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  • Starting Solids – A Fun Family Activity!
    26/04/2020 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Starting Solids – A Fun Family Activity!

    Gain confidence and inspiration for transitioning your baby to solid food! Transitioning to solid foods is an exciting phase for families with babies. This new phase can take up to two years and with it can bring many questions for parents. In this family-friendly VIRTUAL workshop, I will cover which foods to introduce first and […]

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  • 7 Hacks for Making Cooking Easy & Fun
    08/05/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    7 Hacks for Making Cooking Easy & Fun

    At the end of a long day of work, caring for kids and keeping up with life, the idea of getting a hot, home-cooked dinner on the table and eating it together is enough to make many parents melt to the floor. There are plenty of statistics around the decline of the family dinner, and […]

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  • Chuck the Chocolate Bunny: 10 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas
    13/04/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Chuck the Chocolate Bunny: 10 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

    Spring has arrived, and so have the promises of that pesky little bunny with his eggs full of chocolate and jelly beans! Indulging in a few delicious seasonal treats is always fun (Cadbury Eggs, anyone?), but a basket of giant chocolate bunnies and bags of sugary candy + a kid usually doesn’t make for the […]

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  • 10 Family-Friendly Recipes for Serving Whole Grains
    19/02/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    10 Family-Friendly Recipes for Serving Whole Grains

    Whole grains are the foundation of a healthy diet, but unfortunately are lacking in many of our kitchens today. In fact, according to a 2015 survey by the Whole Grains Council, only 31 percent of Americans always choose whole grains over unhealthy refined grain products. So what’s the fuss about, anyway? Unlike stripped down refined […]

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  • Stop Mealtime Meltdowns in Their Tracks
    19/02/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Stop Mealtime Meltdowns in Their Tracks

    If there’s any such thing as a universal parenting experience, mealtime meltdowns are it. Whether it’s a hangry kiddo who’s losing his mind faster than you can get food on the table, a child who absolutely refuses anything with nutritional value or one who suddenly strikes against food she once loved, we’ve all been there. […]

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  • Recipes for Eating the Rainbow
    05/02/2019 - healthymamasforhappyfamilies 0 Comments
    Recipes for Eating the Rainbow

    A study by the Centers for Disease Control shows that 60 percent of children and 18 percent of adults aren’t getting enough fruit each day, and worse: 93 percent of children and 83 percent of adults are deficient in veggies. According to new research, the USDA recommendation of four to six servings of produce each […]

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  • Most Delicious Grain-Free Flatbread Crust Ever!
    05/02/2019 - healthymamasforhappyfamilies 0 Comments
    Most Delicious Grain-Free Flatbread Crust Ever!

    This is the most delicious grain-free pizza crust!! Both gluten lovers and people who eat gluten-free love this pizza crust recipe. You can call it flatbread or pizza crust but no matter what you call it – it is delicious and loved by everyone that’s tasted it! Ingredients:  1.5 c tapioca starch1 c pumpkin seed […]

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  • No Sugar, Date-Sweetened Muffins
    24/01/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    No Sugar, Date-Sweetened Muffins

    Muffins are so easy for grab-n-go breakfasts or snacks. I love that I can pack them with nutritious ingredients without compromising on flavor, but I hate that the ones we love the most are loaded with sugar. For years, I scoured the web looking for a muffin recipe that used dates instead of sugar for […]

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  • 3-Minute Warming Seed + Honey Oatmeal
    24/01/2019 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    3-Minute Warming Seed + Honey Oatmeal

    It’s time to toss the pre-packaged oatmeal for a healthier, more delicious option! Many people assume oatmeal takes too much time and requires cooking on the stovetop, but that’s not true! Making a delicious bowl or mason jar of oatmeal can be done in just 3 minutes! This is our favorite family recipe that can […]

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  • The Secret to Less Sugar: Crowd It Out
    30/12/2018 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    The Secret to Less Sugar: Crowd It Out

    If you’re a parent, you probably fight a daily battle with sugar. Most of us can attest to the noticeable effects of sugar on our kids’ behavior: “bouncing off the walls.” Study after study has demonstrated the negative side of added sugar: elevated cholesterol, liver inflammation and type 2 diabetes are on the rise among […]

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  • Chocolatey Strawberry Smoothie
    18/12/2018 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Chocolatey Strawberry Smoothie

    This recipe is one of my favorite ways to add extra greens into my family’s diet!  Ingredients (serves 1): 4 frozen strawberries 2 TBS chocolate hazelnut butter 1 C coconut milk (unsweetened) 1/2 C frozen chopped spinach 1 tsp organic raw honey 1 C filtered water Directions: 1. Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend […]

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  • 18/12/2018 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Molasses Spiked Chia Oatmeal

    Here’s a super boost twist on traditional oatmeal: Ingredients (serves 1): 1/2 C rolled oats (I use gluten free) 1TBS chia seeds 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp organic blackstrap molasses optional: chopped nuts or seeds, hemp seeds, dried fruit such as organic raisins or currants Directions:  1. Mix all ingredients well. 2. Add hot/boiling water. 3. […]

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  • Spring into Smoothies
    02/04/2015 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Spring into Smoothies

    Oh, how do I love you, smoothies. Let me count the ways. I love that I pack in nutrition even on picky eating days. I love the pretty colors of the yummy fruit and greens. And, that my family slurps them down while staying nice n’ lean.I love how my son wants to press the blender button.And, […]

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  • Unhealthy ingredients in your “healthy” convenience foods
    19/02/2015 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Unhealthy ingredients in your “healthy” convenience foods

    I’m kind of a lunatic when I find a new REAL food that comes in a package a.k.a. convenience for a busy mama! Last week, at the grocery store, I discovered So Delicious pulled the carrageenan out of their coconut milk. Yahoo!!! You should have seen me. I literally screamed at the top of my’ lungs and catapulted into the […]

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  • What’s lurking in your pantry?
    12/02/2015 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    What’s lurking in your pantry?

    Do you cringe thinking about the ingredients in your family’s favorite packaged foods? With all the gory ingredients that food sleuths like Food Babe and Lisa Leake from 100 Days of Real Food are uncovering, it’s hard not to wonder what’s lurking in your pantry?Yet, we’re all guilty of convincing ourselves “everything in moderation”, right? Weeelll, moderation simply goes […]

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  • 9 Fruits and Veggies A Day Makes for a Healthy Mama
    07/01/2015 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    9 Fruits and Veggies A Day Makes for a Healthy Mama

    However insane or ridiculous it might sound, it is possible to consume 9 servings of produce each day. Add kids, a job, hobbies and life to the mix and, well… it’s a bit more challenging, but still possible. You might be wondering “why on earth do I need NINE servings of produce daily?” I get it. […]

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  • Healthy Holiday Kid-Friendly Treats
    16/12/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Healthy Holiday Kid-Friendly Treats

    Growing up it was a tradition for extended family and friends to attend my nana’s annual Christmas Eve party. It’s hard to put words to the emotions that are tied to that experience for me, but it never quite felt like Christmas until after my nana’s party.  Her house was filled with gorgeous holiday decorations, celebratory food and […]

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  • Are you placating a picky eater?
    09/12/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Are you placating a picky eater?

    I have an important question for you. Do you ask your child what she wants to eat at meal times? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. You might feel that you have to offer the kinds of foods she wants because otherwise she’ll be undernourished and walk around feeling hungry all day – or […]

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  • 24/11/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Bust Out of Bread Boredom

    What if I told you that shutting out the sandwich is actually a good thing? The truth is bread – in all its fluffiness and yumminess – is processed by the body like sugar. Yup. sugar. Those yummy little whole grains are pulverized into flour to make bread. And, flour is essentially sugar to the […]

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  • How Do You Track Down Your Turkey?
    17/11/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    How Do You Track Down Your Turkey?

    Thanksgiving is a holiday that centers mostly around grub, with all eyes on the tasty turkey towering over the fixings. But, if that turkey turns your tummy into a mess of bloating and nausea, and makes your body feel fatigued, you won’t be particularly thankful. A little secret that many of you mamas may not […]

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  • Positive Prenatal
    09/11/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Positive Prenatal

    You’re pregnant! Congratulations. This likely means you’re either glowing like the sun or riding the wave of morning sickness. Either way, now is the time to make those all-important nutritional decisions that will fuel your body and your baby’s mind. You’re a healthy mama already, so this isn’t going to be hard. But what you […]

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  • Pl. Eeeeeeeeeese. With a Cherry on Top?
    02/11/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Pl. Eeeeeeeeeese. With a Cherry on Top?

    How many times has your toddler burst into a beg-whine only to have you, well, begging for some wine? Whining of any kind can grate on a mama’s nerves, but it’s the persistent whine after you’ve said no to a sweet treat that can really send the mellowest mama into orbit. Not that I’ve been […]
     

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  • Limiting Halloween Candy Isn’t Ghoulish
    29/10/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Limiting Halloween Candy Isn’t Ghoulish

    Eating candy is part of being a kid. At Halloween, I remember dragging pillowcases home FULL of candy! We had tons of fun sorting through the mountain of treats to find our favorites. In my house, you got to choose a handful of favorites and then your sugary loot was replaced with cold hard cash […]

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  • Halloween Haunt: When Gooey Candy Makes You Shudder
    19/10/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Halloween Haunt: When Gooey Candy Makes You Shudder

    October 31st is just around the corner. And if having all that candy around the house is a tad bit frightening, you’re not alone. You see statistics say that sugar is four times more addictive than cocaine. That’s pretty powerful stuff considering sugar is in everything from butternut squash to burritos. And the worst part […]

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  • Prevent sick days with food
    08/09/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Prevent sick days with food

    It’s back to school time! This year my son joins the ranks in elementary school. We’ve been so excited for this transition because my son loves his nature based school. But, like so many moms out there, I can’t help but dread the constant exposure to icky germs.Kids are so sweet. But, man do they spread […]

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  • Lactogenic foods to keep milk flowing…
    20/08/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Lactogenic foods to keep milk flowing…

    Got milk supply issues? I’ve been there one too many times. To get my milk flowing in the most precarious of situations (i.e., a gross regional airport bathroom), I’ve cycled through all the tricks in the book. I imagining the rushing water of Niagara Falls. Nothing. I envisioned the perfect stress free scene – me on […]

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  • Family-Friendly Strategies To Eat Healthy During Cookout Season
    03/07/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Family-Friendly Strategies To Eat Healthy During Cookout Season

    Cookout season brings a smile to my face. What’s not to love?  Hanging with good friends in the heat of the summer, listening to kids laughing and running in the sprinklers, and smelling the aromas of meat cooking on the grill. It transports me to the carefree days of childhood when summers were something we looked […]

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  • Magnesium: Because a kid has got to poop
    30/05/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Magnesium: Because a kid has got to poop

    Doesn’t it just break your heart when your little one can’t poop? Of course, it does! That’s why we do whatever it takes to remove the short term pain so our kids can have bowel movements. You’re probably familiar with Mirilax, Milk of magnesia, castor oil or colace. These are the most common stool softeners […]

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  • A Healthy Way to Start Solids
    29/04/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    A Healthy Way to Start Solids

    Starting your infant on solid foods is a whole new journey that can bring mixed emotions. Fear. Excitement. Relief. Giddiness. Anxiety. What feelings do you associate with this experience? As a family nutrition coach, I was frantic to get it right! I read research studies, spoke with experts and scoured books to identify a handful of evidence-informed guidelines […]

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  • Homemade Almond Milk in Thirty Seconds
    23/04/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Homemade Almond Milk in Thirty Seconds

    ​​You might be wondering, why on earth would you make your own almond milk? Homemade almond is soooo delicious and tastes nothing like the boxed kind. Though I prefer homemade, it’s not the real reason behind my hunt for a simple, cheesecloth-free recipe for almond milk. The real reason is the BIG, UGLY word “CARRAGEENAN” that’s […]

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  • No Cow, No Problem: Dairy-Free Calcium Sources
    31/03/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    No Cow, No Problem: Dairy-Free Calcium Sources

    When deciding to write this post about dairy-free calcium sources, I immediately thought of a favorite children’s book by Sandra Boynton titled “Are You a Cow?” To most this is a silly question, but to certain nutrition experts this question is pertinent. There’s much debate over whether cow’s milk should be part of your diet […]

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  • Homemade Hemp Milk in 60 Seconds
    04/03/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Homemade Hemp Milk in 60 Seconds

    Patchouli. Marijuana. Hemp clothing. The munchies. Before going dairy-free five years, that’s the extent of my knowledge of hemp. Even now the word hemp brings back memories of funky bright-colored clothing strewn about the entrance of a shop on Newbury St in Boston. The thick smell of patchouli took my breath away that I never […]

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  • Make snack time matter
    10/02/2014 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Make snack time matter

    Kids who eat in between meals consume an average of 1-3 snacks per day. That totals to almost 1100 snack times each year! Imagine which new foods you could introduce and what unhealthy habits you could break in that amount of time. Studies show it takes 10-15 introductions for a child to be comfortable with a […]

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  • Why do we stuff our faces on thanksgiving?
    21/11/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Why do we stuff our faces on thanksgiving?

    Ever wonder why most of us overindulge on Thanksgiving? I know some of you are thinking  “we’re all just a bunch of gluttons at heart” while others (like my Uncle Mike) are cackling out loud “it’s fun to stuff ourselves on such a glorious holiday!” I can definitely agree with this thinking on some level […]

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  • Squash in a pancake??
    10/10/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Squash in a pancake??

    Earlier this week, I posted a super yummy recipe for Roasted Sweet Squash Bites. I’m still on a squash kick this week, so here’s another one of my faves: Sweet Squash Pancakes!I wanted to create this recipe mainly for my son. He used to love squash, but he’s getting into a phase where he’s turning […]

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  • Roasted sweet squash bites
    07/10/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Roasted sweet squash bites

    Fall is finally here! I’m so ready to go squash crazy in the kitchen this year. Butternut squash is one of my absolute favorite things to cook up in the fall. Like my hubby, it’s naturally sweet and nutritious – I can’t get enough of it! Unfortunately, it can be a real hassle to prepare. […]

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  • It’s Kale Season!
    24/09/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    It’s Kale Season!

    Maybe I’m a dorky health nut, but I love kale season! When the crisp fall air rolls in all I think about is the abundance of kale arriving in my CSA box. Kale wasn’t something we ate growing up. We obviously missed the nutrition message in those reruns of Popeye because leafy greens just weren’t […]

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  • hello cauliflower, welcome to my life
    25/08/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    hello cauliflower, welcome to my life

    Like green beans, cauliflower has never been a preferred veggie in my diet. It’s bland and doesn’t exactly scream “eat me!” with its pasty white color. In fact, the ONLY time you’ll find me gnawing on a dry floret of cauliflower is at a social outing when I forgot to bring snacks and the only […]

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  • Not all green beans taste like rubber
    25/07/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Not all green beans taste like rubber

    Sometimes green beans make me gag. Seriously. They were a staple of my Nana’s Thanksgiving menu growing up. My Nana was spunky, stylish and a fabulous cook. So, as a kid, I had no idea why she continued to serve these bland, rubbery green sticks. Given that she lived a long, mostly healthy life, I […]

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  • It’s Like Christmas for Healthy Home Cooks
    17/06/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    It’s Like Christmas for Healthy Home Cooks

    Oooo, I’m amped up with excitement. It’s like Christmas for chefs, foodies & healthy home cooks alike. The energy buzz is palpable. For the past few weeks, whenever I see friends and fellow members around town, we flash tooth-filled smiles and remind each other that summer’s about to start. Last week, our summer CSA started! […]

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  • Dairy-Free Tzatziki Sauce, Is It Possible?
    11/04/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 0 Comments
    Dairy-Free Tzatziki Sauce, Is It Possible?

    Last night was an “oh sheister, what are we having for dinner” night. (Sheister is a new word I use to avoid having my son’s first word be S-H-I-T. Have I mentioned I don’t prefer foul language?). This is pretty rare in our house because as my Healthy Mamas clients know, I have menu planning down pat. Luckily, […]

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  • Baby-Led Weaning Saves Time!
    04/03/2013 - Danielle Shea Tan 2 Comments
    Baby-Led Weaning Saves Time!

    We’ve hit another fun stage with my 6-month old son, Evren. It’s time for REAL FOOD. Yahoo! He’s been sitting up for awhile & regularly grabbing for our food. Plus, have I mentioned that he is a moose? At 6 months, he weighed in at 21 lbs! So, all signs point to food introduction and […]

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