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POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014, 6:00 AM
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Welcome spring into your home with this seasonal soup recipe. Warmer weather gives way to local produce favorites like asparagus and green beans that make great additions to simple dishes. This soup pairs several vegetables together to create a flavorful, homemade soup that is filled with fiber.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, chopped or minced
  • 1 leek stalk (white and light green part only), thinly sliced
  • 6 cups of low salt chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of chopped asparagus (or 15-20 thin spears)
  • 1 cup of cauliflower florets, cut into very small pieces
  • 1 cup of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of diced green beans
  • 1 cup of diced carrots
  • 1 cup of canned white beans, rinsed (cannellini, Great Northern, or navy)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon of dried thyme
  • ½ cup of fresh or frozen peas
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Set a large pot on the stove over medium low heat and add olive oil to the pot. Once warmed, add garlic and sliced leeks. Cook until leeks are soft (around 5 minutes).
  2. To the pot, add the broth, asparagus, cauliflower florets, tomatoes, green beans, carrots, beans, basil and thyme. Bring soup to a boil. Once soup is boiling, turn down the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  3. Add in the peas and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and enjoy!
POSTED: Friday, April 4, 2014, 6:00 AM
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Everyone loves pizza, right? Frozen mini pizza snacks are convenient, but not the best choice for an afternoon snack. This recipe will get you thinking outside of the box (the pizza box that is) for a great tasting homemade pizza alternative that will hold you over until dinner.

Veggie Pie in the Sky

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POSTED: Friday, March 28, 2014, 5:35 AM
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Liz Coover, RD, LDN is a clinical dietitian for the Healthy Weight Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Smoothies are maintaining their reign as a popular and “healthy” way to pack in plenty of fruits and vegetables for breakfast or a quick snack. But beware of store-bought drinks – they may have so much added sugar that you might as well be drinking a milkshake!

Skip the calorie laden smoothie bar and try our very own nutrient-packed version made with whole fruits and vegetables. The only sugar you will find in these shakes is fructose, the natural kind found in fruit in appropriate portions. Feel free to substitute a dairy alternative milk or yogurt (this will alter fiber and protein amounts).

POSTED: Friday, March 21, 2014, 6:00 AM
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Denise Jeffery RD, LDN is a clinical dietitian for Healthy Weight Program at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia.

This Sassy drink is a great way to get your kids to drink more water. Water supports the normal function of all body parts so adequate consumption daily is important..

Some of the benefits of drinking water include:

  • Digestion support
  • Constipation prevention
  • Proper blood circulation
POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014, 6:00 AM
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Rebecca Rogers, RD, LDN is a  clinical dietitian from the The Healthy Weight Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Try something new for breakfast! These bite size protein packed nuggets may be just what you need to get your kids excited about breakfast again. This recipe adds sautéed veggies, spices and a little cheese to create a new twist on your usual egg favorites. This recipe is very versatile because you can add just about any combination of veggies and spices to create new flavors. Try alternating this recipe with the following combinations- basil, olives and peppers or cilantro, tomatoes and zucchini or broccoli, asparagus and kale.

Egg Bites

POSTED: Friday, March 7, 2014, 6:00 AM
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Liz Coover, RD, LDN is a clinical dietitian for the Healthy Weight Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Pancakes have long been a standard breakfast favorite for many families. And now that you can buy them frozen, they are a fast and convenient option for school days, too.

Unfortunately, frozen pancakes are packed with processed flour, high fructose corn syrup, and added oils – leaving them with little nutrition to help your kids get through their long school day.

POSTED: Friday, February 28, 2014, 4:00 AM
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Switch up your wrap routine by using collard greens instead of a typical wrap. (istockphoto.com)

Denise Jeffery RD, LDN is a clinical dietitian for Healthy Weight Program at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia.

Tired of packing the same old lunch? Here is a twist on the traditional sandwich that will surely change things up. You are saving about 200-300 calories by using these greens instead of an everyday wrap.

Collard Green Wraps

POSTED: Friday, February 21, 2014, 6:00 AM
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Rebecca Rogers, RD, LDN, is a clinical dietitian for the Healthy Weight Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Are you getting complaints that your child’s lunch is boring? Change it up with this veggie filled and protein packed alternative to a sandwich. Ask your child to help you make it to pique their interest. Make this quesadilla even sillier by changing up the veggies. Try spinach, steamed broccoli or cauliflower, chopped asparagus and artichokes or mushrooms! The possibilities are endless.

Silly Quesadilly

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Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
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Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, RD Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
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