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The Power of The Platter on Thanksgiving

  Happy Thanksgiving Sports Moms and Dads!  We had the first snow of the season last night here in New Hampshire and now I feel like I can wrap my head around the holidays!   Holiday meals are wonderful, family and friends all gathered around a table loaded with delicious food and drink.  Lots of laughing and friendly chatter until the dreaded “kid meltdown” over refusing to eat what has been prepared.   You know the drill:  “That looks yucky” to Grandmas green bean casserole or “That smells stinky” to Aunt Betty’s Brussels sprouts.  Immediately, the tension and food wars ensue.  Part of this behavior is to be expected due to the change of routine etc.… and in general, I would say that a holiday meal is not the time to get sucked into a food war but I have found one little trick to add to our feeding children…

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14 Food Preparation Tips to Save Your Sanity at Dinnertime

  For many Sports Moms, the most stressful time of the day is DINNERTIME! You know the drill, walking through the door to a cold, dark house (thank you, Time Change) and everyone is starving and wants dinner – NOW.   Having no idea of what’s even in the fridge can escalate our stress to an even higher level. Rewind for a minute. Imagine, walking through the door to the wonderful smell of dinner cooking in the crock pot. Yes, it still may be cold and dark and everyone may still be hungry, but DINNER is READY!   A couple of hours of food preparation on the weekend can be a game changer in helping resolve the What’s for Dinner Stressor!   FOOD PREPARATION TIPS:   Steam or bake chicken breasts and store in an airtight container. This can be added to salads, used in casseroles, sandwiches, and burritos.  …

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What is Your Student-Athlete Eating?

SPORTS NUTRITION FOR THE STUDENT ATHLETE: “OWN IT”   Student athletes are one of my favorite groups to work with.  I love being able to help them realize that  properly fueling their bodies can have a huge impact on how they feel both on and off the field.  I love to show them that it is possible to achieve their goals utilizing  RWF (Real Whole Food) as opposed to relying on chemically laden food-like supplements.  I love to see the “light bulb” go off when they realize that fueling their body is one of the few things that they have control over in this whole competitive “Sports Thing.”  Last but not least, I LOVE when they call or e-mail me to keep me posted on all their achievements.   Yup – I LOVE working with kids!   As sports parents we are all too aware of how difficult it can sometimes…

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How Does This Registered Dietitian Feed Her Active Family?

As mom of four active boys, our weekends are full of activities. This past weekend it was baseball and lacrosse.  A crazy schedule, but I would not change it for a million dollars! And as sports moms (and a registered dietitian) the question I get asked A LOT is how I feed my family of four active boys (and a super busy husband).  I think people assume that since I am a Dietitian I must have perfectly balanced meals on the table every single night.  NOPE.  But with that being said, I have always had a pretty consistent approach to feeding the boys.   My Approach to Family Nutrition   After about the age of 4, I stopped being a short order cook (75% of the time).  Although I understand that kid’s, just like adults, have specific food preferences, I refuse to cook 4 different meals.  If there was a…

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