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10 Simple After-School Snacks

by in Back to School, August 31, 2010
Caramel Popcorn - Photo courtesy Food Network Magazine
Caramel Popcorn - Photo courtesy Food Network Magazine

I always looked forward to my first day back at school. Sure, parading around in a new outfit was fun, but what I enjoyed most was chatting with my friends at the lunch table, swapping snacks and treats with them.

Every year, my dad would take my sister and me to the grocery store and let us pick out the yummiest lunch snacks. Our picks were often the snack-of-the-moment, which translated to brightly-colored foods with ingredient names we’d never even attempt to pronounce.

These 10 healthier choices will still impress your kids’ friends at school, without the laundry list of ingredients.  You might even end up munching on them for your snacktime, too!

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Reading List: Better School Lunches, "Normal" Food Allergies & Overcoming Picky Palates

by in Back to School, Food News, August 21, 2009

From this week’s nutrition headlines: it’s all about the kids — more info on how parents are contributing to the obesity epidemic, raising children with more eclectic tastes and a disturbing new video game that stars “Fat Princess.”

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Smarter Snacks: Picks for During & After School

by in Back to School, Kid-Friendly, August 21, 2009

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I tell my younger clients to eat three meals and two to three small, healthy snacks a day. They often look at me with a puzzled face and say, “I’m supposed to snack?” Yes, of course, but it’s all about picking wisely.

Kids should get 25% of their daily calories from snacks, so these mini-meals should be full of vitamins and minerals to help them grow. But the question is: What’s a healthy snack that your kid (and you, too) will want to eat?

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Good Eats for the Student Athlete

by in Back to School, Healthy Tips, Kid-Friendly, August 19, 2009

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I work with all kinds of athletes — from little leaguers to college folks and pros. A fitness fanatic myself, I know that busy schedules and demanding workouts make it tough for athletes to get the nutrition they need. Student athletes often have the most trouble when it comes to figuring out what to eat and when — and those team-supplied orange slices probably won’t do the trick. Here are some nutrition tips and foods to remember.

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Taste Test: Frozen Cheese Pizza

by in Back to School, Grocery Shopping, Taste Test, August 19, 2009

Frozen Pizza
When I was in college, prepping fresh, balanced meals wasn’t exactly a priority. Sometimes quick and cheap won out and that often meant frozen pizza. Newly graduated, I’m thinking healthier these days. Looking for smarter standbys, I recruited my friend, Tracy, to help me sample five “better for you” frozen pizzas. Then, we ran them by Dana and Toby to get the nutritionist perspective.

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6 Foods to Fuel Your Brain

by in Back to School, Healthy Tips, August 18, 2009

Scrambled Eggs over Asparagus
Whether you’re heading back to classes or to work after a vacation, you might need a brain boost. Instead of overdosing on coffee or jittery energy drinks, here are some fresh foods to help keep your brain in top shape.

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Smarter Snacks: At the Vending Machine

by in Back to School, Healthy Tips, Kid-Friendly, August 18, 2009

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It’s afternoon, you forgot to pack a snack and that candy bar in the vending machine is sweetly calling your name. Whether you’re at work or stuck after school, sometimes the vending machine is the only option. Tell the candy bar to shut up and type in the numbers for these smarter alternatives.

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Packing a Tasty Lunch for Kids

by in Back to School, Kid-Friendly, August 17, 2009

Kid-Friendly Lunch
How many times can a kid eat chicken nuggets or fish sticks for lunch? I know a lot of kids would be happy with them day after day, but there are other healthy and yummy options out there. Would you believe that my 7-year old son now eats cucumber-avocado rolls and chicken wraps for lunch? Proof: the photo above!

Here are some tips for packing a lunch that will tease your kids’ taste buds.

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Spotlight Recipe: Mascarpone Mini Cupcakes

by in Back to School, Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, August 17, 2009

mascarpone mini cupcakes
Kids are heading back to school and that means class parties will be starting up again soon. Instead of bringing in 500-calorie cupcakes or donuts in for your kindergartener’s birthday bash, bake up a batch of these 100-calorie cupcakes. Serve them up with a side of fruit and you’ve got a perfect treat for the entire class. To mix up the color and flavor, use different fruits like blueberries or mango for the glaze.

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