Easy School Lunch Ideas That Kids Will Love

Originally posted 03/01/2015 12:01AM

Picky eaters won’t be able to resist these yummy lunchbox meals.


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Camila Alves: My Valentine’s Day DIY Gift Ideas You Can Really Make

Originally posted 02/12/2015 12:42PM

Our new lifestyle blogger Camila Alves shares fun yet health-conscious Valentine’s Day gift ideas for kids as well as colorful and creative breakfast recipes that are full of love.

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Michelle Obama: We Stopped Eating Boxed Mac ‘n’ Cheese ‘Because Cheese Dust Is Not Food’

Originally posted 02/09/2015 01:46PM

It’s hard to believe there was ever a time when Michelle Obama wasn’t on a healthy-eating track.

But, prior to entering the White House, she learned on a visit to her daughters’ pediatrician that their diets weren’t as good has they could be. “I thought we had it all together,” says the First Lady, who graces the cover of the Cooking Light‘s March issue. It’s the magazine first non-food cover in its 28 years of publishing.

Less takeout and processed foods, and more healthy home-cooked meals helped the full-time working mom turn it around.

“By the time we went back for the next visit, our pediatrician said, ‘What have you done? I haven’t seen these [body mass index] numbers change in this way in a while,” Mrs. Obama recalls in the magazine’s Family Dinner issue.

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Now celebrating the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move! — Obama’s national program to fight childhood obesity — she shares how her own childhood helped shape her views on eating.

“[My mom] was famous for her lemon chicken,” Mrs. Obama shares. “And that was a good Sunday dish.” The rest of the week consisted of roast beef sandwiches (on Monday and Tuesday), lasagna for weeknight dinners, fish on Fridays, and the “unfortunate liver Wednesdays.”

“There was a pattern to what we ate,” she says. “There ware familiar flavors … we would sit around the table with the plastic tablecloth, and that’s when we would catch up and we’d talk about what we were eating, talk about what was going on in the day.”

She now shares the same sentiment with her own family. “[Between 6:30 and 7 p.m.] is the most important time of the day,” she says.

One of her biggest food influences: former White House chef Sam Kass. “He was a core of our processed-food elimination,” she says. “He said, there’s nothing wrong with mac and cheese, but it’s got to be real food … cheese dust is not food.”

For more on Michelle Obama’s interview — and the magazine’s new Let’s Move!–inspired curriculum Let’s Cook! —pick up the March issue of Cooking Light.

–Michelle Ward

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Camila Alves: See the Adorable Tractor Cake She Made for Her Son’s Birthday

Originally posted 01/20/2015 06:45PM

Our new lifestyle blogger Camila Alves shares the story behind the healthy (but adorably kid-friendly!) birthday cake she made and decorated for her youngest son Livingston‘s 2nd birthday.
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McDonald’s Is Bringing Back Books to Happy Meals (Spoiler: No Dr. Seuss)

Originally posted 01/13/2015 12:20PM

Care for some light reading with your nuggets?
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Jessica Biel’s Kid-Friendly Restaurant to Open in L.A. This Spring

Originally posted 01/13/2015 10:24AM

When Jessica Biel announced she was opening a kid-friendly restaurant, we were intrigued. And then, once we saw the colorful creations that started popping up on her Instagram feed, we were excited. And now that it looks like Au Fudge is finally slated to open in spring 2015, we’re beyond ecstatic!

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Nick Cannon
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Nick Cannon Treats His Kids to Dinner and a Massive $99 Ice Cream Sundae in N.Y.C.

Originally posted 12/15/2014 05:31PM

Like many parents, Nick Cannon seems to love treating his kids during the holiday season.
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Here Come the Thin Mints! Girl Scout Cookies Are Now Available Online

Originally posted 12/01/2014 11:13AM

Hold on to your sashes: Starting in January, it will be possible to buy Girl Scout cookies online.
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FILED UNDER: cookies , Dessert , Food , Food News , Kids

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Exclusive: Bachelor Alum Renee Oteri Maynard Will Appear on The Taste

Originally posted 12/01/2014 06:00AM

Bachelor alum Renee Oteri Maynard might have hung up her reality-television dating hat, but starting this Thursday she’ll be showing off her cooking skills on The Taste.

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Jamie Oliver Hot Pepper
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Jamie Oliver Disciplined His Daughter By Sneaking Super-Hot Pepper Into Her Food

Originally posted 11/19/2014 11:23AM

From the don’t-try-this-at-home files: Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver said recently that he secretly gave his 12-year-old daughter, Poppy, one of the world’s hottest peppers in order to discipline her, according to The Daily Mail.
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FILED UNDER: Food , Jamie Oliver , Kids , Stars & Chefs


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