Getting Kids to Try New Foods with a “Polite Bite” + a Giveaway for Lainy’s Polite Bite

Getting young children to try new foods—even something as unfamiliar as fresh parsley—just got a whole lot easier thanks to Lainy’s Polite Bite, a new book written by registered dietitian, Emma Fogt.

Lainy's Polite Bite via #PickyEaters #vegetables

 I work with a program called, Kids Cooking Green in Lexington, MA, and this week, I stopped by one of their preschool programs to read Lainy’s Polite Bite. The book chronicles the adventures of Lainy, a sluggish ladybug who drinks Bug Juice morning, noon, and night until her friend, Benny Bumblebee encourages her to take a “polite bite” of some new and nutritious foods: apples, oranges, and edamame.

Lainy's Polite Bite via #PickyEaters #vegetables

The result of all those bites: Lainy gains energy, colorful spots, and can finally fly … and she realizes that she possesses the courage to go out of her Bug Juice comfort zone by trying new things.

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Tips for Adding More Protein to Your Diet + Protein Power Breakfast Parfait {Podcast #261}

Protein Power Breakfast Parfait via #protein #CottageCheese #breakfast

Add great flavor and a healthy boost of high-quality protein to your family’s breakfast with this Protein Power Breakfast Parfait. Made with layers of cottage cheese, high-protein cereal, walnuts, and fruit, each serving has an impressive 19 grams of protein. Parents often worry that their kids aren’t eating enough protein, but as you’ll learn on [more]

Chocolate Cranberry Bark {Recipe Redux Chocolate Pairing Challenge}

Chocolate Cranberry Bark #dessert via

Just a few bites of this luscious Chocolate Cranberry Bark is all it takes to satisfy a sweet tooth. This easy-to-make chocolate treat pairs up perfectly with tart cranberries, sliced almonds, crystalized ginger, shredded coconut, and an unexpected mix-in: hemp seeds.    Dark chocolate is my weakness. My kids … not so much. They prefer milk [more]

A Roundup of Over a Dozen Healthier Valentine’s Day Treats

Healthier Valentine Treats via #chocolate #berries  #ValentinesDay #dessert

Who needs a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day when you can celebrate with these healthier, homemade treats instead. From mini chocolate cupcakes made with wild blueberries, whole wheat flour, and a lightened-up frosting to brownies sweetened naturally with dates, surprise your family with one of these better-for-you desserts from dietitians who still love to splurge. [more]

Apple Walnut Challah Bread Pudding

Apple Walnut Challah Bread Pudding

This Apple Walnut Challah Bread Pudding is both sweet and savory, and your family will love it dipped in ketchup or served with a drizzle of maple syrup on top. I’ve been snowbound A LOT lately, so besides catching up on work and shoveling my driveway (A LOT), I’ve been cooking up a storm. Literally! [more]

It Just Keeps Snowing + Slow Cooker Barley & Bean Soup

Barley & Bean Soup via #soup #SlowCooker #barley #chickpeas #vegetarian

Too cold to think about anything BUT a warming bowl of soup? Try my meatless yet oh-so hearty (and healthy) slow cooker Barley & Bean Soup. It’s been a wild few days here in New England. With 20 inches of snow on the ground and more in the forecast, I’ve been cooking up some nutritious new soup recipes for [more]

Chicken Veggie Stir Fry + a GIVEAWAY for The Pre-Diabetes Diet Plan {Podcast #260}

Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry

Eating for overall good health and diabetes prevention just got a whole lot easier with this family-pleasing recipe for Chicken Veggie Stir Fry.   Over 80 million Americans of all ages have prediabetes, which puts them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes—a disease that can lead to blindness, kidney failure, and blood vessel damage. [more]

Smoky Salmon Tacos with Greek Yogurt Sauce – Recipe Redux Challenge

Smoky Salmon Tacos with Greek Yogurt Sauce via #fish #seafood #tacos

Family dinners don’t have to be bland or boring. Add a subtle smoky twist to your next make-your-own taco night by using my secret flavor booster: chili chipotle powder.  Sunday dinners at my house often revolve around some sort of fish taco recipe. This weekend Josh was home from college, so I wanted to make something satisfying, nourishing, [more]

Nachos for Two — For Lunch, Snack, or a Tailgate Party

Nachos for Two topped with guacamole via #tailgate #snack #avocados

We created these easy Nachos for Two topped with guacamole, cilantro, and black beans for a fast and healthy Meal Makeover Mom lunch this week, but you can also serve it as an after-school nosh for the kids or a party snack while you’re watching football (in which case, you may want to double or triple the [more]

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