Do you struggle with what to pack for snacks and lunches in a nut-free school zone? Here are some practical tips to help make it easier. Read more
Hands up if PB&J is a lunchtime staple for your family. Mine! If so, you know how simple, quick and delicious the classic PB&J sandwich can be. But sometimes even a classic needs jazzing up a bit, and that’s where these five fabulous spins on PB&J come into play. Lunch is served! Read more
Now that the kids are back in school, making sure they have plenty to drink is always on parents’ to-do list. Juice boxes are a popular beverage to pack into your little ones’ lunchboxes, but are they really a healthy choice? Read more
It’s back-to-school time, which means your kids are likely getting off the school bus tired and hungry. Before you reach for the box of Goldfish, consider this: Kids need the same combination of fiber, protein and fat in a snack that you do. This winning combination will keep your child full, focused and filled with energy. Here are seven healthy snacks guaranteed to please even the pickiest eaters; some even let your kids join in on the fun! Read more
Cutting Carbs Not So Key
Attention, carb cutters: A new study has found that, contrary to the belief of die-hard Atkins fans, it is not necessary to cut carbs to burn fat and lose weight. According to researchers at National Institutes of Health, who published their findings in the journal Cell Metabolism, those who cut an equal caloric amount of fat from their diet are just as, if not more, likely to burn fat as those who cut carbs. “Our study suggests it’s probably the calories in a diet that matter much more than the carbohydrates or the fat,” lead author Kevin Hall, of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, told the Los Angeles Times. The key to losing weight is to reduce calories and keep them down over the long-term, Hall said.
If you sent your little ones to camp this summer — be it a day camp, a weeklong skill-growing intensive or the full-fledged sleep-away experience — you likely relinquished control of their diet to the cafeteria gods. Your diligent meal planning and healthy eating lessons gave way to fried finger foods, endless carbs and thrice-daily snacks and sweets — which your kids easily burned off by running in circles all day. But now that they’re back home and preparing to start school, you’ll need to transition your happy campers back to normal eating habits. Rather than rip the bandage off all at once, we suggest trying out better-for-them versions of typical camp foods — so they won’t even notice they’ve crossed the bridge back into healthy eating land.
Sloppy Joes (shown above)
This meaty mess of a sandwich is probably the most-iconic cafeteria food, ladled from a giant vat onto a hamburger bun. Ellie Krieger uses extra-lean ground beef for these Joes and relies on fresh ingredients (onion, garlic, peppers) and a handful of sauces and seasonings to imbue the meat with that deep, indulgent flavor.
Everywhere you look these days, there’s another smoothie or juice bar popping up offering blends of fruits and vegetables in drinkable form. Even the refrigerated aisle at the supermarket is lined with bottles of similar sorts of drinks. They seem like an easy way to pump more fruits and veggies into your daily intake. And why not use the same method to supplement your kids’ diet? Read more
Feel Good About Olives
Are olives a food you can feel good about eating? A panel of nutritionists and diet experts polled by Time magazine all say olives make a very healthy snack indeed. They point out that about four large olives have only about 20 calories, are nutritionally rich and contain about two grams of healthy monounsaturated fat, which benefits your heart, your brain and your belly. What’s more, olives are packed with antioxidants like biophenols, which keep bad cholesterol from building up in your artery walls. They’re also anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, and aid in disease prevention. Plus, as a fermented food, they offer gut-friendly bacteria. One drawback: Because they are cured, olives may be high in salt, so the experts suggest you compensate by cutting out another salty snack. A small price to pay … Read more
Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Aim to Get Real
Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, both owned by Yum Brands, have announced plans to eliminate artificial colors and flavors from their menu items. This means that Taco Bell’s seasoned beef will soon feature black pepper rather than “black pepper flavor,” and artificial dyes including Yellow No. 6, Blue No. 1 and carmine will be removed from the chain’s nacho cheese, avocado ranch dressing and red tortilla strips, respectively. High-fructose corn syrup, unsustainable palm oil and some (though not all) artificial preservatives will also be phased out, although fountain beverages and co-branded products will not be affected. Pizza Hut, meanwhile, aims to eliminate artificial colors and flavors by late July and will then begin listing ingredients online. Read more
Should our youngest children be scarfing down greasy fried food in the middle of their day? Is there any reason we shouldn’t be feeding our toddlers tofu? Read more