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Cinderella had it easy

I love to shovel snow off of my driveway.  I think it is exhilirating and accomplishing.  So most mornings I choose to shovel the driveway alone, missing a great opportunity for my kids to work, get some exercise, and spend time together.  This morning was the mother of all snow falls. I have no idea how much came down, but…

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What food group is chocolate in?

When I took my first nutrition class in college, I was taught the "four food groups".  Do you remember that? It seems like ages ago!  Then there was the "Food guide Pyramid"  And now of course is "MyPyramid.  Do your kids know about it?  My kids know MyPyramid better than they know their multiplication tables.  Mostly because the MyPyramid poster…

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A Better “Milkshake”

How can I do a blog about healthy eating without discussing the most popular healthy eating idea around? It's an American classic! It's as tasty as ice cream, yet as healthy as a fruit salad.  People have written entire books about them!  It's SMOOTHIES of course.  Just note, I do not follow recipes very often, so I can not give…

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Flavor up Oatmeal

Often my kids will tell people that they love oatmeal for breakfast.  People look at me with that "you are such a good mom" look in their eyes, and I glow with pride.  What I don't let my kids tell them, is that they will only eat "maple and Brown sugar" flavored oatmeal.  One packet of this contains 13 grams…

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Chocolate Milk

Finally I feel justified. I came across this quote in the Feb. issue of Family Circle.  "Good news; Kids who fill up on flavored milk tend to drink fewer sugary sodas and consume less sugar overall. In fact, eight ounces of low-fat chocolate milk has 30% of the recommended daily allowance for calcium and only 3 fat grams and a lot…

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Superfood Spinach

Every Sunday I'll just do a simple quiz on a food I find fascinating during the week.  I am as excited about the nutritional makeup as this one as I was about last weeks Cantaloupe.  So here goes: It has the best nutrient-richness of all the vegetables One cup cooked is only 41 calories One cup cooked has 1110% of…

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Spinach for Kids

Every Sunday I'll just do a simple quiz on a food I find fascinating during the week.  I am as excited about the nutritional makeup as this one as I was about last weeks Cantaloupe.  So here goes: It has the best nutrient-richness of all the vegetables One cup cooked is only 41 calories One cup cooked has 1110% of…

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Brown Rice

Tip of the day: Blend 1/2 brown rice with 1/2 white rice.  But first, if your kids won't even eat white rice, then maybe you are making it wrong.  Experiment with different brands.  I tried several until I found one I liked, you know the kind they give you at Chinese restaurants.  Sticky and yummy.  Then I add a touch…

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Baked Apple

Another Dessert!  Am I crazy? What is wrong with me?  Should I change this blog to "healthy desserts your kids might like?"  Or, "Something sweet yet a little healthy so I don't feel guilty for feeding my kids a complete diet of sugar?" I have about 5 more "healthy desserts" waiting in que to try on my kids.  I'm a…

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Whole Wheat Bread

If you haven't already made the switch from white to whole wheat bread, there is no reason to wait.  I believe this is one of the easiest changes to make.  My kids have always eaten whole wheat bread so it's never been an issue in our home.  One day however I decided to buy some white bread, and ketchup boy…

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