childhood nutrition

7 Nutrition Sacrifices I Make to Help Expand My Kids’ Palate

June 9, 2015
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Somewhere along the line I realized that always taking the nutritional high road wasn’t getting me anywhere with my kids. As a dietitian it can be tough to break certain nutrition rules, but I have found that doing so is often exactly what’s needed to expand my kids’ food preferences. Don’t get me wrong, I […]

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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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Do You Believe One of These 5 Myths About Kids Nutrition?

March 18, 2011
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There’s not a parent alive who doesn’t wonder, at one time or another, whether or not their kids are meeting their nutritional needs. After all, kids are growing and nutrition plays a vital role. Parents get that. I believe it’s important for you to have a good idea of what your child’s nutritional needs are […]




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Managing Sweets (Part 4): Real Life Strategies for Taming Kids’ Sweet Tooth

October 13, 2010
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As I write this series I realize there is no right or wrong way to handle sweets and other non-nutritious items in a family’s diet. While research gives us some clues, it does not spell out exactly how to raise kids to have a healthy outlook on sweets. I hope that by explaining the research, […]




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10 Nutrition “Must-Halves” for Picky Eaters

March 30, 2010
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“Children can meet their nutritional needs without eating vegetables,” my nutrition professor announced to my college nutrition class. Every mom in the room gasped with relief. Of course the topic of healthy eating for picky eaters wasn’t high on my priority list at the time. But I’ll never forget the impact it had on parents […]




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10 Ways to Flight Swine Flu with Nutrition

October 13, 2009
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I’ve been concerned about swine flu since the very first media report. And while a part of me wants to keep my children locked up in the house, I realize that’s not a very smart (or realistic) strategy. So instead of worrying myself sick with what I have no control over, I’ve decided to focus […]




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How to Maximize Kids’ Nutrition at Every Stage

September 28, 2009
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You hear a report about school-aged kids’ poor nutrition and think “that’s so far away” for your little baby or toddler. But because most food learning occurs during the first 5 years of life, what you do from day one can affect your child’s health – and what they eat – when they get older. […]




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5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About Fruit Juice

June 4, 2009
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Everyone seems to have an opinion about whether or not children should drink juice. Some parents wouldn’t dream of bringing it in to their home while others couldn’t last a day without giving it to their kids. But what’s the real scoop behind juice and its role in your little one’s diet? Here are 5 […]




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5 Times You Never Want to Feed Your Kids (and Why)

May 1, 2009
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People eat for reasons other than hunger. They eat when bored, to celebrate or to get through difficult times. But what no one talks about is how these habits develop in the first place. Do people engage in this behavior because food is plentiful or is it a learned behavior? Parents have the power to […]




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How to Prevent or Fix (Most) Childhood Eating Problems

April 9, 2009
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I recently taught a class to a room full of moms about toddler eating problems. I heard moms complain about how their children were no longer good eaters. The question of the day was “How do I get my toddler to eat?” There were also some parents worried that their children were eating too much […]




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