Homemade Sports Drink (Plus Book Giveaway!)

Homemade Sports Drink -- Real Mom Nutrition

I frequently gripe about sports drinks. I cringe when bottles of it are handed out to pee-wee players after less than an hour of light exercise. And I can't stand the way sports drinks are marketed to kids (read: "Why I'm No Fan Of Sports Drinks"). But the truth is, some young athletes may need what a sports drink provides, namely quick carbohydrates and electrolytes like sodium, especially if they're exercising for long periods of time (like a high school football player at summer training ...

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Easy Frozen Treats For Summer

Easy Frozen Treats For Summer -- Real Mom Nutrition

I’ve been busy over at Inspired Home, where I’m writing about healthy eating and the tools that make it easier. This month, I created four simple frozen treats you can make at home. For all the details and recipes, read Delicious DIY Frozen Treats. Here’s a peek: Two-Ingredient Blueberry Fro-Yo Watermelon Slush Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana “Ice Cream” Refreshing…

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This Is What’s Wrong With Foods & Drinks Marketed To Kids

Here's What's Wrong With Food & Drink Marketed to Kids -- Real Mom Nutrition

Everything that’s wrong with the foods and drinks marketed to kids these days can be found in this bottle of Hawaiian Punch. Here’s why: It’s Cheap This stuff costs $1.99 for a gallon. That’s less than a gallon of milk. It Pretends To Be Healthy See the prominent label on the front for “100% DV vitamin C”? The manufacturer wants…

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A Food Allergy Mom’s Call For Empathy

A Food Allergy Mom's Call For Empathy -- Real Mom Nutrition

My children don’t have food allergies but several of their friends do–and from those children and their parents, I have learned a lot about the day-to-day concerns (and fears) that food allergies involve. I reached out to some of those parents for a recent blog post I did for Parents magazine, “What Parents of Kids With Food Allergies Want You…

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What a Day’s Worth of Sugar For Kids Really Looks Like

What A Day's Worth of Added Sugar Really Looks Like For Kids -- Real Mom Nutrition

I don’t think sugar itself is toxic or poison. I don’t believe we need to completely banish it from our diets. But it’s a fact that most of us are getting too much added sugar, the kind put in by manufacturers (not the natural kind found in fruit and dairy). That’s especially true for kids. There’s no Daily…

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10 Surprising Ways To Use Your Slow Cooker

Surprising Ways to Use Your Slow Cooker -- Real Mom Nutrition

Slow cookers tend to see a lot of action in colder temperatures for soups and stews and get shelved in the summertime. But summer is actually a perfect time to use the slow cooker. After all, who wants their oven blazing when it’s 85 degrees outside? And there’s a whole lot more your slow cooker can do than churn out hearty,…

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The Trouble With Concession Stands In Youth Sports

The Trouble With Concession Stands In Youth Sports -- Real Mom Nutrition

If you have kids in baseball, softball, football, and other organized sports, you know about the concession stand. It may generate much-needed revenue for the sports league. It’s almost always stocked with junk food. As a parent, it’s hard to deny your player something from the concession stand, especially when the whole team gathers there after…

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4 Homemade Vinaigrette Dressings

4 Homemade Vinaigrette Dressings -- Real Mom Nutrition

I grew up on Good Seasons Italian salad dressing packets that my mom mixed with oil and vinegar. Years later, vinaigrettes are still my favorite way to dress a salad. Though I’ve tried lots of bottled kinds over the years, there’s no doubt that homemade vinaigrettes truly do taste best–and a batch takes just a minute or two…

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