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Kids Eat Right
  • Nutrition

    Feed Your Toddler Right

    You can lead a young child to the table, but you can't make her eat — nor should you. Let your child's appetite guide how much food is enough. Read More

  • Lifestyle

    Reinventing Thanksgiving

    Nothing tastes better than Turkey with all the trimmings! But what about leftovers? Try reinventing your Thanksgiving feast a day or two later with these tips. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Breakfast: Key to Growing Healthy

    Breakfast is an important meal for growing children. Studies show that breakfast eaters tend to have higher school attendance, less tardiness and fewer hunger-induced stomach aches. Whether they eat at home or at school, be sure your children eat a nutritious breakfast every day. Read More

  • Exercise

    Exercise with Your Baby

    Physical activity is important during every stage of life, even infancy. Activity can encourage rolling over, crawling and walking as well as cognitive development and can lead to a preference for active play. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Culinary Lingo

    Braise, broil, poach, simmer — what does it all mean? Here are the basics of some common cooking techniques to help you learn the lingo. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    25 Healthy Snacks for Kids

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    When a snack attack strikes, refuel with these nutrition-packed snacks (you may need the help of an adult with some of these snacks). Read More

  • Weight Loss

    How to Talk to Kids about Weight and Obesity

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    In today's culture, weight is an extraordinarily sensitive subject, especially for children and teens. Deciding how to approach weight issues with young people deserves careful attention; how you handle the topic can have serious and lifelong implications. Here are some tips for discussing weight with kids, and what to do if a child brings up the topic on his or her own. Read More

  • Nutrition

    5 Reasons Your Teen Needs Breakfast

    Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD

    Eating a healthy breakfast can help your teen get more nutrition and even perform better at school. Check out these five reasons for your teen to eat breakfast this new school year. Read More

  • Pregnancy

    Baby Bottle Basics

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    Plastic or glass bottles, or disposable bottle bags? The choice is yours. Some parents keep a variety of baby-bottle sizes and styles on hands for different purposes. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Baby Food: Make It Yourself

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    In spite of the added work, some parents get satisfaction from preparing baby food themselves. However, that requires extra care to keep baby's food safe and to retain the nutrients from fresh foods. Read More

  • Wellness

    Beat the Bug

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    Flu season is at your doorstep. How can you protect yourself? The best defense is a year-round offense: Eat smart, stay active, get enough rest, reduce stress. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Best Breakfasts for Your School Crew

    Susan Moores, MS, RD

    What is the best breakfast for kids this school year? It's the breakfast they will eat, whether than means cereal, eggs or toast, or leftovers, a quesadilla or cheese and crackers. Read More

  • Wellness

    The Best Gift is a Healthy Heart

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    Compelling research suggests that fatty buildup in arteries begins in childhood and is more likely with higher blood cholesterol levels. Read More

  • Pregnancy

    Breast-feeding Basics for Healthy Babies

    Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

    Due to breast milk's unique antibodies, the U.S. Surgeon General recommends babies be fed exclusively with breast milk for the first six months in order to help protect infants from numerous illnesses and diseases. Read More

  • Wellness

    Caring for Your Baby's Teeth

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    Good dental care begins at birth – even before baby teeth appear! Healthy teeth let children chew food easier, learn to talk clearly, and smile with self-assurance. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Coping With Picky Eating Phases

    Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

    Every parent of a young child has been through the pain of a picky eating phase. Between the ages of one and 3, they are expressing independence about everything, including food. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Does My Child Need a Gluten Free Diet?

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    Gluten is a protein found in certain grains like wheat, barley and rye and is harmless for most children - with the exception of celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Do You Baby Your Baby?

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    There's a lot to know about feeding an infant and a toddler — and about ensuring a positive eating experience from day one. Which infant-feeding practices do you follow? Read More

  • Nutrition

    Does TV Influence What Your Child Eats?

    Susan Moores, MS, RD

    TV time can take a toll on your child’s nutrition because many kids are easily swayed to choose the foods they see advertised on television. And many of these foods are high in fat, sugar, sodium and/or calories and they often lack vitamins, minerals and fiber. Read More

  • Vitamins and Supplements

    Does My Child Need A Supplement?

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    If your child eats a variety of foods, supplements may not be needed. However, if you're unsure about your child's nutrient intake, get expert advice. Read More

  • Lifestyle

    Enjoy an Ethnic Breakfast

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    While the typical American breakfast can be a great way for kids to eat more whole grains, fruit and low fat dairy, take inspiration from breakfasts around the globe. They can help your children add other important foods, like lean protein and even vegetables, to their diets. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Eating Out with Kids

    Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, LD

    Use smart-eating strategies: plan ahead, consider the menu and choose foods carefully to keep you on your plan. Read More

  • Lifestyle

    Ethiopian Food: Nutrition at Your Fingertips

    Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD

    With a hands-on approach, plenty of vegetables and soft, bite-size pieces, Ethiopian food is a flavorful and fun way to help your child eat more vegetables. Meals are served family-style on injera, a spongy flatbread made from the gluten-free whole grain, teff. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Exploring More About Food

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    Food offers a world of experiences well suited to how children learn. Because food can become a "hands-on" activity, everyday tasks can get kids involved in food – and so promote healthful eating. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Fake a Homemade Dinner

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    If you don't have time to whip up a homemade meal, you can still enjoy all the benefits of a family dinner. Here are four speedy meals you can dish up without breaking a sweat. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Family Dinners in a Flash

    Make time to eat with your family using the following tips from registered dietitian nutritionists — the food and nutrition experts. Read More

  • Exercise

    Family Play Time

    Try to involve the whole family in physical activity. Your child is more likely to be active if you are active. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Fast Food, Healthy Food

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    Today's fast-food menus offer far more options than traditional fare. And with so much to choose from, here are some pointers to keep in mind to eat healthy. Read More

  • Exercise

    Feeding Your Child Athlete

    Monique Ryan, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

    Feeding young athletes requires knowledge and planning. Help your kids to refuel with the nutrients carbohydrates provide, focusing on family mealtimes before and after practice and competition. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Food Labels for Infants under Two

    You may have noticed that infant food labels look different from adult food labels. While infant food labels also use the Nutrition Facts format, the information provided is different. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Kids in the Garden: Nutritious and Fun

    Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD

    Planting a garden can be fun for the entire family. With fruits and vegetables conveniently growing at eye level, planting a garden can have a positive impact on your child's health. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Look to Schools for Local and Vegetarian Options

    Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND

    Whether your children are strict vegans (they eat nothing that comes from animals), vegetarians or part-time vegetarians, they'll find more choices to fit their needs and tastes in the school cafeteria. Read More

  • Weight Loss

    Make Sleep a Priority

    Lori Brizee, MS, RD

    Make sure your child gets enough shut eye and you will provide them with an additional tool to help fight obesity. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    17 Money-Saving Grocery Shopping Tips

    Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND

    With rising prices and falling budgets, it's more challenging than ever to bring home the fixings for balanced meals. Here are some tips to save you money while nourishing your family. Read More

  • Wellness

    Poor Baby’s Got a Cold

    Dorothy Lauren O'Connor, MS

    Did you know children, on average, get between eight to 10 colds per year? Here are your best bets for feeding them when they are mildly sick with a little sneezing, a cough and a runny nose. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Puerto Rican Favorites Made Healthy

    Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND

    Inspired by a lush Caribbean island with an abundance of tasty and nutritious food, Puerto Rican cuisine is filled with tropical fruits, fresh fish, flavorful herbs and spices, and plenty of fiber-packed beans. As with any cuisine, however, cooking methods and portion sizes can mean all the difference between what’s healthful and what’s not. Read More

  • Exercise

    Should My Child Lift Weights?

    Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND

    Your kids may want to lift weights, join CrossFit classes or do some other form of strength training. But is this a good idea for children, or will it harm their growth and cause injury? Read More

  • Nutrition

    Should Your Child be a Flexitarian?

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    Have you considered a vegetarian diet for your family, but aren’t sure if you’re ready to take the plunge? A flexitarian diet may be a happy middle ground. Read More

  • Weight Loss

    Why Is My Child Overweight?

    Many factors contribute to weight problems in children. A tendency to be overweight runs in families. However, this does not mean that any child is sure to be overweight. Heredity is just one part of the picture. Family patterns such as eating and activity habits may have a much stronger influence on weight than heredity. These habits are considered environmental factors. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Try Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables

    Like family keepsakes, heirloom fruits and vegetables celebrate heritage. They are grown from seeds that have been passed down generation to generation in order to preserve special varieties, such as the Alexander apple or the Amarillo carrot. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Banishing Brown Bag Boredom

    It's important to send your children to school with a healthy lunch, but it's also important to ensure they eat it. Encourage interest and appetites with these strategies. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Tips to Eat Right at School

    Parents can help children make smart choices by fueling kids with a good breakfast, packing healthy lunches and snacks, and teaching young ones to make better choices. These resources from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, are designed to help reduce the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity in the United States. Read More

  • Exercise

    Get Moving

    Children who participate in physical activities develop a variety of physical, mental and social skills in fun, playful ways. Being active at an early age can develop a lifelong habit of physical activity.  Read More

  • Nutrition

    Healthy Habits for the Whole Family

    Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN

    One of the best gifts you can give your children is a set of healthy habits that they can take with them into adulthood. Whether you’d like your family to get more physically active or start having dinner together, these four simple steps will help your family develop healthy habits that stay for a lifetime. Read More

  • Weight Loss

    Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids

    A healthy weight for kids is about much more than numbers. It is about healthy behaviors, such as enjoying a variety of nutrient-rich foods and a variety of activities for strength, flexibility and aerobic capacity. When it comes to nutrition and fitness, the role of parents is the same no matter the weight of their children. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Healthy Weights for Healthy Teens

    Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

    Are you a busy teen with no time for diets or complicated eating plans? Here are some ways to get the nutrients your body craves and have a healthy weight at the same time. Read More

  • Wellness

    Nutrition for Young Women

    Young women need a balanced diet to fuel their active bodies and minds. But at this point in life, healthy eating sometimes becomes a challenge. College life can interrupt normal patterns of eating. Unhealthy body image issues can take over. Read More

  • Vitamins and Supplements

    Are Canned Foods Nutritious for My Family?

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    Quick and convenient, more than 1,500 varieties of canned foods appear on today's supermarket shelves offering everything from traditional fare to a variety of nutritionally positioned products such as sodium-free, low-fat, no-added-sugar and others. Read More

  • Pregnancy

    For Infants, Hold the Milk

    Although cow's milk is a great source of nutrients for toddlers, children and adults, it is not appropriate for infants younger than 12 months. Read More

  • Allergies and Intolerances

    Your Child's Food Allergy

    Diane de Jesús, RD

    You may feel like every kid at your child’s school has an allergy, or you may be managing this serious medical condition within your own family. Here’s what you need to know about one of the most common conditions affecting children in the U.S. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Why Is My Child Always Hungry?

    There are two basic types of hunger: emotional and physical. Emotional hunger means eating to deal with feelings. Physical hunger is the body's signal that it needs nutrients. Read More

  • Nutrition

    When Should My Kids Snack?

    Jo Ellen Shield, MED RD LD, Mary Mullen, MS, RD

    Unplanned, random snacking interferes with kids' appetites and can disrupt their natural instinct to experience hunger and fullness. But well-timed snacks can actually help kids achieve a healthy weight. See how to schedule snacks throughout the day to keep your kids healthy. Read More

  • Pregnancy

    When Should I Wean My Baby?

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    Weaning is the slow, gradual process that helps your baby eat and enjoy your family's foods. The time for weaning is an individual matter for mother and baby. Read More

  • Vitamins and Supplements

    What Are Food Additives

    Rachel Begun, MS, RDN

    Food additives have been used for centuries to improve and preserve the taste, texture, nutrition and appearance of food. Here’s a peak at a few categories and ingredients commonly used in the food supply and what they do. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Veggies: The Stars at Your Dinner Table

    Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND

    One way to increase vegetable consumption is to make them the star of the meal. Kids love meal bars like potato bars, salad bars and nacho bars, and they're great ways to introduce new veggies. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Turkey Talk

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    It's nearly Thanksgiving and time to talk turkey — turkey safety, that is! For your meal to bring only compliments, keep turkey flavorful and safe. Read More

  • Weight Loss

    Talk to Your Child About Weight

    Go ahead and talk with your children about weight. Allow your children to tell you about the frustrating and painful issues common among overweight children. Let them know that you will listen when they need to talk. Read More

  • Vitamins and Supplements

    Supplements for Breast-Fed Babies

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    Until solid foods are introduced – preferably at about six months – breast milk can be a complete source of nutrition for infants. However, three nutrients may warrant additional consideration. Ask your doctor for advice. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Supermarket Psychology

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    Understanding food labels can help you shop for wellness and nutrition, but that's just part of your smart shopping strategy. Some practical tips can save you time, money and hassle on grocery store trips. Be an educated consumer and plan ahead to get the most nutrition for your food dollars. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Smart Fruit and Veggie Snacks

    Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

    Naturally nutrient-rich and mostly fat-free, fruit and veggie snacks help children close critical nutrient gaps without adding extra calories. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Set an Extra Plate

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    It may sound counter-intuitive, but if you'd like to help your child become a better eater invite one of their friends to dinner. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Protein Foods for Your Vegetarian Child

    Nour Zibdeh, MS, RD, CLT

    Kids don’t need to eat meat to get the necessary protein to keep their bodies healthy and growing. Build meals around these five non-meat foods that contain protein and are rich in nutrients. Read More

  • Pregnancy

    Perfecting the Breast-Feeding Technique

    Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

    Like learning any new skill, the keys to successful breast-feeding are knowledge, practice and the support of family, friends and perhaps coworkers and employers. Read More

  • Nutrition

    5 Family Nutrition Tips for Dads

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    For years, moms have been the unofficial point person in the kitchen, serving up healthy meals and teaching kids to eat right. But, today, many dads are getting in on the action too. Here are five easy ways dads can make a difference. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Nifty New After-School Snack Ideas

    Jacqueline Newgent, RDN, CDN

    A planned after-school snack is one way to help kids achieve nutritional goals. But a snack is only as good for your kids as you make it. Read More

  • Nutrition

    MyPlate in the School Cafeteria

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    This year, school meals are getting a whole new look. Thanks to the USDA's new Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, school meals are now looking a lot more like MyPlate, the government's roadmap for healthy eating. Read More

  • Vitamins and Supplements

    How to Get Your Children to Drink Their Milk

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    Milk and dairy products are the main source of calcium in our diets, a critical mineral kids need to build strong bones, help muscles contract and transmit nerve impulses. Try these tips to get your kids to drink more milk and eat more dairy. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Make Time for Breakfast

    Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

    For kids, eating in the morning is essential for optimal school performance and overall health. Kids (and adults) who eat breakfast tend to do better at school (and work) and have healthier weights and cholesterol levels as well. Read More

  • Nutrition

    Lunch is in the Bag

    Heidi McIndoo, MS

    Between First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign against childhood obesity and Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, there's no shortage of programs aimed at getting America's kids to eat healthier. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Cooking with Kids

    Bring kids into the kitchen to learn lifelong cooking and food safety skills. Start with these age-appropriate tasks and enjoy spending time together! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Build a Healthy Sandwich

    Sandwiches can be a quick, easy and economical option for lunch or dinner! Use these tips to keep them healthy, too. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    High Five Salad

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Do you love barbecues and picnics? This filling pasta salad is a perfect side dish to serve! Read More

  • Sports and Performance

    Fitness Flicks: Are Your Kids Hydrated?

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Kids are more likely than adults to become dehydrated! Use these tips to ensure kids are well-hydrated during and after physical activity. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Caribbean Quinoa Salad

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    The centerpiece of our recipe, Caribbean Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) Salad, is a whole grain native to South America. Although it's somewhat similar to other grains, it cooks faster and is higher in protein. It's also a good source of iron and magnesium. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Quick Smashed Oven Roasted Potatoes

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Potatoes are high in potassium, a mineral that helps normalize blood pressure. Among vegetables, potatoes are the most affordable, versatile source of potassium. They are also low in calories and naturally fat-free. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Spicy Chili Turkey Pitas

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Like a taco, but tucked in a pita! As a meal for four that costs $10 or less, Spicy Chili Turkey Pockets hit the mark for a quick and easy family supper or for a hearty lunch on the weekend. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Pizza Hummus

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Most kids love pizza, so why not recreate the flavor in a healthy hummus! Serve this dip with whole-wheat crackers and fresh vegetables.

    Ingredients
    1 16-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    ¼ cup tomato paste
    ¼ cup water
    1 teaspoon dried oregano (or one tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped)
    1 teaspoon dried basil (or one tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped)
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
    ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
    1 clove of garlic, minced
    ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper

    View the full recipe for Pizza Hummus.

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  • Planning and Prep

    Blackberry Cheesecake Trifle Cups

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Want something sweet in a snap? All you need is a food processor to whip up this delicious yet healthy dessert!

    Ingredients
    Graham Cracker Crust
    9 whole graham cracker sheets (yields about 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs)
    ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
    1 tablespoon honey

    Blackberry Yogurt
    ¾ cup blackberries
    ¾ cup plain reduced-fat Greek yogurt
    ½ teaspoon lemon juice
    ½ teaspoon honey

    View the full recipe for Rainbow Cheesecake Trifle Cups.

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  • Planning and Prep

    Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Here's a cookie dough dip you can eat raw! Plus, it features a secret ingredient that's loaded with protein.

    Ingredients
    5 ounces silken tofu
    3 ounces light cream cheese
    2 tablespoons rolled oats
    2 tablespoons unsalted peanut butter
    3 tablespoons brown sugar
    ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    ¼ tablespoon salt
    1 tablespoon unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    ¼ cup chocolate chips

    View the full recipe for Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip.

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  • Planning and Prep

    Alfredo Bagel Bites

    A surprise ingredient adds healthy nutrients to these cheesy bagel bites! Try them as an after-school snack, weekend lunch or light dinner.

    Ingredients

    6 100-percent whole-wheat mini-bagels
    3 cups (3 ounces) fresh cauliflower florets
    ¼ cup fat-free Greek yogurt
    ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
    1 tablespoon minced garlic
    1¾ cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese, divided

    View the full recipe for Alfredo Bagel Bites.

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  • Planning and Prep

    No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Oat Bars

    After chilling in the refrigerator for about three hours, you have a sweet treat to serve as a tasty snack or healthy dessert!

    Ingredients

    2 cups rolled oats
    1½ cups rice cereal
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ½ cup peanut butter
    4 ounces chopped 60-percent cacao bittersweet chocolate, or ¾ cup chocolate chips
    ¼ cup coconut oil
    ¼ cup honey
    1 cup (about 5 ounces) dried cherries

    View the entire recipe.

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  • Nutrition

    Breakfast is Essential for Kids

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Studies show that kids who eat breakfast in the morning are more alert during the school day and perform better in the classroom. Breakfast is an important meal for your kids, so make sure they start the day off right! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Jicama Apple Slaw

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Take a fresh approach to slaw by adding crunchy jicama, sweet apple and tangy Greek yogurt! The dish is perfect for outdoor picnics or barbecues.

    Ingredients
    2 cups jicama, peeled and julienned
    1 medium Honeycrisp apple, grated
    ½ cup carrot, grated (about 1 small carrot)
    ⅛ cup green onion, finely sliced (green part only)
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    ½ cup Greek yogurt with honey*
    1 teaspoon ginger, grated
    ⅛ teaspoon salt

    View the full recipe for Jicama Apple Slaw.

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  • Exercise

    Nutrition for Active Kids

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Young athletes need different amounts of calories based on their age, body size and activity level. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Easy Migas

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Have you ever heard of the Tex-Mex dish "migas"? It's a quick and easy breakfast that takes simple scrambled eggs to the next level!

    Ingredients
    5 large eggs
    ½ teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    2 green onions, sliced
    2 cups (about 3 ounces) coarsely broken no-salt-added tortilla chips
    ½ cup mild salsa
    ½ cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
    Garnish: 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro and extra shredded cheese

    View the full recipe for Easy Migas.

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  • Planning and Prep

    Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes Recipe

    Stacey Antine, MS, RD, and HealthBarn USA

    Cupcakes for breakfast? Yes, if they have zucchini! This breakfast treat will be sure to get the whole family up and energized to start their day. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Baked Oatmeal Recipe

    Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD

    This perfect make-ahead breakfast is great on its own or served like cereal. My favorite way to enjoy baked oatmeal is topped with a splash of cold milk, a sprinkle of brown sugar and fresh berries. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Baked Apples with Cinnamon-Oat Topping Recipe

    Jessica Cox, RD

    Warm apples and a crispy topping make this a comforting fall dessert. Leave the skin on the apples for a dose of fiber, and serve with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream or yogurt, if desired. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Gazpacho Recipe

    Golda Ewalt, MS, RD, LD

    Here is a northerner's version of gazpacho, a traditional Spanish soup served cold. It's a perfectly refreshing way to use fresh summer vegetables. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Cauliflower No-Crust Quiche Recipe

    Tracee Yablon Brenner, RD

    Quiche can be loaded with extra calories from eggs, milk and cheese, not to mention the crust. But this quiche does away with the crust while maintaining the flavor. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Blue Banana Smoothie Recipe

    Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD

    Kids love smoothies! Jazz up this Blue Banana Smoothie with your favorite nutrition-enhancing "boosts." Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Healthy Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe

    Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD

    Your child may take a sandwich for lunch, but lunch meat can be loaded with sodium and nitrites — try this homemade grilled chicken salad instead. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Rhubarb Bread Pudding Recipe

    Donna Weihofen, MS, RD

    Enjoy spring rhubarb in a wide variety of baked items, such as this bread pudding recipe. Then, freeze as much leftover fresh rhubarb as you can to enjoy until next spring. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Go Bananas Parfait Recipe

    Romina Barritta de Defranchi, DTR

    With on-hand ingredients like vanilla yogurt, cold cereal, bananas and a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk, this parfait is very easy, healthy and great for breakfast or dessert. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Black Bean Soup with Miso and Ginger Recipe

    Natalia Stasenko, MS, RD, CDN

    This satisfying, comforting soup delivers a big umami punch, a dose of probiotics from miso and lots of good nutrition. Best served with good chewy bread for dipping. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Roasted Spring Asparagus Recipe

    Frances Largeman-Roth, RD

    Asparagus doesn't last long in the Mid-Atlantic region, only the months of May and June. Although you can grill, steam or broil asparagus, I especially love it roasted. This tasty and simple dish goes well with chicken, lamb or fish. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Rainbow Layered Salad Recipe

    Romina Barritta de Defranchi, DTR

    This salad has the colors of the rainbow and is made with handy ingredients including frozen corn. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Carrot Fries Recipe

    Marie Feldman, RD

    French fries? Forget them and try these for way more antioxidants and fewer calories! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Pesto Chicken Salad Pitas Recipe

    Jessica Cox, RD

    This Mediterranean spin on chicken salad is bursting with fresh flavor thanks to the addition of pesto. Mix up an anything-but-boring lunch in no time! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Power-Up Pita Pizza Recipe

    Kristine Caiafa, RD

    Kids will love this mix of Mediterranean flavors such as hummus and pita, and the fun of pizza. And it will be ready in no time for an after-school snack, lunch or a light dinner. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Chicken Pot Pie Bundles Recipes

    Janice Bissex, MS, RDN

    Everyone will love this comfort food classic with a fun new twist! Delight your diners with creamy Chicken Pot Pie Bundles, perfect for a winter night. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Fish Tacos with Corn Salsa Recipe

    Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD

    Do your kids love tacos? Want them to eat more fish? Have a Mexican fiesta with these Fish Tacos with Corn Salsa and watch them ask for more, please! Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Hanukkah Sweet Potato Latkes Recipe

    Tracee Yablon Brenner, RD

    Sweet potato latkes are a great twist on potato latkes. High in vitamin A, C and a great source of fiber, top sweet potato latkes with apple sauce for added sweetness. Read More

  • Planning and Prep

    Savory Potato Stew

    Holly Larson, MS, RD

    A savory and delicious stew that takes minutes to make but tastes like it has been simmering for hours. Perfect to warm your belly on a cool night. Read More

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    Shaped Tuna Cakes Recipe

    Romina Barritta de Defranchi, DTR

    Include more fish in your family's diet with this easy-to-make lunch. It's made with canned tuna and a variety of other refrigerator and pantry staples! Read More

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    Vegetable and Stars Soup Recipe

    Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD

    Frozen vegetables and tiny pasta stars cooked in a flavorful tomato-based broth is inexpensive, delicious and healthier than canned soup. Read More

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    Alfredo Bagel Bites Recipe

    Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD, LDN, CLT

    Alfredo sauce gets a makeover with cauliflower and Greek yogurt in this recipe that works as a snack or lunch. Read More

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    Black Bean Sliders Recipe

    Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD

    These mini vegetarian black bean patties are perfect slipped into slider buns or on their own dipped in ketchup. Read More

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    Grilled Fruit Kebabs Recipe

    Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD

    So much more than a fruit salad, these kebabs are made with layered fruit, grilled and sweetened with honey and cinnamon. This recipe is perfect for a picnic or potluck. Read More

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    Caprese Salad on a Stick Recipe

    Stacey Antine, MS, RD, and HealthBarn USA

    A new spin on the classic Italian salad is fun for the whole family! Pair with your favorite grilled entrée and whole-grain side dish and you have a balanced meal. Read More

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    No-Shell Taco Salad Recipe

    Karman Meyer, RD

    A simple salad made of the best parts of a taco — lettuce, beans, tomato and avocado — without the shell. Read More

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    Broccoli Nuggets Recipe

    Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD

    Baked nuggets with a satisfying crunch, this recipe is sure to be your child's favorite way to eat broccoli. Read More

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    Smoky Lime Yogurt Dip Recipe

    Holly Larson, MS, RD

    This simple savory dip goes well with your favorite veggies or serves as a topping for tacos or black beans and rice. Read More

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    Easy Weeknight Stir-Fry Recipe

    Sara Haas, RDN, LDN

    Don't save this for Sunday! Stir-fried vegetables and chicken breast are tossed in a savory soy-ginger sauce and served over quinoa. Read More

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    Apple Pie Fruit Leather Recipe

    Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD

    These flavorful strips taste just like apple pie. While the cook time is long, the prep is minimal. Make them over the weekend to enjoy in lunches throughout the week. Read More

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    Oat-Banana Breakfast Cookies

    Gretchen F. Brown, RD

    What kid doesn't want cookies for breakfast? But these cookies combine high fiber and fruit to result in a great portable kick start for the day. Read More

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    Lentil Tacos Recipe

    Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD

    A healthy, protein-filled meal enjoyed by adults and kids. Enjoy the lentil mixture anywhere you would taco meat, in burritos, taco shells, or on top of salad. Read More

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    Roasted Squash Trio Recipe

    Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD

    Squash is a fall favorite. Here is a new way to taste a trio of this season's star vegetable. Read More

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    Tiger Fries Recipe

    Kristine Napier, MPH

    Sliced red potatoes tossed with sweet potato strips yield a dish that's as pretty as it is great tasting. Read More

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    Pizza Hummus Recipe

    Holly Larson, MS, RD

    Most kids love pizza, so why not bring the dish to the table in a new way? This recipe for Pizza Hummus can be used as a dip or spread! Read More

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    High Five Salad

    Tessa Nguyen, RD, LDN

    Are you ready for a backyard barbeque? This recipe is a perfect, hearty side dish to serve! Read More

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    Easy Migas Recipe

    Gretchen F. Brown, RD

    Start the day with a traditional Tex-Mex dish called migas. This version is quick and easy to make, even on busy mornings! Read More

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    Jicama Apple Slaw Recipe

    Karman Meyer, RD

    Jicama is a white, fibrous root vegetable native to Mexico. When peeled and sliced, its subtly sweet flavor and refreshing crunchiness make it a perfect substitute for cabbage in coleslaw. Read More

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    Have It Your Way Chili Recipe

    Pamela Aughe, RD

    This have-it-your-way chili can be made vegetarian, with ground turkey or with ground beef. Enjoy the slightly sweet flavor added by the carrot. Read More

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    Grilled Tuna with Warm Cherry Tomato Salsa Recipe

    Sanna Delmonico, MS, RD

    Fusing the freshness of Napa, the seafood of California and the Tuscan way of spicing food results in this easy tuna recipe. If you can't find fresh tuna, use any firm fish, such as halibut or salmon. Read More

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    Whole-Wheat Date Bars Recipe

    Nour Zibdeh, MS, RD, CLT

    These Middle Eastern-inspired date bars have no sugar and are made with whole wheat, 100 percent fruit, spices and olive oil. Read More

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    Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

    Stacey Antine, MS, RD, and HealthBarn USA

    It's back to basics with this whole wheat pizza dough. Grill it for an extra crunch and add your favorite toppings. Read More

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    Whipped Fresh Herb Cheese Recipe

    Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD

    This whipped delight is an essential replacement for high-fat dips. Use it with chips or veggie trays, as a spread on toast, in pasta dishes, or swap out the herbs and garlic for honey and cinnamon for a fruit dip! Read More

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    Tuna Ole Recipe

    Jo Ellen Shield, MED RD LD, Mary Mullen, MS, RD

    Try this super-quick family friendly recipe for fish tacos on a weeknight. Read More

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    Tuna-Apple Sandwich Recipe

    Sandra Nissenberg, MS, RD, Barbara Pearl, MS, RD, LD

    Crisp apple slices add an extra crunch to these classic tuna sandwiches. Easy to make and easy to please! Read More

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    Veggie Stir-Fry with Soba Noodles Recipe

    Stacey Antine, MS, RD, and HealthBarn USA

    If you like spaghetti, you'll love buckwheat soba noodles. This recipe is bright and colorful and packed with lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Read More

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    Brown Rice and Flaxseed Pizza Crust Recipe

    Patricia Thompson, MS, RD, Marlisa Brown, MS, RD, CDE, CDN

    Looking for a hearty pizza crust that can hold a multitude of toppings and is gluten-free? Try this Brown Rice and Flaxseed Pizza Crust! Read More

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    Broccoli Salad Recipe

    Marie Feldman, RD

    The crunch of fresh broccoli and nuts, with sweet chewy raisins, in a creamy tangy dressing make this simple salad a winner. Read More

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    Georgia Sweets Baby Food Recipe

    Angela Ginn, RD, LD, CDE

    The combination of sweet potatoes and peaches make this a sweet and simple homemade meal for your infant. Because the serving size for a baby of 6 to 12 months is just one-fourth of a cup, this recipe makes a full 10 servings. Read More

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    Fruited Bulgur Breakfast Recipe

    Have your family start the day with a breakfast of cooked bulgur. With nuts and fruit, this recipe makes a satisfying and nutritious start of the day. Read More

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    Hawaiian Pork and Peas Recipe

    Pork and peas are a favorite combination in Hawaii, as is the unique blend of seasonings in this almost complete meal. Just cook some rice and your meal is done. Read More

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    German Potato Salad Recipe

    Margaret Pfeiffer, MS, RD, CLS, CD

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has a large German population, and German potato salad is common fare. Read More

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    Greek Roasted Chicken Recipe

    Naomi Kakiuchi, RD, CD

    In this Greek-inspired recipe, my dad roasts red potatoes, carrots and parsnips alongside chicken in our Chinese home in Seattle. Read More

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    Creamy Flan Recipe

    Maria Alamo, MPH, RD, LD

    Mom's flan gets a healthy makeover by using lower-fat ingredients. The result is a creamy, velvety flan that is just as tasty! Read More

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    Cucumber Watermelon Salad Recipe

    Kristine Napier, MPH

    In summer, cucumbers and watermelon often ripen at the same time. This recipe combines both to produce an unexpected, extraordinary salad. Read More

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    Curried Caribbean Rice Pilaf Recipe

    Kristine Napier, MPH

    Curry, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, garlic and onion meld together to make this Caribbean delight a rice to remember. You'll hear the Caribbean tropics beckoning you. Read More

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    Confetti Sloppy Joes Recipe

    Elizabeth Ebmeier, MS, RD

    You'd never know after eating this mouth-watering, kid-friendly sandwich that Sloppy Joes originated during financially tough war times in the 1940s as a way of stretching precious and expensive beef Read More

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    Chocolaty Pumpkin Bars Recipe

    Janice Bissex, MS, RDN

    These Chocolaty Pumpkin Bars are a nutritious, kid-pleasing snack for after school or the lunch box. Thanks to the pumpkin, each serving has almost half a day's worth of immune-boosting vitamin A. As for the nuts, they add heart-healthy fat and protein to each delicious bite. Read More

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    Collard Chips Recipe

    Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD

    At 20 calories per serving, these collard chips provide the crunch kids love along with plenty of nutrition. Read More

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    Farmhouse Apple, Bacon and Egg Casserole Recipe

    Kristine Napier, MPH

    Enjoy the flavors of an old-fashioned Wisconsin bacon and egg breakfast baked into this delicious casserole. An added bonus: You'll have an easier time achieving your health and nutrition goals! Read More

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    Double Delicious Dunkers Recipe

    Don't believe that your kids will clamor for a vegetable snack or side dish? Try serving them these crispy-coated, baked vegetables with a pizza sauce dip. Read More

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