by Dana Angelo White in Food & Nutrition Experts, Kid-Friendly, July 5, 2017
by Dana Angelo White in Fitness & Wellness, Food & Nutrition Experts, September 10, 2016
Summer has arrived, which means school is out and camp is in. If you’re sending little ones off to day camp this summer, it’s time to think about what the heck they’re going to eat. Since camp meals can be more stressful than packing school lunches, we’ve got some tasty, healthy and easy ideas to make meal prep feel like you’re on vacation.
Summer heat is great for camp, but not for food safety. Keep lunches cool with plenty cold packs to prevent the growth of unhealthy bacteria. Even if lunches are to be stored in refrigeration, it’s a good idea to bring an ice pack along to make sure everything stays cool during transport. Reusable ice packs are an affordable option, or use a pre-frozen 4-ounce water bottle. Read more
by Sally Wadyka in Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, Uncategorized, August 28, 2016
Stumped by the question of what to serve hungry young athletes before and after practices and games? Check out our hit list of energy-boosting, muscle-building, lip-smacking grub that will give them the nutrition their bodies need to stay at the top of their games.
Sports Nutrition Crash Course
Young athletes don’t have the same nutritional needs as elite athletes, but they do need the proper fuel to perform their best. Kids participating in middle school and high school sports often run to their games right after a day of classes, long after lunchtime, leaving them low on energy and pressed for time. For this reason breakfast is a must, lunch can’t be skipped, and a snack leading up to an afternoon sporting event is a really good idea. Before exercising, easily digestible carbs are the best types of snacks – no one needs a bellyache on the field or court. Post-exercise eating is all about recovery of energy stores and repair of tired and worn-out muscles. Here the goal is to replenish with protein, carbs and fluid. Read more
by Toby Amidor in Food & Nutrition Experts, June 13, 2016
It’s that time of year again: You need breakfasts that are quick to make and eat, lunches you can pack the night before, and after-school snacks that will keep kids going strong till dinnertime. To get the school year off to a healthy start, we’ve rounded up some great ideas and easy-to-make recipes that will help get you and the kids out the door on time.
Breakfast in a Hurry
Pumped-up pancakes: Add some shredded kale and apples to your regular pancake batter for an extra dose of nutrients.
Yogurt parfait: Layering plain or vanilla yogurt with fresh fruit and granola makes this fun breakfast a complete — and filling — meal.
Overnight oats: Prep these the night before and your kids can dig in as soon as they get up.
Breakfast burritos (pictured above): These wraps are a hearty and healthy breakfast — perfect for kids who are extra-hungry in the morning. And if you’re really in a rush, simply wrap a scrambled egg in a tortilla and hand it to your kid on his way out the door.
Frittata: Make this yummy dish on Sunday and your kids can eat it for breakfast all week long. Read more
by Toby Amidor in Grocery Shopping, November 2, 2015
If you think all kids are looking to devour only junk food, think again! A National Mango Board snacking study, conducted in September 2015, surveyed 501 U.S. parents with children between the ages of 3 and 11, using Research Now’s online consumer panel; the results showed that 41 percent of children ask for fresh fruit more frequently than other snacks. So the next time your little one requests a snack, choose one of these healthy options.
Snack Versus Treat
Snacks are mini meals that should be provided if there is a long stretch of time between meals (about five hours). Snacks are a perfect opportunity for your child to take in the nutrients they need to help them grow and develop, including iron, protein, calcium and vitamin D. Treats, on the other hand, are non-nutritious foods — such as cookies and chips — that do not provide nutrients and should be consumed only once in a while. Read more
by Toby Amidor in Grocery Shopping, October 15, 2015
More kids are being diagnosed with celiac disease and are unable to eat foods containing gluten. Luckily, there are many more healthy options now available at the market. Here are our top picks of gluten-free snacks for your youngster to munch on. Read more
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Tips, September 16, 2015
Sometimes, picking up a box of easy-to-tote snacks to toss in your child’s lunchbox can help make those crazy mornings just a little easier to handle. Here are seven healthy snack packs your kiddos will love. Read more
by Min Kwon, MS, RD in Healthy Recipes, September 14, 2015
This kiddie snack can be so much more than a lunchbox staple. Check out these clever hacks using lower lower-fat, part-skim mozzarella string cheese sticks. Read more
by Amy Chaplin in Healthy Recipes, September 10, 2015
It’s back-to-school time and stores are stocked with the essentials to gear up for the new school year, including convenient snacks to help fuel growing minds and bodies. With “all-natural,” “low-fat” and “low-sugar” labels becoming more and more prevalent, supposedly healthy snacks may seem like a great addition to your child’s lunchbox. But before you place one in your cart, take the time to read the ingredient list and nutrition label — you may be surprised by a long list of refined and artificial ingredients. Read more
by Silvana Nardone in Healthy Recipes, September 8, 2015
The combination of crunchy toasted seeds, creamy nut butter, and chewy millet and dates makes this protein bar both energizing and satisfying. Packed with superfoods like chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds and cacao, it’s the perfect afternoon snack to get you and your family through until dinner. I also added some maca root powder (a South American superfood), but you could add any other superfood or protein powders you like, or simply leave it out. Read more
This school year, why not up the healthy standards of your kids’ snacks? Sure, there are choices everywhere on supermarket shelves, but none are as healthy as the ones you can control yourself — and cook up in your own kitchen. When you’re popping popcorn, shaping pizza crust and rolling oat balls, your kids will want to get in on the snack-making fun, and before you know it, they’ll be asking to make more. Bonus: The whole family gets to spend some quality time together. Read more