Junk food, candy, sweets, ice cream, sugar, fat, chips, fast food … have you ever heard someone say these are “bad” foods? They may have a point because if we only eat these foods, they can make us feel bad. But that doesn’t make them “bad” foods. I like to […]

“Sometimes” Foods

  Today is Earth Day! What are you most grateful for? This earth is just amazing! It has oceans that support seafood for us to eat. There are rivers, lakes, and rains that give us water to drink. Plants grow in the earth and make fruits and vegetables for us […]

Earth Day!

Wouldn’t it be great to reduce the stress of mealtimes and the battles over food? Last month we introduced the idea of mindful eating as well as the idea of the division of responsibility. This concept can take a lot of the stress and fighting out of mealtimes, so we’re […]

Mindful Eating and the Division of Responsibility

  There are all sorts of fun colored vegetables out there to try! Did you know that carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, cabbage and bell peppers all have purple varieties too? It is important to try different colors of our normal veggies because the crazy colored ones have different “micronutrients” that are […]

Purple carrots, potatoes, and cauliflower … oh my!

Orange and yellow colored vegetables are very important to eat because they have beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is changed to Vitamin A in our body and is an antioxidant, which means it can protect our cells from damage. It is also good for our eyes and may even help prevent cancer. Which […]

Beta-carotene can turn you orange!

Choose My Plate is my FAVORITE website to recommend to families who want to focus more on their health and nutrition. If you are looking for a place to start, this is it! Choose My Plate replaced the old Food Guide Pyramid that we grew up with. Isn’t it so […]

Helpful websites: Choose My Plate

Water is super important for you to stay healthy! Did you know about 60% of your body is actually made up of water? But we lose some everyday as we sweat, burn energy, and use the bathroom. We can make up for the water we lose doing those things by […]

Drink up!

Today is World Health Day! The theme is Beat Diabetes and is full of super heroes, just like you! We usually think of diabetes being a disease that grandparents get, but kids can get diabetes too. By being healthy and making good choices you can fight back against diabetes just […]

Today is World Health Day!

World Health Day is tomorrow, April 7th and the theme this year is Beat Diabetes. I’m really grateful for the theme this year considering diabetes is such a growing problem in our society. Almost all of us have a close family member, friend, or acquaintance with diabetes. In fact, the […]

World Health Day 2016: Beat Diabetes

Have you ever had an adult tell you to eat up your green veggies because they will make you grow tall? Well, they are actually right! Dark green veggies like spinach, broccoli, bok choy and others are very high in a B vitamin called folate. It is also in beans […]

Folate Helps You Grow

  Happy April Fools Day! This is one of our favorite holidays at my house because we LOVE to play pranks! Here is a funny way you can celebrate … ask your parents if you can set the table for dinner. Instead of setting out forks, spoons, and knives, prank […]

Happy April Fools Day!

If your child insists on eating only one food or a very small group of foods, you are likely dealing with a food jag. As frustrating as food jags can be, they are actually a normal developmental process and are usually a result of a child exerting their new found […]

Eating for REAL life: Dealing with food jags