Forget eating three big meals a day. Eat around the clock. That doesn't mean bingeing on junk food whenever you see fit. Instead, many dietitians and researchers encourage eating small, balanced meals. The body usually needs three to four hours to digest an average-size meal. To prevent the body from going into starvation mode, you should refuel it on cue. This also prevents your blood sugar from dropping in between meals. When you wait... Read More
Studies show that when kids eat dinner with their families, they're more likely to have nutritious diets, healthier weights and do better in school. And moms know that sharing a meal together is an important part of building strong families.
In fact, according to an online survey of 1000 moms by the National Milk Mustache "got milk?(r)" campaign, the majority of moms * recognize that dinner is an important time to connect as... Read More
by Linda Wilson
The hot days of summer are definitely here. It's time for quick, easy, light, cool foods! Here are a couple of recipes that are perfect for summertime entree salads. Whether for a luncheon, dinner by the pool, or simply something quick and easy on a hot summer day, give these recipes a try. ... Read More
You think you couldn't eat another bite after a big meal, but when dessert comes out, you just have to help yourself. Or you're watching TV and eating out of a big bowl of buttery popcorn. You look down, and all of a sudden, the bowl is empty. Sound familiar?
There are many factors that can cause overeating, including a lack of awareness. Simply paying attention to your surroundings - including... Read More
For large families or busy parents with no time to cook every night, bulk cooking can be a lifesaver. Not only is bulk cooking a huge timesaver, but it can also be economical and cut down on wasted leftovers. With smart planning and the right recipe ideas, you can have a whole month's worth of healthy meals ready to go!
There are a few different methods for bulk cooking: freeze and reheat whole meals,... Read More
With the growing problem of obesity in the United States, striving for good health might best be done by making exercise and diet a family affair.
Mayo Clinic staff reports suggest treatment and prevention of childhood (and adult) obesity begins at home. Eating too much and not getting enough exercise usually cause obesity. A change in diet and exercise habits can solve the problem, but children can't do it by themselves. Changing family habits... Read More
The warm, balmy days of summer are perfect for getting outside, engaging in your favorite activities and having a picnic in a nice shady spot.
A picnic is a classic summertime outing, but the art of packing a great picnic seems to be getting lost in the shuffle of today's fast-paced lifestyle. It may be easier to grab a bag of chips, a pre-packed cold cut and cracker combo and a few cans of soda, but if you want to really impress... Read More
Chewing your food is the first step in the all-important digestion process. In order to digest food properly, your food must be broken down into a liquid form before it's swallowed. When you don't get the job done, large food particles that haven't been digested make an appearance in the stool. Taking small bites, chewing food well and swallowing at a slow pace readies the food for digestion. By chewing your food up well, you also drag... Read More
Most moms notice that their kids enjoy repetition. From watching the same video over and over to requesting a favorite book every night at bedtime, children crave the security and reassurance that a consistent routine provides.
One way to enhance this sense of comfort derived from repetition is to create or carry on family rituals. Family rituals are meaningful acts, repeated on a predictable schedule, that celebrate the uniqueness... Read More
Dining out with a toddler can be a challenging experience. Still, having a toddler does not have to mean the end of dining out. By being prepared and following a few simple suggestions dinner out with your little one can be enjoyable.
Make sure your toddler is well rested. As parents we all know a cranky child can cause havoc.
If your child is old enough to understand what you are saying, give them a pep talk. Explain how... Read More