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toomanysnacks

Food, Kids, and Caregivers

Does any of this sound familiar? “My babysitter offers food to the kids whenever she runs out of ideas for what to do next.” “My mother ignores any meal plan I have for the kids and gives them treats all day long.” “At my child’s preschool, they seem to think the kids won’t make it […]

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redapplejuice

So There’s Lead in Drinks Now?

Just when you start to think you’re reasonably safe from major contaminants, you get blindsided by another story letting you know that you can never get too comfortable. In this case, it’s that once-harmless children’s treat – apple juice – that is suddenly showing up with lead. The story, as reported by NPR and which […]

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oatmealbreakfast

Fun Food Saturday: Breakfast Cookies

A friend of ours who grew up on a farm often reminisces fondly about how his mom would serve fresh-baked oatmeal cookies for breakfast. And while the idea of cookies for breakfast might sound decadent, it’s really not that far off base: Oatmeal, raisins, flour, eggs, some brown sugar… Sounds more or less healthy, right? […]

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cleanplate

Closing Down the “Clean Plate Club”

When we were kids, we were constantly reminded to join the “Clean Plate Club.” But in a time of childhood obesity, out-of-control portion sizes, and learning to eat only until you are full, this little mantra seems outdated at best and perhaps even harmful at worst. And yet why do we keep hearing it? Because […]

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organicbasket

Fresh Produce? Just Wash It

Last summer we took the kids on a tour of an organic farm, and as we puttered through the fields on a creaky tractor, the workers would hand us fresh-picked carrots, peppers, cilantro, green onions, cucumbers, and other vegetables for munching. “You can eat it without washing it,” the tour guide crowed. “It’s all organic!” […]

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wontontaco

Fun Food Saturday: Wonton Wrappers

After last week’s cupfake fest on Fun Food Saturday, we got a little distracted thinking about the wonton wrappers in that cupcake lasagna recipe. We love working with wonton wrappers. In fact, when you’re cooking with kids, it’s hard to find something more fun and durable than these versatile little squares. There’s nothing to roll […]

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