Bowl of quinoa topped with blueberries.
    November 7, 2014
    Solution #5: Keep Trying: Keep Trying

    [caption id="attachment_49431" align="alignnone" width="508"] Photo by Jennifer[/caption]   “I don’t like it [today]!” doesn’t mean “I won’t like it ever!” Remember, it takes many, …

    Mom and son cooking together
    November 6, 2014
    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 holida…

    Bowls of fresh fruits and veggies.
    November 5, 2014
    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 tr…

    Table covered in sugar, with the word SUGAR drawn in the white powder
    September 19, 2014
    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…

    Graphic of popcorn, cola, popsicles, candy, potato chips, cookies with a red X over them
    September 18, 2014
    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’ …

    Teen girl looking at a menu in a restaurant
    September 17, 2014
    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 frie…

    Teen girl with a questioning look
    September 16, 2014
    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 …

    Young boy with a fork.
    September 12, 2014
    3 Ways to Promote Healthy Eating for Life (Plus a Few Bonus Tips!)

    [caption id="attachment_49001" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Ella Alfon.[/caption]   Kids are awesome. They love to explore and learn and by the age of 3, they are always asking “why?…

    Little girl leaning over the back of a dinning room chair, looking longly for breakfast.
    September 10, 2014
    Rise and Shine: 3 easy ways to harness the power of protein for kids at breakfast

    [caption id="attachment_48972" align="alignnone" width="508"] Photo by Petras Gagilas.[/caption]   We’ve all heard the refrain that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but the real…

    Beautiful Farmers' Market beets and radishes
    July 11, 2014
    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 …

    Bulk pasta and spices for a healthier pantry
    July 10, 2014
    Ten Steps to An Unprocessed Pantry

    The foundation of unprocessed eating is a healthy pantry. I have a tried and true list of ingredients that come to my rescue over and over again. With the pantry basics I can create almost any dish …

    Fresh vegetables, uncooked beans, spices on a table
    July 9, 2014
    Ten Ways to Stop Overfeeding Your Family

    I had the opportunity to attend a food talk with  Mark Bittman, writer of all things ‘foodly’. It was to discuss his latest book, Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Rec…

    Image of chopping vegetables on a cutting board from The Fresh 20
    July 8, 2014
    Reduce Food Waste by Planning Ahead

    It’s practically impossible to maintain a healthful diet without planning.  Before I started The Fresh 20, I wasted pounds and pounds of farmer’s market bounty because I didn’t plan to eat; I o…

    Beautiful image of dinner table loaded with fresh foods from The Fresh 20
    July 7, 2014
    5 Ways to Get Fresh

    Summer is a great time to establish fresh habits. With so many great fruits and vegetables it’s a great time to make healthy changes and the perfect opportunity to #getfresh food habits. Here are fi…

    Getting Kids to Eat Healthy
    May 29, 2014
    Getting Kids to Eat Healthy

    I have been in an uproar lately after seeing the documentary Fed Up. The film follows the lives of four teens who are struggling with obesity. They are trying to lose weight, but can’t. The film she…

    March 11, 2014
    What Colors Have Your Little Ones Eaten Today?

    Through all of the information we receive on how to raise healthy children, we hear consistently that we should feed our families along the color spectrum. The reason is that colorful foods are often …

    Fun Foods to Grow in the Garden
    February 28, 2014
    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 tool…

    And Now Lets Get the Garden Growing
    February 27, 2014
    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 a…

    For a Great Garden Make Sure You Have Great Tools
    February 26, 2014
    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 ea…

    Dig Up 5 Great Lessons When You Garden with Kids
    February 24, 2014
    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 …