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Family Bonding at the Dinner Table - How to Make Meals into Memories and Moments

It’s no secret that families dining together offer myriad benefits for bonding and childhood development. Statistically, there are decreases in rates of childhood obesity and fewer eating disorders among children who regularly eat meals as part of a family unit. Families who sit down to eat together are able to talk about the stresses of the day, which can help lower depression. For younger kids, sitting together at the dinner table at the end of the day encourages a sense of belonging and security. For older kids, it gives them the opportunity to feel supported and talk about whatever is...

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Cooking with Kids is a Great Bonding and Educational Experience

There are many great reasons to cook with your kids at all ages. It teaches them important life skills. It stimulates and compliments their school education – for example, measuring ingredients supports math learning. It encourages them to try dishes they might otherwise turn a nose up to. And it serves as a great way to bond with your children. Children can help in the kitchen as soon as they are able to stand on a step stool and reach the counter.  Here is a guide to cooking with kids by age, including safety tips: Safety Cooking with Kids Yes,...

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Healthy Keto Diet Tips

The keto diet has been shown to be wildly effective in many studies, yet it is often attacked as potentially unhealthy. There are many ways, however, to do the keto diet and still eat healthy and whole foods. Just because you can eat bacon and butter on the diet doesn't mean you have to. The keto diet is based on a simple principle: control the amount of carbohydrates consumed to put your body into ketosis, which in turn will allow your body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates for energy.  Those basic fundamentals have been used in many diets in the past, such as...

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How to Start a Plant-Based Diet

With many established health benefits, a plant-based diet is focused on encouraging whole, nutrient-dense plant-based foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and healthy oils like olive oil. It discourages processed foods, and reduces and limits the types of meats and dairy. What is the Plant-Based Diet? The plant-based diet isn't the same as eating vegetarian or vegan. In fact, dairy and meat is allowed (although some who follow it choose not to consume any or certain animal-based foods). Additionally, a vegan or vegetarian diet doesn't necessarily mean a focus on whole foods or avoiding processed food and refined flours and sugars,...

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5 Ways to Include the Slow Food Movement in Family Meals

The Slow Food Movement is the perfect antidote to today's fast food drive through, high-tech, social media distracted culture. It's also a great way to reconnect with the entire family to become healthier – both physically and mentally. The basic concept of the Slow Food Movement, established in 1989, is to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us. Here are some simple but high-impact ways to introduce this movement...

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Kid-Friendly Healthy Quesadilla Bar

I don’t know what it’s like in your family, but my kids are incredibly active (one plays football for school and is a competitive cheerleader, the other is JV Captain for High School Cheer and on a Worlds Team for competitive cheer) This means they burn more calories in a single day than most people do in 2 to 3 days. Noah, my 13 year old, is at the stage of teenage boy life where if he’s awake... he’s eating... and if he’s eating he’s focusing on what he’s eating next. I try to keep foods and snacks on hand...

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Lucky Black-Eyed Peas Recipe for New Year's Day

It's almost the New Year and one of the most deeply ingrained New Year traditions in the southern food culture is having at least a bite of black-eyed peas on New Year's Day to ensure financial luck and prosperity in the new year. When you initially rinse and prep the black-eyed peas they're small, dried peas. After they've had an overnight soak they swell and are ready to prep. This represents your finances swelling in the new year. It's also believed that during the civil war the dried black-eyed peas and ham hock/salted pork wasn't "fit for human consumption" so...

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Winter Soup Recipes

Winter is officially here, and winter soup is a great way to warm up! Many people don’t know that making a winter soup recipe is actually rather simple. It just takes a little bit of prep and you will have a bowl of comfort in no time! I love eating soup year-round but having soup in the winter is my favorite! How to Make Winter Soup First thing to do when you’re following a recipe is to gather all of the ingredients and read through the entire recipe at least once. Then, as you go, reread the recipe. Usually soup recipes...

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