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Toddler obesity on the (slight) decline

  The number of young children who are obese and extremely obese is going down, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In what researchers say is the first national study to show that the prevalence of obesity among young children may have begun to decline, scientists analyzed data from […]

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Kale Chips For Everyone

I know I’ve blogged before about kale chips, but healthy eating just doesn’t get easier or yummier than this. We had four bunches in our produce box last week and we easily ate two bunches with dinner. The girls love them, and I love that, not only is there no argument to get them to […]

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Keep Apples from Browning with Vitamin C Powder

I knew about how you could use lemon juice to keep apples from browning, but I have since learned that you can use Vitamin C powder instead. I love this, since it always seemed like a tragic waste of a lemon for such a cosmetic reason.  I mix a teaspoon or two in a bowl […]

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Purple Oatmeal

A fast, healthy and fun treat for those purple-loving little ones. I love oatmeal for our breakfasts because it’s gluten-free, a good source of low residue fiber, and can be sweetened with everything from honey and maple syrup to simple fresh fruit. I prefer rolled oats for their speed of cooking, but the patient spouse-unit […]

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

 I love making these, even if I sometimes find them a lot of work to eat. Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are super healthy for you, though – somewhere in the top 25 healthiest foods to eat. So I keep on making them and eating them.

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3 Easy Ways to Feed Your Family More Veggies

I recently came across a couple that was so confused about what to feed their 3-year-old that they were pouring a commercial brand of stage 3 veggies over his rice and meat. Entirely well-meaning, they also had an ample supply of canned food that they ate as standalone meals. They also were on a tight budget and had concerns about the rising cost of food in the supermarket. The father asked my advice on what we feed Spice and Ginny.

I took a deep breath. Where to start?

I pointed out the grocery mailers sitting on their coffeetable. “Here’s the price of the prepared foods,” I said, showing them the ads for canned and boxed meals.

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Savory Italian Bread Pudding

I have had a no-win situation in the house for months now – the issue of fresh bread. The spouse-unit loves a freshly baked artisan-style loaf of bread, but depending on how manic our weekdays are, it sometimes doesn’t get finished before it turns to stone. I’ve tried to use it up anyway somehow in […]

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Kitchen Shortcuts: an Introduction

This article is part of what I hope to be an ongoing series here on crunchy parenting, Kitchen Shortcuts. I’ve given a nod to freezer cooking before, but those of you who have seen my house or watched me cook know that I’m probably not an expert on the planned-way-in-advance cooking. I’m one of those […]

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Roasted Butternut Soup

I made a really nice roasted butternut squash and vegetable soup last night and it was such a success that I felt compelled to share the rather-chatty recipe here with you. Butternut squash is one of those vegetables that I love for several reasons. It has it’s own flavor, but it’s variable enough to be […]

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