Have a Healthy Thanksgiving!

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Are you looking to stay on track with healthy eating this holiday season? Maintaining your healthy eating habits may seem impossible from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Gatherings with family and friends, work and school parties and other social events are often focused around the traditional holiday foods. This holiday season,

Have a Healthy Halloween!

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Halloween is just a few short days away which means most kids are gearing up for a fun night of trick or treating! Much of the Halloween holiday is centered around dressing up and going door to door looking for sweet treats. While the focus of Halloween for kids may

5 New School Lunch Ideas

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We are almost 2 months into the new school year which has many parents and kids looking to mix things up when it comes to packed lunches. After a while, the traditional peanut butter and jelly or ham and cheese sandwich tend to get old for kids. Adding variety to

Boost your Energy!

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Are you feeling tired and sluggish more often than you would like?  Follow these 5 tips to fight fatigue and get through the day feeling energized! EAT!  Eat a balanced diet with carbohydrates, fats, and proteins throughout the day. Do not skip meals or avoid any of these important macronutrients as

Healthy Summer Habits

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School is out for the summer which means our normal routines are all out of wack! Changes in sleeping, eating, and physical activity habits are likely to be altered in the summer months when days aren’t structured with school and after school activities. Kids often turn to television and other

Stay Hydrated This Summer

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Temperatures are on the rise in the Sandhills, which makes staying hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids more important than ever. Whether you are exercising, enjoying a relaxing day at the beach, or just having some outdoor family time at home, making sure you and your family are drinking enough

5 Tips to Healthier Grilling

With the summer months quickly approaching, many Americans are firing up their grills with their favorite foods. While it was once thought that grilling food was a fool proof healthy cooking method, more recent research suggests that certain precautions must be taken to ensure a healthy meal. When meat is

The 2016 Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen

The environmental working group (EWG) updated the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists earlier this year.  Data from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) was analyzed to assess pesticide residues on popular fresh produce items. A total of 48 foods are ranked from worst to best with the foods

Eat Green this St. Patty’s Day!

Make this St. Patty’s day a year to remember and get festive with fun snack foods for your little ones! Add variety to your usual go to snacks by incorporating some festive fun that will make your child’s snack a more enjoyable experience. As always, snacks should consist of primarily healthy foods

Make Your Own Baby Food!

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Choose your machine: There are variety of options out there such as popular baby food makers that will steam and then puree your baby food and other more basic options such as a baby food grinder or food mill that will chop or puree. Popular baby food makers include the

Food Dyes: Are they safe?

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Why all the fuss? Unless you’ve been living under a rock over the past few years, you’ve probably heard some of the controversy as to the safety of consuming food dyes. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) states “the Food and Drug Administration is failing to protect children

The Sweet Stuff

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The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends following a healthy eating pattern that limits added sugars and to consume no more than 10 percent of calories from added sugar. Similarly, the American Heart Association recommends no more than 100 calories per day, or about 6 teaspoons of sugar for woman and

‘Tis the Season….to gain 5 pounds? Not this year!

The season is upon us where family and friends come together to celebrate and enjoy everything this season has to offer. A very important part of these seasonal celebrations is that glorious spread of delectable goodness just waiting for you to indulge yourself its delicious sensory overload. Follow these ten

Healthy Snacks for Kids

Providing healthful snacks for children can be a challenging task. It is easy to fall into a snack rut where you feel like you are serving the same snacks over and over again. Providing a variety of snacks is important both nutritionally and for enjoyment in eating for children. Ideally