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Healthy Foods for Toddlers

by in Healthy Tips, Kid-Friendly, September 8, 2009

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This time around knowing what to feed my toddler is much easier. I know what foods to wait on, the ones to avoid and appropriate portion sizes. But figuring it all out took time, experience and a whole lot of patience (I’ve had practice with two kids already). If you’re confused on what to feed your little one, keep these basics in mind.

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Spotlight Recipe: Chicken Tortilla Wrap Sandwich

by in Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, September 7, 2009

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This is a day to honor the hard work you’ve done, so who wants to cook something lavish? Take it easy with this versatile chicken wrap. Use leftover chicken breast and whatever veggies you have on hand. If you’re feeding the family, get the kids to put together their own combinations. This will cut down on the “I don’t like this or that” battle and make your day that much easier.

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[Photo: Redsie / Recipezaar]

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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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

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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

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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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