Posts Tagged ‘Food & Nutrition’

The Magic of Eating a Banana

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Nate is six months old when his pediatrician tells me that I can start feeding him solids. I am so excited to offer him something besides rice cereal that I run down to the store with him to buy a couple of baby-food jars. He bounces close to my body in the baby carrier. As […]

Five Tips for a Healthier Family

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Any day is the prefect day to make a few easy changes that can help your kids get healthier and stay that way. Here are five tips for healthy choices you can make now to support your family’s best health: 1. Take a walk together Walking is the easiest way to get lasting health benefits. Even […]

Simple Changes for the Dinner Table

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I have been striving to create a real conversation about the food we eat in our home and where it comes from. As a full time working mom of three kids, including one with special needs, I know that just getting dinner on the table can be challenging enough. Even so, I have been systematically […]

Autumn Food Creations: Fun Edibles for Kids!

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  Getting kids into the kitchen to cook with you is not only helpful, it’s also fun. So why not find some new and exciting ways to engage them with cooking this fall? Within the collage below, you will find 12 imaginative recipes that are perfect for this season. Just grab the kids and head […]

Halloween Tips: A Few Tricks for Fewer Treats

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Remember the good old days, when Halloween funneled pounds and pounds of candy into the house—but not quite tons? For parents, dealing with the annual tidal wave of sugar can be a real challenge. We want our kids to enjoy their haul, of course, but that haul gets bigger every year. Halloween has changed. It […]

Eating Healthy During Pregnancy

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Eating healthy while pregnant may seem like a no-brainer. However, there are many women who think that being pregnant is a license to eat anything they want.  During my first pregnancy I joked that my husband was the food police, but I quickly believed his approach was valid when my daughter was born at 36 […]

How Will You Care for Yourself This Year?

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As a mom of two kids under age 5, I know how hard it can be to take care of yourself on a regular basis. And I don’t mean taking a shower or brushing your teeth. I mean something I call “self-care” — practicing self-nurturing and self-development. It may seem like the only people who […]

Losing the Pregnancy Weight—A Doctor’s Perspective

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Let me tell you something personal: I gained more than 40 pounds during my second pregnancy. Then I worked extremely hard and lost it all. Losing that much weight (from pregnancy or not) isn’t an easy task. Initially, I had difficulty becoming motivated to lose weight. I told myself it was because I’m a foodie. […]

Ethnic Cooking Secrets

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We all have those favorite ethnic dishes that beckon to us. We’re inexplicably drawn to them, but despite our trying, we can never seem to replicate them. What exactly is it about those dishes that enable them to have such a hold on our taste buds?

What’s in Your Lunchbox?

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I think most adults would agree that what kids bring to school for lunch—whether they’re preschoolers or elementary age—sure looks different than it did when we were in school. With food allergies on the rise, many schools restrict what can be packed for lunch to ensure a safe environment for all students. Often this means […]

Efficient Eats: How to Cook for the Whole Family

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Finding meals that can please both adults and children is not an easy task. Because parents do not have the time to run their kitchens like made-to-order restaurants, here are a few mealtime solutions that will ensure both child and adult have appealing options. And no one will have to spend all day in the […]

Getting Your Kids to Eat Fruits and Vegetables

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With spring in the air, let’s all embrace the fresh produce once again gracing grocery shelves and farmer’s market tables. And by “all,” I do mean all in your family. Your kids should also take part in the fruit and vegetable enjoyment. If that’s a challenge for you, these strategies might help.

Host a Kid-Friendly Cookie Swap for the Holidays

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With the holidays around the corner, we definitely have cookies on the mind. Baking with kids is a fun way to get the little ones in the kitchen and teach basic skills like measuring, math and making a mess (and then cleaning it up)! Consider hosting a “kid-friendly” cookie swap or

Mealtime Battles: Getting Your Child to Eat

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“My child won’t eat anything but Goldfish crackers or pasta and butter.” “I’m trying to get my child to eat, but he refuses and chokes and gags when he tries to eat.”

What is the Best Diet for My Family? 10 Tips for Keeping Food Real, Simple and Healthy

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We all want to feed our children the healthiest food possible, but there is so much contradictory advice out there as to what makes up the perfect diet. Even scientific research seems to pull us in all different directions. For example, is meat essential for health because it contains B12 (which is hard to come […]