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How to Make Healthy Choices in the Lunch Line

While many families pack a lunch, many students do purchase lunch at school. I'm a registered dietitian, and a mom, and understand the worry that children might not be making healthy decisions when it comes to filling their plate at school. Here are a few simple tips to encourage kids to make the right choices in the lunch line.

 

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Chopped Cobb Salads

During the summer I love eating salads. They're light, fresh and healthy, and easy to put together for lunch or dinner. Plus there's no need to turn on the oven! Now that my kids are older they are really enjoying salads too, so I've been playing around in the kitchen with different ingredients so I have a lot of options to offer them. Any way I can get my kids to eat more produce is a win for me!

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27 Non-Sandwich Lunchbox Ideas for Back to School

Today marks the first day of school for us in Orange county, FL, and it’s my youngest’s first day of kindergarten. Don’t worry, I was a tough mom and held back the tears until she boarded the bus. Many of us parents have sent our little ones off to their first day of school this year, and the rest of us will over the next few weeks, and sighed relief at not having to come up with one more summer activity or camp to keep our kids busy. Now comes the fun part of nightly homework, busy schedules and lunch-packing duties. 

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50+ Easy Dinners Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

As parents, putting a healthy, home-cooked meal on the table some weeknights seems like an impossible task. Between soccer practice or ballet and homework, there’s little time to throw together dinner. We asked some of our blogger friends to share their healthy, family-friendly dinner ideas that are ready in 30 minutes or less – here are 50+ for you to enjoy!

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Individual Banana Split Sundaes

During the summer, ice cream is a staple in our house. Honestly it's a staple all year round, but we eat a lot of ice cream during the summer especially. It's the perfect dessert after any meal, and it's just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Even though my family has dessert each night, I do try to make it somewhat healthy. We all have cravings now and then, but I definitely don't want us to get too much sugar. These Individual Banana Split Sundaes are a great way for the kids to have a well-balanced sweet treat. The secret is to load up on the fruit! 

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Q&A: Learn All About Michigan Apples

Apple season is officially here! We sat down with Diane Smith, Executive Director for the Michigan Apple Committee to learn more about what the committee does, how to pick the perfect apple, fun recipes ideas and much, much more! After the Q&A, don’t forget to enter win a gift basket FULL of apple items, including a T-shirt, apron, oven mitt, candle and more!

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10 Frozen Fruits and Veggies to Always Have On Hand

Trying to feed our families healthy foods can seem extra challenging when time and money is limited. Keeping a supply of frozen fruits and vegetables in the freezer can help you get those extra nutrients in your menu and also save you time because they are cleaned and prepped ahead of time. You’ll save money when you shop in bulk or catch sales too! Check out a few of my favorite fruits and vegetables that I always have on hand to help with meal prep.

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Fun Snacks for the Summer Games

My two energetic and sports-enthusiastic boys cannot wait for the Rio games to start! Over the next few weeks, I’m going to take advantage of the coverage of these amazing athletes to continue to hit this point home. We’ll also be snacking on some of these fun, healthy snacks as we cheer on U.S.A!

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