Sundays with Samantha: Scrumptious Hot Cocoa

My daughter, Samantha, has never been a fan of milk.  The only way I can get her to drink a cup of milk is to make hot chocolate (or chocolate milk). And while the pre-made versions of hot cocoa aren't the worst thing in the world, they aren't something I want to give her on …

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Sundays with Samantha: Kid-friendly smoothies

Homemade smoothies are a great snack.  They are super easy to make, can provide a healthy dose of protein and fiber and sneak in a couple servings of fruit (and/or veggies) without a fight.  Smoothies are my saving grace when my fridge is empty and I'm feeling guilty about my kids' lack of fruit/veggie intake. …

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Sundays with Samantha: How to choose the best kids snacks

Kids. Never. Stop. Eating. Rightfully so. They are constantly growing, physically and mentally, and it's our job to provide them with the right foods to help them thrive. But, it's definitely hard to keep up!  My kids will eat breakfast, a snack or 2 between breakfast and lunch.  Eat all their lunch. Then like 5 …

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