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Missy Chase Lapine
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Missy Chase Lapine is the creator of the Sneaky Chef series of books, including New York Times bestseller, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals. The Sneaky Chef and Sneaky Fitness books have inspired not only families around the country, but have established a whole new healthy eating and lifestyle brand category.

Missy is a member of Parenting Magazine’s team of experts, the “Mom Squad,” a panel of high-profile experts. She has been a cooking instructor at New York’s finest culinary schools, and serves on the NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Advisory Council and the Health Sciences Advisory Council of New York- Presbyterian/Columbia. Missy has an ongoing commitment to the Food Bank for Westchester and is also a Curator for the members-only shopping site,

Missy actively engages the public through her state-of-the-art consumer friendly website,

Missy is the former publisher of Eating Well magazine and is the founder of BabySpa, a natural baby product line. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and two daughters.

Entries by Missy Chase Lapine

Did You Make a Super-Sized New Year's Resolution? Don't Ditch It; Downsize It

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 8:55 PM

If you're anything like me, once again you made a New Year's resolution. And once again, you feel yourself beginning to slip. Mine was to lose eight pounds and not eat dessert, and I'm here to tell you, it's not working so well. Whether it was to cut down on...

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The Sneaky Secret Holiday Hosts Really Want You to Know

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 1:52 PM

With holiday celebrations well underway, you're probably about to stock up on some small gifts to thank your party-throwing friends for doing the heavy lifting. But before you grab the usual chocolates, flowers and wine, think about getting them something they haven't already had to act excited about receiving five...

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The Power of the Pea

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 8:31 PM

Many of us grew up reading about The Princess and The Pea. In that story, you may recall, that only a real princess could feel the impact of a tiny pea that was hidden under twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds. The good news is -- that was just a fairy...

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Sugar and Kids: Top 10 Questions and Answers

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 4:19 PM

Sugar and our kids. This is a tough issue for us parents, presenting choices and challenges all day long. From cold cereals at breakfast, to cupcakes at birthday parties, to a bedtime snack of cookies and (chocolate) milk, just about every "treat" -- especially those aimed at kids -- seems...

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10 Tips for a Healthier Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 5:30 PM

The truth is, candy tastes really good, and I know I'll be fighting inner demons tempting me to raid my kids' loot bag after trick-or-treating on Halloween. It makes genetic sense that my two girls love sweets -- I, too, was born with a sweet tooth. Being a responsible parent,...

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My Sneaky Solution to the School Lunch Food Fight

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 4:14 PM

Recently, we parents have been informed that our kids have done nothing but struggle every day of the new school year. Surprisingly, the struggle is occurring outside the classroom: It's taking place in the cafeteria, over the revamped, healthier school lunch.

Parents, politicians, school personnel and students (especially students!)...

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My Gluten-Free Diet Disaster

(36) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 12:08 PM

A couple of years ago, when my daughter Sammy was 9, some health issues she'd had pretty much since birth -- asthma and eczema -- suddenly became a whole lot worse. Her breathing tests showed reduced lung function and her entire body was itchy, red and dry. Sammy was also...

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Concussion Advice Your Kid's Doctor Won't Tell You

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 11:27 AM

I always draw a sharp breath when I see the school's number pop up on my caller ID in the middle of the day. I know I'm not the only parent who kisses their kids goodbye at the bus stop and silently prays it'll be just another normal, uneventful day....

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10 Sneaky Chef Kid Recipes That Cook In Under 2 Minutes

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 4:11 PM

It's a weekday evening and I'm standing in my kitchen. Our dogs Princess and Buddie are chasing each other around the island, my daughter Emily is looking for a notebook she needs for her homework, and her sister Samantha is finishing violin practice -- with gusto. Everyone, including my husband...

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How to Combat Childhood Obesity Without Putting Your Child on a Diet

(36) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 10:26 AM

So maybe you've heard about this whole childhood obesity epidemic. I kid -- a little attempt at levity. Because really, how could you not have? Lately, especially, it seems the news about how heavy and unhealthy kids are these days has been coming at us in one long, loud, continual...

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7 Ways to Deal With Picky Eaters at Holiday Dinners

(10) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 5:48 PM

Normally, a bean casserole should not inspire huge amounts of anxiety. But it's the holidays -- a time of year when the expectations are often as big as the celebrations themselves -- and you can't stop worrying about that the huge get-together at your in-laws' house, with all their "important"...

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6 Home Remedies to Soothe Cold and Flu Symptoms

(71) Comments | Posted November 19, 2011 | 9:50 AM

6 Ways to "Feed a Cold" for Natural Relief

'Tis the season of runny noses, watery eyes and aching ears -- ah the joys of winter approaching us! With the October snowstorm that blanketed the Northeast recently, we can't be too prepared for what's heading our way. It seems that...

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The Sneaky Chef's Thanksgiving Tips And Recipes

(15) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 9:38 AM

Let's be honest...the Thanksgiving feast doesn't just last one day -- it marks the beginning of a free-for-all eating season that lasts through New Year's. A time when we celebrate less, not more, structure in our food lives. However, the holiday food fest doesn't have to derail any work you've...

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Parenting in the Age of YouTube

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 6:56 PM

Would you act differently if your kids were secretly videotaping you?

The recent YouTube post by Hillary Adams, the daughter of Texas Judge William Adams, showing her father beating the then 16-year-old girl with his belt, is disturbing beyond words. According to a description of the video, the...

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Dealing with the Great Halloween Sugar Rush

(7) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 2:30 PM

Halloween is a nutrition nightmare, literally. It will always be the most health-challenging holiday. For almost every one of us, it represents the endless battle between parent and child to control the level of sugar rush our kids (and we parents who can't resist either) will experience. I, for one,...

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