I am not the most organized person when it comes to meal planning, which is why I am an expert in grocery shopping my pantry and freezer! In fact, it is a near daily occurrence at my house around 4:30 pm. Although meal planning is not my strong suit, my ability to create a pantry that delivers meals has improved over the years out of the fear of family starvation.
A tangerine and a cranberry walk into a restaurant. It may sound like the beginning to a questionable joke, but this pair is really a match made in heaven – especially when it comes to boosting some of your personal health goals. These two first met on a blustery winter day, and it’s been culinary magic ever since between the Asian-native tangerine, and the cool North American native, cranberry. These
Scanning nutrition labels is a great way to help you find and make balanced food choices. And it’s estimated that at least 60% of Americans are in fact paying more attention to the numbers on the food packages they buy.  But if you don’t know what to look for on the label—or are only noticing the calories—chances are you’re not seeing the complete picture of your favorite eats. As
Is eating healthier one of your goals for 2014? If so, you are most likely looking for new ways to add fruits and veggies to your diet. Fruits and vegetables are essential to a healthy diet, and they contribute a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to your meals. For those focused on health, fruits and vegetables also provide high amounts of heart- and weight-friendly fiber. Courtesy of Fruits
The thermometer reading may be rather low this winter, but that is no excuse for low physical activity levels. Children need to be physically active, even in the winter months. Fewer sunlight hours and for the more northern folk, snow and cold, can make it hard to find a time and place for kids to be physically active. But children, by nature, want to move and moving keeps you warm.
Give a child a fish stick, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a child to cook and you’ll feed him for a lifetime. Forgive the twist on an ancient proverb, but it’s true. As a partner of the Together Counts™ program, we know that basic cooking skills are essential, and a good foundation will set your child up for a lifetime of good cooking- and eating! Keep it simple- and
‘Tis the season to be BUSY, and sometimes a hectic hurry-scurry holiday season weeknight deserves a special (and easy) dinner that’s a treat for the whole family. As a Together CountsTM ambassador, I love routines that gather my entire family around the table. Even better, I almost always have the ingredients for a breakfast meal on hand. Here are some of my favorite ways to do brinner. Simply Scrambled: What’s
Being a full-time working mom, I find it quite challenging to keep up with the day-to-day tasks of running a household and being the wife and mom I want to be. As the school year gears up, my family’s schedule is bound to grow even busier. So, between work, school and extra-curricular activities, I have found the only way to keep up is to maintain a structured routine for the
Whenever my extended family is around my house at mealtime, they are always joking about the foods I serve my daughter. While most 2-year olds are eating more standard lunchtime fare, my child is a little more adventurous with her taste buds. In an effort to provide balanced meals, I’ve tried to introduce her to a wide variety of foods so that she learns to enjoy them and make balanced
No matter who you consider your family to be, it’s vitally important to everyone’s health and well-being to sit down regularly and eat meals together, according to Miriam Weinstein, author of The Surprising Power of Family Meals. “In our over-scheduled, hyper-individualized culture, there are endless forces pulling families apart,” she says. “One of the reasons that family meals are so important is that there are so few things that families