Fortified Foods: The Good, The Bad and The Useless

August 12, 2014
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You’re at the grocery store and you have the choice to buy regular orange juice or the kind with added calcium and vitamin D. Should you do it? How about that milk with DHA for your toddler? In today’s world, it seems every food item has some nutrient added to it to make us healthier. [...]




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Monthly Meal Plan (August)

August 4, 2014
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I cannot believe it’s August and summer is almost over.  My kids start school a week earlier this year — August 25. Help! Actually, we are taking our vacation this month so no meals scheduled for one out of the four weeks.  Don’t forget to check Org Junkie for more meal planning inspiration! What’s Cooking? [...]




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5 Easy Ways to Expand Your Family’s Meal Base

July 30, 2014
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This is Kitchen Revamp, an ongoing series about simplifying cooking in my house It’s been a busy day and it’s time to think about dinner.  You can either try that new recipe that will take twice the time with questionable results or stick by an old standby that you know works.  Odds are, if you’re like [...]




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3 Lessons I’ve Learned Parenting a Late Bloomer

July 24, 2014
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I am with my kids at the park when they rush to the swings.  I start to push Big A while Little D swings on his tummy, as he always does.  He has yet to sit on a big-kid swing and well, swing. But all of a sudden he asks: “can I sit there?” pointing [...]




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Baked Chicken & Bean Taquitos [Recipe]

July 22, 2014
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A couple of years ago Big A discovered the joy of taquitos (or what we called “rolled tacos” in my day).  This isn’t surprising as she loves food that is crispy, which is probably why she’s not super enthusiastic with my usual baked chicken taquitos.  Of course, I’m competing with Rubio’s chicken taquitos, which are [...]




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Why it’s Okay to Say “No” to Your Child About Food

July 14, 2014
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Janet with was with her 5 year old daughter at a play date.  As it was coming to a close, the kids pulled out cookies and begged to have them.  Janet wasn’t sure because it was less than an hour from dinner.  Plus, she had a fun dessert planned. But there was her precious girl [...]




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Summer Kale Salad [Recipe]

July 8, 2014
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Every year my husband and brother-in-law run the Camp Pendleton Mud Run, and every year they ask me to do it. This was the first year I said yes. It was fun but a trek up there (about an hour from where we live). The course was hilly with lots of obstacles and, towards the [...]




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Monthly Meal Plan (July)

July 1, 2014
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I hope you are having a relaxing summer!  My first week of summer was kind of disastrous with plans falling through and the kids whining.  I even started second guessing my “enjoy the kids” goal.  But like anything, it can take time to get into a groove.  Things started to improve as soon I added [...]




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10 Goals for Summer

June 24, 2014
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I have a confession: summer kind of stresses me out. I feel the pressure to plan the perfect vacation, pick the right camps and somehow get work done with the kids around more. This year I caught myself after reading a post about how to have a seventies summer. Summers should be about taking it [...]




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Ask the Dietitian: Is There Such a Thing as a Healthy Hot Dog?

June 16, 2014
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This is a guest post from Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND, registered dietitian nutritionist who promotes healthy eating as a speaker, consultant and writer.  Connect with Karen through her blog, Smart Bytes®, to see how nutrition headlines fit in the “big picture” of overall research, and follow her on Twitter, @KarenCollinsRD. Q: Is there [...]




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