Family Nutrition Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Bowl of quinoa topped with blueberries.

    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 […]

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    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. […]

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  • Bowls of fresh fruits and veggies.

    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 […]

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  • Table covered in sugar, with the word SUGAR drawn in the white powder

    Where Is Sugar Hiding in Your Kids’ Food?

    Soda and candy are packed full of sugar — we know this. But what everyday foods are also sugar culprits? Do you really know how much sugar is hiding in the foods your kids eat? There are more than 50 names for sugar and you can spot many of them on the labels of soup, […]

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  • Graphic of popcorn, cola, popsicles, candy, potato chips, cookies with a red X over them

    7 Foods That Don’t Belong in Your Child’s Lunch Box

    They’re quick and convenient — gold for busy parents. And they’re salty, sweet or a tempting orange cheesy color — so tempting for kids. Lunch box snacks make their way into many school kids’ lunches every day, and yet these processed foods are not good for growing bodies. Food manufacturers aren’t making it an easier, […]

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  • Teen girl looking at a menu in a restaurant

    Once You See It, You Can’t Unsee It: A Case for Calories on Menus

    My favorite Starbucks latte has 260 calories.  The Asian sesame chicken salad, which seems like a healthy option at the sandwich place that’s such an easy lunch stop, has 420 calories. And the fries I love to splurge on with my kids? A small fries rings in at 300 calories. And a quick bagel from […]

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  • Teen girl with a questioning look

    Should Kids Count Calories?

    As adults, we might be very focused on exactly how many steps we take each day, can rattle off how many fat grams are in the food on our dinner plate, and how long we have to gut it out in spin class before we feel OK enjoying dessert. But the moment we hear a […]

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  • Young boy with a fork.

    3 Ways to Promote Healthy Eating for Life (Plus a Few Bonus Tips!)

      Kids are awesome. They love to explore and learn and by the age of 3, they are always asking “why?”. This presents a great opportunity to teach them about food and nutrition – and to set a foundation of healthy eating for life! This doesn’t mean pursuing perfection. The fact is that between playdates, […]

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  • Little girl leaning over the back of a dinning room chair, looking longly for breakfast.

    Rise and Shine: 3 easy ways to harness the power of protein for kids at breakfast

      We’ve all heard the refrain that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but the real key – especially for busy families– is what’s on the menu. Protein in particular is essential for muscle contraction and movement and the production of hormones like insulin, which regulates blood sugar. It is also involved […]

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  • Beautiful Farmers' Market beets and radishes

    Tips to Shopping at The Farmers’ Market

    With summer comes the abundance of fresh, local produce at farmers’ markets across the country. But how do you find the closest? We’ve pulled together some fabulous resources to help you plan out your next, or even your very first, trip to the farmers’ market. We’ll also touch base on how to find a local […]

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