Author Archive | Monica Hoss

Little girl eating an apple. She is outdoors and looking at the camera, with apple juice on her face.

Patience, Not Pressure: How to Raise a Healthy Eater

After decades of increasing, the childhood obesity rate is starting to level off. However, the rate is still alarmingly high. Did you know that 1 in 3 children aged 10-17 are considered obese? Childhood overweight/obesity is regarded as the most common prevalent nutritional disorder of US children and adolescents. Why should we be concerned with overweight kids? […]

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Back To School Meal Prep Tips & Tricks | Twin Cities Moms Blog

My Secret to Back-to-School Sanity: Meal Prep Tips & Tricks

Our partners at Driscoll’s know the importance of feeding our families healthy and nutritious food, even during the busiest seasons of life. Read on for suggestions from our contributor Monica, in partnership with Driscoll’s, on how you can take the stress out of meal planning this fall by utilizing some tips and tricks in your […]

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Two Ingredient, Essential Oil Tick Repellent

It seems like every week I hear another local news story warning about ticks and the diseases they carry- Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc. Just today I heard about a new type of tick- the Lone Star tick- making it’s way to Minnesota. Ick! I already make sure to check my kids thoroughly after they’ve […]

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Kid-Friendly, Mom-Approved Hidden Vegetable Smoothies

If you’re anything like me, then you’re always looking for new ways to get your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. The reality is that most of our kids don’t get excited to eat a big plate of kale salad or roasted vegetables. Fruit is usually more acceptable but I still have clients tell me their kids don’t eat […]

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Resources and Tips for Healthy Weeknight Meals

I am going to guess that you know exactly what you should be feeding your family. You know what the experts recommend: more veggies and home cooked meals; less sugar and convenience foods. It’s not a matter of knowing what to feed them, it is a matter of time. Many of us don’t have the luxury of spending […]

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‘Tis the Season to Volunteer: Resources for the Whole Family

We are right in the middle of the holiday season. The season is likely filled with holiday movies, baking cookies, figuring out where to move your mischievous Elf, trips to see Santa, shopping for the perfect present and lots of Christmas music. You probably have a whole list of family traditions to carry on this […]

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That One Time We Took Our Kids Out for Dinner

I’ll admit that I am sharing this mostly so that I can remember what happens when going out to eat with two young kids.  Next time the urge strikes, I’ll come back and read this. Perhaps your family is going stir crazy on a Saturday afternoon after a morning full of cleaning and too much Mickey Mouse, Paw Patrol […]

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