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by: Lindsay Hutton

USDA's Guidelines for a Healthy Family Diet

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USDA's Guidelines for a Healthy Family Diet

Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is essential for your child's proper growth and development, but how do you know if your child is getting the nutrients he needs? The following guidelines laid out by the USDA are recommended for everyone over 2 years of age, and can help you make make smart food choices for your family and promote overall general health.

The USDA recommends you eat foods that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease.

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Updated: June 26, 2019

School Lunch Ideas: 10 Healthy Ways to Fill Your Kids' Lunchboxes

School Lunch Ideas: 10 Healthy Ways to Fill Your Kids' Lunchboxes

When you're looking for school lunch ideas, it's easy to throw a handful of cheap, pre-packed lunchbox fillers into your shopping cart and call it a week. But what are those shortcuts really costing? Besides the empty calories, sodium, and sugar, there's the guilt you feel sending your child off to school with something you'd never cook or eat at home. For example, did you know Lunchables have between a quarter and a third of the daily recommended sodium for an adult?

Places to Go

Places to Go

Creating memories with children means taking them to places where you can have fun and create memories together. In the diapers and naps stage, outings are necessarily short, but when children reach the preschool years, the possibilities become endless. Consider the following guidelines before you head out and you can eliminate many of the problems that can get in the way of the good times you want to have together:

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Nutritional Health for Women

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Nutritional Health for Women

Nutritional health provides a foundation for optimum fitness, performance, and overall health. Excellent nutrition results in more energy, better athletic performance, and less risk of illness. Poor nutrition can cause poor performance, low energy, mental and physical stress, and greater incidence of injuries. A balanced diet is achieved by eating healthy foods, plentiful nutrients, and adequate calories.
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Updated: May 14, 2019

It's Time to Ditch the iPads When Dining Out

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The idea of a family dinner out at a restaurant sounds so appealing in theory. Eating out can be a way to celebrate a special occasion, to get in some quality time as a family, or to explore a new area when traveling. The reality of dining out with kids can often be very different though. Sometimes, they may struggle with sitting still and using indoor voices. Other times, you may find yourself doubling the server’s tip due to food thrown on the floor or shattered plates needing to be cleaned up. 

by: Rebecca Desfosse

4 Quick and Healthy Microwave Meals Teens Can Make Themselves

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Do you have a teen in the house? Then you know as well as anyone that teens are always hungry. And when it comes to busy teenagers, the microwave can be an amazing tool to whip up some delicious (and healthy) food on the fly. Not only is the microwave fast, it's safe to work with and easy to clean when accidents inevitably occur. Here are four easy microwaveable recipes your teen can turn to when they're short on time but big on hunger:

Updated: April 22, 2022

5 Ways to Get Your Picky Eater to Gobble Up His Meals

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You've made a fabulous dinner complete with creative, kid-friendly finger foods, and then it happens; the stare down. A tiny voice declares, "Mom, I am not eating that!" as her nose wrinkles. Picky eaters are tough to please, so now it's time to get a little extra creative in the kitchen.

Updated: February 12, 2020

Are Vegan Diets Safe for Kids?

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Following a vegan diet has become a very popular lifestyle choice for many families. Though people may have found it difficult to stick with a vegan lifestyle in the past, things have become much easier for vegans thanks to clearly labeled grocery ingredients and lots of vegan options both at the grocery store and at restaurants. With vegan foods and meals so much more accessible and scientific evidence showing benefits of vegan diets, it’s no wonder why more parents are deciding to raise their children vegan.

Updated: June 26, 2019

Eating Healthy: 11 Food Rules for Families

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Eating Healthy is on almost every adult's New Year's Resolution wish list, accompanied by a resolution to feed your family healthier. As far as resolutions go, it can be one of the easiest to keep. After all, it's not that specific of a goal, and after a few weeks of consciously making healthier choices, these choices become habits. Especially if those choices are simple, sustainable, and easy to remember.

Expanding Your One to Three-Year-Old's Diet

Expanding Your One to Three-Year-Old's Diet

Even though he's only one or two years old, it's never too early to help a child begin to develop healthy eating habits. You can do this in part by offering a variety of nutritious foods that are appropriate for your child's developmental stage. For the most part, you can put away the baby food now. After age one, your child can eat just about anything, as long as he's not allergic to it, and as long as it's in kid-friendly form—either pureed, mashed, or cut into small pieces.

Stepparenting: A Smooth-Sailing Household

Stepparenting: A Smooth-Sailing Household

How will your new household be run? Many experts suggest establishing guidelines for important family behaviors, especially divisions of labor and difficult areas such as telephone courtesy and mealtimes.

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Healthy Eating: Hunger vs Cravings

Healthy Eating: Hunger vs Cravings

The question is, is it a craving, or am I really hungry? We first need to understand the difference between a physical food craving—or actual hunger—and an emotional food craving. Cravings can be caused by either physical or psychological needs. Emotional cravings or eating triggers are usually caused by psychological needs, while hunger is a biological function of the body's real need for food. Emotional cravings can lead to bingeing. Learn to listen to your body and know what it is trying to tell you.

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Parenting as Partners: Family Vacations

Parenting as Partners: Family Vacations

Think Twice

Don't assume that what is fun for the two of you will be fun for your children. If you consider your children's needs when you make your vacation plans, then the whole family will have a good time.

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Encouraging Good Eating Habits in Toddlers

Tips and strategies for toddlers

Encouraging Good Eating Habits in Toddlers

At this stage, baby will discover his favorite foods, and trying to get him to eat anything else becomes a challenge. I know this because Michael was stuck on macaroni and cheese for four years and Brandon still wants Bagel Bites as a side dish at age eight. Oops!

Teach your child to feed himself by letting him feed himself. It gets messy, but be patient. Eventually the mess will probably bother your child more than you! Yay!

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Dining Out with Youngsters

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Dining Out with Youngsters

When our two oldest were very young, we would dine out nearly every Saturday night. I found Hayley, two, and Hannah, one, fairly easy to handle in restaurants, perhaps because we had begun taking them out as newborns. As long as we met their needs first, the girls were near-perfect dinner companions (and still are). Taking them along meant Tom and I got a chance to try out some local, moderately priced restaurants without paying a babysitter.
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by: Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

Breakfast in the Park

Breakfast in the Park


Our family often has picnic lunches and dinners at the beach, but I hadn't thought of having breakfast in the park until a friend suggested it. What a great idea for early risers-and you'll definitely beat the crowds!

Materials
  • Breakfast foods
  • Blanket or tablecloth
  • Sweatshirts
  • Hot cocoa

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Updated: March 22, 2022

The Ultimate Guide to Postpartum Care (From Underwear to Hair Loss)

Postpartum Guide

There is a lot of support for mothers and birthing parents during the prenatal period, but postpartum care looks a bit different. Upon leaving the hospital following childbirth, you will be armed with supplies like maxi pads, diapers, and witch hazel wipes but may be feeling a little uncertain, overwhelmed, and uncomfortable as you embark on the next journey — the fourth trimester.

Understanding Anorexia Nervosa

Understanding Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a complex psychological disorder that literally involves self-starvation. People who suffer from this illness eat next to nothing, refuse to maintain a healthy body weight for their corresponding height, and frequently claim to “feel fat” even though they are obviously emaciated.

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Finding Time for Family Fun

Finding Time for Family Fun

Finding the time is always hard to do now that families spend so many hours at work or involved with some kind of extracurricular activity. Anyone with a teenager and a phone bill knows that kids that age want to hang out with their friends or gab on the phone all night. Prying them away from their personal lives can be a challenge. And then there's our younger kids who have aliens to blast, and levels to beat in their latest computer game craze. And we can't forget about the tremendous amount of homework to be done.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen

Rushing home and frantically pulling together something fairly nutritious (that the kids may or may not eat), while listening to the cherubs arguing about whose turn it is to pour the milk, is no way to spend precious family mealtime. Try putting the kids in charge once a week. If it doesn't work, at least they'll know what it feels like to be totally frazzled and unappreciated.

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