Tag: nutrition

Mouthwatering stuffed sweet potato recipes let you stuff your face and keep it healthy

This is that time of the year that I’m still totally dedicated to super healthy eating (seriously!), but also craving hearty, stick-to-your-ribs meals because, well, winter is in full swing. Every year, my answer to this conundrum is the same: baked sweet potatoes. Hearty, healthy, and satisfying, sweet potatoes can be topped—no, stuffed—with nearly anything to make a delicious meal. If you don’t believe me, check out these 8 stuffed sweet potato recipes—and just try to resist stuffing your face with them.   What happens when you make a simple black bean taco using a baked sweet potato in place of...

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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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Bundle Organics: Prenatal juice for pregnant moms and those babies-to-be

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...

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Lunch box snacks the kids will go nuts over

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...

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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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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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What to do about picky eaters: 4 parenting books to help you call a truce on mealtime battles

Wondering what to do about picky eaters and how to feed them can be one of the most exhausting parenting challenges. We’re responsible for feeding our kids at least three times every day (or so we’d hope), and three daily battles is three too many. When you’re ready to stop the madness, these 4 parenting books can be amazingly helpful, and hopefully one is right for you. My hope is that they help you get your child to eat what’s on the table–or at least end the power struggles when he won’t.  All are available through our affiliate Amazon, or local indie booksellers...

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What do I need to make homemade baby food? Our favorite tools and appliances.

It’s no surprise that more and more readers write to us to ask what they need to make homemade baby food. More parents than ever are making baby food from scratch, with a report out this week that baby food sales are down by 10%. Hey, no judgements–however you feed your baby is great by us. But since I’m  fan of home cooking myself, I’m happy to help those families committing to homemade baby food by recommending some of my favorite tools and appliances. It does take work, so it’s great knowing that these tools can all help make steaming, mashing, and storing...

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Know what your school needs? A bar.

Could your local school use a salad bar? Because I sure know that ours could. Well, believe it or not, you can possibly get one –free– thanks to a grant by the Salad Bar Project. But you need to hurry. Chef Ann Cooper, Whole Foods, and TheLunchBox.org are spearheading an ambitious effort to bring a salad bar to every school in America, a cost-efficient, easy way to improve overall nutrition in a world where Pizza Day is one of the healthier choices of our school menus. You’ve got until November 15 (that’s tomorrow!) to apply for a grant to...

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Taste the (healthy!) rainbow

The latest rage at our house isn’t candy. Or even the colorful vegetables that might end up spit-splattered across your blouse if baby isn’t into beets. No, this exciting new pick is healthy, delicious, beautiful, and handy. And, honestly, kinda half candy and half vegetable, as far as baby is concerned. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] The new Organic Super Puffs by Plum Organics (read all about them here) may be the only reason my two-year old knows his colors. Made from USDA-certified organic ingredients, they include real fruits, veggies, and whole grains with no wheat...

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Maia – Not your average yogurt

I’d like to think of myself as somewhat of a yogurt connoisseur. I grew up on Dannon and over the years have tried everything from the healthy and organic to the junky and gimmicky. And apparently I’ve passed on the yogurt gene to my son because the first thing he wants every morning is his YoBaby. So being the yo-family that we are, I was thrilled to discover  a new brand on the block that makes my taste buds do a little dance. Maia Yogurt was created by an entrepreneurial New York City 20-something with the dietary needs of...

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Web coolness – pumpkin carving goes high tech, and Jell-O shot recipes go underage.

Is it any surprise we’ve got food and treats on the brain this week? Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Jello shots get creative — and often kid friendly — at the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen On Momformation, Kristen recommends two children’s apps for creative pumpkin-carving, hold the knives. What do you do with the jack-o-lantern when it’s done? Try this recipe for pumpkin seed butter on Weelicious. We’re loving the redesign of the Mom Inc Daily blog for design inspiration and ideas. DIY party favors – so...

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Eat better, live healthier: ChopChop

I’m not going to bore you with facts and figures about childhood obesity in America, because we’ve all heard it before. What I will tell you is that there is little my kids enjoy more than receiving their own mail, and in particular, magazines addressed to them. The intersection of these two issues–on the one hand, a real problem when it comes to kids and food, and on the other, kids loving their own mags–is where the new quarterly magazine ChopChop comes into play. Research shows that one of the best ways to broaden kids’ palates and get them...

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Mommy, where do organics come from?

This here city mama is lucky that my children have grandparents in the country who grow tomatoes and kale and sweet peas and wild strawberries, so that they can learn that no, vegetables do not come from aisle 3. I’ve always thought that learning about food, from planting to harvest, was the best way to get kids interested in it. And, hopefully, eating it. So I was delighted to discover We Grew It, Let’s Eat It, an absolutely lovely book by NPR producer Justine Kenin. It’s the kind of book you’d expect to find in the most progressive preschool or...

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani and I have something in common.

So what do I have in common with some of the coolest celebrity moms in America? And no, it’s not rock-hard abs; it’s an appreciation of Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers, an intriguing new “cookbook with a conscience,” by Bohemian Baby founder Anni Daulter with Shante Lanay. Organically Raised goes beyond simple recipes to explore the reasoning behind feeding our children organic foods and the benefits of eating locally and seasonally. Starting with baby’s first bite of food, it outlines a healthful eating plan for every stage of growth, peppered with beautiful photos and stories. The...

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Greek yogurt that’s made for kids, but will most likely be devoured by parents

I’m a huge fan of Greek yogurt, and apparently I’m not alone. It has a creamier texture and the perfect hint of tang, and it also happens to have a ton of calcium and protein making it a staple in my fridge for a healthy meal on the go. And who’s on the go more than kids? Must be why Chobani (an awesome line of yummy Greek yogurts) is coming out with Chobani Champions, made especially for kids. And it’s made with hormone-free, low fat milk with no artificial flavors, and packed with probiotics, just like the grown up...

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Fruit on hand that makes it into their mouths

I once packed the same apple in my son’s lunch for an entire week. Every afternoon it was still there, and he’d promise to eat it the next day, and then he’d bring it home again. And it’s not even that he doesn’t like apples, but as he says, it’s “complicated” to eat a whole apple in a 20-minute lunch period. But when I pack Funky Monkey dehydrated fruit snacks, (warning: site has sound) which are basically three full servings of deyhdrated fruit and some spices, they always get eaten. There’s no added sugar (I know you were wondering!),...

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Time for Lunch to slow down and get real

Next month Congress is going to be revisiting school meal program guidelines, and the more parents and kids they hear from before they do so, the greater the chance that our schools will have real food (what a concept) to offer our children. That includes my own district, which has such frightening food options I don’t let my kids buy school lunches. Slow Food USA, an org we all completely adore, is behind the Time for Lunch Campaign, and you can get involved–write your Congresspeople, sign the online petition, or help organize an action like an eat-in. (Now there’s...

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Baby’s first cookbook

I confess; I made my own baby food. But just so we’re clear, I was less a domestic goddess and more a garden-variety control freak. I spent late nights cooking and chopping and freezing, and honestly, I took no joy in it whatsoever. Boring. But that’s only because my kids were babies back in the Pleistocene Era, and eebee’s Mix&Mash Adventures didn’t yet exist. Babies six months and up will enjoy the board book (and accompanying DVD) which features lots of brightly-colored photos of fellow babies, having fun with a baby-sized puppet named eebee. But they can also do...

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Would you like fries with that? Why yes, yes I would.

I may smirk like a 9-year-old when I say the name but that hasn’t stopped me for devouring Peas of Mind’s new Veggie Wedgies, which are all-natural vegetable and fruit wedges cut and baked crispy to look like french fries. Healthy fries! It’s like I won the lottery. Created by the brilliant mind behind Cool Mom Picks’ much-loved Puffets, Jill Litwin keeps her Veggie Wedgies pretty simple with just dehydrated potatoes, sea salt and baking powder added to the main vegetable or fruit (plus cinnamon in the apple Wedgies which my daughter loves). There’s no fat, low sodium, and...

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