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3 Ways to Get Your Family Cooking for Life in 2017

by Together Counts Partner | January 10, 2017 at 9:11 am | comments

Every January, millions of Americans resolve to ring in the New Year with healthier, more active lifestyles. Making healthy habits a daily ritual can be difficult, especially without a dedicated support system. Common Threads, a partner of Together Counts and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, provides hands-on healthy cooking and nutrition programs for kids, parents and teachers throughout the country, providing a common language around wellness and fostering environments jam

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Food Brings Us Together

by Together Counts Partner | December 15, 2016 at 9:30 am | comments

“Food feeds the soul. To the extent that we all eat food, and we all have souls, food is the single great unifier across cultures.” – Amy S. Choi The holiday season is known for its food and fellowship. We gather together to spend more time with family and friends, often over traditional meals. Depending on your culture, you may be looking forward to ham, latkes, curry, fish, turkey, goose,

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Incorporating Greens in to Your Kid’s Diet

by Together Counts Partner | December 8, 2016 at 9:17 am | comments

When you walk into the grocery store, the greens that pop up immediately at the entrance can seem intimidating. From kale, to dandelion and collards, as a Together Counts ™ partner, we recognize that it can seem overwhelming and scary to bring them back into your own kitchen. Here are some simple and easy ways to include some of these greens into your lifestyle and more importantly, your kid’s meal! All dark

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Try These School Lunch Ideas

by Together Counts Partner | December 6, 2016 at 9:07 am | comments

The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing color and you’ve finally hit your stride with the school routine. But what about trying to figure out what to make for the next umpteen weeks of school lunches? Lunches that kids will actually eat. Lunches that won’t make parents feel guilty. It’s a thin line to walk day in and day out for an entire school year! Healthy Dining’s dietitians are quick to stress

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Recipe Hacks for Better Nutrition

by Together Counts Partner | November 29, 2016 at 9:41 am | comments

As a Together Counts™ partner, we at the Canned Food Alliance recognize that life is about balance and that you can still enjoy the occasional treat and live healthfully! We partnered with Kara Lydon, author of The Foodie Dietitian Blog, to come up with these simple recipe hacks that will boost the nutritional value of some of your favorite foods using canned goods found in most pantries. Fall is the

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Five Ways to Fruit and Vegetable-ize your Family Meals

by Together Counts Partner | November 10, 2016 at 8:31 am | comments

As a Together Counts™ partner and as your Hometown Proud grocery store, we recognize that no matter the size of your household, spending time together around a good, healthful meal can be fun and simple when you focus on the season. Here are five ways to make your fall meals tastier, healthier and more memorable. Best of all, these tips are easy enough that the kids can help! Reinvent your

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From a Registered Dietitian’s Point of View: Healthy Heart Pledge Testimony

by Together Counts Partner | October 27, 2016 at 10:08 am | comments

Alyson Fendrick R.D. L.D., Homeland Grocery As a Registered Dietitian and Together Counts™ partner, I love teaching people about seafood. My favorite thing is educating them on how to select and prepare seafood from the Homeland meat counters. A lot of shoppers are scared of seafood because they believe it is difficult to cook. I love giving them the confidence they need to add it to their shopping cart. I

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Creating Memories in the Kitchen with Your Kids

by Together Counts Partner | September 29, 2016 at 12:57 pm | comments

If you have kids, you probably have similar struggles as many other families—including getting your kids involved in meal and snack prep. Ideally they’re not only involved, but also comfortable and excited to help in the kitchen. As a Together Counts™ partner for healthy, active living, we’re here to tell you that the struggles are worth the outcome because cooking with your children can be one of the best ways to

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The Plusses of Pulses

by Together Counts Partner | September 22, 2016 at 8:34 am | comments

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, chef and Together Counts™ partner who is passionate about food, I am committed to showing how all forms of fruits, vegetables, and pulses can be nutritious and flavorful. The United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, so what better time to promote the benefits of these amazing little foods? Pulses, including lentils, beans (such as kidney, navy, butter), peas and chickpeas, are affordable,

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Conquering Busy Weeknight Dinners

by Together Counts Partner | September 6, 2016 at 10:31 am | comments

We all have places to be and things to do during the busy back-to-school season. Making time for family meals is important, too. As a Together Counts™ partner, we recognize that 20 minutes at the dinner table as a family can make a big impact on establishing healthy eating habits for your children. While our schedules are ever changing, preparing family dinner doesn’t have to be another dreaded item on

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