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My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets (and how I use them to make my life easier): The Blender Edition

I do most of the cooking for my family and rely on my favorite kitchen gadgets to help me make quick, delicious and nutritious meals. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets (and how I use them to make my life easier): The Food Processor Edition

I recently wrote about how much I love using my crockpot. With a big family to feed, and small children underfoot, I am able to make healthy and delicious meals without a lot of fuss or time spent in front of a hot stove. I will now share my love and appreciation for another helper in my kitchen: the food processor. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, Recipes, motivation, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

Help! My Friends and Relatives are Sabotaging Me!

Sometimes it can feel like it’s just not possible to lead a healthy lifestyle, and that everyone is working against me. But I have determined that my health is of utmost importance. So, while I can’t change (and certainly don’t want to) everything about my friends and family, I can make some changes that will better support me in these situations. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

Sneaky Chef: The Purees Edition

I got into the habit of making purees regularly when I was making my own baby food. It was so simple to pour a puree into an ice cube dish and freeze it for later use. I’ve continued to do this to be able to have quick and easy access to some extra vegetables that can be easily incorporated (or hidden) in other foods I prepare. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: food & recipes

Sneaky Chef: The Beans Edition

In a previous blog, I wrote about how I incorporate zucchini into foods. Here, I’m going to share some tips on how to include extra servings of beans into your family’s meals. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, Recipes, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: food & recipes

Sneaky Chef: The Zucchini Edition

I know there is some debate about being a sneaky chef. I’ve read the pros and cons. A sneaky chef finds a way to “hide” fruits and vegetables in meals and baked goods without it being too visible to the eater (typically kids that might otherwise refuse to eat these vegetables and fruits). Read Full Post

tags: Recipes, strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: food & recipes

Make Healthy Eating a Family Affair This Summer

It can be challenging to be the only one in your family who is taking on the task of eating healthier and losing weight. And since kids are not immune to the disastrous health effects of a standard American diet, rather than going it alone, make eating healthy a family affair this summer! Read Full Post

tags: motivation, kids, nutrition
category: motivation

How to Boost Your Family’s Veggies and Fruits

If you’re looking for some ways to get your family eating more fruits and veggies, here are some top tips that we’ve shared in the past… if you're new to the HMRdiet community, this blog is new to you! For the rest of us, it's a great reminder of some key strategies for incorporating a variety of vegetables and fruits into your family's snacks and meals. Read Full Post

tags: planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: food & recipes

My Daughter Eats Entrees at Preschool

Like many working moms, making lunches is often the bane of my existence in the morning rush to get out the door. Enter HMR Ravioli! As I’ve used HMR foods to support my own weight management and healthy eating, I’ve found my kids love the foods too! Read Full Post

tags: HMR, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: motivation

A Hot Dog for Halloween… and other scary tales

 I’ll just come out and say it. My daughter wants to be a hot dog for Halloween… Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, kids, mommy blog, holidays
category: motivation

From Squirmy to Book-Wormy

Last year, my 9-year-old daughter wrote a letter to the principal of her school, and inspired a change that impacted her entire school… Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, exercise, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation

Un-learning Theory

The other night my daughter was lamenting the fact that I had to teach a class on a night I normally would be home. I explained to her in terms that a 6-year-old would understand that “Mommy needs to go teach grown-ups how to eat veggies and fruits.” My daughter laughed at the idea that adults would need to be taught something like that. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation

Be Different this Holiday Season, and Get a Different Result

October 31 marks the official start to National Eating Season, a nine week all-you-can-eat feast which usually ends with regret and resolution on New Year’s Day. The “start my diet tomorrow” mentality is in full swing through the holidays but the truth is that most people never lose the pounds they gain during this time each year. Read Full Post

tags: planning, strategies, kids, holidays
category: how to

Empty Nest – Empty Fridge!

After signing the lease for the last of the kids to move into their own apartment (and the college years almost wrapped up too!), I’ve hit what is fondly known as the “empty nest” stage! Can anyone else relate? Is it what you expected? What I don’t think I could have ever expected is that it would change my routine around meals. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, Diet Tools, motivation, mood, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

Teach Your Children Well

Think of the good example you set for your family by eating more fruits and vegetables, using low-calorie meal replacements and exercising routinely. If your kids are younger and you’re wondering if they even notice… well, I’d like to give you confidence that they do. Here is an example that convinced me. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: motivation

Talking Calories with the Kids

Trying to teach about good nutrition while not obsessing about weight and body image has been paramount for us in raising our children. We want them to be knowledgeable without being caught up with every little detail. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: motivation

My Child Might Be Overweight

During my daughter’s physical recently, her doctor let me know that (like me at the same age) she is dangerously close to being overweight. I felt like in some ways I was projecting the painful feelings of being overweight as a child onto her. But I decided it didn’t have to be that way. It could be different for her. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation

Those Little Cuties!

I’m sure you’ve seen them! Cuties® are little mandarin oranges that are a popular sight in winter months. They can actually be two different kinds of mandarins, depending on the month. They are seedless, super sweet, easy to peel and kid-sized. Read Full Post

tags: Recipes, kids, mommy blog
category: food & recipes

How to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

We’re in the thick of the holiday season and the temptation to blow off healthy habits is lurking around every corner. So here are my top 5 strategies for keeping healthy behaviors in place through the holidays. I hope these will help you keep pushing into your stretch zone, while the rest of America is having eggnog and fruitcake! Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, planning, strategies, kids, holidays
category: motivation, how to

Tricks to Make Halloween Less Scary

I love holidays that I can make crafts and decorations for, and Halloween is one of those. What I don’t love is aisles and aisles of candy in every store starting at Labor Day. Every time I go into a store I have to say no to buying them for myself and repeated no’s to my children. Read Full Post

tags: kids, mommy blog, holidays
category: motivation

Easy Meals Even My 5-Year-Old Can Make

If you’ve read some of my other blogs, you know that I routinely involve my children in food prep, recipe planning, cooking and baking. In fact, my 4-year-old daughter now asks me every day if she can help me cook (and I love it!). That got me thinking that making meals using HMR Entrees is so simple that even my 5-year-old can do it – and now he does… Read Full Post

tags: HMR, kids, mommy blog
category: food & recipes

Inspired by the Olympics

I am so excited for the upcoming Olympics. I’ve noticed that each year as the Boston Marathon approaches, there are more runners out and about (or maybe I just pay more attention to them). That got me thinking about how motivating the Olympics could be for physical activity. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, exercise, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

Helping Children CATCH Good Nutrition

Earlier this year, Kim Gambardella wrote about her children’s 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! program in Maine. It got me thinking about some of the programs my own community’s schools might be using to bring more attention to childhood obesity and encouraging the children in our schools here in MA to eat healthier and be more active. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: motivation

5-2-1-0: Race to the Point

This year was the 2nd Annual Race to the Point 5K and Kids Fun Run. It’s an event that my whole family was looking forward to participating in again. Unlike some of the bigger races that can be overwhelming for the kids, this is one that takes place at their school with all their friends! Read Full Post

tags: motivation, exercise, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation

Being "That" Mom When Faced with The Gap

I’m so excited that my oldest child is turning five and is now old enough to participate in organized team sports. During Opening Day for Little League I was confronted with an issue I did not expect – The Gap! I don’t know why I was surprised. Gap foods are everywhere, so why should I be surprised that they would be at sporting events for kids... Read Full Post

tags: strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: motivation

Scrumptious Health Food

My daughter asks me questions about everything and often stumps me! (i.e. How do mean people become mean? Why are there two pronunciations for the word read even though it’s the same letters?) But, nothing gave me pause more than when she asked me “Mommy, if healthy food is so good for you than why does unhealthy food taste so much better?” Read Full Post

tags: motivation, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation

5-2-1-0: Jump Rope for Heart

Many people don’t realize that the roots of cardiovascular disease in adults often begin in our childhood. So recently, a fundraiser held at my daughter’s school for the American Heart Association called Jump Rope for Heart gave me the chance to talk to my kids about why it’s important to eat healthy foods & stay active. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, exercise, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation

Jackson’s Drawing

An alternative title to this blog could have been: Healthy vs. Unhealthy Foods: Are my children listening? Read on to know more… Read Full Post

tags: motivation, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: motivation

Healthy Families: Bringing Vegetables and Fruits into Meal Times

As a mom and, I hope, a healthy role model for my daughter, we work on healthy behaviors as a family. One of the things I am constantly working on is finding ways to incorporate a variety of vegetables and fruits into my family’s snacks and meals. Here are some strategies for boosting your family’s fruit and veggie numbers… Read Full Post

tags: strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: food & recipes

5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! The Mileage Club

Have you ever heard of a Mileage Club Toe Token? Well, if you are a primary school student in my town, you are working very hard every week to keep earning them - in all different colors. I recently blogged about some of the “5-2-1-0 Let’s Go!” initiatives that my town is doing, and I have to say, Mileage Club is one of my personal favorites. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, exercise, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation

The 78-year-old Titan

Most of us seek out role models in our personal and professional lives to guide us and inspire us to be our best. However, when it comes to health and weight, most people have very few healthy role models in their lives. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, exercise, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation

Family Matters: Being Active Together

One of the resolutions I made this year is to be more active with my family - particularly with my 7-year-old daughter. The troubling headlines about childhood obesity do not paint a pretty picture. According to the CDC- approximately 17%, or 12.5 million, children and adolescents aged 2-19 are obese. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, exercise, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation

5-2-1-0: Eating through the Rainbow

Eating through the Rainbow…what a fun way to inspire kids to eat different colors of fruits and vegetables! As part of the 5-2-1-0 program that I recently blogged about, my daughter’s primary school, along with the School Nutrition Program, participated in this 5-2-1-0 activity: Eating through the Rainbow. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: motivation

Working Out in Winter Months

I’ve previously written about working out with my kids in tow. In thinking about exercise recently, I’ve come to realize that I rely on the outdoors, and more specifically on good weather, for most of it. Living in the Northeast with cold, icy winter weather makes me realize that I’m going to need to do some adjusting as it pertains to my regular exercise routine. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, exercise, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

After-School Snack of Champions

With the influence of HMR on one shoulder and a gourmet chef on the other, I try to make my kids after-school snacks that are fun, delicious AND healthy. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools, motivation, mood, strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: how to

The Childhood Obesity Dilemma

It’s all over the news – the escalating weight problems of our youth. Medical communities, the federal government, and the First Lady are all talking about what is causing childhood obesity and what we need to do about it. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, motivation, mood, kids, nutrition
category: motivation

No Time for Morning Exercise?

No time for morning exercise right? Or at least that used to be the case. As the kids have gone, so have my excuses. I’ve learned that there are advantages to staying on the same morning schedule that used to be my norm when the kids were home, and using that time to exercise. But the reality is that it can be easy to talk myself out of it. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, motivation, exercise, planning, mood, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

Banishing the Baking Blues

This time of year, it is so fun to be in the kitchen with my children creating cookie masterpieces! However I also struggle with having baked goods in the house as I could easily eat a lot of calories in baked goods several times a day. This has been a dilemma for me until I found some recipes for baking things that are not meant to be eaten. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, Diet Tools, motivation, mood, strategies, kids, mommy blog, holidays
category: motivation

My Winter CSA Share

In a previous blog I waxed poetic about the benefits of having a CSA share. But did you know that a CSA share doesn’t have to just be for spring, summer or fall? Yes, there are also winter shares, and shares that go year round. Read Full Post

tags: Recipes, Diet Tools, motivation, money, strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: motivation

The Kids are Back in Town

Ah, the joys of a visit from the kids! I look forward to the stories of friends, classes, life decisions and just the chance to catch up. However, along with the pleasures of bringing the babes back into the nest, comes the challenge of having to blow up the “I can do what I want on my timelines” routine. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, exercise, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

Yoga with Irene

Imagine you’re stuck in a small log cabin in Vermont with 3 young children while Hurricane Irene is storming outside! I know what you’re thinking – how fun! A day filled with baking bread and crazy art projects! Not so much. That's where we rode out the storm, and my husband and I pulled out all the tricks for what to do on a rainy day. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, motivation, exercise, mood, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation

Fast Food for a Family of Five

Before having my children, even as far back as when I was single, I’ve always thought of the HMR Entrees as the starting point of my meal, kind of a “hamburger helper” if you will. I am a volume eater and like a big plate of food, so I have always added vegetables to the entrees. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools, in the box, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

Are School Lunches Getting Healthier?

Just in time for back to school, there’s a controversy brewing over a proposed rule in the National School Lunch Program. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, kids
category: motivation

Farm Fresh, Any Time of Year

As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog, we belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for vegetables and fruits. We have done both summer and winter shares and I have gotten pretty good at finding new recipes to use up these fresh goodies. Read Full Post

tags: Diet Tools, motivation, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

Kids and Kabobs

I recently decided to introduce vegetable kabobs to my kids since food on skewers is so interesting to little children. I mean really, who doesn’t like food on a stick? Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, Recipes, Diet Tools, motivation, in the box, mood, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

Veggies Undercover

Several years ago, there was a raging debate over the wisdom of hiding pureed vegetables or fruits in children’s food. Parents with picky eaters were at the forefront of this movement. They reasoned that since vegetables and fruits are so important for good health, it was okay to get this nutrition into their children in whatever way they could. Read Full Post

tags: Diet Tools, motivation, strategies, kids
category: motivation

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly… of working out with kids in tow

I often find myself wondering “what was I thinking?” when I’m in the middle of a “workout” and I’ve tried to bring the kids along or, even harder, include or involve them. That’s when I started thinking about the pros and cons. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, motivation, exercise, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

CSA Share, How Do I Love Thee?

CSA Share, how do I love thee, let me count the ways: I love the bounty of fresh vegetables and fruits you provide. I love the new vegetables we have never tried that push us to try something new. I love the interest you pique in my children when they see interesting shapes and colors among the produce. Read Full Post

tags: Diet Tools, motivation, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation