It’s Pumpkin Everything Season

Pumpkin is a perfect fall flavor and helps add vegetables to your day.

Recipes to try:

Remake Family Pizza Night

Add fresh veggies like spinach, broccoli, or peppers for a healthy and colorful twist.

Healthy Recipes

Looking for fun things to do with your kids for the remainder of the summer? Consider teaching them about the importance of a balanced diet and how to prepare nutritious meals. Explore a collection of simple, healthy recipes to try out with your kids as a collaborative summer activity!

Get Kids Cooking

Having kids help in the kitchen is a great activity for families. Try a new recipe or invent your own!

Spring Holiday Menus Are Here

No matter what you are celebrating, the USDA has the perfect menu for you! Try some heavenly deviled eggs for Easter, matzo ball soup for Passover, or mix it up with the perfect breakfast for dinner menu for April Fool’s Day. All the menus are healthy, thrifty, and delicious! 

25 Days of Kid Friendly Healthy Holiday Snacks

From December 1st, through December 25th, we will be providing daily recipes to you with our favorite kid friendly, healthy, holiday themed snacks for the classroom (and home or other parties).  During this time when so much focus is on food (and most of that tends to be unhealthy choices) we think it’s a great idea to infuse healthy and FUN options into the mix.

We hope you’re as excited as we are!

For a sneak peak (and a bonus option), check out this Christmas Fruit Candy Cane from Kitchen Fun with My Three SonsChristmas-Fruit-Candy-Cane_PM

It doesn’t get much easier than this–slice a banana and a strawberry, alternate on plate in shape of candy cane.  Enjoy!

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Do you have a favorite healthy holiday themed snack?  Share it with us and we’ll share it with the world.  Email us at

Every Kid in a Park Offers Free Admission to National Parks

ParksBeginning this month, fourth graders can sign up online to receive a voucher that grants entrance to the student and a carload of passengers to federal recreation areas for a year.

You can start planning your next adventure by visiting the National Park Service website and using the Find a Park tool. Select a park from the drop-down list or choose a state from the map. With more 400 parks to choose from, you can get a little help picking one when you check out the featured events or search the calendar by state, park and dates.

For more information about the program, visit

If you plan on participating in the Every Kid in a Park program, be sure to check out these healthy campfire cooking ideas. Brought to you by Healthiest Weight Florida, the Healthy Campfire Cooking Program is designed to create opportunities for park visitors to try healthier camping foods while learning new recreational skills.


Healthy Nutrition Habits for Adolescents


Adolescence is a time of rapid change and development. Setting the foundations for healthy nutrition habits will help adolescents grow into strong, healthy adults. Encourage good nutrition with these resources:

  • While type 2 diabetes is generally thought of as an adult disease, the CDC reports that more than 5,000 new cases are diagnosed among youth under the age of 20 each year.
  • Inspire adolescents to eat well with these healthy recipes from their peers who won the White House Kids’ “State Dinner” competition.
  • Show adolescents that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring with these playful snack ideas that encourage fruit and vegetable consumption.

Provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health

Healthy Thanksgiving: Green Bean Casserole

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Chilled Lemon Asparagus with Pecans

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