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Bringing Balance: 10 Tips for School Lunches

One month of school lunches down….9 to go. If that makes you cringe – don’t fret! School lunches don’t have to be boring and with a just a little planning, they can actually be pretty much hassle-free. Here are 10 great tips to keep you out of the sandwich rut this year: Think bento box, not lunchbox! Lunch can be ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Spinach

Since Urban Parent’s family challenge for March is to eat a new green veggie every week, I thought I would introduce you to one of my old faithfuls – Spinach! One of the mildest of the dark leafy greens, this one packs an awesome nutritional punch and is easy to slip into many of your family’s go-to recipes. Here are ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Get Real

Happy New Year! If one of your goals for the coming year is to improve the quality of your family’s food, this is the post for you! Here are 7 great ideas to get you started with healthy changes: Download, print, discuss and sign the free 5-A-Day Pledge from my website and start tracking your fruit & veggie intake, aiming ... Read More »

Bringing Balanace: Ginger Spelt Men

Let the holiday baking begin! Here’s a 100% wholegrain treat sweetened with molasses and maple syrup – No refined sugar! Ingredients: 2 1/4 cup spelt flour (can substitute 100% whole wheat flour) 1/4 c. ground flax meal 1.5 tsp ground ginger 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Mama’s Little Helper

In the interests of full disclosure, let me say this: I have no idea what Hamburger Helper tastes like. But I’ve seen it, and I’ve seen the ingredient list, and this is my best kick at a healthy, tasty homemade version. And my daughter just asked for seconds and if she could have it in her lunch tomorrow, so that’s ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Kids in the Kitchen

We need to get our kids in the kitchen more! We are raising them in a world where almost everything is available pre-made, pre-cooked, or pre-prepared, and sadly, that food is largely responsible for our rising rates of childhood obesity and Type II Diabetes. When we cook at home, too often we are rushed and it’s just easier to do ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Keeping Kids Hydrated

 Welcome to the dog days of summer! Have you ever noticed that your kids seem to be able to go for hours and hours in the hot sun without asking for a drink? There are a couple of reasons for this: First of all, they are easily distracted and often just forget to hydrate, but second, they also often lack ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Healthier Camping & Road Trips

It’s summer!! School lunches are over and picnics are on! It’s easy to default to unhealthy food when vacation starts, but it definitely doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some easy ideas for healthier road trip &/or camping meals and snacks: Individual instant oatmeal breakfasts: Pre-mix plain quick oats, cinnamon, ground flax, nuts and stevia or a little brown sugar ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: buying meat, eggs & fish

I meet a lot of parents who are very confused about what they should and shouldn’t be concerned about when it comes to the meat, fish and eggs they are buying for their family. There’s an awful lot of information out there on this topic, and it can be pretty misleading depending on its source. To address this, what follows ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Torta Rustica

I first had this dish on a midsummer getaway to Maine. A lazy brunch “sans kids” and several coffees later I had rough notes on how to create a healthier, simplified, yet equally delicious version. Here’s my best shot, which opened to rave reviews with the whole family! Ingredients: 2 c. packed spinach, chopped 1/2 cup packed fresh basil, chopped ... Read More »