About: Cindy Brison MS RD LMNT

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My Children Eat School Lunch

Good news!  School lunches are well balanced and part of a healthy diet!  Unfortunately, school lunches have inappropriately gotten bad press as one cause of childhood obesity.  School lunches must meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend no more than 30 percent of calories from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. Regulations also establish a standard to provide one-third of the RDA of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, and calories.  Their
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Bag A Safe Lunch!

Packing a lunch your child will eat and not trade is tough.  Packing a safe lunch is not.  I find that following a few simple guidelines keeps my kid’s lunches safe. Start out your lunch preparation with clean hands, a clean counter, and a clean lunch container.  Insulated containers (better than paper) and lunch boxes need to be cleaned daily with hot soapy water.  Check all of your expiration dates—expired food is bad! Now you’re ready to choose your food items.  Remember
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Keep Your Cool This Summer!

Ovens and air conditioners do not mix if your goal is to stay cool.  You can have tasty summer meals and keep the cooling bill under control at the same time with a few simple hints.  Rethink your cooking appliances.  Meals can be easily prepared on or in the following appliances:    
  • Grills
  • Toaster oven
  • Side burners on the grill
  • Bread machine
  • Slow cookers
  • Outdoor fire rings
  • Crock pots
  • Camp stoves
  • Electric roasters
  • Pressure cookers
Most of these appliances can easily be plugged in on a rain-safe patio.  Use caution around small
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