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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How I’m Learning to Love My Imperfect Body

June 9, 2014
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I’d love to tell my daughter that I have always loved my body. That I have never abused it to lose a few pounds. That health has always taken a front seat to vanity. I’m not going to tell this lie to her. At age 7, she is still pretty innocent about body image and [...]




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Monthly Meal Plan (June)

June 3, 2014
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There are only a couple more weeks of school left for us. Now that I have one kid in school, I can totally relate to this article about how parents feel at the beginning versus the end of school. It took almost 2 hours for Big A to finish her homework the other night, and [...]




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5 Reasons Your Child Eats Differently Than You

May 30, 2014
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Kids are learning about food in the same way that they learn to read and write.  But as a society, we don’t always look at kids eating this way.  And as parents, we often forget that kids are not little adults when it comes to food. In fact, there are distinct ways kids’ eating is [...]




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The Kitchen Spring Cleaning Everyone Should Do (But Doesn’t)

May 23, 2014
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This is Kitchen Revamp, a new ongoing series about simplifying cooking in my house I was reaching for a can of kidney beans when I had to pull out 5 different items to get to it.  As I was going to put them back, I realized I barely use any of them.  But here I [...]




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3 Ingredient Crepes [Palachinke]

May 16, 2014
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Both of my parents immigrated to the U.S. from the former Yugoslavia and I grew up with Serbian food traditions.  One of my favorites was palachinke, a Serbian crepe.  My mom made it with just flour, eggs and milk and we usually filled it with jam or cinnamon sugar. Other recipes call for adding butter, [...]




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10 Ways Moms Can Stay Healthy and Happy

May 9, 2014
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With Mother’s Day around the corner, what better time to have a frank talk about the health and well being of moms.  I feel the need to remind moms (myself too!) because they do so much for others, they often forget to take care of themselves. So for my annual Mother’s Day post, I wanted [...]




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Monthly Meal Plan (May)

May 6, 2014
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It’s been really warm here lately, signaling that summer is on the way.  This means it’s time to change things a bit.  There won’t be as many soups and stews on the menu  but there will more grilling options and lighter fare. So, I’m declaring Thursday night “grill night” and Friday will be kept kind [...]




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Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Pitas

May 2, 2014
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I love Greek food. We have a family-owned restaurant nearby that we love to visit and the chicken and pita bread is amazing. I’ve been playing around with these Greek pitas for some time and finally got to the point where I’m able to confidently say “these are good!” I like that they are easy [...]




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Got a Food-Obsessed Kid? Research Warns: Don’t Restrict Them

April 29, 2014
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Last week, the New York Times ran an article about the Lure of Forbidden Food.  It’s a topic I know all too well because I regularly get questions like this in my email: “We have a toddler who is absolutely amazing, but has an insatiable appetite and who I fear is addicted to food.” “My [...]




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