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Rethinking Classroom Parties Part 1: Why We Need to Chuck the Junk Food

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Are you dreading all the junk food your child will eat at class parties and birthday celebrations?  

When my kids were in public school, I was shocked by how much sugar was allowed into the classroom. Treats for every birthday celebration, class party and even for good behavior added up quickly. It was way more junk food than I wanted my kids to eat on daily and weekly basis!  If found myself asking, "What are we teaching kids when every class party involves junk food and sugary...

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5 Ways to Survive the Holiday with Extremely Picky Eaters

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Are you ready to help your extremely picky eater this holiday?

When I say picky eater, I'm not talking about kids that don't like broccoli or kale. I'm talking about kids that have severely limited diets - eating only 3 to 6 foods. Or kids that are overly sensitive to tastes and textures where the normal rules, like taking a 'no thank you' bite, don't work. In fact, few of the rules for normal age-related picky eating apply to extremely picky children.

For many years my son fell...

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6 Tricks to Keep Halloween Healthy

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You know what really scares me about Halloween? It's the ingredients in most candy! Aaaaaaaaahhhhh!  It's enough to make me run for the hills on Halloween night!

Ok, so not really… but I am being serious when I say it's frightening to any parent with a kid on a special diet or for those who simply want to avoid processed fake foods with artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. I thought Halloween would be tough for our family because my boys...

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8 Hearty Breakfast Ideas That Fill Kids Up

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8 Hearty Breakfast Ideas Your Kids Will Love

When my boys went to public school, I'd started each school year with grand ideas of getting them to eat super fun healthy lunches.  Unfortunately, my kids had other ideas... like playing at lunch recess instead of eating. My game plan became getting them to eat a hearty breakfast with lots of protein, whole grains, and fruits. Then provide a simple lunch at school that they can quickly eat, followed by a healthy snack...

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Rethinking Classroom Parties Part 2: 15 Ideas to Bring the Fun Not the Food

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Are you concerned about what your kid is eating at school?

Are all the treats brought into the class for birthdays and class celebrations driving you bonkers?  You are not alone, my friend.  Many parents share your frustrations and I think the time is right for concerned parents to stand up and be the change. Say it with me now… “Parents and teachers unite against junk food in the classroom!”  Let’s get the sugary treats and fake food out of the...

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Rethinking Class Parties Part 3: Why One Teacher Doesn't Allow Sugar in Her Classroom

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Sugar is everywhere! Kids experience it at the end of sports games, at birthday parties, and even in the classroom. This inundation of sugar creates kids with a pretty hefty sweet tooth.

How do we stop the sugar? I think we can start in the classroom. As a classroom teacher for over 30 years, I have many reasons to avoid sugar in my classroom, and I advocate that you encourage your teacher to do the same.

#1 Sugar affects all children differently. Mostly, I have observed an increase in poor...

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Top Six Kid And Toddler Superfoods

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Top Six Kid And Toddler Superfoods

As all great physicians, parents, and baby books will tell you, kids need to eat their fruits and vegetables. Most everyone is aware that fruits and veggies are healthy and have awesome benefits. However, not everyone realizes just how many benefits fruits and vegetables can give to growing children. The right nutrients can strengthen kids and help them develop sturdy immune systems.

Here are the top six fruits and vegetables children need in their diet:

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Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

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Are your kids fussy about food like mine?  Both my husband and I are foodies now, however, as kids we were both extremely picky.  My mother-in-law told me that my husband subsisted on peanut butter sandwiches for most of elementary school, and I fed my peas and other vegetables to the dog under the table.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised that my kids are picky eaters too. At home it's easy to work with my picky eaters and can usually get healthy greens and other nutritious...

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Chicken Start to Finish: Roasted Chicken & Bone Broth Recipes

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If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts you’ve probably noticed that I often recommend adding bone broth to your child’s diet to support healing.   Traditionally prepared bone broths are full of nourishing ingredients that help support the immune and digestive systems.  It is revered in Chinese culture for it’s healing properties, referred to as “longevity soup,” and is an age old remedy for any type of infirmity.  It is given to...

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