Nut-Free Snacks for School Lunches | Healthy Packaged Snacks for Kids

String Cheese String Cheese Whether your child likes to peel it or go straight in for the kill, string cheese is probably already one of your go-to snacks for kids. You’ll be happy to know that most brands are on the safe list for nut-free schools and classrooms. Fruit Leather Fruit Leather Most fruit snacks, …

St. Patrick’s Day Potato Recipes

Saint Patrick’s Day is a perfect time to break out your favorite potato recipes and share the Luck of the Irish with your friends and family. Irish Colcannon Colcannon literally translated means “white-headed cabbage,” and its simple name is a good indication of how simple this dish is. A traditional colcannon mixes mashed potatoes with …

How Caffeine Affects Kids | Hidden Sources of Caffeine

Chocolate Chocolate Your child’s chocolate treats have more than just sugar: they also have caffeine. A typical candy bar generally has up to 10 mg, but the darker the chocolate, the higher the caffeine count. For example, Hersey’s Special Dark chocolate bar has 31 mg, about the same amount as a cup of tea. Find …

Different Ideas for School Lunches for Kids

Cracker and Cheese Buffet Cracker and Cheese Buffet One alternative to boring sandwiches is crackers and cheese. Buy low-sodium, multigrain or whole-wheat crackers and slice up some reduced-fat cheddar cheese. To add more food groups to your child’s lunch, cut deli meat into cracker-sized pieces, and apples into slivers. Turkey, cheese, and apple are a …

AHA Guidelines and Recommended Sugar Intake for Kids

AHA guidelines You’d be hard-pressed to find a child who doesn’t love sugary foods, and chances are the processed or packaged food your child eats has some amount of added sugar. New research suggests that this trend has spiraled out of control. A childhood sweet tooth isn’t as harmless as it might seem. Our country’s …