Everyday Tips

Where to Start When Work & Activities Get in the Way of Dinner

Eating dinner together as a family is a top priority in my family. Except when I have to work late. Or have a meeting. Or when my kids have soccer practice. Or a band concert. Or a study group. Or a softball game. Or...Well, you get what I’m saying. It’s one thing to WANT to spend time as a family, and quite another thing to actually DO IT. Good intentions and good food can only get us so far when it comes to shared meal times. So what’s a family to do when sports, work, volunteer commitments and music lessons get in the way of family dinner?

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Mental Illness, Appetite and Staying Healthy

Mental health disorders are exceedingly common. According to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), 43.8 million adults in the U.S. will experience mental illness in a given year. That’s 1 in 5 adults. Every year. And 20% of youth (ages 13-18) have a mental health condition. In short, mental illness affects all of us: whether it’s personally, as a parent, child, friend, co-worker or neighbor.  

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Fiesta Favorites for Summertime Celebrations

Today's guest blog posts comes from our friends at Avocados from Mexico. Including fresh avocados in your Cinco de Mayo celebration is a delicious way to kick off summer celebrations. Whether you’re attending a Memorial Day parade or anticipating fireworks on Independence Day, firing up the grill is a great way to keep the kitchen cool and enjoy the summer. 

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Where to Start When You’ve Never Eaten Dinner Together

Eating together is one of the most powerful things you can do as a family. But what if you’ve never gotten into the habit of eating together and don’t know how to start? What if you’re the only one in the house interested in making this change? What if life just feels too hectic to make a commitment like that? Here are a few tips about how to start!

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Easy Tips to Celebrate Earth Day At Home

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.

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6 Ways to Satisfy Sugar Cravings with Blueberries

It’s official – Florida blueberry season is here! Blueberries are a favorite in our house (well, all berries really), and they’re more versatile than you think. Sure, there’s blueberry muffins and plain ‘ol snacking, but today we’re teaming up with our friends at Wish Farms to share 6 ways to satisfy your sweet tooth with blueberries! Did you know blueberries are packed with antioxidants that can help improve vision, motor skills and reverse short-term memory loss? They also contain fiber, potassium, folate, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. They truly are a super food!

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Instant Pot Carrot and Sweet Potato Mash

Do you have an Instant Pot and are unsure where to begin? I felt the same way for a while, in fact it sat in the box on my dining room table for longer than I’d like to admit. Once you start tinkering with this appliance, I promise you’ll get the hang of it. The first time I used it was to make spaghetti squash, and since then I’ve used it quite a few times to cook up mashed potatoes, soup or chili, shredded chicken and the most perfect hard boiled eggs. What I’ve been loving about the Instant Pot is that I can use it in almost the same way as a slow cooker, but in less half the time. For those with busy after-school schedules (like us!), it really helps get dinner on the table without worrying too much about leaving a slow cooker on all day.

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How to Fuel Young Athletes with Potatoes

Spring sports are kicking off, which means parents will need to have snacks ready to go to fuel their little athletes for practice and games. Did you know potatoes provide the carbohydrates, potassium and energy needed to perform your best? We’ve teamed up with Colorado Potatoes to bring you some recipes and tips to incorporate potatoes into your active lifestyle.

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Thank Your Local Grower – Michigan Apples are a Healthy Choice!

Today's guest blog post comes from Diane Smith, Executive Director of the Michigan Apple Committee. March is National Nutrition Month, so we at the Michigan Apple Committee are thinking about all the great nutritional benefits of apples. Apples are an important part of a healthy diet. They are low in sodium and calories and loaded with flavonoids, antioxidants and fiber - truly a smart choice for everybody! 

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