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Making Your Summer POP! Posted on Jul 19

Making Your Summer POP!

Few things are better than an ice-cold popsicle on a hot summer day!  I have vivid memories from my childhood running around through the sprinkler and various neighbors’ yards enjoying the summer sun.  At that age, having a messy red ring around your mouth from   …Continue Reading Making Your Summer POP!

Going Red, White & Blue(Berry!) Posted on Jul 1

Going Red, White & Blue(Berry!)

It’s hard to believe that it’s this time of year already!  With the July 4th festivities just around the corner, I’m really getting in the mood for the patriotic holiday.  I started thinking of ways to have a little more fun at my cookouts this   …Continue Reading Going Red, White & Blue(Berry!)

Summertime…and Meals Are Served! Posted on Jun 7

Summertime…and Meals Are Served!

By Jenna Stefin For many kids, summer is the best time of the year. School and homework become a long lost memory as winter coats are traded for flip-flops and bathing suits. As the days get longer, there seems to be endless free time to   …Continue Reading Summertime…and Meals Are Served!

Preparing and Packing for Your Next Picnic! Posted on May 26

Preparing and Packing for Your Next Picnic!

  It’s finally that time of year where you can bring your family outdoors to enjoy the warm and sunny weather! Having a picnic with your family and friends is a great way to enjoy a meal, try new foods, and be outdoors.  Plus, packing   …Continue Reading Preparing and Packing for Your Next Picnic!

Snacking Made Easy… But Is It Too Easy? Posted on May 16

Snacking Made Easy… But Is It Too Easy?

By: Rachel Colchamiro and Louisa Paine My kids haven’t been toddlers in many years, but I am lucky to have a few nieces and nephews to enjoy watching go through that stage all over again.  As a nutritionist, I probably pay more attention to food   …Continue Reading Snacking Made Easy… But Is It Too Easy?

Cinco de Mayo Easy Layered Taco Salad Posted on May 5

Cinco de Mayo Easy Layered Taco Salad

By Chloe Davis With summer in Boston just around the corner, we have many reasons to celebrate: warm weather, sunshine, farmers’ markets…maybe even summer vacation! Make your fiesta the freshest one out there with this healthy layered taco salad. Have your children help you wash   …Continue Reading Cinco de Mayo Easy Layered Taco Salad

Vegetable Makhanwala Posted on Apr 26

Vegetable Makhanwala

Back by popular demand, Kinnari Chitalia, RD, LDN, CLC, a nutritionist at the Dorchester North WIC Program, shares this mouthwatering favorite! This is a popular traditional dish in the northern part of India.  Its name refers to a creamy dish mixed with vegetables and aromatic   …Continue Reading Vegetable Makhanwala

Why It’s So Important to Vaccinate Your Child on Time Posted on Apr 18

Why It’s So Important to Vaccinate Your Child on Time

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization partners in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, NIIW is April 16-23, 2016. One of the   …Continue Reading Why It’s So Important to Vaccinate Your Child on Time

Eat Local with CSA! Posted on Apr 12

Eat Local with CSA!

Do you want to eat local, but don’t know where to start?  CSAs—Community Supported Agriculture—could be the way to go! As a CSA member, you pay the farm before the growing season and when it’s harvest time, you receive a share of fruits and vegetables   …Continue Reading Eat Local with CSA!

Zika Virus and Travel: Advice for Women Posted on Mar 30

You may have heard a lot on the news recently about Zika virus.  It causes an illness spread by mosquitoes carrying the virus. As of now, Zika virus has been found in mosquitoes in Africa, Central and South America, and the Caribbean islands. It has   …Continue Reading Zika Virus and Travel: Advice for Women