Solution #5: Keep Trying: Keep Trying
“I don’t like it [today]!” doesn’t mean “I won’t like it ever!” Remember, it takes many, many exposures to a food before your child might like it (upwards of 15 times). Food neophobia, or a fear of trying new foods, is a natural phase of childhood development—one that most kids outgrow in time. It’s […]Read full story
Solution #4: Reinstate the Kids’ Menu (With a Twist)
The more you can involve your kids in everything from choosing food for your meals to preparing the dishes, the faster you’ll be able to make progress changing the way your family eats. The holidays present a particularly ripe time to put this principle into practice. Enlist your kids to help create your holiday menu. […]Read full story
Solution #3: Bring on the Colors!
“Colors are like instruments in symphony—the more you have, the richer the experience.” That’s the analogy I use with kids when I talk about the importance of eating your colors. The truth: none of us are eating enough colors. Veggie and fruit intake is woefully low relative to recommended levels. But taking a stand […]Read full story
Solution #2: Cook With Your Kids, Not For Your Kids
Home cooking may be the solution to the food challenges we face, but as busy parents how do we actually make it happen? And when we do find time to cook, how do we get our kids to eat the healthy foods we make? This week, in the series Getting Kids to Eat Real […]Read full story
Solution #1: Getting Kids to Eat Real Food: A No Stress Guide
Coming together around the family table for a home cooked meal is one of the most powerful things you can do for the lifetime health of your kids—and it starts as early as your little one can sit in a highchair. But it’s also one of the most difficult challenges busy parents face. Life is […]Read full story
Playing with your food: How to make mealtime fun!
Like 99% of parents, I struggled to get my kids to eat their veggies. When my daughter was two, she ate everything. By the time she was five, her plate was white. How could it be that she loved broccoli one week, and hated it the next? Desperate for a solution, I turned to the […]Read full story
Fill your Cart with Color: Successful strategies for shopping with your kids
Cookies, sugar-coated cereal, candy bars – these unhealthy treats always seem to be positioned at perfect eye level for a toddler. If grocery shopping with your kids is regular exercise in blocking and tackling corn syrup-infused confections, you are not alone. Most parents struggle with this challenge each visit to the store.Read full story
Five simple steps to make the holidays healthy
My children love the holidays. They are giddy with the sounds, sights, and smells of the season. Like many parents, the holidays are a time to share treasured traditions through cooking, baking and eating! But a full calendar of holiday celebrations can quickly add up to a less than healthy holiday menu.Read full story
Fast food you should eat.
Convenience, cost, and taste are why Americans choose fast food. Fast food consumption has increased dramatically – up 5x since the 1970s, and now 1 in 3 children eat fast food daily, according to a study in Pediatrics. Fast food is clearly meeting a need. Parents are busy.Read full story
Spark a conversation: Why it’s a good idea to talk with your mouth full!
Family dinner is one of the best ways to keep our kids healthy. Children who eat dinner with their families more than five times a week (along with good sleep and limited TV watching) are 40% less likely to be obese, according to a study in Pediatrics.Read full story