2015 Dietary Guidelines: What Parents Need to Know

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on February 27, 2015

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You may have heard rumblings about the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Although the official guidelines are not here yet, the process has been kick-started with a major report that summarizes the evidence. Next is the public comment period (now until April 8th) followed by the creation of Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) report paints a picture of how Americans have been eating while shedding light on how to make improvements. It’s kind of like a report for healthy habits. Shall we take a look? click to continue

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 26-30): The Final 5!

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on February 24, 2015

I’m glad I took the 30 meal challenge even if it took me well over 30 days! Finding time to really focus and figure out my family’s “meal vision” has helped tremendously. I’ve decided to rotate (and continue to master) about 25 meals instead of the original plan of 30. I still have to refine a few recipes, and work more on sides, but I’m excited to start the next phase of rotation (this week!), which I will be sure to blog about.

So here are the final 5 meals! click to continue

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5 Things Parents Who Create Happy Mealtimes Don’t Do

February 18, 2015
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Most parents understand, intellectually, that the kitchen table should be a happy place. But then reality hits: crazy schedules, complaining kids and nutrition standards that seem impossible to meet. The truth is there is a lot that can get in a way of creating enjoyable family meals.

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Vitamin D for Kids: What Parents Need to Know

February 12, 2015
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More than a decade ago I was calculating the nutrition for a meal plan when vitamin D kept coming up short. This happened even with the inclusion of milk so I started to look into it. And what I found was really striking.

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What Kids Really Mean When They Say “I Don’t Like it”

February 5, 2015
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It was Cultural Heritage Day at my son’s school and for lunch, parents brought in food from their nationality. As one boy sat down to his plate of unfamiliar food, he started to cry. I went up to him to see if he was okay and he said: “I don’t like this food.” I went […]

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 22-25): Three Kinds of Soup and Pork Tenderloin

February 2, 2015
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Up to meal 25! I know I haven’t met my goal of 30 days but I’m pretty close. Only 5 more meals. I focused on soups last week. For lunches, I like to have either soup or salad with my meal because it has staying power. Nothing is worse than feeling hungry an hour after […]

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5 Popular Pieces of Nutrition Advice that Fall Short

January 29, 2015
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Pick up a popular health magazine and you’ll find the same nutrition advice recycled over and over. This advice is so ingrained, I often hear people recite it back to me verbatim. But I have a problem with this typical advice because it can be limiting and even backfire in certain cases. Let me show […]

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 18-21): Crust-Less Quiche, Italian Dishes & Chicken Tenders

January 26, 2015
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Kind of a mish mash of meals today. Let’s dig in… Crust-less Quiche I would love to find more ways to cook eggs other than breakfast. I’ve tried frittatas a few times and some are okay, but none have stuck. My husband is opposed to quiche because of memories of having to eat it during […]

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 15-17): Shrimp Two Ways and Salmon Cakes

January 21, 2015
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This challenge is getting difficult but I’m more than halfway there! Today I’m highlighting two shrimp meals and my never-ending attempt at Salmon Cakes. Baked Orange Shrimp I like cooking with shrimp because it cooks fast and is easy to defrost.  I posted this baked shrimp and broccoli recipe awhile ago but I want something […]

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 11-14): Simple Chicken Recipes

January 16, 2015
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Okay, I can see that I cook with chicken a lot.  What I have been trying to do is to incorporate substitutions if I feel we are in chicken overload. For example, the chicken Alfredo and quesadilla recipes can easily work with shrimp.  Once I decide on a base recipe, it’s easy to switch out […]

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