I often drive to visit my family on long holiday weekends. I used to not enjoy the trips because when I got hungry I would have to pull over at a rest stop and buy fried food that I would spend the latter half of my drive regretting. So now I pack a cooler with healthy lunches that keep me satisfied for the entire trip. When I stop, I find a picnic bench and enjoy a sandwich or salad that I packed and I don’t have to deal with swarms of people, greasy food or regrets.
What happened to my summer?? It was seriously cold and rainy (six states had their coldest July on record) and now Labor Day is just around the corner!!
Since the weather is finally warm and sunny, I want to savor every last minute of the season. My mantra for the upcoming holiday weekend is to have as much fun as possible! Here are my top picks for Labor Day recipes—I chose four foods that keep time in the kitchen to a minimum so I have more time for fun:
I’m always trying to cut back on my added-sugar intake. And apparently I’m not alone: according to a recent survey I read, seven out of 10 adults say they want to reduce or avoid added sugars. And to do so, they’re turning to sweeteners that deliver zero (or minimal) calories. But not me; I’ve never developed a taste for sugar substitutes. Too bad, because on the few occasions that I do indulge in soda it’d be nice to save the 200 or so calories and order diet.
When I was a kid, my mom would always have a snack waiting for me when I got home from school. Cheese, whole-grain crackers and fruit were a staple, but sometimes she’d be inspired and serve my sister and me something fun, like Chocolate Crunch, a chocolate-covered version of her homemade cereal mix. As vividly as I remember the food, I also remember talking to her about my day. Seems like such a simple pleasure, but it meant so much. Here’s a week’s worth of healthy after-school snack ideas to nibble and chat with your kids over.
Kids in the Kitchen Video
Teaching kids the fun of making—and eating—healthy foods just got easier. EatingWell and The Association of Junior Leagues International have teamed up to improve the healthy eating habits of kids everywhere with a video featuring four delicious kid-friendly snack recipes. Watch the video today to start your family on the path to better health!
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My husband and I love to spend our evenings making dinner and talking while we cook. But these days we want to hang out with our 6-month-old son too, and cooking just isn’t as much of a priority. So we’ve been making a lot of delicious 20-minute dinner recipes that give us a chance to spend a few minutes over a great meal together, but get us out of the kitchen fast and back to our boy.