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    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 fries I…

    Teen girl with a questioning look
    Should Kids Count Calories?

    As adults, we might be very focused on exactly how many steps we take each day, can count calories and fat grams in the food on our dinner plate, and how long we have to gut it out in spin class befor…

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    3 Ways to Promote Healthy Eating for Life (Plus a Few Bonus Tips!)

    Kids are awesome. They love to explore and learn and by the age of 3, they are always asking "why?". This presents a great opportunity to teach them about food and nutrition ? and to set a foundation …

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

    We've all heard the refrain that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but the real key ? especially for busy families? is what's on the menu. Protein in particular is essential for muscle …

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    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 your…

    Bulk pasta and spices for a healthier pantry
    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 my…

    Fresh vegetables, uncooked beans, spices on a table
    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 Recipes. It…

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    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 only plan…

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    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 five…

    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 sheds…

    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

    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 tools …

    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 ab…

    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 eati…

    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 …

    Was It Worth It? Reflections from a Second Generation Food Mom

    I walked down the damp hallway past the entrance to the visitors' locker room just as my teenage daughter and her friends emerged. Fresh from the game, each held a bucket-sized frozen slushie the colo…

    No Nag Nutrition

    Nagging seems to be the unavoidable side effect of having kids. I'm sad to admit that there are days where I don't want to be around myself, either. It's no shock, our kids tunes us out when we nag, a…

    Why Parents Need to Know About Heart Health

    With four family birthdays this month plus Valentine's Day, we celebrate a lot in February! Even so, the most important event we celebrate in February is Heart Health Awareness. It's not by choice. My…

    Using Books to Foster A Love of Food: A List of Foodie Reads for Kiddo

    Becoming a healthy eater means learning to be a healthy eater. Just like with any learning, books are key, even to babies and pre-readers. Books offer children a new way to understand and think about …

    The Power of Self-Feeding Skills: It’s more than just a mess!

    I'm embarrassed to admit it, but even just the mention of "self-feeding" makes me shudder. Given my background in child development and expertise in infant and toddler feeding, it's scandalous to say …