Making healthy choices can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help! The Grow Happy blog can help you take small steps toward a healthier life, with kid-approved recipes, fun cooking videos, and advice from our experts on how to live healthier together. Download the Grow Happy Goal Tracker and use it to set goals as a family and celebrate when you succeed!

5 Healthy Summer Thirst Quenchers

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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.

Guest Post: Healthy Snacking Made Simple – Strategies for Easier Afternoons

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By Elizabeth Stark, Brooklyn Supper. A day of healthy eating is often undone by the afternoon snack. Kids often need fast fuel to recover from a busy day at school or daycare and get them through the rest of their day, but it can be tough to find time to make something nutritious in the midst of a frantic afternoon. Here are some simple ways to get kids involved in planning healthier snacks!