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Holiday Mocktails for the Entire Family

Monday, November 25th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Kids, Recipes, Tips  /  Comments: 1
I love using my cocktail shaker, but my kids always want in on the action. Since my son was a little boy, I started making him mocktails. I create simple, colorful concoctions and serve them in fun glasses. I now do this for all three of my kiddos, and it makes the holidays more memorable. Go Purple! My youngest daughter’s favorite color is purple. Her bedroom is painted lavender, her winter jacket is a deep purple, and her…

Choosing Gluten-Free Snacks for Kids

Monday, September 16th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Healthy Eating, Kids  /  Comments: 1
As another hectic school year kicks off, you may be reminded that snacking is an essential part of your daily routine. The snack choices available vary in nutritional value and taste, especially when it comes to gluten-free options. Luckily, with more food companies creating gluten-free products, delicious and nutritious gluten-free snacking is easier than you think. Smart Shopping Tips
If your child has celiac…

Fueling Your Body with Healthy Food: #GoUnDiet Twitter Party Recap

Monday, August 26th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Kids, Meal Ideas, Recipes, Tips  /  Comments: 0
Savory Beef & Cheese Roll Ups. Photo courtesy of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Last week I was a guest nutrition expert for the #GoUnDiet Chat along Gloria Tsang, founder of Healthcastle and Christine, founder and blogger at Life on Manutoulin. The National Beef Cattleman’s Association also sponsored a fabulous giveaway prize (gift card and healthy beef cookbook) given to one lucky winner at…

World Record Set: Most Kids & Adults Cooking Together

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Kids  /  Comments: 0
Last Tuesday my kids and I became world record holders! We participated in a cooking event sponsored by Uncle Ben’s where 100 kids and their parents all cooked at the same time. My kids already asked if we go back next year. The Set Up
The event took place at the gorgeous New York Public Library in New York City. As we entered, each of my 3 kids was given their own passport and photos were taken. We were then assigned a

Build a Better Lunchbox

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Kids, Meal Ideas  /  Comments: 0
Back-to-school time can become hectic gathering school supplies, buying new clothes and getting the kids mentally ready to learn. Another important task parents and caregivers do is pack lunch. Kids need to eat a well-balanced and delicious lunch, but sometimes as parents we fall into the same PB&J sandwich pattern. Here are tips and healthy lunch ideas to get the year starting right. Keeping Kids on Track

Feeding Your Child: Stomach Bug Edition

Monday, February 25th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Kids, Nutrition & Health  /  Comments: more
Eight o’clock last night my 5-year old daughter came into my bedroom and proceeded to vomit on my bedroom floor. Then came a night filled with upchucking by my gal and worry by me. Of course my number one concern (and that of many parents) is my kid needs to eat! Here are good reminders of how to feed your child during and after a stomach bug wreaks havoc. During
When you’re kiddo is in the midst of their spout of vomiting and/or…

The Power of the Family Meal

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Kids, Recipes  /  Comments: 0
Mealtime is a perfect way to catch up with your family. With varying schedules between work and school, finding the time can often prove quite challenging. Dinnertime isn’t always the shared meal in my house, rather breakfast and our evening snack is the easiest time for us to sit down together. In a recent report conducted by Welch’s, many American families say that one of their favorite parts of the day is a shared…

My Family: A Foodie Poem By My 10-Year Old

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Kids  /  Comments: more
By Schoen Amidor Here’s a poem my son wrote for his 5th grade class comparing his family to a restaurant. He is my budding foodie poet and let me tell you, this poem will really hit home for many of you! My Family My family is like a restaurant.
My sisters are the customers always complaining.
My mom is the chef working all the time.
My dad is the manager checking everything twice.
I am the waiter giving out everything.

Recipe: Egg in a Hole

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Kids, Recipes  /  Comments: more

One of my favorite all-time breakfasts is Eggs in a Hole. Here’s my stepped up version with 4 food groups for fewer than 250 calories per serving! Food Groups
  • Whole Grains: Use 100% whole wheat or whole grain bread. Be careful with multi-grain varieties which may not actually be made from whole grains.
  • Dairy: One-quarter cup of shredded cheese per serving provides 12% of your daily recommended dose of dairy for

A Look Back At 2012

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Hot Topics, Kids, Meal Ideas, Recipes  /  Comments: more
  From the hottest trends to delicious recipes to educating my kids about food, this has been a very exciting year! I’m lucky enough to be able to write about all these topics through various outlets including Healthy Eats Blog, Sears and my own blog. Here’s a look back some of my favorites.
Hot Topics
Controversial food and nutrition topics come and go each year. In 2012 many folks…