The absolute easiest healthy snack to make with kids
Want a super quick, easy snack you can make with kids that also happens to be healthy?! Seriously, this is a 2- or 3-ingredient, 10 minute activity, and my daughter was very into it. Vegan gummy bears, or in our case, gummy dinosaurs (because my kid is obsessed with dinosaurs at the moment, and Michael's has a cheap dino mold that works perfectly for this little treat) are a simple and fun to make. All you need is agar powder (a vegan gelatin alternative derived from marine
In praise of family dinners
One of my fondest childhood memories is of our nightly ritual, sharing dinner together as a family. I remember setting the table, which was one of my "chores", and sitting down to eat with my Mom, Dad, and older brother. We'd answer questions about our days at school, my parents would chat about work, and we'd laugh as a family over silly things, inside jokes that persisted at our table until we were no longer all living together. Now I've got a 3-year-old daughter, and as
A new way to look at "feeling full"
We all know the feeling: that full tummy/can't move feeling after a big meal, a snack we didn't need, or the last bite of a giant piece of chocolate cake. The food tasted so good going down, but left us feeling oh so full (and usually also bloated, tired, and miserable). Psychologically, we have a tendency to eat until we're "full", thinking that fullness is a good indicator that we've had enough. Unfortunately, we generally eat pretty quickly, so by the time our hunger ho
The unexpected new trend in nutrition
I love following nutrition trends. Like all the other nutrition nerds, I go to the Natural Products Expo every year (a mecca for all things nutrition and wellness-related), and I take note of all the latest food and product trends. I follow all sorts of nutrition experts on Instagram, listen to all the podcasts, and thanks to being a Masters student I also read a lot of the latest research studies in nutrition. Big trends in the last year or so have included matcha, mushro