Grocery shopping

My Top 10 Trader Joe’s Products (Part 2)

May 3, 2013

It’s been over 2 years since I blogged about my favorite Trader Joe’s products. Ever since that post, I’ve periodically been asked to do a follow up. It’s not hard to do as I’m always adding some new item to my ever growing “must-have” Trader Joe’s list. I’m a sucker for their free tastings! So here’s what […]

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Gardening with Your Growing Kids

June 29, 2012
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This is a guest post from Vanessa Morley, a registered dietetic technician who works at Everydayhealth.com. Gardening is a great way to educate your kids about where their food comes from and encourage them to try new vegetables they haven’t tasted before. Research has shown that gardening with your children also increases their vegetable consumption, […]

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8 Secrets to Stress-Free Family Dinners

September 2, 2011
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To keep in line with Real Simple’s Take Back Dinnertime Challenge (Week 2 — Get Organized), I wanted to dig deeper into the organization-side of meals. Why? Because it haunts me. Every. Single. Day. While I always plan weekly dinners for my family, I’m often plagued by a crowded kitchen, stressful preparation and many calls […]

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The 5-Step Plan for Growing Your Own Vegetables

August 17, 2011
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This is a guest post from one of our passionate readers and mom of two young girls, Ramona Underwood. She wrote me suggesting I write a piece on gardening. Since it was obvious she was the real expert, I asked her to write it. Below are her how-to’s on getting started with your own vegetable […]

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7 Convenience Foods That are Easy (and Healthier) to Make Yourself

July 6, 2011
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Since I starting cooking nearly 5 years ago, I’ve been slowly decreasing my dependence on convenience foods. While I do this for the obvious health reasons, what really motivates me is taste. The food that I make myself simply tastes better than many of the pre-made versions. But like a lot of parents, I don’t […]

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How to Choose the Perfect Cantaloupe

June 1, 2011
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It’s official. Cantaloupes are in season (June to September). But I have to admit that I have a love/hate relationship with the fruit. Why I love them? They are sweet and tasty, my kids love them and they are packed with nutrition. One cup of melon provides over 100% the Daily Value of both vitamins […]

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Family Meal Planning Series (Part 4): How to Spend Less Time Grocery Shopping

February 15, 2010
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In part 3 of this series we talked about planning a weeks’ worth of healthy meals to save time. But I think the most challenging part of the whole meal planning process is translating that plan into a readable grocery list — getting all the food you need and storing that food in an organized fashion. I […]

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5 of the Most Misleading Nutrition Claims

July 30, 2009
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You’re in the grocery store selecting food for your family and you see a product claiming to have a certain nutrition benefit. Are you confused by it? Skeptical? Not sure exactly what the claim means? Join the club. Having worked in the food industry, I know what’s behind popular food claims. And while I don’t […]

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Is Organic Milk Worth the Price?

July 14, 2009
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Every time I cruise by the dairy isle of the grocery store my eyes fixate on the high price of organic milk. As a mom always trying to keep the food bill down, I keep asking myself if it’s really worth it to buy organic. So I did what I always do when faced with […]

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What You Need to Know About Buying Organic Produce

March 25, 2009
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In these tough economic times, many of us are looking for ways to cut spending. My family has already made sacrifices for me to stay at home but there was one aspect of our budget we hadn’t touched: our grocery bill. I admit to being oblivious to the price of food – and because I was buying […]

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