Tips & Tricks for a Healthier Family

Holiday Meal Showstopper: Orzo-Stuffed Pumpkins.

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The pumpkin has been referred to as the “dark horse” of the super foods and for good reason: We rarely think of pumpkins beyond carving a Halloween jack-o-lantern or baking them into Thanksgiving pies. The truth is the pumpkin is an incredible, underutilized food that offers a wealth of health benefits. This recipe will wow… Read more

Are Your Kids Drinking Enough Water? How to Make Sure Your Family Stays Hydrated This Winter

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Many of us think about hydration during summer, when red faces and sweaty shirts provide obvious cues to drink up. But proper hydration is just as important in winter, if not more so. Research shows that illnesses that cause dehydration—like the flu and norovirus—happen more frequently in the colder months. Plus, all those warm layers… Read more

Root for Roots! Earthy and Sweet, These Veggies Keep You Grounded.

Hidden beauties: Root vegetables true gems.

There is something marvelous and mysterious about vegetables that grow entirely underground. Earthy and often colorful (think beets and carrots), root vegetables absorb moisture and nutrients from the soil—and that’s a good thing. A diet rich in root vegetables delivers essential vitamins such as A, C, and K, as well as potassium and plenty of… Read more

The Super-Powered Sweet Potato

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Often considered a staple of the holiday table, the spectacular sweet potato also makes a great addition to mealtimes any time of year. Its brilliant dark-orange flesh is rich in beta-carotene and chock full of Vitamin A—essential for keeping our vision and skin healthy. Sweet potatoes’ flavor also makes them tasty even for children who… Read more

5 Spooktacular DIY Snacks for a Healthier Halloween

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We’re not ashamed to say that we’d like Halloween to be just a wee less candy-centric, so we combed the web looking for snacks that captured the spirit of the holiday by emphasizing the fun and de-emphasizing the sugar factor. (We also wanted treats that kids can help you make, too.) These five snacks pass our healthy-Halloween… Read more

With Pasta, Browner is Better

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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

All Hail the Avocado!

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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