5 Words That Will Instantly Calm Your Parenting Worries

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

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“You’re doing everything you can.”

This is what Little D’s speech therapist said to me last fall, when she could tell my anxiety level was rising. These words — and the lesson they taught– have stuck with me ever since.

Those 5 words popped in my head once again when a reader asked: “How do you stay fearless when there’s so much in the outside world you can’t control?” Because like every parent on the planet, I too worry about all the crazy stuff that can happen to my kids. But those 5 words put me in a different direction, one that empowers me instead of making me feel helpless. click to continue

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3 Simple Strategies for Using Up Veggies Before They Go Bad

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

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In my house, vegetables are the food item most likely to get tossed out. That’s because most veggies have a short life and they tend not to be something (like fruit) you can just grab and eat as is. In other words, they take preparation time.

I started to get serious about decreasing veggie waste as it’s never good to throw out food. So this year I’ve started incorporating these three simple strategies into my weekly routine. click to continue

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5 Lessons I Vow to Teach My Children About Weight and Body Shape

March 19, 2015
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I pick my kids up from school and in the car my typically quiet son informs me that eating too much ice cream makes you fat. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing so I started to ask some questions. I discovered that this was his takeaway from a nutrition lesson at school. I feel […]

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Dinner Rotation: Feb-March

March 13, 2015
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So I’ve started rotating our dinner meals. And you know what my success rate has been the first two weeks following this rotation? 100%. Well, I did skip homemade pizza last Friday for last minute dinner plans, but besides that, it’s been right on. Before with the more traditional meal plan, my success rate was […]

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Black Bean Brownies [Recipe]

March 9, 2015
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I’m re-posting this dessert from 2012, updating the recipe and picture. I made these last night and was reminded how awesome they are! The kids couldn’t get enough. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe I found on the Meal Makeover Mom’s blog for some time now. I don’t usually “healthify” dessert but these sound so intriguing. I have […]

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Why Controlling Feeding Practices Are So Hard To Break

March 4, 2015
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A parent emails me about her frustration with dinner. She used to make her son eat vegetables to get dessert. Now that she’s no longer using this tactic, he’s stopped eating any vegetables. She’s tempted to go back to her old way of feeding. I talk to an acquaintance about her recent unwanted weight gain. […]

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2015 Dietary Guidelines: What Parents Need to Know

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 […]

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

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 […]

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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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