Decoding Confusing Food Claims

Food packages are covered with so many claims that can make a simple trip to the grocery store confusing and time-consuming. You want to make good choices for your family, but you don’t want to be fooled by marketing. So which claims are important--and which don’t mean much? Here’s what some of the most common and popular statements really mean....

Do Kids Need More Protein? (Plus 20 Protein-Rich Foods For Lunchboxes!)

A lot of parents worry about protein. They’re concerned their kids aren’t getting enough, especially if their they don’t love meat (but really, REALLY love carbs!). And it’s no wonder parents worry, since there seems to be an obsession around protein in food marketing. That’s especially true with the explosion of meatless burgers and plant-based protein products--everything from faux beef...

What’s in Season for September?

Happy September! Fall will be making an official appearance this month, along with football season, cooler weather and back-to-school routines. Plus, a plethora of fresh fruits and veggies are in season at a grocery store new you! Knowing what fresh produce items are in season when you head to the grocery store can not only save you money but also...

Food Rx: What You Need to Know About Added Sugars in Food

We’re so excited to introduce our newest series, Food Rx with Jessica DeLuise, PA-C, CCMS, a physician assistant and culinary medicine specialist. This monthly series will focus on the important role food plays in our overall health, plus we’ll be sharing kid-friendly recipes to add more fresh produce to your family's diet. Today, we’re talking all about added sugars in...

Build Your Own Smoothie

Build your own smoothies quickly and easily with this handy guide. Mix and match your favorite fruits, veggies and more to create a smoothie that the whole family will love. Smoothies are a go-to in our house. Not only are they ready in just a few minutes, but I can get creative by combining different flavors (and sneaking in some...

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Make in the Air Fryer

Curious about those air fryers you've seen pop up everywhere? Are they worth the hype or money? I received the NuWave 6 qt. Air Fryer from my mom as a gift and have been experimenting like a champ. Here's what I've learned. Many people are under the impression that an air fryer is only for making fried foods healthier, but that's...

Grocery Shopping Hacks to Save Money on Fresh Produce

We all know that eating fruits and veggies at each meal is important, but feeding a growing family on a budget is hard work! It requires planning, patience and some insider know-how to navigate the produce department without breaking the bank. The grocery bill is a big cost for most families and we hear from parents all the time that...

Easy Vegetarian Food Swaps

Whether you’re making the switch to a vegetarian, vegan or plant-based diet, or just looking to cut back on the amount of meat your family eats, these easy vegetarian food swaps can be used for most meals. Studies have shown that a vegetarian diet has been linked to many health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, and one’s risk for...

Drink More Water: The Importance of Hydration

As warmer months approach and outdoor activities increase, special attention needs to be given to proper hydration, especially for children. Because the body cannot store water, we must constantly provide and supply it with water to maintain our body’s many functioning systems. Water is by far one of the body's most essential nutrients. Water helps maintain blood volume, and it helps...

Ask the Psychologist: Screen Time & Kids

Q: We live in a day and age that our kids, from a very young age, have interaction with an electronic device. What are your recommendations on helping families set guidelines for screen time?   A: The best place to start is to look at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for screen time. They recommend the following:   Ages...