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Healthy Back to School Lunches

I asked my favorite kiddos to share their favorite school lunch ideas and from there, put together my Top 5 Healthy School Lunch Ideas! Of course you can mix and match here! The idea is to get the kids involved, and to get the good stuff in their bellies! Without driving Mom (or Dad, or Aunt/Uncle, Grandma/Grandpa) nutty! Check out my lunch ideas, then head keep scrolling to see the FULL list of foods each kid shared. And let me know what YOUR kids love in the comments! Let's make this a GREAT resource for parents and caretakers across the board to find ideas and inspiration!

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Caprese Salad

Fast, fresh and easy - this is how we make Caprese Salad in the Di Falco house! To start, we always do a chopped caprese salad - a bit different from the traditional slices you'll see served in Italy. We also make it a cucumber caprese salad - mostly because, that's how we like it! Finally, I use some balsamic to dress the salad because, let's be honest, I could drink the stuff!

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Roasted Red Peppers

Simple and healthy, it's SO easy to make roasted red peppers at home! And more delicious! Here I show you how to roast them on the stove and explain what to do if you have an electric stove. There's nothing quite like the flavor of roasted red peppers in olive oil!

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In Too Deep

Beth Ritter Nydick is back and we are In Too Deep with this delicious, watermelon based clean cocktail! Refreshing watermelon becomes an adults only treat when mixed with tequila, fresh mint and a hint of orange! But all those fresh fruits and herbs help keep your body from having a meltdown in this heat! Check out this healthy drink recipe here:

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Upgrade Your Favorite Junk Foods (How to Start Eating Healthy)

Eating healthy does NOT mean you have to cut things out, restrict yourself and eliminate foods. Instead, try adding healthy elements until THAT'S what your body is craving! You'll be surprised how quickly you become accustom to eating healthy foods! And you won't feel like you let yourself down if you "cheat"! Click to learn more about the Crowding Out Method, AND get my top 10 tips for healthy weight loss!

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American Pie

Check out my version of "American Pie"! The red, white & blue are deliciously proud in this peach berry pie! It's super easy to make and perfect for the 4th of July!

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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Check out how fun and EASY it is to make fresh ricotta cheese at home! A few simple ingredients yields the most delicious, fresh ricotta! This is my go-to ricotta cheese recipe!

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The Seeing Eye

MY good friend and fellow Health Coach Beth Nydick is back at the Chef's Counter at Vanillamore in Montclair NJ. And we're mixing up another healthy cocktail drink for you! We're officially kicking off Summer with this sunset colored concoction! The Seeing Eye is named because of the benefits carrot juice gives to the eyes - but as Beth expains, too many may have you seeing double! Check out the video and get the recipe here!

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Chef Jesse Jones New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp

Check out Chef Jesse Jones' recipe for New Orleans style BBQ shrimp! This dish makes the perfect Father's Day appetizer! Plus it's got that BIG flavor that Dad will love and Chef Jesse is known for! Watch the video, get the recipe, AND snag yourself a copy of Chef Jesse's book, POW! My Life in 40 Feasts!

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How To Eat More Greens

Check out this healthy hack to help you eat more greens! The benefits of eating more greens is HUGE! Not only are they a food to lose weight with, they help detoxify and alkalize the body, they help feed healthy gut bacteria, AND are loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs to be its best! Get my ideas for green smoothies, egg dishes, grain bowls and more!

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Chia Seed Pudding

Watch how easy it is to make chia seed pudding! This simple combination of 3 basic ingredients makes the best chia seed pudding! I make mine with almond milk but you can use whatever milk you use at home! Plus, find out what it is about these little seeds that has them referred to as a super food!

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Strawberry Limeade

Beth Nydick is back in the Cucina with me to kick off Summer with this classic throwback cocktail! We're making Strawberry Limeade! Perfect for this weekend’s festivities!

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How To Organize A Healthy Pantry

Are you “chronically disorganized”? Me too! But I grabbed professional organizer Gayle Gruenberg to help me get my pantry organized so my kitchen (and pretty much my life) can run a bit more smoothly! Learn how to save money, time and space! Plus helpful organizer “hacks” and why having an organized pantry can lead to an overall healthier lifestyle!

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Rose Panna Cotta

Check out how easy it is to make panna cotta at home. This classic Italian dessert is perfect for Mother's Day (or any time!). I've dyed mine a pretty pink and flavored it with rose water to really have it compliment Mom (and a great Mother's Day brunch!)

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Baked Egg Boats

I’ll show you how easy it is to make this impressive breakfast dish! Eggs baked in bread, with fresh veggies, herbs and olive oil! You can use whatever veggies you like, even add in some bacon if that's your jam! Watch the video and grab the recipe here!

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Sweet Pea & Basil Risotto

Chef Mia Castro is the brilliance behind this dish! She was actually supposed to be our guest and got sick the day of our shoot! But she kindly let me share her sweet pea and basil risotto recipe with all of you! Loaded with fresh Spring flavors, this dish is both beautiful and delicious!

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The All Night Bender

I think the Easter Bunny would just LOVE this carrot based cocktail! But before you turn cotton tail and run, give it a shot! It’s like nothing I’ve ever had before! Light and refreshing, full of flavor and completely unique! A great drink to impress brunch guests with!

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Basil Balsamic Strawberries

This easy, no bake dessert is perfect for Spring time! Strawberries are some of the first berries to come into season and they are LOADED with antioxidants and Vitamin C to help fight late season colds and allergies! And when topped with some fresh basil and a drizzle of homemade balsamic reduction - wow! You can't go wrong! Serve them alone, over ice cream, pound cake or angel food cake!

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Escarole & Beans

I love this soup! It's a classic dish that is super easy and very healthy! A great way to get your greens in while the warmer weather is still holding out! It's "peasant food" that fits into all kinds of diets without having to make massive changes! Make a big batch and have it for lunch and dinner all week, or, stash some in the freezer for another time!

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Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Sarah Pierson, owner of Culinary Concepts Corp is my special guest in the Cucina this week and she's showing us a quick and easy mushroom sauce for steak (or chicken!). Plus she has great tips for how to cook steak at home! Don't forget to subscribe to my e-mail list to receive discounts on our upcoming hands-on cooking classes!

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