Eating healthy starts with making sure that plenty of fruits and vegetables are a part of your family’s diet. It’s widely accepted that eating organic produce is better for both your health and the environment, but sometimes the price point of organic fruits and vegetables is not cost effective. Instead of altering your entire grocery budget, you can make healthy choices by prioritizing only the organic products that are the worst offenders when it comes to pesticide and fertilizer use.
Do you have favorite recipes from your childhood that you haven’t been able to recreate on your own? We all have meals and treats that we loved as a child that we crave every now and then. Growing up in Russia, my mom and my grandmother made me fresh cheese pancakes. Cheese pancakes are a Russian recipe, and they are so delicious. I have wanted to make them for my daughter for a long time, but the main ingredient, a fresh white cheese called quark, is so hard to find. I haven’t found it in stores near us, so I haven’t been able to make these pancakes.
If you think grilling is the “thing” to do this summer, think again! John McLemore, a southerner through-and-through, was born an entrepreneur and accidentally became a cook. While testing cooking products designed by Masterbuilt, his family business, John and his brother Don, realized they had created a simple style of cooking recipes that are normally considered difficult.
He is the author of “Dadgum That’s Good!” and he’s about to show you the fool-proof way of smoking that will have your grilling days long gone no matter what season it is!
Eating healthy is a lifestyle. It’s definitely not easy at times, and we’ve all found ourselves tempted by our favorite comfort foods. Whether you have a powerful sweet tooth or you crave salty snacks, there IS a healthy solution to curbing your cravings. We’ve found 5 healthier alternatives to your favorite unhealthy guilty pleasures.
Summer means you are on the go. You might be splashing in the pool with your crazy kiddos or on vacation at a theme park. Wherever these sunny days lead you, you want to stay full and healthy. We’ve rounded up the absolute best in snacks for this season. Parents and kids will feel great snacking all summer long, and the best part is, all the choices here are designed to be eaten while you are out and about with zero to minimal preparation. Get moving this summer but snack healthy while you are doing so!
Summertime simplicity doesn’t have to be complicated when you want to be gluten, dairy and soy free! Just ask culinary celebrity chef, Amie Valpone, from Manhattan, NYC; serving not only herself, but a clientele of celebrities and busy people on the go.
She’s the author of the book, Eating Clean and she’s the founder of The Healthy Apple. If you have a busy lifestyle or plan to be on the go this summer, be ready to enjoy healthy, organic whole foods quickly and simply.
There was a day and age where the only way milk made it from the farm to the kitchen table was because your friendly milk man dropped it off in a petite metal bin each morning. In today’s world, milk delivery is often more a luxury than a necessity, but for a busy household you’d be surprised how much you can gain from starting your day with fresh milk delivered directly to your door.
Today we’ll discover 4 great reasons why you should have your milk delivered!
One evening at the dinner table your child will inevitably ask where food comes from. The mashed potatoes and green beans are easy to explain, and no parent gets nervous discussing produce farms or vegetable gardens. It’s the other part of the plate that people often feel uncomfortable discussing. That is, the meat part.
Can you imagine the publicity, the rush of adrenaline, the excitement and the terror of competing in the Olympics? That is exactly what Kikkan Randall felt as she became the first ever female to score a World Cup victory in cross-country skiing.
As exciting as that was, her focus is now on her next venture – motherhood. Since this is no small feat for her, she is one woman who relies on wild seafood to fuel her pregnancy health that will not only take her to the finish line, but her unborn child is in the race too… and it’s a great start!
Join in on this exciting venture: interviewing Kikkan on her triumphs and why she has chosen seafood to fuel her next goal: a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Pretty much every kid in the world is born with a genuine sweet tooth. Often times, it’s difficult to get your toddler to eat anything, let alone healthy snacks and meals throughout the day. When you have a picky eater, you might find yourself resorting to getting grains, protein and other nutrients in them any way possible. An easy solution is processed, store bought cereal bars. Even the healthier, natural options still have a lot of added sugar and preservatives.
If your kids love the taste of cereal bars, but you don’t love the unnecessary ingredients, give our Rolled Oats Muffins a try. Each “muffin” is packed full of nutritious rolled oats, organic applesauce, natural honey and just a tiny bit of brown sugar. Your entire family will love them, and the best part is, you can add any of their favorite fruits, nuts or chocolate chips to each individual muffin to make the entire batch customizable to every member of your family!
You hear about food safety from your pediatricians, but sometimes you wonder if all the warnings are blown out of proportion. Is choking really that big of a problem for kids? Based on a little research, it turns out it is. According to studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics (The AAP), “choking is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among children, especially those aged 3 years or younger.” Children under the age of 4 are at the greatest risk of choking. If you have thought to yourself that your toddler is good at eating and won’t choke, or that you only feed her certain foods while you are watching, you might want to seriously consider changing the way you approach food safety.
The kitchen. It’s the one place in a household that is usually off-limits to little ones. Ovens, knives, glassware… the list of fearful items goes on and on. Let us not forget the added mess that is inevitable when a child helps you prepare a meal. But, meal preparation and kitchen play is actually one of the best learning scenarios for your child, giving them a chance to learn not only how to prepare food (an important life skill), but also the importance of nutritional value and what to eat. Food manipulation – in all of its messy glory – is also one of the best ways to get your picky child to try something new! Thus, we’ve incorporated the highly sought out Montessori method, or learning through self-exploration, to make the home kitchen accessible and enjoyable for all. Check out our tips for making food fun!
Taco Tuesday! So much fun to say, but after several weeks in a row with little to no variation, what once was novel becomes mundane. It’s time to spice up your Tuesday night repertoire! We’ve gathered six delicious Tex-Mex recipes (including three soups) that will get dinner on the table in no time at all, won’t make too many messy dishes, and will satisfy everyone’s taste buds!
If you knew you could serve up perfectly balanced meals easily in one bowl, wouldn’t you do so all the time? One bowl recipes are great because you really can include everything you need in a meal; because all the ingredients get mixed together, prep is easy and clean up is even easier. Try adding one bowl recipes to your meal plan this week and you will be hooked! We have 3 tips to make perfect one bowl meals.
Move over green beans. Step aside potatoes! And corn… well, we weren’t even going to mention you because technically you’re a grain, but you can take a break from the dinner plate as well. There are some new vegetables in town! It’s time to add some pizzazz to your dinner sides by adding tender asparagus, hearty taro root, and delicious spaghetti squash to your rotation.