Planning Makes Perfect
    February 24, 2012
    Planning Makes Perfect

    Moms are busy on weeknights orchestrating homework; driving kids to activities, piano lessons, or sports practice; making dinner; and all that goes into running a household with small children. That 4…

    Lunch, the Most Important Meal of the Day
    February 23, 2012
    Lunch, the Most Important Meal of the Day

    I’m sure you’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what about lunch and why is it so important for children? What we eat is what our body uses to nourish, build and re…

    Condiments Make the Meal
    February 22, 2012
    Condiments Make the Meal

    After a long day and time spent in the kitchen lovingly preparing a healthy meal for your family, the last thing a Mom wants to hear is “I don’t like this” or “this tastes yucky.”  Moms wil…

    Meal Planning for Kids
    February 21, 2012
    Meal Planning for Kids

    Meal planning can be an overwhelming task for any mom. When putting the plan together you not only have the family’s crazy schedule for the week to consider, but you also have to try and stay on bud…

    perspectives-family-dinner
    February 20, 2012
    Family Dinner with the Child Who Doesn’t Like to Eat

    There are many benefits to eating together as a family including stronger family bonds, better nutrition and portion sizes, emotional nurturing and a sense of belonging. Kids get to be themselves, fee…

    My Take on Arsenic and Brown Rice
    February 16, 2012
    My Take on Arsenic and Brown Rice

    You may have seen headlines based on a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives about arsenic and organic brown rice syrup. Many of the headlines mention concern about the implications for…

    Ladies, Love Your Heart & Live Longer
    February 14, 2012
    Ladies, Love Your Heart & Live Longer

    Today 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold. That’s nothing compared to the 8 billion, yes 8 BILLION, chalky little “Will You Be Mine” heart shaped candies that will fly off th…

    Top Ten Things Parents and Caregivers Can Do to Improve School Lunch!
    February 13, 2012
    Top Ten Things Parents and Caregivers Can Do to Improve School Lunch!

    Parents have power. When your children are in trouble you do anything to help. A parent concerned for the health and well-being of their child is a powerful force. So when parents who normally prepare…

    What Sugars to Use… if any?
    February 10, 2012
    What Sugars to Use… if any?

    The Art of Eating … Indulging our sensors  – smelling our foods, seeing our foods and tasting our food -- make the whole eating experience (including digestion) into a powerful way to embrace our…

    Sugar in the body… doesn’t look so good
    February 9, 2012
    Sugar in the body… doesn’t look so good

    Although our taste buds may enjoy the indulgent of sugar, the rest of our bodies suffers as most to all nutrients are destroyed. No nutrients means no nourishment for the body, however, the worse crim…

    Curious about Glycemic Load and Index?
    February 8, 2012
    Curious about Glycemic Load and Index?

    I have written about glycemic index and load in the past but thought I would touch on it again…. The glycemic load is a ranking system for carbohydrate content in food portions. The glycemic index (…

    Carbohydrates Basics: What they are,and what they do in the body
    February 7, 2012
    Carbohydrates Basics: What they are,and what they do in the body

    It’s important to learn the basics of food chemistry. It is empowering to bring this awareness into light, however, I realize that it can be a tad overwhelming so my hopes are to provide you with th…

    Sugar Sweetness: Maybe not so Sweet
    February 6, 2012
    Sugar Sweetness: Maybe not so Sweet

    Sugar... we all love its’ delicious sweetness it offers to our foods but do we need to be concerned about the effects it has on our body? Well, yes, we do. The bottom line about sugar and really, to…

    Baby and Toddler Finger Food Ideas Galore: Seeds and Dips
    January 27, 2012
    Baby and Toddler Finger Food Ideas Galore: Seeds and Dips

    If variety is the “spice of life,” why not introduce variety into your baby and toddler’s diet? (more…)…

    Baby and Toddler Finger Food Ideas Galore: Proteins, Dairy, Omega-3 Healthy Fats
    January 26, 2012
    Baby and Toddler Finger Food Ideas Galore: Proteins, Dairy, Omega-3 Healthy Fats

    The possibilities for finger foods for babies and toddlers are endless.  Here are more nutritious, organic and delicious ideas: (more…)…

    Finger Food Ideas: Vegetables, Fruits, and Whole Grains
    January 25, 2012
    Finger Food Ideas: Vegetables, Fruits, and Whole Grains

    Think of finger foods as small bits of normal-sized foods.  Finger foods should be well-cooked so they will be soft on baby's sensitive gums.  Try to buy fresh, local, and organic produce.  If you …

    Getting Started with Finger Foods
    January 24, 2012
    Getting Started with Finger Foods

    Just as he has to learn any motor skills, your baby has to learn to use his hands and fingers to manipulate food into his mouth.  He must learn to use his mouth, tongue, and jaw muscles to move food …

    Finger Foods: What They Are and Why They Are Important for Your Baby’s Diet
    January 23, 2012
    Finger Foods: What They Are and Why They Are Important for Your Baby’s Diet

    Finger foods are food pieces that your baby can pick up and eat by himself.  At first, finger foods are mostly tools for practice in self-feeding, which will help your baby to develop manual dexterit…

    Playing with your food: How to make mealtime fun!
    January 20, 2012
    Playing with your food: How to make mealtime fun!

    Like 99% of parents, I struggled to get my kids to eat their veggies. When my daughter was two, she ate everything. By the time she was five, her plate was white. How could it be that she loved brocco…

    Early Puberty in Girls
    January 18, 2012
    Early Puberty in Girls

    Question: My 8 yr old daughter is showing signs of premature onset of pubery; she has adult-grade underarm odor, blemishes, headaches, and a few hairs under her arms. I have researched out the possibl…