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Fun Snacks for the Holiday Season

One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is to snuggle up with my boys and watch one of the many Christmas specials on TV. I have so many favorites! Of course, a steaming cup of hot chocolate is the best treat while watching these shows but this year I decided to incorporate fruits into our viewing snacks. Here are some of our healthy and yummy treats that celebrate a couple of the classics!

15 Food Related Gifts for Kids for the Holidays

Looking for some last-minute holiday gift ideas? Studies show that kids are more likely to try new foods when they help prepare them, so we put together a list of our favorite gadgets, books and more for getting kids cooking in the kitchen.

What’s in Season for December?

Happy December! The holiday season is in full swing, winter officially starts later this month and we could all cozy up to a bowl of delicious soup. While you’re at the grocery store, make sure to pick up some of these in-season fruits and veggies.

Episode 15: Fruit & Veggie Trends + Shopping Hacks

In this episode of Healthy Family Project, we talk to George Szczepanski, host of The Prodcast from the Produce Aisle, about trends for 2019 in the world of fruits and veggies as well as insider tips on shopping for produce. George has an extensive background working in the fresh fruit and vegetable industry over the last fourteen years, spending the last 8 years with the Produce Marketing Association, helping to put on the largest fresh produce and floral convention in North America.

15 Ways to Use up Thanksgiving Leftovers

We hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving with your loved ones! Whether you attended a large feast or hosted a small gathering, Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on and be grateful all of the good things in our lives. Every year, no matter how many family members I send home with Tupperware, I end up with a fridge full of leftovers. I don’t mind this one bit and look forward to reliving my holiday dinner over and over again! To help you reduce food waste, we’ve rounded up 15 delicious ways to up your holiday leftovers. If you don’t have time to eat your leftovers before they go bad or simply want to save them for later. Here are some tips for freezing your leftovers: Prevent freezer burn by packing your leftovers in the smallest possible airtight container If using freezer bags, be sure to squeeze out of all the air Skip freezing anything that had a crispy topping like green bean casseroles Freeze sauces like gravy or cranberry sauce in muffin tins or ice cube trays and transfer to a freezer bag Baked Cheesy Mashed Potato Bites Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Soup from Happy Healthy Mama Turkey

Ask the Psychologist: Holidays & Family

We’re tapping into the expertise of Dr. Stephanie Smith. Dr. Smith is a mother, clinical psychologist, author of Dr. Stephanie. Each month, she’ll answer one question from fellow parents. Have a question centered around health, kids or food for Dr. Stephanie? Comment below and let us know! Question: The holiday season often paints a picture of the “perfect” family, but not all families are that way. What strategies do you suggest for dealing with pushy relatives or family drama during the holiday season? The holiday season, so beautifully portrayed in Hallmark movies and Walmart commercials often looks nothing like it’s “supposed” to in our real lives. Instead, it can be a time of: Worry over money and gifts Renewed struggle with body image and weight Trouble getting along with family and friends Feelings of loneliness Grief over lost family, friends and times in the past Angst in trying to do too much in too little time Eagerness to just get to January 2nd already No matter who you are, no matter what holidays you celebrate; the energy, frenzy and cultural expectations of this time of year almost certainly affects you in one way or another. It’s just part of life. So, with

Episode 14: Why You Should Grocery Shop With Kids

In this episode of Healthy Family Project, we talk to Kiran Dodeja Smith of Easy Real Food about the importance of grocery shopping with your kids. If the thought of taking your kids to the grocery store with you makes you want to tear your hair out, this episode is especially important for you.

Thanksgiving 101: Crafts, Tablescapes, Treats, & More!

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away! In our latest Facebook Live event, we showcased a few easy ways to celebrate Thanksgiving with the kiddos from fun tablescapes and food art to gratitude crafts and holiday party prep hacks. There’s no need to run out and buy a bunch of supplies. Have fun creating unique tablescapes and crafts with the supplies you have at home.

8 Ways to Lighten Up Your Holiday Menu + a free e-cookbook!

Between holiday parties and family get-togethers, it can sometimes be hard to keep things healthy. The holidays are known for rich dishes and decadent desserts. While we certainly don’t want to take away from classic dishes or family recipes, there are simple ways to lighten up those dishes by swapping an ingredient or adding a veggie.