Little girl eating a plate of veggies. Vegetarian diets for children are safe, but pay special attention to some nutrients that may be missing.
    What to Know About Vegetarian Diets for Children

    For adults, vegetarianism can be a healthy dietary choice. With proper planning, most adults can get the same or better nutrients from a vegetarian diet that they get from an omnivorous diet. Vegetari…

    Variety of Packaged Snack Foods which can lead to bad eating habits.
    A Guide To Breaking Your Bad Eating Habits

    Does everyone in your family sit together at the dining table for a meal? If your answer is ?no', that's probably not the only bad eating habit you are indulging in. Do you love turning on the TV and …

    Salmon Greenbeans and Potatoes made in a Brava Oven
    “Easy” is the Secret to Family Meals: Five Tools I Use

    It's no secret. I'm a fan of family meals. Eating together as a family while sitting around a table (in front of a TV doesn't count) has been shown to reduce the odds that kids will be overweight, enh…

    Indoor Gardening in small pots.
    Health Benefits of Indoor Gardening — for YOU and your Family!

    Have you been thinking about starting an indoor garden for your family? Indoor gardening provides the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones while doing an activity everyone ca…

    White plate of pasta with red sauce. A red plate for red sauce is one way to help picky eaters increase calorie intake.
    Stunning New Techniques to Increase Calorie Intake for Picky Eaters

    Dr. Greene's Answer: As parents, we have a deep instinct to help our children grow well and achieve their potential. When our children are smaller than most others (less than the 5th percentile of wei…

    Beautiful basket of organic food from the Farmers Market.
    Organic on a Budget is a Easy as 1-2-3

    You can poll 100 people on organic foods and I bet you at least 75 will tell you they'd totally prefer organics...if only it didn't cost so much. And I get it. I really do. It's easy to think it costs…

    Happy little girl eating a peach to boost gut health and behavior.
    Boost Happiness by Boosting Gut Health

    Recent research is starting to reveal that what we call a "gut feeling" is more than just an expression. In addition to influencing digestion and immune function, research is demonstrating that gut he…

    Young boy wearing a crown made of asparagus and eating a spear. A diet rich in fruits and vegetable promotes gut health in kids.
    Better Gut Health for Kids: How Diet Can Promote A Healthy Microbiome

    Gut health is a hot topic for adults right now ? with supplements, probiotics and even fermented food inching toward the mainstream. But gut health is important for children too. From a young age, chi…

    From Omnivorous to Picky Eater – What Changed?

    Dr. Greene's take on a picky eater... Ever wonder why a 9-month-old will put anything in her mouth and the same 19-month-old refuses to eat anything new? This activity is so common that there's even a…

    Black boy and girl eating dinner with their father.
    Science Tells Us: Family dinners are great for body, brain, and spirit

    I think I might go out of business as a family therapist if families had regular dinners with each other. Almost 100 scientific studies, over the past 20 years, back up this speculation. Sitting down …

    Vegetables and nut butter wrapped to make vegan shshi.
    The Post Pasteurian Era: A broader approach to nuturing our microbiome

    Interest in the role of bacteria and our health exploded once scientists mapped the human microbiome in 2013. Humans co-evolved with microbes, so it follows that microbes impact everything from immune…

    Three teenage girls, standing profile. One is obese, one is slightly over weight, the third is thin.
    Should Kids Go on a Diet? – #LTKH

    #LTKH (Let's Talk Kids' Health) is the weekly Tweet Chat hosted by @DrGreene & @MsGreene. This week we talked with @DrFlanders and others about the question "Should kids go on a diet?" Here is the…

    Baked potatoes with plant-based toppings for a plant based, gluten-free Super Bowl buffet copyright 2015 CookforGood.com
    Super Bowl Party Food!

    Score big on flavor with a baked potato bar for your Super Bowl party. Let your guests load up baked white potatoes and sweet potatoes with robust toppings. Focus on umami-rich ingredients, ones that …

    chips, bean dip, salsa, and bell-pepper sticks make a healthy, plant-based snack for after sports copyright 2015 CookforGood.com
    Healthy After-Sports Snacks for a Winning Athletic Program

    Feed your hungry young athletes nourishing, plant-powered snacks that welcome everyone and help them get ready for the next game. This Fiesta Bowl centers around gluten-free corn chips for scooping up…

    End Junk Food Marketing to Kids

    The one change I'd like to see take place is an end to the marketing of junk food to kids. Most people would agree that productswhich are engineered to be addictive shouldn't be marketed to children.…

    Bowl of quinoa topped with blueberries.
    Solution #5: Keep Trying: Keep Trying

    "I don't like it [today]!" doesn't mean "I won't like it ever!" Remember, it takes many, many exposures to a food before your child might like it (upwards of 15 times). Food neophobia, or a fear of tr…

    Mom and son cooking together
    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 holidays …

    Bowls of fresh fruits and veggies.
    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 truth: none of us…

    Table covered in sugar, with the word SUGAR drawn in the white powder
    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
    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' lunche…