Tag: healthy kids

Sponsored Message: Healthy school lunch inspiration that’s easy, too.

This is a sponsored message on behalf of Rock the Lunchbox It’s halfway through the school year and plenty of parents are finding themselves in a school-lunch rut. If you’re nodding your head, or just want to make your kids’ lunchbox a little healthier, you’ll want to check out Rock the Lunchbox, a new resource for parents that provides lots of healthy school lunch inspiration you can put into action right now. Brought to you by four brands beloved by parents–Annie’s, Applegate, Honest Kids, and Rudi’s Organic Bakery–Rock the Lunchbox features more than 300 simple ideas, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. There are also video tips,...

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How to make a smoothie deliciously sweet without tons of added sugar: 5 smart tricks.

Smoothies can be a tasty way to take in—or feed your kids—a hefty dose of fruits and veggies. They can also be packed with sugar. The natural sugar that comes from whole fruit is definitely preferable to added sugar from juice, sweetened nut and seed butters, sweetened milks, flavored yogurts (which tend to have loads of refined sugars), honey, and other sweeteners that are called for in many smoothie recipes. So here are my 5 tips for how to make a smoothie that tastes great without tons of added sugar. 1. Swap in coconut water for juice. Coconut water contains...

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Natural Halloween candy that tastes as good as the stuff you’re used to.

Being a food writer who focuses on (mostly) healthy family eats is a funny thing during the Halloween season. I get a lot of nervous laughter and jittery explanations from friends about giving into the bloodbath of candy—as if I don’t do the same (or as if I’m judging your choices–rest assured that I’m not). Halloween is about candy. And, other than being sensitive to kids who have to stick to allergen-free candy, I’m down for whatever. However, with these five fantastic choices for natural Halloween candy that taste as delicious as the more traditional candy brands, I don’t see why we...

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A potty that makes mamas of boys rejoice. And that’s saying something.

As a mom of two boys, I have cleaned up a lot of pee in the past six years. Potty training boys involves many missed toilet bowls, thanks to potties that don’t accommodate the special needs of boy parts. If only I had had a Potty Wiz, a new smart potty training chair for boys that features boy-friendly features such as a high urine shield and a built-in target. (And girls can use it, too. Bonus.) Created by a mom of boys (surprise, surprise), the Potty Wiz functions as both a potty seat and a urinal, giving the option to train both...

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Two new healthy cookies for toddlers that you’ll steal bites of, too.

I hate to admit it now, but I was one of those first time moms who didn’t feed my son cookies until he was nearly two. I am proud to say that I was much more relaxed the second time around, and I’d like to think that I would have been more measured from the beginning had there been healthy cookies for toddlers when my kids were little like these two new options. It may be too late for me, but there’s still time for you toddler moms and dads to adopt a healthy, everything-in-moderation approach to snacking thanks to...

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7 keep-you-healthy, karate-chop-those-sniffles super foods for cold and flu season

Am I the only one with a kid who has a runny nose already? From the state of my little one’s classroom, the answer is no, I am not. Cold and flu season has arrived, but is hasn’t yet taken hold. It’s time to take preventative measures and keep those sniffles from turning into full-blown sickness. These seven foods for cold and flu season are natural preventative and cold remedies that can help keep you and your family healthy all winter long. The obvious place to start: Chicken Noodle Soup (above). The restorative power of chicken soup is not just an...

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3 healthy hot cereals and breakfast ideas that go way beyond oatmeal

Everyone’s always talking about how hard it is to get a good dinner on the table, but I find that breakfast is way more hectic, with less time and no delivery options! There’s always cereal, but unfortunately most cold cereals completely lack what we need to start the day off right. There’s oatmeal too—these oatmeal recipes saved me last winter—but I still need more. These tasty, quick-cook hot cereal brands and recipes are the answer.   Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Hot Cereals   Purely Elizabeth has been around for a little while but I just wasn’t so into their products when...

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Cooking with kids: Healthy snacks that kids can help make and everyone will eat

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....

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The insulated water bottle that makes my heart S’well

When I asked my friend at the park about her water bottle and she told me it was, and I quote, the best water bottle in the world, obviously I had to know more. She introduced me to S’well, a line of insulated water bottles that keep drinks cold without leaking or getting any condensation on the side. And it turns out I may be the last to know about them, since they were featured in our back to school guide this year as one of the coolest lunchbox accessories. The first thing you’ll notice is that S’well bottles are absolutely...

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A cool way to fight pediatric cancer, one cool bandage at a time

My family said goodbye to our sweet and funny four-year-old friend Joe P six years ago this month. He had glioblastoma multiforme, a disease no kid should have to fight. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, which means companies we love are coming up with ideas to help fight cancer and to my family, that means honoring Joe’s memory. The latest: the very cool bandage brand Ouchies has introduced a creative, easy and even inspiring way to raise money for kids with cancer. Each tin of latex-free Fight Against Pediatric Cancer Ouchies comes with 20 bandages in five designs created by kids to encourage other children going through cancer treatment. The results are...

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How to hard boil eggs perfectly. Plus 5 ways to use them for quick school day breakfasts

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,...

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Stylish kids’ prescription glasses with a warranty you won’t believe. (Because it’s unbelievable.)

There’s something about little kids with glasses that I find irresistible. But recently I’ve had a few moms lament to me how annoying it is when their kids lose or break them (which is always), and they have to shell out for a new pair of stylish kids’ prescription glasses. Again. Because kids lose stuff; it’s what they do. My answer to them now is Babiators. My kids became obsessed with Babiators sunglasses and goggles over the summer because they don’t pinch behind the ears, and they look great. I love them because they have held up to my preschooler bending the arms all the way back and even sitting on them in...

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Superfruits: How to pack 5 favorites as part of a super-boosted, healthy school lunch.

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...

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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...

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5 delicious juice recipes for busy school mornings. (Psst, they’ve got veggies in them too.)

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...

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Define Bottles: Fruit-infused water bottles because, yum.

My son would drink juice all day long if I’d let him. I obviously don’t, because wow, there’s a lot of sugar in juice, but I know he wants something tastier than water all day long. So this week we’ve been trying out the Define fruit-infused water bottles for a healthy, portable alternative to juice that has more flavor than water, but none of the additives from the flavored waters on the shelf. The Define bottle was invented by a now 15-year-old boy named Carter–how cool is that? He wanted to combat diabetes and childhood obesity by figuring out an alternative to sugary drinks. The final result...

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Plum Organics makes the leap from great baby foods to great toddler snacks

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,...

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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...

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The Big Book of Symptoms: How to figure out whether to panic about your kid’s rash, or go back to bed.

3 a.m. was scariest when I couldn’t tell if my child’s diarrhea or ear ache were serious or just things to wait and see about. And one of the hardest parts of being a new mom was calling the pediatrician and ending up feeling like I’d overreacted to a minor concern But we can rest a little easier now, because the new release, The Big Book of Symptoms outlines all the different kinds of issues kids can have and the right action to take, whether it’s a home remedy or the emergency room. You know how you can look up a symptom online and the results are...

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Edible Schoolyard NYC gets busy in Harlem

I get so excited about school programs that are innovative and exciting for kids, and one of my favorites is the seed-to-table education offered by Alice Walter’s esteemed Edible Schoolyard program. In New York’s East Harlem neighborhood, where Edible Schoolyard NYC operates, less than 2% of grocery stores have fresh leafy greens available. It’s hard to condemn kids for not eating healthier when they don’t actually have those options available to them. So SYNYC is doing something about it  by creating schoolyard gardens, and this week they’ve launched an Edible Schoolyard NYC Crowdrise campaign to raise $50,000 to benefit several schools’ gardens. This could really change the...

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