Is Protein Powder Safe For Kids & Teens? Find Out.
Real Mom Nutrition Blog
by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RDN
1w ago
Inside: If your teen is asking for protein powder–or you’re wondering whether it could help your picky eater–here are the facts you should know. Find out if protein powder is okay for your kid or teenager Quick Takes Protein powder is generally safe for kids and teens–with a few important cautions. Protein powder is a convenient source of protein, but there are lots of other ways to get protein.  Your kid is probably getting enough protein, but there are some groups who may not be. More protein doesn’t equal bigger muscles. When my teenager brought home a giant tub of protein powder an ..read more
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How to Make Healthy Homemade Crackers (It’s Easy!)
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by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RDN
1w ago
Inside: Get an easy recipe for healthy homemade crackers. Making your own crackers is easy and uses just a few basic ingredients. I’d always filed homemade crackers under “As If!”  As in, take all that time to make crackers when you can pick up a box at the grocery store for two bucks? As if! When I finally made them for the first time, I was surprised by how easy they are–and GOOD. They’re also sturdy enough to dunk into hummus or spread with soft cheese.  And you don’t need any special equipment to make these–just a rolling pin and a baking sheet. Ingredients for homemade cra ..read more
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Whole Wheat Heart Cookies With Naturally Pink Raspberry Buttercream
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by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RDN
1M ago
Inside: Get a recipe that makes soft, buttery heart cookies–and no need to chill the dough. They’re frosted with a naturally-pink raspberry buttercream. Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Nothing halts the momentum of baking fun like the phrase chill the dough for at least an hour. This sugar cookie recipe is unique for a few reasons: ​You don’t chill the dough It works with whole wheat pastry flour just as well as it does with all-purpose flour The dough is soft and easy to roll The cookies keep their shape when baked They’re frosted with a naturally pink raspberry frosting This is a sweet Valen ..read more
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50+ Healthy College Snacks For Dorm or Apartment
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by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RDN
1M ago
Inside: Get tons of ideas for healthy snacks for college, whether students are living in a dorm, in an apartment, or at home. Healthy snacks help college students stay fueled for busy days If there was a Venn diagram of college must-haves, my kid and I would overlap on a few things, like flannel shirts and shower shoes. And snacks. Lots of snacks. Because while college life looks a lot different today, snacks are still as essential as extra-long twin bed sheets. Snacks are helpful to college students for a few reasons: They’re busy, so they may end up skipping meals They need nourishment whe ..read more
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12 ALDI Freezer Meals (With Free Shopping Lists)
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by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RDN
1M ago
Inside: Here are a dozen ALDI freezer meals to prep and stash away for a busy night. Your future self will be so glad you did this! Freezer meals are the ultimate simple dinner solution on a busy night–when the last thing you want to do is start from scratch on a meal. Below are 12 ALDI freezer meals meals that are particularly great to freeze. I have tested, frozen, and reheated ALL of these meals and can vouch for them! Why ALDI? They’ve obviously got great prices. But just as much, I Iove that the stores are easy and quick to navigate–so I end up spending less money and less time on grocer ..read more
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The Best Healthy Chocolate Peppermint Bites (Quick and No-Bake)
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by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RDN
2M ago
Inside: Get a recipe for Healthy Chocolate Peppermint Bites made with walnuts and dates, coated in coconut and crushed candy canes. Fudgy and sweet! Tis the season for holiday sweets. And I love ’em all. But it’s nice to have other goodies on hand that are delicious and festive but actually give you energy instead of zapping it away. These Chocolate Peppermint Bites are made with just a few wholesome ingredients, then rolled in a crunchy coating of coconut and candy canes. Ingredients You Need Dates: Be sure to remove the pit inside first Walnuts: They’re pulverized in the foo ..read more
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Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup (With Frozen Chicken)
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by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RDN
3M ago
Inside: Here’s a recipe for an easy homemade chicken noodle soup you make in the Instant Pot. It uses frozen chicken and frozen noodles. A bowl of homemade chicken soup soothes the sniffles and feels like a warm hug on a cold day. Thanks to the Instant Pot, you can have a batch in less than an hour. And you don’t even have to remember to defrost the chicken! Ingredients You Need Olive oil Onion: Choose a sweet variety. You’ll need about 1 cup diced, which is about 1/2 of a large onion. Carrots: I dice them pretty small, but the size is up to you. Celery: I dice these small as well. Seasoning ..read more
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Real Mom Nutrition Favorite Things Holiday Gift Guide 2023
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by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RDN
3M ago
Inside: Need holiday gift inspiration? Here are more than a dozen of my favorite things, and they all make great presents. You know those days in December that you spend wandering aimlessly through Target or panic-scrolling Amazon, in desperate search of a gift for an impossible-to-buy-for person in your life? Let’s agree to NOT do that this year! Gift guides can be a big help–especially if it’s a curated list of items that someone has firsthand experience with. So as usual with my gift guides, these are ALL items I own, have tried, or have given (or received) as gifts myself. Standing H ..read more
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How a Freezer Meal Swap Group Can Save Your Dinnertime
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by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RDN
4M ago
Inside: Everything you need to know about starting a freezer meal swap group. Reduce “what’s for dinner?” stress and have fun with your friends and neighbors. Imagine a freezer full of meals, ready for stressful evenings…. It’s a weeknight. You’re tired and frazzled. Your people are hangry.  And you have no idea what’s for dinner. You’re ready to hit speed-dial and order take-out, but then you remember the casserole tucked in the corner of your freezer. You slide it into the oven, flop onto the couch, and give thanks to three-weeks-ago-you for squirreling that sucker away. Wouldn’t it be ..read more
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How to Make Grape Fruit Leather in the Oven (Easy Recipe)
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by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RDN
4M ago
Inside: Get an easy grape fruit roll-up recipe with just one ingredient–grapes! Makes a great snack or lunchbox treat. Have you met a kid who doesn’t like Fruit Roll-Ups? I haven’t. Trouble is, the boxed kind at the grocery store usually contains multiple added sweeteners, oil, synthetic dyes, artificial flavor, and fruit juice concentrate instead of actual fruit. So I make my own homemade fruit roll-ups in the oven–no food dehydrator needed. Since grapes have such an intense, natural sweetness, there’s also no added sugar. A one-ingredient recipe! Can’t beat that. This recipe is also a great ..read more
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