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5 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Feeding Your Family

Most of us are stretched for time and feel the pressure of serving Pinterest worthy meal and snacks. Thankfully we don't have to worry about styling our food for Pinterest, but that doesn't mean feeding our family nutritious meals every evening isn't stressful. Here are 5 ways to take some of the stress out of feeding our families.

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Does Halloween Candy Go Bad?

It's almost time for trick-or-treaters! It is estimated that 170 million people will celebrate Halloween this year with over three-fourths of households planning to hand out candy. We will purchase over 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween, with candy corn weighing in at 20 million pounds. 

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The Best Way to Stay Hydrated

This summer has been a hot one. Our average daily temperature has been around 88° according to the National Weather Service with many days close to 100°.

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Food Safety on Vacation

Vacations are a time to relax, be revitalized, and if you are adventuresome, enjoy new places. Millions of travelers will take to the road in cars or recreation vehicles, before landing in their final destination. No matter how far or near you travel, there is always one thing that every traveler has in common – FOOD. And just because you are on vacation doesn't mean you can take time out from food safety.

There are four simple steps to food safety - clean, chill, separate, cook - that apply to the road, as well as, home.

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7 Ways to Discover Locally Grown Foods with your Children

Discovering locally grown foods with your family allows an opportunity to teach your children about where their food comes from. It also teaches them about the importance of supporting local agriculture and understanding what it takes to plant, grow, and harvest food. Explore ways to expose your children to locally grown foods in a fun and engaging way.

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8 Ways Your Family Can Easily Cut Back on Sugar

The recently released Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides sugar recommendations for the first time. It is recommended that we consume no more than 10% of our calories from added sugars. For example on a 2,000 calorie diet, that would be equal to eating 12 teaspoons or 200 calories or less of added sugar.

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Pass the Green Beans: Raising Healthy, Independent Eaters with Family Style Meals

One of the best ways to encourage healthy eating and enjoy mealtime with your family is to switch from pre-plating your child's food and start serving meals "family style."

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If They Make It, They Will Eat It

For holiday meals I enjoy making new recipes, but my children are not always open to trying new things. When these new dishes are being passed around the table my children often express hesitation or flat out refusal. Please tell me my kids aren't the only ones to do this. In an attempt to increase their acceptance and expose them to new ingredients, I decided to enlist them in searching out new recipes to make them together.

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9 Tips for a Terrific Turkey

Thanksgiving is a time to follow family traditions, from baking Grandma's classic pie recipe to watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. But it can also be a time of great anxiety, especially if this is your first time hosting such a food centered holiday. Don’t despair, rev up your cooking engines and start planning for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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5 Steps to Stress Free Family Meals

Preparing balanced meals for your family may be one of the main sources of stress in your life.  These 5 steps will help you reduce your stress level, save you time and money, and result in a more relaxed meal time with your family.

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6 Benefits of Cooking with Your Son + Recipe

Why doesn't my son like helping in the kitchen? Maybe I just assume he didn't. Maybe I just figured cooking wasn't something he would be interested in, because (gasp) he is a boy. His five year old sister is the one that always wants to be with me in the kitchen mixing, chopping, and washing.

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Back to School - Back to Snacking

It’s back-to-school time – which means after-school (and in-the-car) snacks. Busy parents also need snacks which are easy to make and grab for both the child and the parent.

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Should I Let my Kids Drink Fruit Juice?

100% fruit juice is made entirely from fruit. It contains vitamins and minerals. It provides energy in the form of fructose which is a type of sugar. It tastes good.

Juice can be quickly consumed, but unfortunately it doesn't keep tummies full as well as whole fruit since the fiber is missing.

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What You Need to Know about Kids and Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are still relatively new in our grocery stores, but the drinks are becoming popular with all ages. It's easy to confuse energy drinks with sports drinks, which can be a problem for our kids. They each serve two different purposes and energy drinks are not recommended for children.

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Should My Family Stop Eating Gluten?

My five year old daughter was chewing gum and I asked her where she had gotten the gum. She responded, "Don't worry, it is gluten-free."

Gluten-free awareness has gotten so great that in addition to my daughter's awareness, my church is also being gluten sensitive and offering gluten-free bread for communion. With gluten being in the spotlight does that mean that everyone should stop eating gluten?

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