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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Add On Healthy Foods -5 a day

According to nutritionists, we are supposed to be getting at least five services of fruits and veggies a day. Therefore, you need to look for creative ways to add fruits and veggies to you and your kids’ diets.

Here are some Healthy Eating Suggestions:

• Prepare scrambled eggs or omelets with chopped veggies.
• Serve fruit with breakfast.
• Serve fruit with low-fat yogurt for a healthy snack.
 • Fresh veggies with low-fat dipping sauce, make great snacks too.
• Serve a fresh cut salad with veggies with dinner.

What to Eliminate in your Eating

Now that we’ve covered some ways you can substitute healthy foods in to your kids’ menus, let’s talk about the foods you need to eliminate from their diets.

• Processed fruit snacks. Replace with real dried fruits.
• Chips and dip. Replace with baked corn chips and salsa.
• Cookies and candy bars. Replace with healthy granola bars.
• Milkshakes and full-fat milk. Replace with real fruit smoothies.
• White floured products. Replace with products made with whole wheat flour.
• Sugary desserts. Replace with fresh fruits and low-fat yogurt. Making all of these changes can be difficult, but here’s a few shopping tips to help you get started.
• Primarily shop the outside of the grocery store, as most processed foods are found in the inside aisles.
• Get all of your fresh produce prepared (wash, chopped and stored) on the day you bring it home from the grocery store to make it easily accessible.
• The majority of the items you buy at the grocery store should be in the produce section followed by whole grain products and lean meats.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Fitting Fitness Into Your Family’s Routine

A lot of families think that in order to get in shape, they have to spend hours at the gym doing various exercises. Although gyms and fitness centers are great options, they aren’t required in order to get in shape. Some people can’t afford these options while others get intimidated at the thought of having to work out in front of a bunch of other people. If either of these situations relate to your family, it’s okay. All you need to do is start out taking small steps to work fitness into your family’s routine. Below are some tips to help you get started.

Look Around and Take Advantage of Your Surroundings – If most people would only look around, they’d see a lot of opportunities for exercise around them. For instance, taking the stairs instead of an elevator, walking a little further in a parking lot, riding a bike to visit a neighbor or going on a walk with the family.

Plan It Out – If you want physical fitness to become an ingrained part of your family’s routine, you have to plan it out. Otherwise, you’re likely to waste your day away in front of the computer, television or even cleaning or reading a book. Therefore, think about the time you will have to spend with your family this week and plan fun physical activities to do together during some of these times. For example, you could all go on a hike, walk, outside to play Frisbee or a number of other things. Make sure you plan these family activities on a weekly basis to ensure they become routine.

Have Fun – When you begin searching for things to do during the “off” times of all your family members, make sure you plan fun activities that everyone will enjoy. Things like playing tag, backyard soccer, bad-mitten, etc. are all fun games. Also, consider when you are going to do these activities. Some games are better played after dinner while other are perfectly fine to play before dinner. You can also play interactive video games now too for exercise!

Interests are Important – Take time to think about each member of your family and what they enjoy…as well as activities that everyone has fun doing together. When choosing family activities, it’s important that everyone finds them fun and interesting as this keeps motivation up. Here’s an example: If you have two kids and they both love airplanes, consider making paper airplanes or purchasing toy airplanes for them to race outside. This can be fun as everyone will be chasing them!

Another example is to plan a family trail ride if your family enjoys horses. Or, you can all sign up for karate lessons if you recently watched “The Karate Kid” and all enjoyed it. Basically, look for any interest that can be turned into a physical activity. This will ensure everyone has fun and stays motivated.




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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Unhealthy Eating Habits to Avoid

Unhealthy Habits  to Avoid

There are a lot of unhealthy eating habits that we unknowingly teach our children because we learned them from our parents. In many cases, it’s these unhealthy eating habits that contribute to the woes we suffer in regards to our children’s eating habits. Below are some unhealthy eating habits to avoid teaching your children. Later in the article, we’ll look at ways to promote healthy eating habits.

1. Bargaining for Dessert. 

When our children are little, using dessert to get them to eat their veggies seems like a pretty smart (and easy) way to get the nutritious food down them.

However, kids learn quick and they will begin to bargain with you all the time for dessert. They’ll use this technique to ensure they only have to eat the minimum required before they can have dessert. Therefore, don’t get this practice started!

2. You Must Clean Your Plate

While it sounds like a good rule to have to teach children not to put more on their plate then they can eat, this actually contributes to childhood obesity. Don’t force your children to eat everything on their plate, instead let them eat until they feel full. You can always start with small portions and give them seconds if they want it.

3. No Eating Before Mealtime

Most likely, we’ve all been told not to eat something before mealtime or our meal will be ruined. Of course, you don’t want your kids filling up on candy before a meal, but snacking between meals is often necessary for kids nonetheless. To remedy this problem, set daily snack times and feed your kids healthy snacks to subside their hunger until mealtime.

4. Repetitively Serving Food. 

Many parents will save food their child didn’t finish eating and serve it repetitively until it’s been eaten. This is not safe as bacteria grows on food easily. It also isn’t good, emotionally, for your child to make them sit at the table until everything on their plate has been eaten. This can create a lot of stress at mealtimes, and even contribute to an eating disorder later on.

5. Feeding Jarred Baby Food. 

Believe it or not, many nutritionists have suggested that feeding babies jarred baby food can actually ruin certain foods for these children for years to come. So, instead of buying the pureed baby foods, make your own by mashing up healthy adult foods like steamed carrots, mashed potatoes, bananas, etc. for your baby to eat.


Create Healthy Habits

Above are just five unhealthy eating habits that we teach our children. Below you will find some healthy habits you can use instead of those listed above.

1. Encourage Snacks 

Snacks aren’t bad, so encourage snack time and serve healthy foods instead of high-fat, high-sugar snacks.

2. Stop Eating When Full 

Teach your children to “listen” to their stomachs at mealtime. When they start to feel full, it’s time to quit eating. Serve your child smaller portions to help them get used to this.

3. Do Away with Dessert 

If you want to stop the dessert bargaining, do away with dessert. Or, you can serve dessert an hour after dinner is over…or, you can start preparing healthy “desserts” that can be served with the meal (fruit salad, fruit jello, low-sugar baked apples, fresh fruit with yogurt dipping sauce, etc.).




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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tips for Getting Kids Active

Perhaps you have children who you feel sit around too much, but you don’t know how to change that. Changing your kids’ habits can be difficult, but below are a few tips to help you out.

Get Active with Them – You may find it easier to motivate your kids to get active if you join in on activities with them. For instance, sign up the entire family for swimming, tennis lessons, martial arts, golf or even horseback riding. Going together as a family can make it much more fun!


Invite Their Friends – A lot of kids prefer to do things their friends are doing. Therefore, if you know some of your kids’ friends and they would like to do a particular activity with your child, call his/her parents up and see if they can join. You can also encourage your child to sign up for a sport that some of his/her friends play. Many kids are insecure about new activities, but the reassurance of having a friend to do it with can help.


Limit Electronic Devices – Our society, and children in particular, have gotten dependent on electronic devices whether it’s video games, computers, cell phones, televisions, etc. Even though these devices can be useful, they hinder physical activity. Therefore, it’s best to limit how much time your kids can spend on them each day.


Talk to Your Kids About What They Like – Many parents have their own idea of what activity is best for their children and don’t ask their kids before they sign them up. This can have a negative effect on them. Therefore, take the time to talk to your kids first. Ask them what kinds of physical activities they would enjoy getting to do on a more regular basis. Then, go from there! You’ll discover that your kids will have much more fun and be a lot more motivated to participate in physical activities if they choose to do them.


Include Physical Activities into Daily Routines – The best thing you can do for you and your kids is to make physical activities (fitness) a part of the daily routine. Once you and your kids get used to it, it becomes a “must-do” thing as you will feel (and look) better! Obviously, you will have scheduling conflicts from time to time, but getting adequate physical activity every day should be something you, and your kids, want to do!


Try to Avoid Harping – Try not to “harp” or nag at your kids regarding their body shape, weight, etc. This is not a good motivational technique for getting them motivated to get active. Instead, be positive and talk about how physical activity and exercise improve overall health, which is far more important than how one looks.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Why Fitness Is Important for Children

Basically, the reason our children are struggling more than those of generations past with personal fitness is because lifestyles have changed. Instead of spending a lot of time outside playing with friends, climbing trees and playing tag, kids are spending more time inside doing homework, watching television, playing video games and texting their friends.

Kids don’t have to go outside and meet their friends in order to socialize with them anymore, which means they don’t have to be as physically active as kids used to. Therefore, we need to deliberately incorporate fitness routines into our children’s lives.

Personal fitness for children is important because it involves their health. Yes, they will look better, but more importantly they will feel better and have better chances for living long and fulfilling lives. Too many children suffer from the physical effects of obesity – things like liver disease, cardiovascular problems and diabetes are just a few of the side effects obese children face.

Finally, obesity in children also affects the economy. The cost for health care is going up because of the obesity rate in children has increased so drastically in the past 20 years. Some of the health issues obese children face are issues that didn’t used to be a concern into one was an older adult (high blood pressure and heart disease, for example).

How to Help Children Get Fit 
First, if you have a regular fitness routine that you do, try to get your kids involved in it. If you don’t, then it’s time to start! Talk to your kids about what physical activities they enjoy to do and see if there is a way to incorporate it into their daily lives. There probably is.

Even if you child prefers playing video games, you could easily purchase a Nintendo Wii, Xbox Kinect or Playstation Move and their corresponding games that require physical movement interaction in order to play. You could also consider taking them to play laser tag or go paint balling with friends as these games are similar to video games too.

The important thing is that you listen to your child and pay attention to his/her interests when trying to find an appropriate physical activity for him/her to get involved in. If it’s something they enjoy, the focus isn’t going to be on getting fit but on having fun, which is what physical fitness should be!




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Friday, October 18, 2013

How to Teach Kids Healthy Habits

It’s important to teach your children healthy habits because these habits will often follow them into adulthood and establish how they raise their families. This is also true for the physical fitness activities you raise your children around. Below are some tips for incorporating health habits and fitness routines into your child’s life.

1. Get Started! The most important thing you can do is start working a healthy routine into your daily lifestyle. Your kids will follow your lead, therefore, it all starts with you. And, you have to get started before it will work!

2. Take Small Steps. You don’t have to take a giant leap into family fitness by purchasing expensive gym memberships. Instead, take it in small steps. For example, take a walk or hike as a family once or twice a week. You could also take a once-a-week martial arts class together. Basically, the point is that whatever activities you do, your family has fun doing them. When your kids see that physical activities can be fun, they will continue to do these activities as they get older.


3. Teach Them How to Cook. Another aspect of living a healthy life is to cook healthy meals. This isn’t something that comes naturally, so you will have to teach your family how to do this too. Get your kids in the kitchen when you cook and show them what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Point out the various colors of different herbs, spices and vitamins. You can also get your kids involved by allowing them to help you shop for (or even grow) food. As they get older, begin letting them help you prepare the meals and once they are old enough, allow them to cook a meal or two a week for the entire family!

4. Snacking is Okay. Teach your kids that it’s okay to snack throughout the day. It has long been said that it’s better to each five or six small meals per day than it is to eat two or three large meals. However, stress the importance of snacking on healthy foods.

To promote healthy snacking habits, keep healthy snacks such as raw veggies, nuts, yogurt, seeds, fruit and whole grains on hand. You can also take your family’s favorite fruits, puree them and freeze for yummy frozen treats! Not only can snacks be healthy and fun, but they can also help health-related issues such as stabilizing blood sugar levels in kids.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Breakfast Burritos

Looking for ideas for breakfast on those busy school days?

Microwaved Healthy Breakfast Burrito
6 Tbsp egg whites (equals 2 eggs, separated)
1 Tbsp favorite salsa
1 Tbsp finely shredded Cheddar cheese or Parmesan cheese
1 small whole wheat or low-carb tortilla

Spray a small microwave-safe bowl with cooking spray or lightly coat with olive oil. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg whites, salsa, and cheese, then pour into the oiled bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes (will vary depending on microwave.) Remove when egg mixture is solid. Spoon egg mixture onto a small tortilla and roll up. Serve with a little more salsa if desired.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Cooking at Home vs Eating Out

In the past, many people didn’t think twice about going to a restaurant for dinner or swinging through the drive-thru on their way to soccer practice. However, with the condition of the economy and the impact it’s had on people’s bank accounts, many people are now opting to cook at home instead of heading out for meals. Not only does it save money, but it’s also a healthier alternative too. Below are a few benefits associated with cooking at home.

1. There are no “mystery” ingredients. When you begin to cook meals at home for your family, you become aware of all the ingredients that you and your family are eating. This isn’t the case when you go out.

Not only are there no “mystery” ingredients when you cook from home, but you can also control the levels of sugar, sodium and other caloric content too. Additionally, when you cook at home, you don’t have to worry about whether a meal really is “whole/multi-grain” as advertise, because you can switch up the ingredients yourself to make sure it is!

2. It’s a lot healthier for you and your family. As mentioned above, you control the ingredients when you cook your own meals at home. This means that you are able to feed your family much healthier foods than you would if you went to a restaurant. You can ensure the meals you cook include fresh produce and healthy, whole foods…this is a rarity at restaurants and fast-food chains. Additionally, not only are families who eat home-cooked meals generally healthier in body, but studies have shown that they are also healthier socially and emotionally because they’re spending more family time together.

3. You’re able to plan out meals in advance. Cooking at home allows you the ability to plan out dinner in advance. Instead of eating “on the fly” and choosing a restaurant at the last minute, your meals are thought out and planned in advance. Many people even cook several meals at home at one time and then reheat them in the oven on the night they want to eat them. This is often great for busy families who are always on-the-go.

4. There really isn’t that much time involved. A lot of people dislike the idea of cooking at home because they think it takes a long time. However, cooking from home actually takes less time than going out to eat does. Just think about how much time it takes to load everyone up, drive to the restaurant, be seated, order the food and get served. The majority of home-cooked meals only take 30 minutes to an hour to prepare and clean-up doesn’t take long when you get the whole family to help. When you compare the two scenarios, cooking from home actually takes less time than eating out.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Kids’ Favorite Foods Made Healthier

Once some parents take a closer look at their kids’ favorite foods, they are appalled to find out just how unhealthy these foods really are. The good news is that most of these foods can be made/bought in healthier versions. Below are some examples of these unhealthy foods and how you can find their healthier versions to keep both you and your kids happy.

1. Hotdogs

The majority of kids love hotdogs and parents do to because of how convenient they are to serve. So, how are you supposed to keep hotdogs in your house when they’re so unhealthy? First, go to the freezer section at your local grocery store or even the natural health food store.

Most of time, you’ll be able to find the healthy hotdogs here – these hotdogs shouldn’t contain any preservatives, so be sure to read the label. You can also purchase “turkey dogs” instead, since turkey is a very lean, healthy meat. Finally, some grocers carry tofu burgers and hotdogs – these products are kept refrigerated, but not frozen. Ask your grocer before you go searching for these as they can be hard to find.

2. Pizza

Pizza is like hotdogs – so good and so easy to prepare, yet not the healthiest for you and your family. To fix this problem, make your own pizza. Start with a whole wheat crust and vegetable rich spaghetti sauce (you can buy or make your own sauce). Next, cut back on the meat toppings and include more veggies. Use only 4 ounces of mozzarella cheese mixed with ¼ cup of parmesan cheese for the cheese and try to find a vegetarian version of pepperonis and you’ll have a healthy pizza in no time!

3. Bread 

The best kind of bread for you and your family is whole wheat bread. You can make it yourself or you can buy it at the store. If your family still isn’t a fan, then consider eating sandwiches, hamburgers, etc. on whole wheat tortillas, pita bread and/or bagels.

4. Candy Bars and Cookies

 These “junk” foods are hard to replace, but thankfully, we have granola bars now. Just make sure the granola bars you give your kids are little sugar and high protein content. There are some granola bars that are just as bad as candy bars and cookies.
 

5. Macaroni and Cheese 

Most of us buy our macaroni and cheese in a box at the grocery store, which is fine. Switch to a healthier boxed version or make your own healthy version of mac and cheese with hidden vegetables.

6. Cereal

I’m not sure what it is about cereals but most kids are attracted to the ones containing the most sugar. Slowly start introducing your kids to the healthier cereals containing more granola and other natural ingredients to help turn their taste-buds around. Oatmeal is another great alternative.

7. Fish Sticks and Chicken Nuggets

A popular alternative to the unhealthy frozen fish sticks and chicken nuggets is to make your own. Simply cut up fish fillets or a whole chicken breast into strips or pieces and bread them however you prefer. Then, bake them in the oven. You can also find vegetarian fish sticks and chicken nuggets too.




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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fitness Tips for kids

Physical education classes used to be an integral part of school every year from first grade until twelfth grade. Now, it is optional once the state requirements are met for graduation. What does this mean? Kids are less and less active each year when they need to be more so.

Help get your kids moving more and not less. Here are some ways to do that.

1. Discuss the role of fitness – They don’t have to be a star athlete to get physically fit. All they have to do is move consistently. Find some form of activity that they like and keep with it to fight back against extra weight brought on by bodily changes during the teenage years.

2. Discuss the role of food – They can still eat their burger and fries but once a week or less. Help them experiment with other foods to find healthier ones they might like. Another option is substitutions – turning higher fat foods into leaner, healthier ones that taste just as good. Get them involved in cooking for the family!

3. Exercise with friends – If your daughter is concerned about her weight chances are that some of her friends are as well. They can get their exercise together by taking classes at the local rec center or the gym. Classes allow for fun fitness without individual scrutiny.


4. Choose a sport that they like – They don’t have to participate in group sports if they are not comfortable but they can still participate on a regular basis. Buy a basketball goal, volleyball net, a skateboard, roller blades or other sporting equipment so they can have fun with an activity that they like.

The body changes during the preteen and teen years. Increasing knowledge about fitness and fitness itself can keep their self-esteem and body image healthy.



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Monday, October 7, 2013

10 Ideas to get your family active and moving

Family time is important for many reasons. Have you thought about using it to promote fitness and health? If not, here are 10 great ways for you to raise the bar in your family and get them moving regularly.

Family time can become active time little by little. You know kids; they might balk at anything that resembles exercise unless it is done as part of a family activity. That is your “in.” The same goes for adults. We all could be a bit healthier.

10 Ways to Move More
Even if you don’t have regularly scheduled “family time” there is no time like the present to get it going. Time spent watching television can be morphed into a fun activity with a more physical component. Use these ideas as a guideline to get you thinking in the forward direction.

1. After dinner walk – One way to get the family talking and moving is to schedule a bit of exercise as an addendum to your dinner routine. See your neighborhood, have a few laughs and all while spending quality time together.

2. Train for a charity event – Even if everyone isn’t on the same level activity-wise, you can all participate in a walking event. Sign up as a family group for a 5K walk. Raise money and build endurance as you get ready for the big day.

3. Participate in interactive games – We are talking about video games. If your kids want time in front of the screen make it the television screen playing a Wii active game like bowling, obstacle courses or dancing games.



4. Go bike riding – That after dinner walk can be a bike ride sometimes. It is faster than walking and works the legs even more than walking already does.

5. Get competitive – Do you have a back yard? Use it. Play backyard games like you did when you were kids: soccer, volleyball, kickball, flag football and freeze tag. You burn more calories than you think and you have a lot of laughs.

6. Take turns walking the dog – While he is searching for a place to do his business, you are getting a workout. In the winter months, it takes more energy to warm your body so you are burning extra calories.

7. Create a garden – Gardening is fun but it is a lot of work. The entire body gets a workout pulling weeds, picking fruit and vegetables and planting seeds.

8. Spend the day at the park – Some community parks have paddle boats, canoes, hiking and walking trails. Bring a picnic lunch or a backpack of snacks and spend a few hours there.

9. Take a walking tour – Trips to the zoo and museums involve a lot of walking.

10. Plan an active vacation – Try camping, cultural vacations and the like where you are involved in physical activities at least once a day.


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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Cheese Puffed Broccoli Broil

2 bunches broccoli (about 3 lbs)
2 egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Trim tough ends off broccoli, then cut into spears. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then set broccoli in and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until just fork tender; drain. Arrange cooked broccoli in a shallow broiler-proof baking pan. Put the egg whites and salt into a mixing bowl and beat (with electric mixer) until stiff peaks form. In separate bowl, mix together the cheese and mayonnaise.

Then, with rubber spatula, gently fold in cheese/mayonnaise mix, being careful not to 'deflate' the egg whites. Don't be too concerned about getting the mixture evenly blended - some globs of cheese/mayonnaise are okay. Spoon this mixture evenly over the broccoli in baking pan. Set rack in oven so baking dish will be 6 inches from broiler element. Turn oven on BROIL on highest heat. When broiler is preheated, set baking pan in oven and broil for 4 to 5 minutes or until cheese/mayonnaise turns golden brown. Remove and serve hot. Will serve 4 to 6.


 Try a variation on this recipe in a Broccoli Braid!
 
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tips for Creating a Family Fitness Routine

Getting your family in better shape is a great thing to do, but can be hard if everyone isn’t on the same page. Below are a few ideas that should help you and your family create a family fitness routine everyone is happy with.

Step #1 – Setting Goals
The first thing you and your family should do is sit down together and outline what your goals are. While you should set family goals, it’s also important that each family member sets personal goals too. As you go around and ask each person what his/her goals are, write them all down. (Write your family goals down to.) Then, post them where everyone can see them on a daily basis. A few examples of goals you may have include:

  • Losing 10 pounds 
  • Running in a marathon together as a family 
  • Increasing your strength 
  • Creating more energy 
  • Building personal stamina for gym class 
  • Fitting back into a favorite pair of pants or dress 
  • Participating in and/or learning a new sport

Step #2 – Consider Everyone’s Interests
When setting goals and considering a family fitness routine, you should consider each person’s interests. For instance, if you have children who have just watched “The Karate Kid” and really enjoy mimicking the karate moves, consider signing your family up for karate classes. Or, if you have older children and you all enjoy football, consider joining a co-ed flag football team.


Step #3 – Get Everyone’s Input
Before you decide on signing up for any activity or determine what family activity you’ll do together on the weekend, you need to get everyone’s input. Everyone in your family should feel as if they have an equal say in things. This will keep everyone in good spirits and the motivation going. One way to do this is to take turns picking out what activities you do as a family.

Step #4 – Make a Routine Out of It
Finally, once you have all set goals (family goals and personal goals), talked about your interests and everyone has given their input, it’s time to make a routine out of it. In order to make it a routine, you need to begin doing something on a daily basis that involves deliberate physical activity…and it needs to be planned. Therefore, map out times when you can work towards achieving your family goals together through physical activity, as well as, personal time to work towards your individual goals. Basically, you will have to schedule these times in before they will become part of the family routine.




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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Focus: Fitness and healthy eating month!

Did you know that 1 out of every 3 kids is considered overweight or obese? Many say it's becoming an epidemic! It's no wonder this is happening. Our kids are becoming used to a sedentary lifestyles. With all the technology advances that have been made over the last several years they spend more time in front of the computer, playing the latest and greatest gaming systems, watching TV, etc.

Another culprit in adding to the overweight and obesity trend is that families are so busy they often don't have time to sit down at home to enjoy a nutritious home cooked meal. It's now more common to hit the drive thru on the way to this kid's sporting event or that kid's practice.

It's time to put a stop to this epidemic or at least start doing something about it. And the only way to do so is to start where it matters most - with your family! It's time to get your family on board with eating healthy and getting regular exercise. The next few weeks we are going to focus on fitness tips, healthy eating and recipes for your family.



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Cookbook Reviews Top 10

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It is hard to come up with a top 10 in Kids Cookbooks because really there are 100's of cookbooks out there worthy of note. These are some of our top favorites and books that get the best reviews hands down.
Stay tuned in the next few weeks as we highlight some different varieties of kids cookbooks out there on the market.

10 Great Kids Cookbooks in no particular order!
The Kid's Cookbook: A Great Book for Kids Who Love to Cook!

What we like:
  • Spiral bound, hard cover
  • Great photos
  • Fun, delicious real recipes
  • photo section on basic cooking skills such as dicing, chop, etc.







Kids' Fun and Healthy Cookbook

What we like:
  • Step by step photos
  • Easy directions
  • Healthy but delicious recipes
  • Includes fruit and vegetable and food facts throughout the book


Emeril's There's a Chef in My Soup! Recipes for the Kid in Everyone

What we like:
  • Fun names for the recipes but real ingredient recipes
  • Although we don't like the graphics as well as real photos the graphics help for step by step directions
  • Includes information on different kitchen tools and appliances that kids can use
  • If you like Emeril you'll most likely like the cookbook




Mom and Me Cookbook

What we like:
  • Colorful photos
  • Great beginning cookbook because it has easy and fun recipes









The Everything Kids' Cookbook

What we like:
  • A great cookbook for older kids 8 and up.
  • A unique variety of recipes. 
  • A great cookbook to get your kids to cook/help with dinner.
  • Difficult-easy rating included for each recipe

Betty Crocker's Kids Cook!
Children's Step-By-Step Cook Book

What we like:
  • Colorful cookbook with nice photos
  • Great recipes that kids can create with little supervision
  • a good basic cookbook for beginners


    Children's Step-By-Step Cook Book
    Look & Cook a Cookbook for Children


    What we like:
    • A great step by step cookbook with photos
    • Clear directions and easy recipes to follow
    • Takes kids beyond simple recipes like souffle

    Look & Cook a Cookbook for Children


    What we like:
    • Spiral bound so pages lay flat
    • fun retro drawings add to the uniqueness of the cookbook
    • clear directions and fun recipes








    Southern Living: Kids Cookbook 

    What we like:
    • Beautiful photos
    • Recipes engage kids desire to get cooking
    • Spiral bound, hard cover



    The Spatulatta Cookbook
    What we like:
    • A cookbook written by two young chefs (with parents help ;}
    • Great photos of finished cooking projects
    • well written clear directions and unique delicious recipes
    • Basic review of cooking skills with photos


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