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By Lauren Haas
SaltedChocolateTartPrep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 20 minutes
Chill time: 1 plus hour
Serves: 8


Crust: (more…)

By Leana Greene
Leana GreeneIt’s that time of year again! School supplies freshly bought, new clothes ready to be put on, another school year of opportunity awaits! With the new school year rapidly approaching, now is a good time to stress the importance of keeping your children well nourished while class is in session. Here are 3 tips to ensure that your children are staying nutritious, even while at school:

1. Stay hydrated!
An often overlooked but crucial part of the day. Kids need to make sure that they have more than enough water on a daily basis, especially if they’re going to be active during hot recess days or participating in sports after school. How can your child be sure they’re hydrated enough? Pediatricians offer a simple measuring test: checking the color of their urine. “Your child should drink enough water that their pee looks like water. If it’s too bright yellow or dark yellow, they’re not getting enough liquid in.” (more…)

By Shirin Yadegar
Shirin YadegarTraveling with four kids for a month in Israel and Italy equates to a lot of leftover shwarma, pasta and pizza on the little one’s plates that’s hard to resist.

My family loves fine dining so our travels are always focused around our next meal. We search for the best chefs, local organic fare and a fun atmosphere.

We recently returned from what was truly the best vacation of our lives. We spent two weeks in Israel celebrating my eldest daughter’s bat mitzvah and then flew to Italy where we spent another two weeks devouring the best tuscan cuisine.

So how did we manage to stay gluten free, organic and still enjoy all that these fabulous countries had to offer? (more…)

By Kristin Garemani of SilverFork Productions
Kristin Garemani of SilverFork ProductionsIngredients:

1 5/8 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
3/8 cup flour
1 egg and 2 egg yolks
1/8 tsp. cornstarch
1-2 Tbl. butter
homemade whipped cream (whip heavy whipping cream with powdered sugar)
two teaspoons of mango juice
a handful of fresh raspberries
fresh mint leaves, for garnish (more…)

By Lauren Haas
Lauren HaasSpring is here and that means…SWIMSUIT SEASON! Yikes! Instead of dieting, here is what I tell my clients to do:

1. DO NOT DIET. DIETS DO NOT WORK. They leave you hungry, irritable and the moment you stop dieting, you will gain all the weight back…PLUS SOME MORE! YIKES! Instead, be consistent with a healthy meal plan and exercise routine. (more…)

Makes about 2/3 cup
French Roast SteakThis simple and quick marinade combined with a tender French Roast steak or a thin steak is always a family pleaser. Serve with roasted vegetables, potatoes or rice and your smallest food critic will be asking for seconds. (more…)

By Fiona McCartan
Peanut Butter Sweet Potato BrowniesPeanut Butter Sweet Potato Brownies

  1. Makes 24 medium brownies
  2. 2 medium sweet potatoes
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  5. ½ cup raw honey (or best quality you have)
  6. ½ cup vegetable or coconut oil
  7. 1 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  8. 1 tbsp coconut flour
  9. (more…)


By Catherine McCord
By Catherine McCordPumpkin Pie Parfaits (makes 10 parfaits)
Prep Time: 10 min.

I’ve got two little whipped cream addicts on my hands. It’s no mystery why to me because the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Whenever my mom served pie during the holidays (usually pumpkin, chess and/or pecan) she would hand out each slice… (more…)

By Daniella Lavi-DrayDaniella Lavi DrayThe Volumetrics Eating Plan is based on a basic fact: people like to eat. And if people are given the choice between eating more and eating less, they’ll take more almost every time. The Volumetrics diet doesn’t try to fight this natural preference. It’s creator, nutritionist Barbara Rolls, PhD, argues that limiting your diet too severely won’t work in the long run. You’ll just wind up hungry and unhappy and go back to your old ways. (more…)

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