Bonding Over Table Talk with Your Tweens & Teens

When was the last time you had more than a one-sentence (or even one-word) conversation with your tween or teen?

“How was school?" "Good." "How was your test?" "Good." "How was practice?" "It was okay." This seems to be the never-ending, one-sided conversation nowadays between teens and their parents.

Table talk at meals, especially during dinner, has proven to be your ticket for conversing with your children. Erika Katz, author of Bonding Over Beauty and media parenting favorite on talk shows, joins the Family Food Kitchen. to help you and your family get past these sparse conversations.

Katz will provide a you with a trigger for a two-way dialogue, even a long discussion, while enjoying some lasagna at the dinner table. Learn some tips and tricks to get your teens to open up about their day. Listen here:

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Avoid Being a Helicopter Parent in the Kitchen

Do you hover over your kids in the kitchen? 

Or, do you give them creative license to make their own sandwich or smoothie? 

If you're more on the hovering side, you are losing a priceless life lesson opportunity. 

Rather than direct and correct them, chuck the helicopter parent habit; give your kids the green light to use their independent thinking, direction application, and creative expression in order to build their confidence and develop a love of working with food. 

Erika Katz, author of Bonding Over Beauty, joins the Family Food Kitchen to help you know when and how to give your children the reins in the kitchen. 

Tune in for some tips on creating a healthy bond, for a lifetime of benefits and trust within your family. Listen here:

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Everybody Wins: Performance Foods!

maple cinnamon dip‚ÄčMost moms will do whatever it takes to help their kids win, and that includes feeding them certain foods so they can perform well in school, on the field, in the gym, on stage, in a studio, and anywhere else they use both their minds and bodies.

Of course, some foods nourish more than others and can help your kids be the best they can be. 

The good news? Moms and kids love winning performance recipes. The Kid Kritics and Family Food Kitchen have awarded their seal of approval for these yummy recipes. 

Tune in for some delicious ideas to keep your kids in tip-top shape. Listen here:

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Review of the Proposed Dietary Guidelines 2015

The USDA is rewriting their Dietary Guidelines… again.

This is good news, because over time, science has revealed more about nutritional needs. 

It's time for regulatory groups to agree on the application of nutrition guidelines. 

Some say these upgrades have been long overdue. 

Family Food Kitchen hosts, Ellen and Carolina, have concluded that it's "better late than never" to implement these changes. 

The new guidelines will show up on labels and, more specifically, on the products' Nutrition Facts. 

Join the Family Food Kitchen to get details on the new food labels, as well as how to get the most out of your food choices. 

The more you understand, the greater you and your family will reap the benefits of healthy eating. Listen here:

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Food Detox for Kids?

Do you take the time to detox? 

Would you consider having your children join you?

Kids today tend to eat more nutrient-empty, artificially-made, toxic foods that fill their little growing bodies chemicals more than anything else. 

Your children's growing bodies need to be cleansed just as much as your body needs it.

There are foods that the whole family can regularly enjoy, together, to achieve the benefits of a continuous healthy detox. 

Nicolette Pace, RDN, and founder of, joins the Family Food Kitchen to share her tips and help with your child's detox for an overall healthy lifestyle. Listen here:

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Powerhouse Grains: Barley, Bulgur, Quinoa & More

It's well known that the Mediterranean diet, filled with traditional foods (and drinks) from that region, is one of the healthiest diets in the world.  

Stealing the spotlight at these meals are whole grains, including ancient grains. 

For centuries, countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea have enjoyed amaranth, barley, bulgur, millet, quinoa, spelt, whole wheat and more. 

These powerhouse grains are loaded with nutrients and fiber, making them especially healthy for your body. 

Guest Cynthia Harriman, Director of Food and Nutrition Strategies for Oldways Preservation Trust, joins theFamily Food Kitchen to share some of her favorite Mediterranean cooking tips and mouth-watering recipes using whole grains. 

Listen in to learn how to use whole grains in your family's meals. Listen here:

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Health Food Trend: Sprouted Grains

Sprouted grains are back in style, and for good reason. 

They are showing up in many products, recipes, and restaurants. 

What has taken these foods so long to trend? Do they enhance or your healthy eating experience? How do these foods differ from other grains?

The Family Food Kitcheninvites guest Cynthia Harriman, Director of Food and Nutrition Strategies for the Oldways Preservation Trust, to answer questions about sprouted grains and share why they are important to your health. 

Harriman explains why sprouted grains are such a "hot" item, as well as how you can use them to your advantage while cooking for your family. Listen here:

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Fiber-Filled Recipes: Kids Need Them Too

Many people think that fiber is for older folks. After all, most of the commercials you see are for individuals age 40 and over. 

But, that's not the case. 

Because the typical American diet is filled with fiber-empty processed food, both the very young and old are having to go to the doctor because they are "stopped up." 

This is just one of several side-effects people suffer from a diet void of fiber. 

For short- and long-term health, you can start adding fiber to your diet by eating more fiber-rich meals daily. Fortunately, fiber is found naturally in most fresh foods. 

Come into the Family Food Kitchen for some family-friendly, delicious, easy-to-prepare fiber-filled recipes that your family will enjoy. Listen here:

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Are You a Mindless Eater? Turn Off the Tube

If you want your kids to have higher GPAs and self-esteem, turn off the tube at dinner time. 

And, if you want to steer clear of obesity, drug abuse, and even teen pregnancy, just say no to TV during dinner.

Many people don't even realize what or how much they're putting into their mouths while absorbed in a television show. 

Plus, no one is talking to one another. Family dinners are a crucial part of family life. 

Internet use is also part of the problem, whether it's on a computer, tablet or smartphone. A good overall rule should be no electronics at the table.

Hosts of Family Food Kitchen, Ellen Briggs and Carolina Lima Jantac discuss mindless eating and how you can change your family eating habits in order to reap the priceless social and health benefits. Listen here:

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Kids in the Kitchen: Setting the Stage for a Life of Healthy Eating

It's time to get you on board with kids in your kitchen.

From exploring the art of food crafts to learning about fresh foods and discovering how to combine them to create delicious nutritious meals, it's been proven that kids with hands-on culinary experience will choose to eat healthy foods in the future. 

Diana Rice, RD, with “Kids Cook Monday,” joins Family Food Kitchen to talk about getting your kids into the kitchen, as well as getting them to make healthier choices. Now, this doesn't mean your kids are baking cookies. It is about focusing on dinner once a week; Monday, for starters. 

Diana shares proven beginner menus with simple recipes. You might be surprised how quickly your kids will embrace cooking in your kitchen. Listen here:

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