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Simplifying Special Diets So Everyone Eats Well

Simplifying Special Diets So Everyone Eats Well

I eat a vegan, gluten-free diet; I have a daughter who cannot eat dairy and is sensitive to gluten; a son who is very allergic to shellfish; another daughter who is a self-proclaimed vegetarian; and a husband who loves all kinds of food, and enjoys variety. If anyone in your household has food allergies or ailments that require a special diet, you know how challenging it can be to prepare…

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A letter to a mama whose child just got diagnosed with a gluten allergy

A letter to a mama whose child just got diagnosed with a gluten allergy

Dear mama of a child with a gluten allergy, I am right there feeling your pain, fully understanding that it sucks to have a child who is somehow different. That it is not so fun to go from not really paying much attention to food to having to read every label. And that even though there you are telling everyone about your new world, people still offer your child things…

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The Facts About Farm Fresh Foods

The Facts About Farm Fresh Foods

Farmers market or supermarket? Organic or conventional?  Farm-raised or wild-caught? There is so much information out there – some confusing, some conflicting – about the healthiest and most cost-effective ways to feed our families on a daily basis. One of the most important factors to focus on is where your food is coming from. We spoke with Greg Georgaklis of Farmers to You, a partnership of over 40 farms providing…

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The Joy of Storytelling at Family Meals

The Joy of Storytelling at Family Meals

I had the honor of interviewing Nancy Mellon, MA, a teacher, artist, and expressive psychotherapist who specializes in storytelling as a healing art. She is the author of Body Eloquence, Storytelling & the Art of the Imagination, Storytelling with Children, and The Knottles. Through her courses, workshops and talks, Nancy teaches adults how to use storytelling to build greater awareness and consciousness. Here, we learn from Nancy how to help…

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Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

Every year I make an Advent calendar for my kids. Not because I am religious, but because for us it has become a way to get focused and go inward during a busy time that in the past has gotten my priorities all messed up. At a time in our history when kids get a lot of instant gratification (adults do too, I suppose!), having a daily reminder of gratitude,…

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Afternoon Munchies…

Afternoon Munchies…

… don’t we all get them? The afternoon is a time when I feel hungry and more likely to make poor choices. It’s also a time when I am more likely to give my kids anything they want, forgetting that a yummy dinner is just a few hours away. Here are a few things that have worked for me: Stock your house with lots of fruits and veggies every Sunday,…

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5 Ways to Enjoy Family Dinner

5 Ways to Enjoy Family Dinner

Do you ever have one of those nights where you have made an awesome dinner, it is ready and waiting on the table, but one child is outside and won’t come in, another one might be trying to finish homework, maybe another one says that they hate whatever you have cooked … and your husband, who said he would be home, is nowhere in sight?! There are nights when this…

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Eating Local and Saving Forward

Eating Local and Saving Forward

In late spring, I always start to think about locally-grown food. Of course, it is a time in New England where there isn’t much yet, but there is a promise of food to come. It is also a time when moms start to block out the summer and the chatter at school pick–up is about summer trips and good camps. But what I have learned in more recent years is…

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Having fun with “kid” food!

Having fun with “kid” food!

I am not a big fan of “kid food”, mostly because as a society we have decided to feed our kids the most unhealthy food possible. But, every once in awhile, it is really fun to just be a kid, even as an adult – the healthy version! Moosewood Cookbooks came out with a great Children’s cookbook series —  Salad People, Pretend Soup, and Honest Pretzels. From time to time…

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Getting creative with rice

Getting creative with rice

When I have rice on the menu, it usually has a twist to it! My go-to rice is short-grain brown rice, but I also have fun with brown rice medleys, wild rice and black rice. I also love quinoa and millet, and sometimes make combinations. I don't want to hide veggies, but who can argue with making rice more nutritious? Here are a few ways I get creative with rice:…

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