Wish Your Family Ate More Veggies? Try These 7 Moves.

Green Smoothie

Vegetables can be a tough sell for some kids (and some adults). If you’re looking for ways to get more veggies into your family’s diet, here are seven moves that work for us! 1. Create an appetizer platter.  I’ve written about my no-snacks-except-veggies-in-the-hour-before-dinner-house-rule before (read My Pre-Dinner Snack Strategy). It’s worked wonders around here. It takes the…

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The Rules We Eat By: 7 Healthy Habits For Our Family

The Rules We Eat By -- Real Mom Nutrition

As you know, I don’t take a hardline approach when it comes to food. I leave wiggle room for birthday party punch and the occasional bowl of boxed macaroni and cheese. I know that the best-laid plans for a healthy meal can go south thanks to evening school events, last minute invitations to have pizza with friends, or garden variety end-of-day exhaustion….

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In Defense Of Ranch Dressing

In Defense of Ranch Dressing

There’s a bottle of ranch dressing in my refrigerator. It’s not homemade. Its not organic. It has preservatives and added sweetener and artificial flavor. But because of this dressing, my ten year old eats baby carrots and bell peppers in his lunchbox and digs into green salads several nights a week. I have mixed feelings about…

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Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Poor, maligned Brussels sprouts. They’ve long been a punchline, shorthand for “yucky healthy food that nobody wants to eat”, and a dinnertime villain in children’s books–most likely because they were served boiled-to-mush one too many times by well-meaning parents. Now Brussels sprouts are finally getting their due. Roasting has become one of the most popular ways…

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Sweet-Tart Kale Salad (Plus How To De-Stem Kale)

Sweet-Tart Kale Salad

Who takes kale salad to a potluck picnic? I do! (Is that weird?) Wherever I take it, this salad gets rave reviews–and many requests for the recipe. Now it’s featured in my new book Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide. Bonus: This salad actually gets better with time, as the lemony dressing softens the leaves. Speaking of…

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Peach & Vanilla Green Smoothie

Peach & Vanilla Green Smoothie - Real Mom Nutrition

The Polar Vortex got me dreaming of warmer temperatures in faraway places–where thermometers have never seen minus 10 degrees at high noon and where you don’t need to wear a ski mask to take out the recycling. That was the inspiration for this smoothie, a new favorite of mine. Close your eyes and it’s part…

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