Child Development: Is Earlier Always Better?

February 14, 2014
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I was sitting in the kindergarten introductory class as Little D is supposed to start school next year. My ears perked up when they touched on the topic of readiness because I’m not sure my little guy is ready for this big step.  He has been in speech therapy since he was two and he’s [...]




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Orange Julius Smoothie

February 11, 2014
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At the beginning of the New Year I got sick. Not just run-of-the-milk sick, but stay-in-bed-for-four-days sick. I really didn’t feel like myself for 2 weeks. But one of the strangest things occurred during this time: my taste changed. Nothing sounded good except for citrus-y types of food. I craved pineapple and oranges. That’s when [...]




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15 of the All-Time Best Strategies for Raising Healthy Eaters

February 7, 2014
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I’ve been blogging at Raise Healthy Eaters for over four and half years.  I decided it was time to condense my feeding advice into top tips, which are featured more extensively in my book, Fearless Feeding.  This is to help guide newcomers and serve as a reminder for my long-time readers. So here goes… 1. [...]




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Weekly Meal Plan: Monday February 2nd

February 3, 2014
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I hope you are all doing well.  We are starting this week with fish tacos, a meal I just recently mastered.  I have tried and failed many times at this dish.  Last time I made it my husband said. “These are really good.”  The secret for me is to bread and bake the fish instead [...]




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Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Cups

January 24, 2014
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When I saw these Banana Oatmeal Cups on Real Mom Nutrition I knew I had to give them a try.  The recipe was originally adapted from Green Lite Bites. It’s important for you to know these don’t have the texture of muffins.  Because they are not cake like, Little D (my muffin lover) was thrown [...]




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Inspired Resolutions [Guest Post]

January 17, 2014

This is a guest post by LeAnne R. Ruzzamenti, Director of Marketing Communications, Dairy Council of California. LeAnne is a marketing professional and mom to five-year-old twins. She is passionate about food, family and photography and when she’s not incorporating healthy habits into her life, she’s helping others learn from the registered dietitian nutritionists at [...]




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Are Recipes Like Diets?

January 13, 2014
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This is Kitchen Revamp, a new ongoing series about simplifying cooking in my house The picture above is of me recently going through all of my cookbooks.  It got me thinking about the endless number of recipes that are out there.  In addition to cookbooks, you can search any recipe online.  Really, we don’t even [...]




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Weekly Meal Plan: Monday January 6th

January 6, 2014
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I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to get back to a routine. I know I am. I’ve decided to practice new recipes at home before trying them for my family. It’s just too stressful to make something totally new unless it’s something I know I can pull off. So once a [...]




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The Best of Raise Healthy Eaters 2013 (and What’s Coming in 2014)

December 30, 2013
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As the New Year comes to a close I wanted to take some time to reflect on 2013 while making new goals for 2014. First off, I want to thank you for your continued support. Last year my book was published and it has been quite a ride. But now it’s time for some new [...]




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5 Secrets to Making Nutrition and Food Enjoyment Happily Coexist

December 19, 2013
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When I used to dish out advice to people about food preparation, it was evident that I didn’t cook.  “Just bake and steam food,” I would say. But then when I started to cook, that lean breast of chicken often turned out dry.  Thighs, with a little more fat, produced a juicier meal. And no [...]




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