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(BPT) - Comfort foods remind us of home, warmth and family; they are often the creamy, rich and heavy everyday foods we had as children. Things like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and fried chicken may be soothing to the soul, but not to the waistline.
(BPT) - Fun, family, food – the holidays are packed with enjoyable activities. But hectic schedules, holiday stress, and tasty indulgences at every turn can lead to a few extra pounds by the year’s end. Fortunately, with a few smart strategies, joyful eating doesn’t have to result in holiday weight gain.
(BPT) - Fall brings cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and most importantly (many will argue) football! Nothing beats rooting for your team with good friends and good game grub. Whether you’ll be cheering from the couch or chanting in the stadium, you can easily up your game when it comes to awesome tailgate fare. Make these dishes ahead of time, so you can just pack them in the cooler or set them out on the table on game day and not miss a minute of the action.
(Family Features) If your family's Halloween consists of pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating and transforming your home into a haunted house, you'll be happy to know that the "double, double, toil and trouble" doesn't have to stop there. You can add a little extra hocus pocus to your season by brewing up these chillingly creative treats with the whole family.
(BPT) - Few flavors say “fall” more clearly and tastily than pumpkin. The squash that’s synonymous with autumn is also packed with vitamins, fiber and protein, making it a perfect ingredient for a variety of dishes – not just for everyone’s favorite holiday pie. Canned or fresh, pumpkin works in savory and sweet dishes alike.
(NAPSI)—According to recent data, whole grain breads are flying off the shelves and into homes more than ever before. Why the surge? One reason may be that consumers are becoming more aware of the health benefits of whole grains. The superstars—and superfoods—of the whole grain family are ancient grains and seeds, which date back to when our ancestors lived off the land.
(Family Features) Snacks are a common aspect of most Americans' daily diets. Although you may feel like stealing nibbles between meals is a guilt-worthy offense, making smart snacking choices can actually contribute to a healthy eating plan.
(NAPSI)—According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kids aren’t getting nearly enough fruits and veggies in their daily diets, but you can help yours get the nutrients they need—and like it.
(BPT) - It’s no secret a wholesome diet helps keep kids healthy while giving them the energy and nutrients they need to concentrate and excel at school. Healthful meals and physical activity are essential for child growth and development, and parents hold the key to proper nutrition for the entire family.
(BPT) - With so much information available about kids’ nutrition – what to eat, how to supplement and more – it’s hard to get a firm grasp on what it takes to raise a healthy child. In the U.S., a significant portion of children are not getting enough essential vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins D, E and A, and omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA according to the 2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
(BPT) - La escuela implica grandes adaptaciones y exigencias para toda la familia: compra de artículos escolares, trasladarse de un lado a otro, estudiar– o supervisar los estudios– y proyectos especiales, entre otras cosas. Por tanto, resulta fácil olvidar la nutrición entre tanto ajetreo.
(NAPSI)—Here’s food for thought: Of the 55 million kids enrolled in U.S. schools, 21 million get free or reduced-cost lunch, yet 85 percent of the schoolchildren eligible for these U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—sponsored lunches don’t get such meals when school’s not in session.
(Family Features) Whether you're training for your first half marathon or a busy mom on-the-go, there's no question that protein is essential to keeping your body in top physical form. Lugging around heavy grocery bags? Chasing after kids? Protein increases strength by rebuilding damaged muscle tissue, and helps promote stamina since it takes longer to digest. No question about it - protein has certainly earned its reputation as the workhorse for your body!
(Family Features) Dairy and breakfast go hand in hand. With so many types of milk, cheeses and yogurts available, it's easy to find breakfast combinations that set the curve for success as the kids head back to school this fall.
(BPT) - As the school year begins, some parents may find that the most chaotic time of the day is around 3 p.m. when class is dismissed and the juggling act of homework, soccer practice and piano lessons begins. With so much going on, it’s important to keep kids energized and focused by providing them with healthy snacks packed with key nutrients such as vitamins E, D, B12 and omega-3s.
(NAPSI)—Calling breakfast the most important meal of the day is no exaggeration. Without breakfast, your metabolism can suffer, performance and concentration are apt to decrease, and hunger throughout the day can result in overeating during future meals.
(Family Features) For the entering college freshman, the days leading up to the start of the academic year can be filled with great anticipation and anxiety. But there are ways to begin this new journey on the right foot with a little preparation ahead of time.
(NAPSI)—It may sound like a scientific breakthrough, but something that can help prevent heart disease, obesity and possibly cancer can easily be found in many of the foods already in your grocery store. It’s dietary fiber; certain substances that are not digested by the body.
(Family Features) When it comes to packing lunches and after school snacks for your little ones, it's easy to get into a rut. But by making a few delicious and convenient choices in the grocery store, you can break away from the same old sandwich routine and serve up nibbles and noshes your kids will love.
(BPT) - With school bells ringing across the country, parents are adjusting to new schedules and planning lunches and snacks accordingly. Fortunately, providing kids with nutritious foods doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task – and your kids will be thrilled with your new mealtime creativity.
A refreshing Blueberry-Mango Delight Smoothie using Greek yogurt, nonfat milk and stevia. (NAPS)
(BPT) - School means big adjustments and big demands for everyone involved: shopping for supplies, shuttling here and there, studying – or overseeing the studying – special projects, and more. It’s easy to forget nutrition in all the hustle and bustle.
(BPT) - If schools and parents received report cards on the lunches they’re serving kids, most wouldn’t receive a passing score. Many lunches, whether served at school or brought from home, are made with bleached flour, artificial sweeteners, food coloring, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives, hormones and trans fats. Studies have shown that these ingredients are linked to weight gain, defects in insulin and lipid metabolism, hyperactivity, increased risk of tumors, cancer, digestive issues, asthma, premature heart attacks, diabetes, and overexposure and resistance to antibiotics. Some of these ingredients are even banned in other countries.