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Natalie

Are you spending most of your summer days at the park or the pool this summer? Instead of picking up pricey lunches on the go, try packing up something quick and healthy at home before you go! Here are ten ideas for park lunches to get you through the long summer days. Sandwiches with a […]

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Cereal bars and granola bars are such an easy grab-and-go snack, but most store brands come with a whole host of ingredients that you didn’t bargain for. It seems like it should just be made of some grains and fruit, right? Check out the ingredient list of Kellogg’s Strawberry Nutri-Grain Bars: CRUST: WHOLE GRAIN OATS, […]

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Need some dinner inspiration? I am always looking for something new to put on the table without too much fuss. The months transitioning from spring to summer can get pretty hectic, what with end-of-school activities, graduations, weddings, outdoor sports and more. Implementing an easy weekly meal rotation could be just the thing to keep you […]

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Sugar. Sometimes it’s my arch nemesis, sometimes it’s my best friend, most of the time it’s somewhere in between. I’ve been on a personal journey for a few years to reduce the amount of sugar and processed foods that my family and I consume. I also recently attempted the 21 Day Sugar Detox (we made […]

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Most of us busy parents are on the look out for new ways to squeeze extra nutrition into our growing kids. Around here, we love using our juicer and enjoying fresh fruit and veggie juice, but it’s not really something you can grab-and-go (well you can.. but not without cleaning out a clogged-up juicer later on […]

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Do your kids drink smoothies and/or homemade veggie juice?  A nutritious smoothie has been one of my go-to methods for getting S and C protien and veggies for quite a while now – I usually make a one for my breakfast a few times a week and make extra for the kids. I’d never tried […]

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Our roasted chickpeas snack post (or roasted garbonzo beans, if you prefer) from last year was so popular that we thought you guys might appreciated even more ideas for how to incorporate chickpeas into your day – especially with recent studies showing that consuming fiber-packed chickpeas leads to consuming less processed snacks during your day. […]

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January is always a time that I am searching for new recipes to spice up our dinner routine. I’m usually on the lookout for meals that are: full of vegetables full of color don’t take too much effort to pull together These are a sampling of the recipes I’m looking forward to trying in the […]

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Have you given any thought to your New Year’s Eve plans? Since having kids, we keep it pretty low key (“Wake me up when the ball drops!”), but it’s still nice to commemorate the occasion with a special treat. Steph asked me if I could come up with a spin on champagne jello shots for […]

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We’ve got a real treat for you guys today.  This ice cream sandwich dessert bar is so tempting I’m thinking of throwing an ugly sweater party just to have an excuse to set one up.  Be sure you read through to the end of the post for all of Natalie’s amazing sandwich combination suggestions. Ginger […]

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‘Tis the season for making memories, enjoying time with family and celebrating the sweet pleasures of the holidays. ‘Tis also the the season for running around like a crazy person, staying up past bedtime doing projects and throwing together treats at the last minute. While I am all for the memory making, I prefer to […]

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Around my house, we don’t love the idea of being scared or watching scary movies, but we do love dressing up and being silly around Halloween. We are satisfied with cute little ghosts and pretend mummies – we want to steer clear of any potential nightmare situations (parents included). With the lighter side of the […]

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Fall produce: it’s not all pumpkins and apple, folks. There’s a lot more to choose from come harvest time. Check out this list of goodies you’ll start to see at your market in the next few weeks (if not already!): Vegetables Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, celery root, eggplant, endive, fennel, garlic, kohlrabi, leafy greens, mushrooms, pumpkin, […]

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Afternoons can be a busy time for parents. We get the kids in the door after school or practice and just as we start to think about preparing dinner, we hear those little voices asking for a snack. Active kids require almost constant fuel. Having healthy snack ingredients handy can keep them from lashing out […]

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School is back. The thought alone is overwhelming for most of us. (Myself included, and I don’t even have any kids in school!) Thankfully, the entire blogosphere is here to prepare us and keep us from mountains of school-related stress. I’ve combed through tons of blog posts to bring you this GIANT round up of […]

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