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The Best Vegetarian Chili Recipe
This quick vegetarian chili recipe replaces meat with lots of beans and vegetables and suggests using vegetarian burger crumbles to add texture and protein. It's an easy weeknight meal that's ready in about an hour, and it's great for leftovers. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Does Peanut Butter Need to Be Refrigerated?
Once you open that jar of peanut butter, it's recommended to refrigerate the peanut butter because the colder temperature helps prevent fungus growth, which naturally produces aflatoxin, a fungal toxin that has linked to cancer in animals. (read the story...)

Holiday Cookie Recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Bars
These chocolate peppermint cookie bars layer fudgy brownies with smooth peppermint creme and chocolate glaze, topped with crushed candy cane. They are a fun and decadent twist on the old holiday favorite, Peppermint Bark. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Make Family Meals When One Child Is Gluten Intolerant?
When one child is gluten intolerant or allergic to gluten, it can make cooking for your family much more difficult. Here, a gluten-free baker shares tips on making family meals easier even when gluten is off the table. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What are Some of the Healthier Options on a Typical Restauarant's Kids' Menu?
When dining out with kids, the kids' menu is never very creative and does not offer much variety or options when it comes to a well-balanced meal. Tips from the CEO of Super Sprowtz help parents make smart choices about what to order for their kids to ensure a well-balanced meal. (read the story...)

Peanut Pumpkin Muffins Recipe to Make with Kids
This recipe for peanut pumpkin muffins, provided by the National Peanut Board, calls for ingredients such as canned pumpkin, salted peanuts, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, dark brown sugar, and molasses. Each serving has more than 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. (read the story...)

How to Tell if a Recipe is Worth Making
How do you know when a recipe is worth making? Online, you have millions of recipes at your fingertips, but they're not all winners. Here are 6 tips for choosing a recipe, including what to look for in a good recipe and how to know when a recipe is not worth trying. (read the story...)

Six Myths Standing In The Way Of Your Fitness Goals For 2013
You want to enter the new year feeling fit and healthy, but sometimes it's hard to know what's true and what's not when it comes to exercising and staying healthy. Barbara Brenseke of Train For The Game in Bellmore, Long Island shares six myths that may be stopping you from reaching your fitness goals. (read the story...)

American Museum of Natural History Presents Our Global Kitchen Exhibition
How do you talk to your kids about food, and all the complicated things that go along with it? The American Museum of Natural History, a great museum for kids in Manhattan, has a new exhibition called Our Global Kitchen that will help you talk about food, history, and tradition with your kids. (read the story...)

8 Tips To Approach The 'Weight Talk' With Your Child
If your child is overweight, deciding to talk about this unhealthy lifestyle is only the first step. It can also be a huge challenge to have a productive, helpful discussion—especially if your child is unwilling to hear what you have to say. Here are eight suggestions from Sarah Stone, co-creator and director of operations for MindStream Academy, for avoiding as much conflict as possible. (read the story...)

A Weighty Issue: 5 Reason Why Parents Are Reluctant to Discuss Weight
If your child is overweight, discussing that problem can be one of the most difficult conversations you’ll face as a parent. Sarah Stone, co-creator and director of operations for MindStream Academy, lists several reasons why parents are hesitant to have the “weight talk” and presents compelling reasons for overcoming that reluctance. (read the story...)

Ask The Expert: How Will Celiac Disease Affect My Child's Life?
If your child is diagnosed with Celiac disease, an auto-immune disorder in which those diagnosed cannot tolerate gluten, their world will change, especially if they used to eat foods with gluten in them. We interviewed Steve Distefano who owns Strictly Gluten Free, a gluten-free retail/wholesale marketplace, with his wife Angela. (read the story...)

Classic Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe
This classic Italian recipe for spaghetti and meatballs ("spaghetti e polpette") comes from the cookbook "Recipes to Remember: My Epicurean Journey to Preserve My Mother's Italian Cooking from Memory Loss." (read the story...)

Meatballs & Memories: How One Daughter Saved Her Mother's Recipes from Alzheimer's
When her mother was diagnosed with early Alzheimer's and began to forget how to make the Italian meals that marked her childhood, Yonkers native Barbara Magro decided to save those recipes by publishing a cookbook, aptly titled "Recipes to Remember." (read the story...)

Ask The Expert: Are Energy Drinks Okay for Kids?
Adults drink caffeinated beverages all the time, so why can't kids? Marcie Beth Schneider, M.D., a pediatrician who practices in Greenwich, CT, weighs in on why kids shouldn't consume energy drinks. (read the story...)

Studies Show Too Much Juice Can Lead to Tooth Decay, Obesity
Recent studies have show too much fruit juice can contribute to obesity, tooth decay, and poor nutrition in children. Experts weigh in on the nutritional value of this popular beverage. (read the story...)

The Bone Bank
By the time teens get through their growth spurts, about 90 percent of adult bone mass is established and after that, no more calcium can be deposited in the body's "bone bank." (read the story...)

Virtual Guide Gives Tips on How to Discuss Obesity with Kids
Strategies To Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation have partnered to bring parents a virtual guide with advice on how to talk to kids about obesity. (read the story...)

From Picky to Adventurous: How to Get Kids to Try New Foods
A certified nutritionist who has worked with many picky eaters over the years offers parents 7 tips for getting kids to try new and different foods. (read the story...)

Pumpkin Pie Pasta Recipe
Approved by a certified nutritionist and kids' cooking instructor, this recipe for pumpkin pie pasta is a simple and fun fall dinner idea that the whole family will love. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Keep My Child Eating Healthy During the Holidays?
A registered dietician offers advice on how to help your child stick to a healthy diet during the holiday season when temptation abounds. (read the story...)

Food Cravings: Consuming Peanuts and Soy During Pregnancy
Are you craving a peanut butter and jelly sandwich during your pregnancy? Did you religiously consume soy products like yogurt and milk before your pregnancy, but aren't sure if you should continue to do so? Manhattan nutritionist and mother of two says it's OK! (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Set Limits on My Child's Diet without Being Too Restrictive?
Local pediatrician and obesity specialist Joanna Dolgoff, MD, explains how parents can set healthy limits on foods for their kids and when to seek help for your child's diet. (read the story...)

How to Pack a Smarter School Lunch
When you were young and single, preparing lunch was easy: tuna on crackers, a slice of leftover pizza, SpaghettiOs (hey, it may not be gourmet, but it’s good). But once you become a parent, the word “lunch” takes on a new meaning. Make packing a school lunch easier on your conscience, your wallet, and your kids’ taste buds with easy tips from a registered dietician. (read the story...)

7 Tips for Teaching Kids Table Manners
Parenting experts offer advice on dining out with kids, including tricks for teaching them good table manners and avoiding tantrums. (read the story...)


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