How dietitians care for children

How dietitians care for childrenMy father-in-law teases me for being a dietitian, saying things like “Did you take all the candy bars away from the kids today?” Little does he know about the day-to-day job of a dietitian.

Dietitian vs. nutritionist: What’s the difference?

I’m sure you’ve heard us called many things — “nutritionist,” “dietary” or even “nutritionalist.” To explain the difference, almost anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist” …Continue reading →

Why new food labels will help in some ways, but not others

Why new food labels will help in some ways, but not othersYou may or may not read the labels on the foods you eat. Regardless, the Nutrition Facts label could have some big changes ahead that will make reading it a bit easier — for some …Continue reading →

Delicious fall foods: Tips for making hearty soups and stews

Delicious fall foods: Tips for making hearty soups and stewsOne of my favorite things about fall is the variety of delicious fall foods that are in season. And for some reason, most of those foods are perfect in soups or stews!

Most people hear the word soup and think “that won’t fill me up,” or “and what else will I eat with that?” Truth is, soups or stews can be an entire meal; it can fill you up and be good for …Continue reading →

Try these alternatives to candy for trick-or-treaters on Halloween

As a mom, I know handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween is both fun and expected. But as a pediatrician, I want to remind parents to pay attention to how much candy your kids are consuming and to consider mixing in alternatives to candy for the …Continue reading →

5 steps for dining out with food allergies

Five steps for dining out with food allergiesDining out has become an important part of daily life for many busy families. When you have a child with food allergies, dining out can become difficult and even scary. However, with enough preparation and an emergency action plan, children with food allergies can dine out safely.

Follow these five steps for dining out with …Continue reading →

How to increase your family’s intake of heart-healthy fats

Curried Waldorf Salad Recipe from The American Heart Association

This curried waldorf salad has nearly twice the fiber of typical versions.

Give your heart some love this month by increasing your intake of heart-healthy fats. Your body needs fat to provide energy for your cells to grow, to keep your body warm and to protect your organs. The major types of fats found in foods are saturated and trans fats (the unhealthy fats) and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (the healthy fats).

Including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats may help lower your risk of heart disease and can reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol if you eat them in place of unhealthy fats. Foods high in …Continue reading →

Slow food: A healthy and budget-friendly alternative to fast food

Slow cookerSlow food is an international movement promoted as an alternative to fast food. The slow food movement encourages people to use local foods and support small business. It also encourages us to take time to prepare food from scratch versus using convenience foods, to enjoy the art of preparing food and eating …Continue reading →

Cooking with your children: A new family tradition

Young mother and son in kitchen making cookies.Cooking with your children around the holidays is an amazing way to introduce family traditions, teach basic cooking skills and develop young taste buds — which can lead to better nutrition. Often children who participate in helping prepare the meal are more inclined to try new foods.

Start with simple kitchen tasks like gathering ingredients, bowls, measuring cups and spoons. Young children can stir batter or help crack eggs. Gradually have …Continue reading →

Creative pumpkin recipes: The possibilities are delicious!

PumpkinsPumpkins are one of my favorite winter squash varieties. They are one of the few vegetables that are versatile enough to be used in both sweet and savory dishes. They are equally good in whole wheat pumpkin pancakes with pecans and real maple syrup for breakfast or roasted pumpkin soup with fresh lime and spicy curry powder for dinner. In addition, the delicious and nutrient dense seeds can quickly be roasted and tossed with …Continue reading →

Grilling is the most delicious time of year!

Who doesn’t love the smell of grilling in the summer? Grilling foods can be a great alternative to heating up the house with the oven this time of year. And you don’t have to save the grill for Memorial Day through Labor Day. It makes our long winters go faster, too.

Grilling also can be a healthier way to prepare food. After the usual brats, burgers and hot dogs, think about grilling different types of meats or even fruits and vegetables.

Kabobs are my personal favorite. You can individualize kabobs to suit any palette. Try …Continue reading →