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3 Tips to Build a Healthy School Lunch

The start of the school year is a busy time. New grades, new school supplies and maturing taste buds are a lot to juggle. As a parent, deciding what to pack your child for lunch can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Use these tips to take out the guesswork and make the lunch prep fun!


What Does Eating a “Plant-Based Diet” Mean?

Plants are finally on-trend. It seems as though everywhere you turn, more and more people are opting for plant-based foods. Research shows that plant-based diets have several benefits, but there’s still some confusion around them. For starters, what is a plant-based diet? Is it any different than a vegetarian or vegan diet? Are you allowed to eat any animal foods? The list of questions goes on. We’ll do our best to give you some peace on the subject.

Can Intuitive Eating Work For Me?

Throughout the intuitive eating series, we’ve talked about why anti-diet is not anti-health, and how intuitive eating can help reduce stress when it comes to making food choices. In this edition, we dive into some practical ways you can implement intuitive eating into your day-to-day life. Let’s begin.

Snacking Series: Do Snacks Lead to Weight Gain?

Welcome to our Snacking Series, where we’ve been debunking the myths around snacks and their potential impact on our health. If you’re new to this series, check out the first article that highlighted the definition of a snack as well as how snacks typically fit into our eating pattern.

Can Our Diets Be Stress-Free? An Intuitive Eating Expert Weighs In

Many healthcare professionals and consumers either don’t know or don’t fully understand what intuitive eating is, which makes sense because it’s still a relatively new concept.

Newsbite: 3 Ways for Your Toddler to Be Hands-On in the Kitchen

If you’re a parent, you’re probably accustomed to your children asking, “Is dinner ready yet?” from the moment you begin preparing a meal to the moment it’s on the table. If you’re not a parent, you can surely admit to asking your mom or dad these same questions at some point growing up. While it can feel like nagging, that interest from your children may be a great opportunity to get them involved in the cooking process—a benefit to both of you!

Snacking Series: How to Make the Most of Eating Between Meals

Snacking is a fact of life for most of us. Research shows that, in America, about 25 percent of our daily calories come from snacks.

Intuitive Eating Misconception: Does Anti-Diet Mean Anti-Health?

One-third of people are dieting—counting, measuring and potentially overthinking their food choices. But what if I told you there were other options—alternatives that didn’t require you to spend significant time each day deciding on, wrestling with and often being unsatisfied by your food choices?

Welcome to the anti-diet (or non-diet) approach. Sound too good to be true? Maybe. But so did that juice cleanse your friend tried last week.

Does Your Plate Look Like MyPlate?: Results from the 2018 Food & Health Survey

As humans, we want to make sense of our decisions, habits and surroundings. And it’s clear we’re a well-intended group of people, with one-third of us adopting an eating pattern last year, most of them motivated by what they believe is best for their health. But there are some discrepancies between what we’re trying to do and what the outcome is.

What is the Nordic Diet?

The Nordic diet highlights the local, seasonal and nutritious foods from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. It’s quite similar to the Mediterranean diet in that it emphasizes whole grains such as barley, rye and oats, berries, vegetables, fatty fish and legumes, and it is low in sweets and red meat. The Baltic Sea Diet Pyramid recommends amounts of these foods that should make up a healthy Nordic diet.