Fresh Take: School Lunch

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In my opinion, the one thing missing from a traditional back-to-school list is a reminder to develop a menu that includes at least five lunches your child will eat. I suggest preparing this essential menu before the school year gets busy. It will save you much time and stress later. Some children are not into sandwiches, others prefer something hot and many just like to “snack.” No matter what kind of eater your child is, the same rules apply.

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Quiz: What’s in 100 Calories?

The perfect summer night, a long lazy barbeque, a hot day by the pool or beach…these are the events that call for something special. Maybe it’s a frozen treat like an ice cream cone or frosty drink. Sure you want to enjoy these foods…but do you know how much to go for? Take our quiz to see if you know just the right portion size to aim for when you want to enjoy without overindulging. Challenge yourself to see if you know which foods give you the best deals for your calories.

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Top 5 Nutrients You Need More Of

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With all of the nutrition information available to you each day, it can be difficult to remember the basic goal of keeping up with our essential nutrients. It doesn’t take a major lifestyle change or an expensive diet to improve your health through diet when you know what your body requires each day. Here I break it down into five nutrients I encourage you to emphasize in your diet: Vitamin D, Calcium, Omega-3 fatty acids, Choline and Potassium.

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When Low-Cal Means Low Nutrition

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It seems like a simple plan in the beginning. An individual desires to lose weight, understands the basic concept of calories in/calories out as the key to weight loss and therefore decides to dramatically cut calories to promote weight loss. It seems like a great plan…until that individual also begins to cut nutrients–a lot of nutrients, depending on the type of low-calorie foods chosen.

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