Thinking outside the lunchbox

Dinner Diva Thinking outside the lunchbox By: Leanne Ely Today’s Dinner Diva article isn’t about our evening meal, but it’s an important topic to cover just the same – I hope you’ll agree! I’m talking lunch today, and specifically, lunch boxes. My kids are beyond the “but Mawwwmmmm, everyone else has [insert your child’s most […]

Healthy Halloween Treats Kids Will Love

Healthy Foods Healthy Halloween Treats Kids Will Love by Leanne Ely, CNC Trick or treat? Candy may be the norm when the kids come to your door on Halloween, but it’s definitely a trick. Candy’s trick will demote your health and your energy and keep you wanting more and more. It’s the sugar, it’s addicting […]

After School Snacks That Make the Grade

Healthy Foods After School Snacks That Make the Grade By Leanne Ely, CNC Whenever your children hop off the bus when they get back from school, one of the first things they’re guaranteed to say is “I’m hungry.” It’s very easy to supply them with a tasty and filling snack to hold off their appetite […]

Starting Your Kids Off Right

Healthy Foods Starting Your Kids Off Right by Leanne Ely, CNC We typically focus on eating healthier only after we’re old enough to understand the consequences of what happens to our bodies when we don’t. Whether it’s through weight gain, lack of energy, or addictions to sugar and saturated fats, we do eventually figure out […]

Nutty About Nut Butters

Dinner Diva Nutty About Nut Butters By Leanne Ely, CNC One of the great joys of life is nut butter: peanut butter maybe, but almond butter, cashew butter, and macadamia butter are dreams come true. It’s great on top of almost everything. On toast or whole grain waffles in the morning, on sandwiches or celery […]

Healthy Kid’s Recipe (for Picky Eaters!)

Almost every other child is a picky eater, and managing to provide the right amount of nutrition in their diets can become quite the task. Don’t worry! You can increase nutrition in their favorite meals, even if you have a child that only wants to eat macaroni and cheese (haven’t we all been there?). You […]

DD – Are Chicken Nuggets Food?

Dinner Diva Are Chicken Nuggets Food? By Leanne Ely CNC Remember that old fast food commercial with the little old lady asking “Where’s the beef”? We could just as easily ask “Where’s the chicken?” when it comes to those little golden nuggets found on most fast food menus these days. But listen, I get it. […]

FFT – Why You Should Teach Children to Cook

Food For Thought Why You Should Teach Children to Cook By Leanne Ely, C.N.C. As many of you know, I’m a firm believer in mixing together kids and kitchens. Cooking with our children provides opportunity for teaching valuable life skills, quality “talk-time” to learn what’s going on with your kids, and it’s a great memory […]