Nutrition Related Articles & Blog Posts
Rise and Shine for Breakfast Time
We all know they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Then why are approximately 8-12 percent of school age children skipping breakfast? By the time kids hit their teens, as many as 20-30 percent are skipping breakfast. Why exactly is it so important that kids (and adults as well) [...]Read full story
Nutrition and School Performance: Does it Really Matter?
Back to school season can be a struggle for many parents. Trying to make sure that our kids get healthy meals and snacks throughout the day can seem almost overwhelming. Why is it so important? Well, what our kids are taking into their bodies has a direct effect on their school performance. Studies show that [...]Read full story
5 Tips for Meal Planning During the School Year
For most of us, school has either started back up again or will be starting in the next few days. That means evening homework, sports activities, band activities, etc. You know, all the things that go along with school starting back that can make our lives so hectic. How do we maintain some sort of [...]Read full story
Get the Goods on Gluten-Free
There’s been lots of news (and a good deal of misinformation) about gluten, and in particular the benefits of gluten-free products. As with fat-free, sugar-free, sodium-free, etc. almost always something highly processed is replacing what is being substituted. Many gluten-free products are no exception to this rule. If you have celiac disease, be sure to [...]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
Don’t Give Up on your Picky Eater
Feeding a picky eater can be one of the most stressful things a parent has to do. It’s frustrating, worrisome, stressful, annoying, disappointing and downright exasperating at times. It can be really easy to just throw your hands in the air and give up trying to get your picky eater to eat new or healthy [...]Read full story
Do You Sign YUMMY?
As parents begin to introduce foods to their babies, many of them are giving signals to their baby without even realizing it. Babies look at the human face for longer periods of time in comparison to other objects. The human face is the primary means for learning at this young age. When we sit down face to face [...]Read full story