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Veggie Dip

I'm too eembarrassedto mention what I served for dinner tonight (rhythms with shmorn dogs).  But I did include a delicious tray of veggies.  My kids haven't eaten cucumbers before, Not that I've never bought a cucumber, I just never offered them some when I do.  The dip I provided was plain yogurt with ranch seasoning mixed into it.  They didn't…

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Happy Valentines Day

I know my kids will get plenty of candy at school at their valentines parties, so instead of contributing to the teeth rot, I decided to write each of my kids a sweet valentines card instead.  I had an internal struggle for a few days between wanting to buy candy and being more dedicated to my healthy blog by not buying it. My…

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Good Job!

We were at the dentist for cleanings on Monday. Our dentist gives the kids a toy, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Ketchup boy handed it back to me and said, "I'll take the piece of candy instead." I said, "The dentist does NOT pass out candy!" It got me thinking of what got him to the point that he expects treats for…

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Strawberry Puree

I still post even when my kids were too stubborn to try something. Just hoping someone else's kids are a little more open minded than mine, or at least still young enough they are impressionable. I pureed some strawberries that I defrosted out of the freezer. Blended them up in my mini food processor.  Then I tried to spread the pureed…

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Soccer Treats

I remember the late 70's going to my brother's soccer games.  When it was our turn for snacks, we would cut up a bowl full of oranges, and the players would eat them during half time.  It seems times have changed. My friend Kristin's boy is in basketball right now, and got a pre-packaged rice krispie treat and juice the…

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Picky Eaters

Quick respose to a question first, and Kristin, I'll get to your question Monday. Question of the week from Ailene: My kids won't eat anything orange. Actually, they won't eat any fruits and vegetables for that matter. What can I do? The biggest most effective way to get your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables is to be a…

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After School Snack

Doesn't this look delicious.  It reminds me of spring, and we are anxiously awaiting spring.   We had a few hours of sun yesterday and it was terrific. This an example of a balanced snack.  There were frozen strawberries that I defrosted.  Some mini-muffins, and a little plain yogurt for some protein.  The toothpick can be used to stab and dip…

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Fast food

On any given day, 30% of children will eat fast food! This is a 300% rise over the last two decades.  I could write 50 posts on this issue alone, because I am very passionate about this problem.  This trend contributes to childhood obesity and early onset of diabetes.  As a family, we eat fast food maybe three times a year or…

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The original fruit snack

We have been buying Stretch Island Fruit's fruit leather ever since I was able to find them at Costco.  For about 20 cents per fruit leather, it's right in my price range for snacking.  Each fruit leather is 100% fruit, equal to a full serving of fruit, and they don't add any sugar.  I put these in lunches, and take…

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Eating Soy

Sunday is Food quiz day.  Guess what power house of a food this is! So versatile. This bean can be eaten fresh, dried, as a milk, as a nut, as a cheese, as a flour, and as a meat. Fabulous source of protein. Fabulous source of calcium. Other nutrients very high in; potasium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Promotes heart health, digestive…

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