Sugar has definitely received a bad rap this past year. Its poor reputation is very similar to the negative press that fat received in years past. Research is constant and correlations are often made—while causation is rarely determined. As mothers and fathers, how does this affect they way you feed your child?
Sometimes it’s not even the cooking that takes the longest, it’s the grocery shopping! It takes time to plan meals before you shop and sometimes just going into the store and buying random items that catch your eye leaves you with nothing to make full meals with! There are some great services that will deliver groceries to your door, with recipes and pre-portioned ingredients, to make feeding your family easier than ever:
We are all inundated with nutrition messages. Messages range from our pediatricians to our mom friends, and of course from the media. Just last month, AND released their position paper on nutrition guidance for healthy children ages two through eleven. The most amazing thing is that upon reading the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ position paper for “Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2 to 11 Years,” I see that Satter’s recommendations are being officially incorporated. This is a great achievement for all.
Are you craving a peanut butter and jelly sandwich during your pregnancy? Did you religiously consume soy products like yogurt and milk before your pregnancy, but aren't sure if you should continue to do so?
Let’s be honest, a lot of social activities – both for children AND adults – involve food. Birthday parties? Pizza and cake. Sleepovers? Dinner (and a pancake breakfast the next morning!). Playdates after school? Snack time. For picky eaters, who experience anxiety around new or unfamiliar foods, these fun, innocuous events may be perceived as threatening and unappealing, and thus avoided.
Ask any parent what their biggest battle is with their children and they will likely say getting them to eat their fruits and veggies. With school back in session, it can sometimes be hard to monitor how much of the packed lunch your kids actually ate.
Here are a few tips and ideas to get them to eat all of the fruits and veggies you pack for them.