Packing Healthy Lunches for Your Kids

Whether your child is staying with your mother-in-law, at a daycare, or is in school, you want him to have the healthiest lunch possible. Often, the food that is available at schools, daycare, and summer camps are not nutritionally valuable and are nothing compared to the foods you serve at home. So why not pack lunches? Here are some helpful tips for packing lunches that are not only healthy, but good for the environment as well.

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Our Healthiest Toddler Snacks

Finding healthy snacks for your toddler – and ones he or she will actually eat – can be a challenge.  We are bombarded with thousands of unhealthy snack options, and sometimes it just seems easier to cave and run to a fast food drive-through, or grab a bag of chips from the checkout aisle. We’ve all been there, and have broken down in stressful situations (starving toddler wailing in the supermarket, strangers staring and giving you the stink-eye) by grabbing whatever junk food is within arm’s reach, tossing it to your child, and then feeling guilty later.

With a little planning ahead, these situations can be avoided, and you can be prepared to have healthy snacks to offer your toddler at all times. 

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Summer Sippers: Fruit Lemonades

Are you looking for a fruity drink that doesn’t contain the artificial sweeteners and flavors of sodas and traditional juices? Perhaps you are pregnant and are feeling left out when your girlfriends are passing around your favorite pink cocktail. Or maybe you are just looking for the perfect drink for your kids! This fruit lemonade recipe is simply perfect for summer. Your kids can even help to make it!

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

 

If you have a little one with a dairy allergy/sensitivity, or if you try to limit dairy in your diet overall, it can be hard to find great dairy-free recipes for desserts.  There are hundreds of recipes for cookies made with butter, cakes made with milk, and pies made with cream – but when it comes to finding a delicious dessert without the dairy, it’s a big challenge.

This insanely good, must-try-immediately recipe for chocolate crinkle cookies uses coconut oil instead of butter, vegetable oil, or shortening.  The cookies have the perfect crispy exterior, soft, chewy inside, and just the slightest hint of coconut flavor that compliments the chocolate perfectly. 

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6 Amazing And Healthy Desserts From Chocolate Covered Katie

We have partnered up with Chocolate Covered Katie – healthy food blogger extraordinaire – to share some of her seriously amazing dessert recipes.  And the best part?  They’re all healthy!  Each recipe features at least one unique, unexpected and deliciously healthy ingredient, and many are perfect recipes for children with food allergies or sensitivities!

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Endive Boats: The Fun Alternative To Summer Salad

With summer quickly approaching, you’re probably daydreaming about neighborhood cookouts on warm, sunny days, potluck dinners with friends and family picnics at the park. From grilled hamburgers and corn-on-the-cob to Aunt Edna’s award-winning potato salad, the one thing they all have in common is tasty summer eats. If you want to impress your friends and family at your next get-together with a refreshing alternative to your usual tossed salad, try these fun and scrumptious Endive Boats.

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The Great Puff Debate: Fast Food For Babies Or Healthy Snack?

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We know your baby’s health and well-being is always your top priority. But, as a busy mom, sometimes providing nutritious and healthy snacks for in-between meals or travel is a difficult task. If you’re on-the go with your little one in tow, teething biscuits, crackers and puffs can seem like an easy solution to curb hunger until meal time. While many major baby food companies have jumped on the “organic” and “all natural” band wagon, and have created what they market as healthy snacks for teething babies and toddlers; it’s important to understand what’s really going into these tasty treats before you decide which ones are best for your child.

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