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Making Fair Fare at Home (and maybe a little more healthy)

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Kitty Broihier

It might be fun to make some fair food at home—especially if you aren’t around for the fair or can’t get there this year. Also, if you make a more healthful version of your favorite fair food, you could have it more often, right? I have to admit, however, that most (if not all) recipes for fair food won’t meet the nutritional guidelines for Guiding Stars recipes—that’s a shocker, I know—so I’m not linking to any of our own recipes. I’m also not going to tell you that the recipes I have provided are super healthy. Instead, I’ll give you a few strategies, some general guidance and a few example recipes. Enjoy.

Making Fair Fare at Home (and maybe a little more healthy)

Moving Toward a Less Salty Diet

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Kitty Broihier

If you’re struggling to keep your salt intake in check, you’ve got an ally in the Food and Drug Administration. Last week the agency issued draft, voluntary guidance that puts maximum sodium limits on 150 categories of processed and restaurant foods—all in an effort to help trim down Americans’ sodium intake from its current level of about 3,400mg/day to the 2,300mg/day recommended in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. It’s a big step, and it’s certainly shaking up the food industry, but it’s not a done deal yet.

Moving Toward a Less Salty Diet

Graduation Celebrations That Don’t Focus on Food

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Kitty Broihier

I like a party as much as the next gal (just ask my friends!), but when graduation season hits—as it already has—I was not the one hosting a bunch of kids and neighbors for a big bash in the backyard. I didn’t have a graduation party when I finished high school—I got an electric typewriter from my parents and a “fancy” dinner out with my family. Yes, that was an age ago, I know. Graduation parties are so popular these days that if you don’t host one you almost feel like you’re in the wrong somehow. But you’re not. Call me a curmudgeon, but with so many others throwing parties, when it came time for my first-born to graduate, I figured the world didn’t need yet another buffet of burgers, dogs and heavily-frosted bakery cake.

Graduation Celebrations That Don’t Focus on Food

Have you tried aquafaba yet?

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Kitty Broihier

The word itself sounds like the name of a fabulous new water park, doesn’t it? Of course it’s not (or I wouldn’t be writing about it here), but judging by the growing number of aquafaba fans, “fabulous” might indeed be an apt description of this culinary wonder ingredient. I’m a bit late to the aquafaba party, but I’m ready now to get more familiar with this intriguing ingredient; here’s what I’ve found out…

Have you tried aquafaba yet?

Enjoying Screen-Free Week

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Kitty Broihier

Did you know that every year since 1994 there has been a week dedicated to turning off the TV? Originally called TV-Turnoff, Screen-Free Week is a chance for both kids and adults to power down from our dependence on screen-based entertainment and find joy in other things—cooking together, books, nature, music, hobbies, playing games, cultural attractions, exercise, each other!

Enjoying Screen-Free Week

Let’s Go To The Park—For Free!

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Kitty Broihier

Both kids and adults love parks—for relaxing, playing, picnicking, exercising or even just reading under a tree. And, while going a town or city park is certainly a fun springtime activity, visiting one of our country’s many National Parks for a day (or more) of exploring and healthy family bonding time can make lifetime memories. And if you go this month you’re in luck because getting into your favorite National Park for free will be…well, like a walk in the park!

Let’s Go To The Park—For Free!

Good Eggs

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Kitty Broihier

At this time of year, many of us have a couple dozen eggs on hand, and whether you’re going to boil them for coloring or not, there’s lots of nutritional good to be had from an egg.

Good Eggs