Healthy Family Eating Related Articles & Blog Posts
Get Messy and Plant a Garden!
In this age of “germaphobia” I see so many parents chasing their children with hand sanitizer in hopes of keeping them healthy. In today’s post I will discuss how a little dirt may be good for our kids, and how once in a while getting messy in the garden is a really good thing! Let […]Read full story
What Type of Parent are You at the Dinner Table?
One of the fascinating aspects of being a feeding therapist that works with children in their homes is that I get to see first-hand the variations in parenting styles. One particular family was memorable because both parents were security guards and they seemed to bring an element of their jobs to the family dinner table. […]Read full story
Getting Kids to Eat More Heart Healthy Foods
The last time I went through the lunch line at school on a parent visit, the vegetable-du-jour was French fries. The broccoli salad — which wasn’t bad — was left untouched by all but me at the end of the “harvest bar.” Unless we are packing our kids’ lunches, it’s a pretty safe bet that […]Read full story
Easy Ways to Increase Healthy Omega-3s in Your Child’s Diet
When MsGreene was pregnant with my youngest in 1995, she craved tuna sandwiches. She could tell you where there was a good one within a mile of just about anywhere we normally visited. Later studies were release showing tuna, and many other ocean fish, may contain mercury and PCBs. She was horrified at what she might […]Read full story
The Straight Scoop on Grains
What popular kids’ food starts to turn to sugar in their mouth and becomes 100% glucose by the time it’s absorbed? You guessed it, processed white flour. But here’s the surprising kicker, it’s the number-one most popular food for most kids: White bread for sandwiches Hamburger buns Pasta Pizza crust Cookies Cakes They all add […]Read full story
Should Kids Play with their Food?
Playing with food is usually not considered a good thing but I think it can be, especially for babies and toddlers that are resistant to trying new foods. It is natural for little ones to be cautious of new things – especially new food. When we let them explore food with all their senses it […]Read full story
How to Get Your Kids Eating 5 A Day!
Why should your kids be eating a rainbow every day? Each color group provides a unique set of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. When kids eat from the 5 color groups it becomes an easy and fun way to ensure that they are benefitting from this wide spectrum of nutrients. By breaking produce down into groups […]Read full story
Fun with Watermelon
When you think of a summer time fruit, watermelon is on the top of the list for most of us and for good reason! They are juicy, crunchy and colorful. Watermelon has a very high water content amount, approximately 92%, which is why it’s the perfect food to cool you down on a hot summer […]Read full story
Food Presentation for Kids
Before we actually take a bite of food we start eating…with our eyes! They tell our brain what it will taste like via a whole series of learned and natural responses and we taste what we think we should. A study in the late 1970’s showed that, when we find food more appealing, not only […]Read full story
Making Meals and Nutrition a Family Affair
Children learn from their parents. If you want your kids to eat responsibly take a look at what you are putting on your own plate. Make smart food choices a family affair and make it fun for everyone at the same time. Show by example that sensible eating is both a necessity and a pleasure. […]Read full story