Tag: healthy foods

Move over, takeout. We’re ordering up the new Steamy Kitchen cookbook.

If your family loves takeout, then your posse is going to love Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites: 100 Recipes That Are Fast, Fresh, and Simple Enough for Tonight’s Supper, the new cookbook by one of our favorite food bloggers and cookbook authors, Jaden Hair. (Also known around these parts as the mad genius behind this amazing Thai Iced Coffee recipe.)   Jaden’s new cookbook is packed full of vibrant, laid-back recipes that give your favorite Asian dishes a seriously healthy makeover. The best part: these recipes are just as convenient as takeout. In the same time that it takes...

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5 healthy lunchbox snacks that make that healthy snacking resolution a little easier

This year, a lot of parents are resolving to buy healthier lunchbox snacks that are kid and cool mom approved. Seem like a tall order? Not with these five healthy snacks. I know that healthy snacks can be hard. So many taste, well, healthy. These five products are different. They get high marks on health and taste, and I’m not the only one doing the grading. My boys have signed off on these treats, too. Hooray for one no-brainer resolution! –Stacie I Heart Keenwah clusters (above) Thought the quinoa trend was over? Think again. The most genius product churned out...

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5 little things you can do to make better food choices with your family

We’re excited to be sharing our favorite tips on behalf of our super awesome sponsor UNREAL Candy. Plus? We’re excited to give away a $500 gift card to one of you, with a chance to win a $10,000 shopping spree. Seriously. With the new year here we know we’re not the only ones thinking about how make better food choices–not just for us, but for our kids. Of course we know that we’re not going do a 180 overnight with our eating habits (boy, we love our Sunday pancakes), but there are some pretty simple changes that can really add...

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Fast Fruit for grownups on the GoGo. (Yes, squeeze packs for grownups!)

I can’t be the only parent who’s swiped my kids’ squeezable fruit pouches. I love fruit so much, I could be a fruitarian with very little prompting. And now there’s a fruit pouch for us grown folks, with some decidedly grown-up flavors. Score! CMP favorite GoGo squeeZ has launched Fast Fruit, each with a full serving of 100% fruit in Apple-Peach-Passion Fruit, Apple-Mango-Pineapple-Banana, and Apple-Cranberry-Raspberry (I’m drooling just writing those flavors). Each pack has a built-in straw (veddy adult, of course) and yes, the packages can be recycled. It’s also a great option for slightly older kids, because the portion size...

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Juice boxes filled with juice, not sugar. Imagine that.

I’m already a big fan of the Honest Tea drink pouches for kids, which are a special treat around my house. But now they’ve made a big adjustment to the ingredients which means these already healthy drinks for kids now have even less sugar than they did before.  Along with the pretty package redesign, there’s a great change on the inside. The folks at Honest Tea Kids ditched the organic cane sugar for juice, which dropped the drink’s already low sugar count even lower. Try 9g per pouch–by far the lowest out there when it comes to juice boxes for...

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Homemade baby food with a grown-up twist we love

My kids are long past infancy, but I have profound memories of the truly yucky jarred baby food I tried to shovel into their mouths. I always thought I’d be someone who made homemade baby food, but having my kids one year apart–surprise!–just about did me in. I barely had the energy to open those jars of yuck, much less steam veggies and operate heavy machinery (the food procesor). If Anni Daulter’s ultra-simple baby food recipes had existed way back then, there might have been two less gagging toddlers in the world. But Bountiful Baby Purees is more than just another homemade...

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The Weelicious cookbook – the cookbook every family should own

Remember our list of 6 cookbooks that every parent should own? Well, make room on your cookbook shelf for one more: the new Weelicious cookbook by Catherine McCord. [Like great food? Then don’t miss a super giveaway for two readers after the jump] Before I get to the many reasons why Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes is fabulous, allow me to digress for a moment. When former chef Anthony Bourdain wrote his breakout book Kitchen Confidential, he caught flack for calling out his kitchen brethren. I’m about to do something similar, and not just because I’ll do nearly anything...

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Good Food on a Tight Budget, EWG’s new shopping guide

The Cool Moms (me especially) always check EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database before reviewing a product to make sure the ingredients meet a persnickety mom’s health and safety needs. Now we’re excited to announce that EWG is going further than Skin Deep–straight into our bellies and grocery carts. If avoiding pesticides and supporting healthy farming practices are important to you, you won’t want to miss this great new resource. Good Food on a Tight Budget is a free and easy resource for planning healthful, cost-effective meals for your family while avoiding nasty pesticides and artificial ingredients. The Environmental Working...

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13 healthier versions of kids’ favorite lunchbox snacks

Healthy lunchbox snacks seem to be one of the frequent requests from our readers. I’m generally a from-scratch girl, but life–and lunch packing–with two little ones can get hectic. Despite my dedication to all foods homemade, I rely on a pantry stocked with healthier packaged snacks for when we’re in need. These may not be as wholesome as homemade, but they are among the best of the bunch in their category. And easy, too.    If you’re going to hit the supermarket for kiddo’s favorite snacks, these healthier picks are the way to go. – Stacie The Best Veggie...

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Bite-sized happiness from Ella’s Kitchen

I must admit, once or twice I have bought boxes of lovely, organic snacks only to find they’ve gone stale before we’ve had a chance to get through them. What can I say? My daughter is picky and not every snack is her style. Leave it to Ella’s Kitchen, the creators of the awesome Red, Yellow, and Green smoothies that have saved my neck once or twice, to come up with a great solution. The new line of Nibbly Fingers and Yum Yummy Baby Cookies has been well received by the bottomless (and picky) pit that is my daughter....

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11 peachy peach recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

I wait all summer for peach season to begin and, once it does, there’s no stopping me. Fresh peaches, grilled peaches, baked peaches. Plain peaches, sweet peaches, savory peaches. And–the best part–peaches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snack time, too.(Can you tell I like peaches?) Peach season moves quickly though, so if you ask me, you’ve got to have plan to keep from missing out on the best of the yearly crop. These 11 peach recipes will get you on your way to making every meal… peachy. Peaches for Breakfast   Peaches and cream… great. Peaches and coconut cream…...

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A new monthly gourmet subscription box with lots of reasons to love it.

While monthly subscription boxes are all the rage now, from beauty products to craft kits, I have to say I still have a thing for the gourmet boxes. With a culinary school grad in the house, we tend to have more kinds of salt than most people have shoes, and I’m always open to finding more. So I’m thrilled to introduce the wonderful new service, Love With Food, which not only serves up some tasty monthly goodness at a truly fantastic price, it also does plenty of good for others. For just $10 a month–that’s super cheap in subscription...

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Astronaut food is taking over! And now, it’s organic.

As someone who hates mushy fruit with a passion, I wholeheartedly embraced the recent popularity of the pouch. Finally, my kids can eat applesauce without me locking myself in the bathroom. (Because it’s all about me, right?) But as it turns out, pouches can hold more than fruit. For example, oatmeal and yogurt. How very space-age. [don’t miss a great super great giveaway after the jump! That is, if your kids like yummy foods.] My only problem with these two new lines by our pals at Plum Organics is that my kids ate them so quickly, that I barely...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Some of our favorite pins on Pinterest this week, ready-made for saving and sharing. Custom gift labels for kids make gift-giving a breeze. (Also cute!) Traveling with a baby this summer? This onesie may be required wearing. (Or at least required laughing.) Very clever way to get kids to eat their veggies. And so easy. Stylish summer flip-flops that aren’t expensive, and aren’t made of rubber either.A delicious sorbet recipe we could eat any time of year. But especially during blueberry season....

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4 awesome kids’ books about food, with recipes that make them even better

Pairing food and wine is an art. Pairing food and music is a new trend. Pairing food with a good food book: It’s one of the best ways to get kids excited about eating–even foods that they’re not normally excited about eating. In honor of the bounty of summer, I’ve gathered a collection of books about farm-fresh fruits and veggies for my kids. Check out four of my favorite picks and, if you really want to rev up your little one’s appetite, pair your summer reading with a fresh and easy recipe. Suggested pairings included, of course! -Stacie Blueberries...

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Well, here’s one way to eat more cleanly – clean what you eat

Summer means more fresh produce, more smoothies, more road trips, and more buying and eating on-the-go. It’s the perfect time to stop by a road stand or a Farmer’s Market, but then there’s the whole “Who touched this apple last?” thing. And more importantly, the “What did YOU touch last?” thing. I think the food-grade, biodegradable food wipes from Eat Cleaner are pretty nifty. Designed by mama and food writer Mareya Ibrahim, just tuck a few of these little “Grab-n-Go Produce Wipes“ in your bag or in your car for so you can clean off those apples without wiping them...

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8 must-try smoothie recipes for a fresh and fruity summer

Fresh fruit is so glorious this time of year that sometimes whirling up a smoothie from a great recipe is the most I need to do with my farmer’s market score. All you need at the very least is ice and a killer combination of seasonal fruit. Or, get more fancy if you’re up for it with one of these tasty summer smoothie blends. Any of these 8 delicious recipes are worthy of a permanent spot on the counter for your blender. Believe me–you’re going to need it. Adding melon to a smoothie–like in this Green Melon Summer Smoothie from...

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6 cookbooks that every parent should own

Love it or hate it, if you’re a parent, you’ve got to feed your kids. Whether you already cook nightly or…not so much, but want to cook more, these, six of my staple cookbooks, provide just the inspiration you need to get food on the table with a minimum of stress. Fresh & Easy: What to Cook and How to Cook It by Jane Hornby Jane Hornby makes cooking simple dishes using fresh ingredients easy. Like super easy. Think you’re not the kind to throw together Grilled Asparagus with Poached Egg? You might be if you own this book. Every recipe...

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Five vegetable chips that make healthy eating easy

Got the winter squash blahs? Now that big mama nature has sprung spring on us, we get to look forward to a wider variety of fresh vegetables at the market. My favorite way to celebrate the bounty of Spring is to make homemade veggie chips. And I’m not just talking about ubiquitous kale chips. You can turn nearly any veggie into a chip with nothing more than a knife, some olive oil and an oven. (Salt helps, too.) Check out these five easy vegetable chip recipes and watch even your veggie refusnik gobble up the natural goodness of spring. These Cinnamon...

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Two cool new baby foods you want to know about

Baby food is so much more than mushy goo these days. From ancient grains to carefully selected sweet potatoes, we’re excited to learn about two new lines that cater to developing palates with exciting new textures and tastes. And brix, which is apparently very important. Baby Gourmet is a line of baby foods aiming to address more than just nutrition. They focus on freshness, texture, pH, and brix–or natural sweetness. (I didn’t know either, don’t worry.) Our editor Kristen tried them and found them “sweet but not sugary.” Their credentials are impressive, with no added sugar, salt, preservatives, thickeners,...

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