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Back To School - Teach Your Kids to Make a Healthy Lunch

It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. During the school year, however, lunch might be just as crucial - when lunchtime rolls around, kids have been in class for a few hours, and their bodies and minds need refueling. Making healthy lunches for kids can be a struggle. The preponderance of processed and packaged meals and snacks might save you a few minutes of prep time on busy mornings, but aren’t necessarily the best choices for growing kids. Preparing tasty, nutritious lunches doesn’t have to be difficult, and best of all it’s easy to...

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Back to School in The Kitchen: Teach Your Kids to Make a Healthy Breakfast

Let’s face it - getting kids to eat healthy breakfasts can be a challenge. Sugar-coated cereals and shrink-wrapped pastries tempt young palates, and a meal-from-a-box makes it all too easy for us parents to cut corners when we are trying to get to work. And now that school’s starting, the mornings are likely to be even busier. You can teach kids how to make healthy breakfasts for themselves. An Eggs-scelent Choice Eggs might be the perfect breakfast food - they have plenty of protein for growing bodies, and there are countless ways to prepare them. Best of all, chefs of all...

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Food Makeovers: Healthy Summer Potato, Macaroni and Pasta Salad Side Dishes

Potato, macaroni and pasta salads are a mainstay of the summer food lineup. While these comfort food dishes are the gold standard of cookouts and other summer meals, they are packed with calories and unhealthy fats. The good news is, with a few tweaks that have little impact on flavor, you can makeover these dishes to be much healthier. Sauce Swaps for Summer Salads The primary way to improve the nutrition and reduce the calories and unhealthy fats is by making changes with the sauce. Here are a few options to improve your sauce: Replace mayonnaise with three parts Greek...

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5 Healthful, Non-Toxic and Fun Food Crafts for Kids

Playing with food is something that kids love to do but parents tend to discourage – but it can be lots of fun to break the rules and turn your kitchen into a kid craft room. These five fun edible projects for kids let them be a little hands-on (just be sure that they’ve been washed well!) before they chow down! Popcorn Necklaces Use a blunt tipped needle and dental floss to string popcorn into a necklace. You can also add dried fruit, such as raisins or cranberries to make “gems” on your popcorn jewelry. It’s not only a tasty project, but a...

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How to Make Non-Toxic Homemade Clay

Creating art and playing with clay is something that people of all ages enjoy. For many, there is something so satisfying and calming about the manipulation of clay or dough and its sensory effects. However, some of the versions of clay made in retail can contain chemicals or components that you don’t want in contact with your skin. Learning how to make your own non-toxic homemade clay allows you to control the ingredients and create a safe compound for you and your children to use. Non-Toxic Homemade Clay Recipe There are loads of different recipes you can use for homemade...

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Taco Tuesday the Healthy Way

Taco Tuesday is always a fun idea, but it can be loaded with high-fat and high-calorie ingredients that aren't so great for the body. It doesn't have to be that way to be fun and delicious! Here are some tips and recipe options to do Taco Tuesday the healthy way. Making Taco Tuesday Healthier There are many ways to improve the health of Taco Tuesday without sacrificing any flavor (and even improving the flavor!). Look for alternatives to the meat ingredients that are high in saturated, unhealthy fats. Healthier meat alternatives include ground turkey, and there are also some wonderful non-meat...

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Healthy Cookout and Picnic Ideas

Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy a family cookout or picnic, but it doesn't have to mean a meal that's bad for you. Here are some good-for-you healthy cookout and picnic ideas to level up your summer. Healthy Cookout and Picnic Tips: Build your cookout around fresh vegetables and fruit first. Many fruits and vegetables can be cooked on a grill, either brushed with a healthy oil and placed directly on the grill or brushed with a healthy oil and roasted in your Xtrema Skillet. Fill your picnic basket with fresh chopped vegetables and fruit.  Fill pitchers with ice water...

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Homemade Soup Tips for Easy, Healthy Work at Home Lunches

Soup is a popular comfort food and truly is a nutritious meal that works just about any time of day. One of the best things about soup is that you can throw it together, put it on the stove to simmer on low heat, and let it cook until it’s time to eat. Making soup for lunch when working from home is a perfect way to ensure you eat a healthy lunch that almost cooks itself while you focus on what’s important. Choosing Great Soup Ingredients Soup is a perfect way to use up leftovers from the fridge or to...

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