Whether they are packed in a lunchbox or easy to grab when kids get home from school, stocking your kitchen with healthy snacks for kids can turn an unhealthy afternoon treat into something good for their growing brains and bodies.
What do sauerkraut, kimchi and yogurt have in common? They're some of the best foods you can eat for a healthy gut. That's because they're all sources of probiotics, the good kind of bacteria your digestive system needs. These good bugs do all sorts of important things—like helping you absorb nutrients, fighting inflammation, protecting your intestines from infection and even turning on pathways to your brain.
Trader Joe's has a bit of a cult following for a reason. You can only buy its branded foods at its stores, and its prices and selection for some items are hard to beat! It's not all healthy deals all the time at Trader Joe's, though. You should still read labels to make sure you're getting a food you feel good about eating. Here are some of our favorite healthy foods we always make sure to stock up on at TJ's!
Tofu may be a diet staple for vegetarians and vegans, but to many others the blocks of soy found in the grocery store's produce section can be a daunting, mysterious ingredient. Why choose tofu in the first place?
In addition to protein, tofu is a rich source of fiber, iron, calcium and more. It also contains much less saturated fat than many animal protein sources. It's low in calories and happens to be cholesterol-free, gluten-free and dairy-free—good news for those following gluten-free or vegan diets.
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The only thing scarier than the haunted house at Halloween is a spooky little ghoul on a sugar crash. Between the trick-or-treating and endless costume parties, the last thing your kids probably need around Halloween is more sweets and neon-colored candy. Whether it's the gooey caramel apples, bags of candy corn or the brightly colored punch bowls, it doesn't take much before those cute little princesses and superheroes turn into sugar-filled zombies.
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It's a well-known fact that taking the kids to the grocery store can be a recipe for Aisle 5 tears and catastrophic meltdowns. What starts out as a fun ride in the blue racecar shopping cart can soon turn into a full-on battle as those little eyes spot boxes of sugar-laden snacks. From toaster pastries to peanut butter cups, it's amazing how fast the word "pleeeease" can kick back into their vocabulary.
Choosing eggs has gotten pretty complicated. First, there's color. While you may find some pretty eggs, especially from small farms or at the farmers' market, there's no inherent nutritional or taste difference. The hen's breed determines the egg color.
Then, there are labels. If you're buying eggs at a supermarket, you may see the following terms on the carton. (If you're buying from a farm or farmers' market, ask the farmer about the chickens' diet and welfare.)
Nostalgics rejoice: Capri Sun-esque pouches of rosé are now on the market. Move over bottles, bags and cans—pouches are the newest way to drink pink. The masterminds over at Electric Rosé Wine Co. promise speedier chilling times than bottles and most important, dreamy reminiscence of childhood, in the best, most grown-up way possible. These lightweight pouches, ideal for concerts and festivals that prohibit glass, might be the greatest summer beverage yet.
Let's be honest. The best thing about game day? Undeniably, the food. This season we're loving snack boards. They're easy to build, highly customizable and oh-so-tasty. The best thing about these boards? They're almost as fun to look at as they are to eat. Serve them on a big, solid-colored platter or a wooden cutting board and let people dig in as they please—there is something for everyone. Try one of these four variations to get started.