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EatingWell Blogs (Page 268)

August 24, 2009 - 11:53am

Now that it’s back-to-school time we’re all busier, but that doesn’t mean we can skip feeding the kids (or ourselves) before we head out the door. I never leave the house without eating a healthy breakfast. In fact, I don’t do anything before breakfast. I head straight from bed to the kitchen for coffee and whole-grain cereal with fruit and skim milk. Unfortunately, since I’m half asleep I tend to eat the same thing every day. Breakfast rut!

I need to mix it up a little, even throw in a “hot item” on occasion. These four healthy EatingWell breakfast recipes make it easy to eat something delicious and different than cereal and still get out the door fast....

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August 21, 2009 - 11:00am

My husband laughed when I told him this, but when I “grow up” I want to be a school-lunch lady. Not the kind of school-lunch lady I remember from my school days: hairnet askew, dishing up “turkey gravy” over a pile of (surely instant) mashed potatoes. (Ew, did I really eat that?) I want to be the kind of lunch lady who cooks food from scratch and brings the kids to the school garden to pick fruits and vegetables they’ll actually eat that day.

(Get healthy eating guidelines for kids, plus recipes and more here.)

Though there are some school-lunch programs like the one I dream about, they’re few and far between. The National School Lunch Program feeds 30 million kids each day and is seriously underfunded. And the recent recession has forced many school districts to...

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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.

tomatoes

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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