How to Identify and Use Winter Squash

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer While most can identify pumpkin and butternut as varieties of winter squash, many of us don’t know much about other types of winter squash or how to prepare them. Today I want to dive into the world of winter squash and open the door to new eating possibilities. Health Benefits of Winter Squash Winter squash, especially those with darker flesh (like pumpkin and acorn) contain high amounts of carotene. Carotene has been shown to help protect against cancer, heart […]

Farmer’s Market Project: Make a Salad with Kids

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited.  It’s finally May, which means that the farmer’s market is now open!  Well…we’re lucky — there is a winter market near me.  But I never went (I know, I know).  I just love the outdoor market in the summer, with all of its fresh produce, warm sun, lots of healthy people running around….  It can be overwhelming, but it is an amazing experience.  Even when things are a bit expensive, I go at least once a […]

Picky Eaters: Avoiding the Dinnertime Dilemma By Raising Children With a Heart of Gratitude

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Picky eaters, finicky eaters, stubborn, selective. The notion of children being picky about their food is common these days. I’ve noticed that it’s tossed around as “normal” and accepted, even justified by some. Pop psychology and modern day experts in child development cite is as appropriate. But is it? I have to ask if this trend is something new or if young children were always “predisposed” to be picky eaters. One hundred years ago, did children reject the food their […]

45 Real Food Snacks for Kids

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Earlier this week, Mindy shared some fantastic ideas more specifically for toddlers and for on-the-go eating (no mess!). Now Stacy shares a very wide variety of any age, kid-friendly, whole food snacks for home and for travelling. Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Snacks are an important part of a child’s day. Kids grow fast and need frequent refueling. The type of food they consume greatly affects their development, attitude, and feeling of well-being. The task of feeding them is never ending, isn’t it?. The […]

Let’s Talk: Should You Allow Your Kids to Eat Junk at Birthday Parties?

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Here’s the scenario: Your young son or daughter has been invited to a friend’s birthday party. You know this family to some degree and are aware that their eating standards aren’t the same as your family’s. The party will likely include white-sugar and food-dye cake, chips, pop and candy in the goodie bag, all foods which are standard no-no’s in your own home. What do you do in this situation? Remember that birthday parties like this happen only occasionally, you eat well at home 90% […]

Raising Healthy Eaters: Helping Our Kids to Make Great Food Choices

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Today I have the privilege of being featured at Hannah Keeley’s site, with my guest post Raising Healthy Eaters: Helping Our Kids to Make Great Food Choices. You can check out my large mugshot (seriously!) and read what I have to say about how we can encourage our children to grow up to be healthy eaters who know which foods to choose to eat and why. “As moms, we all want the best for our kids. We work hard to make sure that they have […]

Where Food Comes From 101

Raising Healthy Eaters- Retraining children’s eating habits

When I put out my request for a guest post for this very last edition of the Raising Healthy Eaters series, it didn’t occur to me at the time that I had the perfect person for the task right under my very nose! Who better than the woman who has taught me so much, and blessed me by raising a husband who eats adventurously and supports me in my nutritional cooking experiments! Allow me to introduce you to Janet, my incredible mother-in-law!  She is a […]