Ask the Dietitian

Ask the Dietitian: Is There Such a Thing as a Healthy Hot Dog?

June 16, 2014
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This is a guest post from Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND, registered dietitian nutritionist who promotes healthy eating as a speaker, consultant and writer.  Connect with Karen through her blog, Smart Bytes®, to see how nutrition headlines fit in the “big picture” of overall research, and follow her on Twitter, @KarenCollinsRD. Q: Is there […]

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Feeding Struggles That Keep Parents Up At Night (and How to Solve them)

March 29, 2013
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I receive questions from parents all the time.  But there are some that I get over and over, indicating they hit a sore spot with parents.  So I am putting more food for thought behind the feeding struggles that seem to cause the most angst for parents.  Make sure to leave your own tough-to-deal- with […]

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Ask the Dietitian: What Constitutes Catering to a Child?

February 8, 2013
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Q: My 8 year old son prefers to keep food separate and doesn’t like sauce on his food. He’s not a bad eater, and he actually likes vegetables (including spinach!). Is allowing him to keep things separate when the adults have them mixed (eg. if we have a pasta dish with meat and veggies and […]

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The Case for Rice Cereal

October 22, 2012
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When it comes to feeding babies, the trend of ditching rice cereal is becoming increasingly popular. I think it all started when Dr. Green led a campaign about the detriment of giving babies refined starch, linking it to obesity. But what started with avoiding rice cereal has moved to eliminating fortified cereals as a whole. […]

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Ask the Dietitian: What Should I Do When My Child Says He Dislikes Certain Foods?

August 2, 2011
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Q: Now that my son is two and his language is bursting, I have started getting “Mama, I don’t like” to some foods that he tries or are on his plate — even items he’s eaten before. Should I remind him that he likes the food? How do I respond? A: When kids make it […]

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Ask the Dietitian: What Should I do if My Kid is Bigger Than Average?

September 29, 2010
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This Ask the Dietitian post is hosted by Katie Mulligan MS, RD, LDN, practicing pediatric dietitian since 2003. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island in Dietetics and completed her Dietetic Internship at the prestigious Weill-Cornell Medical Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Katie runs a successful […]

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Ask the Dietitian: Can My Baby Have Raw Fruit?

August 2, 2010
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Q: Is it okay to for my 6-month old to eat peaches? All the resources I’ve read says to cook fruit first. A: When I researched introducing solids I found little data to support when to introduce certain foods, including the need to cook fruit. Feeding babies really comes down to common sense. You want […]

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Ask the Dietitian: Help! My Mother-in-Law is Sabotaging My Son’s Diet

July 16, 2010
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Q: My mother-in-law watches my son a few days during the week. I leave food for him but she often returns it saying he didn’t like it and feeds him something else, much less nutritious. What should I do? A: There are two different scenarios: the occasional fun time with grandma or where grandparents watch […]

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Ask the Dietitian: Do Young Kids Really Need Sports Drinks?

June 13, 2010
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Expert Profile: Nancy Clark is a registered dietitian (RD), board certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD) and author of several books including Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook and Food Guide for Soccer: Tips & Recipes from the Pros. She is an internationally known sports nutritionist who offers personalized, one-on-one nutrition counseling to casual exercisers and […]

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Ask the Dietitian: Help! My Toddler Won’t Drink Milk

May 13, 2010
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Q: After trying for 6 months, my 2-year old daughter refuses to drink milk or eat yogurt.  I’m worried that she’s missing out on nutrients by not drinking milk.  Can you please let me know what the impact of her not drinking milk is and provide some suggestions as to what I should be providing […]

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