I went out to dinner with my friend Dara and her 4-year-old daughter last week and watched in amazement as her little cutie picked every last bit of green vegetable out of her dinner.
I smiled (my son is only 5 months old so I don’t have to deal with picky eating yet), but Dara was frustrated. “How can I get her to eat better?” she asked.
I’d just been gathering lots of great ideas for getting kids to eat healthier for EatingWell’s new back-to-school guide so I told her I’d e-mail her a few to get her imagination going. Here’s what I sent to help her get started. (Find 6 more tips for getting kids to eat healthier here.)
1. Fill them up with fiber. Few kids...read full post »
I would love to wake up in the morning with plenty of time to sit down and enjoy a good healthy breakfast, but most days that doesn’t happen. Do I skip breakfast and wait until lunch to eat? No way. I think I would starve to death.
Instead, I plan ahead. When I wrap up a granola bar for myself the night before I keep it on the kitchen counter next to my car keys so I don’t forget it or I make muffins and wrap leftovers individually in plastic wrap so I can defrost them one at a time. As I’m rushing out the door, it’s easy to just grab my breakfast and enjoy it once I get to work.
Here are some of my favorite grab and go breakfast recipes:read full post »
I’m a huge fan of tea. Hot or cold, I just love it. I drink it all day long in the winter and I always have a big pitcher of iced tea in my fridge in the summer. Luckily tea is a healthy addiction. (Find out how tea can help your health and get the secret to maximizing tea’s health benefits.)
I must have inherited my love of iced tea from my dad. Whenever I’m on the back patio at his house in the summer there are always at least two big glass containers filled with his special sun tea blend with mint and cloves.
Like lemonade and other refreshing summer drink recipes, making your own iced tea is easy. Pick your favorite types of tea and get started with...read full post »
I’m growing a small garden in my yard and after some success last summer I decided to get adventurous this year: I added a tomatillo plant.
Tomatillos are tart, plum-size green fruits that look like small, husk-covered green tomatoes. They can be used raw but cooking enhances their flavor and softens their tough outer skin. Since I love them in fresh summer recipes for salsa, guacamole, sauces and more, I was easily inspired to plant a seedling in my garden. Not sure if tomatillos are for you? Here are 5 reasons to love tomatillos:
1. Their flavor is irresistible, with hints of lemon, green apple and herbs.
2. They’re low-maintenance and can even be grown in a big pot. All they need is plenty of water and sun.
3. It’s easy to spot a ripe...
I like to call last summer “the summer of preservation.” My most exciting project was sharing with a friend a bulk order of Amish peaches from Pennsylvania. Big, super-sweet and juicy, they were some of the best peaches I’ve ever had. When peaches are ripe this time of year you can usually find them on special for a dollar or two per pound at most supermarkets. If you pick some up and want some ideas to use them, here’s what I did with my amazing peaches:
- Since the peaches were ripe, time was of the essence. First I got to work peeling and freezing some of them, so we could enjoy them later in the year.
- Then, in between eating them out of hand, my husband, Dan, and I invited a few friends over and cooked up some...read full post »