I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this time of year brings with it a rainbow of fresh fruits and veggies! It’s the perfect time to add more color to your family cookouts, summer picnics and afternoon snacks. And don’t forget to get patriotic with your produce! With Memorial Day just around the corner and the Fourth of July coming soon after, keep this list of healthy red, white and blue recipes handy for your celebrations.
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Watermelon and summer pretty much go hand-in-hand. While watermelon is commonly thought of as a summer only fruit, it’s available year-round. This summer, we’re teaming up with our friends at the Watermelon Board to share healthy recipes, tips and more with you!
Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned home cook, cooking for the family can get a little fatiguing, especially when you are cooking 5 meals a week for the family, like I do. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending a Saturday out by the grill smoking meat, or in the kitchen cooking a slow batch of marinara sauce. During the weekdays, however, finding shortcuts to getting dinner on the table efficiently keeps the experience enjoyable and prevents you from getting burnt out in the long run! I think a lot of people have the “cooking at home is so hard” mentality; I don’t believe that to be true at all. It comes down to finding the best methods and finding ideas to help make you an efficient home cook. I’ve put together 5 of my favorite tips that I use in my home that will help you shave time off your weeknight meals so you’re spending less time in the kitchen and more time with your family!
The weather is heating up and so is the need for popsicles to cool you down. No need for store-bought popsicles either! Making them at home is so easy and a great way to get your kids involved. Blend or mix up your ingredients, pour into a popsicle mold or small paper cups, and freeze! We gathered 24 healthy, fruity popsicles recipes from some of our blogger friends to give you inspiration for the summer.
Summer is almost upon us! Time to dust off the grills, stock up on fresh summer produce and enjoy time outside with family and friends. Between backyard cookouts, family picnics and time spent poolside, there are plenty of opportunities to test out new healthy recipes with your family.
Today’s guest post comes from Zack Knight, MS, RD, LDN, ACSM-CPT. Zack is passionate about helping kids and families live healthier lifestyles through nutrition and fitness. For more from Zack, follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Kids today are bombarded with advertisements on television, magazines, and even in pop-ups on their favorite mobile games trying to sell them on the next big product that’ll give them that burst of energy to take their performance up a notch and get them the gold. Whether it’s a sports drink or the coolest new tube of energy goo, more likely than not they aren’t much more than a refined mix of electrolytes and carbohydrates for quick ingestion and utilization in a flashy package. While these can be a good supplement to a balanced diet for active adult athletes, when we’re talking about kids a more “whole foods with fruits and vegetables” approach will likely provide them with the same amount of macronutrients with the added punch of fiber and deliciousness that will take performance to the next level!
Mother’s Day is a day I look forward to all year. I always wake to the sounds of my husband and the boys making breakfast in the kitchen (then pretend to be asleep so they can surprise me). We share a delicious breakfast, then I get to pick what we do that day.
While most of you know Produce for Kids for our recipes, blog and healthy eating tips, we have also been giving back in a big way! On April 29, we will be kicking off our 14th annual Produce for Kids campaign in partner grocery stores across the country. It’s hard to believe that this campaign means our 14th birthday as well as the surreal fact that this campaign will carry us closer to a total of $6 million raised for charities that support families and children.
Each year, 1.3 billion pounds of avocados are shipped to the U.S. from Mexico. That’s a lot of guacamole! We teamed up with our friends at Avocados from Mexico to share some of our favorite avocado recipes with you.
Avocados are sometimes known as a “fat” food, but did you know that 75% of the fats in an avocado are unsaturated or “good fats” that help manage blood pressure, increase absorption of essential vitamins, and lower LDL cholesterol, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease?
April is the month we celebrate Earth Day! It's a reason to take a look at how you're doing in the kitchen when it comes to being more mindful about what we're eating, how we're getting it to the table and what happens after the meal is over. Here are a few tips to get you started.