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August 20, 2009 - 11:54am

As a kid, my sister didn’t eat anything except macaroni and cheese. This presented a challenge for our mom, especially during breakfast when mac and cheese wasn’t on the menu. Then Mom started making smoothies for breakfast. For some reason, the fresh fruit in a bowl that my sister refused to eat was suddenly “so yummy” after being blended with yogurt, milk or even tofu—something my sister wouldn’t have otherwise touched with a 10-foot pole. And the best part for Mom, was that smoothies take 5 minutes or less to make.

Here are some kids’ breakfast-smoothie recipes all ready in 5 minutes or less:

Wake-Up Smoothie – You can jump-start your day in just minutes with this nutritious, tasty...

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August 19, 2009 - 10:34am

I recently visited Washington, D.C., and hosted a cooking demo at the small, up-and-coming H Street market to promote our new EatingWell in Season book. The most popular dishes? The amazing tomato recipes we made with farm-fresh tomatoes from the table in the picture below.

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We made recipes that were easy enough to prepare right at the market with nothing more than a knife and cutting board. I worked with kids from Through the Kitchen Door, a nonprofit group that teaches inner-city kids and recent immigrants how to cook healthy meals. Here they are dicing tomatoes for Raw Tomato Sauce. We...

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August 18, 2009 - 12:07pm

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...

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August 17, 2009 - 11:39am

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:

Apricot-Walnut Cereal Bars –...

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August 14, 2009 - 11:20am

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...

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