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Turning Pokémon Go into a Family Activity

Last week, Pokémon Go was released and it has taken the country by storm. In just a week, it has become the biggest mobile game in US history. In the “gotta catch ‘em all” mindset, people of all ages have been glued to their phones this week, walking around their neighborhood or city, stopping at landmarks known as Pokéstops, and battling each other in gyms.

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How to Make Changes That Last

Changing anything about our behavior is hard. Really hard. Even something simple like switching up where we put our car keys can be rough. So it makes sense that making big changes can feel like monumental tasks. Luckily, there’s been a lot of research on making changes that stick. Here’s what works!

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7 Delicious Ways To Cook Zucchini

You know it’s summer when you start seeing tons of zucchini piled up at the grocery stores and farmers markets. I have a hard time walking by a display of summer squash or zucchini and not grabbing as many as I can to take home. When you really think about it, zucchini is one of those veggies that can truly be added to so many dishes - the ideas are endless! If you have little ones that aren’t so keen on zucchini, don’t give up just yet. There are so many tasty ways to introduce and reintroduce this vegetable to your family, it just takes a little creativity in the kitchen.

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How to Add Protein to Meals using Canned Beans

Today's guest blog post is brought to you by McKenzie Hall Jones, RDN and Lisa Samuel, MBA, RDN, of NourishRDs and consulting dietitians for S&W Beans. There’s a lot to love about summertime. There’s the hot days, warm nights, and easy-breezy lifestyle – not to mention flip flops are appropriate footwear for (almost) any occasion and sunscreen can dual as your “signature scent.”

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6 Ways to Get Outside and Play This Summer

Today’s guest blog post comes from our friends at Jump with Jill. Laura Brown, MS, RD stars as “Jill” in the Midwest Cast of the world’s only rock & roll nutrition show Jump with Jill. From May 29 to June 25, Meijer stores will feature the Produce for Kids campaign to bring the Jump with Jill show to Midwest schools. 

Summer is here, which means fun in the sun is now officially mandatory. Enjoy the warm weather while getting active outside for 60 minutes or more per day. 

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Jump Start Dinner with these Conversation Starters

We’ve all heard the research: Eating dinner as a family is really important. As in, families who eat dinner together have kids who fare better in all sorts of measures including mental health and well-being. But what do you do once you get your family to sit down and eat? Knowing what to talk about and how to go about doing it can be frustrating.

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10 Convenient Fruit and Veggie Products for Summer

With the longer days, hotter weather and kids home from school, the need for easy ways to eat fruits and veggies becomes more prevalent. I have two active boys at home, and they are constantly reaching for the snacks. I usually have fresh fruits and veggies cut up and ready to go in the fridge, but between day camps and evening activities, it’s great to have some convenient staples on hand that are portable and easy to throw into a backpack or that make getting dinner on the table easier.

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30 No-Cook Meals for Summer

This time of year, our AC is running at full speed and the last thing I want to do is heat up the house by turning on the stove or oven to cook dinner. While I could eat salads every night of the week, my family needs a little more variety at mealtime. No-cook meals are a real life-saver on hot days, and with a little meal planning, can go beyond just salads or sandwiches.

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Build Your Own Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls have been filing my Instagram and Pinterest feed the last few months, and after trying a one I know why. It’s a really fun way to get my girls to fill up on fruits and veggies at breakfast – and they love decorating their own before digging in. 

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