Here’s How Many Fruits and Vegetables Kids Need Every Day

How many fruits and vegetables kids need every day

You know the Food Guide Pyramid. You know MyPlate. You know your kids need fruits and veggies. But what does it mean in the real world–and what does a whole day’s worth really look like? You may see these photos and think it’s way more than your kids eat–or way less. Personally, putting together this post made me realize…

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Dippable Salad For Kids

A salad kids can dip!

For many parents, salad is the final frontier–something they really, really wish their kids liked (but alas, their kids just don’t). My strategy has always been to serve “Starter Salads” to my kids. And not for nothing, but that approach also worked on my husband, who now eats big salads nightly and orders them in restaurants even…

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Veggie Nuggets

Veggie Nuggets

As a mom, I hold these truths to be self-evident: Kids love finger food. Kids love dipping. Kids love nuggets. Well, at least my kids do. These Veggie Nuggets hit that trifeca of kid-friendliness. Because sometimes veggies can be a hard sell with the younger set. I’m not a fan of “hiding” veggies in other foods…

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Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

One Pot Spinach and Sundried Tomato Pasta

I was asked to participate in the #PastaFits campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture blogger network. I was compensated for my time. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. The week following Halloween officially ushers in a period I like to think of as Prolonged Holiday Season Insanity (PHSI), when calendars get crammed, exercise regimens get swapped…

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5 Daily Health Habits I’m Teaching My Kids

5 Daily Health Habits I'm Teaching My Kids

This month, I’m partnering with the National Milk Life Campaign’s Back-to-School program. I was compensated for writing this post, but all opinions are (as always!) my own. Nobody’s perfect. It’s a reality that I promote on this blog and something I show in plain view in my What We Ate Wednesday feature. Sometimes my dinner…

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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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