1. Tips for Getting Your Kids to Try New Foods

    Young Girl at Dinner TableAh, dinnertime, a pleasant time for families to unwind, relax and talk about the events of their day … right? For many parents, dinnertime is more like a battlefield, especially when picky eaters are involved.

    If you’re spending less time eating and more time bribing, begging and coaxing your child to try something new, or cutting the crusts off of bread, or removing all green objects from your child’s plate, these five tips may help:

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  2. Breaking the Junk Food Addiction

    Teenage Boys Eating Junk FoodAn epidemic has been spreading among American children for more than 30 years: childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately one in three children are overweight, and 18 percent of all children between ages 6 and 19 are classified as obese. A lack of physical activity is part of the problem, but access to junk food also plays a major role in weight gain.

    If your kids are hooked on empty-calorie or sugar-filled foods, there are some ways you can break unhealthy habits and set the foundation for a healthy lifestyle:

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  3. Healthy Meals that Don’t Require an Oven

    Healthy No-Cook MealHave you ever had days when even the thought of turning on the oven stresses you out? Chill out with a no-bake meal. Best of all, none of the following simple, yet tasty no-bake meals involve processed, pre-made foods or even requires you to turn on the microwave. Not only will you save on energy costs, your kitchen will stay cooler. You can incorporate lots of healthy fruits, veggies and nuts in a no-bake meal, just the way nature intended. Here are some no-cook meals the whole family will love:

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  4. Quick Lunch Recipes for Working Parents

    Cucumber SaladWhether your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or improve your overall health, eating more nutritious foods is a great way to start. Making positive changes to your diet can be difficult, especially if you already have a busy work schedule. Here are some healthy, no-heat lunches that can help you keep your cool when time is short.

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  5. Food That Boosts Your Mood

    Mood-Boosting FoodsWhen you’re singing the blues, certain foods just seem to make you feel better, and researchers agree. Nature’s comfort foods contain compounds that can help stabilize your mood, improve mental function, fight stress and anxiety, and even ease depression. Foods that contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids contain naturally occurring molecules that closely resemble those found in certain prescription mood-stabilizers, according to researchers at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society. Here are a few mood-boosting foods to help you ward off the grumpies:

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