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Lemon Ginger Infused Honey

Lemon Ginger Infused Honey

Kirby Gibbs

Raw local honey contains pollen from your area and has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Infusing your honey with lemon and ginger adds antioxidants that help with coughs, fevers, and...

Lemon Ginger Infused Honey

Kirby Gibbs

Raw local honey contains pollen from your area and has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Infusing your honey with lemon and ginger adds antioxidants that help with coughs, fevers, and...

Can Vitamin C Prevent Colds?

Can Vitamin C Prevent Colds?

Jenny Janov

Often hailed as a super nutrient, vitamin C stands as a versatile powerhouse in promoting overall health. Functioning as a potent antioxidant, it plays a vital role in shielding our...

Can Vitamin C Prevent Colds?

Jenny Janov

Often hailed as a super nutrient, vitamin C stands as a versatile powerhouse in promoting overall health. Functioning as a potent antioxidant, it plays a vital role in shielding our...

Roasted Vegetable Thanksgiving Sidedish

Roasted Vegetable Thanksgiving Sidedish

Kirby Gibbs

The “slow food movement” was a foreign language to me.  Eating seasonal foods purchased at farmers markets, choosing fresh over canned, raw over processed… I learned so much that drastically...

Roasted Vegetable Thanksgiving Sidedish

Kirby Gibbs

The “slow food movement” was a foreign language to me.  Eating seasonal foods purchased at farmers markets, choosing fresh over canned, raw over processed… I learned so much that drastically...

Applesauce Muffins

Applesauce Muffins

Kirby Gibbs

Apple season has always been a favorite time of year for me.  The leaves are turning, temperatures are cooling off, and holiday season is around the corner!  Produce just tastes...

Applesauce Muffins

Kirby Gibbs

Apple season has always been a favorite time of year for me.  The leaves are turning, temperatures are cooling off, and holiday season is around the corner!  Produce just tastes...

What to Do with ALL That Halloween Candy?

What to Do with ALL That Halloween Candy?

Jenny Janov

  Are you concerned about the avalanche of candy your kids will be getting this Halloween? As a pediatric dietitian, I've been bombarded with questions from parents seeking advice. How...

What to Do with ALL That Halloween Candy?

Jenny Janov

  Are you concerned about the avalanche of candy your kids will be getting this Halloween? As a pediatric dietitian, I've been bombarded with questions from parents seeking advice. How...

Halloween Lunch Ideas

Halloween Lunch Ideas

Kirby Gibbs

Halloween is around the corner!  There’s a giant skeleton in the yard down the street and fake spider webs on our front porch.  We’ve been to the pumpkin patch and...

Halloween Lunch Ideas

Kirby Gibbs

Halloween is around the corner!  There’s a giant skeleton in the yard down the street and fake spider webs on our front porch.  We’ve been to the pumpkin patch and...

A Dash of Goodness: How Pumpkin Pie Spices Benefit You and Your Family's Health

A Dash of Goodness: How Pumpkin Pie Spices Bene...

Jenny Janov

As parents, we know that fall is a special time of year. The changing leaves, cozy sweaters, and the aroma of pumpkin spice wafting through the air mark the arrival...

A Dash of Goodness: How Pumpkin Pie Spices Bene...

Jenny Janov

As parents, we know that fall is a special time of year. The changing leaves, cozy sweaters, and the aroma of pumpkin spice wafting through the air mark the arrival...

Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili

Kirby Gibbs

It’s Pumpkin Spice Latte season, formerly known as Fall.  It seems like everywhere you look in the grocery store there’s pumpkin bread, pumpkin bisque, and even pumpkin ravioli!  My family...

Pumpkin Chili

Kirby Gibbs

It’s Pumpkin Spice Latte season, formerly known as Fall.  It seems like everywhere you look in the grocery store there’s pumpkin bread, pumpkin bisque, and even pumpkin ravioli!  My family...

Harvesting Healthy Habits

Harvesting Healthy Habits

Jenny Janov

   With the arrival of fall, nature offers a wonderful selection of seasonal produce that can bring both flavor and nutrition to your family's table. From the delightful crispness of...

Harvesting Healthy Habits

Jenny Janov

   With the arrival of fall, nature offers a wonderful selection of seasonal produce that can bring both flavor and nutrition to your family's table. From the delightful crispness of...

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Kirby Gibbs

New recipes are always exciting to try, but there’s usually a fear that your kiddos won’t like it.  Is it too spicy, too salty or maybe just the wrong texture...

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Kirby Gibbs

New recipes are always exciting to try, but there’s usually a fear that your kiddos won’t like it.  Is it too spicy, too salty or maybe just the wrong texture...

One-Pan Curried Chicken and Roasted Vegetables

One-Pan Curried Chicken and Roasted Vegetables

Kirby Gibbs

“One pan wonders” are my favorite category of recipes!  Everything cooks together on a sheet pan, marrying the flavors together deliciously.  You can prep everything ahead of time and leave...

One-Pan Curried Chicken and Roasted Vegetables

Kirby Gibbs

“One pan wonders” are my favorite category of recipes!  Everything cooks together on a sheet pan, marrying the flavors together deliciously.  You can prep everything ahead of time and leave...

Keeping Family Dinners Simple: Enjoying Mealtime Together with Ease

Keeping Family Dinners Simple: Enjoying Mealtim...

Jenny Janov

Family dinner used to be a cherished tradition in many households. A time for families to come together, share stories, and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals. However, with our increasingly busy...

Keeping Family Dinners Simple: Enjoying Mealtim...

Jenny Janov

Family dinner used to be a cherished tradition in many households. A time for families to come together, share stories, and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals. However, with our increasingly busy...

Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats

Kirby Gibbs

School is starting back and mornings can feel rushed and hectic!  I’m always trying to find strategies to make the early morning rush a little less chaotic… pack lunches at...

Overnight Oats

Kirby Gibbs

School is starting back and mornings can feel rushed and hectic!  I’m always trying to find strategies to make the early morning rush a little less chaotic… pack lunches at...

Snack Attack: Making Snacking Nutritious and Fun for Your Kids

Snack Attack: Making Snacking Nutritious and Fu...

Jenny Janov

As everyone is heading back to school, we know our kids are going to need energy to get through the day. Enter snacks. But snacking can also be hard, right?...

Snack Attack: Making Snacking Nutritious and Fu...

Jenny Janov

As everyone is heading back to school, we know our kids are going to need energy to get through the day. Enter snacks. But snacking can also be hard, right?...

Shredded Cilantro Lime Chicken

Shredded Cilantro Lime Chicken

Kirby Gibbs

School is starting back and fall sports are ramping up!  Afternoons seem to fly by with music practice, sports scrimmages and homework.  On nights like these, I like to make...

Shredded Cilantro Lime Chicken

Kirby Gibbs

School is starting back and fall sports are ramping up!  Afternoons seem to fly by with music practice, sports scrimmages and homework.  On nights like these, I like to make...

Kids Eat Right Month - Keeping Kids Active and Eating Healthy

Kids Eat Right Month - Keeping Kids Active and ...

Jenny Janov

August is Kids Eat Right Month®, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy Foundation's annual campaign to celebrate the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children...

Kids Eat Right Month - Keeping Kids Active and ...

Jenny Janov

August is Kids Eat Right Month®, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy Foundation's annual campaign to celebrate the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children...

Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers

Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers

Kirby Gibbs

Parents are always asking me for tips and tricks to get their kiddos to eat more veggies.  We know how important vegetables are for fiber and essential vitamins, but sometimes...

Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers

Kirby Gibbs

Parents are always asking me for tips and tricks to get their kiddos to eat more veggies.  We know how important vegetables are for fiber and essential vitamins, but sometimes...

Back-to-School Lunch Packing Tips

Back-to-School Lunch Packing Tips

Jenny Janov

As parents, we know that the midday meal holds great importance in our children's lives. A well-prepared lunch not only fuels their active bodies but also nourishes their growing minds....

Back-to-School Lunch Packing Tips

Jenny Janov

As parents, we know that the midday meal holds great importance in our children's lives. A well-prepared lunch not only fuels their active bodies but also nourishes their growing minds....

Pineapple Chicken Kabobs & Corn on the Cob

Pineapple Chicken Kabobs & Corn on the Cob

Kirby Gibbs

When I think of summer time foods, all my favorite produce comes to mind: melons, berries, tomatoes on the vine, corn on the cob and juicy pineapples!  My kids love...

Pineapple Chicken Kabobs & Corn on the Cob

Kirby Gibbs

When I think of summer time foods, all my favorite produce comes to mind: melons, berries, tomatoes on the vine, corn on the cob and juicy pineapples!  My kids love...

Food as Medicine: Nurturing Kids' Well-Being through Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition

Food as Medicine: Nurturing Kids' Well-Being th...

Jenny Janov

  As parents, we strive to provide the best care and support for our children, especially when they face health challenges. Inflammatory conditions in children, such as asthma, allergies, eczema,...

Food as Medicine: Nurturing Kids' Well-Being th...

Jenny Janov

  As parents, we strive to provide the best care and support for our children, especially when they face health challenges. Inflammatory conditions in children, such as asthma, allergies, eczema,...

Fourth of July Fruit Pizza

Fourth of July Fruit Pizza

Kirby Gibbs

This fruit pizza flag is a fun, delicious and patriotic dessert that my family looks forward to every year!  It’s always a crowd pleaser that looks impressive but couldn't be...

Fourth of July Fruit Pizza

Kirby Gibbs

This fruit pizza flag is a fun, delicious and patriotic dessert that my family looks forward to every year!  It’s always a crowd pleaser that looks impressive but couldn't be...

Growing a Garden with Kids

Growing a Garden with Kids

Jenny Janov

Gardening is a healthy and fun activity to do with your kids! It gets your kids outside and can be a great activity to do with them. From a nutrition...

Growing a Garden with Kids

Jenny Janov

Gardening is a healthy and fun activity to do with your kids! It gets your kids outside and can be a great activity to do with them. From a nutrition...

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad

Kirby Gibbs

It’s only mid June and it’s already SO HOT here.  On warm summer nights I like to make dinners that won’t heat up my kitchen or my insides!  I want...

Asian Chicken Salad

Kirby Gibbs

It’s only mid June and it’s already SO HOT here.  On warm summer nights I like to make dinners that won’t heat up my kitchen or my insides!  I want...

The Impact of Nutrition on Autism and ADHD

The Impact of Nutrition on Autism and ADHD

Jenny Janov

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are neurodevelopmental conditions that affect millions of people worldwide. While ADHD and autism spectrum disorders are not the same thing,...

The Impact of Nutrition on Autism and ADHD

Jenny Janov

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are neurodevelopmental conditions that affect millions of people worldwide. While ADHD and autism spectrum disorders are not the same thing,...

Ingredient Dinners

Ingredient Dinners

Kirby Gibbs

Meal planning can feel so overwhelming…lots of ingredients, new recipes, unusual cooking methods, will the kids try it or my hubby like it?  It starts to feel like TOO MUCH,...

Ingredient Dinners

Kirby Gibbs

Meal planning can feel so overwhelming…lots of ingredients, new recipes, unusual cooking methods, will the kids try it or my hubby like it?  It starts to feel like TOO MUCH,...

Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp Tacos

Jenny Janov

I love tacos! You just can’t go wrong with them!  They’re so easy to customize with the foods your family loves.  You can have chicken, steak, seafood, or any type...

Shrimp Tacos

Jenny Janov

I love tacos! You just can’t go wrong with them!  They’re so easy to customize with the foods your family loves.  You can have chicken, steak, seafood, or any type...

How to Raise Confident Intuitive Eaters

How to Raise Confident Intuitive Eaters

Jenny Janov

Families often struggle with the best way to feed their kids. It can be hard to not fall into being too permissive or too restrictive. What we really want is...

How to Raise Confident Intuitive Eaters

Jenny Janov

Families often struggle with the best way to feed their kids. It can be hard to not fall into being too permissive or too restrictive. What we really want is...

How Nutrition Can Affect Mental Health in Kids

How Nutrition Can Affect Mental Health in Kids

Jenny Janov

  Mental health is an essential aspect of our overall well-being, and it is just as important for children as it is for adults. Did you know 1 in 5 children in...

How Nutrition Can Affect Mental Health in Kids

Jenny Janov

  Mental health is an essential aspect of our overall well-being, and it is just as important for children as it is for adults. Did you know 1 in 5 children in...

Healthy yogurt parfait

Healthy Yogurt Parfait

Jenny Janov

It feels so overwhelming when you’re trying to feed a picky kiddo.  Are they getting enough protein?  Fiber?  Too many chicken nuggets and not enough produce?  We want to give...

Healthy Yogurt Parfait

Jenny Janov

It feels so overwhelming when you’re trying to feed a picky kiddo.  Are they getting enough protein?  Fiber?  Too many chicken nuggets and not enough produce?  We want to give...

Your Child’s Gut Health

Your Child’s Gut Health

Jenny Janov

As parents, we want our kids to be healthy and happy. One important aspect of their health that we might overlook is their gut health. But your gut affects everything....

Your Child’s Gut Health

Jenny Janov

As parents, we want our kids to be healthy and happy. One important aspect of their health that we might overlook is their gut health. But your gut affects everything....

Teriyaki Salmon Bake

Teriyaki Salmon Bake

Kirby Gibbs

Diet trends change every few years…low sugar, low carb, Keto, Paleo.  Which one is the best and what will my family actually eat?  When meal planning for my family, I...

Teriyaki Salmon Bake

Kirby Gibbs

Diet trends change every few years…low sugar, low carb, Keto, Paleo.  Which one is the best and what will my family actually eat?  When meal planning for my family, I...

Boosting Brain Health in Kids

Boosting Brain Health in Kids

Jenny Janov

 The human brain is a complex organ that requires a range of nutrients to function correctly. From a young age, children require a well-balanced and varied diet to support brain...

Boosting Brain Health in Kids

Jenny Janov

 The human brain is a complex organ that requires a range of nutrients to function correctly. From a young age, children require a well-balanced and varied diet to support brain...

Spring Pea and Asparagus Pasta

Spring Pea and Asparagus Pasta

Jenny Janov

  “Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”  I love this time of year, don’t you?    The snow...

Spring Pea and Asparagus Pasta

Jenny Janov

  “Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”  I love this time of year, don’t you?    The snow...

What We Eat Matters

What We Eat Matters

Jenny Janov

  This is the last week of National Nutrition Month and I thought I would wrap up this month with my thoughts on the importance of food and nutrition for...

What We Eat Matters

Jenny Janov

  This is the last week of National Nutrition Month and I thought I would wrap up this month with my thoughts on the importance of food and nutrition for...

Sweet & Spicy Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Sweet & Spicy Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Kirby Gibbs

  You know the old Skittles slogan “Taste the rainbow”?  Eating the rainbow is about more than just candy!  It means you’re choosing a variety of different colored whole foods...

Sweet & Spicy Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Kirby Gibbs

  You know the old Skittles slogan “Taste the rainbow”?  Eating the rainbow is about more than just candy!  It means you’re choosing a variety of different colored whole foods...

Meal Planning Made Easy

Meal Planning Made Easy

Jenny Janov

  Meal planning is a great way to save time, money, and stress in the kitchen. It can be overwhelming to do, but with a family, it can help make...

Meal Planning Made Easy

Jenny Janov

  Meal planning is a great way to save time, money, and stress in the kitchen. It can be overwhelming to do, but with a family, it can help make...

Loaded Baked Potatoes

Loaded Baked Potatoes

Jenny Janov

  Growing up, my family always loved to order “The Chopped Baker” from Spring Creek BBQ joint in TX.  It was a large baked potato, stuffed with chopped brisket, cheddar...

Loaded Baked Potatoes

Jenny Janov

  Growing up, my family always loved to order “The Chopped Baker” from Spring Creek BBQ joint in TX.  It was a large baked potato, stuffed with chopped brisket, cheddar...

How Much Fluids Should a Toddler Drink?

How Much Fluids Should a Toddler Drink?

Jenny Janov

When a baby turns one, parents are often focused on what foods their new toddler is eating. There may have been previously so much focus on how much formula or...

How Much Fluids Should a Toddler Drink?

Jenny Janov

When a baby turns one, parents are often focused on what foods their new toddler is eating. There may have been previously so much focus on how much formula or...

Cheese Cracker Crusted Chicken

Cheese Cracker Crusted Chicken

Kirby Gibbs

This recipe is a great way to get your kiddos to try new foods by incorporating a familiar flavor!  If your children are like mine, cheese crackers are a constant...

Cheese Cracker Crusted Chicken

Kirby Gibbs

This recipe is a great way to get your kiddos to try new foods by incorporating a familiar flavor!  If your children are like mine, cheese crackers are a constant...

How to Support Picky Eaters

How to Support Picky Eaters

Jenny Janov

Do you feel like you have a picky eater? Or at least a more selective eater? Picky eating can be super stressful for everyone involved. And a child’s fluctuations in...

How to Support Picky Eaters

Jenny Janov

Do you feel like you have a picky eater? Or at least a more selective eater? Picky eating can be super stressful for everyone involved. And a child’s fluctuations in...

Immunity Soup

Immunity Soup

Kirby Gibbs

It never fails, as soon as the winter weather changes, my kids come home with the sniffles!  I like to boost their immune systems with smoothies, local honey, and hearty...

Immunity Soup

Kirby Gibbs

It never fails, as soon as the winter weather changes, my kids come home with the sniffles!  I like to boost their immune systems with smoothies, local honey, and hearty...

Mediterranean Pasta Bowls

Mediterranean Pasta Bowls

Kirby Gibbs

A Mediterranean Diet has been named the best way of eating for the sixth year in a row. This means choosing meals that consist of whole grains, beans, nuts, fruits...

Mediterranean Pasta Bowls

Kirby Gibbs

A Mediterranean Diet has been named the best way of eating for the sixth year in a row. This means choosing meals that consist of whole grains, beans, nuts, fruits...

Help! My Toddler Won’t Eat

Help! My Toddler Won’t Eat

Jenny Janov

  Is there anything as defeating as spending time prepping, cooking and serving your family a meal to have your toddler refuse to eat? Maybe you have tried pleading or...

Help! My Toddler Won’t Eat

Jenny Janov

  Is there anything as defeating as spending time prepping, cooking and serving your family a meal to have your toddler refuse to eat? Maybe you have tried pleading or...

How to Boost Kids Immunity During Cold and Flu Season

How to Boost Kids Immunity During Cold and Flu ...

Jenny Janov

As the winter months approach, it’s important to ensure that our children’s immune systems are in tip-top shape. Especially with what seems to be an even more intense cold and...

How to Boost Kids Immunity During Cold and Flu ...

Jenny Janov

As the winter months approach, it’s important to ensure that our children’s immune systems are in tip-top shape. Especially with what seems to be an even more intense cold and...

Why You Should Eat Meals with Your Kids and How to Make it Happen

Why You Should Eat Meals with Your Kids and How...

Jenny Janov

  Family meals are becoming less and less of a priority for busy families. Everyone is doing their own thing or has something to watch or someone is at work...

Why You Should Eat Meals with Your Kids and How...

Jenny Janov

  Family meals are becoming less and less of a priority for busy families. Everyone is doing their own thing or has something to watch or someone is at work...