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Must-Have Meal Planning Tips for a Healthy Family

By Whole Story Editors, July 28, 2017  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors
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Feeding an active family a nutritious menu is never easy, especially when time is short. However the following strategies, time-saving tips and recipes for each meal (plus snacks!) will help you nourish your clan with less stress. 



Aim for breakfast should have lots of fiber and whole grains, some protein and good fat, and as little added sugar as possible. Here are a few
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Supplier Stories, Unwrapped: The Small-Batch Story of Bobo’s Oat Bars

By Whole Story Editors, July 27, 2017  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors
In our new Supplier Stories, Unwrapped series, we’re featuring our wonderful suppliers! So many of them have special stories, from women entrepreneurs to family farms to mission-driven folks who want to make a difference. Follow along as we tell their tales.
Bobo’s Oat Bars make for a perfect lunchbox filler or after-school snack—but without a girl named Bobo, they never would have happened. Here’s how a rainy-afternoon snack turned into a small-batch business that still uses the same four-ingredient recipe. Look for this delicious Boulder-made treat in U.S. stores.
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Pantry Makeover: Stock Up on Healthier Staples

By Paige Schilt, July 24, 2017  |  More Posts by Paige Schilt

Updated July 24, 2017

Bulk pantry staples

We’ve all been there. It’s 6:45 pm (or 7:45 or…10) and you’re wondering what on earth to eat for dinner. Here’s the good news: with a little planning, you can hunger-proof your pantry and make it easier to create fast and good-for-you meals with staples you always have on hand!

A healthier pantry starts with some of the same basics that build a wholesome plate: whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds and healthy flavor boosters such as vinegar and low-sodium soy sauce.

Whole Grains

Whole grains are packed with nutrients and many are packed with fiber, too. Use brown rice, quinoa or bulgur as flavorful foundations for

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Easy School Lunches that Kids Can Make

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, July 24, 2017  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

The start of a new school year offers up opportunities to give children new responsibilities. Depending on the child’s age that could mean making their bed, feeding the dog or doing the dinner dishes. (Or all three!) My Kindergartener is going to start making part of her lunch.

Some days during pre-K, my daughter returned home with an empty lunchbox, and on other days, it would be nearly full coupled with explanations such as “I don’t like broccoli anymore, remember?” “I’m sick of sandwiches” or “The strawberries were too red.” (Honest, that was a real excuse!) You’ve likely heard that the more kids help with shopping and cooking a meal, the more likely they’ll eat it.

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How to Establish a Family Dinner Routine

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, July 21, 2017  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

Updated July 21, 2017

Recipe: Easy Red Lentil Mac-and-Cheese

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When I was growing up, my family regularly ate dinner together around the kitchen table. And now that I’m an adult, I’m grateful for the choices my parents made to create that routine. I know it wasn’t always easy — especially with time-sucking afterschool activities and us kids constantly begging to eat in front

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