30 Meals in 30 Days Challenge

December 30, 2014
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I was talking to my friend’s mom about how she did dinner when her kids were little.  She mentioned how every parent needs “the 5 meals” to rotate — a fish dinner, vegetarian meal, meat dish, etc. I realized after our talk that maybe family dinners happened more frequently back then because meals and planning [...]




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Best of Raise Healthy Eaters 2014

December 27, 2014

It’s time to reflect on the closing year while planning for the upcoming one. These posts from 2014 got extra attention either through shares, comments or searches. Thanks for a great year and I look forward to more posts in 2015! 15 of the Best All Time Strategies for Raising Healthy Eaters       [...]




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New Research Exposes the Importance of How We Eat

December 22, 2014
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I’m always amazed how little attention the “how” of eating gets. And by the how I mean how someone structures their meals, the level of attention they give while eating and responding to internal cues of hunger and fullness. I think the what of eating, what foods are healthy or unhealthy, is what everyone is [...]




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Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup [Recipe]

December 18, 2014
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It’s been a crazy last week of school before vacation so I was glad to have this soup on hand for a quick meal. I have been looking for a slow cooker white bean soup recipe and finally found this one on Budget Bytes. I made some changes, like adding ham and broth, but it’s [...]




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Why Exercise is Important to Me

December 12, 2014
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I rush to get to kick boxing class at 9:30. Heidi, the teacher, keeps our heart rate up for an hour and she fits in strength training exercises. On the days I can’t make it to class, I run or go to the gym.  Saturdays, I meet a friend at the nearby lake and we [...]




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Book Review: Mindset

December 8, 2014
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I stumbled on Mindset: The New Psychology of Success while looking up books on education. And I’m so glad I did. This book has changed the way I interact with my children and even how I view myself. The message is very simple, but profound. Carol Dweck, psychology professor at Stanford University, details the difference [...]




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Why We Need Radical Honesty About Family Meals (Yes, From You Too)

December 1, 2014
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Family dinners. Everyone knows they need to make time for them. And, of course, that includes planning them. But life has a way of getting in the way. Often times, this ritual can take a hit and the guilt parents face hits a record high. There’s been a trend of honest articles where parents admit to [...]




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5 Ways Kids Are Conditioned to Hate Vegetables

November 28, 2014
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Ever wonder why vegetable intake is notoriously low despite the constant news reports and advice about how much we should be eating them? Why do so many people say they don’t have time to eat vegetables? And why does research point to kids’ believing vegetables just don’t taste good? Well, I think it starts with [...]




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Roasted Vegetables: Sweet Potato & Zucchini [Recipe]

November 21, 2014
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When I first started cooking, I experimented with roasting veggies and quickly became hooked. I like making a huge batch for dinner and then using the leftovers all week putting some in packed lunches, pasta dishes or scrambled eggs. Lately, I’ve been making this colorful combo of veggies I found on My Recipes. The original recipe [...]




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Why I Take Notes When My Kids Play

November 18, 2014

My kids are bored, begging for TV or computer time.  After saying no, and point out their screen time is done for the day, they each go play. Big A usually goes in her room and plays with her dolls or draws.  She’s always had an artsy flare.  Little D will usually stay in the [...]




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