Family Nutrition Related Articles & Blog Posts
Fun Foods to Grow in the Garden
As a pediatrician who is committed to preventing disease, I’ve become more invested in making sure my patients benefit from a protective diet of whole foods. Gardening is one of tne more useful tools I have used to promote healthy eating. As I discussed in earlier posts, kids who garden are more likely to prefer […]Read full story
And Now Let’s Get the Garden Growing!
Hopefully my post on Dig Up 5 Great Lessons When You Garden with Kids has convinced you that starting a garden will be not only beneficial to your kids but also a lot of fun. You have also learned about the great tools you need. So how do you get started? Let me begin by […]Read full story
For A Great Garden Make Sure You Have Great Tools!
I have enjoyed gardening with my kids at home, and for the past few years I have also enjoyed heading up a gardening project at their school. As a pediatrician it’s been awesome to see these kids eating the great food they grow and knowing that they are building healthy habits. What I have learned […]Read full story
Dig Up 5 Great Lessons When You Garden with Kids
Over the past several years as a pediatrician I have grown more committed to teaching my patients and their families about the importance of a healthy diet in preventing illness. This year, I started my own pediatrics practice to be able to fully embrace that commitment. In addition to an onsite teaching kitchen for showing […]Read full story
Was It Worth It? Reflections from a Second Generation Food Mom
I walked down the damp hallway past the entrance to the visitors’ locker room just as my teenage daughter and her friends emerged. Fresh from the game, each held a bucket-sized frozen slushie the color of antifreeze. They stopped, startled. “Are you mad?”, one ventured, as their eyes met mine. Before I could answer, another […]Read full story
No Nag Nutrition
Nagging seems to be the unavoidable side effect of having kids. I’m sad to admit that there are days where I don’t want to be around myself, either. It’s no shock, our kids tunes us out when we nag, and not just because they want to avoid chores. But, when it comes to nutrition, we […]Read full story
Why Parents Need to Know About Heart Health
With four family birthdays this month plus Valentine’s Day, we celebrate a lot in February! Even so, the most important event we celebrate in February is Heart Health Awareness. It’s not by choice. My husband’s father died at age 54 from heart disease. This might explain why my spouse, who just turned 55, runs religiously […]Read full story
Using Books to Foster A Love of Food: A List of Foodie Reads for Kiddo
Becoming a healthy eater means learning to be a healthy eater. Just like with any learning, books are key, even to babies and pre-readers. Books offer children a new way to understand and think about food away from the pressures of mealtime. They can practice identifying foods, ask questions, and experiment with reactions (without getting […]Read full story
The Power of Self-Feeding Skills: It’s more than just a mess!
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but even just the mention of “self-feeding” makes me shudder. Given my background in child development and expertise in infant and toddler feeding, it’s scandalous to say so, but it’s true! I’m also a neat freak and my desire for cleanliness and order barely override what I know to be […]Read full story
All About Yogurt: An unexpectedly wonderful first food for baby
In my client practice, where I work with parents to help them fit healthy cooking and family eating into their busy lives, I get tons of questions about which foods are the best to start solids. Hands down, moms are most surprised by my suggestion to consider yogurt. Unlike drinking cow’s milk, which should wait […]Read full story