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How to Make Protein Bars

The season of packing school lunches is here again. The old classic PB&J is an easy fallback, but it’s important to embrace variety and mix up what goes into your children’s lunch boxes. This month’s Recipe Redux is full of ideas for “brown bag bars and bites.” Learning how to make protein bars is one of the best things you can do to keep the lunchtime meal varied and … [Read More...]

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Healthy School Lunches

Packing healthy school lunches is the best way to oversee what your children eat while they’re at school. In my experience, homemade lunches fare better than school-issued lunches when it comes to whole grains, healthy protein, and produce that children will actually eat. It’s also more affordable to pack your own lunch, as I detailed in this post about saving money by … [Read More...]

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Real Food Meal Plan Week 27

Something crazy happened last week at my farm share pickup. It was unimaginable. There’s a trade bin in the back of the farm stand where we get our CSA. If there’s a veggie listed on the chalkboard that you don’t want, you can put it in the trade bin and take something else out of the trade bin. I think about that bin when I coordinate my arrival time for my … [Read More...]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is one of my favorite summer treats. I do like going out for ice cream with my family on occasion, but there’s just something special about making it yourself. Unlike at an ice cream shop, the flavor possibilities are endless. You can make whatever kind you want and invent flavors that haven't been dreamed up before. It takes great patience as you … [Read More...]

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Real Food Travel Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia

Annapolis Valley is the agricultural heartland of Nova Scotia. Hundreds of farms here produce the bulk of fresh produce enjoyed throughout the province, and the area is especially known for its vineyards and orchards. Just over the valley is the dramatic Bay of Fundy. This beautiful area boasts the highest tides in the world, with the water level changing up to 50 feet … [Read More...]

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Real Food Meal Plan Week 26

We’ve been traveling so much this summer. July started out with a visit to my in-laws in Vermont, and shortly after that we headed out to Nova Scotia. After a brief time at home, we turned around and drove south to visit my parents on the Jersey shore. Then we came home for 24 hours before heading to Great Wolf Lodge for my son’s birthday. And now, we’re home. I can … [Read More...]

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Benefits of Cooking Classes for Kids

If you ever have the chance to send your children to a cooking class or cooking camp, do it. We recently came off a week of cooking camp for my 9-year-old daughter at Create a Cook. Each day, she brought home a full dinner for the family. Not having to plan meals or cook for a week was fantastic for me, but the camp was even better for my daughter. Benefits of Cooking … [Read More...]

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Real Food Travel Halifax Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia is a beautiful seaside city full of history and character. It’s a great place for a family vacation because there’s so much going on here. Summertime is especially nice, with festivals filling up the calendar and warm weather inviting waterfront walks. There are plenty of cultural activities too, with museums featuring art, science, and … [Read More...]

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Cherry Tomato Ricotta Pasta

This Cherry Tomato Ricotta Pasta is a delicious way to feature those little tomato gems that hit the markets in the middle of summer. This dish is simple and basic, but it tastes like a fancy restaurant meal. We returned from vacation a few weeks ago on the eve of my husband’s birthday. I had little energy for cooking a birthday dinner as I faced a nearly empty pantry … [Read More...]

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Real Food Travel Nova Scotia South Shore

Nova Scotia is a beautiful seaside escape. The people are hospitable and charming, and the landscape is stunning. My family recently returned from a week in Nova Scotia, and it was the perfect place for a summer getaway. Tourism is a big industry in Nova Scotia, and there are lots of accommodations for every budget. We saw many small cottages, motels, and campsites … [Read More...]