5 Ways the Whole Family Can Eat Healthy

People are understandably conscious about the foods they’re eating and where they come from. The human eating space has seen the rise of whole, clean and natural foods, and in the last couple years, the trend has even moved into pet foods.

Many pet parents who eat healthy and care about where their food is coming from have those same thoughts about their pet’s food, as well as their family’s. Healthy eating is as simple as being mindful of what you eat and being more aware of the origin of your food and its ingredients.

These tips can help your whole family lead a more healthy life. For more information and tips for sharing your healthy lifestyle with your pet, visit Nutro.com.

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  1. Nosh on Nutrients – Opt for healthy, recognizable ingredients instead of overly processed foods. Make sure you’re providing your family with plenty of fruits, vegetables and quality proteins, such as chicken, salmon or lamb. These ingredients are also beneficial for dogs, so look for a pet food that includes them as well.

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  1. Be Mindful of Your Meals – Being more aware of what you’re putting into your body is a first step toward making better choices. Try keeping a food journal to keep yourself more accountable for everything you eat. Jot down when you eat and how it makes you feel to help recognize which foods are making you feel good and which ones aren’t.

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  1. Have Dinner at Home – When you cook dinner at home, you have more control over the ingredients your family is consuming. Try to cook at home most nights to avoid potentially unhealthy restaurant fare that could have an unexpectedly high calorie count. It’s also an opportunity to spend quality family time at home and build cherished memories. Allow your dog to share in the family experience by serving him dinner at the same time. Plus, he’ll likely be less tempted to beg for table food if he has his own bowl to keep him busy.

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  1. Teach Your Tots – Educate your family members about nutrition and include them in the process, from the grocery store to the kitchen to the table. The more you know about your food and the nutrition it provides, the healthier the choices you can make to maintain a healthy life. By incorporating your kids in the kitchen and allowing them to help cook, you can set them up for a greater chance of success in their own kitchen someday.

  1. Don’t Forget the Dog – Some pet food brands make it simpler to share a food philosophy with your pet. For example, with its NUTRO FEED CLEAN™ philosophy, the NUTRO™ brand promises its recipes are simple, purposeful and trustworthy. Just like the food you’d want to feed your family, its dry dog food recipes are made with real, recognizable ingredients as close to their native form as possible. (Family Features)


Zooey Deschanel of The Farm Project Meets with New Waterloo Executive Pastry Chef Amanda Rockman

We’re thrilled to share that The Farm Project, an organization that empowers initiatives that reconnects people with their food, recently stopped by French restaurant Le Politique.
Corporate Executive Pastry Chef Amanda Rockman and Zooey Deschanel

Corporate Executive Pastry Chef Amanda Rockman and Zooey Deschanel

The project’s co-founder Zooey Deschanel chatted with New Waterloo Corporate Executive Pastry Chef Amanda Rockman to hear what she looks for when sourcing real EVOO for her olive oil custard, which features seasonal fruit like strawberries, in addition to candied almonds and tarragon.
Olive Oil Custard

Olive Oil Custard

The custard will be available to purchase at Le Politique from 11am to 3pm on weekdays throughout the fall season.

Check out this video of Zooey Deschanel and New Waterloo Corporate Executive Pastry Chef.

6 Meals to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Try these authentic and traditional recipes to celebrate Hispanic heritage with flavor

From secret recipes handed down for years, to the everyday café con leche, milk has always been a part of traditional Latin American food. Hispanic Heritage Month, which lasts through mid-October, is a perfect opportunity for families to embrace and celebrate the culture, impact and contributions of generations of Hispanic Americans.

Food is deeply rooted in Hispanic culture, and real dairy milk is a key ingredient in many popular dishes. Milk brings flavor to traditional foods and provides a simple way to get families essential nutrients they need.

Try these six traditional recipes to enjoy during this festive time with the flavors of Hispanic culture with milk. Visit MilkLife.com for additional recipe inspiration and tips from experts.

Queso Fundido with Chorizo – An excellent appetizer or side dish, authentic Mexican Queso Fundido with Chorizo is a staple for your celebration as a delicious, crowd-pleasing snack. Serve with corn tortillas and it will be the star of your next fiesta!

Conchas – These traditional Mexican sweet breads get their name from their round shape and unique, striped “shell-like” topping. Topped with layers of vanilla and chocolate, these rolls have just the right amount of sweetness to enjoy during breakfast paired with an 8-ounce glass of milk or café con leche.

Arepas – Chef Lorena Garcia offers her take on this easy and versatile Venezuelan specialty. Made with nutrient-rich milk and shredded cheese, you can serve these alone, filled with your favorite veggies or topped with an egg for more protein at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

“Café con Leche” Rice Pudding – Inspired by one of the most popular desserts in Latin American culture, this rice pudding gets kicked up a notch, flavored with strong Cuban espresso and topped with a bitter chocolate cream. This comforting and simple dessert is guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Milk-Braised Pork Loin with Sour Orange and Mashed Plantains – Spice up your family dinner with this recipe for flavorful pork cooked in milk. The delicious aromatics of white wine, garlic, orange peel and the sweetness of the milk make for a vibrant and tender dish that is sure to excite your taste buds.

Coquitos – From food blogger and Youtuber Lily Ramírez comes a delicious Venezuelan dessert for all fans of coconut! These quick and easy treats combine sweetened coconut and milk to create bite-sized coconut balls with flavors you simply cannot beat. (Family Features)


Switch Up Your Game Day Menu

Burgers and dogs may be typical game day grub, but a lineup that never changes can get tiresome a few weeks into the season. Infuse new energy and homemade favorites into your game day menu so you can enjoy great games and good eats for a winning combination.

Explore new flavors. Add variety by building your meal around a different main dish, like ribs or pulled pork instead of burgers. Or invite guests to get in on the action and offer a DIY pizza or taco bar with a wide range of toppings for the ultimate custom plate. Then adapt your side dishes to fit the theme, like adding a barbecue spice seasoning to your party mix, for example, or offering a chipotle-style dip for veggies and chips.

Add an unexpected twist. If you prefer a more traditional menu, there’s no reason to abandon all your favorite game day fare. Instead, reimagine a popular dish with a special or unexpected ingredient. For example, this recipe features a homemade pizza topped with creamy ranch dressing. An option like Litehouse Homestyle Ranch has no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup and is gluten free. The dressing is a versatile addition to your game day spread since you can use it to top off everything from pizza and fries to tacos, burgers and more. For easy serving, look for the 20-ounce squeeze bottle, or opt for a glass jar or dip tub, whichever your recipe requires.

Don’t forget dessert. A good game requires lots of savory, hearty foods, but by the fourth quarter, you’re likely to start craving sweet victory and a sweet treat to go along with the win. Easy individual desserts are a great bet, that way you can grab a quick bite and get back to the screen before you miss any action. Think along the lines of finger foods like marshmallow cereal bars, brownies and cookies to offer a little something for everyone.

Find more ideas for your game day gathering at LitehouseFoods.com.

Homemade Pizza Recipe

Total time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4

  • 1          ball pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1          jar pizza sauce
  • pepperoni (optional)
  • sausage (optional)
  • ham or Canadian bacon (optional)
  • black olives (optional)
  • mushrooms (optional)
  • peppers (optional)
  • 1          package (8 ounces) fresh mozzarella, shredded
  • 1          squeeze bottle (20 ounces) Litehouse Homestyle Ranch dressing
  1. Heat oven to 425° F.
  2. Prepare dough by pressing it onto a pizza pan or pizza stone. Spread pizza sauce over crust and top with pepperoni, sausage, ham or Canadian bacon, black olives, mushrooms and peppers, if desired. Sprinkle cheese evenly over top of pizza. Bake 20-30 minutes.
  3. Top with ranch dressing before serving.

Note: Toppings can be substituted as desired. (Family Features)

Litehouse Foods

Lemon Cream Puffs

You don’t have to be a pastry chef to make these delicious little beauties.  With a hint of lemon, these light and fluffy puffs will be a hit at your next gathering.

Lemon Cream Puffs

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2   Eggs


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Powdered Sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil. Add flour all at once, stirring until a smooth ball forms. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  Brush water over parchment paper. Fill piping bags with pastry dough and pipe circle swirls 3 inches apart.
  3. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks.
  4. For filling, in a small heavy saucepan, combine beaten egg, sugar, lemon juice and butter. Slowly cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Transfer to a small bowl; refrigerate until partially set.  Whisk again to make sure ingredients are mixed well.
  5. In a large bowl, beat whipped cream and sugar until stiff peaks form; fold in lemon mixture.
  6. Fill pastry bag with lemon filling.  Split pastry puffs.  Pipe lemon filling onto pastry bottoms, replace pastry tops. Dust with powdered sugar. (Family Features)

Watch the video below on how to make Lemon Cream Puffs.


Simple Yet Stunning: Set the Menu for Easy Entertaining

Set the menu for easy entertaining

One of the best-kept chef secrets to hosting the most memorable at-home parties is keeping the food simple and adding small details to make it special. After all, a host who isn’t hard at work in the kitchen is a host who can spend more time with guests.

One way to make every minute in the kitchen count and provide crowd-pleasing food is by using wholesome, quality core ingredients like olive oil, fresh bread, cheese and artisan chocolate to create flavorful dishes that are easy to prepare, and leave you with more time to enjoy what matters most: moments with the ones you love.

When it comes to cooking, focus on the essentials and the highlights of each dish. Building recipes around quality ingredients, such as Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, makes it easy to create show-stopping dishes time and time again. Planning ahead is key to entertaining, but when it comes to cooking, make things quick and easy with a little help from powerhouse ingredients that lend themselves well to a variety of flavors and preparations.

In keeping things simple, use olive oil to add a little extra zest and create dishes that pop off the plate, like this recipe for Beet Hummus. Or if you’re looking for something comforting and wholesome, indulge in this creamy Tomato Soup with Olive Oil Croutons. For a larger event, try Mushroom Carpaccio and Creamed Spinach Au Gratin, which can leave a lasting impression on your guests. To top it all off, go for this Bitter Chocolate and Pistachio Cream Dessert for a perfect way to end a meal.

Make every moment count and find more simple recipes at Bertolli.com.

Tomato Soup with Homemade Olive Oil Croutons

Prep time: 10 minutes

  • 4          tomatoes
  • 3          grilled red bell peppers in oil
  • 1          shallot
  • 1/2       cup Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus additional for brushing on bread
  • 3          tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1          clove garlic
  • 10        basil leaves
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 4          slices crusty bread
  1. Cut small cross in bottom of tomatoes and submerge in boiling water 30 seconds. Let tomatoes cool in ice water 30 seconds then remove skins.
  2. In blender, blend tomatoes, red bell peppers, shallot, extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, salt and pepper, to taste, until mixture is smooth. Add mixture to large pot and heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Cut bread slices, brush with olive oil and grill 2 minutes per side over medium-high heat until visible grill marks have formed.

Healthy Beet Hummus

Prep time: 15 minutes

  • 3          beets
  • salt, to taste
  • Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2          cups canned chickpeas
  • 2          tablespoons sesame seed paste or tahini
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Peel beets and boil until soft; season with salt and olive oil.
  3. Puree beets with chickpeas and sesame seed paste until a uniform paste forms. Transfer to oven-safe serving dish. Bake 10 minutes and serve.

Mushroom Carpaccio and Creamed Spinach Au Gratin

Prep time: 15 minutes

Mushroom Carpaccio:

  • 2 1/4    cups cremini mushrooms
  • Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • salt, to taste

Creamed Spinach:

  • 2 1/4    cups spinach
  • 1/2       cup heavy cream
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. To make Mushroom Carpaccio: Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Clean mushrooms and cut into thin slivers.
  3. Season with olive oil and salt. Set aside.
  4. To make Creamed Spinach: Boil spinach 2 minutes, strain and place it into saucepan, over cream. Cook 5 minutes.
  5. In blender, puree mixture and pour over Mushroom Carpaccio.
  6. Grate Parmesan cheese over entire dish; bake 5 minutes.

Bitter Chocolate and Pistachio Cream Dessert

Prep time: 15 minutes

  • 1/2       cup, plus 1 tablespoon, sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2       cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus additional for pistachio cream
  • 4          ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 1/4    cups shelled pistachios
  1. In saucepan, combine condensed milk and sugar; cook over low heat, stirring until mixture takes on toasted color.
  2. Add olive oil and dark chocolate; continue to stir until fully combined.
  3. Line 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and spread mixture into pan. Refrigerate until fully set.
  4. To make pistachio cream: Blend pistachios and olive oil until smooth paste forms.
  5. Remove dessert from pan and cut into slices. Serve with pistachio cream on top. (Family Features)


Tips to Help Parents Reduce Food Waste Due to Picky Eaters

Many children need to acquire a taste for healthier food, parents play a huge role

When it comes to teaching children to eat a healthy diet, patience is necessary. Kids may love a food one day and hate it the next. Some foods may need to be presented 15-20 times before a child takes a liking to it. For pickier eaters, they many need even more tries before accepting an unfamiliar food. With so many unsuccessful tries, parents may feel like there is a lot of food going in the trash. A study in the journal Eating Behaviors shows in a group of children up to age 11 that between 13-22 percent of them will be a picky eater. Feeding issuesin childhood such as picky eating can have a detrimental impact on a child’s growth, nutritional status, development, physical activity, and mental health.  

“Children may be missing out on key nutrients due to picky eating habits,” says Dr. Nimali Fernando, a Fredericksburg, Virginia-based pediatrician who founded The Doctor Yum Project. “The concern may be compounded by issue of food waste whichis often challenging, but necessary when teaching kids good eating habits. The good news is that there are strategies parents can use address both picky eating and food waste.”

Parents who are trying to help get their child past the picky eating phasemay feel like too much is being thrown away. Wasting food may be hard for many of us to take, but can be particularly challenging for those families facing food insecurity. In fact 21 percent of American households with children are experiencing food insecurity, which means they may not have access to adequate food because of limited money and resources. Even those parents who are not facing food insecurity may want to keep their food budget in check and avoid wasting food when possible. 

What is a family to do when trying to teach kids to eat new foods and also trying to minimize food waste? These strategies can help:

  • Small bites: Because kids may be reluctant to try a lot of a new food, keep exposures small to reduce food that will ultimately not be eaten. Kids also will feel less intimidated by one small carrot or one broccoli spear, rather than a larger serving. Often parents overestimate serving sizes for kids, so start small and if they want extra, that’s a bonus!
  • Shop for foods in season: Foods in season bought locally from farmers markets are more likely to be priced affordably and will taste fresh and vibrant. At a farmers market you may be able to buy smaller quantities that your family can finish more readily. For picky eaters, ripe fresh fruits and fruits and veggies in season may be more enticing than less flavorful out of season selections and may result in less food waste.
  • Use leftovers: Add fresh chopped veggies or fruits to an empty ice cube tray and cover until the next day. Now you have a healthy snack to nibble and the tiny portions make it fun for kids. Or, add leftover fruits to a large jug of water left in the refrigerator overnight. You’ll have refreshing water with a boost of flavor and will save money by skipping bottled drinks at the grocery store. Try cucumber and mint, lemons and oranges, or strawberries and kiwi slices. 
  • Frozen foods: Buy frozen foods which can be stored for longer quantities. Frozen foods are often affordable and easy to keep while your children are learning to eat them. A bag of frozen veggies can be used over dozens of exposures and you can take tiny portions out for each night while preserving the rest for later.  
  • Give it a rest. Rather than keep trying to give your child the same food over and over, hoping they will take to it, give it a rest. Try a new food for a few days one week and then wait another week before you give it to them again. Also, try to stick to just one or two new foods at a time, so your child doesn’t feel overwhelmed with a plate of all new items at once.
  • Lead by example. Parents play the most important role in helping children to develop healthy eating habits. An August 2018 study published in the journal American Family Physicians, reports that parents and caregivers are responsible for modeling healthy food choices and dietary practices, which shape children’s food preferences and eating habits. Parents are role models and children are watching what they do and will often mimic them, including when it comes to eating habits.
  • Plan out Meals:Dr. Yum’s Meal Planner is a great way to plan out meals. Use this free tool to set up your family calendar,then drop in meals based on the time needed to prepare. Make large portions on nights you have time and hit the “leftover” button to plan for busy nights when there is not time to make a whole meal. Once your week is planned, hit the “Saved Recipes Shopping List” and your list will be sorted by department, making shopping a breeze. Get your picky eaters to help you plan out meals and find recipes they can make with you. Planning out meals means using more of what you buy and wasting less. Visit recipes.doctoryum.org to find out more.
  • Use Dr. Yum’s Meal Maker Machine: Don’t know what to do with leftover veggies from recipes earlier in the week? Instead of letting them go to waste, visit recipes.doctoryum.org and use their free Meal Maker Machine. Choose a recipe, then plug in the ingredients you have on hand. Since there are several recipes to choose from you can offer a new food in a variety of ways, a great strategy for picky eaters. Cook leftover peppers into a “Curry in a Hurry” one night, then use them raw in a “Simple Salad” then next, and finally simmer them into a “Super Soup” later in the week. Even picky eaters love using the Meal Maker Machine to come up with their own recipe creations!

“Childhood is when most food habits are set, including the types of foods people will eat later in life,” added Heidi DiEugenio, director of the Doctor Yum Project. “Parents play a very powerful role in helping their children to have a diverse palette, as well as learning to eat healthy foodsand being more aware of food waste. It’s never too soon or too late to focus on such important family issues.”

Dr. Fernando created The Doctor Yum Project, an organization with the mission of transforming the lives of families and communities by providing an understanding of the connection between food and overall health, as well as empowering them with the tools to live a healthy life. The project offers healthy cooking classes, child nutrition classes, cooking camps for kids, hands-on cooking instruction for families, first foods classes, a teaching garden, and online tools to help families make healthier meals. They also offer a preschool nutrition program, with 40 classrooms and almost 600 participating preschoolers.

Dr. Fernando, otherwise known as Dr. Yum, is a board-certified pediatrician. She is also the co-author of the book “Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Parent’s Handbook” (The Experiment, October 2015). To learn more, visit the site at: www.doctoryum.org

About The Doctor Yum Project

Founded by Dr. Nimali Fernando, The Doctor Yum Project is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to transforming the lives of families and communities by providing an understanding of the connection between food and overall health, as well as empowering them with the tools to live a healthy life. They offer a variety of community programs to help with those efforts. They are located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and feature an instructional kitchen and teaching garden for holding classes. To learn more, visit the site at: www.doctoryum.org.


American Family Physicians. Nutrition in Toddlers.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30215978

Eating Behaviors. Picky eating during childhood: A longitudinal study to age 11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2943861/

Tropical Vibes in October at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Encouraging guests and locals alike to celebrate the perks of south Florida living – Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach’s October Cocktail of the Month is the deliciously tropical Salvadorian Sling. Experience beach-y vibes while relaxing poolside, as you take in the glorious October weather that leaves the rest of the country jealous. I’ve included the hotel’s recipe and ingredients below for this specialty drink; perfect for a pool day!


1 oz Cedilla Acai Liqueur

2 oz Leblon Cachaca

1/2 oz Ginger Liqueur

2 oz Pineapple Juice

1/2 oz Lime Juice

Dash – Bitters

Wedge Pineapple – for garnish        


Combine all ingredients in a mixing jar.

Pour into glass with fresh ice.

Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

The Evolution of Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin spice has become the quintessential symbol of fall. Check out these details about the evolution of the iconic autumn flavor, from holiday pie to lattes and even dog treats, such as GREENIES™ Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Flavor Dental Treats. Find these seasonal treats for your furry friend at Chewy.com. (Family Features)


And the Winner is…. Results from the Celis Brewery IPA Challenge

Celis Brewery held it’s IPA Challenge over the last few weeks, inviting beer lovers to vote for their favorite Celis IPA. The contenders included Celis Citrus Grandis, Celis Citrus Maximus, and the newly released Celis American IPA, and Celis Juicy IPA. The winning IPA will be the next beer from Celis packaged in cans.

Guests to the Celis taproom and 10 bars around Austin, TX were invited to vote for their favorite IPA. With 1,290 votes counted, the winner is Juicy IPA!

The other votes include:

American IPA 1,081
Citrus Maximus 416
Citrus Grandis 157

Celis Juicy IPA will be available in cans in stores throughout Texas in January 2019.