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Caramel Apples

Like Kristie, my kids do not need help eating apples. So I've been reluctant to tell them that some people like to dip apples in caramel.  But lo, I got a craving, so I thought I'd let them in on it. I do know the grocery store has some yummy low fat caramel dip in the produce section, but the…

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The Office

So you hope each morning your husband will pack a lunch and stop eating out with his friends at work. Then every night you check your bank transactions online and you see he went out once again. Except he pays for everyones food and they give him cash, yet you never see the cash to return to the account. Sound familiar? Of…

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Soak up the Sun

We had a sunny week with 50 degree weather.  My kids wanted to be outside.  They even abandon Mario when the weather get's good.  Normally I will make my kids play close to home so I don't have to go with them anywhere. But when my little girl looks at me and says, "mom, can we go on a family…

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Asparawhat?

We had asparagus for dinner, much to the dismay of all three children. They took their token bite and moved on to their number one love and mine, pasta.  I do make some pretty fantastic asparagus though. My husband loves it. I sautee it in a little butter and brown sugar (the vehicles to help veggies go down), and then simmer…

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Kids’ Favorite Broccoli Apple Salad

Sweet poppy seed dressing and convenient broccoli slaw mix make this healthy side perfect for a weeknight dinner. The first time I served my kids this salad, their reaction was priceless. I had been offering salad at meal times for ages, and the kids never really took to it. But the night I served this salad, they weren't just asking for…

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Cavities

This is a picture of my 7 year old.  Think she'll need braces?  Yeah, that's what my dentist said too.  My oldest has never had a cavity. He brushes for the two full minutes every night, and always takes flouride.  Flip-flopper isn't so diligent, and she's had two cavities, only one filled, the other the dentist is waiting for the…

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Naggy or nice?

We determined last week we want to help our spouses get healthy, without being a nag.  There are so many other fun things to nag about, why waste it on food? The first and most important rule is not to let it be about weight.  If your spouse is heavy, most likely they already know it. Automatically any mention of…

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Sweet Potatoes Fries

What a fabulous way to get some veggies!  Thanks to Lisa for telling me you can buy sweet potatoes sliced up for you in the cooler/produce section of Costco (did you hear that Costco, I mentioned you again!  Anyone at  headquarters going to notice and start giving me kickbacks?) I highly recommend buying them this way.  A whole sweet potato…

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It’s here!

The day has finally arrived!  I thought it was never going to come. But it has, and it's here! I have created a children's plate called the "Healthy Habits Plate".  It is designed to teach children good nutrition in a simple and visual way.  The plate makes it easy to teach kids proper portions of food in a meal. This should be 1/2…

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So You Think You Can Dance?

The American Heart association recommeds, "all children 2 and older should participate in at least 30 minutes of enjoyable, moderate-intensity activities each day. And at least 30 minutes of vigorous physical activities at least three to four days each week to acheive and maintain a good level of cardiorespiratory fitness." If cardiorespiratory fitness could be obtained by scaling the side…

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