Healthy Lunch Series: Tip #1: Everything tastes better on a stick

As I mentioned last week in my post about the Lunchables, my kids are in summer camp which means that I have to pack a healthy lunch every day that is:

Nutritious Peanut-free Affordable Quick Something my kids will actually eat and enjoy

and

Provides my kids with the energy they need for an action-packed [...]

Convenience vs. Healthy Choice

I’ve been counting down the days for summer, because for the first time ever, my kids will be in day camp. I love spending time with my kids more than anything in the world, but after the past three summers of having them hang around the house, saying “I’m bored” approximately 3,000 times a day [...]

Why should you pick-your-own?

This weekend I took my kids to Springs Farm to pick our own strawberries. This has been our tradition each spring since we’ve lived in Fort Mill. Why would we go out into the hot sun, spend hours plucking strawberries off of the vine, getting dirty in the process when we can go to [...]

Black is the new brown

Black is the new brown. That is what I hear from all of the latest health research that shows that foods that are naturally black, dark blue and purple are full of antioxidants and are linked to a host of health benefits, from lowering cancer and heart disease risk to reducing inflammation.

Black rice, blackberries [...]

Top 10 Sneaky Sugar Foods

It’s hard enough to limit sugar in sweet foods we eat, much less foods that shouldn’t have added sugar.

According to Dr. Donald D. Hensrud, an associate professor of Preventive Medicine and Nutrition at the Mayo Clinic, who was quoted in the ABC News article American Diet Too Sweet for the Heart’s Health, “Strictly from [...]

Digging for Ways to Teach My Kids About Nutrition

Researchers with Saint Louis University found that children who were served fruits and vegetables from a homegrown garden were more than twice as likely to eat the required five servings a day as those who rarely or never ate homegrown produce. In addition, children who grow up eating fresh-from-the-garden produce are more likely to enjoy [...]

Exhausted? Eat this to get your energy back.

I was completely shocked when I read that America’s top weight loss coach, best-selling author and nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition and health – Dr. Jonny Bowden said that sardines are “health food in a can.” I was even more shocked to learn that sardines can not only help with overwhelming fatigue, but [...]

Chunky Caramel-Apple Pumpkin Spice Dip and the Health Benefits of Cloves

This is for all of my friends who asked for this Chunky Caramel-Apple Pumpkin Spice Dip recipe after I posted on Facebook last night. I made one mistake on my Facebook post though – this dip doesn’t have 80 calories a serving, it only has 52 calories a serving! This pumpkin apple spice dip is [...]

Southern New Year's: Collard Greens & Black Eyed Peas

New Year’s Day in the south isn’t complete without black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread. We have a tradition in our family to eat black eyed peas to bring luck in the new year and collard greens to bring money. I typically am not a fan of this cruciferous vegetable, but I eat it at [...]

Thyme of my life (Dirty Bit)

Time.

A classic song from my favorite 80s movie, Dirty Dancing (No one puts baby in a corner.)

An AWESOME new song by the Black Eyed Peas from their new album, “The Beginning,” just released yesterday.

Hit number from last night’s episode of Glee (if you missed it, go to itunes to check [...]