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Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle with Ancient Grains

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Allison Stowell

You’ve heard the phrase, “what’s old is new again,” and have likely seen many trends, including food and diet trends come, go, and return again. Knowing this, the food industry uses words like “classic” or “original” and gets creative with packaging to ensure a “throwback” take on older foods that are “new” again. Ancient grains, which may date back 10,000 years, are a throwback food that is definitely seeing a fresh surge.

Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle with Ancient Grains

Easy Meal Ideas

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Allison Stowell

“We’re having chicken…again?” A common phrase that presents like a question, but clearly is meant to be more like a complaint. For home cooks, the challenge of making meals that excite their household without requiring hours in the kitchen is a daily struggle. Despite the abundance of recipes and other resources for home cooks, sometimes we just need basic, simple ideas for creating meals that intrigue without requiring complicated ingredients or too much time in the kitchen.

Easy Meal Ideas

Heart Healthy Comfort Foods

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Allison Stowell

Hearty winter foods are not generally known for their heart health benefits. Often thought of as calorie and fat laden, the creamy soups, heavy casseroles, hearty breakfasts and more that make up your winter menu may warm your soul, but they do little to promote heart health. However, there are many comfort foods we can turn to during the cold, short days of winter that not only offer coziness, but are healthful too.

Heart Healthy Comfort Foods

Winter Weather Exercises for Kids

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Allison Stowell

When the weather outside is frightful, you need fun indoor physical activity ideas for kids. As a mom of two young children, ages 6 and 9, I wanted to find activities that engage kids for more than a few minutes and exercises that tire them out. Here are some of the activities I found…and more importantly here is what my kids had to say about them!

Winter Weather Exercises for Kids

Winter Hydration

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Allison Stowell

We think about hydration on a hot day and are especially aware of our potential for dehydration when we hike, bike or engage in other outdoor activities in the warm summer sun. But what about on a cold winter day when we are bundled up to enjoy the snow, staying indoors to hide from the elements, or worse, when we are suffering from cold or flu and using medications or decongestants? The colder air may not remind you to consume fluids and you may not feel thirsty the same way you do on a hot summer day, but you are still at risk of dehydration even when the temperature drops.

Winter Hydration

School Lunch vs. Home Lunch

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Allison Stowell

Since the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) brought changes to our National School Lunch program, there has been an important conversation about the nutritional quality of lunches offered in public schools across the US. Supporters love the modifications, which are the first significant positive changes in several years, while opponents view the changes as an unnecessary, costly step that attempts to control school cafeterias and increases food waste. Some see the move toward more whole grains, reduced fat milk and increased fruits and vegetables as a welcome and important change, while others see these alterations to the menu as anything but “kid-friendly.”

School Lunch vs. Home Lunch

How to Win with New Flavors

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Allison Stowell

Last year, I was introduced to an African Peanut Soup that dazzled my taste buds and intrigued me. Not only was it a combination of interesting flavors that was so unlike the soups I usually make, the recipe included easily attainable ingredients (like creamy peanut butter) and came together in one pot in under an hour. I couldn’t wait to make it for my family and thought for sure they would love it! With anticipation my kids watched me put it together; their excitement grew with me. When the moment came to enjoy the soup, it was like tires screeching on pavement to a fast stop…they didn’t like the soup. Two spoonfuls in and they were done. Ugh.

How to Win with New Flavors