How to Make Fun Animal-Themed Meals That Will Make Your Kids Roar with Delight

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Have you ever lovingly created a meal for your kids, convinced that they'd be thankful for the food on their plates, only to hear groans instead? If you are a parent, this probably sounds familiar. But if you have a few extra minutes to make healthy food fun, you might discover that your children will try out healthy foods—and actually enjoy them.

Expert Tips for the Best Grilled Chicken

Recipe to Try: Spatchcocked Chicken Under a Brick

Grilled chicken is a summer staple. This time of year is all about finding inspiration for chicken on the grill. Here we compiled tips from expert chefs, as well as how to shop for the best chicken and a handy chart that tells you how to prep and cook time for different types of chicken. Plus, get inpired with some of our favorite recipes and marinades to take your grilled chicken from basic to fabulous.

How Your Diet Contributes to Water Pollution

Summer homes line Lake Champlain in Addison County, Vermont. For every square mile of lake, 18 square miles of land drain into it. Much of it is forested and about 20% is farmland, in particular dairy. The area's farms contribute the lion's share of the phosphorus that ends up in the lake each year. Excess phosphorus leads to algae blooms, a big problem for anyone hoping to enjoy the lake. Photo credit: Flirite Aviation LLC

Free To Be Healthy Challenge

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Free To Be Healthy

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7-Day Meal Plan: Filling Low-Calorie Dinners

You don't need to starve yourself with small portions to eat low calorie. When you fill your plate with the right foods, you'll feel super satisfied while still keeping your calories in check. The delicious low-calorie dinners in this week's meal plan come in around 400 calories and incorporate lean protein like shrimp, chicken and beans, healthy portions of satisfying whole grains, and are overflowing with fiber-rich vegetables. Forget about late night snacking—these filling dinners will keep you satisfied all evening long.

1-Day High-Fiber Healthy-Aging Meal Plan: 1,200 Calories

Getting enough fiber is super important to keep digestion regular (if you know what we mean). And beyond helping you to feel regular, research credits eating more fiber with weight loss, a healthy heart and a decreased risk of diabetes. But even with all the known benefits of fiber, 95% of Americans are still not getting enough. On average, Americans only eat 16 grams of fiber a day—far from the 28 grams recommended in the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In this 1-day high-fiber meal plan, we make it easy to get your daily fiber fill.

1-Day Healthy Aging Vegetarian Meal Plan 1,200 Calories

Incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet is a great way to boost your health at all stages of life. A vegetarian diet has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes and even certain types of cancer, thanks to more fiber and less saturated fat, among other things. In this 1-day vegetarian plan for healthy aging, we left out the meat but included lean sources of plant-based protein (like chickpeas and tofu), and used other healthy foods for aging like calcium-rich milk and yogurt, and fiber-filled berries, popcorn and flax seed.

1-Day Healthy-Aging Meal Plan: 1,200 calories

Energize your day the right way with this healthy meal plan, tailored to meet your daily nutrition needs as you age. With plenty of whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, this plan provides adequate amounts of protein, fiber and calcium (nutrients you need more of as you age), and keeps the sodium low (below 1,500 mg). 

Healthy Aging Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks