Kid-Approved Recipes

With Pasta, Browner is Better


Kids in our schools love to request their favorite lunches—and spaghetti, chicken pasta bake, and buttered pasta all count as class favorites. We also happen to make these popular meals with whole-grain pasta. (You know, the browner variety that you’ve seen next to the whiter, more refined pasta types in the grocery store.) There’s a simple… Read more

An Apple a Day? Absolutely.

apple crumble

October is National Apple Month, and at Grow Happy that is a time worth celebrating! Apples are low-calorie, a fantastic source of fiber, and a good source of vitamin C. In other words, this classic fruit is a great go-to food for growing bodies of every age. (Plus, kids happen to LOVE them.) That’s why… Read more

All Hail the Avocado!


Avocados are one of the most versatile, healthy and delicious foods produced by Mother Nature. In recent years the avocado has become more abundant and accessible, creating more and more enthusiasts around the country, lucky for us!         Our bodies love avocados. Here’s why: Good source of healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated… Read more

5 Healthy Summer Thirst Quenchers


Did you know the human body is 60-70% water? During the summer as we spend more time outdoors and increase our activity level, our body’s rate of water loss increases dramatically, making regular hydration incredibly important. Drinking an ice-cold glass of water on a hot day can be very satisfying, but adding an element of… Read more

10 Pantry Staples, 5 Simple Meals


When did August get here? Back to school season is upon us which means schedules are about to get a little hectic. When life gets busy, it can be tempting to go for inexpensive, fast food. But with just a little planning, eating healthy on a budget can be a breeze. To help, we’ve put… Read more

In Praise of Peaches This Month!


Peaches are top of mind for us in August because at this time of year, they are the most popular fruit purchased by our centers around the country. Take advantage of the season! They are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Here are 6 easy ways to serve peaches to even the pickiest of eaters, kids and grown-ups alike.

TAKE IT OUTSIDE: Get Grilling!


Nothing says summer sizzle more than grilling outside. We thought we’d take a mindful approach to healthy grilling this month with some ideas to involve the kids while keeping it safe, and good for you.

Recipe: Taco Casserole

Taco casserole

This recipe is our Registered Dietitian’s healthier take on a kid-favorite – taco casserole. It’s a great way to incorporate new vegetables into your child’s diet, like bell peppers, seeded jalapenos, or zucchini.