Food and Recipes

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Ideas from Care.com for school lunch boxes, family dinners, kid-friendly recipes and banishing those picky eaters in your home.
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Mark Bittman, cookbook author and self-trained chef, wrote in the New York Times that healthier eating happens when people eat real food. And by real food, he means meals that do not come from a box or...
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Having a child with food allergies is a scary, often overwhelming experience, especially when those allergies are life-threatening. It can also be very isolating.  Just ask the parents of an Edgewater,...
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It's an age-old battle: Moms want kids to eat more veggies.  Kids want to eat, well, anything else.  "Don't give up!  Keep offering veggies," says Jeanne Muchnick, mom to two girls and...
Child Nutrition and Eating Habits
Have you noticed your otherwise healthy child isn't as fast to run after the ball or takes forever to remember the spelling list? The solution might be as simple as getting more iron-rich foods for...
We've all been there. And many of us still are. No matter how many times we swore (to ourselves and everyone around us) that our kids will be different, that our kids will eat everything, the inevitable...
When your child gets a diagnosis of lactose intolerance, it can be scary. After all, dairy is an important part of a balanced diet. In fact, according to Rene Ficek, a registered dietitian and lead nutrition...
For mom Jennifer Schwartz of Granger, Indiana, the road to developing healthy eating habits for her two daughters, 9 and 10, involves small but steady steps. She's trying to lead the way and model...
Is your kid always reaching for a cookie or some chips when you'd rather that she grab some celery sticks? If the battle of wills at the dinner table has you contemplating giving up the healthy food...
Smash. Squeeze. Squish. You've spent time and energy finding the best healthy foods for kids and preparing them beautifully, just to see all that effort turn into a messy glob at the chubby hands of your...
Superfoods are everywhere! You walk down the aisles at your local supermarket and you're bombarded with signs praising their benefits. You've heard that superfoods are great for your overall health,...
Halloween is all about the candy, right? While that may be true, it's still important to remember that too much of a good thing is, well, not such a good thing. Here are nine tips from Mimi Wu,...
High cholesterol in children isn't on the radar for a lot of parents. Adults with a lifetime of bad eating habits develop high cholesterol, not children, right? Not so fast. High cholesterol does occur...
Only twelve out of 3,000 kids' meal combos at 8 fast-food chains are healthy, according to recent research from Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. As a mom, I'm not surprised....
You can't give children the foods they should be eating if you don't know what those foods are. Review the revised food pyramid, which tells you what foods -- and how much of them -- children need...
Pop quiz: What are the six food groups for kids? If you can easily answer this question, you're ahead in the nutrition game. But if you're like many parents, you might need some brushing up on...
For years, the food pyramid for kids was used by the United States Department of Agriculture as its standard for kids' nutritional guidelines. Back in 2011, the food pyramid was changed to the more...
Having a child with food allergies is a scary, often overwhelming experience, especially when those allergies are life-threatening. It can also be very isolating.  Just ask the parents of an Edgewater,...
It's an age-old battle: Moms want kids to eat more veggies.  Kids want to eat, well, anything else.  "Don't give up!  Keep offering veggies," says Jeanne Muchnick, mom to two girls and...
Meal Planning Tips
Every night, you make two meals: one for the grownups and one for your picky children. If it's not chicken fingers or plain pasta, they won't even touch it. If you're starting to feel...
Cooking is much more than preparing food. Easy recipes for kids target a great many important skills -- math (counting, measuring), science (understanding temperature, chemistry, physics), reading and...
Is your toddler on a strict diet of chicken fingers and Cheerios? You want kids to eat healthy, but what do you do when you have a picky eater? Lynn Walters, executive director of Cooking with Kids,...
With chicken nuggets and plain pasta just a button on the microwave away, expanding your child's palette can be a challenge. Being a parent is a thrilling roller coaster ride filled with uphill battles...
You've heard it a hundred times: Good nutrition starts with making smart choices at the grocery store. But who has time to figure out which items are the most nutritious -- especially with a mile-long...
When you're searching for the best organic and all-natural food for your family, you can't beat your local Whole Foods Market. In fact, according to Joanie Demer, co-founder of The Krazy Coupon...
You want to feed your family healthy meals, but your wallet sometimes disagrees. However, "nutritious" doesn't have to equal "expensive" when you're searching for healthy family meals on a budget. "I often...
With all the information on the web and in the news about organic foods, how should we choose which to buy...
If you want to cook easy healthy family meals packed with fruits, veggies and lean protein (and really, who doesn't?), there's good news: It's not as hard as you think. Viki Shanta Retelny, a registered...
Some days, you probably find yourself snacking on baby puffs more often than eating a sit-down meal. In fact, finding the time to fix yourself home-cooked, nutritious meals can seem impossible. "Many...
When you're trying to eat healthy, meal planning is one of the easiest ways to set yourself up for success. When you walk in the door hungry and tired after a long day's work and there's nothing...
Do you often find yourself with a hungry toddler wrapped around your leg and no idea what to cook for dinner? By meal planning and creating a healthy grocery list, you can make your dinnertime routine...
Mark Bittman, cookbook author and self-trained chef, wrote in the New York Times that healthier eating happens when people eat real food. And by real food, he means meals that do not come from a box or...
Breakfast Ideas
Mornings are hard enough: Throwing the alarm clock across the room, getting out of bed, putting on (somewhat clean) clothes and opening your eyes enough to drive the kids to school. And then there's...
Your little one loves his veggies about as much as he loves the dentist. If eating his spinach is a nightly battle, consider adding fruit and veggie smoothies to his daily menu. Healthy smoothie recipes...
Mornings with kids are a flurry of dishes, backpacks and lunchboxes, so a quick breakfast is an absolute must. But if you find yourself reaching for the same box of toasted oats every day, it's time to...
Some days, managing your morning routine feels just as hard as a full day's work. Getting everyone up, dressed and out of the house can be a struggle -- and on top of that, you have to find the time to...
The alarm goes off -- you've got 59 minutes left to get the kids up, dressed and out the door -- and you still need to give them a healthy meal. Ideally, you'd like to start them off with some fruit and...
Some mornings, making breakfast is the last thing you want to do. If your kids know their way around the kitchen, let them make their own morning food with these breakfast ideas for kids. If you start...
Getting yourself and the kids out the door in the morning can be a struggle, and fixing a healthy breakfast tends to be the first thing on the compromise list. It may seem easier to just pour a bowl...
Lunch Ideas
We're always trying to learn new ways to help keep our children healthy, strong and prepared to face the day. But between work, carpools, ballet practice and bedtime, preparing meals for lunch that...
You've got the adorable lunch box. Now, what do you put in it? Day after day. Week after week. Here are four quick, healthy -- and yummy lunch recipes your kids will enjoy seeing in the middle of...
Combine a teething baby, a picky toddler and a grade-schooler who only eats plain buttered noodles, and what do you get? A recipe for mealtime chaos. But fun, kid-friendly meals can be nutritious, delicious...
You glance at the clock only to see that it's 20 minutes until the kiddos are officially late for school. The lunch boxes are bare, and your 5-year-old is begging for one of those prepackaged lunches...
Packing school lunches is really a microcosm of parenting - you could go straight down the path of least resistance, and fill the lunchbox up with pre-packaged foods that require no preparation whatsoever,...
You know the scenario -- you pack a healthy lunch for your child, send him off to school and most of it comes back home -- or worse, is tossed or traded for snacks that your little one knows are taboo.So,...
The kids are clamoring for something to eat, but it's the middle of a busy day and everyone's sick of PB&J. Where are you going to find quick lunch recipes that your kids will eat? "Lunch...
Getting kids off to school in the morning can be hectic. Who has the time to prepare lunches when you're hunting around for the permission slip that needs signing or ensuring that the late-night homework...
Dinner Ideas
You come home from a long day at work and get ready to cook up a healthy dinner for your family. But your kids have another dinner idea -- and they're already making a beeline for the frozen chicken nuggets....
Save dishes and time with these one-pot wonders! These simple dinner ideas are easy to make, and with lots of flavor, they'll surely inspire you to pull out that skillet and see what you can create.Don't...
Getting your children to eat isn't a problem -- getting them to eat foods that are healthy is the hard part. "One of the best ways to get happy kids to the dinner table is to let them help make...
On most weeknights, you're pressed for time when it comes to dinner. Between picking the kids up from school, after-school activities and homework, who has time to cook? That's where Crock Pots come in...
Drawing a blank on fancy family dinner ideas because you're low on funds, time and energy? Take a deep breath and don't worry. Taking your meal to the next level is easier than you think, and it could...
Helping kids with homework and keeping up with activities and household chores doesn't leave a lot of time to focus on meals during the busy work week. Yet studies show that mealtimes are an important...
Is there a parent on the planet who can easily get a healthy, delicious dinner into her kids every night of the week? Well, maybe. While easy side dishes that satisfy both grown-up taste buds and finicky...
When a busy evening has you craving quick and easy recipes for dinner, pasta might be your go-to food -- but you can only serve spaghetti and jarred sauce so many times before inducing eye-rolling in your...
Easy meals for kids can be hard to come by at the end of a hectic day. It's no fun to get home late from T-ball practice with no idea what to feed your family. You might not have the right ingredients...
It's the end of a busy Thursday and everyone is starving. Getting dinner on the table -- fast -- can seem like a daunting task, but if you have an arsenal of quick and healthy recipes on hand...
Relying on quick and easy dinner recipes often means making the same dishes over and over again. It's easy to get stuck in a rut when day care, work, school, ballet, soccer, music class and everything...
Do you face protest at the dinner table? Let your little ones help out during meal preparation and watch their interest in dinnertime grow! When your kids become invested in what they eat, they're more...
Maybe you love to cook, and maybe you hate it. Either way, there's never enough time and there's always a critic at the table. It's easy to fall into the habit of buying prepared foods that are neither...
Sometimes, after a cold day, a failed test or a difficult day at work someone in your family is craving some good old-fashioned comfort food. But who has the time to spend all day preparing those kinds...
Everyone has their go-to family meal ideas for planning dinners. Try breakfast for dinner one night a week, and you can transform family supper into a fun, even festive, celebration!Breakfast standards...
Meal planning, although not always easy when families have busy schedules, is essential when trying to eat healthfully. You need to have the proper ingredients on hand in order to creating mouth-watering...
Are you tired of racking your brain for healthy dinner ideas for kids night after night? You know the routine: it starts with the kids complaining about what you're making, begging for something...
Healthy french fries might sound like an oxymoron, and if your child is like most kids, he's never met a french fry he doesn't like. In fact, french fries are among the most popular "vegetables" that children...
Your tot would eat mac and cheese every night if he could. Who says he shouldn't? With healthy pasta recipes for kids, you can feed your family a nutritious, budget-friendly, fast dinner...
You're trying to get your kids to eat healthier, but the closest thing to a vegetable they'll touch is a potato. How can you serve kid-friendly dinners that will get your picky eaters to eat more veggies...
You get home from work and it's time to dive right into managing your kids' evening routine of homework, baths and bedtime -- and, of course, dinner. Until they're old enough to start fending...
That age-old question "What's for dinner?" is easy to answer on some nights and a real challenge on others. Dinner can be crazy-busy with juggling after-school dance class, baseball practice, hours of...
Dessert Ideas
Kids love dessert and, truth be told, most parents do, too. But if dessert has become a regular part of your kids' snack and meal routines, you'll want to make sure they're nutritious and not just empty...
Your daughter just told you about her school's bake sale -- and it's tomorrow. Before you show up with a package of Oreos, take a peek at these six easy cookie recipe ideas. They're sure to be crowd pleasers...
Your kids want dessert, but you have other things to do after dinner -- so let them make their own sweet treats with these easy recipes. If you have a little time and don't mind the mess, teach your little...
Dinner has been served, the dishes are done and now the kids -- and, let's face it, you too -- are craving a sweet treat to end the day. You search the house, but the freezer-burned remains of your favorite...
Your kids want to play pastry chef, but you're not so sure. You're envisioning frosting on the walls, sugar on the ceiling, your kids getting bored and leaving as you melt -- or maybe burn -- chocolate...
There are days when a piece of fruit for dessert just isn't going to cut it. When you have a serious sweet tooth or it's just too hot to turn on the oven, keep a few foolproof recipes for easy...
Here at Care.com, we often find that the best way to an employee's heart is through baked goods. Care.com decided to put its employees to the test by having them whip up some of their favorite recipes....
I scream, you scream we all scream for ... well, you know how the saying goes. Few things delight a child more than a sticky, sweet ice cream cone dripping down her arm in the heat of the summer sun....
Snack Ideas
Good eating habits start at home, and the sooner you start your kids on a healthy path, the better. If you're worried that healthy snacks are getting passed over in favor of junk, don't give up! With these...
Does it sometimes feel like getting your child to eat nutritious snacks is impossible? With the right foods and recipes, you can create healthy snacks for kids that are so tasty, your kids won't even...
Whether it's soccer, gymnastics, winter sports or just running around playing with their friends, kids burn a lot of energy -- and we all need more snack ideas for kids. While kids might seem to have boundless...
What would your kid prefer for a snack - a Pop Tart or a cup of bran cereal? High-fiber foods for kids are so important, but getting kids to eat them is another story. Fiber isn't the most exciting ingredient,...
The kids are in the back seat and their complaints of hunger quickly turn into a fight about who's sitting next to the window. Don't think that's a coincidence -- kids can get just as "hangry"...
The sheer number of foods staring down at you from grocery store shelves is enough to make any parent feel overwhelmed. Among the thousands of options lurk healthy foods for kids that are tasty and supply...
Have you taken a look at the ingredients in those granola bars your kids are eating? Sure, you'll find a few "healthy" items, like rolled oats or nuts, but you might also find some things...
When kids come home from school, what's the first thing you hear? I love you? I missed you? Nope. You get: I'm hungry! Here are three easy recipes for yummy and nutritious after-school snacks that will...
Who says kids can't play with their food? According to Thea Runyan, MPH, a pediatric weight management behavior coach and a co-founder of Kurbo Health, "One of the best ways to get kids excited about...
You'd love to make homemade snacks for your little ones, but between soccer practice, dance recitals and dinner prep, the thought of finding time in your schedule is laughable. Besides, it's just so easy to...
You want your kids to eat healthy foods so you try to load up your cart with the best options for your little ones. However, some of those so-called "healthy" foods would be better off left on...
We all know it's essential for kids to eat three nutritious meals per day, but it's easy to overlook the importance of snacks in your child's diet. "Snacks keep kids focused longer and...
It's snack time, and you need something healthy to feed your picky toddler. While you'd love to hand her a banana or some carrot sticks, you might need to up the fun factor to get her to try something...
"Can I have a snack?" Does this top the list of questions you hear throughout your day? Sure, you could head to the kitchen to make your kids a snack, but with a little preparation, you can equip...
One of the greatest parenting challenges is steering your kids away from junky snacks and toward more nutritious ones. Fruit is nice, but homemade fruit snacks can make fruit a fun treat for your kids.As...
When First Lady Michelle Obama and the USDA wanted to raise the healthy standards associated with the National School Lunch Program, they had effectively enacted the first revisions in 15 years. These...
You know that healthy snack foods are a must if you have children. Nutritious foods give your child's body all the materials it needs for healthy growth and development. But choosing snacks can be tricky,...
You may have been thinking about making your home plastic-free for a while now, but making the big move to get rid of an entire family of products can be tough. Try taking it in baby steps instead, starting...
As your toddler grows bigger and perhaps becomes pickier about snacks, you'll likely want to have an arsenal of toddler snacks on hand that are nutritious, delicious and easy to put together. While it...
Food for Birthdays, Holidays and Special Occasions
On the surface, planning a child's birthday party food menu seems like an easy task, but as many parents and experts will tell you, choosing the right food can get tricky. This is perhaps one of the...
Satisfy your child's sweet tooth with these surprisingly delicious and healthy birthday cake recipes. A fun, delicious birthday cake is something every kid looks forward to, but how can you keep...
When your little one is gluten-intolerant, it can be tricky to find a mouth-watering birthday cake that will please everyone on your invite list. According to Dana Kofsky, a licensed nutritionist and the...
No matter what kind of birthday party you're throwing, there's a cake to go with it. Your kids will also get a kick out of a birthday cake that reflects what they love -- whether it be cheeseburgers,...
You've been asked to bring food for a potluck that is healthy and satisfies both children and adults -- no problem, right? Instead of loading the table with frozen appetizers and heavy dips, bring some...
The Fourth of July means fireworks, parades and red, white and blue everything! These yummy and festive desserts make a great end to a day of grilling and celebrating. The best part? The recipes are so...
Ghosts, goblins and...Angry Birds - oh my! Once school gets back in session, kids' thoughts quickly turn to their next big day: Halloween. But we all know it's not just about the costume. It's the spooky...
The holidays are a wonderful time for family gatherings, fun traditions, and great food. We bend over backwards to make sure our kids will eat dinner and enjoy it, but we don't always have to make...
Hosting holiday dinners is stressful. Throw in a picky eater or two? Consider that, mission impossible. Fret no more. We at Care.com turned to the experts for their favorite kid-friendly holiday recipes...
You're planning your kid's birthday party, and you have every detail ironed out -- that is, except the food. Where do you start? What do you serve that won't cost you a fortune and will please all of your...
Allergy-Free Recipes and Tips
Your child needs to eat a gluten-free diet, but that doesn't mean you have to bid adieu to tasty treats. A variety of gluten-free snacks for kids are a necessity to keep on hand -- they need to be...
Cooking gluten free is difficult enough on its own. So what happens when your child wants to cook up their own meals? Don't panic. It's easy to make gluten-free recipes for kids together. Start...
What kid doesn't love digging into a giant bowl of her favorite ice cream? Whether served alongside cake, in a cone with all the fixings or straight out of the carton, it's a tasty treat that can be enjoyed...
Gluten-free food is more than just a fad. For people with gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, foods containing gluten can cause serious and long-lasting health concerns. Gluten intolerance can run in...
Peanut-free snacks in schools are a hot topic these days -- and necessary. You're well aware of this if you're the parent of a "peanut-free" kid, bearing all the worry that goes along with sending your...
Parents spend a lot of their time dealing with conflicting emotions, and reacting to your child's diagnosis of celiac disease or gluten intolerance is no exception. If you're unsure about what...
Did you ever have that dream about wandering the halls of your high school and having no idea where your classes were? When your child is diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, coming up...
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