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No Hungry Little Lunchers

Pumped-up Pumpkin Bread

School lunch can be one of the earlier places where kids start to notice that some kids have more and some have less. One in six kids in the U.S. lives with hunger. If your family is doing well enough to have a little extra flexibility, talking with your kids about ways they can help their classmates get a decent lunch could be a wonderful learning opportunity. Here are a few ideas.

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College Lunch

Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Sandwich

When it comes to preparing food, college dorm living can seem two steps away from camping. It only worsens when daytime dining hall options are limited to a scarcely stocked canteen or a busy schedule that requires a dorm room to be stocked with actual food. My colleagues have shared dorm room hacks and tips for turning your dorm room into a kitchen. As college students make the move to dorm rooms for another year it’s a good time to revisit these ideas and more.

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Little Lunch Preppers

Lemony Lentil Salad with Feta

Packing lunch every day can become a grind for parents, especially when half of it ends up in the trash because kids didn’t want to eat it. Empowering kids to help pack their own lunches can help take some of the pressure off parents and give kids more investment in their chosen lunch for the day. Here are a few tips for letting even the littlest ones in the family pack their lunch.

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Allergy-Free School Snacks

Fresh Fruit Kebabs with Lemon Lime Dip

These days it’s just assumed that you when you sign up to bring food to your child’s school function, it will have to be allergy friendly. As a mom of a celiac son, I have to say that seeing the transformation that has gone on in classrooms to make them more inclusive is not only welcome but frankly, long overdue. The even better news? Making allergy-friendly foods isn’t hard to pull off or “less fun.”

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Lunch for Little Fingers

Mediterranean Chicken Salad Pinwheels

School is right around the corner, and with it, the challenge of keeping lunch nutritious and appealling to your young eaters. School lunches can leave a lot of the less exciting fruits and veggies uneaten and heading for the compost bin. This month, we’ll revisit our favorite tips for making sure your kids are getting solid nutrition, even when you’re not with them to encourage nutritious choices.

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Top 5 Nutritional Pitfalls for New Vegans

Garbanzo Salad Romaine Wraps

For the typical omnivore, switching to a vegan diet which excludes meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy is a drastic lifestyle change. Without a foundational understanding of nutrition and key considerations for vegan eating, it’s easy to feel like your whole life just turned upside down. I’ve pulled together five common nutritional pitfalls for new vegans along with strategies to address them here. 

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