Kids’ Nutrition

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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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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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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Fortified Foods: The Good, The Bad and The Useless

August 12, 2014
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You’re at the grocery store and you have the choice to buy regular orange juice or the kind with added calcium and vitamin D. Should you do it? How about that milk with DHA for your toddler? In today’s world, it seems every food item has some nutrient added to it to make us healthier. […]

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15 of the All-Time Best Strategies for Raising Healthy Eaters

February 7, 2014
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I’ve been blogging at Raise Healthy Eaters for over five years.  I decided it was time to condense my feeding advice into top tips, which are featured more extensively in my book, Fearless Feeding.  This is to help guide newcomers and serve as a reminder for my long-time readers. So here goes… 1. Structure meals […]

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5 Secrets to Making Nutrition and Food Enjoyment Happily Coexist

December 19, 2013
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When I used to dish out advice to people about food preparation, it was evident that I didn’t cook.  “Just bake and steam food,” I would say. But then when I started to cook, that lean breast of chicken often turned out dry.  Thighs, with a little more fat, produced a juicier meal. And no […]

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How I Got Zen About My Child’s Refusal to Drink Milk

May 31, 2013
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This is The Feeding Diaries, an ongoing series detailing the feeding escapades in my house “It’s the same milk, just in a different cup,” I told Big A when she was four and I realized she would only drink milk from her sippy cup with a straw. “I like my baby cup!” she always answered. […]

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Why Food Fads and Children Don’t Always Mix

February 22, 2013
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Food fads come and go. Consider how much the pendulum has swung from the low fat 90’s to the carb conscious face of the new millennium. Similar to modern-day politics, food choices have become increasingly polarizing. There are those who don’t do dairy, vegetarians of all types, raw foodies, people who skip gluten, or all […]

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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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The 10 Essentials for Raising Happy Eaters

March 19, 2012
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This month marks three years I’ve been blogging on Raise Healthy Eaters! I looked back on some of my older posts and realize many of you have never read them. Here, I’m summarizing key topics I’ve covered with links to various posts — some old, some new and some in-between. Basically, these points and posts […]

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