurt...

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8 quick, healthy breakfast recipes for even the busiest weekday mornings

Easy weeknight dinners, check. Simple school lunch ideas, check. Quick healthy breakfasts? Finally…check! Breakfast recipes–the kind that you can actually make on busy weekday mornings–are the final frontier of family cooking. But rest easy, cool moms. This pioneer woman (lower case “p” and “w”) has braved the wilds of the internet to bring you a round up of quick breakfast recipes beyond cereal, that will start your family off on the right foot (without setting you off on a late one). Turn plain yogurt and fruit into parfaits just by layering them in a tall glass. If that doesn’t look...

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Keepers: a book of tried-and-true weeknight recipes kids will love, every time

For most of us, the school year is all about “keeper” recipes. Dinners you can rely on. Easy sides that the whole family will eat. Recipes that make life easier and more delicious. We’ve shared some of our favorite weeknight dinners and best veggie side recipes to help you get back into the swing of school night cooking and now, thanks to two cool moms and former Saveur editors, we’ve got a whole book of keepers–and a couple of sample recipes right here to get you started.  The cookbook is appropriately called Keepers: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the...

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6 fast veggie side dishes your kids might actually eat

I consider myself a master meal planner, but there’s one thing that gets even me: veggie side dishes.  That’s right, even I–the self-proclaimed Queen of Meals–am often stumped for creative vegetable dishes to serve to the family with my pretzel chicken or one-pan pasta. Thanks to these veggie side recipes that can easily be whipped up at the last minute, I can ditch dinnertime cucumber wheels and carrot sticks for good. –Stacie    Nearly every vegetable tastes great simply roasted with oil and salt. But just a tiiiiiiny bit more effort can turn out a spectacular side dish in the...

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6 simple, delicious dinners for hectic back to school schedules

Now that we’ve covered awesome school lunch resources and simple lunch ideas–it’s time to tackle dinner recipes for the kids. Here are six fairly fast dinner recipes sure to fit into your back-to-school routine, no matter how hectic. These dinners are a little different and a lot delicious. No spaghetti here. –Stacie  I’m obsessed with this Asian Salmon Bowl with Lime Drizzle (above) from Epicurious and so is my family. It’s healthy and ridiculously delicious–even my picky 3 1/2 year old digs this tangy, garlicky dish. Best of all, it takes about 30 minutes to make and can be served in a single...

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6 helpful school lunch resources and inspiration for parents

The tips, ideas and best products for back-to-school have been flowing in from every direction all month long. But soon we’ll be back in the swing of things and the back-to-school chatter will die down, but there’s one thing you can’t do at the beginning of the school season and have it over with: School lunch. This is one back-to-school topic that isn’t just for back-to-school time, which is why we’ve rounded up 5 awesome, helpful resources that will help keep you–and your school lunches–inspired all year long. I can’t talk about school lunch resources that will serve you...

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9 simple school lunch ideas that have nothing to do with making (yet another) sandwich

At some point this school year–sooner than you think–both you and your child will grow weary of the humble school lunch sandwich. It’s a known quantity, which is comforting some days, but not every day, right? So here are 9 easy school lunch recipes–most of which require zero planning, the rest of which can be made ahead and stored in the freezer–that will inspire you to throw caution to the wind and ditch that sandwich bread. –Stacie Threading yummy ingredients onto skewers is maybe my favorite way to change up school lunch, especially when the results are as cute...

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Best Lunchbox Snacks: Back to School Guide 2013

Many of my Cool Mom Picks comrades swear they prefer backpack shopping to planning school lunches, but I admit it: I enjoy the challenge of getting creative with packed lunches. Sure, I get in a rut sometimes, but a pantry full of go-to school lunch snacks helps keep things interesting when the main lunch course is yet another PB&J. (Sorry, kids.) So check out my favorite healthier, store-bought snacks for kids, many of which you might not know. They’re all free of icky ingredients that lots of packaged snacks have, and still full of flavor. –Stacie Recently I offered up...

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5 brilliant DIY travel snack ideas for kids that will save the day.

My family and I are hitting the road soon and, having learned the hard way to never be caught empty-handed on a long trip, I’ll be prepared with an arsenal of travel snacks. Ideally healthy ones. Since you might be traveling soon too, whether a flight across country or just an afternoon in the local park, I have tracked down 5 seriously genius and creative DIY ideas for packing travel snacks that kids will love. You’ll not only save money, and possibly back seat fights if you’re driving, think of the time you’ll pick up not having to stop...

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Grow your own vegetables with these cool new garden kits

I’ve been fortunate to have lots of neighbors with green thumbs, who generously offer me the extra spoils of their backyard gardens. But this year, mostly due to the begging of my children, I’ve decided to give gardening a try myself, and these kits might be the perfect place to start. The new Foodie Garden Kits at Cool Mom Picks fave Poketo give you everything you need to start a little home garden, including coco fiber wafers, seeds, and the very important instructions, all packed in convenient rectangular tin planter. You can group hot peppers, tomatoes, or what I...

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Web Coolness – Creative inspiration for families, great tips for kids who love sugar, and go FLOTUS go!

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! We’re enjoying this new creative blog by one of our favorite comfy clothing companies. Tons of great ideas! February’s Shot @ Life 28 Days of Impact series about global vaccinations ends with this wildly creative—and inspiring—read from a favorite dad blogger. Have you seen our First Lady dancing with Jimmy Fallon? Hilarious. How to Fake Being a Cool Mom. These easy tips for managing sugar consumption with our sweets-loving kids is so helpful. On Huffington Post, Liz talks about the...

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Duck, duck…fruit! Healthy all-natural snacks for little ones

It’s finally here, the time when your sweet, drooly, dribbly little baby is ready to get down with some solids.   You go to the supermarket and marvel at the huge selection of options, scratching your head as you read the ingredients, known and unknown. When it comes to choosing toddler and kid snacks, it’s not as simple as it should be. Sure, those gummies may be organic, but they are still gummies. And fruit’s the best snack out there, but it’s not always the most portable or sustainable. Well, thank goodness for men of action, like NYC-based dad...

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