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.
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.
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]