Pumpkin and White Bean Hummus

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By Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services Team Happy Fall! Starbucks’ pumpkin spiced latte doesn’t have to be the only festive food you try this season–this pumpkin hummus might be the perfect addition to your next gathering or family snack time. Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 cup canned pumpkin puree 2 tbsp tahini 2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 1/8 tsp salt 1 (15-oz) can cannellini or other white beans, rinsed and drained […]
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Lavender Cookies

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As summer comes to a close, that doesn't mean extra family time has to come to an end! Last week, my boys and I made these fun and tasty lavender shortbread cookies! A great way to get us all in the kitchen and to learn about and try a new food. An added bonus, your kitchen will smell wonderful!
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What To Do When a Good Eater Becomes a Refuser

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By Danielle Viola, RD, CSP We’ve all been there. Just when we think we have our children figured out or on a good schedule, they change it up on us! This applies to so many things in our kiddos lives, from sleep to behavior and beyond, but a big area this can impact is eating. Even the best eaters can go astray at times.
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Banana Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Banana bread is one of my favorite things to bake, eat and share with friends; zucchini is also a favorite that has been abundant in farmer’s markets this summer. So, with some extra zucchini and slightly browning bananas on hand, I decided to combine these two for one hopefully yummy experiment, and it worked! This is an easy (and tasty) way to incorporate fruits and veggies into your little one’s day, and your own! Mashing a ripe banana, measuring dry ingredients and mixing are all tasks perfect for getting kids involved in the kitchen!
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Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken

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To prepare for the upcoming school year, I've been trying to focus on finding meals I can make ahead and then have ready to heat and eat during the week. This yogurt marinade recipe is one of my recent favorites because in addition to a marinade for chicken, I've also used the recipe as a sauce or even dressing for other meals. It keeps your chicken moist, whether grilled or baked and is a tangy and fresh compliment to seasonal veggies and sides.
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How to Grow a Healthy Eater, Naturally

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When my friend Esther told me that her kids prefer broccoli to pizza, I knew we had to talk some more. Esther is a mom to three children under the age of five, and she is also one of the most relaxed, serene individuals I know. I’ve chosen her as one of my “role model moms” (I collect them) and the way she feeds her children is just one of the many things I admire about her. I’ve asked Esther to share her techniques for raising healthy eaters. Here are her tips!
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Suiting Up For School

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Teach her about kindness towards others, but also kindness towards yourself. Don't you dare talk about how much you hate your body in front of your daughter, or talk about your new diet. In fact, don't go on a diet in front of your daughter. Buy healthy food. Cook healthy meals. But don't say, "I'm not eating carbs right now." Your daughter should never think that carbs are evil, because shame over what you eat only leads to shame about yourself.
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