Posts Tagged ‘healthy eating’

Back to Busy with a Mom of All Boys

No matter how much I keep hoping these boys will stop growing so fast, each year seems to come and go, flying by faster than the last. As a full-time working mom of three active and energetic boys, the hustle and bustle of getting ready for a new school year has already begun. Between soccer sign-ups, school supply shopping, and a baby on the way, this year is going to be exciting and busier than ever as my oldest enters 2nd grade, my middle child heads to kindergarten, and the youngest begins his adventures into the realm of extracurricular activities… oh yes, not to mention the new addition arriving in February.

Trying to keep track of everyone’s schedule – school and extracurricular activities – while working full-time, making three healthy, organic, and edible meals for five people a day, and getting anywhere on time requires patience, planning, and a lot of preparation. That said, it is always fun and exciting to jump into a new school year watching my boys thrive socially and academically while discovering the joy that comes from learning.

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10 Whole 30 Week Night Crock Pot Dinners

The Whole 30 can be a daunting challenge for those who are accustomed to swinging through a drive-thru, grabbing take-out, or just whipping up a pre-packaged meal for dinner. The thought of having to plan out and prepare 3 meals a day for 30 days can be discouraging. Add to that the busy lives we all lead, whether working 10 hour days or toting kids to and from school, doctor appointments, and soccer, the thought of having to cook a meal EVERY night is overwhelming. However, after completing one Whole 30 and now six more, this new, healthier way of eating has become a way of life for my family.

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The Dirty Dozen and The Clean 15

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.

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GF, DF & SF – Clean Eating On The Go

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 AppleIf 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. 

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Natural Rolled Oats Muffins

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!

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4 Reasons to Try Baby Led Weaning

Starting solids isn’t just a milestone for babies; it’s a rite of passage for parents. Feeding baby jars of smelly purees, having smashed squash splatter your walls like a Jackson Pollock painting, perfecting your airplane noises… these are universal “parenting things.”

Well… what if we told you there was another way to introduce solids — by introducing solids?

Call us crazy, but at Daily Mom, we aren’t afraid to try new things, even if they might seem a little unconventional. And while you’ve probably been told you “have” to start your baby on purees… you don’t. You really don’t.

Skipping purees and starting your child on solid foods is commonly referred to as baby led weaning. Despite its name, baby led weaning isn’t about weaning your baby from the breast or bottle; it’s merely a method of introducing solids in a way that allows your baby to be in control. Here are four reasons why we love it — and why you should, too!

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5 Ways to Explain Vegetarianism to Kids

The decision to raise vegetarian kids is one parents generally make for a variety of reasons. In addition to animal rights, environmental concerns and ethical issues, there are also a myriad of personal and hard-to-articulate reasons parents decide to raise their kids vegetarian.

No matter your motivation, it’s important to give kids a full explanation of the issue — in as unbiased and compassionate way possible. Everyone is entitled to their own choices, and you need to make sure you’re explaining vegetarianism to your kids in a way that’s respectful of others!

When explaining ideas to kids, it’s sometimes easier to show them rather than tell them. Here are 5 interactive ways to explain vegetarianism to your kids.

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The 411 on GMO’s and Kids

Much of the food we eat today is laced with high risk food ingredients. GMO’s are no stranger to most of society’s diets, yet it seems the real risks associated with consuming GMO’s are unknown to many of those who consume them. 

Today we discuss everything you need to know about GMO’s including what to avoid and how to minimize the dangerous exposure of GMO’s on our children. 

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Meatless Monday: Tempeh Tacos

In honor of Meatless Monday, today we are talking about tempeh. You know — that brownish, grayish, grainy, cake-y looking block you see in the meat substitute section at the grocery store.

We just made tempeh sound really appetizing, right?

We know — tempeh looks a little odd, but it really is quite delicious! Plus, it’s bursting with protein and vitamins, is super easy to digest and a total breeze to cook with. Don’t believe us? Here’s a recipe for tempeh tacos that will take you all of 15 minutes to whip together, start to finish. Add your favorite taco toppings, and you’ll have a nutritious and delicious Meatless Monday dish your family will be asking for all week long!

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Make Your Own Mayo

Mayonnaise is a staple in most every American household. From a simple turkey sandwich, to pasta and tuna salads, to snack foods and dinner entrees, mayo is a crowd pleaser and a palate pleaser. Instead of settling for the unwanted and mysterious ingredients in major mayo store brands, don’t you think something with a bit less sugar and preservatives and made with real ingredients sounds more enticing? We’re here to give you a healthier mayo fix by showing you how to whip up your own homemade mayonnaise in 15 minutes with 5 ingredients!

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Our Favorite Lunchbox Ideas and Must Haves

If you are like the majority of moms, you find it challenging to achieve the balance between healthy, tasty and what our kids will actually eat when it comes to packed lunches. Some children have issues with textures, others with taste, then there are kids who are picky about how their food looks. Today we have put together a few lunchbox ideas that incorporate all three issues while still exposing them to different smells, tastes and textures and keeping their lunch fun, themed and healthy.

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Best Free Apps for the Fitness-Minded Mom

With just the swipe of your finger, a personal trainer awaits to help get you into tip-top shape! It sounds like a dream for busy moms with maybe too little time or too little extra funds to spend at the gym each day, but thanks to technology, the prospect of having a free personal trainer working with you twenty-four-seven and an at-home gym are now within a thumb’s reach. Read on for a list of the five best FREE fitness apps that range in not only ability, but also flexibility, strength, flavor and endurance.

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Children & Food Additives: Information & Dangers

Children & Food Additives

As parents, you likely strive to make sure your children are kept safe. Have you ever thought about how this extends to the food that they eat? Packaged and processed foods have become a convenient choice for today’s busy families. However, while you are striving for convenience are you considering safety and health related side effects? These foods are oftentimes filled with additives and preservatives to control the color, flavor, aroma, nutrition, texture, and shelf life. This results in an impossibly long ingredient list full of words that are hard to pronounce. Though some of these ingredients are said to be safe, many can have negative effects, especially on children.


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Hearty Vegetable Pasta Sauce

The cold weather is here and that makes us crave hearty dishes to warm us up inside and out, and what’s more hearty than a nice bowl of pasta? Making your own pasta sauce is fairly simple and fills your house with such amazing aromas, it’ll make you want to cook a batch every day! If you are a veggie lover, this sauce is for you. Made from fresh tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, red bell peppers, and carrots, this sauce is not only incredibly delicious, but pretty nutritious too. Best of all, this recipe will make you about 8 cups of sauce so you can have some tonight and freeze the rest for those busy evenings when you barely have time boil some water.

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